Thursday, January 14, 2021

Fort Point Channel Operations Board 2021 Annual Meeting

The Fort Point Channel Operations Board will be holding their annual meeting via Zoom on:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Public is welcome to attend this free event.

The Agenda:

  • Recap of Atlantic Wharf 2019 Annual Plan
  • Presentation of Atlantic Wharf 2021 Annual Plan
  • 2021 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program
  • Other Channel-wide Updates

What is the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan? To determine how to take better advantage of the Fort Point Channel's potential, the BPDA initiated a watersheet planning process with the Fort Point Channel Working Group and Fort Point Channel Abutters Group, which involved area residents, business owners and stakeholders. 

The resulting Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan envisions the channel as a location for a wide range of water’s edge and floating public uses, including piers, docks and landings for cultural attractions, recreational boating and sightseeing. The Plan also endeavors to seamlessly balance these public uses with the existing water-dependent uses along the Channel, including the Gillette Company, Barking Crab and Hook Lobster, as well as advancing water transportation initiatives. 

The activation goals and elements of the Plan have informed Municipal Harbor Plans specific to the area as well as state Chapter 91 Waterways licensing of projects along the Channel. The Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan is an important part of the ongoing development plans of 15 Necco, 244-284 A Street and Hook Wharf (James Hook). 

Boston City Councils Looks at Elections, Appointments, Electronic Billboards, Traffic, Taxes & Much More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are a few highlights from the first City Council Meeting of 2021, which includes refiles of Councilors’ priorities from the last year.

APPOINTMENTS 

  • Boston Redevelopment Authority Board: Michael P. Monahan as a member for a term expiring August 23, 2023.

  • Boston School Committee: Michael O'Neill as a member for a term expiring January 4, 2025. 

  • Boston Civic Design Commission: Andrea Leers, David Hacin, David Manfredi, Deneen Crosby, Eric Howler, Mikyoung Kim, Kirk Sykes, William Rawn, Jonathan Evans, Katherine Kottaridis, and Mimi Garza Love appointed as members.

  • Board of Examiners: Alexander MacLeod for a term expiring on July 1, 2023.

  • Nick Martin as Chief Communications Officer, effective December 14, 2020.

  • Barbara Parker as Director of Labor Relations and the Boston Public Schools Labor Office, effective November 17, 2020.

VETOES

Banning Credit Checks in Employment Processes: Mayor Walsh vetoed the ordinance introduced by Councilors Campbell and Janey to ban the use of credit checks during employment background checks as an inequitable barrier. His message detailed the Administration’s concern that the fine and enforcement structure outlined in the ordinance exceeds the City’s home rule authority as defined by state law. He recommended working through a home-rule petition instead to designate credit status as a protected class. The City Council may override mayoral vetoes with a two-thirds vote, meaning 9 members.

Restricting the Use of Chemical Crowd Control Agents and Kinetic Impact Projectiles: Mayor Walsh vetoed the ordinance introduced by Councilors Arroyo and Campbell to restrict the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and other crowd control methods at public demonstrations.

VOTES

Resolution to Support Waiving MCAS: The Council voted to adopt a resolution filed by Councilor Essaibi-George in support of waiving MCAS in Spring of 2021. She stated that offering a standardized test during the ongoing pandemic would only be measuring privilege.

NEW FILES 

Waiving Potential Special Election: Councilor Arroyo filed a home-rule petition to waive the provision in the Boston City Charter to require a special election for Mayor if a vacancy occurs before March 5, 2021, to fill the rest of the term (in this case, through the end of the year). The sponsor stated that holding a special election during the pandemic would endanger the health of Boston residents, impact the financial future for the City, and contribute to existing inequities often seen in elections. Other colleagues spoke up to state their belief that the rules in the charter should not be changed in the middle of an election with various political interests before us. The matter was assigned for a hearing to the Committee on Government Operations.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Councilors Campbell and Arroyo called for a hearing regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Effective and equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine to a large portion of the population is critical to ending the pandemic, and the City must develop strategies that will result in the most equitable outcome possible for communities of color. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Public Health.

