Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fall Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering September 27th

 You Are Invited To A

Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
6 pm to 8 pm
in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
 via Zoom

featuring
 
State Representative David Biele 
4th Suffolk District

Our Boston Police Community Officers

&
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
60 Seaport Blvd
requesting support for a liquor license & an entertainment license

plus
Fort Point Arts Community
 43rd Annual Open Studios
October 14 - October 16, 2022

including 
About The Neighborhood: News & Updates

If you have an idea, update or concern you would like to bring up,
please let us know at fpnaboston@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Love Your Block. Meet Your Neighbors. This Saturday.

FPNA celebrates its seventeenth annual Love Your Block this Saturday as we sweep, pick and rake our way into Fall. Love Your Block is run in conjunction with the Mayor Office of Civic Organizing's volunteer neighborhood beautification program. 

Join your neighbors in the great outdoors and spruce up the neighborhood on: 

Saturday, September 24, 2022
10am - 12:30pm
Meet up at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets)
Tools will be provided



We will have coffee, snacks and water for all volunteers. 

Drop in for an hour or hang out with neighbors the whole time. How much the neighborhood shines depends on you. Please volunteer! Together let's make Wormwood Park, A Street and Melcher Street shine. 

Thank You Picnic in the Park at 5pm. 

Special thanks to our volunteers, Fort Point Market, Mayhew Wine Shop, Row 34,Serefina and Stone Provisions. 

About The Neighborhood: September & October Happenings

September Neighborhood Happenings

September 20: 244 - 284 A Street at Boston Civic Deign Commission at 5pm.  

September 20: How Climate Change May Threaten The Foundation of Boston (wood pile foundations on filled land and ground water levels) from 5:30-7:30pm at Rabb Hall in the Boston Public Library and online: Hosted by the Boston Groundwater Trust with opening remarks by Mayor Wu.

September 20 - Oct 2: The Boston Globe 150th Anniversary Exhibit at Seaport Common. Explore the poems and images that capture moments in time that have resonated in Boston and its people. 

September 21: Who-More-Is-Me/Humorist, a search for ideal forms of our corrupted selves, starting at 7pm at Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Studio 102.  

September 22: Taking Back the Hill, a celebration of 25 years of community reclaiming this once abandoned site, from 5pm - 8pm at 95 G St. Join Spoke (Medicine Wheel) at No Man's Land for an evening of community, food and art showcasing works by over 60 young men and women from this summer's YouthSPEAK program. 

September 22: CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND TRANSPORTATION HEARING ON DOCKET #0722 (City Hall & Virtual) at 6pm. View Docket. A hearing regarding a comprehensive, district-wide planning process for Boston's waterfront. To get zoom link or to offer written comments in advance, contact shane.pac@boston.gov. 

September 24: FPNA's 17th Annual Love Your Block, a volunteer event to sweep, pick and rake our way into Fall, from 10am - 12:30pm. Meet up at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets). Thank You Picnic in the Park starts at 5pm. 

September 24: Household hazardous waste, paper shredding, textiles, and electronics drop-off from 9am-1pm at the Central DPW Facility at 400 Frontage Road.

September 24: Opening Reception of the Annual Open Studios Members Show from 3pm - 5pm at the FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer Street. Free and open to the public.

September 25: Music in Martin's Park from 3pm - 4:30pm is taking place around the slides. Fort Point based Boston Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert for kids of all ages. Bring a picnic, a blanked or beach chair and enjoy.

September 27: FPNA Neighborhood Gathering, 6pm - 8pm at District Hall or via zoom (see details above).

September 28: Zero Net Carbon Building Zoning Initiative Regulatory Adoption Public Meeting, 6pm - 8pm.

September 30: NightOWLL presents "We Are One", bringing together artists who have a disability with those who do not to make the invisible visible, at 7pm at FPAC's Assemblage,70 Sleeper Street.  

Coming Up In October

October 1: Atlantic Wharf Fall Festival from 12pm - 4pm. A free family event with children's music, food and activity for kids of all ages on land and Channel. 

October 4: 17 Farnsworth Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting, 6pm - 8pm. The proposed project replaces a 361 public parking garage with Life Sciences labs and office with no on-site parking. 

October 5: 776 Summer St. Phase 1 Public Meeting, 6pm - 7:30pm. The Phase 1 Project covers 8.4 acres / 364,409 square feet within the approximately 15.2 acre parcel. It includes the rehabilitation of the Edison Turbine Halls 1, 2, and 3 and the construction of the buildings on Blocks D and F.

