Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks December 2021 Meeting

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

Thursday, December 9, 2021
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  845 0423 1578# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.


I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0422 FPC  343 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Maria Mercier
Proposed Work: Install new signage

APP # 22.0422 FPC 46 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Sergio Guzman
Proposed Work: Install new signage on windows, install new blade sign

APP # 22.0547 FPC 321 SUMMER STREET
Applicant: Paul Feeney
Proposed Work: Replace existing two (2) rooftop condensing units in-kind.


APP # 22.0627 FPC 11 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Phillip Marcotty
Proposed Work: Replace existing transformer and concrete pad.

APP # 22.0527 FPC 332 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant:: Donna Bennett
Proposed Work: Remove ornamental steel arch, add new detailing and lighting to recessed building entry. At the entry, remove existing tenant signage and replace with new at upper storefront bays. Replace awnings and backlit sign with transom windows. Replace entry doors.

APP # 22.0628 FPC 40 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Applicant: Nicole Hathaway
Proposed Work: Install new roof deck and new rooftop equipment, extend fire escape to roof, install new transformer, install new storm water infiltration system, remove existing signage. See additional items under Administrative Review

II. Administrative Review/ Approval: 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 # 22.0628 FPC 40 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Proposed Work: Replace existing roof, refinish wood storefront and minor restoration at stairs at A Street entry, renovate elevator exterior entrance. See additional items under Design Review

III. Ratification of 10/14/2021 Public Hearing Minutes

IV. Staff Updates

V. Projected Adjournment: 8:30PM


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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Don't Miss The Last Neighborhood Gathering of the Year

 Join FPNA
for

Fort Point Seaport
Last Neighborhood Gathering of 2021


Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today


introducing
Our New City Councilors-At-Large
Ruthzee Louijeune
&
Erin Murphy


plus
Representative David Biele
&
Our C-6 Community Officers
 
with
Neighborhood News & Conversations

&
A New Restaurant
Gordon Ramsa
y Street Pizza
368 Congress St
requesting a beer & wine license

We invite you to become an FPNA member or to renew your membership. An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50. You can pay by check or via venmo @FPNA-Boston.  Join FPNA today!

In The Holiday Spirit

Saturday, November 27: The City of Boston, Friends of Martin's Park and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department invite you to the Martin's Park Ship Holiday Lighting With Santa who will be arriving by boat, of course. This free, fun, festive event runs from 4pm - 6pm. The Friends of Martin's Park are also looking for day of event volunteers. More details.

Snowport Holiday Market now through January 2nd and Curling runs through February 2022.

Thursday, December 2: South Boston Christmas Stroll starts at 4pm with Santa riding in an antique fire truck. East & West Broadway. The Stroll kicks off "Shop, Dine & Splurge" events the next two Thursdays, December 9 & 16.

Thursday, December 2:
Opening for 249 A Street Artists Annual Holiday Sale Paper Clips, small artworks priced under $200, from 5pm to 7pm at 249 A Street.  

Friday, December 3: Light Up Seaport + Holiday Stroll from 5 pm - 9pm on Seaport Common. Shop, sip, and stroll across the neighborhood, enjoying exclusive holiday deals at your favorite Seaport stores. Tree lighting at 7:15pm.  

Sunday, December 5: Mayor's Tree Lighting at Medal of Honor Park from 12pm - 2pm.  Mayor Wu will light the tree at 1pm. There will be a bounce house and obstacle course, balloon animals, music, special guests, food and more. 

Monday, December 6: SeaportStrong Holiday Social from 6pm - 9pm at bartaco. Bring a toy and enjoy complimentary food and drink while mingling with your neighbors. 

 
Let's build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA today!

Friday, November 19, 2021

Santa Is Coming To Martin's Park

Santa Claus is arriving by boat and landing at the Harborwalk. From there Santa will enter Martin's Park and magically illuminate the much loved wooden play ship on:

Saturday, November 27, 2021 
4 pm - 6 pm
Free holiday event

Join Santa for some hot cocoa, caroling, and holiday fun. Hot cocoa will be provided by Flour Bakery and Tuscan Kitchen. Entertainment is by the a cappella group, Ball In The House, performing a selection of holiday classics, along with special guest, the Seaport’s Betty the Yeti.

