Monday, May 23, 2022

May 24th Neighborhood Gathering Features Activities on Land & Sea

 You Are Invited

to a
Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
6 pm to 8 pm
ZOOM ONLY*

Sign Up Today 

featuring

C-6 Boston Police Community Service Officers 

Anna White, South Boston Liaison
Office of Neighborhood Services


Summer Activations in Seaport
Emily Soukas, WS Development 

Live from the Community Boat Building Shop
on Liberty Drive
Dave Pippin & Volunteers

Hull LifeSaving Museum on the Channel
Boston Rowing Center at Barking Crab Marina
Michael McGurl, Executive Director


&

What's New at Martin's Park?
Summer Programs & Volunteer Opportunities 
Sierra Rothberg


introducing

The Garret Bar
 
70 Pier Four Boulevard, Suite 270
requesting support for an All Alcoholic Beverages License

&

Grace by Nia  (moved to June)

1 Seaport Square 
requesting support for an All Alcoholic Beverages License

plus
Neighborhood News

* Please note that this month's gathering will be online only and not in person at District Hall

originally published 05.18.22

Thursday, May 19, 2022

May Happenings Around or About The Neighborhood

updated 05.19.22 with May 26 Congress St Reconstruction Public Meeting and May 31st 51 Melcher St. IAG Public Meeting.

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS

May 18: Conservation Commission Meeting start at 6pm. Check out neighborhood items on the agenda from ICA Cliff Diving to Pier 10 (38 Drydock) to L Street Power Plant to MassDOT improvements on Cypher, Richards & Fargo.

May 19: Parcel X (310 Northern Ave.) Public Meeting 6pm - 8pm. The proponent proposes the demolition of the two (2) existing, single-story industrial buildings and the construction of a new, two (2)-building, approximately 742,000 square foot life sciences/research and development campus 

May 20 - May 22: HarpoonFest 2022 Celebrate the local Boston music scene with beer in hand! 
Friday 6pm - 11pm and Saturday 12pm - 7pm at 306 Northern Ave.

May 21: Boston Harbor Islands Free Ferry Day from 8am – 2:30pm. Tickets available on first come, first serve basis. 


May 26: Congress St. (Fort Point) Reconstruction Project Public Meeting at 6:30pm. Boston Public Works will present revised designs to sidewalks, lighting, crosswalks and street trees informed by feedback from residents and businesses since February's meeting. Register Today.

May 31: 51 Melcher St Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm regarding proposed conversion to Life Sciences labs and office.  The purpose of the meeting is the potential impacts and mitigation for the project. Register.


COMMENT DEADLINES
June 10th: MEPA BMIP/Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Master Plan and 24 Drydock NPC. Watch MEPA Virtual RLFMPF Master Plan Update site visit. Direct comments to Alexander Strysky, MEPA Analyst.

originally published 05.17.22

Monday, May 16, 2022

Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Community Listening Sessions

Please join the Fort Point Channel Working Group at two Virtual Listening Sessions and share your thoughts on ways to activate the watersheet and make the 244–284 A Street project and Fort Point Channel’s Seawall Basin an inclusive, equitable, active and inviting destination for all the residents of our city.

This meeting is hosted by Save the Harbor / Save the Bay and the Fort Point Channel Working Group in response to the BPDA's October 20, 2021 Request for Supplement Information, where the proponent of the 244–284 A Street Development was asked:
How does the proposed project embrace and respond to the 2002 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan? The Plan calls for significant in-water infrastructure to support small boat programs and art installations including a new pier and boat house. This type of facility would be appropriate for a project of this scale along the Channel.
The Proponent should develop a series of meetings and workshops to advance watersheet activation uses and programs with organizations familiar with the Channel and opportunities for year round use and enjoyment of the Channel and also abilities to attract and welcome Boston’s diverse populations. Organizations including Save the Harbor / Save the Bay, Friends of the Fort Point Channel, the Boston Children's Museum, Fort Point Arts Community and the numerous nonprofit organizations funded through the Fort Point Channel Operations Board.

