Saturday, December 02, 2023

Summer Street Pilot Starts Monday

The six month evaluation period for the Summer Street dedicated bus/truck lane pilot and protected bike lane begins on Monday, December 4th. The pilot spans Summer Street from South Station to East First Street. Over the next six months, the City will be piloting these dedicated lanes to improve travel time reliability for transit and freight vehicles. It will also be making cycling safer and more convenient along this important corridor that . 

Over the next six months, the Boston Transportation Department welcomes your feedback on whether these new configurations are achieving their intended goals. There are several ways you can provide input - by taking the online survey, attending public meetings in early 2024, or emailing the project team directly. Let them know what's working well and where there are opportunities for adjustments or improvements.

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The aim for this pilot to balance the transportation needs of all users along the Summer Street corridor. Your feedback will be crucial in determining the right long-term configuration for our city. More details on the Summer Street Pilot

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Giving Time To Your Neighborhood Starts With Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, FPNA is asking neighbors to give their time to their neighborhood. In particular, FPNA is looking for resident Building Ambassadors and for residents to join the inaugural Fort Point Planning and Development Committee. 

Did you know that there are 19 residential buildings in Fort Point?
FPNA is looking for Building Ambassadors to act as conduit of neighborhood communication between FPNA and your fellow residents. Be the first to know and help spread the word to your neighbors. FPNA sends on average 12 emails annually with neighborhood news and invitations to our monthly neighborhood gatherings. Become your residential building's Ambassador today.

If you missed last week's FPNA's November Gathering, you may not be aware that over 80 acres are coming up for planning and development. It is an exciting time in our neighborhood's growth with Gillette, BCEC and Pappas Way offering potential opportunities for housing, parks, civic spaces, safer streets and neighborhood retail. With a combination of private and state landowners, the time is now to start to engage, coordinate, collaborate with other neighborhoods and listen to advocacy experts to create the best outcomes for Fort Point. If neighborhood growth is important to you, please join FPNA's Planning and Development Committee.

If you haven't already, FPNA invites you to become a member or to renew your membership. An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50. You can pay by check or via venmo@FPNA-Boston. Please join FPNA today!

About The Neighborhood Happenings & Festivities

updated 11/28/23 with 11/30 Public Meeting regarding a new zoning code amendment to waive Article 80 review of affordable housing projects. Details below. 

Upcoming Happenings

November 253rd Annual Martin's Park Ship Lighting from 4pm to 6pm. Keep an eye on the Channel for the arrival of Santa by boat. If you would like to volunteer this November including the Ship Lighting, please complete this form. Check out all the Boston Park's holiday lighting celebrations.

November 28: West Broadway Tree Lighting with surprises at 5pm at the W. Broadway parking lot across from Capo. 

November 28: 244-284 A Street (Channelside) Open Space Workshop at 6pm. The Boston Parks Department and Related Beal are hosting a community workshop to review and gather input on design updates for key areas/program elements within the two primary parks at the 244-284 A Street (Channelside) development project. Register.

November 30: Deadline to complete the BPDA Article 80 Development Review Modernization Survey. The primary goal of this project is to create a predictable and transparent development review process that builds trust with all those who participate in the process. Here is one opportunity to engage and we encourage you to complete the survey. Read more about Article 80 Modernization: Community Engagement and Development Review Operations Improvement

November 30: Public Meeting on Zoning Code Amendment to Waive Article 80 Large Project Review to preserve or create Affordable Housing at 6pm.  If the Authority has determined that such waiver will increase the availability or quality of Affordable Housing in the City and that such Proposed Project will not generate significant adverse impacts outside the Lot. 

November 30: South Boston Christmas Stroll. Shop, Dine & Splurge from 4pm to 6pm starting with the arrival of Santa on a fire truck. The Original Dickens Carolers will be strolling along East Broadway (4-6 p.m.) and West Broadway (5-7 p.m.). And free Pedicab rides will be available from 5:30-7:30pm to whisk customers to their favorite establishments.

