Tuesday, January 31, 2023

FPNA Kicks Off 2023 With City of Boston Chief of Planning & BPDA Director Jemison

 Dear Neighbor, 


You are invited to 
A Conversation on Planning and Development
in Fort Point and the Seaport

with
James Arthur Jemison
Chief of Planning for the City of Boston
Director of the Boston Planning & Development Agency

on

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
6 pm to 8 pm

Sign Up
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue
or
via Zoom

plus

Our C-6 Community Officers


&

Neighborhood Updates
Fort Point Resilient Infrastructure * Cannabis * Streets


Our 2023 Neighborhood Kickoff is your opportunity to talk to Chief Jemison about planning, development and climate resiliency in our Fort Point and Seaport neighborhoods, hear about the Wu administration's strategy for community planning and development and to ask questions. 

FPNA

originally published 01.24.23

Fort Point Landmarks February 2023 Meeting

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023
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 992 8653 0419#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 23.0569 FPC 36 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Nate Turner
Proposed Work: Revise placard signage size and location. 

APP # 23.0571 FPC 25 STILLINGS STREET
Applicant: Nate Turner
Proposed Work: Install (2) louvers.

APP # 23.0568 FPC 12 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Phil Marcotty
Proposed Work:  Replacement of property's roofing; new head house to enclose previously approved rooftop level ductwork; replacement of skylights over two existing head houses.

II. RATIFICATION OF 1/12/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III.   STAFF UPDATES

IV.  Projected Adjournment 8pm

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

Monday, January 30, 2023

Conservation Commission Meeting February 1st

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

February 1, 2023
6:00 pm
Dial-in audio: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044#

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 Item

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1911 and BOS File No. 2023-002 from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of Seaport Square Development Company LLC for proposed roadway improvements including roadway widening, median installation, plantings, utility adjustments, electrical pole construction, and electrical conduit installation, located at Congress St, West Service Road, Boston Wharf Road, and the Summer Street Bridge, South Boston, MA (LSCSF)

Acceptance of the Order of Conditions:

Notice of Intent (NOI) for DEP File No. 006-1910 and BOS File No. 2023-001 from Beals and Thomas, Inc. on behalf of BentallGreenOak for the proposed redevelopment of an existing parking garage into a 4-story laboratory/office building, located at 17 Farnsworth St, South Boston, MA (LSCSF). View NOI from Jan 18th meeting.

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1903 from Nitsch Engineering, Inc. on behalf of DIV Black Falcon, LLC for the proposed 4-floor addition to an existing building, the expansion of the existing parking lot, and other associated improvements, located at 88 Black Falcon Avenue, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, 100-foot Buffer to Coastal Bank). View NOI from Jan 18th meeting.

You can also submit written comments or questions to cc@boston.gov or via Twitter.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

About The Neighborhood This Week & Next

Here are some of the upcoming neighborhood happenings starting Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 25: Kids Story Hour at Porter Square Books (50 Liberty Drive) at 4pm.

Wednesday, January 25: Mayor Wu's State of the City at 7pm. Watch live at Boston.gov.

Thursday, January 26: Public Meeting on Inclusionary Development Policy Zoning Amendment at 6pm.  This meeting is about changes to the policies about how much private residential developers must contribute to income-restricted housing through the creation of on-site income-restricted housing units, off-site units near the project or by paying into a fund for the creation of income-restricted units elsewhere. View presentation. This meeting was also held on January 21st.

Friday, January 27: Coffee Hour with Mayor Wu's Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services, Enrique Pepen, from 9am to 10:30am at Cafe Nero, 368 Congress St. Come by to ask a question or share a concern. 

Saturday, January 28: Magenta: Extraspectral Color Opening Reception from 3pm - 6pm at FPAC's Assemblage Art Space at The Envoy, 70 Sleeper Street. This art exhibition focuses on using magenta paint on two dimensional surfaces, playing with the idea of color representation and cognition.

