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

Are Better Bike Lanes Coming to A Street?

After the Vicinity Energy project (bringing steam to 15 Necco) is complete, A Street will be resurfaced. At that time, the City of Boston will change portions of the existing bike lanes on A Street between West Second Street and Binford Street.

The Boston Transportation Department will be at A Street Park on the following dates to talk about the coming bike lane changes: 

  • Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 28, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 1, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 4, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Bike or walk on over. The Boston Transportation Department works to make bicycling fun, safe, and convenient. A Street Park is bordered by Richards Streets, Medallion Avenue and W 1st Street. 
originally published 7.25.22

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Life Sciences In The Hood

Life Sciences in Fort Point & the Seaport
includes existing, proposed and in the pipeline 
as well as building conversions and new construction*

3 Anchor Way

88 Black Falcon Ave

24 Drydock Ave

310 Northern Ave

316 Northern Ave

2 Harbor St

701 Congress St

601 Congress St

401 Congress St

Seaport Square L6 Congress St

Seaport Square L3 Boston Wharf Rd

645 Summer St

451 D St

400 Summer St

50 Northern Ave

51 Sleeper St

12 Farnsworth St

17 Farnsworth St

33 Farnsworth St

51 Melcher St

15 Necco St

244 - 284 A St

232 A St

5 Channel Center St

7 Channel Center St

105 West 1st St

* Updated 7/28/22 with 33 Farnsworth St & Seaport Square.  If any are missing from the list, please email us at fpnaboston@gmail.com.

We are also looking for neighbors to serve on BPDA large project Impact Advisory Groups (IAG). If you are interested, please email us at fpnaboston@gmail.com. 

originally published 03.15.22

Tuesday, July 26, 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

Candidates: Democratic  and Republican

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).

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

MAYOR WU DECLARES HEAT EMERGENCY, OPENS 12 BCYF COOLING CENTERS TO ALL RESIDENTS

07/24/22: Mayor Wu extends heat emergency through July 25th as temperatures remain in the 90's. Please call 311 with any city services questions and 911 if you or someone in distress or needs help.

On Monday, July 18th Mayor Michelle Wu declared a heat emergency in the City of Boston beginning Tuesday, July 19 and now through Monday, July 25 due to the weather that is forecasted for this time period. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 90s. 

“We’re working quickly to make sure all of our Boston residents and families are protected during this week’s extreme weather,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “It is clear that a changing climate is a risk to our health and communities. I urge everyone to stay cool and safe, and check on your neighbors during the week. I’m thankful for the many City employees who are preparing for this emergency and will be responding to calls for service throughout our neighborhoods.”

To help residents stay cool, cooling centers will be open at 12 Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A full list of centers can be found at boston.gov/heat. Due to the rising COVID-19 case count, the use of masks in cooling centers is strongly recommended. Additionally, more than 50 splash pads will be open at parks and playgrounds throughout the City. Select indoor BCYF pools are open and the outdoor BCYF Mirabella Pool is open Wednesday through Sunday. Registration for a time to swim can be found at this link.

The City of Boston is taking critical immediate action to provide heat relief, including short-term, actionable steps toward relief during heat waves. The City of Boston has been engaging in a variety of catalytic projects to support extreme heat mitigation and improved health for residents. This includes the distribution of pop-up cooling kits with a hose, misters, and a tent to community organizations that have public events this summer. The cooling kits will be distributed over the coming weeks. 

The Boston Public Schools is encouraging students and their families to prepare for hot weather this week by staying well hydrated and dressing appropriately. Families are welcome to send their children to their respective summer programs, which will provide students with water and meals. Additionally, the majority of summer sites are equipped with air conditioning and fans will be delivered to sites in need of cooling.

Information on heat safety tips can be found online at boston.gov/heat and by following @CityofBoston on Twitter. Residents can sign up for AlertBoston, the City's emergency notification system, to receive emergency alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up online here. Residents are also encouraged to call 311 with any questions about available City services.

