Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Who Is Up For Some Neighborhood Beautification?

Have you walked the Harborwalk along the Fort Point Channel?  The Harborwallk is a living gem connecting Boston neighborhoods to the water. 

You are cordially invited to join FPNA and the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk as we clean the Harborwalk, the banks of the Channel and surrounding streets on:

Saturday, June 10, 2023
9:00 am -12:00 pm
45 Binford St (Gillette pumphouse & Channelside parking lot)

We'll provide everything you'll need for the morning's clean-up. We just need enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Come enjoy the great outdoors for an hour or for three. 

Keep your eyes on the water for Boston Line and Service (BL&S) cruising the Channel and removing debris from the base and shorelines.  

Hope to see you June 10th!

Fort Point Channel

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Traffic Advisory: Overnight Haul Road Closure Starting Today

The following traffic advisory is courtesy of the Seaport TMA. 

Please be advised that starting Tuesday, May 30 through Friday June 2, 2023, the westbound segment of Massport Haul Road to South Boston Bypass Road and I-90 East will be closed during overnight hours. A description for the overnight closure and detour is below.

Haul Road Closure Timing:
• Tues. 5/30 from 9 p.m. to Wed. 5/31 5 a.m.
• Wed. 5/31 from 9 p.m. to Thurs. 6/1 5 a.m.
• Thurs. 6/1 from 9 p.m. to Fri. 6/2 5 a.m.
• Friday 6/2 from 9 p.m. to Sat. 6/3 5 a.m.

The detour map and description are below. This closure is required to install permanent signage.

As always, when driving through and near the work zone, we ask drivers to pay extra attention to speed, lane markings, detour signage, barriers, police details, and construction workers.


Contact the Project
On-site construction concerns: (508) 962-8091
Questions via email: construction@bostonseaport.xyz
Boston Seaport general information: www.bostonseaport.xyz

Upcoming Meetings and Events About the Neighborhood

May 30: Public Meeting on Inclusionary Development Policy Zoning Amendment at 6pm.  The amendment adds a new Article 79 (Inclusionary Zoning) to the Boston Zoning Code, as well the addition of new definitions to Article 2 (Definitions). General input is sought through the public meeting and website.  View meeting link for links to related documents and resources.

May 30: "CROWN" The Highest Level of Consciousness" by Artists for Humanity alumna Wendy “MoMa” Michel from 5pm to 7pm at 100 W 2nd Street. 

May 31: Barking Crab Barge virtual MEPA site visit at noon. Please RSVP to purvi.patel@mass.gov at least one hour before the meeting for instructions on joining the video conference or calling in by phone. An optional in-person site visit meeting on Thu June 1 at 11:30am may be requested before May 30, 2023 by noon.


June 3: Red Bull Cliff Diving World Diving Series Finals at 1pm at the ICA. Free and open to the public. 


June 5:  A Street Sidewalk Widening Public Meeting at 6:30pm.  The City will discuss alternatives and share a preferred design approach to widen the narrow A St sidewalks between Congress St and Melcher St.

 

June 6: A Guide to South Boston’s Transportation Planning and the Development Review Process at 6pm. View guide. Although this transportation planning boundaries are outside of Fort Point and Seaport, it can be helpful to understand adjacent impacts and transportation solutions. 


June 8: 7 Channel Center IAG Public Meeting at 6pm to discuss mitigation impacts regarding PDA 53.


COMMENT DEADLINES

June 9th: Chapter 91 Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Final Master Plan Update comment deadline.

June 9: 244 – 284 A St FEIR comment deadline

June 9: Barking Crab EENF(ENF & PEIR) comment deadline


originally published 05.25.23

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Street Closures, Ramp Closures & Detours This Holiday Weekend

The rededication for the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial is scheduled to to take place Friday, May 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 85 Northern Ave.