Small Business Outreach & COVID-19: Councilors Mejia, Arroyo & I called for a hearing discussing the accessibility of small business outreach during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the COVID-19 recovery and moving forward, it is crucial to develop a more in-depth understanding of what “outreach” to Boston’s small businesses actually looks like, including quantifying the number of programs offered, engagement by neighborhood, and what languages are accommodated in these outreach spaces. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Small Business and Workforce Development.

Access for MBE to High-Volume Commercial Centers: Councilor Mejia called for a hearing to discuss addressing commercial segregation through focusing on access for minority business enterprises to the high-volume commercial centers such as the Seaport, Newbury Street, and Faneuil Hall marketplace. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Small Business and Workforce Development.

Public Hearings: Councilors Mejia and Edwards called for a hearing on public hearings as they relate to government accountability and accessibility. The ability to access public hearings is a crucial aspect of our constituency making their voices heard because they address issues which impact Bostonians from all across the city. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

Late Night T Service: Councilor Mejia & I refiled a hearing order on the status of Late-Night MBTA Service in Greater Boston. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation.

Electronic Billboards: Councilors Flynn and Bok called for a hearing to discuss the proliferation of electronic billboards in the City of Boston. Electronic billboards have proliferated in Boston over the past several years, causing important safety and quality of life concerns for our residents.  The matter was assigned to the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services.

Traffic Plan in South Boston: Councilors Flynn and Flaherty called for a hearing to discuss establishing a traffic master plan for South Boston. With South Boston rapidly developing, transportation and congestion will remain a critical issue that will continue to affect both long-time and new South Boston residents, visitors, and commuter for years and decades to come, there should be a transportation Master Plan for South Boston to assess the neighborhood’s short, mid and long term transportation needs and capacity, so that the city and residents can understand the potential impact of upcoming developments and better plan for the neighborhood. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation.

Property Tax Relief for Seniors: Councilor Flynn called for a hearing to discuss property taxes and assistance programs for seniors & long-term residents facing difficulties during COVID19. Seniors have been severely impacted by the pandemic, and during this difficult time, the city should do what it can to assist senior homeowners who are feeling additional financial strains due to COVID-19, including potentially doubling the exemption for seniors over a certain age while considering their income and evaluation. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Boston Groundwater Trust: Councilor Bok called for a hearing regarding potential zoning amendments to be proposed by the Boston Groundwater Trust. The Boston Groundwater Trust is a crucial steward of a shared public good, the groundwater levels on which the pile integrity of many buildings throughout the City of Boston depends. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation.

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming online): 

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, January 27th, at 12PM.

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Boston Civic Design Commission Expands To 13


The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) today announced the expansion of the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) with the appointment of two additional members by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Jonathan Evans of MASS Design Group and Mimi Garza Love of Utile will fill newly created positions, and Kathy Kottaridis of Historic Boston Inc. will replace the seat being vacated by the retirement of Paul McDonough as the member representing expertise in historic preservation. Read about the Commissioners

“By expanding the Boston Civic Design Commission, we are continuing to build on our work to create a more inclusive, equitable BPDA and City of Boston,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden. “I welcome Jonathan, Mimi, and Kathy, and look forward to the unique perspectives and experience they will bring to our work. I thank Paul McDonough for his many years of valuable service to the Commission and Boston’s built environment and public realm.” 

The expansion of the Commissioners from 11 to 13 will help bring new perspectives to the BCDC and responds to the ongoing pace of development in Boston by helping ensure that there is a quorum at all meetings. Under the change, at least seven of the 13 Commissioners must be professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design. 

The BCDC, managed by the BPDA’s Urban Design Department, is charged with examining the aesthetics of proposed development projects and ensuring that the projects have a positive impact on Boston's public realm. This includes the review of large projects over 100,000 gross square feet, projects of special significance, civic projects, and district design guidelines. 

The BPDA held a public meeting on October 22, 2020 to discuss amending Article 28 of the Boston Zoning Code to expand the number of Commissioners, and the text amendment was approved by the BPDA Board in November 2020, and by the Boston Zoning Commission in December 2020. 