Martin's Park, built in memory of eight-year-old Martin W. Richard, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is an inclusive, resilient Boston City Park along the Fort Point Channel at the Smith Family Waterfront next to the Boston Children's Museum.

The Martin's Park Ship Lighting is presented by Friends of Martin's Park and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The Friends of Martin's Park is looking for volunteers to help:

set up starting around 2pm
serve hot cocoa
manage the photo props
breakdown around 6pm 
Sunday walk through to make sure the Park is shipshape

Get in the holiday spirit by volunteering at this fun family holiday celebration. Contact Sierra Rothberg for all the details. 

Martin's Park is located at 64 Sleeper Street 
within the historic Fort Point Channel Landmark District. 

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Boston City Council Looks At Mass Ave Bridge Safety, Parking Minimums, Homelessness & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from October and her final City Council meeting yesterday, November 3, 2021 with a special message:

This week’s City Council meeting will be my last as City Councilor At-Large, as next week the Council will not meet in observance of Veteran’s Day. It’s been a true honor to serve on this body over the last eight years. I am humbled by the trust that has been placed in me to serve as Boston’s next mayor, and I look forward to continuing the work. 

VOTES

Safety Improvements on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Resolution: We voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Bok supporting key safety improvements on the Mass Ave Bridge, also known as the Harvard Bridge, including flex post-protected bike lanes by the end of the year and mode-separated travel for buses and bikes as soon as can be feasibly coordinated with the MBTA and MassDOT.

Youth and Young Adult Homeless Awareness Month Resolution: We voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Essaibi George recognizing November 2021 as Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Awareness Month, in support of the efforts of organizations, educators, and volunteers dedicated to meeting the needs of Boston’s children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing: We voted to approve an ordinance that I sponsored in partnership with Councilor Arroyo on surveillance oversight and information sharing. This legislation establishes clear safeguards to ensure that the surveillance technologies used by the City are deployed with transparency, public accountability, and democratic oversight. It also prevents Boston Public Schools safety specialists from sharing sensitive student information with the Boston Police Department to protect students from inappropriate surveillance and ensure that BPS is a welcome and safe environment for all students, regardless of race or immigration status.

Parking Minimums for Affordable Housing: We voted to approve a text amendment to the Boston Zoning Code with respect to parking minimums for affordable housing. This amendment will eliminate parking minimums for residential housing where at least 60% of the proposed residential units are income-restricted at or below 100% of the area median income (AMI), preventing the use of parking minimums as a tool to delay or prevent the construction of these affordable housing projects. This amendment still needs approval from the Board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Zoning Commission before it takes effect.

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS

Landmark Center Chapter 121A Project: We received communication from the City Clerk of the filing by the Boston Redevelopment Authority of the Application for the REport and Decision on the Eleventh Amendment to the Report and Decision on the Landmark Center Chapter 121A Project. Chapter 121A is the section of the Massachusetts General Laws that authorizes the creation of urban renewal corporations to undertake residential, commercial, civic, recreational, historic or industrial projects in areas considered to be decadent, substandard or blighted open space.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR

Housing Stabilization Home Rule Petition: We received notice for City Council approval of a home rule petition for a special law, Expanding the Authority of the Public Facilities Commission with Respect to Housing Stabilization. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

MATTERS HEARD FOR POSSIBLE ACTION

Reparations and their Impact on Civil Rights of Black Bostonians: Councilor Mejia reported back as Chair of the Committee on Civil Rights regarding a hearing recently held to discuss reparations and their impact on the civil rights of Black Bostonians. At the hearing, we heard from advocates, community members, and members of the Administration about health and wellness, land and gentrification, education, arts and culture, economic empowerment, and more. This conversation is not just about slavery, but about the repeated injustices and policy decisions that have been made to disenfranchise Black communities. We heard strong support from the community for continuing the work of creating a reparations program and process. (Remains in Committee)

