Tuesday, October 19, 2021

244 - 284 A Street IAG Public Meeting Tomorrow

The Boston Planning & Development Agency is hosting a 244 - 284 A Street Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting from 12pm - 1:30pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The meeting will be held online or in person at Related Beal's Channelside Sales Office at 300 A Street (in person attendees will all need to wear masks, in compliance with the City of Boston's indoor mask mandate). 

For those who may prefer to join the meeting remotely, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation from Zoom with a personalized link to join the meeting directly. 

Any questionz, contact Aisling Kerr, BPDA Senior Project Manager

FPNA October Neighborhood Gathering & Spooky Happenings

You Are Invited To A
Fort Point Seaport
Hybrid Neighborhood Gathering


Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today


featuring

Seaport Winter Wonderland
&
Upcoming Programming at Martin's Park


plus
Our C-6 Community Officers

including 
Neighborhood News & Conversations

Construction & Development Updates from the Channel to the Harbor
Latest News on Redistricting & Reprecincting 
Neighborhood Cleanup and Daffodil Planting Day


&
A New Restaurant
Marcelino's Boutique Bar
2 Northern Ave (formerly the Daily Catch)
requesting support for all liquor alcohol license

Your Choice: In Person or Online
You choose how you would like to participate when you 
Sign Up. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note: the sign up confirmation will include the zoom link even if you plan to attend in person. Please remember if you are visiting us at District Hall to wear your mask. We look forward to seeing you all. 
Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings

October 15 - 17: 42nd Annual Fort Point Open Studios throughout the neighborhood and online.

October 19: 776 Summer Street (L Street Power Plant) Deconstruction Informational Meeting at 6pm. Register.

October 20: Conservation Commission Meeting 
Neighborhood Topics
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1824 and BOS File No. 2021-049 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of Channelside Acquisitions, LLC for the proposed replacement and reconfiguration of subsurface utilities located at 244-284 A St, South Boston, MA
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-18XX and BOS File No. 2021-XXX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of Seaport D Title Holder LLC for the proposed demolition of a parking lot and construction of a new building and underground parking garage located at 65 Northern Ave/88 Seaport Blvd, South Boston, MA
Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29: Early Voting for the 2021 Mayoral & City Council Municipal Election (November 2)
  • Saturday and Sunday at Condon School (200 D St.) from 11am to 7pm. 
  • Thursday, October 28 at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.) from 12pm to 8pm.

Halloween Fun 
Boston Children's Museum: Visit the Bootanical Garden starting October 20 and the. Halloween Spooktacular on October 29 from 6pm - 9pm.
Spooky Moves on the Greenway at 6pm: Get Out (R) on October 21 and Hocus Pocus (PG) on October 28.
Pappas Way: October 24th Barks, Brews & Boos: Family and pet friendly Halloween Fun from 3pm - 6pm.
Trunk or Treat for Children aged 0 - 8 years old on October 27th at South Boston Neighborhood House Preschool Parking Lot (1187 Columbus Rd) from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. (new listing) 
Trick or Treat on Broadway: October 29 from 4pm - 6pm hosted by South Boston Chamber of Commerce businesses & South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation.
(new listing)

 
It is  your neighborhood. Let's build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA  today!

originally published 10.16.21

Monday, October 18, 2021

Your South Boston Newsletter from Haley Dillon

South Boston highlights from your South Boston Liaison, Haley Dillon.  Sign up to receive the complete Your South Boston Newsletter directly in your inbox.


NEW PLAY LOT OPENED AT MEDAL OF HONOR PARK IN SOUTH BOSTON

The McGrath Family joined the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and fellow South Boston residents of all ages to open a new play area for children ages two to five built in memory of their beloved son, Colin.