November 30: 84th annual Boston Common lighting celebration starts at 6pm with skating at the Frog Pond at 5pm. This year’s tree from Nova Scotia is a 45’ white spruce. Chronicle will be broadcasting at 7pm. 

December 1: Light Up Seaport from 5pm to 9pm at Seaport Common.

December 3: Mayor Wu's Enchanted Trolley Tour at 2pm at M Street Park.

December 6: Gillette Community Meeting at 6pm. This special meeting hosted by Gillette will help shape the 31 acre site and will be followed by a robust public planning process.

Chapter 91 Comment Deadlines
November 22
: 310 Northern
November 27: 24-26 Drydock Ave
November 29: 22 Drydock

originally published 11.16.23

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

FPNA Gathering Introduces New Councilor-At-Large, Neighborhood Liaison, Restaurant, Over 55 Acres & More

 You are invited to 

A Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
6 pm to 7:30 pm

Sign Up
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue
via Zoom

Our C-6 Community Officers
A Look Ahead at Development & Planning
of over 55 acres in the neighborhood 

Ileen Gladstone
Cypher Street Construction Update

Henry Santana 
Boston City Councilor-At-Large Elect

Lydia Hamilton Polaski 
South Boston Neighborhood Liaison

A New Restaurant at 319 A Street
formerly Oak & Rowan

originally published 11.26.23

Monday, November 20, 2023

Two Related Neighborhood Meetings: One Civic & Cultural + One Park Design

updated 11/20/23 with Waterfront Civic Cultural Space Planning Study meeting materials and recording.

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture in conjunction with the BPDA is holding a public meeting on the planning and analysis of waterfront civic and cultural facilities and programs related to MassDEP required Chapter 91 spaces aka facilities of accommodation (FPA):

Waterfront Civic Cultural Space Planning Study Public Meeting
November 15, 2023 

This meeting will provide the public with an update on the status of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture’s Waterfront Space Planning Study as well as report out the initial findings from the Related Beal RFI for 244-248 A Street, which will be one of the case studies part of the initiative. 


The Boston Parks Department and Related Beal are hosting a community workshop to review and gather input on design updates for key areas/program elements within the two primary parks at the 244-284 A Street (Channelside) development project. 

The workshop will focus on the picnic area, play space, interactive fountain, and overall plantings.

November 28, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.

The green open space is required as part of MassDEP Waterway 50% open space requirements, MHP (municipal harbor plan), and City’s PDA (planned development area), and community advocacy that the parks once created be transferred to the City of Boston Parks department.

Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you need them, please contact us at or 617-936-9380.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Reimagining Gillette's 31 Acres. Community Meeting December 6th

As a part of a broader business transformation, Gillette will be reshaping its operations in our neighborhood, marking a new chapter in the company's long history in Boston. The decision will bring an opportunity to reimagine Gillette's 31-acre waterfront campus, unlocking new possibilities for the future. 

The company will host a community meeting ahead of a robust public planning process to help shape the site's future on:

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Friday, November 10, 2023

Interested In Gardening In The Neighborhood?

Two opportunities to garden in the neighborhood at two locations (A Street Park and Wormwood Park) on one day November 11th (rain date November 12th). 

 A Street Park
Community Gardens Lottery

  Saturday, November 11, 2023 (rain date 11/12)
 10 am
Garden Plots
Medallion Ave Extension in front of Channel Center Garage

A Street Park is a City of Boston Park bordered by Richards and W. 1st Streets featuring 8 garden plots, tot playground, dog park, half basketball court and flexible field.

