Friday, October 18, 2019

Fort Point District 100 Acres Open Space Community Workshop

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) invites you to join the Fort Point District 100 Acres Open Space Community Workshop.

The Fort Point District 100 Acres Open Space public engagement and concept design process will serve as a guide for future development of open spaces in the area. 

Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
When: 10 AM - 12:30 PM*
Where: Artists For Humanity 100 W 2nd Street Boston, MA 02127

Contact: 
Joe Christo Senior Resilience & Waterfront Planner 
617.918.4447 

*An overview presentation will begin at 10 am followed by the community workshop activities.

Current goals of the project include: 

• Provide a vision and programmatic plan for future development of parks and open space that are accessible and available to all. 
• Ensure a diverse and balanced mix of parks uses based on community input and user needs.
• Develop a system of open space areas that relate to each other, the surrounding built context and the historic Fort Point Channel District. 
• Design landscapes that are adaptive and resilient to climate change impacts including sea level rise, storm surge, heat island, and stormwater, and contribute to neighborhood flood protection. 
• Establish meaningful connections to the Fort Point Channel watersheet and  surrounding open space, streets and linear connections, including Harborwalk and the South Bay Harbor Trail.

Originally published 11.11.19

Friday, October 11, 2019

BCEC Expansion Proposal Information Session Tuesday

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Senator Nick Collins and Representative David Biele will host a discussion at the Condon School regarding a proposed expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) on:

Tuesday, October 15
6 pm - 8 pm
Condon School
200 D. Street



MCCA officials will be presenting and available to answer questions.i

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Related Beal Channelside Parking Lot Planning Discussion


You're
Invited

Related Beal invites you to a discussion regarding the planning of the parking lot located at 244-284 A Street along the Fort Point Channel. 

WHEN: 
Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 pm

WHERE: 
Artist for Humanity, 100 West Second St. Boston

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Fort Point Landmarks October 2019 Meeting

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

Thursday, October 10, 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 # 20.367 FPC    5 Channel Center
Applicant: David A. Godfroy, AIA, Dimella Shaffer Associates, Inc.
Proposed Work: At the Iron Street façade street level, install a new opening for entry doors; install canopy and signage, trellis, planter, associated landscaping and bike rack. At the first through sixth levels replace existing opaque metal panels with clear glazing and install new window openings. At the Medallion Avenue façade street level, replace two loading dock doors.

APP # 20.388 FPC    345 A Street 
Applicant: Dan Yaccarino, Lincoln Summer St. Venture, LLC
Proposed Work: At the A Street façade ground level, replace double entry doors with new double entry doors consisting of metal and glazing.


II. Advisory Review

Applicant: Stephen McDermott
Proposed Work: Install flood mitigation

III. Administrative Review

APP # 20.358 FPC 374 Congress Street:
At the Stillings Street, Congress Street, and Boston Wharf Road street level elevations, replaced rotted wood trim in kind and repaint to match upper stories.

IV.  Ratification of 08/08/2019 Public Hearing Minutes
V. Staff Updates

IV. Projected Adjournment: 7:15 PM

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION

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

originally published 10.3.19

Thompson Place to Open for Vehicles

By Friday, October 11, 2019, the City of Boston will open Thompson Place for vehicles. 

Traffic will flow, one way only, from Congress Street to Seaport Boulevard. This will continue to be a private street and there is no public street parking available. Additional traffic signs will be posted, traffic signals will control the intersection of Thompson Place and Seaport Boulevard, and Boston Police plan to be on-site at the opening. 

The BPDA presented Thomson Place: Connectivity & Design at FPNA's September 18, 2019 meeting. Further design improvements presented such as bike lanes are still under review with the City, Thomson Place owners, abutters and the community.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Seaport & Fort Point: Transit, Development, Art & Pizza This Week & Next

Wednesday, October 2nd: Seaport Transit Strategic Plan Community Meeting (focusing on transit improvements & connectivity in the Seaport & Fort Point) will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm at WPI Seaport located at 303 Congress St. on the ground level.

Wednesday, October 2nd: The Artists At 249 A Street invite you to the opening reception of their group show presented in conjunction with the upcoming Fort Point Open Studios. The reception takes place at 249 A Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

Wednesday, October 2nd: FP3 Gallery presents Color. Surface. Space. by Fort Point artist Lisa Greenfield. Opening reception is from 6 pm to 8 pm at 346 Congress Street. 

Monday, October 7th:  LaPosta Public Abutters Meeting at 12 Farnsworth at 6pm. LaPosta is a new pizzeria requesting an all alcohol license in part of the former Bee Knee’s space. 

