Thursday, November 24, 2022

Ahoy Matey! 2nd Annual Ship Lighting At Martin's Park


2nd Annual Ship Lighting in Martin's Park
Saturday, November 26, 2022
4pm - 6pm 
64 Sleeper Street

The City of Boston, the Friends of Martin's Park and the Boston Parks and
Recreation Department will host the 2nd Annual Holiday Lighting of the
signature Wooden Play Ship located in Martin’s Park on Saturday, November
26, beginning at 4 p.m.

Located at 64 Sleeper Street at the Smith Family Waterfront in Boston’s
Seaport, Martin’s Park will be transformed into a beautiful holiday display
when the park’s wooden play ship, surrounding beach fencing and pedestrian
bridge are illuminated with over 1500 feet of blue and white tube lights.
Visible from the Northern Avenue Bridge and the Smith Family Waterfront,
visitors are encouraged to head inside the park for the celebration. Watch as
Santa arrives by boat at the Harborwalk and enters the Park to switch on the
lights.

Entertainment will be provided by Ball In The House, performing a selection
of holiday classics, along with special guest the Seaport’s own Betty the Yeti.

Volunteering at the event is fun too. If interested in spreading joy, please complete this form.

originally published 11.18.22

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Holiday Events With A Mix of Life Sciences, Seaport Square Expansion, Climate Resilience & Cycling

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and inviting you all to enjoy holiday events and a couple developments going on in the neighborhood. 

November 26: 2nd Annual Ship Lighting in Martin's Park from 4pm - 6pm at 64 Sleeper Street. Watch Santa arrive by boat, up the Harborwalk and magically illuminate the ship with numerous blue and white lights. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please complete this form.

November 29: FPNA Fort Point Seaport Holiday Social at The Holiday Market at Snowport from 6pm-8pm. R.S.V.P. required.

November 30: Boston Harbor Now’s Harbor Use Forum on CFROD (Climate Resilient Flood Overlay District) at 8:30am. Find out how designs are evolving, and what designers, developers, and advocates should know about CFROD.

November 30: 17 Farnsworth St Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. Replace existing, 361-vehicle parking garage built in 1986 with four-story life science building. In addition, per CFROD, dry flood-proof at least two feet above Sea Level Rise Base Flood Elevation (19.5 ft. BCB).

December 1: South Boston Christmas Stroll, Shop, Dine, Splurge, starts at 4pm. View the details and where Santa is visiting at 2022 Christmas Stroll Schedule - South Boston Chamber of Commerce

December 1: Winter Cycling Clinic with Seaport TMA & MassBike from 5pm to 6:30pm. Curious about biking into work in the winter, but hesitant about how to get going? Learn best practices about cycling in the window. Meet up at The Benjamin, 25 Northern Ave.

December 2: LightUp Seaport from 5pm - 9pm with holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and annual tree lighting on Seaport Common. Enjoy special offers and sparkling surprises at neighborhood businesses as you stroll.

December 5: Seaport Square Public Meeting at 6pm to discuss Notice of Project Change and amendments to the Planned Development Area including project impacts and mitigation.

ongoing through December 31st, the Holiday Market at Snowport welcomes over 120 small businesses to fill your gift list. 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Celebrate With Your Neighbors At FPNA Holiday Social

 

You are invited to

Celebrate with Your Neighbors 

at

FPNA's Fort Point Seaport Holiday Social

Tuesday, November 29

6 pm - 8 pm

R.S.V.P. (limited space)

 
Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres & refreshments 

 at the

Holiday Market at Snowport

The Food & Beverage Tent*

 
with special thanks to 

 Tuscan Kitchen

&

Seaport by WS Development

closest entrance is via Northern Avenue

Please note that the Holiday Social is in lieu of our November Neighborhood Gathering. 


If you would like to support FPNA, please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership. Your membership allows FPNA to continue to advocate for a better neighborhood in Fort Point and Seaport while bringing neighbors together at our monthly gatherings.  An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50. You may pay by check or Nov. 29th eventbrite or via venmo @FPNA-BostonJoin FPNA today!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Fort Point Waterfront Community Designs Debut Today

FPNA and Boston Harbor Now along with our partners lookv forward to seeing you Saturday (November 19) morning for the final presentatsion and commuity discussion of  Fort Point Waterfront Community Design Program.


