Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Related Beal Neighborhood Open House

Related Beal, the new owners of the 6.5 acre Channelside parcel along the Fort Point Channel, cordially invite the neighborhood to an Open House to meet the team and share your ideas for future development on:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6 pm - 8 pm
Boston Children's Museum 
5th Floor
entrance via 308 Congress St,
R.S.V.P.
food & refreshments will be provided


In May, Related Beal acquired P&G Gillette's 6.5 Acre Channelside parking lot adjacent to the former GE Headquarters. The 6.5 acre property is bordered by A Street and the Fort Point Channel, and Binford Street and Necco Court (Garage Access Road). 

This is a a significant moment for the future growth and mixed development of the Fort Point neighborhood. The property is part of the 100 Acres Master Plan, a five year process and collaboration between residents, property owners, and City and State agencies. Two core principles of the plan essential to the neighborhood are: one-third housing development with an expansion of artist housing and on-site affordable units, and the creation of the Fort Point Park and Channel Park on part of the property. The parks play a critical role in the City's coastal resilience solutions to protect the neighborhood from sea level rise and flooding. The need for civic community space is also well documented in the neighborhood.  Share your ideas.


originally published 6.14.19

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It's Our Waterfront. Our Waterfront Needs You.

FPNA
is pleased to invite you to
a special evening


Waterfront Development In Your Neighborhood
Become a more effective advocate for an accessible waterfront development and learn how the MA Public Waterfront Act (Chapter 91) can improve our waterfront.* 

photo by Mary Cole 

presented by the Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance
in partnership with Boston Harbor Now  & Conservation Law Foundation


Wednesday, June 26th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BSA Space
290 Congress Street, 2nd floor, Fort Point Room
Space is limited. Register today.


Speakers
Jill Valdes Horwood - Director of Policy, Boston Harbor Now
Ben Lynch, Waterways Program Chief, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Deanna Moran – Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation
Heather Miller – Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation

*The ICA, Society of Arts & Crafts, Assemblage at The Envoy, Community Boat Building, public parks, public restrooms, public docks and the Harborwalk are just some of the amenities and access we enjoy thanks to Chapter 91.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Time For Better Transit In The Seaport District: Action Required

You may have noticed the rapid growth in the Seaport- the high rise office buildings, the penthouse views, the stores, the restaurants and entertainment- and that doesn't take into account what is under construction and in the pipeline.  It makes you wonder, what's in the plans- the Seaport Strategic Transit Plan that is.

The focus is on transit, including the Seaport’s bus and shuttle network, water ferries, ride-sharing and bike-sharing, and other private-sector initiatives. It includes the MBTA’s Red and Silver Lines, MBTA bus service, and bicycle and pedestrian networks that connect them. It includes Fort Point.

Robust engagement with residents, advocacy groups, and business and property owners will be a key attribute of the Plan. The project team will seek input from the Seaport community on goals and objectives for improving transit through public meetings and briefings. The first meeting will be:


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, New room #258
415 Summer Street

Open House- 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Meet the project team & learn about the strategic plan to improve Seaport District transit.

Presentation 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Breakout Session- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Share your ideas on goals, connections and priorities.

The Seaport Strategic Transit Plan will:
  • develop an integrated inventory of pending development, infrastructure plans, and transportation projects and visions, including Go Boston 2030. The Plan also involves direct coordination with studies relevant to the scope, including the Silver Line Capacity Study conducted by Massport, MBTA’s Better Bus Project, and other transit initiatives.
  • identify specific recommendations to improve the operations and capacity of the transit network serving Boston’s Seaport District. The Plan will study current transit connections and recommend specific improvements in the short-term, as well as for the next 15 years and beyond. 
  • call for a comprehensive transit vision for the District based on a data driven understanding of the demands placed on the neighborhood by both existing and planned future development. 


Draft and final recommendations will be refined based on community and stakeholder feedback. Final strategic recommendations will demonstrate the benefits of a prioritized list of projects with estimated costs, funding sources, and operations and management strategies. The plan will include monitoring and reporting on the recommendations. Implementing the Plan will be a crucial element of the recommendations. The City hopes to implement immediate transportation improvements in the Seaport as the first step in a vigorous and successful Seaport Strategic Transit Plan.
originally published 6.6.19

Friday, June 14, 2019

Martin's Park Opens June 15th

Updated 6/14/19: Don't forget your sunscreen. Please consider a donation of sunscreen, bars of soap, deodorant, and feminine products that will be donated to Camp Harbor View and distributed to the families they support. Collection boxes will be placed along the Harborwalk, throughout the park and inside the Children's Museum during the entire weekend.  