The  Fort Point Channel Working Group is currently comprised of Boston Harbor Now, The American Cities Coalition, Boston Children's Museum, Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA), Friends of the Fort Point Channel, Save The Harbor, Save The Bay, Wharf District Council, Related Beal, BPDA and MassDEP.  

originally published 05.09.22 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Conservation Commission May 2022 Public Meeting

The Boston Conservation Commission (ConCom) will hold its next bi-weekly public hearing on:

May 18, 2022
6:00 p.m
Dial-in audio: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044 #
Participant ID: provided upon log in

The Commission reviews projects to determine what conditions, if any, the Commission will impose in order to protect the interests of the public and private water supply, groundwater, prevention of pollution, flood control, prevention of storm damage, protection of fisheries and land containing shellfish, and protection of wildlife habitat. View Full Agenda

Neighborhood Agenda Items

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1870 and BOS File No. 2022-029 from Childs Engineering on behalf of the Boston Planning and Development Agency for the proposed pile repair, installation of structural jackets, and installation of a floating dock with access gangways and a pedestrian waiting area, located at 38 Drydock Ave, South Boston, MA (DPA, LUO, LSCSF, Waterfront Area, 100ft Buffer to Coastal Bank)

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1872 and BOS File No. 2022-031 from VHB on behalf of HRP 776 Summer Street LLC for the proposed reconstruction the seawall, landside regrading, and extension of stormwater outfalls located at 776 Summer St, South Boston, MA (DPA, LUO, Coastal Bank, LSCSF, Waterfront Area, 100ft Buffer to Coastal Bank)

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1834 from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the proposed roadway improvements located at Cypher St, Richards St, E St, and Fargo St, South Boston, MA (LSCSF)

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXXX and BOS 2022-XXX (ICA Cliff Diving) from Collins Engineers, Inc. on behalf of Hangman Productions USA Inc. for the proposed temporary construction of a diving platform on the stone revetment and roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, South Boston, MA (LUO, Coastal Bank)

Acceptance of the Order of Conditions:

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1866 and BOS File No. 2022-025 from Bohler on behalf of CRE-MLL Farnsworth Property Owner LLC for the proposed construction of a stormwater infiltration system, overflow connection, and rear stairs located at 33-41 Farnsworth St, South Boston, MA (LSCSF) 

Pro Tip: These meetings can last long. Through the power of zoom, you can zoom in and out to see where they are on the agenda.

originally published 05.12.22

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks May 2022 Meeting

05/10/22: revised agenda and updated with available presentations

The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, May 12, 2022
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id 884 0359 7124# You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.1102 FPC         343 CONGRESS STREET- withdrawn by staff
Applicant: Pamela Jagiello
Proposed work: Install new signage.

APP # 22.1154 FPC         44 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Ashlea Andrews
Proposed work: Install new signage.

II. Administrative Review: : In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building’s appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing

APP # 22.1143 FPC         332 CONGRESS STREET
Remove and replace steel channels, repair brick masonry, repoint, and paint steel to match existing.

APP # 22.1052 FPC         15 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Repoint rear façade.


III. Advisory Review: 

17 FARNSWORTH STREET
Proposed Work: Demolish existing parking garage and construct a new Life Sciences building.

IV. RATIFICATION OF 3/10/2022 AND 4/14/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

V. STAFF UPDATES

VI. PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

originally published 05.05.22

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Spring Neighborhood Gathering Eyes The Waterfront, City Services, Streets, Funding & Developing News

updated 5/4/22 with Museum presentation.


 You Are Invited

to a

Fort Point Seaport Spring Neighborhood Gathering
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
6 pm to 8 pm
District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
or
Online


featuring
C-6 Boston Police Community Service Officers 

City of Boston Office of Neighborhood Services
Director Enrique Pepen 

Connecting Seaport to North Station via Bus Rapid Transit
Matthew Moran, 
Transit Team Director, Boston Transportation Dept.

