Thursday, September 20, 2018

Edison Power Plant Public Meeting With City & State Public Comment Opportunities

Updated 9.20.18 There will be a another Edison Power Plant public meeting
September 26th from from 7pm to 8pm at Tynan School, which will focus on transportation .  

Updated 9.11.18 2:47 pm: New meeting date is Wednesday, Sept 19th at same time and location (see below)

Updated 9.5.18 4:45 pm: To avoid a conflict with a DCR meeting on Day Boulevard safety improvements, the Sept. 12th meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting a community meeting regarding the Edison Power Plant on:


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (new date)
6 pm - 8 pm 
Tynan School
640 E 4th Street

The proposed redevelopment is approximately a 15.2-acre site located at 776 Summer Street in the South Boston neighborhood. The proposal entails approximately 1.93 million square feet of occupiable space, including: approximately 1,344 residential units, approximately 368,070 square feet of office uses, approximately 85,630 square feet of retail uses, 344 hotel rooms, and up 1,397 parking spaces. The proposal will also preserve several historic buildings on the site and provide 5.5 acres of new outdoor public spaces, including approximately 2.5 acres of open space on the waterfront. More information


BPDA Comment Deadline: October 30, 2018
Project Manager: Tim Czerwienski
Contact Tim with any questions or comments via email or at 617-918-5303

MEPA Comment Deadline for Environmental Impact Report Draft: October 30, 2018
To receive a copy of the EIR Draft Report, contact Seth Lattrell at 617-607-2973.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Gas Safety, Opioid Crisis, Voter Registration & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their September 12 and September 19, 2018 meetings:

Today (September 19), we declared September 24-30 as Climate Preparedness Week in the City of Boston! Next week, community leaders are hosting events around greater Boston to help prepare residents for the dangerous impacts of climate change and extreme weather. For more information or to find out about activities near you, check out climatecrew.org/prepweek.

Appointments & Confirmations:

  • Kara Elliott-Ortega as the new Chief of Arts and Culture after the departure of Chief Julie Burros, effective September 3.
  • Cathleen Douglas Stone confirmed to be reappointed to the Boston Water & Sewer Commission.
Public Accommodations Protections: The Council voted (11-0, Councilors Flaherty & Zakim absent) to adopt Councilor O’Malley’s resolution in support of voting yes on Question 3 on this year’s ballot, which asks voters whether to maintain the anti-discrimination and public accommodation laws passed in 2016 to protect the rights of transgender people. This referendum is the first attempt in the country to repeal transgender public accommodation laws. Voting Yes would preserve the statewide anti-discrimination protections.

Gas Infrastructure: Councilors O’Malley, Flynn and Pressley called for a hearing to examine the safety of gas infrastructure in the city and look at our emergency preparedness measures in the face of risks from gas leaks and incidents. In the wake of what happened in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, we need to make sure that natural gas companies have the standards to ensure the safety of neighborhoods, and that the City is taking all the necessary steps to ensure this disaster is not repeated. Specifically, the Councilors called for discussing natural gas safety features such as automatic shutoff valves, communications strategies to inform residents through multiple sources about disaster preparedness, and optimized coordination with utilities. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Environment, Sustainability & Parks for a hearing.

Opioid Crisis: Councilor Essaibi-George filed a hearing order in compliance with open meeting law as the Council and Boston State Delegation convene a working session regarding a collaborative approach to tackle the opioid crisis on Monday, September 24th, at 10AM in the Curley Room at City Hall. She noted that the meeting will be open to the public, but there will be no public testimony taken.

Voter Registration: Councilors Pressley, Edwards & Zakim called for a hearing to discuss the possibility of requiring landlords in Boston to provide voter registration information to new tenants when they sign a lease. The Councilors emphasized that nearly 64% of Bostonians are renters, and voter turnout has hovered around 30%. Other cities around the country have implemented ordinances with this requirement. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Civil Rights for a hearing.