Northern Avenue from Fan Pier Boulevard to Harbor Shore Drive will be closed. Parking restrictions will be in place on the following streets:

  • Northern Avenue, Southside (District Hall side), from Fan Pier Boulevard to Harbor Shore Drive
  • Northern Avenue, Northside (Waterfront Park side), from Harbor Shore Drive to Fan Pier Boulevard
  • Seaport Boulevard Northside (District Hall side), from Northern Avenue to Thomson Place

This Memorial Day weekend, we will welcome approximately 6,000 attendees to the South Boston Waterfront for Sunday's Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon & 5 mile road race. To accommodate the runners, there will be road closures and detours. There will also be overnight I-90 Exit 135 ramp closures from May 28 through May 30, 2023

Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon & 5 mile road race

Please be advised of the following Seaport Blvd closures on May 28th:

4:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Seaport Blvd closed between B Street and D Street
6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Seaport Blvd closed between Atlantic Ave and D Street

A Northbound and a Southbound lane will be open on the Moakley Bridge between Sleeper Street and Atlantic Ave to allow traffic on Northern Avenue to bypass Seaport Blvd and provide access to Congress St. Cyclists can reference Seaport TMA's live map of bike parking and Bluebikes stations. MBTA Silver Line service may see busier than normal ridership levels and area garages may also be busier.

Overnight Ramp Closure May 28 - May 30: I-90 Exit 135

Exit 135 off-ramp from I-90 West to South Boston will be closed from Sunday, May 28 to Tuesday, May 30, with a detour via I-93 North, Purchase Street, and Congress Street.

Timing: Approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday May 28 to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 30.

Purpose: To install steel beams in a safe and controlled manner, with access from the off-ramp, as part of the ongoing 10 World Trade air rights construction project. The off-ramp will re-open by 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Detour: From Exit 134/135, drivers will fork left instead of right, using the off-ramp to I-93 North. Drivers will be directed to take Exit 17 for Government Center and keep left on John F Fitzgerald Surface Road to Purchase Street, and turn left on Congress Street. The detour will be fully marked with signage.


Contact the Project
On-site Construction Concerns: (617) 592-6531
Questions via email: mpagliocca@suffolk.com

May Neighborhood Gathering Features Latest on Northern Avenue Bridge

updated 05/25/23 with presentation.

You Are Invited

to a
FPNA Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
6 pm to 8 pm
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

in partnership with Innovation Studios
303 Congress St (across from The Milk Bottle)
In person or Online Viewing Only


featuring

C-6 Boston Police Community Service Officers

 
&
The Latest On The Northern Avenue Bridge
including Resiliency
 & the Fort Point Channel


with special guests
Chris Osgood
Mayor Michelle Wu's Senior Infrastructure Advisor 

Para Jayasinghe
City Engineer, Boston Public Works Department

John Sullivan
Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission

Charlie Jewell
Director of Planning and Sustainability, Boston Water & Sewer Commission


plus
Neighborhood News


Please note that this month's gathering will take place in person at WPI. Online is viewing only. 

If you have any questions for our speakers, please submit them by Monday at noon to FPNA.



***Special Thanks to Innovation Studios at District Hall for sponsoring us at WPI.***

originally published 5.22.23

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Let's Talk Sidewalks on A Street

The Fort Point neighborhood has long talked about better and wider sidewalks on A Street between Melcher and Congress Streets. There are many projects touching this part of the neighborhood, including developer-funded work near Melcher Street; a Public Works project to address the southern stairs; and the Public Works project to reconstruct Congress Street. At the meeting, we'll discuss ways to connect all of these and meet your goals for A Street's sidewalks.

The City's teams are looking to sharing options and getting your feedback on:

Monday, June 5, 2023
6:30pm
via Zoom
Register today


originally published 05.23.23

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Fort Point Channel Paddleboard Yoga and Boston Harbor Paddles This Summer

Summer is coming. SUP YO Adventures will be returning to the Fort Point Pier in June.  SUP Yoga will be teaching paddle board yoga and leading Boston Harbor paddle adventures every Wednesday and Sunday through August. 

Sundays at 10:30AM: Boston Harbor Paddle 
Wednesdays at 6:15PM: Sunset Paddle Board Yoga

Prices include all equipment and no experience is required to participate!

Get out on the Channel, meditate and enjoy.