Literacy Task Force: Councilor Edwards and Councilor Flaherty reported back as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, respectively, regarding a hearing recently held to discuss creating a literacy task force to address literacy rates in the City of Boston and develop a plan to enact policies and programs to serve both adults and children with literacy challenges. (Remains in Committee)

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Be A Boston Bloomer This Sunday


Boston Blooms 
200 Daffodil Bulbs To Plant
Sunday, November 7th (rain date 11/14)
12pm -3pm*
Wormwood Park (A & Wormwood Streets)

Create future joy and beauty by planting daffodils in November to bloom next spring. Those who don't like to garden can help spruce up the A Street fence line.
 Gloves, tools and apple cider will be provided. 

Special thanks to the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department for the donation of 200 Daffodil bulbs. 

*Daylight Savings time ends Saturday evening 11/6 and the clocks turn back.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

FPNA October Neighborhood Gathering & Spooky Happenings

You Are Invited To A
Fort Point Seaport
Hybrid Neighborhood Gathering


Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today


featuring

Seaport Winter Wonderland
&
Upcoming Programming at Martin's Park


plus
Our C-6 Community Officers

District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn

including 
Neighborhood News & Conversations

Construction & Development Updates from the Channel to the Harbor
Latest News on Redistricting & Reprecincting 
Neighborhood Cleanup and Daffodil Planting Day


&
A New Restaurant
Marcelino's Boutique Bar
2 Northern Ave (formerly the Daily Catch)
requesting support for all liquor alcohol license

Your Choice: In Person or Online
You choose how you would like to participate when you 
Sign Up. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note: the sign up confirmation will include the zoom link even if you plan to attend in person. Please remember if you are visiting us at District Hall to wear your mask. We look forward to seeing you all. 
Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings

October 15 - 17: 42nd Annual Fort Point Open Studios throughout the neighborhood and online.

October 19: 776 Summer Street (L Street Power Plant) Deconstruction Informational Meeting at 6pm. Register.

October 20: Conservation Commission Meeting 
Neighborhood Topics
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1824 and BOS File No. 2021-049 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of Channelside Acquisitions, LLC for the proposed replacement and reconfiguration of subsurface utilities located at 244-284 A St, South Boston, MA
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-18XX and BOS File No. 2021-XXX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of Seaport D Title Holder LLC for the proposed demolition of a parking lot and construction of a new building and underground parking garage located at 65 Northern Ave/88 Seaport Blvd, South Boston, MA
Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29: Early Voting for the 2021 Mayoral & City Council Municipal Election (November 2)
  • Saturday and Sunday at Condon School (200 D St.) from 11am to 7pm. 
  • Thursday, October 28 at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.) from 12pm to 8pm.

Halloween Fun 
Boston Children's Museum: Visit the Bootanical Garden starting October 20 and the. Halloween Spooktacular on October 29 from 6pm - 9pm.
Spooky Movies on the Greenway at 6pm: Get Out (R) on October 21 and Hocus Pocus (PG) on October 28.
Pappas Way: October 24th Barks, Brews & Boos: Family and pet friendly Halloween Fun from 3pm - 6pm.
Trunk or Treat for Children aged 0 - 8 years old on November 1st at South Boston Neighborhood House Preschool Parking Lot (1187 Columbus Rd) from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. (Rescheduled to 11/1 due to weather) 
Trick or Treat on Broadway: October 29 from 4pm - 6pm hosted by South Boston Chamber of Commerce businesses & South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation.
(new listing)

 
Let's build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA  today!

originally published 10.16.21

Monday, October 25, 2021

244 - 284 A Street IAG Public Meeting Tomorrow

updated 10.25.21: BPDA IAG Presentation.

updated 10.22.21: BPDA IAG Meeting Recording. The presentation from October and September should be posted per Aisling Kerr. Contact information below. 

updated 10.20.21: BPDA Request for Supplemental Information is now available. 

