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. 


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.)
 via Zoom

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

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

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 
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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. 

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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 LabourĂ© 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:


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.


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)  


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. 


  • 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)


  • $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 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.

On-site Construction Concerns: (508) 962-8091
Questions via email:

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. 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Pier 4 Public Meeting: Floating Marina Facility & Seaplanes?

update 09/09/21: per Caitlin Carpenter, BPDA project manager, the comment deadline is extended to accommodate a tbd second community meeting as requested by FPNA on behalf of the neighborhood.  

Boston Planning & Development Agency public community meeting on Pier 4 Phase 4 in the Seaport:

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021
6pm - 7pm

to discuss the Notice of Project Change and the Planned Development Area (PDA) amendment. The notice of project change for Pier 4 is to describe the proposed work and formalize the approval of the development of a public marina facility including a floating marina support building for a restroom/storage/service uses in the watersheet around Pier 4 ("the Marina").

 At FPNA's June 2018 meeting, the floating structure was presented as a marine / seaplane office with seaplane dock next to our Pier 4 waterfront park, the largest public pier park on the South Boston waterfront. With Tailwind Air's reported desire to move seaplanes from a floating dock in East Boston to a seaplane dock in Seaport. The marine operator, same as Fan Pier, is favorable to seaplanes docking at the Fan Pier and Pier 4 marinas.  

Public Comment Deadline: extended to October 13 following a yet tbd 2nd public meeting. 
Project Manager: Caitlin Carpenter

FPNA June 2018 Meeting: Proposed Marine Office & Seaplane Dock

originally published 09/01/21

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks September 2021 Meeting

updated 9/8/21 with links to available design presentations. 


Thursday, September 9, 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 813 8689 9333# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to 


APP # 22.0127 FPC 253 SUMMER STREET (postponed to October 14, 2021 hearing) 
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)


Applicant: Jason Parillo
Proposed Work: Install new signage at main entrance on existing sign band (continued from 8/12 hearing)

APP # 22.0072 FPC 300 A STREET
Applicant: Dyer Brown & Associates
Proposed Work:  At the main roof, demolish one (1) RTU and install three (3) new RTUs  
(continued from 8/12 hearing)

Applicant: Philip Marcotty
Proposed Work: Replace existing loading dock and stairs at rear of building. At roof, repair two (2) brick head houses, install mechanical equipment, and expand existing mechanical penthouse. (continued from 8/12 hearing)

Applicant: Amy Auerbach
Proposed Work: Install 2 new graphics at roof garden

Applicant: Hazel Hopkins
Proposed Work: Proposed work: Install new blade sign and vinyl door graphic.

Applicant: Andreas Romero
Proposed Work: Relocate existing entry door, install new metal clad canopy with non-illuminated signage



V  Projected Adjournment: 8pm

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

originally published 09.01.21

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Are You Ready For September 14th Preliminary Election?

09/04/21:updated with Dorchester Reporter City Councilor-At- Large candidates' priorities article and election day hours and location.

Plan on voting in the upcoming Boston mayoral & City Council preliminary election on September 14, 2021? 

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! 

Did you recently move or has it been awhile since you last voted? Check your voting statusThe deadline to register or update your information for September 14th election was Wednesday, August 25th. The November 2nd election registration deadline is 8pm on October 13, 2021. 

Early Voting 

Starts on Saturday, September 4, and runs through Friday, September 10. Please note: Any voter registered in Boston can vote at any early voting location.

Boston City Hall is the main early voting polling location. City Hall will be open for voting Tuesday through Friday (Labor Day is Monday, September 6). City Hall will be open for early voting on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 8 pm, and on Wednesday and Friday from 9 am - 5pm.

Nearby Early Voting Locations

  • Saturday, Sept 4: Condon School from 11am - 7pm at 200 D St (D St & West Broadway behind the Laboure Center)
  • Sunday, Sept 5: Condon School from 11am - 7pm at 200 D St (D St & West Broadway behind the Laboure Center)
  • Thursday, Sept 9: District Hall from 12 pm - 8pm at 75 Northern Ave. 

Vote By Mail

To vote by mail, your application must reach the Boston Election Department by 5pm, Wednesday, September 8, 2021. If you did not receive your application by mail, you may download the application here

If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, there will be dedicated drop boxes (locations tbd) across the City, including Boston City Hall. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.

Election Day

On Tuesday, September 14th the polls will open at 7am through 8pm. Fort  Point & Seaport residents vote at the Condon School located at 200 D Street (D St & West Broadway behind the Laboure Center).

originally published 08.23.21

Friday, September 03, 2021

Friday Fireworks, A Bookstore, Fort Point Block Party & Early Voting Starts Saturday

The neighborhood is alive and bustling this September. The Boston  Convention & Exhibition  Center re-opened and is hosting the annual FanExpo, a Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming experience, this weekend. Fireworks will be illuminating the Boston Harbor Friday night. 

First Neighborhood Bookstore
We are thrilled to welcome
Porter Square the neighborhood. Their second location will be within Seaport's brand new literary center, home to creative writing non-profit GrubStreet and poetry non-profit Mass Poetry. Porter Square Books cordially invites neighbors to come by and share your hopes for your neighborhood bookstore at Open Houses on September 9th from 2pm - 4pm or September 11th from 12 pm - 2pm at 50 Liberty Drive. Refreshments will be served.
The literary center is Seaport's newest MA Public Waterfront Act (Chapter 91) ground floor community space.

Fort Point Rock The Block, a Celebration of Arts, Culture, & Collaboration​
Artists for Humanity (AFH) is celebrating 30 years of empowering Boston's youth through paid employment in art and design  Starting at 4pm on September 12th, we are all invited to a first of its kind, indoor-outdoor, day-to-night, free to all Rock The Block Party. The AFH EpiCenter and adjacent A Street Park will come alive with a showcase of teen expression and collaborations with partners: The Boston Children's Chorus, Boston Lyric Opera, Midway Artist Studios, Urbanity Dance and more! There will be food and drink from loved local vendors, immersive art and music all day and night, and amazing video projections after dark on the surrounding buildings and a afterparty at Midway Artist Studios. Please register to attend.

Preliminary Boston Mayoral & City Council Election
Early voting starts Saturday, September 4 through Friday, September 10.
Voting by mail? Application is due by September 8
Election day is Tuesday, September 14. Polls open 7am - 8pm.

In addition to choosing a Mayor from the seven candidates running, there are seventeen candidates vying for four City Councilor-At-Large seats. The top two Mayoral candidates and the top eight At-Large candidates will advance to the General Election on November 2, 2021.

The closest early voting location is District Hall (75 Northern Ave) on on Thursday, September 9 from 12pm to 8pm.
Click here for more information on the candidates and voting.

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