Friday, September 18, 2020

Transportation & Parking: 244 -248 A Street Development Meeting

updated 9/18/20 with meeting presentation and meeting video (links below).

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will be hosting a second 244-284 A Street (former Channelside parking lot) Public Community meeting on September 16 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This meeting will focus on transportation, new streets and parking for the new development and the impact on A Street and surrounding neighborhood, especially with the most recently approved 15 Necco building. 

244 - 284 A Street: Transportation & Parking Meeting
Wednesday September 16, 2020
6 pm to 8 pm


In addition, Jim Fitzgerald from the BPDA's Transportation Planning team and Pat Hoey from the Boston Transportation Department will also be in attendance.

Due to the large scale of this project (6.5 acres, office, residential and life sciences plus Fort Point & Channel parks), it is being broken down into several topic specific meetings. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September To Be Proclaimed Flood Awareness Month In Massachusetts


State nonprofits, state agencies and others join together to bring the awareness of flooding to Massachusetts stakeholders.

The Governor, along with members of the Massachusetts Legislature, are proclaiming September Flood Awareness Month in Massachusetts.  This is being done to align with National Preparedness Month, which is also September.

Massachusetts has the highest number of repetitive loss properties in New England, and is repeatedly threatened with winter Nor’easters and Hurricanes.  Our communities regularly battle flooding both coastally and inland from the various sources of water our state has.  Residents, business owners, and property owners across the Commonwealth continue to face the loss of lives, business and property in instances of inland and coastal flooding, and seek assistance in preparing for and minimizing catastrophic loss.


The month will kick off with a press conference and announcement of events at the Fort Point Channel, in Boston, adjacent to Binford Park, which is the site of flooding in past years.  The press conference will begin at 1 pm on Wednesday, September 16th.  The press is invited to attend.


After the kick off, thanks to collaborations with the Office of Representative Patrick Kearney (Scituate, D), State nonprofits, state agencies, and others, there will be educational events and webinars for the entire month of September.  Additionally, National Preparedness Month events are being coordinated to include flood awareness information.  A list of events, and a home page for Flood Awareness Month in Massachusetts, can be found www.floodawareness.org.   

For more information, or for any questions, please email Joe Rossi at info@floodawareness.org 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fort Point Cannabis Shop Community Meeting

updated 09/15/20 with Facebook meeting video.  Comment period open.  Video link and contact information below. 

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

Virtual Community Meeting
 Proposed Cannabis Establishment 
Monday, September 14, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

Operator: Keltic Green
Location: 324 A Street (Blue Dragon)

Zoning Change Request: Restaurant to Cannabis


Please join your neighbors and our elected officials to hear the proposal to convert the Blue Dragon restaurant into a recreational cannabis shop. Our elected officials and the Cannabis Commission want to hear your concerns and feedback on this proposed Fort Point location. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Keltic Green presented a preliminary plan at the FPNA September 2019 Neighborhood Gathering.

Let the City know what you think. Comments should be sent to:
originally published 09/03/20

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Fort Point Landmarks September 2020 Meeting

updated 09/09/20 with revisions to agenda. 

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to our Zoom meeting link or by calling 
929-205-6099 and entering meeting id  899 5393 5015 #. 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.gov 
or via Twitter @bostonlandmarks.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 21.0141 FPC  44 Farnsworth Street
Applicant: T-C Fort Point Creative Exchange LLC
Proposed work: At the Farnsworth Street façade main entrance, construct new entry portal with new stone, storefront doors, and signage; and replace granite pavers with brick. 

APP # 21.0142 FPC   253 Summer Street (removed from agenda by staff)
Applicant: Synergy Financial LLC
Proposed work: At the entrance to the 27 Melcher Street lobby, re-clad non-historic brass entry doors, transom, and surround with dark grey metal casing.

APP # 20.797 FPC 300 A Street (moved to Administrative Review)
    
II.  ADVISORY REVIEW 
22 Boston Wharf Road. Proposed work: Construct a head house and roof deck. 

III. Administrative Review
PP # 20.797 FPC 300 A Street 
Applicant: Red Hat Proposed work: Install new HVAC mechanicals at the roof (modify Certificate of Design Approval). 