One of the most anticipated events along the Fort Point Channel is here! Martin's Park is opening Saturday, June 15, 2019. Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker and the Richard Family invite you to a festival of celebration of Martin's Park, an inclusive park and play space that will entice kids of all ages.


Martin's Park Opening & Celebration
11 am -  4 pm
Smith Family Waterfront (adjacent to the Boston Children's Museum)
64 Sleeper Street 


Can't wait? Take a sneak peek.

Martin's Park is named after Martin Richard who lost his life at the Boston Marathon in 2013. The park is the newest City of Boston Park and Fort Point's second city park.  In 2017, Mayor Walsh accepted the A Street Park as a City park. 




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Friday, June 07, 2019

Fort Point Landmarks June Meeting

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:00 PM
Boston City Hall - Piemonte Room (5th Floor)
After 5:30 pm, enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street 
(across from Faneuil Hall).

Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, review of architectural violations and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with Ch. 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 19.1210 FPC  25 Thomson Place 
Applicant: Chad Lehy; Stack + CProposed Work: At rear fa├žade, install new signage and window graphics.

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PP # 19.1229 FPC    55 Thomson Place
Applicant: Andrew Roy; Vantage Builders, Inc.
Proposed Work:
 Install new roof deck.
APP # 19.1276 FPC    15 Channel Center Street
Applicant: Jennifer Mecca; Midway Artist Studios
Proposed Work:
 At Medallion Avenue, install loading dock platform and replace existing multi-pane window with a garage door.
APP # 19.1283 FPC    333 Summer Street
Applicant: Kell Reardon
Proposed Work: 
At rear of property facing Pastene Alley, upgrade existing opening by replacing existing double door and sidelights with a new overhead door, add security card reader.
APP # 19.1293 FPC    25 Thomson Place
Applicant: Glenn Rechtenbauch; Bed, Bath & Beyond, One King's Lane
Proposed Work: 
Update storefronts at Thomson Place and Stillings Street for new tenant. Work will include new signage, window decals, wall plaques, and entry doors.
II. Administrative Review/Approvals
APP # 19.1265 FPC    30 Thomson Place: Remove roof deck, parapet caps, parapet wall panels and edge metal. Replace PVC roof membrane, parapet wall flashings, roof edge metal, copper gutter and downspout. Replacements are to match existing.
III. Ratification of 51912019 Public Hearing Minutes
IV. Staff Updates
V. Projected Adjournment: 7:3O PM
FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy 
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Grand Opening, Joint Ventures - June 6th

You are invited to the Fort Point Clinic Grand Opening at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness' newest location at 63 Melcher Street, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02210. Get to know your neighbors in Fort Point and Seaport!

Learn about our multidisciplinary approach, which includes massage therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic care, personal training and our 1-on-1 Physical Therapy specialties that include vestibular therapy, TMJ therapy, pelvic health and aquatic therapy.

We will be serving wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and have giveaways!

RSVP - Shannon.Reilly@JointVenturesPT.com

originally posted 5.21.19

Boston City Council Looks At Cannabis, Art Institutions, Transit, Local Capital Budget Items & Much More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and many more at their May meetings and June 5, 2019 meeting:

APPOINTMENTS
  • Zoning Board of Appeals: Craig Galvin reappointed as a member until March 2022; Edward Deveau appointed as an alternate member until July 2021
  • Audit Committee: Catherine O'Neill as a Member until November 2020

VOTES
Animal Care & Control: The Council voted to pass the Mayor’s ordinance that would transfer the Animal Care & Control unit (currently 18 employees) from the Inspectional Services Department to the Parks & Recreation Department. At the hearing, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Chris Cook described that the function of the Parks & Rec department is to manage and maintain parks and open spaces, and most of the complaints concerning unleashed dogs and wildlife occur in parks and open spaces. The move would also enable the creation of a Friends group to help support the City’s animal adoption center, similar to Friends groups that exist in support of various parks around Boston.
 
Community Preservation Committee (CPC): The Council voted to approve the two budgetary orders to appropriate $1.2M for the FY20 administrative costs of the CPC and reserve $24.3M of FY20 revenues from the CPC Fund for further appropriation based on future project recommendations of the CPC throughout the year. The CPC Fund was created upon Boston’s adoption of the Community Preservation Act in November 2016 and is funded by 1% property-tax surcharge on certain residential and business property tax bills and a state matching mechanism. The funding must be targeted to open space/recreational use, historic preservation, and affordable housing. Learn more about the committee and process to submit project proposals for funds at: https://www.boston.gov/community-preservation.
 