January 27 - January 29: Yankee Dental Congress at the BCEC with 28,000 visitors expected daily from 8am - 5pm. View BCEC Yankee Dental transportation plan.

January 31: FPNA Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering at 6pm with special guest City Of Boston Chief of Planning and BPDA Director Arthur Jemison. 

February 1: Comment deadline for proposed Linkage and Lab Uses Zoning Updates, which includes lab zoning changes and an increase of linkage rate including for labs. Linkage is the fee commercial developers must contribute to the City for the purpose of creating income-restricted housing and supporting workforce training. View proposed zoning text, meeting recording, presentation and Q&A on the BPDA webpage along the right hand side.

February 2: Sleeper Street Tree Removal Hearing at 10am. A request from the Boston Public Works Department for the removal of four honey locust trees measuring 2.5 to 3 inches dbh (diameter at breast height) at 30 Sleeper Street in the Fort Point Channel Historic neighborhood for the installation of a new crosswalk in front of Martin’s Park. (new addition)
 
Help us build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Fort Point Channel Operations Board Annual Meeting January 18th

The Fort Point Channel Operations Board will be having their annual meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Fort Point Room on the  2nd floor of Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street. 

In addition to the standard annual reports, there will be an overview of the requested changes to Atlantic Wharf's Chapter 91 license that removes the Fort Point room and relocates other FPA spaces within this Special Destination Facilities of Public Accomdation. View the request to MassDEP,

The agenda

2023 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program
Congress Street Bridge Lighting Project Update

The Fort Point Channel Watersheeet Activation Plan goals and elements have informed Municipal Harbor Plans specific to the area as well as state Chapter 91 Waterways licensing of projects along the Channel.
If you have any questions, please contact Rich McGuiness via email or at 617-918-4323.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

About The Neighborhood The Week of January 9th

Mark your calendars. Here is what is going on about the neighborhood the week of January 9, 2023. 

Jan 9: MassDEP Waterways ICA Draft Management Plan Public Meeting at 6PM. View draft management plan, which correlates to their Chapter 91 license #9951. The meeting will be held via zoom. Public comment deadline is January 23, 2023.

Jan 11: Green Infrastructure GRCx - Addressing Boston's Stormwater Woes at 8:30am. Overview of Boston's current stormwater management strategy, the updated EPA regulations, and a Q&A with our expert panel: Ken Moraff, EPA Region I Water Division Director; Kate England, Director of Green Infrastructure, City of Boston; Patrick Herron, Executive Director, Mystic River Watershed Association and Adam Chapdelaine, Deputy Director, Green Ribbon Commission – Moderator

Jan 11: Public Meeting on Linkage and Lab Uses Zoning Update | Boston Planning & Development Agency (bostonplans.org) includes an increase of linkage rate for labs from 6pm- 7:30pm. Public comment deadline extended to Feb. 1.

Jan 12: 10 Fan Pier (Mass Mutual building) Abutters Meeting at 5:30pm for the following proposal: an application for the transfer of an all alcoholic beverages license for the operation of a new restaurant by "Upper Spectacle LLC". You may also dial +1 646 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID 841 1305 6389.If you cannot attend this meeting, have any questions or comments about this proposal, or need interpretation services, please contact Anna White in advance.

Jan 12: Fort Point Channel Landmarks Monthly meeting: Public Works is presenting on Congress, Sleeper and A Street. View full agenda

Jan 18: Fort Point Channel Operations Board Annual Meeting | Boston Planning & Development Agency (bostonplans.org) from 2pm - 3:30pm in the Fort Point room at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor.

Fort Point Landmarks January 2023 Meeting

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

Thursday, January 12, 2023
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 942 7340 3358#  You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 23.0515 FPC   CONGRESS STREET, SLEEPER STREET and A STREET             
Applicant: City of Boston Department of Public Works
Proposed work: Reconstruction of Sleeper Street from Seaport Boulevard to Congress Street, of Congress Street between Sleeper Street and Boston Wharf Road and of A Street from Congress Street to Melcher Street.