What You Want To Know To Start 2021

updated 1/13/21: Jan. 14th Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission Meeting is cancelled.  

Welcome to the first full week of 2021. 

Here are a few things you might like to know:

Yesterday (1/5/21), Mayor Walsh extended Boston's modified reopening phase 2, step 2 for at least three more weeks until January 27, 2021 to help reduce the spread of COVID 19. 

If you have a Christmas tree and are looking for a free way to give it a new life, the City of Boston is offering free pickup on the first recycling day of this week and next week. The first recycling day of the week in Fort Point and Seaport appears to be Thursday. To be sure, check your recycling trash day. The tree must be ready by 6am and clear of ornaments, lights and tinsel in preparation for compost shredding. The compost will then be distributed to Boston Parks to help new plants grow.

There is a new electricity supplier in town through the City of Boston Community Choice Electricity Program. If you are an Eversource basic customer and do not opt out by Jan. 11, you will be automatically enrolled in the City program. Eversource will continue to bill you and deliver your electricity. You will see the supplier listed as Constellation NewEnergy, Inc.   If you already have an alternative electricity supplier, you will not be impacted; however, you may sign up for the City program if you wish. The City program does not guarantee a lower rate than Eversource. It does offer more renewable energy. If you have questions not answered on the Community Choice Electricity Program website, there are virtual office hours  on Tuesdays and Thursday 12pm - 1pm. through February 2, 2021.

The Return of Community Meetings   

Jan. 6 at 6pm: 776 Summer St (former Edison Power Plant site) Public Meeting. In case you missed the December meeting, you can find out more about this 15.2 acre mixed development and community benefits as the development team advances the plan development area (PDA) for approval.

Jan. 7 at 6pm: Hook Wharf (James Hook site) Impact Advisory Group Meeting, The public is welcome to attend to hear about the proposed hotel and restaurant with public realm and Harborwalk improvements.  

Jan. 12 at 5:30pm: Fort Point 100 Acres Open Space Concept Plan Virtual Open House to present the release of the draft plan for community feedback. The park designs and network is to strengthen connections to the waterfront, create a more resilient community and expand recreation, events, and green space public access. The project scope expanded to include complementary ground floor use recommendations for park visitors.

Jan. 12 at 6:00pm: Hook Wharf Public Meeting to review the Hook Wharf project and allow for more public engagement is cancelled due to the Mayor's State of the City. The meeting will be rescheduled. 

Jan. 12 at 7:30pm: Mayor Walsh's State of the City address will be broadcast on all major local networks as well as livestreamed on Boston.gov.

Jan. 13 at 6pm: Coastal Flood Resilience Zoning Overlay (CFROD) Public Meeting. The CFRZO provides new zoning definitions, dimensional and use standards for development projects to promote resilient design and better prepare new and existing buildings for future coastal storms and sea level rise. The meeting will include a presentation of the draft zoning article and overlay district, followed by Q&A and comments. 

Jan. 14 at 6pm: Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission Public Meeting  is cancelled. 22 Boston Wharf Rd: At the roof level, construct a roof deck, egress stair and head house.

Jan. 15 at 10am: Coastal Flood Resilience Zoning Overlay (CFROD) Public Meeting. This meeting is a repeat of the one on Jan. 13th. 

Jan 26 at 6pm: Save the date for the FPNA Neighborhood Virtual Gathering. Any ideas or neighborhood concerns, please email FPNA

originally published 01.06.21

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation Grant Opportunity

The Seaport team at WS Development are reaching out to inform neighbors of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) Grant. Massachusetts based businesses could potentially benefit up to $75K in grant monies if eligible. This grant application closes on January 15th.

 

MGCC Program Overview

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made an additional $668 million available to support businesses through new and existing programs. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will target a portion of these funds to sectors experiencing the most significant economic hardship and a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Application Link:

 

Who Should Apply:

·    Restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks that collect and remit meals tax

·    Indoor Recreation or Entertainment Establishments

·    Indoor entertainment establishments (e.g. movie theaters, comedy clubs, performing arts venues/organizations)

·    Indoor recreation (e.g. arcades, bowling centers, pool/billiard halls, escape-the-rooms, trampoline parks, roller-skating rinks)

·    Indoor spectator sports venues

·    Other indoor recreation or entertainment venues

·    Gyms or Fitness Centers

·    Gyms, athletic clubs, exercise centers, health clubs

·    Sports facilities (e.g. tennis clubs, racquetball clubs, hockey rinks, swimming facilities)

·    Fitness instruction centers (e.g. aerobics, dance, yoga, karate, etc.)