Capital Budget: The Council voted unanimously to advance the capital budget--the first of two required votes to approve appropriations for the City’s $2.78B FY20-24 Capital Plan. Councilor Ciommo highlighted several projects, including (NOTE: This list is abridged to reflect local projects or interests)

  • Designation of 1% of the City’s annual Capital Budget for the commissioning of permanent public art in municipal spaces;
  • Renovations at community centers; designing and constructing a new EMS Seaport station, beginning construction on Engine 42 in Roxbury (which will be the first new fire station built in 25 years) and completing design for a new Engine 17 facility in Dorchester and replacements for Engine 3 in the South End, Engine 37 in the Fenway, and continuing construction of Engine 50 in East Boston and Engine 5 in Charlestown;
  • Beginning climate resiliency improvements at the Raymond Flynn Marine Park;
  • Completing designs for the reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge, Northern Avenue Bridge, and Dalton Street Bridge, and reconstructing roadways such as Summer Street in Fort Point, North Square in the North End, and Beach Street in the Leather District

Red-Blue Connector: The Council voted to adopt Councilor Edwards’ resolution supporting the Red-Blue Connector. Connecting the Red and Blue Lines on the MBTA is an unfulfilled promised to Bostonians, committed as mitigation for impacts of the Big Dig. Building the connector would reduce congestion, improve transportation connectivity, promote access to medical care, shorten commutes and link key institutions such as Logan Airport, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear, the Kendall Square innovation district, MIT and Harvard.

RECENT HEARINGS
Equitable Regulation of Cannabis: Councilors Flaherty and Janey reported back on the well-attended working session this week discussing Councilor Janey’s proposed ordinance for equitable regulation of cannabis. Councilor Edwards emphasized the need for an independent local board to oversee Boston’s new regulations, rather than relying on state oversight. The matter remains in the Government Operations committee for further discussion.

NEW MATTERS
North-South Rail Link: Councilor Essaibi-George called for a hearing on the proposed North-South Rail Link. The Massachusetts Commuter Rail system is effectively split between the North and South of Boston, preventing statewide connectivity and mobility, and Boston is the single gap in continuous service between Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which runs from Washington D.C. to Boston, and Amtrak’s Downeaster, which runs from Brunswick, Maine to Boston. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation for a hearing.

Boston's Arts Institutions: Councilor Janey called for a hearing regarding diversity and inclusion in Boston’s arts institutions, following the experience of the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy students at the Museum of Fine Arts. She stated that the issue is broader than this particular experience, and it is time that Boston should have a conversation about race, diversity and inclusion in the arts, because despite commitments and efforts, many of Boston’s cultural institutions struggle to be welcoming to all. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Arts, Culture and Special Events for a hearing.

UPCOMING HEARINGS (In the City Council Chamber unless otherwise noted. Watch at: https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council/watch-boston-city-council-tv):
  • Monday, June 10th, 5pm: Housing & Community Development Hearing - Docket #0144 - Order for a hearing to discuss the inclusionary development policy and affordable housing
  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, June 12th

For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Fort Point Cannabis Shop Community Meeting

The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services will be hosting a 

Community Meeting
 Proposed Cannabis Establishment 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
District Hall

Operator: Elevate Arc
Location: 355 Congress St. (Congress & A Sts)
Lucky's Building & future home of 8 residential condos


355 Congress St

The City wants to hear your feedback on Fort Point's first cannabis shop proposal to determine whether it is the right location for a recreational cannabis shop and the right operator for Fort Point. The public can give testimony/comments. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Current law mandates cannabis establishments not be within 500 feet of a school and not within 1/2 mile of each other, which means one location can preclude another establishment. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

What Is Next In Coastal Resilience?

In October 2018, the City released the South Boston Coastal Resilience Solutions (Climate Ready) report and the Mayor announced the Resilient Boston Harbor Plan covering Charlestown, East Boston, North End Downtown, South Boston Fort Point and Dorchester. 

Now that there are plans, reports and design recommendations, what are the next steps? One next step is the formulation of a Flood Resiliency Zoning Overlay District and Resiliency Guidelines, which will build upon Climate Ready Boston recommendations. 

The BPDA invites you to an open house addressing the City’s efforts to promote buildings that are better adapted to coastal flooding and sea level rise. This is an opportunity to learn about the development of flood resilient building guidelines and resiliency zoning, talk to experts, and provide input.


