Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FPNA Neighborhood Gathering Features Councilor Mejia, Buses, Office Conversions & Neighborhood News

 You are invited to an

In Person
 Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
6 pm to 8 pm
CRISPR Therapeutics
105 West First Street

featuring
Our C-6 Community Officers

A Conversation with
City Councilor-At-Large Julia Mejia
&
Matthew Moran, Boston Transportation Dept.

introducing
Office to Residential Conversion Pilot
Did you know Fort Point is part of the pilot?
Reuben Kanter & John Weil, Boston Planning & Development Agency

with
Neighborhood Updates & Discussions
Cypher & E St. Improvements, 232 A Street, 24 Farnsworth, BCEC Beautification, & more.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

MassDEP Draft Climate Resilience Regulations & CZM Coastal Resilience Districts

updated 2/15/24: MassDEP extends joint public comment period from March 1 to April 30, 2024 and adds Office Hours. 

MassDEP Resiliency Draft Regulations

In February 2022, MassDEP invited a wide range of stakeholders to participate in a stakeholder advisory panel to inform MassDEP’s proposed resilience-focused regulatory updates with the goal of preparing draft regulations. Beginning this year, there will be information sessions and hearings for Waterways (Chapter 91) resilience regulation amendments and for Wetlands and water quality resilience regulation amendments.

View: Waterways (Chapter 91) draft regulation language and waterways
View: Wetland 
draft regulation language

Office Hours: Participants are encouraged to submit questions about the Wetlands/401WQC regulations, Stormwater Handbook, and/or Waterways regulations in advance of the session(s) you plan to attend.
  • Questions submitted in advance (preferably at least one week) of an Office Hours session will be prioritized. “Live” questions will be considered, as time permits. 
  • MassDEP may choose not to address questions at these sessions if not received sufficiently in advance or if the question requires extensive evaluation.
  • Please refrain from asking site-specific questions related to projects you may be involved in.
  • Submit questions here.
Wetlands and Waterways Resilience Regulations “Office Hours” Schedule
All sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom, advance registration required, registration links and agendas will be available on our website.
  • Office Hours #1: Monday February 26, 2024 1:00-3:30pm. Register.
  • Office Hours #2:  Thursday March 14, 2024 1:30-4:00pm. Register.
  • Office Hours #3: April 3, 2025 1:30-4:00pm. Register.
Comment Deadline 
April 30th: Extended Public Comment Period closes at 5pm for all regulations.
  • Send Waterways Resilience comments to dep.waterways@mass.gov withWaterways Resilience Comments in the subject line.
  • Send Wetlands Resilience comments to dep.wetlands@mass.gov with Wetlands-401 Resilience Comments in the subject line.
Prior Information Sessions and Hearings

Waterways (Chapter 91)
January 17    Waterways  2 Public Information Sessions (virtual 1 pm  & 6 pm)
January 25   Waterways  Public Hearings (virtual 1 pm  & 6 pm)
Wetlands: Coastal Resilience & Stormwater

January 18    Wetlands / WQC  2 Public Information Sessions (virtual, 1pm and 6pm) 
January 23    Wetlands / WQC  3rd Public Information Session (virtual, 1pm)

January 31    Wetlands / WQC 2 public hearings (virtual, 1pm & 6pm)
February 1    Wetlands / WQC 3rd Public hearing (virtual, 1pm)

Don't forget to check out the MassDEP Youtube channel

MA ResilientCoasts Initiative

On November 28, 2023, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced ResilientCoast initiative to establish establish Coastal Resilience Districts based on their unique climate impacts. The development of a coastal resilience strategy is a priority action within the state’s ResilientMass Plan. ResilientCoasts will  be led by a new Chief Coastal Resilience Officer under Coastal Zone Management. Read press release.

originally published 01.04.24

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Mayor Wu Declares Snow Emergency. Parking Ban Starts at 10pm.