The 2021 park renovation includes age-appropriate play equipment, safety surfacing, site furnishings, landscaping, and upgrades to drainage for the splash pad. Construction costs were $217,500 funded by the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Program and a generous donation by playground equipment manufacturer Kompan. The design team of Kyle Zick Landscape Architect Inc and the contractor Haven Contracting Corp - EJ O'Sullivan made the plans a reality. Learn more

City Announcements

EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS IN BOSTON FOR 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The early voting period for the 2021 Municipal Election takes place from Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29. During that time, voters registered in Boston will be able to cast their ballots in person before the Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 2. Any voter registered in Boston can vote at any early voting location. You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early.  
Nearby early voting: 
  • Condon School (200 D St.) this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. 
  • District Hall (75 Northern Ave.) on Thursday, October 28 from 12pm to 8pm. 

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES SWIM SAFELY PARTNERSHIP, AN INITIATIVE TO INCREASE WATER SAFETY FOR BOSTON RESIDENTS

Mayor Kim Janey announced the Swim Safely Partnership, aimed to increase access to swimming lessons, especially for those who have faced historic and economic barriers. Mayor Janey made the announcement today at Roxbury’s YMCA, an organization participating in the multi-part community strategy. This initiative seeks to increase swim safety by offering free YMCA swim lessons for children and adults, expanding the lifeguard workforce through free training, and plans to implement a pilot program that offers free swimming lessons for Boston Public Schools (BPS) students at some schools as part of the curriculum. Learn more here.

NEW DEVELOPMENT REVIEW GUIDELINES LAUNCHED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC, CONGESTION

Mayor Kim Janey announced that the Boston Transportation Department, in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Environment Department, has launched guidelines for new developments over 50,000 square feet, which will facilitate a more efficient and transparent development review process. As part of the new guidelines, developers of large projects must complete a demand management point system tool to increase access to sustainable transportation for their tenants. Learn more here.

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES GRANTEES OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND COMMUNITY GRANTS 

Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) announced the distribution of $2.2 million in grant funding to 39 local, non-profit organizations through the Food Sovereignty and Community Grants programs, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through the five Food Sovereignty grants awarded, 500 Boston residents and 11 community-based sites will receive raised beds and 1,800 subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes will be provided for older adults and adults with disabilities. Submit proposals by Oct 29. Learn more at bit.ly/foodaccessRFP.

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HOMEWORK ASISTANCE PROGRAM

The BPL's Homework Assistance Program (HAP) offers free after-school homework help, mentorship, and activities for students Grades K-8. Attend in person or online for help in English, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more at bpl.org/homework/.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE BOSTON PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S WORK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Sign-up for emails by interest, neighborhood and adjacent neighborhood (South Boston Waterfront and South Boston) or citywide to receive notifications about upcoming public meetings, development projects and planning studies, and the latest news from the BPDA:  http://www.bostonplans.org/about-us/get-involved

Follow the BPDA on social media for project updates, information on upcoming public meetings, and news about our work: 
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Your South Boston Liaison, Haley Dillon

Born and raised in South Boston, Haley attended Gate of Heaven and Boston Latin Academy, and received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Maine at Orono. Read More.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks October 2021 Meeting Thursday

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

Thursday, October 14, 2021
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 891 9136 5404# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.gov 

I.  VIOLATIONS 

APP # 22.0127 FPC   253 SUMMER STREET Continued from the 4/08/2021 and 6/10/2021 FPCLDC Public Hearings. 
Applicant: : COJE Management Group, Chris Jamison
Proposed Work: Ratify a patio expansion, including the installation of pavers, planters, lighting, furniture, and associated landscaping (Violation # VIO.21.009)

II. DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0419 FPC  44 Farnsworth Street
Applicant: Laurel Christensen
Proposed work: Install new signage.

APP # 22.0422 FPC  344 Congress Street. Withdrawn by staff. 
Proposed work: Install new signage.  

III  Administrative Review/ Approval: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building's appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing. 