·    Other gyms or fitness centers

·    Personal Services

·    Nail salons, barbershops, etc.

·    Independent pharmacies 

·    Event Support Companies - primary source (more than 50%) of revenue is event-related

·    Photography studios, videography studios, florists, limo services, event planning companies, event rentals, performers, convention and trade show organizations

·    Independent Retailers

·    Businesses with brick and mortar locations that collect and remit sales tax

 

 Who Should Not Apply:

To ensure that these limited funds get to the most severely impacted businesses, you SHOULD NOT APPLY if you:

·    are not showing an operating loss due to the coronavirus pandemic

·    have access to other sources of relief

·    have been able to continue to operate without significant financial distress

·    have adequate available reserves

·    larger companies that are better positioned to endure this economic downturn and COVID-19 related restrictions

 

Timeline:

12/31/2020 at 12:00 PM – Application opens.

01/15/2021 at 11:59 PM – Application closes.

  

Amount of Funding:

Businesses can receive up to $75,000 but capped at up to 3 months of operating expenses, as evidenced by 2019 Federal Tax Returns. Grant amounts will be considered for actual expenses for 2020 during the pandemic. Expenses can be considered since March 10, 2020, given that it does not exceed 3 months of operating expenses evidenced by 2019 Federal Tax Returns.

 

Award Process:

After the application period closes, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will review all applications to determine eligibility. MGCC will award and disburse grants based upon eligibility criteria and preference prioritization.

 

Approved Use of Funds:

Employee payroll and benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and interest on other debt obligations.

·    The business will not apply the funds granted in response to this application to any expense that has been or will be covered by any other source of federal or state funding including, but not limited to, Paycheck Protection Program loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Community Development Block Grants, or any other source of federal or state aid.

·    The business will collect and retain sufficient documentation to demonstrate that the expenses delineated in this application were incurred within the eligibility limits and established for the Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, receipts, invoices, purchase orders, contracts, contemporaneous memoranda, or other relevant materials.

 

Non-Approved Use of Funds:

Major equipment purchases, purchase of real property, construction activities, business expansion, lobbying. Also, grantees must prevent the duplication of benefits, which means these grant funds may not be used to pay expenses if another source of financial aid has paid that same expense.

 

*If a person owns multiple businesses and submits an application for each business, MGCC may reserve the right to limit proceeds to a business owner.

**If your business successfully applied for and received a grant from MGCC’s previous grant programs, the same business location may not apply to this program.

 

 

Requirements:

·    Business must have a physical establishment in Massachusetts and be based in Massachusetts.

·    Business must be a for-profit entity (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative or LLC).

·    Business must be able to document a loss of income equal to or greater than requested assistance due to COVID-19 pandemic.

·    Business must be currently in operation or if not in operation must have an intent to reopen.

·    Business must have been established prior to 06/30/2019.

·    Business must be in good standing with the state and city/town:

·    Business must be current on all taxes due through 3/1/2020; and

·    Have active and valid state licenses/registrations, if applicable; and

·    Ineligible businesses:

·    Real estate rentals/sales businesses;

·    Businesses owned by persons under age 18;

·    Businesses that are chains (chains are defined as businesses not headquartered in Massachusetts with multiple locations);

·    Franchisees;

·    Liquor stores;

·    Lobbyists;

·    Cannabis-related businesses; or

·    Non-profit organizations

 

Required Documentation: 

·    A complete copy (all schedules) of your filed 2019 Federal Business Tax Return as submitted to the IRS. If you file Schedule C income, please upload that document in place of a Business Tax Return.