The Mayor issued the following heat safety tips for all members of the public:
  • Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of time.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
  • Keep cool with frequent cool showers, shade, and air conditioning or fans. 
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is strongest.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, and muscle aches could all be signs of heat exhaustion. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately. Do not delay care. Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. and can exacerbate underlying illnesses.
  • Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-30 or higher and wear protective, loose-fitting clothing including long sleeve shirts and hats.
  • If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of six. 
  • Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • If you are heading to a beach, lake, or pool to beat the heat, swim where lifeguards are present. Always watch children near the water and make sure they’re wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Please call or check on neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Please keep pets indoors, hydrated, and cool as asphalt and ground conditions are significantly hotter and unsafe during heat.

Helping Individuals Experiencing Homelessness:
  • If you see individuals out in the heat who appear immobile or disoriented, please ask them if they need assistance and call 911 immediately.
  • The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) operates emergency shelters at 112 Southampton St. and 794 Massachusetts Ave. These facilities are air conditioned and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Amnesty has been called because of extremely high temperatures so those with non-violent restrictions can access shelter out of the heat. 
  • The City of Boston works closely with a network of shelter providers to ensure there is adequate shelter, food, water, and a cool respite from the heat.
  • Street outreach teams providing recovery services remain operating as normal during summertime weather.
  • The Engagement Center will be open to provide a cooling space.

Playground Safety:

Shoes should be worn outdoors, including playgrounds and turf athletic fields, as surfaces can become extremely hot and cause burns, even on splash pads and spray decks.

Outdoor Fires and Grilling:
  • No outdoor fires are allowed in Boston, including fire pits, chimineas, and bonfires.
  • Charcoal grills must be on the ground and away from buildings. Keep in mind the wind and never leave grills unattended. Dispose of the ash in a metal container once completely out.
  • Propane tank grills are only allowed on first floor porches with steps to the ground. Do not place propane tank grills near air conditioners or up against a building. Make sure all connections are tight and never carry propane tanks into a home.
  • Grills should always be used in a well-ventilated area.
Mayor Wu recently announced Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston, a citywide framework to prepare Boston for hotter summers and more intense heat events. The Heat Plan presents 26 strategies that will help build a more just, equitable, and resilient Boston. To support the implementation of the Heat Plan, the City will launch the Boston Extreme Temperatures Response Task Force, which will help deliver a unified, all-of-government response to address chronic high temperature conditions and prepare the city in advance of extreme heat events. The Task Force’s work will be supported by the Environment Department, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Boston Public Health Commission’s Office of Public Health Preparedness with the goal of collaboratively protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of Boston residents facing increasing temperatures and other climate risks. 

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originally published 07.18.22

Monday, July 18, 2022

Summer In South Boston

updated 7/18/22: Tonight's Soul City Band concert is cancelled due to inclement weather

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Parks and Recreation Department invite you to gather outdoors with a variety of fun free activities.

Neighborhood Concert Series: Soul City Band  *CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Join us for our neighborhood concert series! We are offering top-notch musical entertainment in our local parks

Monday, July 18

7:00pm

Medal of Honor Park

 

Drop-off Summer Sports Center for Kids

Our Sports Centers offer free summer camp alternatives to Boston youth.

Weekdays, July 5 - August 19

9:00am - 3:00pm

Medal of Honor Park


Summer Fitness Series

Join us for both in-person and virtual classes led by certified fitness instructors.

Strength Training

9am - 10am

Sundays through September 25

A Street Park


Children's Arts & Crafts Workshops

Join us this summer for one of our arts and Crafts workshops hosted in various parks throughout the City of Boston, hosted by a local artist. 

Tuesday July 12

10:00am

Medal of Honor Park


Tuesdays July 19 & 26

10:00am

Sweeney Playground


Mayor Wu’s Movie Night: Soul

Enjoy popular films under the night skies!

Tuesday, August 30

Dusk ( approx. 7:45pm)

Moakley Park

originally published 07.14.22

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks July 2022 Meeting This Thursday

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

Thursday, July 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 896 6180 8926You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  VIOLATIONS

APP # VIO.18.013  51 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Kristyn Hill
Proposed work: Installation of banner signs "Hopsters Brewing Company" on the Sleeper Street facade without prior FPCLDC review and approval.