October 14 - 16: Save the dates for the 43rd Annual Fort Point Open Studios, celebrating visual and performing art by local artists. Meet artists in their studios, view performances and public art and buy local.

October 18: 330 C Street Public Meeting, 6pm - 7:30pm. The proposed project replaces a vacant one-story repair shop with a new six-story 74-room hotel with a ground-floor restaurant.

October 19: Fort Point Waterfront Community Design Workshop: Kick-off: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Help shape the future of the Fort Point Waterfront! People who live in, work in, and visit the Fort Point neighborhood will join forces with architects, landscape architects, and other designers to develop proposals for future waterfront designs along the Fort Point Channel. Hosted by Boston Harbor Now, FPNA and Boston  the Boston Society for Architecture, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, and the Stone Living Lab..

It is your neighborhood. Be Involved. Contact FPNA today!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Two Important Meetings You Won't Want To Miss: 244 -284 A St Tonight 9/12 & Waterfront Zoning Amendment 9/14

The BPDA is hosting a 244 – 284 A Street Public Meeting to discuss the draft 6th amendment to PDA 69 & draft development plan for PDA 69 on

Monday, September 12, 2022
6pm - 8pm

This 1 million square feet+ mixed-use development is composed of a residential building, an office building and a laboratory/research and development Life Sciences building plus required parks and open space. 

Last chance to give feedback. Did they make the changes we asked? Are the community benefits appropriate for a development of this magnitude?  

Comment deadline: Sept. 19, 2022 to Michael Sinatra at michael.a.sinatra@boston.gov

Related 244 - 284 A Street Posts

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Wednesday, September 14: 2nd Public Meeting on Proposed Zoning Amendments of Floor Area and Other Definitions at 6pm – 7:30pm. 

The proposed amendments will update several terms in the definition sections in Articles 2 and 2A, including Filled and Flowed Tidelands, Gross Floor Area, Floor Area Ratio (FAR), and Lot Area. The purpose is to clarify that tidelands/land underwater is not included in lot area and FAR calculations and that above-grade parking structures are included in Gross Floor Area. The first meeting to discuss these amendments was held virtually on July 20, 2022. 

Based on comments received, the proposed text amendment has been modified to better coordinate with Chapter 91 Waterways regulations with respect to piers and wharves.

Public comments will be accepted on the proposed amendments until Friday, October 7, 2022. Public comments may be submitted via email to BPDArpz@Boston.gov. To attend the virtual meeting, register at bit.ly/FARmeeting-2.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Conservation Commission Wednesday & Landmarks Thursday

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

September 7, 2022
6:00 pm
Dial-in audio: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044 #
Participant ID: provided upon log in

Neighborhood Agenda Items (View full agenda)

Item #1: Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1889 and BOS 2022-044 and supplemental information from VHB on behalf of GI ETS Fort Point I LLC c/o GI Partners for the construction of sidewalks, an infiltration system, and electrical equipment associated with the redevelopment of an existing office building for life sciences purposes located at 51 Melcher St, South Boston, MA (LSCSF) *Continued from the August 17, 2022 hearing

Item #2: Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1892 from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of the DIV Black Falcon, LLC for the installation of a new electrical conduit, transformer, and switchgear on an existing sidewalk located at 88 Black Falcon Ave, South Boston, MA (LSCSF) *Continued from the August 17, 2022 hearing

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

Thursday, September 8, 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 897 5092 3630# You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 23.0162 FPC        12 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Jason Parillo
Proposed work: Replace existing vertical flex-face sign with new; install: two aluminum panel signs, one delivery plaque, one no smoking plaque, one set of illuminated letters mounted to canopy.

APP # 23.0163 FPC        5 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Applicant: Jason Parillo
Proposed work: Install: one internally illuminated push-through sign cabinet, two sets of door graphics, one delivery plaque.  

II. RATIFICATION OF 8/11/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III. STAFF UPDATES

IV. PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM

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

Friday, September 02, 2022

State Primary: Voter Registration, Vote By Mail, Early Voting & Election Day

Voter Registration Deadline: August 27, 2022

Vote by Mail Application Deadline: August 29, 2022

Early Voting: August 27 - September 2

Election Day: September 6  from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

On Ballot: Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor's Council, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney, Sheriff, County Commissioner (only in certain counties).