Updated 2/13/23: Mayor Michelle Wu today announced that the snow emergency and parking ban currently in effect will be lifted today at 4:00 p.m. Residents parked in participating discounted lots and garages must remove their cars by 6:00 p.m. to avoid being charged regular rates.

Mayor Michelle Wu declares a snow emergency ahead of the forecasted winter storm that is expected to begin early morning on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 and continue into the evening. Total snow accumulations are expected to range between 8 to 12 inches. 

The following city service changes are in effect: 

A parking ban is in effect starting at 10:00PM Monday. The parking ban will allow for snow clearing operations to take place. The Public Works Department (PWD) will have equipment to treat Boston's roads prior to the snowfall starting, and the City has the ability to put over 800 pieces of equipment on City streets. The PWD currently has 40,000 tons of salt on hand. 

Once the snow emergency goes into effect, vehicles parked on major roads and main arteries will be towed. Please move your car.  

Snow Emergency Artery / Parking Restricted: Fort Point & South Boston Waterfront

A Street
B Street
Boston Wharf Road
Congress Street
Summer Street
D Street
Northern Avenue
Seaport Blvd
W First Street

Residents may begin parking at participating garages starting at 8:00PM. Discounted parking ends two hours after the snow emergency is lifted. View complete list of restricted streets

Participating South Boston Garages

BOSTON CONVENTION & CIVIC CENTER
SOUTH PARKING LOT
415 SUMMER STREET
617-954-2000
NO FEE
For Fort Point, Seaport & South Boston residents only. 

CHANNEL CENTER GARAGE
116 WEST FIRST STREET
617-269-1830
$10 FOR EACH DAY
Please bring a valid driver’s license with a City of Boston address to the garage office. Oversized vehicles not allowed. 

DCR PARKING LOT AT CASTLE ISLAND
2010 DAY BLVD
NO FEE

MARINE PARK GARAGE
12 DRYDOCK AVENUE
617-482-2487
$1 FOR EACH NIGHT
The discount is only for South Boston residents. You need to have a South Boston resident sticker on your vehicle. Snow emergency parking on the fourth floor only.

SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT TRANSPORTATION CENTER
503 CONGRESS ST OR WORLD TRADE CENTER AVE.
(857) 350-4569
Free parking for South Boston residents starting at 6pm tonight through Wednesday, February 14th at 9am. Before exiting, please visit the parking office on the 2nd floor to validate your ticket.  You will need to show your license or documentation with your name and street address to verify residency. 

MUNICIPAL LOT #018
450 WEST BROADWAY: NO CHARGE

MUNICIPAL LOT #021
650-652 EAST BROADWAY: NO CHARGE

A full list of discounted garages is available at boston.gov.

Closures: Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Boston City Hall and other municipal buildings will also be closed.

Looking out for others: Please check on neighbors. If you see individuals experiencing homelessness or vulnerable individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the weather, please call 911. 

Snow removal

  • Property owners must fully clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends, or three hours after sunrise if the snow ends overnight.
  • You can assist in keeping hydrants clear of snow so the Boston Fire Department can access them quickly in case of emergency. For a map of catch basins and fire hydrants, visit here.

You have 48 hours to use a space saver after the end of a snow emergency. After that, you must remove it from the street.

For more information on today's snow emergency and winter and cold weather safety tips, visit boston.gov/snow

To sign up for emergency alerts and parking notifications, click here.

Friday, February 09, 2024

Fort Point Landmarks February 2024 Meeting

2/9/24: cancelled due to not enough Commissioners present to reach quorum.

 THE FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION

will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, February 8, 2024
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  929-436-2866 and entering meeting id 913 9623 4842#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 24.0513 FPC  30 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Nathan Turner
Proposed Work: Installation of wall mounted ductwork, condensers and exhaust openings to support a new high-end Italian best in class pizzeria.

APP # 24.0517 FPC  7 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Applicant: Phil Marcotty
Proposed Work: Redevelopment of the existing property at 7 Channel Center including the construction of a new 9-story building.