Thursday, October 10th: Related Beal invites you to a discussion on the planning of the development of 224-294 A Street, 6.5 acres along the Fort Point Channel, at 6 pm at Artists for Humanity (100 W. Second Street, next to the A Street Park).  Please R.S.V.P. 

Thursday, October 10th: Fort Point Landmarks October Meeting 6pm at Piemonte Room 5th Floor City Hall. View agenda

Friday, October 11th: Public Comment deadline for Seaport N Change of Use from residential to Life Sciences. More details on the project and submitting your feedback.

Wednesday, October 16: Last day to register to vote for Nov 5th municipal election. Here is how

Wednesday, October 16: 99 A Street (Coppersmith Life Sciences Redevelopment) Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Laboure Center (275 West Broadway)

Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20: Save the dates for the 40th anniversary of Fort Point Open Studios presented by the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC)

Thursday, October 03, 2019

FPNA Special Meeting: Thomson Place, New Restaurant, Darts & Updates

updated 10/03/19: Added link to Thomson Place presentation below.

FPNA Fort Point Seaport
Special Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6 pm sharp
Capital One Café
57 Seaport Blvd, Second Floor

featuring

Thomson Place: Connectivity & Design Proposal
Jim Fitzgerald, Transportation & Infrastructure, BPDA
Rob Woodland, Tetra Tech
and introducing

The Nautilus Restaurant
300 Pier 4
requesting a liquor license

&

Flight Club
A Bar Restaurant & Social Darts Experience
60 Seaport Blvd (formerly 75 at Courthouse Square)
requesting a liquor license

with
Neighborhood Updates


Special thanks to Capital One Café for hosting & providing treats



originally posted 9.9.19

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Netflix The Sleepover Filming at Congress St. Bridge This Week

LD Entertainment, in association with Netflix, is planning on filming scenes for their upcoming project “The Sleepover”, a family action/ comedy movie, in the neighborhood. 

They will be filming a stunt scene at Congress St Bridge between Dorchester Ave and Sleeper St. 

Filming will take place at night on Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, October 4, 2019.

It will require detours off of Congress St between Atlantic Ave and Sleeper St during the following times:

  • Tuesday October 1st Midnight to 5 am 
  • Wednesday, October 2nd from 8 pm to 2 am
  • Thursday, October 3rd from 8 pm to 2 am.

On Friday, October 4th from 8 pm to 2 am expect intermittent traffic control on Congress St between Dorchester Ave and Sleeper St.

A daytime scene at Boston Children’s Museum Plaza will be shoot. All the filming on the Congress St Bridge will take place at night. 

There will be a prop construction area at Congress St and Dorchester Ave. Police will be on hand to help with traffic control for vehicles and pedestrians. We will need to hold metered parking in the area. Each lockup point will be manned to allow for access to vehicles enter sites within the footprint of the detour, principally; Federal building at 600 Atlantic Ave and Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage at 280 Congress St.

On behalf of our crew, LD Entertainment would like to thank you in advance for your hospitality and for your continued support of the film and television industry in Massachusetts.

Any questions contact Jeff Dionne, Assistant Location Manager  via email or at at 413-320-3067. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Boston City Council Looks At Cannabis Zoning, Inspector General, Pedestrian Safety & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Here are some summer and September highlights:

Vision Zero: Councilors Flynn and Janey called for a hearing to discuss pedestrian crossing signals, traffic calming, and Vision Zero (the goal of having zero traffic fatalities). Both Councilors emphasized that as our city becomes more developed and densely populated, our neighborhoods have more vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and many areas need improvements to ensure that pedestrians are safe. The matter was assigned to the Planning, Development and Transportation Committee for a hearing. source: 09/18/19 Council meeting

Cannabis Buffer Zoning: The Council voted to pass Councilor Flaherty’s zoning text amendment to clarify the half-mile cannabis buffer zone. In 2016 the Council initiated and passed a zoning text amendment introduced by Councilor Flaherty and subsequently approved by the BPDA establishing a requirement that any new cannabis establishments must be sited at least 0.5 miles away from any “existing cannabis establishment,” with the intent to ensure equitable access to dispensaries and licenses, as well as avoid concentration in one area. After proposals for two cannabis establishments within half a mile of each other were presented at the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Administration and ZBA board members adopted an interpretation offered by one of the companies to find a loophole. Today we passed language to close this loophole, replacing that language with a requirement to maintain a buffer from any “existing cannabis establishment or proposed cannabis establishment that has obtained any municipal permits or approvals, including but not limited to executed host community agreements.” The petition goes to the Zoning Commission and BPDA Board for approval. (from 8/21/19 Council Meeting)
 
