Gov’t Ctr Garage IAG Mtg #5 – Height & Parking

Height remains a key issue for the Government Center Redevelopment project even though parking was the designated topic at the fifth meeting of the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) held on June 24th at City Hall. Before the parking discussion began, Raymond Property Company, the developer, used blocks to review some of the “massing” variations discussed at previous meetings. The model...

North End Spray Pool Receives Renovation

As many of the kids know already, the spray pool in front of the Mirabella Pool was recently renovated with new padding and painting. It looks great! Now, if only the sun would cooperate. I noticed this sign posted which appears to credit the renovation: "Emilie Pugliano Trust Fund (1924-2002). This site has been preserved through the generous gift of Emilie Pugliano, a...

BRA’s Greenway Study – Where’s it Going?

With four of the six public meetings for the Greenway District Planning Study (GDPS) now completed, should we start getting worried where this is heading? The goals of Boston’s transportation grid are certainly a worthwhile subject as discussed in the last meeting, but it gave little sense where Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) officials are leaning toward Greenway development. The next...

Greenway Shuttle – No. 6 Bus In Disguise?

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. It is ironic that a shuttle bus geared primarily for tourists along the Greenway might replace a bus route previously used by North End/Waterfront residents & workers. As part...

Parking Freeze To Be Reviewed

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. The City currently has a parking freeze at 35,000 public spaces set by the Boston Environment Department to moderate emissions within Boston. However, the BTD has indicated that...

12 Unity St Headhouse -> Penthouse

George Collins and Tara Shea of 12 Unity Street have applied for zoning relief to replace an existing roof headhouse with a new deck and penthouse room. The headhouse was likely used for pigeons in the distant past, but has fallen into disrepair. The owners purchased the building out of foreclosure and have been renovating it with some tenants in...

NEWRA Opposes Harbor Garage Proposal

In a special meeting, the North End/Waterfront Residents' Association (NEWRA) approved a letter to public officials that "strongly opposes the project." NEWRA believes "the project is too massive and totally out-of-scale for this waterfront site." After a line-by-line editing of the 5-page letter, NEWRA members overwhelmingly approved the letter which will be available for submittal and posting once edits...

Hull St Added to Street Cleaning Program

At the request of North End residents, Hull Street is being added to the North End Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program. The entire length of Hull Street, from Commercial Street to Salem Street, is now scheduled to be cleaned on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. The odd side of Hull Street will be cleaned on the first and third Tuesday of each month and...

Electric Car Plug-In Stations & Kiosks

This is the third in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. A major priority of the BTD is to start installing electric car plug-in stations with new garages having 2 for every 50 spaces. Extending the green concept, the power...

5 N. Hudson St Applies for Deck Zoning Relief

Chad Wolfson of 5 N. Hudson St in the North End filed for zoning relief to construct a raised deck at the rear of the residential building’s first-floor unit where he lives with his wife and 2 children. At NEWRA’s ZLC committee meeting, Wolfson indicated that he has the approval of all abutters including the Funeral Home behind them....

115 Salem St. Applies For Coffee Shop

Giovanni Grimaldi and his son presented their plans to open a coffee shop at 115 Salem St during the North End/Waterfront Resident’s Asssociation (NEWRA) Zoning, Licensing & Construction (ZLC) committee meeting on Tuesday, June 23. This is the location that was formerly Dave’s Curtains. For now, no alcohol license is being requested for the shop that will have pastry, gelati...

Greenway/Downtown Transportation Agenda

The presentation slides from the fourth meeting of the Greenway District Planning Study have been posted on the GDPS page of the BRA's website. There are 23 powerpoint slides that cover the Transportation Department's initiatives for downtown and along the Greenway's linear parks. The meeting is also the subject of a series of article posts here on NorthEndWaterfront.com. The GDPS...