APP # 22.0343 FPC   381 Congress Street: At the Congress Street elevation, remove copper cornice to repair underlying masonry and reinstall/ replace in kind. At the rear elevation, install mockups for cleaning, repairs, and masonry coating.

APP # 22.0223 FPC   383 Congress Street: At the seasonal patio at the Boston Wharf Road façade, replace stationary fabric wall panels with power-operated retractable panels (work previously approved administratively at the 3/12/2020 FPCLDC Public Hearing).

IV Advisory Review

Proposed work: Construct a new building. 


V  RATIFICATION OF 9/09/2021 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

VI  STAFF UPDATES

VII  Projected Adjournment: 8:30 pm


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

Monday, October 04, 2021

Boston City Council Look at Downtown MHP, BERDO, Redistricting, School Buses, Rental Conditions & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from September 22 and September 29, 2021 City Council meetings:

VOTES

Amending the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Resolution: The Council voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Edwards in support of amending the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan.

Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance: The Council voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), amending the City of Boston Code to set emissions targets and reporting requirements for annual energy use and water use for buildings greater than 20,000 square feet, and requiring emissions reductions compliance to decarbonize the City of Boston’s building stock. The 3,500 buildings subject to this ordinance account for only 4% of Boston’s building stock, but over 70% of building emissions. This ordinance also establishes the Emissions Review Board to increase accountability and transparency and the Building Emissions Investment Fund to support local building carbon abatement projects, prioritizing projects that benefit environmental justice communities, develop workforce opportunities, improve public health and increase affordable housing opportunities. This ordinance is known as BERDO 2.0 because it builds on the first iteration of BERDO, spearheaded by Mayor Tom Menino in 2013, which required public disclosure of building energy and water usage but did not require emissions reductions. 

Reproductive Freedom and Women’s Health Protections Resolution: The Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution from Councilor Mejia calling on Congress to affirm reproductive freedom and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right for doctors to provide and patients to access abortion care free from medically unnecessary bans and restrictions and fight back against the calculated attacks on reproductive rights and freedom across the country.

MATTERS RECENTLY HELD FOR POSSIBLE ACTION

Redistricting Process: Councilor Arroyo reported back as Chair of the Committee on Census Redistricting to discuss a hearing recently held to discuss the reprecincting process in the City of Boston. The process will begin in earnest in January 2022 and will continue until October, a year before the municipal elections in November 2023. (Remains in Committee)

REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS

Newmarket Business Improvement District: Communication was received from Susan L. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newmarket Business Association, regarding a proposed petition for the creation of a Newmarket Business Improvement District. (Referred to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation)

FILES

Review of Rental Unit Conditions, Standards, and InspectionsCouncilors Breadon, Edwards and Bok called for a hearing to review rental unit conditions, standards and inspections in the City of Boston. The City of Boston Code requires non-exempt owners of rental units to register each unit with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD), and generally requires inspections of all units every 5 years. The Code also allows for new tenants to request an inspection within 24 hours of moving into a new rental dwelling unit, with ISD inspecting the unit no later than 2 business days of receiving the request. However, rental unit registration status and information is not publicly accessible, leaving tenants and members of the public with limited means to determine whether a rental unit is in compliance, and the Code does not currently require property owners and agents to disclose all individuals or entities with business ownership interest in a rental unit to ISD during the registration process. (Referred to the Committee on Housing and Community Development)

Non-Criminal Disposition of Fines Home Rule Petition: Councilors Edwards, Bok, and Breadon filed a home rule petition regarding the maximum fine resulting from violations of ordinances, by-laws, rules and regulations, which is currently $300. The low dollar amount for fines reduces the efficacy of important tenant protection laws and regulations, including regarding problem properties and short-term rentals. If approved by the City Council, Mayor, Massachusetts State Legislature, and Governor, this special law would give the City of Boston the opportunity to propose specific fine increases up to $3,000, which would then be reviewed by the Boston City Council. (Referred to the Committee on Government Operations)