 II.  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW/APPROVAL

APP # 24.0648 FPC 5 NECCO STREET: Replacement of a portion of the existing top floor glass wall with an approximately 7’-10” x 23’-4” foot folding door.

III.  RATIFICATION OF 1/11/24 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

IV.  STAFF UPDATES

PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 7:15 PM

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

originally posted 02.08.24

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

7 Channel Center Public Meeting: New Life Sciences Owners, New Design & New Opportunities

1/29/24: January 17th Public Meeting for 7 Channel Center Street is rescheduled to February 7th.

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting a public meeting to discuss design updates regarding the 7 Channel Center project located in Fort Point within the South Boston Waterfront on:

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (new date)
6pm

The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss outstanding agreements and unaddressed questions about Life Sciences operations, protocols and communications within a mixed use development. 

Jan 2023 Approved Design by Westbrook Partners

October 2023 Fort Point Landmarks Advisory Design by Phase 3

The meeting will be virtual and include a Q&A and comments from the general public.  

originally published 01.10.24

Monday, February 05, 2024

2024 Neighborhood Gathering Kicks Off With New City Council President, Gillette & 2 New Restaurants

updated 2/5/24 with P&G Gillette presentation (see below). 

FPNA invites you to an

in person 2024 Neighborhood Gathering Kickoff


Tuesday, January 30, 2024
6 pm to 8 pm

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
303 Congress St (across from The Milk Bottle)
In person or Online Viewing Only

featuring
Our C-6 Community Officers

with special guests
newly elected Boston City Council President
Councilor-At-Large Ruthzee Louijeune

District 2 Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn 

&
P&G Gillette Reimagine Team
Reimaging Gillette's 31 Acres
View Presentation


introducing
Sidenote
391 D St.
a new restaurant
seeking expansion of D’s Keys Dueling Pianos' all alcohol license 


Elephantine Bakery
332 Congress St.

an old world cafĂ© seeking beer, wine, and cordials license

plus
Neighborhood Updates

Please note that our kickoff gathering will take place in person at WPI. Online attendance is view only. 

If you have any questions for our speakers, please submit them by Monday, Jan 29th at noon to FPNA.

 We extend special thanks to WPI for hosting us in their final days in Fort Point. 

A Look At What's Going On This Week & Next

updated 02/06/24 with links to Abutters Meetings videos. 

Starting today, there's lots going on about the neighborhood, especially our waterfront. Resiliency tops MassDEP's agenda with information sessions this week followed by hearings next week on draft regulations updates to Chapter 91, wetlands and water quality. 7 Channel Center Public Meeting is tonight. Next week Boston Harbor Now is hosting 232 A Street and the Fort Point Channel Operations Board Annual meeting is occurring. There are two new establishments looking to open up and more (see below):

Jan 17: Waterways (Chapter 91) Climate Resiliency Draft Regulations Public Information Sessions (virtual at 1pm or 6pm)

Jan 17: Conservation Commission Public Meeting at 6pm. Agenda includes EMS station at 34 Drydock and a request of extension of orders for Seaport L5 (1-27 Boston Wharf Rd. 

Jan 17: 7 Channel Center Street Update Public Meeting at 6pm hosted by the BPDA to review new building design as well as an opportunity to learn about Life Sciences use and  protocols and communications within a mixed use development. Postponed.

Jan 18: Squares + Streets Zoning Community Office Hours from 12:30 to 1:30pm

Jan18:  Wetlands / WQC Climate Resiliency Draft Regulation Public Information Sessions (virtual at 1pm or 6pm) 

Jan 18: BPDA Board Meeting.

Jan 20: The Gallery at 249 A hosts the opening of Urban Edge, a new exhibit of works by Steve Kromer and Duane Lucia from 3pm to 6pm at 249 A Street.

Jan 22: Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Chapter 91 Waterfront Civic/Cultural Spaces Survey deadline.

Jan 23: Wetlands / WQC Climate Resiliency Draft Regulations 3rd Public Information Session (virtual at 1pm)

Jan 23: Squares + Streets Zoning Community Office Hours from 12:30 to 1:30pm and from 6pm to 7pm.

