Thursday, November 14, 2019

15 Necco (formerly GE) Life Sciences Project Enters Community Review

The Boston Planning & Development Agency is hosting two public meetings to solicit feedback on the proposed new development at 15 Necco Street. GE and MassDevelopment sold the two historic Necco buildings and parcel to National Development and Alexandria Real Estate Equities earlier this year. 

The Proponent proposes the construction of a new, 12-story, approximately 316,000 square-foot, multi-tenant office/life sciences/research and development building with active ground floor uses, such as retail and restaurant spaces within the southern portion of the Project Site (15 Necco Street). Because of the Project Site's proximity to public transit and nearby public parking facilities, the new building is not proposed to include any underground parking.  Depicted below is the new building design.

The first meeting is the Impact Advisory Group meeting on November 21st at 6 pm on the first floor of 300 A Street. The public is also welcome to attend.

The  Public meeting will be held on December 2nd at 6 pm on the first floor of 300 A Street. 

On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, ARE-MA No. 74, LLC, which is a joint venture between affiliates of Alexandria Real Estate Equities ("ARE") and National Development, and ARE-MA No. 72, LLC, an affiliate of ARE (collectively, the "Proponent"), filed a Notice of Project Change ("NPC") with the Boston Planning & Development Agency ("BPDA") for 5 and 15 Necco Street, which comprise an approximately 2.7-acre site in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston and for which the General Electric Company (GE) Headquarters Project was previously slated for construction. 

Concurrently with this NPC, the Proponent also filed a proposed Amended and Restated Development Plan for 5 and 15 Necco Street, South Boston, Massachusetts, within Planned Development Area No. 69, South Boston/The 100 Acres and a proposed Fifth Amendment to the Master Plan for Planned Development Area No. 69, South Boston/The 100 Acres. The previously approved project was contemplated to include GE occupancy in both 5 Necco Street and the new office building at 15 Necco Street. GE will now occupy office space only at 5 Necco Street. 

Seaport Strategic Transit Plan Third Public Meeting

The Boston Planning & Development Agency and the City of Boston invite you to the third Public Meeting on the South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan on: 
Monday, 12/09/2019 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

BSA Space, Fort Point Room (2nd Floor)

290 Congress Street

The South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan will prioritize specific recommendations to improve the operations, capacity, and connectivity of the transit network (MBTA buses, Red and Silver Line stations, shuttles, ferries, etc.) serving Boston’s Seaport District, Fort Point and nearby transit connections.

Open House - 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Overview of the proposed transit strategies & evaluation methodology to improve transit.

Presentation - 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Presentation of the proposed transit strategies & evaluation methodology in more detail.Other topics include study overview, progress since the October meeting, updates on modeling, & next steps.

Open House Continued/Feedback Opportunity - 7:00 PM

Opportunity to ask questions & provide feedback on the proposed transit strategies & evaluation methodology.

Background:  View previous presentations & documents


James Fitzgerald


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

FPNA Gathering: 6.5 Acre Channelside, Your Top 5 Issues & Neighborhood News

You are invited to a
Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6 pm to 8 pm
Capital One Café
57 Seaport Blvd


Related Beal
with KPF Architects

244 - 284 A Street 
6.5 acres Channelside

(former Gillette Parking Lot)


Neighborhood Top 5
A Discussion of Key Issues In Fort Point & Seaport


Neighborhood News

Special Thanks to Capital One Café for their hospitality 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fort Point Landmarks November 2019 Meeting


Thursday, November 14, 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.


APP # 20.477 FPC  370 Congress Street
Applicant: Jess Hanson; Star Sign Co 
Proposed Work: At the Thompson Street and Congress Street elevations, replace four existing pole banners, relocate one pole banner, and install one new banner with associated armature; At the southwest corner replace two wall plaques; At the Congress Street entrance replace halo-lite channel letter sign and install vinyl decals on entry doors.

APP # 20.524 FPC  250 Summer Street
Applicant: Dan Desroches, Slnergy lnvestments
Proposed Work: At the Harborwalk and alley-facing elevations, install flood barrier systems at seven (7) doorways and seven (7) windows.

II. Administrative Review/Approval

APP # 20.524 SE  250 Summer Street: 
At the Harborwalk and rear alley elevations, repoint 3’b above grade; paint and replace sealant at seven (7) windows; remove asphalt paving at six (6) door thresholds at the rear elevation and replace with concrete.