Boston Public Schools Bus Transportation Reliability: Councilor Edwards called for a hearing to discuss Boston Public Schools’ bus transportation reliability, after news reports of students arriving late to or missing school because of unreliable bus transportation. (Referred to the Committee on Education)

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Watch Online)

  • Next City Council meeting will be on October 6, 2021 at 12PM

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tishman Speyer & Breakthrough Properties To Develop 2.5 acres of Fort Point Waterfront

Tishman Speyer and Breakthrough Properties today announced the acquisition of a 2.5 acre development site in South Boston’s thriving Fort Point waterfront district.

An affiliate of Breakthrough Properties acquired the site, which is bounded by A Street, Binford Street, the Fort Point Channel and Gillette’s manufacturing campus along the South Boston waterfront, from P&G/Gillette.  Breakthrough Properties is a joint venture formed by Tishman Speyer and biotechnology investment firm Bellco Capital. JLL represented P&G in the sale.

The rectangular-shaped development site is the final waterfront parcel to be developed as part of the city’s 100-Acre Master Plan, which was adopted in 2007 after a comprehensive community planning process. That master plan has served as a blueprint for the gradual transformation of empty parking lots into a thriving innovation district.  

“The Fort Point neighborhood is a vibrant nexus of arts and innovation and we are grateful to P&G/Gillette for this opportunity,” said Tishman Speyer President and CEO Rob Speyer. “We look forward to working with the community on a project that makes the waterfront more accessible, enhances climate resiliency, and fulfills the vision of the 100 Acres Master Plan.”

“We are pleased to welcome Tishman Speyer and Breakthrough Properties as an immediate neighbour,” said Gary Coombe, CEO of P&G Grooming.  “Both groups are well-respected developers with deep experience in Boston and in our Fort Point neighbourhood. We admire their commitment to fostering innovation and developing properties that create enduring value for both occupants and local communities through attractive and environmentally sound planning.  Their development philosophy and expertise will undoubtedly strengthen our vibrant and innovative community in South Boston.”

Tishman Speyer is a global real estate developer, owner, operator and investor with a 25-year track record in Boston.  The firm maintains a strong local presence in the Seaport, including its ownership of One Channel Center and the Channel Center Garage, as well as its development of the mixed use Pier 4. In 2019, Tishman Speyer was selected by the Harvard Allston Land Company to serve as its development partner for the Enterprise Research Campus in Allston, a mixed-use community that will consist of lab, residential, hotel, innovation space and significant improvements to the public realm. 

Breakthrough Properties is a life science real estate development company that leverages cross-sector collaboration to deliver environments that foster innovation and scientific breakthroughs. The firm is currently developing “The 105” at 105 West First Street, just blocks away from the development site.  The 263,500 square foot laboratory building, which is slated for completion in 2022, is already fully leased to CRISPR Therapeutics. 

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Gillette Sells Final Fort Point 2.5 Acre Parcel

Dear FPNA & Neighbors,

Last Fall, we shared that we planned to sell a ~2.5-acre parcel of land in South Boston.  We finalized this real estate transaction this week and we wanted you to be among the first to know. 

We have sold the land to Tishman Speyer, an experienced real estate developer and their joint venture partner Breakthrough properties.   As you know, Tishman Speyer has created many thriving developments in the Greater Boston area including some just a few blocks from our campus in South Boston.  We admire Tishman’s commitment to developing properties that create enduring value for both occupants and local communities through vibrant, beautiful and environmentally sound planning. 

It’s important to note that this 2.5 acres of land is part of the 100-acre master plan, marking another step forward in bringing this important vision to life.  This is an opportunity to strengthen the growing Innovation District, bringing new jobs to the community and the local economy.  With this and other development in the neighborhood, we are excited about the potential ahead - transforming empty parking lots into commercial and residential buildings, jobs, new parks and community space and more, making our neighborhood even more dynamic and attractive in the future. 