Upcoming Hearings (In the City Council Chamber unless otherwise noted. Watch Live or At Your Leisure )

  • Thursday, 9/20, 5:30pm: Working Session re: East Boston Master Plan (Planning, Development, and Transportation)[Offsite at the East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen Street]
  • Monday, 9/24, 10am: Working Session re: the opioid crisis (Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery)[Curley Room]
  • Thursday, 9/27, 12pm: Hearing re: land disposition and stewardship (Planning, Development, and Transportation)
  • Monday, 10/1, 3pm: Hearing to review the Boston Public School's strategies to serve off-track youth (Education)
  • Tuesday, 10/2, 1pm: Hearing re: plans regarding reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge and the reopening of service facilities (Planning, Development, and Transportation; Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery)
  • Our next City Council meeting will be on September 26, 2018 at 12pm
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Around Fort Point This Weekend

There is a little something for everyone this weekend. Explore South Boston history. Discover Polish culture and tradition. Test your taste buds. See and buy art. Shop. Be entertained. Enjoy!

SouthBoston Street Festival
Eat, shop and be entertained by the Best of South Boston merchants, restaurants, service providers, artists and community organizations Saturday, September 15th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on East Broadway between “I” and “L” Streets.  

The  South Boston Historical Society will run free 25-minute neighborhood trolley tours from the South Boston Street Festival. The tour will feature a stop at St. Augustine Chapel, continuing on to Old Colony and a peak at the beach, circling back to the start at I Street and Broadway.   The trolley will run  from noon until 3, last departure at 2:30 pm.

St. Augustine’s 200th Anniversary Celebration:  
All weekend!  Tours starting at 8:00 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, and end at 8:00 pm on Friday, 7:30 pm on Saturday, and 4:00 pm on Sunday.


ATK (America's Test Kitchen) Boston EATS Cooking, Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, September 14 2pm - 5pm. Join award-winning Boston chefs for interactive tasting stations, wine, beer & spirits, book signings, main stage demos, music and much more at ATK's home in the Seaport at 21 Drydock Ave.

ATK Kids Fest  Sunday, September 15, 2018 11am - 1:30pm There will here will be live cooking and science demos, interactive tasting and activity stations, face-painting, music, and more. Demos and activities are geared towards kids ages 8 - 13, but the event is suitable for all ages.

32nd Annual South End Open Studios is Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th from 11 am to 6 pm. Visit over 200  artist plus local galleries displaying work by national and international artists. 








Polish Harvest Festival:  Sunday, September 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish at 655 Dorchester Ave.  Great entertainment for the whole family!  Learn about Polish culture, heritage and traditions and enjoy the amazing homemade Polish food!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fort Point Community Invited To Friends Annual Meeting


The Board of Directors of Friends of Fort Point Channel 
invites the Community of the Fort Point Channel 
to 
2018 Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:15 pm
Boston Tea Party & Ship Museum
306 Congress St.
Eric Haydel, Board Chair

originally published 9.11.18

BSO Brass Quintet To Play Seaport Common

As heard at the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's June gathering, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will be performing a mix of light classics and contemporary hits on:


Thursday, September 13, 2018*
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Seaport Common
85 Northern Ave.


Grab a picnic blanket or your most comfortable lawn chair and prepare to be entertained. Local businesses will be offering small bites and beverages. 

This free event is hosted by Janet Wu.  

*In case of rain, the event will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

originally published 9.11.18

Monday, September 10, 2018

GE Innovation Point September Construction Update

The first phase of the Harborwalk construction continues with the Harborwalk temporarily located onto the existing parking lot.  The existing Harborwalk was removed in the area of the first phase, new light bases and conduit have been installed and excavation and placement of the subbase for the Harborwalk is underway.  The concrete and landscaping associated with the first phase of the Harborwalk will be placed in September.   

·         The balance of the Harborwalk reconstruction, Phase 2, from the trailers to Necco Ct will be constructed from September through the end of 2018.  The temporary walkway for that phase has already been constructed.  Landscaping and certain plantings will be completed in the early spring of 2019 to meet planting season requirements of the plants. 

·         Structural steel for the glass enclosure connecting the two buildings is being erected.  Structural steel work in the glass enclosure area will continue through the month.  Structural steel is being delivered for erection of the mezzanine level in the east building.

·         The removal of the balance of the west building roof is underway to make way for construction of the new 6th floor and roof.  A temporary roof membrane has been placed on the fifth floor concrete slab to keep the balance of the building dry while the new roof structure is constructed.  Erection of the structural steel for the west building 6th floor will commence after the existing roof removal is complete.

·         The fifth floor concrete slab in the west building has been placed.   Preparations are underway for concrete slab placement on the second, third and fourth floors of the west building.  Rough-in of interior walls and completion of interior masonry restoration will follow concrete slab placement.