Monday, May 15, 2023

Neighborhood Items At May 17th Conservation Commission

 The Boston Conservation Commission (ConCom) will hold its next Wednesday bi-weekly public hearing on:

May 17, 2023
6:00 pm
Dial-in audio: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044

The Commission reviews projects to determine what conditions, if any, the Commission will impose in order to protect the interests of the public and private water supply, groundwater, prevention of pollution, flood control, prevention of storm damage, protection of fisheries and land containing shellfish, and protection of wildlife habitat. View Full Agenda

Tip: You can zoom in and out to see where they are on the agenda.

Neighborhood Agenda Items

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXXX and Boston File No. 2023-XXX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of The Fallon Company for the proposed residential condominium development and subsequent landscaping and stormwater improvements located at One Harbor Shore Drive, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, Waterfront Area, 100ft Buffer to Coastal Bank). *Continued from the May 3, 2023 hearing.

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXX and Boston File No. 2023-XXX from LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc. on behalf of the Massachusetts Port Authority for the proposed rehabilitation of a 3.44 acre portion of a container yard located at 700 Summer Street, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, DPA, 100ft Buffer Zone to Coastal Bank).

Acceptance of the Order of Conditions:

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1937 and Boston File No. 2023-026 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of 22 Drydock LLC for the proposed demolition of structures and removal and replacement of subsurface utilities at 22 Drydock Ave, South Boston, MA (LSCSF).

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1940 and Boston File No. 2023-029 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of SBMMP LLC for proposed soil borings and sediment samples collected from 3 Dolphin Way and 20 Fid Kennedy Avenue, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, DPA, LUO, Coastal Bank, 100ft Buffer Zone to Coastal Bank, Waterfront Area).

Public Summer Safety Meeting This Wednesday

 As the summer quickly approaches, the Mayor’s Office will begin a Community Listening Tour Series. The Community Listening Tour is an opportunity for community members to share their opinions and ideas on the City’s violence prevention, intervention, and recovery efforts that will be in place this summer, all while we build community connections among leaders, residents, and city agencies alike. South Boston's Listening Tour is:

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
6pm - 8pm
Condon School, 200 D St. (beyond the Laboure Center)

The goals of this Listening Tour will be to:

1. Begin engaging the community in the summer safety strategy planning process;
2. Have a guided and authentic dialogue about issues surrounding and solutions to community
violence;
3. Gauge the needs, wants, hopes of the community members that have been impacted by
community violence;
4. Continue to build relationships with and within the community

The conversations shall be free-flowing, but will be roughly guided by the following questions:
1. What is one thing you hope to get out of these meetings? One thing that you hope to come from these meetings?
2. When you think about violence in your communities, what do you think is needed most to reduce this violence?
3. What isn’t working in your communities? What is working in your communities?
4. What is your vision for your neighborhood? What does a safe and healthy community look like to you?
5. Are you connected to solutions in your community? How would you like to be in contact with the City?

The primary goal here is to allow community members to offer insight on what they feel works in terms of community violence reduction during the summer months, and to gain feedback on how the presented ideas can be best implemented in communities across Boston. Additionally, we will begin conversations about the more broad, public-health-oriented city-wide violence prevention plan to reduce all forms of community violence.

Please contact Isaac Yablo with any questions or concerns. 

Friday, May 12, 2023

MA Convention Center Authority To Host Community Discussion on D & E St Parcels

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will host an open community discussion regarding the future of MCCA-owned parcels across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) on D & E Street on:

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Condon School
200 D Street (off of W. Broadway behind the Laboure Center) 


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originally published 05.05.23

Thursday, May 11, 2023

249 A St. Artists Cooperative Celebrates 40 Years with Art Exhibition at Atlantic Wharf Gallery

The 249 A Street Artists Cooperative announces the Artists of 249 A Street Cooperative: 40th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring the works of forty of its member artists. The exhibition is at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery (290 Congress St.) and runs now through August 11, 2023. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 7AM to 10PM.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 5:30 -7:30 pm. 

The exhibition showcases work from members in diverse styles and mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and photography. 