If you will be joining us in person, we'll be at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter at 100 West 2nd Street. Please enter from 2nd Street. There will be coffee, breakfast snacks, Spanish and Cantonese interpretation, and child care available. We strongly recommend walking or taking public transportation (the Broadway stop on the Red Line is a 4 min walk). There are also bike racks around the building and a Bluebikes dock at Richards and A Street. Vehicle parking is available at the Channel Center Garage. We are encouraging but not requiring mask wearing for participants; if you are feeling unwell, please consider joining virtually.

 If you are joining us on zoom, we have structured the day to offer  parallel activities online and a live stream of the presentations. 

To help you plan your morning, the schedule is below:

  • 9:30 - 10:00         registration, breakfast, reviewing ideas, collecting new ideas
  • 10:00 - 11:00       presentations by design teams on ideas they've developed over the past month
  • 11:00 - noon        small group conversations about moving ideas forward (refining ideas for effectiveness and implementability)
  • noon - 12:30         additional idea collection and networking

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Coming Up This Week

11/16/22 updated with link to Congress St project for tonight's meeting.

November 14: Better Bus Project Additional Public Meeting at 6pm. The revised bus design removes bus service from A Street. If you would like to share comments with the Implementation Team, please complete this Comment Form. View November 2nd Better Bus Review Public Meeting and view Boston/Brookline breakout.

November 14:  South Boston Transportation Action Plan Public Meeting at 6pm. Find out about planned transportation and infrastructure improvements in (South Boston) and surrounding (Fort Point and Seaport). Register

November 15: View 22 Drydock Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. The project proposes to combine the parcels into a single lot, clear the lot of its existing improvements, and construct in their place a seven-story, research laboratory building with a gross floor area (“GFA”) of approximately 319,750 square feet (“sf”), and including fitted-out, ground-level space for The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, a non-profit organization.

November 16: View 22 Drydock Public Meeting recording (see 11/15 for project description)

November 16: View Congress Street Reconstruction Public Meeting recording about the final design for Congress Street between Sleeper Street and Boston Wharf Road. For more information about the former Crossroads project, visit Congress St in Fort Point.

November 19: Fort Point Channel Waterfront Final Design Presentations from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Artists For Humanity located at 100 W. 2nd Street.

November 19: Hull LifeSaving Museum's Boston Rowing Center hosts The “Icebreaker”- The 30th annual Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Rowing Championships from 8:30 am - 4 pm. The Boston Rowing Center is located at the Barking Crab Marina. 

orignally published 11.14.22

Monday, November 14, 2022

Help Shape The Future of The Fort Point Waterfront

updated 11.14.22 with Office Hours conference room. 

How we view our waterfront is forever changing in response to: neighborhood growth, sea level rise, increased precipitation, storms and heat island impacts; development pressures, and our own vision of what we want it to look like and who we want it to be for- residents of Boston and the Commonwealth and visitors. 

With that in mind, FPNA and Boston Harbor Now along with the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA), Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), Stone Living Lab, and BPDA are pleased to introduce Fort Point Waterfront Community Design. The program is a series of events over the next two months to build upon past work and further develop design concepts and new ideas for the waterfront that we hope will assist property owners up and down the channel. 

As discussed at our September Neighborhood Gathering, we invited you to a join us at the Octoner 19th kickoff. The October 19, 2022 kickoff offered a briefing of past and current planning efforts along, around, and across the Fort Point Channel and provide an opportunity for neighbors to join teams composed of designers (architects and landscape architects) and other local stakeholders to create waterfront designs instead of react. 


The concluding conversation and final presentations on November 19th will provide a forum for teams to share their design ideas and an opportunity for all participants to weigh in on the elements that they hope to see integrated in future development, redevelopment, and other projects in the area -- local preferences for "Harborwalk 2.0" pieces that address coastal resilience, inclusion and equity, and access and connectivity from the water's edge to the landward boundaries of the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act, Chapter 91. 