Jan 24: Boston Harbor Now's Harbor Use Public Forum to discuss 232 A Street at 8:30am. View video recording.

Jan 24: Fort Point Channel Operations Annual Meeting from 4pm to 5:30pm will take place at the Fort Point room, 2nd floor, 200 Atlantic Ave. Agenda will include:

  • Recap of Atlantic Wharf 2023 Annual Plan
  • Presentation of Atlantic Wharf 2024 Annual Plan
  • Update on Atlantic Wharf Fort Point Room Proposed Relocation & Improvements 
  • Other Channel-wide Updates

Jan 24: Sidenote / 391 D Street Abutter's Meeting at 5:30pm New restaurant concept abutting D’s Keys Dueling Pianos. Expansion of all alcohol license between businesses. View Abutters Meeting by clicking here & entering passcode: W66VY.c@

Jan 24: Elephantine Bakery / 332 Congress Street Abutter's Meeting at 6:30pm seeking beer, wine, and cordials license. View Abutters Meeting by clicking here & entering passcode SE+4x?RC

Jan 25: Waterways Waterways (Chapter 91) Climate Resiliency Draft Regulations Public Hearings  (virtual at 1pm or 6pm)


Jan 25: 332-340 Summer Street Abutter's Meeting at 6:30pm. Seeking to renew use as a (40) vehicles fee based parking lot through Dec. 31, 2026. View Abutters Meeting by clicking here & entering passcode Jsqs4&5c

Jan 30: FPNA Neighborhood Gathering at 6pm. Details TBA.

originally published 01.17.24

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Welcome to 2024: About The Neighborhood The First 11 Days

updated 1/16/2024 with 232 A St DEIR meeting presentation and MCCA Cypher St meeting presentation and recording.

2024 is off to a strong start with Squares  + Streets, development and road environmental impacts plus a call for volunteers. 

Is one of your 2024 resolutions to be more involved in your neighborhood?
FPNA is looking for a representative from each residential building to act as a Building Captain or Ambassador. Be in the know and share what's going on with your neighbors.
With over 80 acres of land open to development in the neighborhood, we are looking for interested residents to join our Planning and Development Committee.
You may indicate your interest in either area here. Together we can build a better neighborhood. 

Here is what you can expect over the first two weeks:

Jan 4th: Square + Streets Community Office Hours from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and from 6pm to 7pm

Jan 9th: Mayor Michelle Wu's State of the City live streamed at Boston.gov or on Youtube at 7pm.

Jan 10th: Zoning Commission Hearing from 9am to 11am.  Agenda includes a zoning text amendment, which would amend Section 80B-2.5, Waiver of Large Project Review Requirements for Certain Projects to Preserve or Create Affordable Housing, of the Boston Zoning Code, in connection with the Mayor's Executive Order to streamline approval of Affordable Housing.

Jan 10th: 232 A Street Community Meeting to discuss the MEPA pre-DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) filing and post ENF filing updates from 5pm-6pm. View presentation. For more meeting details, check out the 232 A Street project website.

Jan 10th: Squares + Streets Citywide Draft Zoning Amendment Update Public Meeting at 6pm to 7:30pm to provide an update on the draft zoning text amendment that will create new Squares + Streets zoning districts to be adopted into the Boston Zoning Code

Jan 11th: MCCA Cypher St. Remediation Project Follow-Up Discussion from 6pm to 8pm at Crispr Therapeutics, 105 West 1st Street. View meeting presentation and meeting recording.



originally published 01.03.24

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

URBAN EDGE: Change, Death + Superstition - Opening Reception January 20th

The Gallery at 249 A Street to premier Urban Edge, a new exhibit of works by Steve Kromer and Duane Lucia.  The opening reception takes place on:

Saturday, January 20, 2024
3pm-6pm
249 A Street
Free & Open to the public
Click here for tickets to reception

The exhibit runs from Wednesday, January 10 through Saturday, February 24, 2024. Gallery hours are by appointment only at (617) 416-0718.