&

New Water Experiences & Flood Protection
Boston Children's Museum Waterfront Master Plan
Carole Charnow, President & CEO of  The Boston Children's Museum
Charlayne Murrell-Smith, VP External Relations & Corporate Development


plus
What's In The City Budget for Seaport & Fort Point?

Word On The Streets

The Latest Life Sciences Development Updates

with
Open Community Questions

originally published 04.22.22

Grand Circle Travel Hosts Blood Drive This Thursday

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo by donating blood (if you can) for those in need.

THE MGH BLOODMOBILE IS COMING TO 

Grand Circle Travel 
347 Congress St.
Thursday, May 5
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Click here to schedule an appointment 

Am I Eligible? Click HERE

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Creating A Waterfront For All: Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grants Available

Bolstering the Wu Administration's ongoing work to create a waterfront that is accessible to all, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Fort Point Channel Operations Board are accepting applications for the 2022 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program. The application can be downloaded from the BPDA website.


Now in its 11th year, the program provides financial resources for capital improvements and public programming within and along the Fort Point Channel, as envisioned in the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan. The plan was established in 2002 through a collaborative effort between the BPDA, City of Boston, landowners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, and residents to encourage new cultural activities and year-round programming in Fort Point.
 
Approximately $50,000 is available to organizations for the 2022 grant cycle. The competitive grant seeks creative proposals for water-based programming in and around Fort Point that will benefit the general public, including such things as new water-based infrastructure, public events, art installations, and educational opportunities.
 
To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding at the discretion of the Fort Point Channel Operations Board if the project constitutes a not-for-profit, public project.
 
Applications are due on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5 P.M. Funding for the grants stems from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License for Atlantic Wharf, a project developed by Boston Properties.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks April 2022 Meeting


The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, April 14, 2022
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id 860 3591 2279#/ You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0919 FPC        305 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Keenan Brinn
Proposed work: Install small cell facility on an existing Boston light pole; replace existing pole to accommodate new antenna and equipment cabinet.

APP # 22.0924 FPC       A STREET
Applicant: Keenan Brinn
Proposed work: Install small cell facility on an existing Boston light pole; replace existing pole to accommodate new antenna and equipment cabinet.

APP # 22.0926 FPC        253 SUMMER STREET
Applicant: Keenan Brinn
Proposed work: Install small cell facility on an existing Boston light pole; replace existing pole to accommodate new antenna and equipment cabinet.

APP # 22.0960 FPC       44 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Ashlea Andrews
Proposed work: Install new signage including 1 set halo lit letters on aluminum pan sign, 1 blade sign, and 4 window vinyls.

APP # 22.1038 FPC        51 MELCHER STREET
Applicant: Alex Muñoz 
Proposed work: Build elevator shaft wall behind windows that can be seen from Necco Court.

APP # 22.1039 FPC        11 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Philip Marcotty
Proposed work: Replace existing transformer and associated concrete pad with transformer placed on podium; installation of flood barriers.

APP # 22.1042 FPC        12 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Philip Marcotty
Proposed work: Modifications to the loading dock at the rear of the building, modification of select windows, hardscape improvements at the rear (west) elevation. Install security cameras, new louvers, and Fire Department connection. At the roof level, install new equipment which will remain minimally visible from surrounding public ways.

II. Ratification of  10/14/2021 & 2/10/2022 Public Hearing Minutes

III. Staff Updates

IV. Projected Adjournment: 8:00PM


FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Monday, April 04, 2022

Just In: No Parking on A Street Between Necco & Wormwood

updated 4/4/22: No parking area extended on A St from Necco Street to Binford Street from 9:30am to 3:30pm through April 7th. 

updated 3/10/22: Vicinity Energy work for 15 Necco details added

There is no parking on A Street between Necco and Wormwood Streets Monday - Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm starting today, March 9th, through April 7th. Be sure to move your car by tomorrow morning and every weekday morning before 9:30am to avoid it being towed. Please help spread the word to your neighbors. 