There will be two garden plots opening in 2024 with 5 garden plots opening in 2025 and one in 2026. Names will be drawn for the two 2024 garden plots and a eight garden waiting list. Everyone on the waiting list will receive a plot within three years or less. If you are unable to attend, you may send a proxy providing a completed Proxy form is emailed to FPNA by November 11th at 5pm. Proxy may be involved in plot selection. Please bring your own pen to fill out your lottery entry. 
Garden plots are for a 3 year term to allow more people the opportunity to gardenYou must agree to the Community Garden Lottery Terms & Procedures.If you are designated a plot, you must be prepared to start planting your garden this spring. 

Make Fort Point Bloom
  Saturday, November 11, 2023 (rain date 11/12)
Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets)

Join your neighbors for coffee and donuts before digging in. We have 300 bulbs to plant and need your help. Just think how lovely it will be to walk by daffodils blooming along the A Street linear garden. 

Tools and gloves provided. Green thumbs not required. 

We will be planting, raking and sweeping until 2:30pm. 

Boston Blooms is a city wide program beautifying neighborhoods by planting daffodils generously donated by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. 

Any questions, please contact FPNA.

originally published 11.1.23

Thursday, November 09, 2023

Fort Point Landmarks November 2023 Meeting


will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, November 9, 2023
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 963 6282 0363#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.


APP # 24.0394 FPC      25 THOMSON PLACE

Applicant: Levi Martin
Proposed Work: Install new blade sign and light.




Tuesday, November 07, 2023

FPNA Joins Downtown, Wharf District & Leather District in Councilor-At-Large Candidates Forum

updated 10/25/23 with Candidate Forum live stream by South Boston Beat.

 FPNA invites you to a special

Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Forum

hosted in conjunction with
Downtown Boston Neighborhood Association
Leather District Neighborhood Association & Wharf District Council

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
5:30pm to 7:30pm
networking at 5pm
Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street
Fort Point Room, 2nd floor
View Candidate Forum

Meet and speak directly with candidates, plus hear public candidate remarks on Public Safety, Community Engagement & Climate Resiliency.

featuring At-Large Candidates (in alphabetical order)

*running for re-election

District 2 Sample Ballot

Please note the Candidate Forum replaces our October Neighborhood Gathering.  

Boston City Council Election


The November 7th election will select both At-Large and District City Councilors.


The Boston City Council has 9 District Councilors and 4 At-Large Councilors, all of whom have the same legislative and voting powers, but may perceive their roles and who they represent differently. 


District City Councilors are elected by the residents of a single area of Boston, known as a District. The District boundaries are updated every 10 years, after the decennial census — and this upcoming 2023 Election will be the first to use the new District Map adopted after the latest redistricting.


At-Large City Councilors are elected by the whole city.


November 7th Election Details

Voter Registration Deadline: October 28th
Register to Vote
 | Check Your Registration

Early Voting: Sat, Oct 28 - Fri, Nov 3

Vote by Mail: October 31st Application Deadline

Election Day: Tue, Nov 7 from 7am to 8pm at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave for residents of 02210

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

November Happenings: Art, BCEC & Cypher, Marine Park & More

November 2: 310 Northern Ave & 5 Fid Kennedy Ave (Parcel X), RLFMP, South Boston DPA Chapter 91 License Amendment Virtual Public Hearing at 2pm, requesting an extended term. Register.

November 2: 249 Artists Cooperative invites you to the opening reception of Video + Paint, New Work by Bebe Beard + Steven Muller from 5pm to 7pm at the Gallery at 249 A St.

November 2: MCCA (BCEC) Cypher St Remediation Project Public Discussion from 6pm to 8pm at 105 West First St. This project is different from the Cypher St Improvements Project that is currently ongoing by Massport. The BCEC parking lot abutting Cypher St. also requires environmental remediation. Attend to find out more.

November 6: 24-26 Drydock Ave, RLFMP, South Boston DPA. Chapter 91 License Amendment Virtual Public Hearing at 2pm, requesting an extended term. Register.