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting a 244 - 284 A Street Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting from 12pm - 1:30pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The meeting will be held online or in person at Related Beal's Channelside Sales Office at 300 A Street (in person attendees will all need to wear masks, in compliance with the City of Boston's indoor mask mandate). 

For those who may prefer to join the meeting remotely, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation from Zoom with a personalized link to join the meeting directly. 

Any questions, contact Aisling Kerr, BPDA Senior Project Manager.

originally published 10.19.21

Monday, October 18, 2021

Your South Boston Newsletter from Haley Dillon

South Boston highlights from your South Boston Liaison, Haley Dillon.  Sign up to receive the complete Your South Boston Newsletter directly in your inbox.


NEW PLAY LOT OPENED AT MEDAL OF HONOR PARK IN SOUTH BOSTON

The McGrath Family joined the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and fellow South Boston residents of all ages to open a new play area for children ages two to five built in memory of their beloved son, Colin.


The 2021 park renovation includes age-appropriate play equipment, safety surfacing, site furnishings, landscaping, and upgrades to drainage for the splash pad. Construction costs were $217,500 funded by the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Program and a generous donation by playground equipment manufacturer Kompan. The design team of Kyle Zick Landscape Architect Inc and the contractor Haven Contracting Corp - EJ O'Sullivan made the plans a reality. Learn more

City Announcements

EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS IN BOSTON FOR 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The early voting period for the 2021 Municipal Election takes place from Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29. During that time, voters registered in Boston will be able to cast their ballots in person before the Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 2. Any voter registered in Boston can vote at any early voting location. You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early.  
Nearby early voting: 
  • Condon School (200 D St.) this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. 
  • District Hall (75 Northern Ave.) on Thursday, October 28 from 12pm to 8pm. 

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES SWIM SAFELY PARTNERSHIP, AN INITIATIVE TO INCREASE WATER SAFETY FOR BOSTON RESIDENTS

Mayor Kim Janey announced the Swim Safely Partnership, aimed to increase access to swimming lessons, especially for those who have faced historic and economic barriers. Mayor Janey made the announcement today at Roxbury’s YMCA, an organization participating in the multi-part community strategy. This initiative seeks to increase swim safety by offering free YMCA swim lessons for children and adults, expanding the lifeguard workforce through free training, and plans to implement a pilot program that offers free swimming lessons for Boston Public Schools (BPS) students at some schools as part of the curriculum. Learn more here.

NEW DEVELOPMENT REVIEW GUIDELINES LAUNCHED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC, CONGESTION

Mayor Kim Janey announced that the Boston Transportation Department, in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Environment Department, has launched guidelines for new developments over 50,000 square feet, which will facilitate a more efficient and transparent development review process. As part of the new guidelines, developers of large projects must complete a demand management point system tool to increase access to sustainable transportation for their tenants. Learn more here.

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES GRANTEES OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND COMMUNITY GRANTS 

Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) announced the distribution of $2.2 million in grant funding to 39 local, non-profit organizations through the Food Sovereignty and Community Grants programs, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through the five Food Sovereignty grants awarded, 500 Boston residents and 11 community-based sites will receive raised beds and 1,800 subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes will be provided for older adults and adults with disabilities. Submit proposals by Oct 29. Learn more at bit.ly/foodaccessRFP.