The parking restrictions are due to the start of utility work on A Street. Vicinity Energy is running a new steam pipe from their existing service on West 2nd Street to 15 Necco Street, which National Alexandra Real Estate Equities announced will be the future home of Eli Lilly's Institute for Genetic Medicine.

The work is expected to last through the fall. It will be done in sections of approximately 150 feet and when an area is being excavated parking will not be allowed.



originally published 03.08.22

Boston City Council Looks At PILOT, Electric Bikes, Affordable Housing & More

City Council Communications and City Councilor Kendra Lara publish updates from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from March 30, 2022 City Council meeting:

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS FROM COUNCIL MEETING


Councilors Louijeune and Mejia offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An act authorizing the City of Boston to grant four additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the specified premises.

Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing on the state of Boston's non-governmental, nonprofit social sector and charting a post-pandemic recovery. President Flynn referred this matter to the Committee on COVID-19 Recovery. President Flynn referred this matter to the Committee on Government Operations.

Councilors Breadon, Louijeune and Bok offered the following: Resolution in support of H.3080/S.1874, An Act relative to payments in lieu of taxation (PILOT) by organizations exempt from the property tax. The council adopted this resolution.

Councilors Breadon, Louijeune and Bok offered the following: Resolution in support of H.3457/S.2309, An Act relative to electric bicycles.

Councilors Fernandes Anderson, Arroyo and Worrell offered the following: Order for a hearing to explore a digital marketplace pilot program.

Councilors Murphy, Louijeune and Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing to address the lack of athletic opportunities for our students.

Councilors Edwards and Flynn offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act regarding the disability pension for Elaina Mcalister.

Councilors Flynn, Edwards and Murphy offered the following: Resolution recognizing women veterans during Women's History Month.

Councilors Lara, Louijeune and Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding the state of affordable housing and Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy. President Flynn referred this matter to the Committee on Housing and Community Development.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

Tuesday April 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Ways and Means hearing on Docket #0295Order for a hearing to explore municipal bonds and other fiscal options to increase affordable housing and community investments

Tuesday April 5, 2022 at 5:30 PM
Community Preservation Act hearing on Docket #0313 - Message and order for an appropriation order in the amount of Twenty Seven Million Two Hundred and Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Four Dollars ($27,205,854.00) from Fiscal Year 2022 community preservation fund revenues for community preservation projects at the recommendation of the City of Boston Community Preservation Committee

Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM: Council Meeting View Agenda.

Thursday April 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Redistricting Meeting A meeting to hear public testimony regarding redistricting from residents of District 1, District 2 (includes Fort Point, Seaport, South Boston, Downtown, Chinatown & more...) and District 9

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Street Cleaning April Through November

April marks the start of the street cleaning season through November 30th.

The cleaning of Binford Street from A Street to the Channel occurs from 9 am until 1 pm. The odd side of the street (closest to Gillette) will be cleaned on the first and third Tuesdays of the month starting April 5, 2022. The even side (next to the Channelside parking lot) will be cleaned on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month starting April 12th.

The street sweepers will also tackle A Street from Binford to Congress on the 1st & 3d Tuesdays beginning April 5, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm. 

They will cross over to even side of A Street from Melcher to Congress every 2nd & 4th Tuesday commencing April 12th from 9 am until 1 pm. 

Everyday street cleaning  occurs on Congress St (Dorchester Ave to E. Service Rd ) and Sleeper St from 12:01 am until 7:00 am.

To receive no tow reminders, click 
here and enter the street name and then scroll down. The street cleaning parking fine is $40. If your car is towed, the minimum tow ticket is $108. More details Lookup nearby street sweeping schedules here.