Flood Resiliency Zoning Overlay District and Resiliency Guidelines
Open House
Wednesday,May 22, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Condon Community Center
200 D Street

The Flood Resiliency Zoning Overlay District and Resiliency Guidelines project establishes a new flood resilience overlay district in critical locations and requires that new construction anticipates the future creation of flood protection infrastructure. The project will revise the zoning code to incorporate the extents and heights of future flooding, ensure regulations on the use, height, and massing of new construction and retrofits buildings to promote climate readiness, and encourage a quality streetscape and building that is pedestrian-friendly, elevated, and floodproofed. The accompanying design guidelines will assist residents and businesses in being better informed of climate hazards and measures they can implement to reduce risks associated with changing climate conditions. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Portraits & Stories Opens Thursday At Midway Artist Studios

The Midway Gallery presents Portrait & Stories, an exhibition of photographers, artists & Boston Middle School Students telling stories through images. 


Thursday, May 16, 2019
6 pm - 8 pm
Midway Gallery
15 Channel Center St, first floor


Together, students and professional artist photographers present a fresh perspective on the individual self. This way of bringing together young and seasoned artists into the gallery space breaks down barriers, rendering the gallery a democratic community space. Here we come together to celebrate life. We establish that all lives matter.

Participating Artists: Michael Allen, Jaypix Belmer, Joel Benjamin, Avaughn Brown*, Jerry Carr*, Ciarah Castro*, Angel De Jesus*, William Dubost*, Sylvia Stagg Giuliano, Pete Grana, Lou Jones, Christ Orelus*, Joyce Parrish*, Krina Patel, Robin Radin, Addonis Reed*
Tina Ruffin* and Waddell Williams*.

*McKinley Middle School --
Students in the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts partnership with McKinley Middle School

Portrait & Stories is curated by Krina Patel and on view until June 14, 2019. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Related Beal Fort Point's Newest Neighbor

Today P&G Gillette sold their 6.5 Acre Channelside parking lot adjacent to the former GE Headquarters to Related Beal, making Related Beal Fort Point's newest neighbor. The 6.5 acre property is bordered by A Street and the Fort Point Channel, and Binford Street & Necco Court (Garage Access Road). 

Kara Buckley, Communications Leader at P&G Gillette told the Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) "We believe we have found a strong partner in Related Beal. The company has developed some of the most recognized buildings and complicated projects in the area, including Congress Square, the Seaport’s Innovation Square life science campus, The Clarendon, One Back Bay, Lovejoy Wharf and The Beverly, a mixed-use development in downtown Boston. We also saw a very thoughtful proposal from Related Beal – including the potential for life sciences, strong residential, attractive open spaces and view corridors, and a willingness to work with the community along the way. Overall, we believe this will be an exciting development for the neighborhood – and are looking forward to seeing the potential become a reality." 

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) looks forward to working with Related Beal on the development of this important parcel to the neighborhood as well as continuing our good relationship with long time neighbor, P&G Gillette

The news of this sale coupled with last week's announcement that Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development acquired the MassDevelopment GE 2.7 acre parcel, which includes the two historic Necco Court buildings and the adjacent GE Headquarters parcel, will create a vibrant expansion of the Fort Point neighborhood. GE will continue to complete the HarborWalk improvements and the renovation of the Necco Court buildings including the green pedestrian bridge. GE plans to move employees from nearby Farnsworth Street into the refurbished Necco Court buildings later this year.

Both newly acquired parcels are part of the City of Boston's Imagine Boston 2030100 Acres Master Plan for Fort Point, South Boston Municipal Harbor Plan Amendment, South Boston Coastal Resilience Report and Resilient Boston Harbor vision

This is a significant moment for the future growth and mixed development of the Fort Point neighborhood. The 100 Acres Master Plan is the culmination of over five years of collaboration between residents, property owners, and City and State agencies. Two core principles of the plan essential to the neighborhood are one-third housing development with an expansion of artist housing and on-site affordable units, and the creation of the Fort Point Park and Channel Park on the properties. The parks play a critical role in the City's coastal resilience solutions to protect the neighborhood from sea level rise and flooding. The need for civic community space is also well documented in the neighborhood. 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

FPNA Celebrates 15th Annual Love Your Block Volunteer Days


Updated 5.9.19: Due to Friday's rain forecast, May 10th's Corporate Volunteer Day is rescheduled to May 31st.  Saturday, May 11th Resident Volunteer Day will take place as planned. 

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) celebrates fifteenth annual Love Your Block, creating a living tapestry of flowers, vines and community. Love Your Block is run in conjunction with the City's volunteer spring clean up and beautification project. 

Be an outdoor adventurer and beautify your neighborhood. No green thumb required. Tools and gloves provided. Meet up at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets).
Residents, come meet your neighbors and plant, sweep or rake for an hour or stay all day Saturday, May 11th from 10 am to 3 pm. Thank You Picnic in Wormwood Park at 5 pm.  Sign up today.


Corporations are  invited to volunteer Friday, May 31st (new date) anytime from 11 am to 2 pm. Lunch providedRegister here.


originally published 4.29.19