APP # 21.0136 FPC  332 Congress Street: At the Congress Street façade above the main entrance, replace rotted wood and caulking in kind and paint to match existing. 

IV: Ratification of 8/18/20 Public Hearing minutes (postponed to 10/08/20)

V. Staff Updates

Projected adjournment: 7:30 pm

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

originally published 09.03.20

What Will Become Of The Channelside Parking Lot?

updated 9/9/20: Added 9/10 BPDA board meeting. Previous update included presentations and video links for public meetings hosted by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) to cover planned development of the parking lot along A Street and along the Fort Point Channel.

Related Beal (244 - 284 A Street) and National Development & Alexandria Real Estate Equities (15 Necco  & 5 Necco Street) have projects planned for the neighborhood adding 4 new buildings and including 2 historic buildings.


15 Necco (former GE Headquarters) as of 08/04/20
15 NECCO ST.  (former GE headquarters)

BPDA Board Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Testimony should be submitted by Thursday at 3:30 PM to bpdaboard@boston.gov

BPDA Final Public Community Meeting
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
National Development & Alexandria Real Estate 
6:00 p.m. via Zoom meeting
View Presentation
Watch meeting



After the meeting, please email your comments by Monday, September 7 to:

BPDA Project Manager Aisling Kerr
BPDA Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning Rich McGuinness 
BPDA Senior Resilience & Waterfront Planner Joe Christo
District City Councilor Ed Flynn
Councilor-At-Large Michael Flaherty
State Senator Nick Collins
State Representative David Biele 
FPNA 


244 - 284 A ST (former Channelside parking lot) 

Boston Civic Design Commission
244- 284 A Street (former Gillette Channelside parking lot)
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
approximately 6 pm (meeting starts at 5:15 pm)
View Presentation

BPDA Public Community Meeting Kickoff 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Sneak preview of Presentation
Watch meeting



originally published 08.18.20

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Time To Vote Is Today

Updated 9/1/20: You may also drop off your mail-in ballet at City Hall first floor Congress St entrance up until 8 pm today (9/1) or vote in person instead at the polls. Read below for vote in person safety instructions and the opportunity to complete the 2020 Census simultaneously.  

The time to vote is today. The state primary election is Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Important primary races this year include our U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, MA Senator and MA Representative.


IN-PERSON VOTING

In-person voting will take place at the Condon School Cafeteria at 200 D. St (behind the Laboure Center) on September 1 from 7 am to 8 pm.

Please remember to wear a mask and keep 6 feet apart while in line and voting. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry. Poll workers will be wearing appropriate PPE. Voting marking pens will be provided with your ballot and disinfected after each use. More details.

Plus complete the 2020 Census on your way in or out! There will be a booth in front of the Condon School from 7 am to 11 am and from 3 pm to 8 pm.


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If you have moved recently, check your voter registration status. If you are new to the neighborhood, welcome. You can register to vote here. The voter registration deadline for the State Primaries is August 22, 2020. 

Voting will be different this year because of the pandemic. Voters will have the additional option to vote by mail. In July, the Massachusetts legislature approved a voting by mail-in ballot  to ensure that all registered voters concerned about voting in person due to COVID-19 precautions have another option to exercise their right to vote. You should have received an application for a mail-in ballot in the mail already. If you didn't receive an application to vote by mail, you can download the 2020 Vote by Mail Application

Helpful Application Completion Tips
  • Select a ballot for the September State Primaries, November General Election or both
  • Include your signature (without one the application is invalid)
  • Postage has been paid — just drop it in the mail
  • If you are around City Hall, you may drop off your application in the Election Department dropbox located on the third floor.
DEADLINES
  • State Primaries vote-by-mail ballot applications must be received by Wednesday, August 26, 2020
  • General Election vote-by-mail ballot applications must be received by Wednesday, October 28, 2020

EARLY VOTING

Early in-person voting will be available at City Hall Monday through Friday (August 22 through August 28)  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., extended to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Early in-person voting will be available at the Condon School at 200 D St from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23.
published 08.10.20