III  Ratification of 10/10/2019 Public Hearing Minutes

IV. Staff Updates

V. Projected Adjournment: 6:45 PM

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

originally published 11.6.19

Thursday, November 07, 2019

P&G Gillette Launches Assessment of World Shaving Headquarters

A good neighbor and major Fort Point property owner, P&G Gillette, notified the Fort Point Neighborhood Association  (FPNA) shortly after informing their own employees that P&G is conducting an assessment related to their Massachusetts operations.   The assessment  they explained is the first step in executing a plan to invest in new, world class, high tech production facilities, a cutting-edge innovation center and modern office space.   The assessment will explore how best structure P&G Grooming operations across their Fort Point (34 acre) and Andover (150 acre) sites to bring their new vision to life - and will consider what's best for the business, employees, and the community.

Under any scenario, the company plans to maintain a meaningful presence in South Boston. "We are proud of our Boston heritage and want to continue to benefit from, and enable, the strong business and innovation ecosystem that exists in Boston today."

"We do believe that with the right planning and partnership with local leaders, this exploration could yield some advantages for the city, the state and the neighborhood.    We will also honor our commitments related to climate ready planning - and we plan to continue our longstanding charitable giving program to support the many incredible nonprofit organizations that are making our community a better place to live and work."

Monday, November 04, 2019

Tuesday Is Election Day Let’s GOTV

Tomorrow Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is the Boston Municipal Election for City Council. On the ballot in our district are: District City Councilor Ed Flynn and eight City Councilors-At-Large vying for your vote to fill four At-Large seats. 

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7 am – 8 pm
Where: Condon School (200 D Street)
What: Boston Municipal Election of City Council

District 2:  Ed Flynn*

At-Large City Councilors (vote for up to 4 of 8)

Michael Flaherty*: Born and raised in Boston, Michael Flaherty developed a passion for public service from his father, a State Representative. First elected to City Council in 2000-2008, he served as President for 5 years. Re-elected in 2013 as a Councilor-At-Large, Michael fights to improve Bostonians’ quality of life. Michael lives in South Boston and is running for re-election. Read more about Michael.

Althea Garrison*:  Althea Garrison was sworn in as an At-Large member of the Boston City Council on January 9, 2019, filling the seat vacated by Ayanna Pressley. A resident of Dorchester, she fights every day for the cares and concerns of all Bostonians. Althea is a registered Independent.

Annissa Essaibi-George*: Annissa-Essaibi George is a former Boston Public Schools teacher, a mother of 4 students in BPS, a small business owner, a proud daughter of immigrants, and a lifelong Boston resident. Annissa was elected as an At-Large Boston City Councilor in November 2015 and sworn in on January 4, 2016. Annissa resides in Dorchester and is running for re-election. Read more about Annissa

David Halbert: David Halbert has spent a lifetime putting his values into action serving others, working to improve his community, and heeding the call of civic duty. He has worked for two Boston city councilors and former governor Deval Patrick and helped community organizations like East Boston Main Streets. David resides in Dorchester/Mattapan. Read more about David.

Julia Mejia: Driven by a lifelong pursuit of justice and equity, Julia Mejia has created countless opportunities for others to step into their power and advocate for positive change. That is why she believes It’s time for City government leadership include new faces from different walks of life…striving for a voice in our institutions of power. Julia resides in Dorchester. Read more about Julia

Erin Murphy: Erin Murphy is a 5th generation Bostonian, but a first-time candidate for office. She is a veteran BPS teacher and proud graduate of Emerge, the state's premier political organization that recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for women who want to run for office. Erin resides in Dorchester. Read more about Erin.

Alejandra St. Guillen: Born and raised in Mission Hill, Alejandra has dedicated her lived and professional experience to the people of Boston. As a parent, wife, and seasoned public advocate, she understands firsthand the opportunities for prosperity and mobility, as well as the obstacles that often deny these opportunities to many. Alejandra resides in West Roxbury. Read more about Alejandra.

Michelle Wu*: Michelle Wu has been a voice for Boston’s future through inclusion, innovation, and transparency. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council, and the first woman of color to serve as Council President. Michelle resides in Roslindale and is running for re-election. Read more about Michelle

* incumbents

Want to hear the City Councilors-At-Large in debate? WBUR, UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and The Boston Globe hosted a live debate featuring the eight candidates for the four at-large Boston City Council seats on October 22, 2019.

Non-Binding Ballot Question (citywide)

Do you support the renaming/changing of the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square?