Sample BallotsDemocratic  and Republican

Neighborhood Voting Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue


As election day approaches and with the City's twenty new precincts (two new precincts for voters of South Boston), there is a need for poll workers. If you know anyone who may be interested in serving as an Election Officer, on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, please have them complete the online application
here. If you have any questions, the Boston Election department can be reached by email or by phone a 617-635-0905.

originally published 07.26.22

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Don't Be Alarmed. Filming on Congress & on A St. Monday, August 29th

A movie will be filming on Congress Street and on A Street Monday, August 29th. It will involve the use of emergency vehicles so please don’t be alarmed.

T Street Productions (Knives Out) is currently in production on a new film currently going by the name Untitled Novelist Project. The film is written and directed by Cord Jefferson (Watchmen, The Good Place) and stars Jeffrey Wright (The Batman, Westworld, Angels In America). The movie follows the story of a struggling novelist who finds unexpected success while a brief trip to Boston becomes extended due to a series of family related issues.

Filming will take place at an area business on the corner of Congress St and A St on:

Monday, August 29th, 2022 from 7am – 7pm

The scene will involve emergency vehicles driving from Congress St to A St. They will not be stopping or detouring traffic but we do want to make sure neighbors are aware that this is not a real emergency event. BPD should be on site to sort out any confusion among first responders should there be a real emergency.

All of the crew cars will be staged off site at a private parking lot. They will be permitting parking for filming and to stage essential equipment trucks at:

  • Congress St metered parking between Sleeper St and Thomson Pl
  • A St resident parking between Congress St and Necco St 
  • A St metered parking between Melcher St and Necco St
  • D St metered parking between Claflin St and New Cypher St
T Street Productions are working closely with the City of Boston and the Mass Film Commission to reduce their impact on the neighborhood. To this end, parking passes will be available for neighbors at the Channel Center Garage if needed. Contact hartman.stephen@gmail.com on the day of filming if a resident parking spot isn’t available for you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Coffee With A Cop This Thursday

Come meet your local police officers for a chat and some coffee on:

Thursday, August 25, 2022
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Olga's Kafe
206 W. Broadway


Participants will receive a free Boston Police travel mug. 

The coffee is sponsored by the Boston Police Activities/Athletic League.

Special Conservation Preservation Funding Session Tuesday Night

Councilors Flynn and Flaherty are partnering with the Community Preservation (CPA) Team to host a virtual Community Preservation Act (CPA) information session on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6pm. Come learn how to utilize CPA funding to help preserve and enhance our neighborhood.

This session will provide information and resources on the different types of projects that CPA funds, from affordable housing, historic preservation, to open space and recreation facilities. It will discuss the application process, eligibility criteria and relevant deadlines. If you wish to learn more about the program, you can register for the session here.

The application round for the Fall will open in October 2022, close on November 9, 2022, and interested applicants must complete eligibility forms by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  

Here is a list of CPA projects in South Boston from recent years:

2022
Christopher Lee Playground - N Street Little League Field, $650,000
Boston’s Children’s Museum, $100,000
Barnard Place Park, $34,390
Congress Street Fire Station - Boston Fire Museum, $327,000

2018-2021
Martin’s Park – $500,000
St. Augustine Historic Chapel – $499,075
Barnard Place Park – $150,000
Congress St Fire Museum – $150,000
Harry McDonough Sailing Center – $78,783
Castle Island Interpretive Signs – $75,000
Kearsarge Anchor – $75,000

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Conservation Commission August 2022 Meeting Wednesday

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

August 17, 2022
6:00 pm
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

Item #4: Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1889 and BOS 2022-044 from VHB on behalf of GI ETS Fort Point I LLC c/0 GI Partners for the construction of sidewalks, an infiltration system, and electrical equipment associated with the redevelopment of an existing office building for life sciences purposes located at 51 Melcher St, South Boston, MA (LSCSF)

Item #5: Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-18XX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of the DIV Black Falcon, LLC for the installation of a new electrical conduit, transformer, and switchgear on an existing sidewalk located at 88 Black Falcon Ave, 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.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks August 2022 Meeting This Thursday

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

Thursday, August 11, 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 810 4777 1835# You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.1421 FPC   25 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Bernard Lebow
Proposed work: Install one 11’ x 25’ black aluminum plaque below existing plaque into the mortar joints.

APP # 23.0035 FPC   372 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Andrew Lafuente
Proposed work: Using existing metal frame replace fabric and painted signage of valance and awnings.

APP # 23.0079 FP   300 A Street
Applicant: Gabriel Zavala
Proposed work: Paint various existing front facade features.