November 7: Final day to vote in the Boston City Council Election from 7am to 8pm at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. Up for election are the District 2 City Councilor and 4 City Councilors At-Larges. ICYM last week's At-Large Candidates Forum, you may view it here.

November 9: 20-22 Drydock Ave & 331-339 Northern Ave (Parcel G/H), RLFMP, South Boston DPA . Chapter 91 License Amendment Virtual Public Hearing at 2pm, requesting an extended term. Register.

November 11:  A Street Community Garden Lottery at 10am and Fort Point Blooms daffodil planting at 10:30am. Details.

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Martin's Park Ship Lighting on November 25th. If you would like to volunteer this fall and/or at the Ship Lighting, please complete this form.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

About The Neighborhood This Week and Next

updated 10/29/23: Pumpkin, Paws & Pints postponed due to ☔️

10/18: Conservation Commission Public Meeting at 6pm

10/20: Boston Design Vision - Designing for a Diverse Boston Open House at 4:30pm at City Hall Plaza Civic Pavilion. Learn more about the Boston Design Vision and share your design ideas for how to build a Boston for everyone.

10/21: Boston Design Vision - Designing for a Diverse Boston Open House | Boston Planning & Development Agency from 9am – 1pm at t City Hall Plaza Civic Pavilion. Cancelled due to weather.

10/24:  Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Forum hosted by FPNA, DBNA, LDNA and WDC at 5:30pm at Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point room, 2nd floor of 290 Atlantic Ave.

10/25: 244 -284 A St Chapter 91 comment deadline for consolidated written determination encompassing 8 chapter 91 licenses.

10/26: Public Meeting on Proposed Zoning Amendment for Cannabis Establishments at 6pm. This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, please feel free to reference last year's previous meeting on this proposed zoning change to understand the process to date. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

10/26: 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat for children up to 8 years old from 3:15pm - 5pm at 1187 Columbia Rd.

10/27: City Council Committee on Government Accountability, Transparency, and Accessibility Hearing on Docket #1538 at 10am. A hearing to discuss and evaluate the Boston Planning and Development Agency's (BPDA) community engagement process with regard to various neighborhood planning initiatives across the city. View docket.

10/28: Boston Children’s Museum’s 4th Annual Spooktacular for infants, toddlers, kids, teens and adults from 5pm to 8pm

10/28: Halloween Howl Open Mic Competition from 7pm-10pm at Aloft, 401-403 D St. 

10/29: Pumpkins, Paws & Pints from 2pm- 4pm at the Pappas Way Recreation Center. Family friendly. Cancelled due to weather.

10/29: Inundation District, a 79 minute film on sea level rise and storms, and the development of the Seaport created by David Abel and Ted Blanco, will be screened at the Brattle at 7pm followed by discussion with the creators. Purchase tickets for virtual viewing.

originally published 10.17.23

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Gillette Announces Future of Fort Point Campus

A Message From Gillette To The Neighborhood

As you know, in November 2019, we announced our intent to begin an assessment of our Massachusetts operations to enable a critical transformation for our Gillette business.  The goal of this assessment was to transform our operations to make us stronger and more competitive in the future.  

This morning, we informed our employees about the outcome of this assessment. This decision will bring the single most significant investment that we have ever made in Massachusetts as we transform our operations.  This includes our single largest investment in Boston, our home for over a century, where we will maintain both commercial and technical operations in a city that offers so much in terms of innovation, education and culture. 

We are confident that we have arrived at the right conclusion and optimistic about what the future holds. Our plan has two key components:


·       The first is to create an industry-leading Global Headquarters and Technical Innovation Center in South Boston providing a more modern, dynamic and collaborative workspace in the very community where The Gillette Company was established so long ago.   There is no better location for our HQ and Tech Center than in this epicenter of innovation, academia and world class talent. This location will bring tremendous advantage to our commercial, R&D and Engineering teams as we continue our century long heritage of innovation. 