·    A complete copy (all schedules) of your filed 2019 Federal Personal Tax Returns as submitted to the IRS for each business owner with 20% or greater ownership

·    A copy of your License to Operate/Business License/Professional Certification, if applicable

·    Completed and signed IRS W-9 Form for your business

·    If your business is a LLC, Partnership or Corporation:

·    A copy of your Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.

·    If your business is a Sole Proprietorship:

·    A copy of your Business Certificate (DBA) from the city/town in which your business operates

·    A copy of the business owner's valid photo identification (ID). This ID must match the business owner who is an authorized signer that signs this application. Please submit a photocopy of the front and back of the ID.

·    Examples include (submit one): State-issued driver's license/ID card, U.S. Passport book or card, or other valid, state or federal issued photo ID

Monday, December 28, 2020

Netflix "Don't Look Up" To Be Filmed At Artists For Humanity

In case you missed the film crews around Melcher St, Netflix Productions will be continuing to film scenes for their feature film, DON'T LOOK UP, in the neighborhood. This time filming will take place in Artists For Humanity at 100 West 2nd Street.  

Filming is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th.

There will be parking restrictions in effect starting Monday, December 28th through Friday, January 8th for prep, shooting and wrap. Equipment trucks will be parking on the following streets:

Monday, December 28 to Saturday, January 2 & Wednesday, January 6 to Friday, January 8

  • W. 2nd Street @ Bolton St

Monday, December 28 to Friday, January 8

  • W. First Street (A St to Medallion)
  • Medallion Ave (W. 1st to Richards)

Sunday, January 3 @ 4pm through Tuesday, January 5 @ 11pm

  • W. 3rd Street @ A Street
  • W. 2nd St (A St. to B St.)
  •  A Street (Iron to Mt. Washington Way)

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE “NO PARKING” SIGNS WILL BE POSTED IN THESE AREAS & THE CORRESPONDING TIMES.

If you have any questions or concerns (deliveries, construction, etc.) please feel free to email dlulocations@gmail.com or call us at 781-269-1573 (leaving your name and contact info). 

On behalf of the crew, we would like to thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to filming in your neighborhood.

-  “Netflix Productions” Locations Department

Monday, December 21, 2020

5 & 15 Necco Ground Floor Uses: New Chapter 91 License 12/3 Meeting

updated 12/21/20: Reminder the public comment deadline is Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Details below. 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Waterway Regulations Program (Chapter 91) will be holding a new virtual hearing regarding the Chapter 91 license for 5 & 15 Necco on:

Thursday, December 3, 2020


The November 23, 2020 public  notice will start a new 30 day comment period ending December 23, 2020.

Previous Application Submissions

The applicants, ARE-MA Region No. 74, LLC and ARE-MA Region No. 72, LLC (Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development), are seeking a Consolidated Written Determination to reauthorize the uses of two (2) 6-story existing office buildings at 5 Necco Street; construction and maintenance of a 12-story new office building at 15 Necco Street; and associated open spaces and public amenities located on filled tidelands of the Fort Point Channel at 5 and 15 Necco Street, Boston, Suffolk County. Additionally, the Applicant seeks an extended license term pursuant to 310 CMR 9.15(b). The proposed project has been determined to be Nonwater-Dependent.

NEW Public Comments Deadline: December 23, 2020
Written comments should be addressed to: Susan You via email. If you do not have access to email, hard copy documents may be mailed to: MassDEP Waterways Regulation Program c/o Susan You, One Winter St, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

Failure of any aggrieved person or group of ten (10) citizens or more to submit written comments to the Waterways Regulation Program by the Public Comments Deadline will result in the waiver of any right to an adjudicatory hearing in accordance with 310 CMR 9.13(4)(c). The group of citizens must include at least five (5) citizens who are residents of the municipality in which the proposed project is located.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Toys To Give. Toys to Receive. 'Tis The Season

updated 12/16/20: This just in from the North Pole- Santa will be arriving Tuesday, December 22, 2020.  The toy drive continues this weekend online and at BCEC.

Santa Claus is coming to town next week and there will be toys to receive plus a Toy Drive for r local children. 