APP # 23.0384 FPC   338 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Peggy Siepka
Proposed work: Update signage to reflect brand change. At interior remove "Bank" from lettersets located behind glass; at southwest exterior reface flag sign, remove and install channel letters, install vinyl logos; at southeast exterior install wall plaque, door hours sign, vinyl logos, remove and install channel letters.

APP # 23.0438 FPC    315 A STREET                       
Applicant: Brett Bentson
Proposed work: Install permanent support brackets for removable flood barriers at ground floor openings.

APP # 23.0516 FPC    7 CHANNEL CENTER STREET                    
Applicant: Cindy Woon
Proposed work: Operational element placement on facades; design alterations based on new mechanical systems; curtain wall detail refinements.

II.   DISCUSSION TOPIC
​​​​​​​Outdoor Dining

III.  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW/APPROVAL
300 A Street: Re-approval as required by the CDA for App # 21.0235 FPC. No changes to existing vinyl window graphics at the ground level windows along A Street and Necco Court nor to existing blade sign.

IV. RATIFICATION OF 11/10/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

V.   STAFF UPDATES

VI.  Projected Adjournment 8pm

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

Traffic Advisory: Lane Reduction on Congress Street Friday 1/6 through Monday 1/9

A Traffic Advisory from the Seaport TMA
Please be advised that starting Friday 1/6 through the early morning of Monday 1/9, Congress Street in the Seaport will be temporarily reduced to one lane in each direction for one block between Boston Wharf Road and Pier Four Boulevard. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the north side of Congress Street.

Timing: Congress Street Lane Reduction: Friday 1/6 11:59 p.m. to Monday 1/9 5:00 a.m.

Purpose: This lane reduction is to accommodate for the removal of a tower crane as part of the ongoing 400 Summer Street construction. The workzone will be restored to its current condition by 5 a.m. on Monday 1/9.

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks December 2022 Meeting

updated 12/08/22 with 338 Congress St presentation

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

Thursday, December 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  929-436-2866 and entering meeting id 939 1602 6352# You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 23.0438 FPC   315 A STREET  
Applicant: Brett Bentson
Proposed work: Install permanent support brackets for removable flood barriers at ground floor openings.

APP # 23.0384 FPC       338 CONGRESS STREET  
Applicant: Peggy Siepka
Proposed work: Update signage to reflect brand change. At interior remove "Bank" from lettersets located behind glass; at southwest exterior reface flag sign, remove and install channel letters, install vinyl logos; at southeast exterior install wall plaque, door hours sign, vinyl logos, remove and install channel letters.

II. RATIFICATION OF 11/10/2022 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

originally published 12.05.22 

Monday, December 05, 2022

What You Need To Know This Week

Seaport Square planning is nearing completion. Make sure it is adding what you want to the neighborhood by attending tonight's (12/5) public meeting. The City is working on a permanent outdoor dining program and wants your feedback Monday (12/5) or Tuesday (12/6) night. On Wednesday night (12/7), there is a community meeting for another Life Sciences building project in Fort Point's historic district. The Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission is holding their December meeting Thursday (12/8) night. If you are a Fort Point resident or business property owner who is interested in serving as a Fort Point Landmark Commissioner, please contact FPNA.

December 5: The Boston Planning & Development  Agency (BPDA) is hosting a Seaport Square Public Meeting at 6pm to discuss Notice of Project Change (NPC) and amendments to the Planned Development Area (PDA) including project impacts and mitigation. Attend to find out what remains to be be built and give feedback on what is needed to create a complete neighborhood. Will it be climate resilient, reduce urban heat and protect the neighborhood from flooding? Will it include civic, cultural spaces? A park? Affordable Housing? Residential homes separate from Life Sciences Labs? How many more labs do we need? Register. Also, see December 6th for update at BCDC.

Seaport Square Proposed Changes in blue

December 5: Outdoor Dining Listening Session at 6pm to hear from residents and restaurants on tbe goals of a permanent outdoor dining program with updates from the City. Register. This listening session will be repeated December 6th. Send questions/comments to outdoordining@boston.gov

December 6:  Outdoor Dining Listening Session at 6pm to hear from residents and restaurants on tbe goals of a permanent outdoor dining program with updates from the City. Register. This listening session is a repeat the one held December 5th. 

