This past week of North End / Waterfront news included neighborhood construction projects, a narrowing city council race and preparations for the warmer season ahead! Read the top stories below.
The North End cycle track continues to generate tremendous controversy among residents as it nears completion on Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue. Locals cite increasing public safety concerns due to poor planning along with faulty design and execution. City officials have said they will not do any immediate rework other than to add new signs and increase enforcement. Read more details here.
Parcel 1B in the Bulfinch Triangle to Become “The Beverly” – 100% Affordable and Workforce Housing Development
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Related Beal recently unveiled The Beverly, Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development to be built in more than 25 years. The newly named 484,000 square-foot, 14-story building will offer 239 income-targeted apartments and the best of city living, conveniently located between the West End and North End neighborhoods. Read more here.
Greenway Funding and Lease Renewal Talks in Final Stages as Zipline, Beer Garden & Play Art Arrive This Summer
A consortium of Greenway stakeholders are close to a long-term solution to solve the persistent Greenway funding question. A 10-year lease renewal to the non-profit Greenway Conservancy would include a significantly reduced State contribution, replaced by new commitments from a group of abutting property owners, developers and the City of Boston. Read more about what this means for the Greenway and its activities.
The field for District 1 City Councilor continues to narrow with one of the three announced candidates, Michael Sinatra of East Boston, dropping out of the race. With Sinatra’s withdrawal, filed candidates now include Stephen Passacantilli (North End) and Lydia Edwards (East Boston). Read more about Sinatra’s decision here.
Members of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) questioned the lack of neighborhood review regarding new construction at 16 Moon Street. From the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), Maria Lanza said the construction was permitted because it is zoning compliant and considered “as of right” by Boston Inspectional Services with no variances required. Read more and watch the video from the NEWNC meeting here.
On Saturday, May 6, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park held its Annual Tot Lot Celebration. The event celebrates the Friends cleaning up the playground area, adding new sand to the sandbox and buying new sand toys. Many families and neighborhood businesses came together to support the event. Read more and see photos here.