·         The slab on grade was placed in the east building.  The columns have been encased in concrete below the first floor and the first floor structural slab has been placed.  Column bracing and encasement above the first floor will commence once the concrete slab has cured.  Construction of the mezzanine floor will also commence once the first floor concrete slab is accessible.

·         The timber beams, girders and deck have been restored in the opening from the freight elevator that was demolished on all floors but the fifth floor in the west building.  Completion of the remaining beams, girders and deck is underway.

·         The placement of timber beams, girders and deck around the passenger elevator and freight elevator in the east building is continuing, tying the building to the core in preparation for structural slabs to be placed on each floor of the east building. 

·         Initial electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough-in continues in the crawlspace and on floors of the west building.  Construction of new ductwork and piping risers continues in the west building which is being coordinated with construction of the core’s interior masonry walls.  Electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough-in will commence in the crawlspace of the east building.

·         The pile cap for the new column to support the bridge across Necco Ct is complete and is protected by a temporary plywood enclosure.  Fabrication of materials for the bridge reconstruction is commencing.

·         Cutting and repointing of the masonry façades continues on both buildings.  Repair and replacement of damaged brick is performed as the restoration progresses.  Mast climbers will continue to be moved around the building as masonry restoration progresses.  Cutting and repointing of masonry will continue for several months.  Washing of the facades will be performed once the masonry restoration is completed after mortar has cured for the required duration.

·         The construction of the new large openings in the first floor of the west building continues.  Two have been braced with the masonry reconstruction in process while other openings are being made and braced.  The work on the large openings will continue into October. 

·         Masonry openings for the new windows on the 4th and 5th floors on the south side of the east building will be completed when masonry restoration moves to the south façade of the east building.  The preparation of existing window openings in both buildings is underway to restore masonry and provide the blocking necessary to receive the new windows.  Masonry repairs of the interior walls is performed when weather precludes exterior façade restoration work.

·         The crane is supporting removal of the roof of the west building and the erection of the structural steel for the roof and the new 6th floor.  The crane continues to support placement of timber beams and girders and placement of the mechanical and plumbing risers.  The crane will remain on site through most of the 2018 construction season.


·         The new switch and transformer in the new transformer yard were placed into operation on August 25 servicing the 253 Summer St. and Melcher St buildings.  The existing electrical transformer that remains has been de-energized and will be removed by Eversource allowing for completion of the new transformer yard.  GE will continue to work closely with Synergy, its tenants and Eversource to complete the electrical equipment revisions on Necco Ct.    

GE Innovation Point Construction updates occur about monthly in frequency or when there are major transitions in the construction process. Visit
www.gereports.com/boston to sign up for updates and find the latest information or contact GE at innovation.point@ge.com.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Open Studios Season Kicks Off & Two Local Artists' Retrospectives This Weekend

Open Studios season in Boston is right around the corner, starting next weekend to be exact. 

There is no need to wait until then. Two women artists are being celebrated this weekend for their contributions to the arts.

The Distillery Gallery presents a modest retrospective of the work of sculptor, and longtime Distillery resident, Joyce McDaniel. The exhibition includes pieces from throughout the artist's career, including her early welded steel work, inspired by her upbringing in Oklahoma, to her later constructions that combined expanded steel mesh, overlaid with delicate hand-made and dressmaker pattern paper.
Opening reception: Saturday, Sept. 8, 6 - 9 PM
On view: September 8 - 29, 2018
The Distillery Gallery
516 E 2nd St. 


Ephemeral Permanence
The Gallery At 249 A honors  the life and art of Valda Zalkalns (1940--2017) in Ephemeral Permanence:

Saturday, September 8th from 2 to 9 pm 
Sunday September 9th, from 2 to 5 pm

Ms Zalkalns was a founding member of the 249 A Street Artist Cooperative. In her early life she and her family were Latvian refugees from the Soviet army, living in DP camps for eight years. She was an active artist for fifty years after her graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, working in watercolors, commercial art, handmade ceramic tiles, earth art, photography, and mono prints. This retrospective includes work from each of phase of her artistic life. The Gallery At 249 A is located on the lower level of 249 A Street. 

Mark Your Calendars: 2018 Boston Open Studios:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

State Primary Tuesday, September 4th: Many Decisions


The Massachusetts State Primary is Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Exercise your right to choose who will be on the November 6th ballot for: US Senator, US Representative, MA Governor, LT Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney, Auditor, Register of Deeds and Clerks of Superior Court. 