The exhibition also includes photographs of the Coop’s historic building, accompanied by historical information about how the cooperative came to be. The cooperative model allows artists to collaborate, share resources, and support each other in their creative endeavors.

It is also an opportunity to showcase some of the high number of artists living and working in historic Fort Point. "We're thrilled to present this exhibition of our members' work," said Steven Muller, President. "It's a testament to the strength and creativity of our community, and a chance for us to share our art with a wider audience." 

Visitors are welcome to view the works on display, and learn more about the positive effects and contributions of the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative to the community. 

For more information about Artists of 249 A Street Cooperative: 40th Anniversary Exhibition, or the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative, please contact J.S. Dykes at or visit the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative (249astreetcoop.com).

Fort Point Landmarks May 2023 Meeting

updated 5/11/22 with presentations.

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

Thursday, May 11, 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   995 6454 2847#.You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

PP # 23.0588 FPC   280 SUMMER STREET
Applicant: David Woolaver
Proposed Work: Re-cladding all of the rotted window wooden trim with a matching aluminum.  Continued from the April 13, 2023 hearing. 

APP # 23.0898 FPC  25 THOMSON PLACE
Applicant: Brook Hindle 
Proposed Work: Installation of temporary SAV vinyl sticker signage to the windows. 

APP # 23.0917 FPC   5 NECCO STREET
Applicant: Sherry Clancy 
Proposed Work: Relocate west wall of existing transformer fence 1-4' closer to the transformer as well as landscaping improvements. 

APP # 23.0920 FPC    51 MELCHER STREET
Applicant: Alex Munoz 
Proposed Work: Streetscape improvements along Melcher Street including tree pits, bike racks and bollards; streetscape and accessibility improvements at the Melcher and A Street intersection including accessible curb ramps. Continued from the March 9, 2023 hearing. 

APP # 23.0907 FPC   17 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Nick Cassaro 
Proposed Work: Convert the existing building to office and laboratory uses. The new building will have a building height of approximately 67 feet compatible with the height of adjacent buildings to the north and south; a mechanical penthouse set back from Farnsworth Street; other rooftop mechanical equipment screened from view; a metal-frame facade with punched windows on its easterly and westerly facades to reflect the area’s post-industrial character.

II   RATIFICATION OF 4/11/23 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III  STAFF UPDATES

 IV  PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 7:30 PM

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

originally published 5.4.23

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

232 A Street Open House + Listening Session

Tishman Speyer and their life sciences real estate investment firm, Breakthrough Properties, invite you to: 

232 A Street Open House + Listening Session
Saturday, May 13, 2023
105 West 1st Street
10 am - 12 pm
with coffee and pastries from Vester Cafe




In case you missed the BPDA April 12, 2023 232 A Street meeting regarding the proposed pre-project notification form filing, you can view the presentation and the meeting video

originally published 5.4.23

Have Coffee With The Mayor

The South Boston Coffee Hour with Mayor Michelle Wu and Anna White, our South Boston liaison, will be held on:

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
9:30 am - 10:30 am 
135 - 141 A St. (between Richards St and W 1st St)

Mayor Wu’s Neighborhood Coffee Hours are a unique opportunity to speak directly with the Mayor and staff from City departments about open space and their neighborhoods. 

Dunkin’ will be on-site to fuel the local community with freshly brewed Iced Coffee and assorted fan-favorite MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats. Dunkin’ will brew up even more fun with customized lawn games and gift card giveaways. Residents at each event will also be eligible to win a raffle prize from Dunkin’. 

In addition, each family in attendance will receive a free flowering plant provided by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, while supplies last. Dunkin’ will brew up even more fun with customized lawn games and gift card giveaways. Residents at each event will also be eligible to win a raffle prize from Dunkin’. Fresh fruit will be provided by Star Market. Additional support by City Express.

For more information and updates on possible weather cancellations, please contact the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, on our social channels @bostonparksdept on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, or by visiting the Parks Department website.

originally published 5.03.23

Friday, May 05, 2023

Transit Advisory: Silver Line Detours 5/5 through 5/7

Please be advised that Silver Line detours will be in place on May 5 at 8:45 p.m. and during the weekend of May 6-7, 2023.