Linkage and Inclusionary Development: The Council voted to pass an amended version of the home-rule petition filed by the Mayor to codify Boston’s inclusionary development policy into the zoning code and give the City the ability to make adjustments to the Linkage formula with more flexibility than allowed by current state law. The Inclusionary Development Policy was created by executive order in 2000 and requires developers of new residential housing with 10 units or more to include 13% affordable units onsite or pay to fund an affordable housing project offsite. Linkage was created in 1983 as a way to fund resources for affordable housing and workforce development, requiring large-scale commercial developers to pay exactions to the City for projects over 100,000 square feet, with the City allowed to adjust the rates every three years based on CPI. The home-rule petition would allow the City to adjust Linkage and the threshold for application, eliminating the restriction on making adjustments only once every three years based on the Consumer Price Index, and linking the threshold to Article 80. The amendments include language defining a process and standards for adopting inclusionary zoning, including a requirement that inclusionary zoning proposals be approved by the City Council. The legislation now goes to the State for approval. source: 8/21/19 Council Meeting

            
Establishing the Office of Inspector General: Councilor Campbell introduced an ordinance establishing the Office of Inspector General within the City of Boston. She stated that rather than bringing in costly outside counsel to address scandals as they arise, a City Inspector General would provide permanent, proactive, independent oversight of Boston’s city government to root out corruption and identify mismanagement and waste. Massachusetts has a state inspector general, and other cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore have city inspector generals. Councilor Garrison spoke to oppose the idea, stating that if the City had funding to create this position, that money should go back to the taxpayers instead. Councilor Baker also questioned where the funding would come from and whether this was implying widespread corruption in City Hall when most public employees are hard-working and honest. Councilor Edwards spoke about her push for independent investigations for issues such as the allegations of discrimination and assault from women serving in the Boston Fire Department and how this could be a complementary effort. The matter was assigned to the Government Operations Committee for a hearing. source: 8/21/19 Council Meeting

North-South Rail Link: Councilor Essaibi-George and I reported back on the hearing she had sponsored on the proposed North-South Rail Link to connect North Station and South Station. 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. At the hearing, advocates touted the economic benefits and quality of life improvements that would come from this project, as well as describing feasibility and cost. The matter will remain in the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation for further discussion. source: 7/31/19 Council Meeting

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

FPNA September Neighborhood Gathering On Cannabis


Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering

Monday, September 30, 2019
6 pm to 8 pm
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue

featuring

Keltic Green: A Retail Cannabis Shop Proposal
324 A Street (Blue Dragon)

plus
Neighborhood Updates




UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD HAPPENINGS

Wednesday, October 2nd: Seaport Transit Strategic Plan Community Meeting (focusing on transit improvements & connectivity in the Seaport & Fort Point) will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm at WPI Seaport located at 303 Congress St. on the ground level. 

Monday, October 7th: LaPosta Public Abutters Meeting will be held at 6pm at 12 Farnsworth. LaPosta is a new pizzeria to be located in part of the former Bee's Knees space, and is requesting an all alcohol license. All are welcome to attend. 

originally posted 09.20.19

Video Shoot A Street & Melcher This Thursday


updated 9/25/19: Although the posted No Parking signs show hours of 7 am to 10 pm, New England Locations assures they will be done before resident parking comes in to effect at 6 pm. 

 Harvard Pilgrim Health video shoot is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2019 on A Street in the vicinity of Melcher Street. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 7 am to 11 am at eight meters on A Street closest to Melcher Street.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A Fashi For Diane Ly At Summer & Melcher

updated 9/25/19: The Ly Family requested that we share a statement of thankful support from the family.  Please read below:

The Fort Point and Seaport community is coming together to remember Diane Ly, the 30-year-old woman who was hit and killed while crossing Summer Street at the Melcher Street intersection on September 11th. She was visiting our neighborhood with her very close friend Warren Cheng. 

Please join FPNA for a mourning service, a Fashi, led by the Thousand Buddha Temple from Quincy.

We will be meeting on the sidewalk in front of 250 Summer Street, at the start of the Summer Street Bridge, at 2:00 PM this Wednesday, September 25th.

A statement from the Ly Family to the residents of Fort Point and Seaport:

Thank you for your generous outpouring of support for our family.  We would like to thank the Boston Police Department, Tufts medical personnel, and the first responders who tried to save Diane’s life.  We are working with the Boston Police Department to understand how this tragedy could have occurred and prevent it from happening to anyone else. 

We are devastated by Diane's passing and praying for Warren’s speedy recovery.  We are asking for space as we mourn the loss of a daughter, friend, and family member who was taken away from us too soon.

If you would like to make a donation, a GoFundMe page has been established for Diane Ly and Warren Cheng, 


Sincerely,


The Ly Family