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HOMEWORK ASISTANCE PROGRAM

The BPL's Homework Assistance Program (HAP) offers free after-school homework help, mentorship, and activities for students Grades K-8. Attend in person or online for help in English, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more at bpl.org/homework/.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE BOSTON PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S WORK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Sign-up for emails by interest, neighborhood and adjacent neighborhood (South Boston Waterfront and South Boston) or citywide to receive notifications about upcoming public meetings, development projects and planning studies, and the latest news from the BPDA:  http://www.bostonplans.org/about-us/get-involved

Follow the BPDA on social media for project updates, information on upcoming public meetings, and news about our work: 
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Your South Boston Liaison, Haley Dillon

Born and raised in South Boston, Haley attended Gate of Heaven and Boston Latin Academy, and received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Maine at Orono. Read More.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks October 2021 Meeting Thursday

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

Thursday, October 14, 2021
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to our Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id 891 9136 5404# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.gov 

I.  VIOLATIONS 

APP # 22.0127 FPC   253 SUMMER STREET Continued from the 4/08/2021 and 6/10/2021 FPCLDC Public Hearings. 
Applicant: : COJE Management Group, Chris Jamison
Proposed Work: Ratify a patio expansion, including the installation of pavers, planters, lighting, furniture, and associated landscaping (Violation # VIO.21.009)

II. DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0419 FPC  44 Farnsworth Street
Applicant: Laurel Christensen
Proposed work: Install new signage.

APP # 22.0422 FPC  344 Congress Street. Withdrawn by staff. 
Proposed work: Install new signage.  

III  Administrative Review/ Approval: 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 # 22.0343 FPC   381 Congress Street: At the Congress Street elevation, remove copper cornice to repair underlying masonry and reinstall/ replace in kind. At the rear elevation, install mockups for cleaning, repairs, and masonry coating.

APP # 22.0223 FPC   383 Congress Street: At the seasonal patio at the Boston Wharf Road fa├žade, replace stationary fabric wall panels with power-operated retractable panels (work previously approved administratively at the 3/12/2020 FPCLDC Public Hearing).

IV Advisory Review

Proposed work: Construct a new building. 


V  RATIFICATION OF 9/09/2021 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

VI  STAFF UPDATES

VII  Projected Adjournment: 8:30 pm


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

Monday, October 04, 2021

Boston City Council Look at Downtown MHP, BERDO, Redistricting, School Buses, Rental Conditions & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from September 22 and September 29, 2021 City Council meetings:

VOTES

Amending the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Resolution: The Council voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Edwards in support of amending the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan.

Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance: The Council voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), amending the City of Boston Code to set emissions targets and reporting requirements for annual energy use and water use for buildings greater than 20,000 square feet, and requiring emissions reductions compliance to decarbonize the City of Boston’s building stock. The 3,500 buildings subject to this ordinance account for only 4% of Boston’s building stock, but over 70% of building emissions. This ordinance also establishes the Emissions Review Board to increase accountability and transparency and the Building Emissions Investment Fund to support local building carbon abatement projects, prioritizing projects that benefit environmental justice communities, develop workforce opportunities, improve public health and increase affordable housing opportunities. This ordinance is known as BERDO 2.0 because it builds on the first iteration of BERDO, spearheaded by Mayor Tom Menino in 2013, which required public disclosure of building energy and water usage but did not require emissions reductions. 

Reproductive Freedom and Women’s Health Protections Resolution: The Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution from Councilor Mejia calling on Congress to affirm reproductive freedom and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right for doctors to provide and patients to access abortion care free from medically unnecessary bans and restrictions and fight back against the calculated attacks on reproductive rights and freedom across the country.

MATTERS RECENTLY HELD FOR POSSIBLE ACTION

Redistricting Process: Councilor Arroyo reported back as Chair of the Committee on Census Redistricting to discuss a hearing recently held to discuss the reprecincting process in the City of Boston. The process will begin in earnest in January 2022 and will continue until October, a year before the municipal elections in November 2023. (Remains in Committee)

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS

Newmarket Business Improvement District: Communication was received from Susan L. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newmarket Business Association, regarding a proposed petition for the creation of a Newmarket Business Improvement District. (Referred to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation)