Silver Line Routes 1, 2, and 3 will be re-routed to the street level around Courthouse Station beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. on May 5 and during the weekend of May 6-7.


This service change will allow for improvement work to take place at Courthouse Station. Signage will be in place during all scheduled changes in service to direct riders to shuttle bus stops. Extra MBTA personnel and Transit Ambassadors will also be on-hand to assist riders.

Silver line transit advisory provided by the Seaport TMA. Please contact the Seaport TMA with any questions.

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Neighborhood Items At May 3rd Conservation Commission

The Boston Conservation Commission (ConCom) will hold its next Wednesday bi-weekly public hearing on:

May 3, 2023
6:00 pm
Dial-in audio: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044 #

The Commission reviews projects to determine what conditions, if any, the Commission will impose in order to protect the interests of the public and private water supply, groundwater, prevention of pollution, flood control, prevention of storm damage, protection of fisheries and land containing shellfish, and protection of wildlife habitat. View Full Agenda

Tip: You can zoom in and out to see where they are on the agenda.

Neighborhood Agenda Items

#4 Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1937 and Boston File No. 2023-026 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of 22 Drydock LLC for the proposed demolition of structures and removal and replacement of subsurface utilities at 22 Drydock Ave, South Boston, MA (LSCSF).

#5 Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXXX and Boston File No. 2023-XXX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of The Fallon Company for the proposed residential condominium development and subsequent landscaping and stormwater improvements located at One Harbor Shore Drive, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, Waterfront Area, 100ft Buffer to Coastal Bank) Fan Pier parcel H NOI and Stormwater report

#6 Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXXX and Boston File No. 2023-XXX from Epsilon Associates on behalf of SBMMP LLC for proposed soil borings and sediment samples collected from 3 Dolphin Way and 20 Fid Kennedy Avenue, South Boston, MA (LSCSF, DPA, LUO, Coastal Bank, 100ft Buffer Zone to Coastal Bank, Waterfront Area). South Boston MultiPort NOI

Acceptance of the Order of Conditions

Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1927 and Boston File No. 2023-017 from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of Cronin Drydock LLC for the proposed building demolition and utility relocation located at 24 Drydock Ave, South Boston, MA (LSCSF).

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Traffic Advisory: Seaport Blvd Westbound Lane Closure, Seaport Lane to B Street

Please be advised that that from Thursday, May 4th to Thursday, May 18th the westbound lanes of Seaport Boulevard from Seaport Lane to B Street will be closed for full roadway reconstruction.  

Detour Routes:

From Northern Avenue East: At the D Street Intersection turn left to and continue to Congress Street. Continue on Congress street East until B Street.  Turn Right onto B Street and continue to Seaport Boulevard. Turn Left onto Seaport Boulevard.  

Seaport Hotel Traffic from Northern Avenue East: As normal, continue past detour signage at D Street intersection and turn left onto Seaport Lane.  

Timing: The westbound lanes will be closed at all times between May 4-May 18. 

Purpose: The roadway is being reconstructed as part of the Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Project to provide revised drainage and to reconstruct the center median.  

The Roadway reconstruction includes the following scope of work: 

Establishing work safety zone consisting of traffic barriers, gates, and construction fencing

Full depth removal of the existing roadway system using excavators with material being trucked offsite  

Raising roadway elevation up to 18 inches across the entire Westbound lanes via new subgrade materials delivered by truck 

Grading, preparing, and compacting the subgrade materials in preparation for binder course paving

Adjusting approximately twenty manholes, castings, and other utility structures

Installation of binder course asphalt paving

Delivery and installation of approximately 1,600 linear feet of granite curbing to create new roadway median

Binder course asphalt infill at areas of curb installation

Installation of temporary roadway markings

A State Police Detail will be stationed at the intersection of Seaport Lane and Seaport Boulevard throughout the period of roadway reconstruction. 