December 6: Seaport Square is at the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) to provide an update on changes to building uses, location, and open space in the PDA and NPC.

December 7: 7 Channel Center Public/IAG Meeting at 6pm The proposed project is to redevelop an existing historic 3 story building into a 9 story office/labs Life Sciences building. This project requires a Notice of Project Change and an amended Planned Development Area. What is the right use, residential or labs? Public safety concerns? What about ground floor use to activate the street and provide a service to neighbors?

7 Channel Center Life Sciences Labs Proposal

December 8: Fort Point Channel Landmarks District Commission December meeting at 6pm. View agenda 

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Holiday Events With A Mix of Life Sciences, Seaport Square Expansion, Climate Resilience & Cycling

updated 12/1 with Mayor Wu's Sunday, December 4 Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting and new 7 Channel Center Public meeting date.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and inviting you all to enjoy holiday events and a couple developments going on in the neighborhood. 

November 29: FPNA Fort Point Seaport Holiday Social at The Holiday Market at Snowport from 6pm-8pm. R.S.V.P. required.

November 30: Boston Harbor Now’s Harbor Use Forum on CFROD (Climate Resilient Flood Overlay District) at 8:30am. Find out how designs are evolving, and what designers, developers, and advocates should know about CFROD.

November 30: 17 Farnsworth St Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. Replace existing, 361-vehicle parking garage built in 1986 with four-story life science building. In addition, per CFROD, dry flood-proof at least two feet above Sea Level Rise Base Flood Elevation (19.5 ft. BCB).

December 1: South Boston Christmas Stroll, Shop, Dine, Splurge, starts at 4pm. View the details and where Santa is visiting at 2022 Christmas Stroll Schedule - South Boston Chamber of Commerce

December 1: Winter Cycling Clinic with Seaport TMA & MassBike from 5pm to 6:30pm. Curious about biking into work in the winter, but hesitant about how to get going? Learn best practices about cycling in the window. Meet up at The Benjamin, 25 Northern Ave.

December 2: LightUp Seaport from 5pm - 9pm with holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and annual tree lighting on Seaport Common. Enjoy special offers and sparkling surprises at neighborhood businesses as you stroll.

December 4: 26th Annual Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting with Mayor Wu and Santa at Medal of Honor Park (E. Broadway & M Streets). Festivities start at 2pm. 

December 5: Seaport Square Public Meeting at 6pm to discuss Notice of Project Change and amendments to the Planned Development Area including project impacts and mitigation.

December 7: 7 Channel Center Public/IAG Meeting at 6pm The proposed project is to redevelop an existing historic 4 story building into a 9 story office/labs Life Sciences building. This project requires a Notice of Project Change and an amended Planned Development Area.

ongoing through December 31st, the Holiday Market at Snowport welcomes over 120 small businesses to fill your gift list. 

originally published 11.23.22

Monday, November 28, 2022

Celebrate With Your Neighbors At FPNA Holiday Social

 

You are invited to

Celebrate with Your Neighbors 

at

FPNA's Fort Point Seaport Holiday Social

Tuesday, November 29

6 pm - 8 pm

R.S.V.P. (limited space)

 
Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres & refreshments 

 at the

Holiday Market at Snowport

The Food & Beverage Tent*

 
with special thanks to 

 Tuscan Kitchen

&

Seaport by WS Development

closest entrance is via Northern Avenue

Please note that the Holiday Social is in lieu of our November Neighborhood Gathering. 


If you would like to support FPNA, please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership. Your membership allows FPNA to continue to advocate for a better neighborhood in Fort Point and Seaport while bringing neighbors together at our monthly gatherings.  An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50. You may pay by check or Nov. 29th eventbrite or via venmo @FPNA-BostonJoin FPNA today!

originally published 11.17.22