·       The second is to move our South Boston manufacturing operations to our 150-acre campus in Andover where we will build a 21st Century production facility that is more sustainable, agile and efficient with some of the best manufacturing equipment and capabilities in the world.   We will also accelerate key capabilities like digital infrastructure, sustainability and our employee experience to ensure a competitive edge ahead.


Our focus is very much on our people at this time.  We will ensure that every current South Boston manufacturing employee who wants a role in Andover will have one. We will also offer a wide range of transition support to help any affected employees manage through the location change to ensure they are supported every step of the way.


As we undertake this transformation, one thing that won’t change is our work to enhance the community. This includes longstanding partnerships with the United Way of Massachusetts and South Boston Association of Nonprofits along with our bi-annual community grant process which funds the vital work of over 40 area nonprofit organizations each year. 


As you might imagine, this business decision will create new possibilities for our campus in the future.  Today, our 31-acre South Boston site is a gated, industrial site filled with empty parking lots.  Tomorrow, it can be so much more.  With the right partnerships and a thoughtful planning process, we can address some of Boston’s critical needs like bringing new jobs and economic opportunity, building more housing, bolstering climate resilience, and establishing an inclusive waterfront public space that connects surrounding neighborhoods to key public transportation hubs. 


We believe this is a once-in a lifetime opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for our home and our community– and we are excited to begin this process with the community.  We plan to host an open community meeting in the coming weeks to share perspective on why we have made this business decision, to talk about launching a more formal community process for site redevelopment and to hear any questions and thoughts on residents’ minds. We will keep you posted on the date of this meeting and community members can email us at to request meeting notifications.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

2024 Atlantic Wharf Annual Work Plan & Chapter 91 Programming Public Meeting

There will be an in person public meeting on October 17, 2023 at  4pm to present the proposed 2024 Atlantic Wharf Annual Work Plan. During the meeting, Boston Properties (BXP) will present an overview of the future Fort Point Room, which will be relocated in 2024. 

All community members are welcome to attend the meeting and to participate in the review of the 2024 Plan and the discussion of future Chapter 91 event and community programming for the Fort Point Room.

The meeting will take place in the Fort Point Room on the 2nd floor of Atlantic Wharf at 290 Congress St. 

To RSVP, please email

For more information, view Related posts

originally published 10.10.23

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Fort Point Landmarks October 2023 Meeting

updated 10/11/23 with presentations,


will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, October 12, 2023
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 963 6282 0363#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.


Applicant: James Gillen
Proposed Work: Continued from the September 14th FPCLDC hearing. Install (5) canopies at office building entries; Add additional catenary lighting to match the existing (removed by applicant) and the addition of building lighting to uplight the building facades. 

APP # 24.0308 FPC   25 THOMSON PLACE 
Applicant: Daniel Brennan
Proposed Work: Install new double-stroke, direct-applied Neon lit wall sign; install new 3' x2' banner flag. Moved to Administrative Review by staff.  

APP # 24.0238 FPC   374 CONGRESS STREET (removed by applicant)
Applicant: Donna Bennett 
Proposed Work: Build a new 6th floor roof deck level with existing penthouse. Roof deck to include custom pergola, bench, lounge and bar-style seating along with lush plantings and greenery.

APP # 24.0266 FPC    47 FARNSWORTH STREET (removed by applicant)
Applicant: Mario Watkins
Proposed Work: Install new roof lighting. 

Applicant: Andrea Sonan
Proposed Work: Removal of non-functioning, rusting fire escapes at rear.


Applicant: Phil Marcotty  
Proposed Work: Redevelopment of the existing property at 7 Channel Center including the construction of a new 9-story building.


APP # 24.0137 FPC   9 CHANNEL CENTER STREET: Drill (1) hold through rear wall and install pipe and metal grill located next to existing vent.

APP # 24.0287 FPC   15 CHANNEL CENTER STREET: Replace two blue stones to match existing, repoint in kind.