CONTACT THE PROJECT
Construction Related Concerns:  617-839-2201
Questions via email:  afagundes@tcco.co

originally published 04.28.23

Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Final Master Plan Update Chapter 91 Public Meeting May 4th


The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has submitted an application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) for a Consolidated Written Determination pursuant to 310 CMR 9:00 related to the
Final Master Plan Update ("FMPU") for the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park (RLFMP)

Thursday, May 4, 2023
2pm - 4pm

The purpose of this license application is to secure a Consolidated Written Determination (“CWD”) that allows for the redevelopment of certain parcels proposed in the RLFMP FMPU that are ineligible for authorization under the existing Master License #10233 to be licensed individually upon request. These specific parcels, detailed in Section 4 of the application, are anticipated to be redeveloped in phases over a period of years. The CWD will enable the DEP to regulate the future build-out of the RLFMP and ensure that impacts of individual projects are addressed in individual licenses.

View Public Notice.

Public comment deadline: June 9, 2023

Contact

Richard E. McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning 
Richard.McGuinness@Boston.gov
617.918.4323

Monday, May 01, 2023

Water Main Flushing Starts May 2nd - June 6

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will commence Water Main Flushing in the Central, South End, North End, Seaport and South Boston areas starting:

May 2, 2023 through June 6, 2023
10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.

The purpose of the water main flushing program is to improve the drinking water quality for residents and businesses in Boston.

The flushing process may cause discolored water and a reduction in pressure. The discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. If the condition persists, please contact BWSC's 24 Hour Service at (617) 989-7000.

A list of neighborhood streets and hydrants include:  A ST, CHANNEL CENTER ST,  WORMWOOD ST, NECCO ST., SUMMER ST, NECCO CT, MEDALLION AV, FARNSWORTH ST.,THOMSON PL, SEAPORT BLVD and COURTHOUSE WY.

View complete list for greater details.


BWSC appreciates our patience as they work to improve the quality of drinking water we will provide to the residents and businesses of Boston.

If you have any questions, contact BWSC's Night Operations Manager at (617) 989-7000 or visit our website @ www.bwsc.org  for weekly updates on the project.

Friday, April 28, 2023

The What, When, Where & How of The Summer St. Pilot

updated 04/14/23 with greater detail on April 19th event.

The Boston Transportation Department's Transit Team is hosting three open houses for the Summer St pilot project, the first of which is this Thursday. The intention of the open houses is for BTD staff to answer questions about the Summer St Pilot and address the project's background, context, goals and status. BPDA staff will be in attendance to engage with residents regarding the South Boston Transportation Action Plan.

This six month spring pilot program will include bus/truck lanes, better bike lanes, and improvements to pedestrian infrastructure. The route is Summer St. from E 1st St. to South Station.

Pick the time and place that is best for you:

  • Thursday, April 13th from 5-8p at the Seaport Hampton Inn. 670 Summer St.
  • Wednesday, April 19th from 5-8pm with an Open House running from 5pm-6:30pm and a Presentation and Questions taking place from 6:30pm-8pm at the South Boston Tynan School, 650 E 4th St.
  • Monday, May 1st from 5-8p at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.


Come by any of the open houses anytime between 5 and 8.


Reach out to transit@boston.gov or (617) 635 4689 with any questions related to the open houses.


originally published 04.11.23

Thursday, April 20, 2023

FPNA Hosts First Ever Neighborhood Hour

 Dear Neighbor,

With more than a few meetings taking place in, around and about the neighborhood, we didn't want to overwhelm you. We decided to change the format of our Tuesday, April 25th Neighborhood Gathering to a Neighborhood Hour.

We will be in the Convener Space at The 105 aka the CRISPR Therapeutics building at 105 West First Street from 6pm to 7pm.

Our Boston Police Community Officers from C-6 will kick off the hour with a crime update. The rest of the time will be unscripted. 

We hope if time allows you will swing by, meet your neighbors and exchange ideas or ask questions about our neighborhood. 

If you have not seen David Bryne's 150 foot mural collaboration with Artists For Humanity, now is your chance.  On your way enjoy taking a walk through A Street Park to see the early spring blossoms. The Mayor will be in the park on May 10th. 

