Thursday, May 29, 2008

Reminder: Meeting tonight for 40 Channel Center

Reminder: there's a meeting tonight for the 40 Channel Center project which will include a restaurant.

6-8 PM
Thursday, May 29th
Spaulding Tougias, 40 Channel Center St.

The agenda will be:

1. Building tour
2. Project updates
1. Office and commercial space
2. First floor restaurant planning
3. Arts uses and public art planning

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Meeting for Wine Bar at 35 Channel Center, 6/4/2008

Neighborhood Meeting
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
6:30 PM

35 Channel Center Street
First door south of Binford St.

To discuss ideas and plans to create:

bar D/R Wine Bar and neighborhood gathering place

Limited Liquor License, Hours 5pm to 12m

Monday, May 26, 2008

Last two landmark study meetings: 5/28 and 6/18

The Fort Point Landmark Study Committee meets this Wed:

May 28, 2008
5:30-8:30pm at Midway Studios (Large Space) in one of its final sessions.
15 Channel Center Street

Rooftop additions will be on the agenda. Neighborhood reps on the committee are Valerie Burns, Steve Hollinger, Pratap Talwar and Michele Yeles. Our support of their efforts is critical. Check the website for locations

June 18, 2008
Location TBD

About the Landmark Committee:

The FPCLD is currently under study for designation as a Landmark District. A Study Committee comprised of six persons who expressed an interest in the district and five members of the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and approved by City Council. The Study Committee will be refining the Study Report prepared by consultants to the BLC, confirming boundaries, and developing design guidelines for the district over the next 12 months.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Barking Crab Belongs Waterside

My comments are in opposition to the recently publicized Seaport Square proposal to relocate the Barking Crab inboard, into a new building.

As a 24-hour neighbor, daily walker of the Harbor Walk, and frequent customer of the Barking Crab, I treasure the Barking Crab as one of the few remaining authentic, colorful, inviting features of Boston's waterfront. If it weren't there now a developer would try to create it. It's authenticity and charm stem as much from its immediate position on the Channel as from its great food, lively atmosphere and excellent customer service. It always appears well maintained, freshly painted and delightfully funky. The experience of eating there, whether in the tented open air or inside during the chillier months, is one of being on a wooden boat in the harbor, enjoying the ocean breeze, surrounding boating activity and magnificent views of the downtown skyline. It would be a terrible loss to Boston's cultural heritage and urban texture to relocate the Barking Crab into a new building away from the water's edge - a fate suffered by the Daily Catch, now buried under the shadowy arcade of the Federal Courthouse.

The continuity of the Harbor Walk is important. I walk through the restaurant's parking area to get from the Children's Museum to the Federal Courthouse walkways. It would be easy to formalize this connection with some cooperative planning among the City, the restaurant owners and the developers of Seaport Square - the kind of win-win that everyone can feel good about.

Melanie Ray
Fort Point Channel Resident & Business Owner

Update on 40 Channel Center Building

You are invited to a project update on 40 Channel Center building.

6-8 PM
Thursday, May 29th
Spaulding Tougias, 40 Channel Center St.

The agenda will be:

1. Building tour
2. Project updates
1. Office and commercial space
2. First floor restaurant planning
3. Arts uses and public art planning

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

285-297 Summer St. Sold for $14M

Aegean Invests $14M in 47,000-SF Office Property

Summer St. Bldg. Trades for $306 PSF

Aegean Capital acquired 285-297 Summer St. in Boston from Payette Associates Inc. for $14.25 million, or about $306 per square foot.

The six-story, 46,550-square-foot, Class B office building was built in 1897 and is in the South Station/Fort Point Channel submarket. The building is on .2453 acres and has a parking ratio of .33 per 1,000 square feet. The property is 100% occupied by Payette Associates.

Richard Bradbury and Richard Herlihy of Richards Barry Joyce & Partners represented the buyer and the seller.