 SANTA CLAUS VISITS
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 (new date)
4:00-6:00 pm
101 W Broadway, BPD C-6

Santa will be up on BPD's balcony & sending toys down his slide to the kids below. Kids will receive a gift bag from  Mayor Walsh plus a toy and other treats. 

Santa Claus

PAW PATROL'S CHASE, TROLLS POPPY, SPONGEBOB, THE GRINCH AND others will be there to say 'hi'  while you wait in line.

There will be both a drive up & walk up option to see Santa.  If you'd like to drive up to receive the gift, please pull in front of the station and someone will bring your gift over to your car. There will be a socially distanced line on the sidewalk for walk ups. 


State Representative David Biele invites you to join him this weekend for a

DRIVE THRU & REMOTE TOY DRIVE
Saturday, December 19, 2020 
Sunday, December 20, 2020
10 am - 2 pm

Unwrapped toys for girls and boys (0 to 15 years old) can be dropped off at Boston Civic and Exhibition Center (BCEC) loading Dock. Enter via the West Gate entrance off of Cyher Street. Containers will be on site for contactless drop-off. 

Toys will stay in the neighborhood and go to children at West Broadway.

Looking for gift ideas or prefer to shop from your sofa, click here.

Any questions?  Email Neighbort2NeighborToyDrive@gmail.com


originally published 12.09.20

Friday, December 18, 2020

Be A Snow Angel

Become a Snow Angel

The Laboure Center is looking for volunteers to help shovel out seniors & persons with disabilities in South Boston.

“Snow removal can be daunting for many of our elderly and disabled loved ones. When there are large snowfalls, seniors who cannot shovel themselves out can face isolation and immobility.  With this volunteer program, we are hoping to make a real impact in people’s lives, while giving people yet another way to feel connected to their neighbors and their community.”” said Director Jake Bombard.


Anyone interested in shoveling out their elderly or disabled neighbors, please sign up  or email Jake Bombard.


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Mayor Walsh Lifts Snow Emergency & Parking Ban Friday 7am

Mayor Martin J. Walsh this evening announced the declared snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 7 a.m. on Friday, December 18. Residents parked in participating discounted lots or garages have until 9 a.m. to move their cars before regular rates resume.

Property owners must fully clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. Failure to comply can result in fines. More details & safety tips.

Become a Snow Angel

The Laboure Center is looking for volunteers to help shovel out seniors & persons with disabilities in South Boston.

“Snow removal can be daunting for many of our elderly and disabled loved ones. When there are large snowfalls, seniors who cannot shovel themselves out can face isolation and immobility.  With this volunteer program, we are hoping to make a real impact in people’s lives, while giving people yet another way to feel connected to their neighbors and their community.”” said Director Jake Bombard.


Anyone interested in shoveling out their elderly/disabled neighbors, please sign up.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Mayor Walsh Declares Snow Emergency. Parking Ban Starts at 6PM

 MAYOR WALSH DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY
PARKING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY AT 6 P.M.

Total snow accumulations may range between 9 to 13 inches, with the potential to up to 15 inches in some areas, and winds as high as 45 mph are expected. Residents are advised that a parking ban is in effect starting at 6:00 p.m., when vehicles parked on the street will start to be towed. The City is urging residents to abide by snow regulations and all commuters to utilize caution when traveling during the Thursday commutes. Dry weather paired with colder temperatures and wind chill are anticipated on Thursday and Friday following the storm. 

"Boston hasn't seen a sizable snowstorm since March of 2019 -- over 21 months ago. I am urging everyone to be ready and prepared," said Mayor Walsh. "I ask all our residents and workers to be alert and remain cautious on our roads and sidewalks. Our Public Works Department (PWD) will be working hard to pre-treat and clean our roads during this snowfall, and I thank them for their hard work. We are asking residents and businesses to do their part by staying safe, shoveling their sidewalks, walkways, catch basins, and fire hydrants, and looking out for one another as neighbors. The City of Boston will continue to share updates throughout the storm."

A snow emergency has been declared. A parking ban is in effect starting today, Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. All vehicles parked on a posted snow emergency artery will be towed beginning at 6:00 p.m. today. 

