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Government Health & Environment Police & Fire

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 Read More…

Business Food & Drink

Fairmont Battery Wharf Updates Neighbors

Don Birch, the 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. Building 3 (Sensing Restaurant) – The Licensing Board granted the Fairmont Battery Wharf’s petition for 86 patio Read More…

Food & Drink

City OKs Year-Round Outdoor Dining

With the enthusiastic support of restaurant owners, the City Council approved outdoor patio service on public sidewalks year-round. Previously, outdoor tables were limited to the months of May through October. Restaurants will still need city permits from the Public Improvement Commission. Privately-owned patios are not impacted by the ruling because alcohol licenses state the allowable Read More…

Arts & Culture Event Notices

Feast Season Arrives in the North End

Next weekend begins the feast season in the North End with the 104th anniversary procession for Madonna Di Anzano. Most of the June celebrations are processions only with the larger multi-day events in July and August. The North End feasts are a long-standing tradition of our neighborhood. Many residents take part in organizing and participating Read More…

Featured Real Estate

North End Union Looks to Raise the Roof

Joe Perroncello, the owner of the North End Union building at 20 Parmenter St., wants to add one-story to his building which will include three new duplexes on the top floors. The addition of a fourth-floor will bring the building to 46 feet, not including rooftop equipment. However, the total height including the roof houses Read More…

Community Featured Real Estate

Greenway Team Shows Development Scenarios

Last Thursday night at the third public meeting for its $250,000 Greenway development study, the BRA’s Kairos Shen and Peter Gori allowed their Toronto consultants to present various developmental scenarios for neighboring areas. See the previous post (Harbor Garage Dominates Greenway Meeting) regarding the Wharf District which is being used as a prototype and the Read More…

Community Real Estate

Harbor Garage Dominates Greenway Meeting

The third public meeting on development around the Greenway introduced controversy on many fronts, but the most provocative issue surrounds the Harbor Garage Redevelopment. As part of the Greenway District Planning Study, the BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority) presented six scenarios for the existing garage space, in order from low scale to very dense. Scenario 1 Read More…

Government

North End’s Aaron Michlewitz Wins Election

The North End’s Aaron Michlewitz pulled out the win in a hard fought Democratic primary race for State Representative. Michlewitz and the South End’s Susan Passoni each ran very strong campaigns and the results showed Michlewitz with 2,116 votes to Passoni’s 1,945. Lucy Rivera from Beacon Hill and Brian Ross also from the North End, Read More…

Transportation

NEWRA Opposes Fairmont’s Valet

NEWRA (North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association) voted to oppose Fairmont Battery Wharf’s proposal for a valet license covering 4-5 parking spaces on Commercial Street. Don Birch of Leggatt Properties and consultant to Battery Wharf, presented the proposal. Battery Wharf’s garage has the capacity for 376 spaces using a 2 level lift system, although only there are Read More…