Warm Regards,

FPNA

PS We will return to our regular format at the May 23rd Neighborhood Gathering
.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Traffic Advisory: Overnight I-90 Ramp Closure 4/19-4/20 

Please be advised that the I-90 highway ramp from Logan Airport to the Seaport District (exit #135) will be closed to traffic on Wednesday and Thursday nights this week (April 19th and 20th). Detours will be set up and in place from 11:00pm – 5:00am on both nights  while structural steel is put in place as part of the 10 World Trade project.

Massachusetts State Police details will be present, and detour signage will redirect all vehicles to the Seaport via I-93 North to Government Center. Alternatively, vehicles coming to the Seaport from East Boston are encouraged to use the Sumner Tunnel for a more direct route.

Please anticipate additional travel time of approximately 10minutes when traveling to the Seaport / South Boston. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and please continue to contact the 10 World Trade project team with any questions.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to the Project Team with any questions or concerns. Please see the following pages for more information, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

On-site Construction Concerns: (617) 592-6531
Questions via email: mpagliocca@suffolk.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

About The Neighborhood This Week & Next

Here is what's going on about the neighborhood the weeks of April 18th and  April 24th.

April 18: Boston Civic Design Commission at 5pm. Fan Pier Parcel H scheduled for 6pm.

April 19 CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON CITY SERVICES AND INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY HEARING on  DOCKET #0146 at 2pm.  A hearing regarding the coordination of construction and utility permits.

April 19: Summer Street Pilot Open House Presentation from 5-8pm. Open House runs from 5pm-6:30pm and the presentation with Q&A takes place from 6:30pm-8pm at the Tynan School, 650 E 4th St. Will the South Boston neighborhood come together on the Summer Street Pilot connecting us all from from E 1st St. to South Station?

April 20: CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS WORKING SESSION ON DOCKET #0137 at 10am. A working session to discuss amending the City of Boston Code, Ordinances to establish protections for the City of Boston tree canopy. The public is invited to listen in. Public comment will not be taken at the working session.

April 21 - 28: Arbor Week with Speak for the Trees. For the second year, Seaport by WS Development is partnering with Speak For The Trees to bring a variety of activities to the Seaport in celebration of Arbor Week!

April 22: Park Serve Day at Moakley Park and Carson Beach at 9am. A special edition Moakley Park Clean-up celebrating Park Serve Day and Earth Day with the MA DCR.

April 24: Tips on Buying an Artist Live/work Coop or Condo at 5:30pm at FPAC Assemblage, 70 Sleeper St. across from the Barking Crab.

April 25: FPNA Neighborhood Drop In 6pm - 7pm at CRISPR Therapeutics, 105 W 1st St.

April 26- 28: 2023 Stone Living Lab Conference: Nature-Based Coastal Resilience in Urban Settings

Monday, April 17, 2023

To Buy An Artist Live/Work Coop or A Condo, That Is The Question

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a condo and an artist live/work cooperative? Join artist Christine Vallioncourt to learn tips on buying one versus the other. 

Monday, April 24, 2023
FPAC Assemblage Gallery
The Envoy Hotel (across from the Barking Crab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm


Christine Vaillancourt is a painter and an original member of The Artist Building Cooperative at 300 Summer Street, a 47 live/work unit building for visual artists, founded by the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) in 1995. The Artist Building is located in historic Fort Point within the South Boston waterfront.

In the 70s and 80s, Christine earned a real estate license to find, buy, move in, fix up, and sell houses in Newport, RI. She was 25 when she purchased her first house. On a teacher’s salary, she renovated and sold 7 houses from 1971-1987. One of those houses, Christine converted into 5 condos, marketed, and sold them; another, she renovated a fixer-upper Victorian and created a 17-guestroom inn, operated the inn for a few years and then sold the business. Her father was a home builder who taught her some of his renovating skills.

Christine moved to Boston in 1989 to join a bigger artist community and to experience Boston city life. In 2014, she retired from her teaching career. As Chair of the Sales Committee at The Artist Building, she provides buyers with information and hosts showings of new listings. You may see some her art at the new MBTA GLX Ball Square Station in Somerville and at ChristineVaillancourt.com.