Kara L. Buckley
Vice President of Global Grooming Communications & Community Affairs, P&G 




Friday, September 24, 2021

FPNA Neighborhood Gathering 9/28: The Mayoral Candidates, Local Amenities & Open Studios

You Are Invited To A
Fort Point Seaport
Hybrid Neighborhood Gathering


Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 or
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today


featuring

Boston Mayoral Candidates
City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George
&
Councilor Michelle Wu


plus
Our C-6 Community Officers
&
Councilor Ed Flynn: A District Update:


including 
Neighborhood News & Conversations

Ground Floor Amenities & Uses: What is missing in Fort Point & Seaport?
Construction & Development Updates from the Channel to the Harbor


&
Fort Point Arts Community
 42nd Annual Open Studios & Upcoming Shows

Your Choice: In Person or Online
With Covid protocols changing, we are taking the opportunity to still use Zoom for those that can’t attend in person and to gather face to face as a  neighborhood. Your choose how you want to participate when you 
Sign Up. Please note: the sign up confirmation will include the zoom link even if you plan to attend in person.  Remember if If you are visiting us at District Hall, you must wear a mask.
Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings

September 26: Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market featuring black-owned business takes place 12pm - 6pm on Seaport Common.

September 27: City of Boston’s Election Department informational meeting to advise the public on the departments current effort to redraw precinct lines, including our precinct 6-1.

September 27- October 16: Check out Boston Design Week.

September 29: AFH Open Studio x from 5p - 7pm, part of Boston Design Week.  
October 1 and 2: Harpoon Brewery's 31st Annual Octoberfest filled with live music, pretzel eating contests, and more. 306 Northern Ave.

October 2: 4th annual Robo Boston Block Party, the latest and greatest in robotics. From autonomous vehicles to drones, you’ll see first hand all the amazing capabilities these machines have. Immerse yourself in various STEM activities and interactive demonstrations hosted by 30+ organizations from 11am - 4pm. Seaport Common  


Farmers Markets
Mondays 12pm-6pm: South Boston Farmers Market through October at 446 West Broadway 
Thursdays 11am-4pm: Dewey Square on the Greenway through November 18
Thursdays 2pm - 6pm: Seaport Farmers Market though October 28 at Sea Green Park (Q Park) on Boston Wharf Rd. 

 
It is  your neighborhood. Get Involved. Contact FPNA  today!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

What's On The Calendar This September

 Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings
(updated as of 9/22/21
)

  • Monday, Sept.13: American Red Cross Blood Drive Honoring 911 at District Hall from 12:30 – 5:30. Sign up

  • Tuesday, Sept .14: Boston Preliminary Mayoral & City Council Election Day. Polls open 7am - 8pm at the Condon School at 200 D St. More details.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15: 244 - 284 A Street Impact Advisory Group Workshop from 12pm - 2pm to discuss community benefits located at the Channelside Sales Office at 300 A St or via Zoom. Public is welcome to attend.

  • Thursday, Sept 16*: Fort Point Arts District Discussion from 1pm - 2pm hosted by the Mayor's Office of Art & Culture. Register.

  • Thursday, Sept 16: City Hall To Go Truck is bringing basic City Hall services to the Seaport Farmers Market from 2pm - 4pm. Pay a parking ticket, get a dog license or request a marriage license, etc...