Please refer to CoStar COMPS #1510365 for more information on this transaction

Achilles / Persephone Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
6:00 PM
Persephone  Achilles
281 Summer Street

Please join us to discuss the current restaurant operation including the status valet parking. Owners of Achilles will be available to address questions regarding the operation of the restaurant (including extension of hours of operation from 12am to 1pm). Attendees will also include Peter Gori, Manager of the City’s Crossroads Initiative who will be available to provide insight into the overall planning for the district. The meeting will be held at the Persephone Achilles premises at 281 Summer Street.

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.

For more information, please contact:
Casey Flynn
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

Board Election Results

Thanks to everyone who came out and voted last night. The newly elected, first-ever Fort Point Neighborhood Association Board is:

Francis Crowley
Bill Gillis
Charles Joseph
Diane Keliher
Kirk McNeil
Joe Rogers
Cam Sawzin
Mike Tyrrell
Drew Volpe

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Board Elections Tomorrow Night

FPNA Elections
Monday, May 12th, 2008
7:00 PM
Midway Theatre, 15 Channel Center St.

Hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Art Walk

It was a great day for Art Walk. Hope everyone was able to get out. If not, there's more tomorrow.

A couple of artists I enjoyed:

Dan Osterman (

Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano (

Seaport Square Community Meeting, 5/21

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and MS Boston Seaport LLC (Owner) invite you to attend the upcoming public meeting where both the BRA and the Owner will be available to summarize and respond to your feedback and any other questions and comments about Seaport Square received to date. This meeting concludes a series of five community meetings hosted by the BRA and the Owner prior to an official project filing with the city and state regulatory agencies.

Presentations made at the first four public meetings are also available for review at and you may also submit any comments or questions to us from the website in advance of the meeting.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
6:30-8:00 pm
Condon Elementary School
200 D Street
South Boston, MA

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Dainty Dot to be Demolished

The BRA has approved plans to demolish the 119 year-old former headquarters of Dainty Dot Hosiery and replace it with a 265 foot, condo building. The building is in Chinatown, on the edge of the Greenway and has involved many heated community discussions.

Map and street view

Globe Article: Developer Agrees to Trim Tower's Size

Globe Article on Martin and Michele Yeeles

There's a nice article in the Globe about Martin and Michele Yeeles:

They're channeling their energies into the home Front

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff | May 8, 2008

Their street resembles a construction zone, and the rest of the neighborhood is the kind of place that people describe as a few years away from becoming the next big thing. But Martin and Michele Yeeles are so enamored of their Fort Point Channel surroundings that they are embracing the role of retail pioneers. Tomorrow they open their gift and accessories shop, called Front, in a tucked-away location in the burgeoning district.

Since 2001, the British couple have been operating a company called Bob's Your Uncle, creating boldly designed greeting cards, gift wrap, place mats, file folders, and other nonessential bric-a-brac that becomes essential thanks to its cheeky wit and sharp design. They have run their stationery business as designers and wholesalers, but never as retailers. You can thank Fort Point Channel for the bold move from behind-the-scenes to behind-the-counter.

"If we were anywhere else, I don't know if we'd be as gung-ho about opening a store," Martin says. "It definitely has to do with pride of home."

-Read full article-

Art Walk!

The 8th Annual Fort Point Spring Art Walk:
Friday May 9th, 4-7pm
Saturday and Sunday May 10 & 11, 12-5pm

FPAC's Spring Open Studios weekend features seventy five artists opening their studios. Pick up a map and explore the studios of painters, jewelers, ceramicists, photographers, textile artists, and more! Talk with artists in their studios and discover new works and treasured favorites. Explore our changing neighborhood and see the waterfront warehouse district that is recognized as one of New Enland's oldest and largest arts communities.

For the first time, Art Walk will be held on Mother’s Day Weekend, making it the perfect place to shop with or for your family. The first 100 mothers to stop by the Art Walk information booth on the corner of A and Binford Streets will receive a unique artist–created flower as our gift!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

FPNA Elections Monday Night

Reminder that elections for the FPNA Board are Monday night:

FPNA Elections
Monday, May 12th, 2008
7:00 PM
Midway Theatre, 15 Channel Center St.

Candidates may be nominated at the beginning of the meeting. All residents of Fort Point are eligible.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Monday!