FILES

Review of Rental Unit Conditions, Standards, and InspectionsCouncilors Breadon, Edwards and Bok called for a hearing to review rental unit conditions, standards and inspections in the City of Boston. The City of Boston Code requires non-exempt owners of rental units to register each unit with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD), and generally requires inspections of all units every 5 years. The Code also allows for new tenants to request an inspection within 24 hours of moving into a new rental dwelling unit, with ISD inspecting the unit no later than 2 business days of receiving the request. However, rental unit registration status and information is not publicly accessible, leaving tenants and members of the public with limited means to determine whether a rental unit is in compliance, and the Code does not currently require property owners and agents to disclose all individuals or entities with business ownership interest in a rental unit to ISD during the registration process. (Referred to the Committee on Housing and Community Development)

Non-Criminal Disposition of Fines Home Rule Petition: Councilors Edwards, Bok, and Breadon filed a home rule petition regarding the maximum fine resulting from violations of ordinances, by-laws, rules and regulations, which is currently $300. The low dollar amount for fines reduces the efficacy of important tenant protection laws and regulations, including regarding problem properties and short-term rentals. If approved by the City Council, Mayor, Massachusetts State Legislature, and Governor, this special law would give the City of Boston the opportunity to propose specific fine increases up to $3,000, which would then be reviewed by the Boston City Council. (Referred to the Committee on Government Operations)

Boston Public Schools Bus Transportation Reliability: Councilor Edwards called for a hearing to discuss Boston Public Schools’ bus transportation reliability, after news reports of students arriving late to or missing school because of unreliable bus transportation. (Referred to the Committee on Education)

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Watch Online)

  • Next City Council meeting will be on October 6, 2021 at 12PM

For complete notes of Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com to sign up to receive Council Notes automatically.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tishman Speyer & Breakthrough Properties To Develop 2.5 acres of Fort Point Waterfront

Tishman Speyer and Breakthrough Properties today announced the acquisition of a 2.5 acre development site in South Boston’s thriving Fort Point waterfront district.

An affiliate of Breakthrough Properties acquired the site, which is bounded by A Street, Binford Street, the Fort Point Channel and Gillette’s manufacturing campus along the South Boston waterfront, from P&G/Gillette.  Breakthrough Properties is a joint venture formed by Tishman Speyer and biotechnology investment firm Bellco Capital. JLL represented P&G in the sale.

The rectangular-shaped development site is the final waterfront parcel to be developed as part of the city’s 100-Acre Master Plan, which was adopted in 2007 after a comprehensive community planning process. That master plan has served as a blueprint for the gradual transformation of empty parking lots into a thriving innovation district.  

“The Fort Point neighborhood is a vibrant nexus of arts and innovation and we are grateful to P&G/Gillette for this opportunity,” said Tishman Speyer President and CEO Rob Speyer. “We look forward to working with the community on a project that makes the waterfront more accessible, enhances climate resiliency, and fulfills the vision of the 100 Acres Master Plan.”

“We are pleased to welcome Tishman Speyer and Breakthrough Properties as an immediate neighbour,” said Gary Coombe, CEO of P&G Grooming.  “Both groups are well-respected developers with deep experience in Boston and in our Fort Point neighbourhood. We admire their commitment to fostering innovation and developing properties that create enduring value for both occupants and local communities through attractive and environmentally sound planning.  Their development philosophy and expertise will undoubtedly strengthen our vibrant and innovative community in South Boston.”

Tishman Speyer is a global real estate developer, owner, operator and investor with a 25-year track record in Boston.  The firm maintains a strong local presence in the Seaport, including its ownership of One Channel Center and the Channel Center Garage, as well as its development of the mixed use Pier 4. In 2019, Tishman Speyer was selected by the Harvard Allston Land Company to serve as its development partner for the Enterprise Research Campus in Allston, a mixed-use community that will consist of lab, residential, hotel, innovation space and significant improvements to the public realm. 

Breakthrough Properties is a life science real estate development company that leverages cross-sector collaboration to deliver environments that foster innovation and scientific breakthroughs. The firm is currently developing “The 105” at 105 West First Street, just blocks away from the development site.  The 263,500 square foot laboratory building, which is slated for completion in 2022, is already fully leased to CRISPR Therapeutics. 

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