  • Saturday, Sept. 18*: 21st Annual South Boston Street Festival  from 11am - 4pm on E. Broadway between I & L Streets. Free music & Irish dancing (2 performance stages), food, art for sale from South Boston & Fort Point artists, special store discounts & festivities.*new listing

  • through Sept 20: Catholic Charities South Boston Labouré Autumn Online Auction with fabulous items up for bid... including concert tickets to see The Jonas Brothers at Fenway, Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets, an interior design consultation, a tour of the White House with $500 travel spending money and much more! *new listing

  • Monday, Sept. 20*: Special Conservation Commission Meeting at 6pm on the proposed regulations and performance standards for Isolated Vegetated Wetlands, Vernal Pools & Vernal Pool Habitat, and Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage drafted under the Boston Wetlands Protection Ordinance. *new listing

  • Tuesday, Sept 21*: FPAC Open Studios Info. Session at 7pm for artist participating in or considering being part of Oct 15. - Oct 17 Open Studios. *new listing

  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: Boston Harbor Now's Harbor Use Forum on Parcels O & P in the Raymond Flynn Industrial Park from 8:30 am - 10 am. The project is located just north of the Dry Dock #3 and consists of an approximately 219,000 square foot life science building, as well as an approximately 9,000 square foot adaptive reuse of the existing building located on Parcel P.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: Related Beal is holding their own meeting on the urban design of their 244 -284 A Street Channelside development at 300 A Street from 6pm - 8pm. These unofficial meetings are outside of the BPDA Article 80 public process. RSVP

  • Friday, Sept. 24*: Fort Point Film Night at 244 A Street Channelside parking lot from 6:30pm to 10pm. BYOBC (bring your own beach chair) to watch COCO, rated PG. Fort Point Film Night is a free, family friendly event brought to you by Save The Harbor Save The Bay, Related Beal, Friends of the Fort Point Channel, Conventures & TCP (Transformative Cultural Project). Music by DJ Troy Frost and food by Northeast of the Border Food Truck. *postponed to 2022. 

  • Tuesday: Sept. 28: FPNA Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Hybrid Meeting at District Hall & online at 6pm featuring Mayoral Candidate Annissa Essaibi-George, neighborhood developments and ground floor amenities from the Channel to the Harbor and Fort Point Arts Community exciting news. 

Public Comment Deadlines
Oct 1: 244 -284 A Street Draft MEPA Environment Impact Report comment deadline

originally posted 09.07.21

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Boston City Council Looks At Non-binding Ballot Questions, BERDO, Arts Grant, Public Records & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from September 15, 2021 City Council meeting:

VOTES

Eversource Substation Petition: The Council voted unanimously to approve a petition entitled “Petition for Eversource Substation East Boston,” which will place a nonbinding public opinion question on the November 2021 municipal election ballot, asking Boston voters: “Should a high voltage, electric substation be built at 400 Condor Street in East Boston, along the Chelsea Creek, near homes, parks, playgrounds, jet fuel storage, and in a flood risk area rather than in a nearby alternative safe and secure location such as non-residential Massport land at Logan Airport?”

Elected School Committee Petition: The Council voted unanimously to approve a petition entitled “An Elected Boston School Committee,” which will place a nonbinding public opinion advisory question on the November 2021 municipal election ballot, asking Boston voters: “Should the current appointed school committee structure be changed to a school committee elected by the residents of Boston?”

Prepaid Envelopes for Mail-In Ballots Ordinance: The Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance proposed by Councilors Edwards, O’Malley and Flynn to increase voter participation by providing prepaid envelopes for mail-in voting whenever the Elections Department sends mail-in ballots to Boston voters.

MATTERS RECENTLY HELD FOR POSSIBLE ACTION

Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure: Councilor Edwards reported back as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations on a hearing recently held to discuss an ordinance amending the section of the City of Boston code regarding Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure, known as BERDO 2.0. This ordinance would require that starting in 2025, the 3,500 buildings covered by this ordinance (4% of Boston building stock) would be required to meet greenhouse gas emissions standards that decrease every 5 years to reach zero by 2050. (Remains in the Committee on Government Operations)  