In between there will be "office hours" for teams to check in with the organizers and work together. The office hours are: 

  • Wednesday, October 26 - 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 1 - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center St.
  • Monday, November 7 - 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom
  • Friday, November 11 - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm via Zoom
  • Monday, November 14 - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Conference room, 2nd floor, 300 A Street (Red Hat building)
Looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, November 19 from 9:30am - 12:30pm at Artists for Humanity, 100 W. 2nd St. R.S.V.P. today.
originally published 10.17.22

Friday, November 11, 2022

Make Fort Point Bloom This Sunday

updated 11/10/22:  The bulbs are here! Fort Point Boston Blooms volunteer day is now November 13th given the forecast.

Boston Blooms 
200 Daffodil Bulbs To Plant
 
*new weather date*
Sunday, November 13th
10am - 1pm
 
Wormwood Park (A & Wormwood Streets)

Create future joy and beauty by planting daffodils in November to bloom next spring. Come plant and spruce up the neighborhood.
Gloves, tools and apple cider will be provided.

Special thanks to Mayor Wu and the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department for the donation of 200 Daffodil bulbs. 
originally published 10.28.22

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Election Day Today, A New Hotel, Daffodils & More

Here is a quick glance at what is going on this week and next. 

November 8: State Election (includes 4 ballot questions). Vote at District Hall from 7am - 8pm. If you haven't already, please vote and demonstrate we live here in Fort Point and the Seaport. 

November 9: 330 C Street Public Meeting at 6pm. The proposed project consists of a new six-story 74-room hotel, with a ground-floor restaurant, situated at 330 C Street in South Boston. The lot size is approximately 8,202 square feet and is currently occupied by a vacant single-story concrete block building that formerly housed a repair garage. The project is a small project review development. 

November 10: Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission Public Meeting at 6pm. View agenda and meeting details.

November 11: Mass Fallen Heroes Flag Planting. Come help plant flags from 9am - 11am at 85 Northern Avenue in rememberance of 9/11 and Veteran's Day.

November 11: The Holiday Market at Snowport opens Friday and runs through December 31st. The Holiday Market is located at 100 Seaport Blvd. 

November 12: Fort Point Boston Blooms Volunteer Day from 10am - 1pm. Rain date is November 13th at the same time. 

November 14: Better Bus Project Additional Public Meeting at 6pm. The revised bus design removes bus service from A Street. If you would like to share comments with the Implementation Team, please complete this Comment Form. Last week's public meeting recording will be posted on the events page.

November 15: 22 Drydock Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. The project proposes to combine the parcels into a single lot, clear the lot of its existing improvements, and construct in their place a seven-story, research laboratory building with a gross floor area (“GFA”) of approximately 319,750 square feet (“sf”), and including fitted-out, ground-level space for The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, a non-profit organization.

November 16: 22 Drydock Public Meeting at 6pm (see 11/15 for project description)

November 16: Congress Street Reconstruction Public Meeting at 6:30pm Share details and answer questions about the final design for Congress Street between Sleeper Street and Boston Wharf Road. 

November 19: Hull LifeSaving Museum's Boston Rowing Center hosts The “Icebreaker”- The 30th annual Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Rowing Championships from 8:30 am - 4 pm. The Boston Rowing Center is located at the Barking Crab Marina. 

November 19: Fort Point Channel Waterfront Final Design Presentations from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Artists For Humanity located at 100 W. 2nd Street.

Monday, November 07, 2022

State Election: Who, What, When, Where & Why

updated 10/20/22: with local early voting location, dates and times.

WHO & WHAT
In the upcoming State election, candidates on the ballot will be for:

Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor's Council, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney and Sheriff.

View Sample Ballot.

In addtion, there will be four Ballot Questions:

QUESTION 1: Proposed Amendment to the Constitution, Additional Tax on Income Over One Million Dollars

QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition, Regulation of Dental Insurance

QUESTION 3: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition, Expanded Availability of Licenses for the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages 

QUESTION 4 -Law Proposed by Initiative Petition,  Eligibility for Driver’s Licenses.

On September 9, 2022, the Elections Division certified that a referendum petition for a ballot question that was submitted on September 7, 2022 had been signed by enough registered voters to qualify for placement on the November 8, 2022 State Election Ballot. 

Because this petition was submitted after the July 2022 deadline for inclusion in the printed Information for Voters booklet that is mailed to each household, this question is not listed in that voter guide. The question will, however, be listed on each November 8 State Election ballot as Question #4.