Our polling location is the Condon School located at 200 D Street (behind the Labouré Center). The polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm. 

Take a sneak peak at what your sample ballot will look like. 



The last day to apply an absentee ballot is Friday, August 31st at 5 pm. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

315 On A Public Community Meeting

The Boston Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) will be holding a community meeting regarding a change to 315 on A, formerly know as 319 A rear, on: 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
315 A Street

The meeting will discuss the proposed First Amendment to the First Amended and Restated Development Plan for 319 A Street Rear within Planned Development Area No. 69, South Boston/The 100 Acres. The sole proposed change to the completed project under this Amendment is a change of approximately 1,000 square feet of ground-floor space, former home of the Fort Point Arts Community's Made In Fort Point store, to Office use. 

Project Manager: Aisling Kerr
Public comment deadline: September 10, 2018
Comments may be submitted to Aisling via email or via the online form (scroll down to bottom of page).


originally posted 8.23.18

Monday, August 27, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Speed, Seaport Transit, Voting, Marijuana, Mobility & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their August 1 and August 22, 2018 meetings (NOTE: No City Council meetings on August 8 or August 15):


Speed Limits: Councilors Flynn and Baker filed for a hearing to discuss reducing the default speed limit to 20 miles per hour and how to provide better traffic calming throughout the City. Councilor Flynn noted that his district needs traffic calming and safer streets, and there have been numerous examples of how dangerous the situation is, including the recent tragedy in South Boston that neighbors are still mourning. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation for a hearing.

South Boston Seaport: Councilors Flynn and Flaherty filed a hearing order regarding the South Boston Seaport Waterfront and its Transit Strategic Plan. Councilor Flynn stated that he was grateful for growth in the city, but that residents deserve greater input in these plans. Councilor Flaherty emphasized the need for raised crosswalks, speed signs, and more traffic enforcement. He stated that the planning process for transportation planning in the area is supposed to be underway, and the Council needs an update. Councilor McCarthy stood to request that the issue of concurrent jurisdiction be included as well. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation.

Voter Registration: Councilors Pressley, Edwards & Zakim called for a hearing to discuss the possibility of requiring landlords in Boston to provide voter registration information to new tenants when they sign a lease. The Councilors emphasized that nearly 64% of Bostonians are renters, and voter turnout has hovered around 30%. Other cities around the country have implemented ordinances with this requirement. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Civil Rights for a hearing.

Equity Practices for Marijuana Licensing: Councilors Pressley & McCarthy called for a hearing to discuss Boston’s current marijuana licensing process and explore best equity practices. Councilor Pressley described that the medical marijuana licensing process saw 182 applicants, with 8 ultimately selected -- no businesses owned by people of color. She called for proactive regulations to codify equity in this multibillion-dollar industry, including a social equity program and an objective, transparent selection process intentionally focused on repairing past inequities. Councilor McCarthy echoed the importance of doing right by community and residents to have opportunity as big business looks to cash in from around the country on Boston’s new market. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Small Business & Consumer Affairs.

Dockless Mobility & Electric Scooters: Councilor O’Malley filed a hearing order to discuss dockless bikes and electric scooters in Boston. He noted that replacing car trips with other mobility modes benefits drivers by reducing traffic on roads, cyclists by increasing the critical mass necessary for safe bike lanes, the City by reducing congestion, and the environment by reducing carbon emissions. The popularity of micro-mobility has increased over the years and many of these trips starting in neighboring municipalities often end in the City of Boston, causing removal challenges for the City. Other cities with both docked and dockless systems see them as complementary, each improving the urban mobility ecosystem in different but related ways. The matter has been assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation for a hearing.
                         
Appointments:
  • Boston Police Department: William Gross as Commissioner, effective August 8, 2018.
  • Neighborhood Housing Trust Fund: Mark Liu, Harry Smith, and reappointed Sister Margaret Leonard as members until January 1st, 2020
  • Boston Cultural Council: Daniel Francois, Jennifer Falk, and Justina Crawford as members until October 1st, 2020.
  • Commission for Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board: Olivia Richard, Juan Ramirez-Tapia, Yardley Sanchez, Elizabeth Dean-Clower, G. Paul Caron, and Wesley Ireland as Commissioners until August 1st, 2021.
  • Boston Employment Commission: The Mayor reappointed Charles Cofield, Deborah Wright, John Redd, Jorge Martinez, Mark Fortune, and Travis Watson until July 1st, 2020.
  • Living Wage Advisory Committee: The Mayor appointed James McNeil, and repappointed Benjamin Stuart, as members until June 1st, 2021.
  • Boston Groundwater Trust: The Mayor reappointed Janine Commerford as a trustee until March 22, 2020.
  • Boston Arts Commission: The Mayor reappointed Mark Pasnik as a member until April 1st, 2023.
Upcoming Hearings (In the City Council Chamber unless otherwise noted. Watch online)