Snow Emergency Artery / Parking RestrictedFort Point & Seaport

A Street
Boston Wharf Rd
Congress Street
D Street
Northern Avenue
Seaport Blvd
Summer Street

Residents can find a complete list of city streets and discounted garages here and begin parking at participating garages starting at 4:00 p.m. today

Participating South Boston Garages

THE ALYX GARAGE
59 EAST SERVICE ROAD
$10.00 PER DAY-EACH NEW DAY STARTS AT 5AM. 
No restrictions, rate available to all parkers. 

CHANNEL CENTER GARAGE
116 WEST FIRST STREET
617-269-1830
$10 FOR EACH 24-HOUR PERIOD
Please bring a valid driver’s license with a City of Boston address to the garage office.

BPDA/EDIC 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.
The garage only allows snow emergency parking on the fourth floor.

MUNICIPAL LOT #018
450 WEST BROADWAY: NO CHARGE

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

Trash and Recycling pick-up is cancelled citywide on Thursday, December 17. Neighborhoods with a Thursday and Friday pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day. Residents are encouraged to download the Trash Day App.  

Starting at midnight, Street Sweeping is cancelled until further notice. 

All Boston Public Schools (BPS) school buildings will be closed. All students, including students who were scheduled to report for in-person learning, will attend classes online for a partial day that will end 2.5 hours earlier than the regularly scheduled dismissal time. There will be no in-person learning on Thursday.   

As indicated in signage posted in BPS school parking lots, parking is not allowed during snowstorms. Vehicles may be towed if they are parked in BPS parking lots this evening.

All BPS meal distribution sites will be open today Wednesday, December 16 until 6:00 p.m. instead of Thursday, December 17. Other meal sites in the City will also be closed on Thursday, December 17. They will be open today to distribute extra meals. Residents are encouraged to check with their meal site for hours. 

The City-sponsored mobile COVID-19 testing sites at Washington Park Mall and 1432 Hyde Park Avenue will be closed on Thursday. For other updates on testing site availability and closures, please check hours of operation here.  

Boston City Hall and all City departments will be closed on Thursday, December 17. Boston Public Library locations will be closed, including BPL To Go services. Residents with appointments scheduled on Thursday, December 17 will be contacted by City departments to reschedule. All Boston Centers for Youth & Families are closed and in person programming is cancelled.  

The Public Works Department will have equipment to pre-treat Boston's roads prior to the snowfall starting and has the ability to put over 600 pieces of equipment on City streets. The Public Works Department currently has 44,000 tons of salt on hand.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is in constant contact with the National Weather Service to receive detailed forecasts for the City of Boston and ensure City departments have plans in place to handle the forecast. Residents can sign up to receive AlertBoston notifications by phone, text, or email. Residents can call 311 for non-emergency related issues. 

Rules on clearing snow:

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. Curb and pedestrian ramps to the street should be cleared fully and continually over the duration of the storm to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. If a storm will last over an extended period of time, property owners are asked to continually check ramps abutting their property for compliance. 

Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited. 

Failure to comply with the rules can result in fines issued by PWD's Code Enforcement Division. Fines associated with improper removal of snow can be found here. 

Caring for vulnerable populations:

If you see homeless and vulnerable individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented or underdressed for the cold, please call 911.

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) coordinates a city-wide network of emergency shelters, outreach providers, city agencies and first responders to assist those in need of shelter.

Boston's emergency shelters are open 24 hours and will accept any person in need. Men can access shelter at the 112 Southampton Street Shelter, and women should go to the Woods-Mullen Shelter at 794 Massachusetts Ave. BPHC and the City work closely with shelter providers in the city to ensure that no client is without shelter, food, resources, and a warm respite from the cold.

The City brought over 200 beds for the winter spread throughout sites in Brighton, Mission Hill and downtown. Additionally, the City worked with the State to add additional capacity in locations surrounding and outside of Boston.

The BPHC Engagement Center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition to providing an indoor heated space, it offers a range of basic amenities and comfort items, such as clean bathroom facilities, water, coffee, and light snacks.

During extreme cold weather, street outreach teams operate with extended hours and provide mobile outreach vans on the streets in the evening and throughout the day.