APP # 22.1262 FPC   303 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Dorothy Deak
Proposed work: Installation of sunshade.

Applicant: ARE-MA Region 74, LLC
Proposed work: Install Chapter 91 Interpretive sign on the Harborwalk consisting of a 2’ x 4’ graphic featuring historic images sitting on a 4’ high black powder coated base to be attached to an existing deck platform.

II. RATIFICATION OF 7/14/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III. STAFF UPDATES

IV. PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM

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

Monday, August 01, 2022

A Look At What's Happening This Week & Next

updated 8/1/22 with August 1st Abutters meeting recording and August 2nd National Night Out.

What's Developing in the Neighborhood: 

July 19: 17 Farnsworth Street Public Meeting at 6pm. Replace existing, 361-vehicle parking garage built in 1986 with four-story Life Sciences building with mechanical penthouse set back from the roof edges to minimize visibility from the ground. No onsite accessory parking. Per Coastal Flood Resilience Overlay District, dry flood-proofed at least two feet above Sea Level Rise Base Flood Elevation (19.5 ft. BCB). For additional project details, explore the Project Notification Form. Comment deadline: July 29, 2022

July 19: 776 Summer St (Edison Power Plant) Phase 1 Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. Phase 1 will be located on 8.4 acres / 364,409 square feet within the approximately 15.2 acre (approximately 661,500 square foot) parcel of land known as and numbered 776 Summer Street in South Boston. It includes the rehabilitation of the Edison Turbine Halls 1, 2, and 3 and the construction of the buildings on Blocks D and F.  

July 20th: Blue Bottle (113 Autumn Lane) Abutters Meeting at 4pm. Requesting a Common Victualler License. Public welcome.

July 20th: Madras Dosa Co (55 Wharf Rd) Abutters Meeting at 5pm. Requesting to extend operating hours to 2 AM on weekdays and 3 AM on the weekends plus add third party delivery services. This fast, casual Indian restaurant does not serve alcohol.  Public welcome.

July 20: Moakley Park Design Phase 1 Community Meeting at 6pm. Register.

July 20: BPDA Proposed Zoning Amendments of Floor Area and Other Definitions Public Meeting from 6pm-7:30pm. The proposed amendments will update several terms in the definition sections in Articles 2 and 2A, including Filled and Flowed Tidelands, Gross Floor Area, and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to make clear that tidelands/land underwater is not included in lot area and FAR calculations and that above-grade parking structures are included in Gross Floor Area. View meeting details and documents.

July 25: Seaport Square (Notice of Project Change) Impact Advisory Group Meeting from 6pm-8pm. Public is welcome to attend. If you missed July 11th Public Meeting, view the presentation and video recordingComment deadline: July 29, 2022

July 27: 7 Channel Center (Notice of Project Change) Public Meeting from 6pm - 8pm. The proposed project is to redevelop 7 Channel Center Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston (the “Redevelopment Site”), by constructing a new office/research and development (“R&D”) building. View Notice of Project Change.

July 27 - August 4th: Better Bike Lanes Are Coming to A Street. The Boston Transportation Department is hosting a variety of times to talk with you in the A Street Park. 

August 1: Grace by Nia Abutters Meeting at 5pm. 1 Seaport Square (part of the former movie theater space). Requesting a 7 day All Alcoholic Beverages License, Live & non-live Entertainment License. View Abutters meeting and enter passcode CmAQ64S!  If you have any questions or comments about this proposal, please contact Anna White, South Boston Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

August 2: Tishman Speyer 232 A Street (former Gillette Parcel 3 parking lot) Coffee Hour at Binford Park (end of Binford St.to the left of the Pump House when facing the Channel) from 8:30am - 11am. Come meet the Tishman Speyer/Breakthrough Properties project team to learn about this 2.5 acre Life Sciences project within the 100 Acres Master Plan.

August 2: National Night Out in South Boston at Moakley Park (near JFK/Umass T stop) from 5pm - 8pm. Meet Mayor Michelle Wu,incoming Police Commissioner Michael Cox, BPD Command Staff, and your neighbors! Free kids’ activities, food and entertainment! Awards for Boston’s crime watch groups! For more information, call the Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit at 617-343-4345.

August 3:  776 Summer St (Edison Power Plant) Phase 1 Public Meeting at 6pm (replaces the original meeting scheduled for July 26th). See July 19th phase 1 project description under July 19th. Register.

originally published 07.18.22