WHEN & WHERE
Last day to register to vote or update your address for the November election is October 29th

Early In-person Voting (full location list) October 22nd - November 4th
In the neighborhood
October 27: ICA (25 Harborside Drive) from 12pm - 8pm plus free musuem admission
October 29 - October 30: Condon chool (200 D St) from 11am - 7pm
November 3: ICA from 12pm - 8pm plus free musuem admission

Vote by Mail
Application must be received at City Hall by November 1st. 
Ballots need to be postmarked by November 8th and received at City Hall no later than November 12th
Secure drop box option at the South Boston Public Library, the ICA on early voting days only and multiple other locations in the City

In Person Voting on November 8th
Precinct 6-11 and 6-12 vote at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave
Polls open at 7AM and close at 8PM

WHY
The community counts on our elected officials for their support of local issues and initiatives. Elected officials look at voter turnout by neighborhood. Why do State Elections matter? The State (MCCA/BCEC, MBTA and Massport) is a property owner, developer and transit provider in the neighborhood.

Poll Workers are still needed on election day. To find out more information and apply, click here

originally published 09.27.22

Fort Point Landmarks November 2022 Meeting

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

Thursday, October 13, 2022
6:00 PM
This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link or by
calling  929-436-2866 and entering meeting id 996 0665 6534# You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 23.0283 FPC        51 MELCHER STREET                      
Applicant: Alex Munoz
Proposed work: Updates to rooftop equipment installation and at-grade equipment.

APP # 23.0316 FPC       34 FARNSWORTH STREET  
Applicant: Matthew Wessling
Proposed work: Remove and replace existing low sloped roof system and associated roof edge metal flashings. All new edge metal to be copper.

APP # 23.0353 FPC        THOMSON PLACE moved to Advisory Review
Applicant: Nathan Turner
Proposed work: Install signage, lighting and wayfinding graphics around Thomson Place.

II.  Advisory Review
APP # 23.0353 FPC        THOMSON PLACE 
Applicant: TJ DiFeo
Proposed work: Install signage, lighting and wayfinding graphics around Thomson Place

III. Discussion Item: Street Trees

IV. RATIFICATION OF 10/13/2022 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

V.  STAFF UPDATES

IV. PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM

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

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Around The Hood: This Week

updated 11/3/22 with Nov. 2nd Cannabis meeting & Nautilus meeting recordings plus City Hall To Go Truck Nov. 4th.

October 31: “Trick or Treat along East and West Broadway” from 4-6 p.m. Look for orange and black posters inviting the children to stop by for a treat.  If you are starting on West Broadway going toward East Broadway, walk on the odd-numbered (southern) side of the street. If you are starting on East Broadway heading to West Broadway, walk on the even-numbered (northern) side of the street. Hosted by the South Boston Chamber of Commerce and the South Boston NDC. 

November 2: 2nd Public Meeting on Proposed Zoning Amendment of Cannabis Establishments at 6pm. View  November and August meeting recording and presentation plus amended text. 

November 2: MassDOT Revised Bus Network Public Meeting at 6pm. Share your comments.

November 2: Nautilus Restaurant (300 Pier 4 Blvd) Abutters Meeting at 7pm via Zoom. Requesting to amend entertainment license to include live entertainment indoors only (4 instrumental/vocalist, tvs, and dj). Indoor hours until 2am with existing non-live entertainment on patio until 11pm. To view meeting enter password, W&*@Ld6z

November 3: Early voting and mail-in ballot drop off at the ICA from 12pm to 8pm plus free admission to the musuem after voting. 

November 3: Seaport Square Impact Advisory Group Public Meeting at 6pm. View Notice of Project Change for changes in uses, particularly residential to labs, along with the introduction of biosafety 3 labs intermingled with housing, a reduction in green park space important for climate resiliency to prevent or manage flooding and heat island impacts.

November 4: City Hall To Go Truck with City Council President & District 2 Councilor Ed Flynn at the Municipal Lot at 450 W Broadway, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. You can apply for resident parking permits or dog licenses, request birth, death, or marriage certificates, paying or appealing parking tickets, etc... without making the trip to City Hall. 

November 12*: Let's Beautify Fort Point. Come get your hands dirty planting daffodils from 10am -1pm. Meet up at Wormwood Park. Details and to sign up. *new date

originally published 10.31.22