  • Wednesday, 8/29, 11am: Hearing re: jitney license petiton from Local Motion (Planning, Development, and Transportation)
  • Thursday, 8/30, 10am: Hearing re: declaring parcels at 200 and 400 Frontage Road in South Boston as surplus and transferring to the Public Facilities Commission for disposition (Planning, Development, and Transportation).
  • Thursday, 8/30, 1pm: Hearing re: Outreach, opportunities and challenges facing Veterans and Military Families in the City of Boston (City, Neighborhood Services and Veteran and Military Affairs)
Next City Council meeting is September 12, 2018.

For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Senator Nick Collins To Host Office Hours Friday

Did you know our neighborhood is made up of city, federal and state property owners in addition to private owners? I know you know we have elected officials from all three levels of government. State Senator Nick Collins will be holding office hours today, Friday, August 24, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the South Boston Public Library.  

Come bring ideas or concerns regarding public transportation, public safety, development on State owned land such as the BCEC, MBTA Red line testing on Track 61, the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge or anything else on your mind. If you have never met the Senator, he invites you to stop by to say hello. 

The library is located at 646 E. Broadway between I and K Streets (across from the Paramount and Stop & Shop).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The People's Harbor: A Happening In A Street Park

Artist For Humanity invites you to participate in the culminating exhibition of "The People's Harbor," a series of community-based collaborative art experiences produced by Artists For Humanity's teens and mentors this summer. Add your creative voice to the series’ final large-scale painting. 
August 16, 2018
5 pm - 7 pm
A Street Park
141 A Street
Artists For Humanity (AFH) is but one of a larger consortium of organizations working to increase access to and sustain Boston's beautiful waterfront. For more information about the collaborative initiative click here.
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Two Local Art Organizations Are Making Magic This Summer

The Distillery Gallery presents Make Reality Magic Again, A Retrospective Exhibition of the Voyeuges Series & Public Premiere Screening of Episode III. Reception and screening are Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Voyeuges involves a cameraman and musical ensemble observing the street from a row of second story windows, creating together cinematic footage and an improvised musical score in response to either the happenstance occurrences on the block, or improvised public performances and installations by members of the ensemble. The footage and accompanying live music are cut down to a short movie with a hint of narrative arc. The mood leans naturally towards mystery and suspense, and sways from feelings of daydreaming to mundanity to absurdity, madness and back again - a weird and beautiful form of movie entertainment.

Make Reality Magic Again is on view through August 18th.  The Distillery Gallery is located at 516 E 2nd St.

The Fort Point Theatre Channel takes you on tour with Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics
Cloud Tectonics is a humorous time-bending love story written by Academy Award-nominated José Rivera. Celestina, a hitchhiker whose pregnancy is lasting over two years, and Aníbal, a baggage handler at LAX, meet in the rain for an unforgettable and life-altering encounter in the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Sometimes our paths are meant to overlap and diverge simultaneously.

These special workshop performances feature live music and Foley effects by L.A.-based musician Olivia Brownlee and is presented by actor/director Jaime Carrillo in association with Fort Point Theatre Channel. 



August 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street, Boston
August 17 and 18 @ 7:30 pm
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

August 21 @ 7:30 pm *

The August 14, 17, and 18 performances are free.
To reserve your seats, please email Jaime@fortpointtheatrechannel.org.

Click here for tickets to the August 21 performance at Gloucester Stage.

Cast: Jadira Figueroa (Celestina), Jaime Carrillo (Anibal), &
Fernando Barbosa (Nelson) 
Musicians: Nick Thorkelson, Mitchel Ahern, Anaís Azul, Francis Xavier Norton,
Luz Lopez, & Fernando Barbosa

REMINDER: Channel Dance continues from 11 am to 1 pm on August 19, 2018 at Waterfront Plaza (290 Congress St) across the Channel from the Boston Children's Museum.  Story Dance returns September 2, 2018 at the same time and location. All events are free and open to kids and families.