NEW FILES

City Protocols for Providing Public Records: Councillor Bok introduced a hearing order to discuss city protocols for providing public records. The City has been repeatedly cited by the State’s Supervisor of Records over the course of the summer for its failure to provide public records, and while the Administration has not provided a detailed response to the Council’s recent inquiry about its public records protocols, it appears that City departments generally control the ultimate decision to release records and therefore can hold such records indefinitely for vetting. Additional public records staff may not solve the problem of unresponsiveness if the reason for delay lies with the Mayor’s Office and departments. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Civilian Review Board Nominations: Councilors O’Malley and Campbell introduced an order regarding the Civilian Review Board, established under the Ordinance to establish an Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT) in December 2020. This order states that the City Council shall receive applications, and that the appropriate committee will hold a working session to review applications, before seeking a consensus on the nine nominees which will be submitted to the Mayor for consideration. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

BPDA Plan for East Boston: Councilor Edwards filed a hearing order to discuss the status of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Plan for East Boston. This matter was referred to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation. 

APPOINTMENTS

  • Environment Department: Alison Brizius was appointed as Commissioner, effective August 2, 2021. (Placed on file)

  • Constables: The constables bond of Samuel Desrosiers was approved and received by the Collector-Treasurer. (Passed)

  • Boston Cannabis Board: Jasmin Winn was appointed as Project Manager, effective September 20, 2021. (Placed on file)

 GRANTS 

  • $2,051,903 in the form of a grant for the Boston Cultural Fund, awarded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture to fund cultural spaces, organizations, programs, artists, and activities in the South End, with the goal of preserving and enhancing cultural activity. (Passed)

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming Online)

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, September 22 at 12PM.

  • Monday, September 20 at 10AM: Hearing on home rule petitions for special laws regarding the maximum age requirement for police officers and benefits for the widow of a former firefighter (Committee on Government Operations)

  • Monday, September 20 at 2PM: Hearing regarding the safety of construction sites in the City of Boston (Committee on Small Business & Workforce Development)

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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Westbound Haul Rd/Bypass Rd Closure Tonight

Seaport TMA advisory that on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2021 into the morning of Thursday September 16 the westbound Massport Haul Road to South Boston Bypass Road and I-90 East will be closed for overhead construction.

Timing: Wed. 9/15 from 9:00 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Purpose: To install electronic signage including hanging, electrical wiring, and testing that cannot be done safely and efficiently above live traffic.

Detour: Access to I-90 East will be detoured to the South Boston Bypass Road on-ramp via the Haul Road eastbound and Congress Street. Drivers from D Street southbound will use Summer Street and Pumphouse Road to access the detour at Haul Road eastbound. Drivers from D Street northbound will continue on D Street to access the detour on Congress Street. Detour routes will be fully marked with signage. 

When driving through and near the work zone, we ask drivers to pay extra attention to speed, lane markings, traffic signage, barriers, police details, and construction workers. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the site.


Contact
On-site Construction Concerns: (508) 962-8091
Questions via email: construction@bostonseaport.xyz

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday Is Election Day. Who Gets Your Vote?

When: On Tuesday, September 14th the polls will open at 7am until 8pm. 

What: Boston Preliminary Mayoral & City Council Election. 

Who: In addition to choosing a Mayor from the seven who are running, there are seventeen candidates vying for four City Councilor-At-Large seats. Check out the Dorchester Reporter for a complete run down of the At-Large candidates and their priorities.  The top two Mayoral candidates and the top eight At-Large candidates will advance to the General Election on November 2, 2021.

The Mayoral Candidates

Annissa Essaibi George 

Richard Spagnuolo 

Andrea Campbell 

Kim Janey 

Michelle Wu 

Robert Cappucci

John Barros 


View September 14th ballot order and let's get out the vote! 

Where: Fort  Point & Seaport residents vote at the Condon School located at 200 D Street (D St & West Broadway behind the Laboure Center). The polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. 

Why Vote?: The community counts on our elected officials for their support of local issues and initiatives. Elected officials look at voter turnout by neighborhood when deciding where to put their limited resources and time. Let's show the City that residents live in Fort Point and the Seaport. Your Voice. Your Vote.