Urban Edge is a collection of paintings, mixed media sculptures and photographs of graffiti through which the two artists conjure up thoughts and feelings about vandalism, superstition, street beat, death, surrealism, and neighborhood resistance to change. Kromer’s photographs portray the beauty, vulgarity and rawness not concerned with the comfort zone of others; roadside attractions which don’t need to be intellectualized. Lucia’s paintings and totem sculptures tell of a 45-year journey; a degenerated photo booth selfie, an assemblage of discarded objects, furniture found in the trash, cans, drift wood from the Fort Point Channel and more.

Steve Kromer is a member of the 249 A St. Cooperative. His work “Party of Three” was presented at the 40th anniversary group exhibition at Atlantic Wharf Gallery this past spring. He is a singer, songwriter and harmonica player.

Duane Lucia is a Boston artist, curator and documentary filmmaker working in Fort Point. He is the co-founder of Gallery East, which since 1979 has been a platform for Boston’s avant-garde.

The Gallery at 249 A Street is supported in part by a grant from the South Boston Community Development Foundation.

Monday, January 01, 2024

Fort Point Landmarks January 2024 Meeting

 THE FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION

will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, January 11, 2024
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  929-436-2866 and entering meeting id 971 0592 5189#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.   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:

► Applicants whose projects are listed under this heading NEED NOT APPEAR at the hearing. Following the hearing, you will be issued a Determination Sheet to present at the Inspectional Services Department (1010 Massachusetts Avenue) as proof of project approval when applying for permits. ISD personnel will send an electronic copy of your building-permit application to the commission staff for review. (To avoid potential confusion, the text of your building-permit application should be consistent with the project description given below.) Commission staff will accordingly authorize the execution of the work,attaching any applicable provisos, reflecting the relevant guidelines and precedents.

► PLEASE NOTE THAT FOLLOWING ISSUANCE OF THE DETERMINATION SHEET NO FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE APPLICATIONS LISTED. The electronic building-permit application as annotated by commission staff will constitute your Certificate of Appropriateness; this will be valid for two years from the date of the approval letter. The applicant is required to notify the commission of any project changes; failure to do so may affect the status of the approval.

APP # 24.0594 FPC 12 FARNSWORTH STREET: Installation of additional Boston Fire Department required signage at the existing building at 12 Farnsworth Street, indicating the location of the building's Fire Department Connection.

APP # 24.0572 FPC 10 NECCO STREET: Replace existing garage doors at first floor located on the South side of 10 Necco Street with new.

II.  RATIFICATION OF 12/14/23 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III.   STAFF UPDATES

IV.  PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 6:30 PM

Members: David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Seaport Smalls: Free Fun Saturdays For Your Tiny Crew

Starting Saturdays in January 2024 from 10AM-11AM indoors at The Paseo at 111 Harbor Way, a rotating selection of free children's programming for ages 0-8 years old. Seaport Smalls programming partners are: Jungle Jim with magic & balloons, Little Groove Music, music for kids, Music at The Blissful with Evan Haler, and Whiz Kidz for science & fun. Seaport Smalls will occur Saturdays January through April. 





Reserve a spot for your small one


Brought to you by Boston Seaport

Friday, December 15, 2023

Reimagining Gillette's 31 Acres. Community Meeting December 6th

updated 12/15/23: with Gillette Reimagination project presentation and meeting video.

As a part of a broader business transformation, Gillette will be reshaping its operations in our neighborhood, marking a new chapter in the company's long history in Boston. The decision will bring an opportunity to reimagine Gillette's 31-acre waterfront campus, unlocking new possibilities for the future. 

The company will host a community meeting ahead of a robust public planning process to help shape the site's future on:

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 6pm


View Meeting Recording in English, Cantonese, Mandarin or Spanish

If you would like to Sign Up for Gillette Reimagination Updates via email, click here

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originally published 11.14.23