II.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.1389 FPC  51 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Kristyn Hill
Proposed work: Re-clad existing brick piers with new aluminum composite panels; Install a new aluminum curtain wall with high visible light transmittance glazing; new pavers within the property line at building entry. New building signage and new spandrel panels that will extend on both sides of the building that face Sleeper Street and Seaport Boulevard.  

APP # 22.1267 FPC  33-41 FARNSWORTH (Continued from 6/9/2022 Hearing)
Applicant: Wyndsor DePetro
Proposed work: Install mechanical system at roof.

APP # 22.1403 FPC  36 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Nate Turner
Proposed work: Removal of existing glass and aluminum storefront system at opening in alley and replace with: a new aluminum storefront system with a door, (2) sidelight panels and new concrete stair with metal railing.

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 # 22.1298 FPC  344 Congress Street
Repoint fa├žade of building in kind. 

IV. Ratification of 6/09/2022 Public Hearing Minutes

V. Staff Updates

VI. Projected Adjournment: 8:00PM

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

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Neighborhood Summer Gathering June 28th & July Happenings

updated 7/06/22 with 25 Thomson Place restaurant abutters meeting. 

Join us for a

Summer Fort Point Seaport
Hybrid Neighborhood Gathering*

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
6 pm to 8 pm
in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
Online via Zoom

featuring

Our C-6 Community Service Officers


Neighborhood Discussions
Construction After Hours & Weekends
Life Sciences Impacts
Chapter 91 Public Spaces Ground Truthing
Open Community Questions /Updates

introducing

Boqueria Tapas Bar and Restaurant
 25 Thomson Place
requesting support for an All Alcoholic Beverages License

&

Moxies
 899 Congress Street 
requesting support for an All Alcoholic Beverages License


plus
Neighborhood News

*Please note we do not meet in July or August. Our next gathering will be September 27th.

____________________________________________________________________

Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings

June 24: Final Friday's Open Mic Night from 6pm-9pm at Assemblage Art Space, 70 Sleeper St. You may discover the next big musician, poet, storyteller... Performers should arrive at 5pm to sign up. R.S.V.P.

June 26: Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market from 12pm to 6pm. Check the Boston Seaport calendar for Seaport Sweat, bike tune-ups & other events. 

June 26: Opening reception of "Wavelength" by artists Lisa Knox and Nancy Grice from 3pm - 6pm at The Gallery at 249 A, 249 A Street.

June 27: 17 Farnsworth Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. Replace existing, 361-vehicle parking garage built in 1986 with four-story life science 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).

June 28: FPNA Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering 6-8pm at District Hall (75 Northern Ave) and via Zoom (details above).

June 29: Mayor Wu's Neighborhood Coffee Hour at Medal of Honor Park (East 3rd & M Streets) from 9:30 am - 10:30 am. It is a unique opportunity to speak directly with the Mayor and staff from City departments about open space and your neighborhood. Dunkin’ will be on-site to keep Bostonians runnin’ with coffee and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats. In addition, each family in attendance will receive a free flowering plant provided by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, while supplies last. 

July 7: Seaport Circle (701 Congress) Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm.The Project will construct a 13-story laboratory/research & development and office building located on Parcel H totaling approximately 587,000 GFA, a two-story job training/non-profit center on an adjacent parcel totaling approximately 16,000 GFA, and an elevated walkway that connects these two buildings and surrounding properties. Register.

July 11: Abutters Meeting at 4:30pm to ask for support of an all alcohol license for Boqueria Tapas Bar & Restaurant at 25 Thomson Place. Public is welcome to attend the virtual meeting. 
Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82253330580
Meeting ID: 822 5333 0580
Via phone +1 646 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID above. 

July 11: Seaport Square Notice of Project Change (NPC) Public Meeting at 6:00 pm. The proposed NPC includes changes to the use and programming of several buildings, the elimination of a previously proposed building, and the expansion of open space. Read all the details on the NPC and the Planned Development Area Amendment

July 19: 17 Farnsworth Street Public Meeting at 6pm. For additional project details, explore the Project Notification Form.

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. Register.

July 26:  776 Summer St (Edison Power Plant) Phase 1 Public Meeting at 6pm. See phase 1 project description above. Register.