APP # 24.0349 FPC 15 CHANNEL CENTER STREET: Emergency repair at rear to window lintels and masonry wall.

APP # 24.0308 FPC 25 THOMSON PLACE: Install new double-stroke, direct-applied Neon lit wall sign; install new 3' x2' banner flag.





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

originally published 10.04.23

Monday, October 09, 2023

Fort Point Open Studios This Weekend

Fort Point Open Studios is this weekend! Come explore the art being created behind the doors of our historic waterfront warehouses and meet local artists, craftspeople and performers. Find established artists and discover new emerging talents. Immerse yourself in a captivating array of artwork. Buy original art directly from the people who make it. (There are only 76 shopping days until the holidays.)

Fort Point Open Studios is free and open to public. It takes place:

  • Friday, October 13, 2023 from 4pm to 7pm (select studios)
  • Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 11am to 5pm
  • Sunday, October 15, 2023 from 11am to 5pm

Fort Point will be alive with art, music, demonstrations, performances and public art.

Numerous Studios will be open in the neighborhood. 

The Artist Building at 300 Summer

The Muse (formerly Factory 63) at 63 Melcher St.

249 A Street Artists Cooperative including the 249 A Street Open Studios Artists Group Show at The Gallery at 249A

Midway Studios including Midway Open Studios Artists Group Show at the Midway Gallery at 15 Channel Center St

More Galleries

Atlantic Wharf presenting "Unearth" at 290 Congress St.

Assemblage Art Space presents FPAC Members Annual Open Studios Showcase at 70a Sleeper St (across from the Barking Crab at the Envoy Hotel).

Special Events

The Muse (63 Melcher St.) is hosting live music performances and a wine tasting. 

  • On Saturday, Thomas Collum (violin, classical) at 2pm, Hua Ye /Jane (host, piano solo, classical) at 3pm and Joanna Lee (flute, classical) at 4pm. 
  • On Sunday, Guillermo del Angel (cello, classical) at 2pm, Madeleine Farmer (vocal, pop) at 3pm and Hua Ye /Jane (host, piano solo, classical) at 4pm. 
Midway Studios (15 Channel Center St)

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is offering family-friendly performances, demonstrations, and a showcase of work by Midway community artists. Programs will take place both indoors (Fort Point Lyric Room #102) and outdoors on BLO's Street Stage. 

  • Stage performances every half hour from 12pm to 3:30pm (rain date is Sunday) 
  • BLO Demonstrations every half hour from 12:3pm to 3pm at Fort Point Lyric Room. 
  • Special Guest:  Sharon Montella, Midway Studios’ dancer, choreographer and World Champion Black Belt in the dance-like form of Chinese Kung Fu, will perform her creative choreography at 3pm  
  • Hansel & Gretel at 3:30pm for children aged 5 to12 years old.


  • Fort Point Lyric Room Performances every half hour from12:30pm to 4pm.

Studio Troika is creating architectural experiences through virtual reality and is using Legos for model making (Saturday and Sunday in room 104).  On Saturday only, there will be an Architectural Wheel of Fortune. Come guess the correct architectural style to win a prize! 

For more details, visit Fort Point Open Studios 2023 or take a sneak peak at the digital Fort Point Open Studios program

Fort Point Open Studios is accessible by public transit from South Station, West Broadway  and the Silver line Courthouse station. Free parking is available at the Channelside lot (244 A Street). Open Studios parking passes can be found in the Open Studios program, which are available at any of the artist buildings or the information booth located at 241 A Street (Barlow’s Restaurant patio).

For over forty years, the the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and the artists of Fort Point have welcomed visitors into their live-work studios annually to share the arts, industry, and creative culture of this unique community. To learn more about the history of artists in the neighborhood and the history of Fort Point, read A Short History of Fort Point by Don Eyles including Fort Point: A Brief History by the Seaport Alliance for Neighborhood Design.