NEWRA’s June Meeting Vote Summary

Here is a rundown of the issues and votes from the June 11th North End/Waterfront Residents' Association (NEWRA) meeting. It was announced that NEWRA's membership is now at 317 members. NEWRA's Zoning, Licensing & Construction (ZLC) Committee will be having an important meeting next Tuesday, June 23 (Pilot House, 7pm) to review and vote on a ZLC comment letter...

Grill Regulations on Decks & Balconies

A recent Globe article gears up readers for the summer grilling season. For better or worse, the most relevant section to the roof decks and balconies in the North End/Waterfront neighborhood is the Safety section: "Safety - Before buying either type of grill, it's good to be acquainted with safety rules. State law prohibits liquid propane being brought into homes...

NEWNC Approves 20 Parmenter St Addition

In a 7-0 vote, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) approved of the plan to erect a one-story addition to the building at 20 Parmenter St. The building is commonly known as the North End Union and has been "in transition" for many years since Joe Perroncello took control as Trustee of the 20 Parmenter St Trust. The vote...

NEWNC Meeting – New Members & Officers

At the June monthly meeting of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC), the officers for the coming year were announced: President Stephen Passacantilli Vice-President Marie Simboli Secretary Bill Lane Stephen replaces Bill Musto as President who did not run for another term. Marie replaces Aaron Michlewitz as Vice-President who may resign from the Council pending his election on June 16...

Parcel 9’s Haymarket/Blackstone Street Bids

Chatter is rising on the four proposals to develop Parcel 9, the long triangular space adjacent to where the Haymarket push carts are located between Blackstone Street, the Greenway, North Street, Hanover Street and Surface Road. Public meetings by the Turnpike Authority and BRA have been ongoing for months setting design guidelines and RFP requirements. The RFPs are in...

No Rush to Flush on Long Wharf

It's just too easy to come up with clever little titles for this story in today's Globe regarding the $300,000 city toilet under construction on Long Wharf by Christopher Columbus Park. The project has encountered one problem after another, keeping that area mostly fenced off for two years. There's a quote in the article that reflects on how we...

Public Safety – “Good Month in North End”

Captain O’Rourke of District A-1 Police reported that May was a good month for the North End, in terms of relatively low crime incidents with no homicides or sexual assaults. After the 2 attacks in April, police have increased patrols throughout the neighborhood and engaged in more proactive questioning of suspicious people by officers. In May 2009, crime statistics show...

Greenway Changes Coming To Neighborhood

The North End/Waterfront could potentially have three significant construction projects beginning this Fall on Greenway Parcels 12, 13 and 14. The Armenian Heritage Park has been long-planned on Parcel 13, in the space across from Mercantile Wharf. However, the other two projects are relatively new proposals and have been put on a fast track. Parcel 12, next to the North...

Harbor Islands Pavilion On Greenway

A pavilion selling tickets and showcasing information on the Harbor Islands is being proposed for Greenway Parcel 14. Tom Powers of the Boston Harbor Alliance presented at the June 2nd meeting between the Greenway Conservancy and Leadership Council. The Boston Harbor Alliance is a non profit group supporting the Harbor Islands. Through federal transportation funding supported by Sen. Kennedy and...

Greenway Conservancy Meets Council

At the first joint meeting between the Greenway Conservancy and the appointed Leadership Council, participants reviewed a brief history of the Greenway's first year and looked forward to fiscal 2010. The Greenway Conservancy was originally tasked with just the maintenance of Chinatown Park, but given budget cuts elsewhere, the Conservancy will now be responsible for all the parks maintenance...

Motorcycle Noise Ordinance On Track

The North End/Waterfront is about to get a bit quieter. In preparation for a City Council vote, the Committee on Government Operations recommended on June 2nd to pass an ordinance regulating the noise levels of motorcycles. This follows a public hearing by the committee on May 26. The ordinance was introduced by District 1 Councilor Sal LaMattina and calls for...

Fairmont Battery Wharf Updates Neighbors

Don Birch, consultant to Fairmont Battery Wharf, updated the neighborhood on recent actions regarding its proposals for outdoor patios and valet parking on Commercial Street at NEWRA’s ZLC committee meeting.  For background, please see this previous post, the reference diagram of buildings and proposed patios. Building 3 (Sensing Restaurant) - The Licensing Board granted the Fairmont Battery Wharf’s petition for...