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Court Hears Arguments for Parking Rights at Commercial Wharf

Judge Linda Giles described the case as “important, complex” and even “fascinating” in a July 23rd hearing at Superior Court. Who knew a parking dispute could be so intriguing? But then, this involves Commercial Wharf, one of the most litigated properties in downtown Boston through a series of cases ongoing for more than 30 years. Read More…

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Workshop Encourages Residents to Advocate for Chapter 91 Waterfront Rights

The Conservation Law Foundation held a forum on September 20th about the role of Chapter 91 in protecting Boston’s waterfront, sponsored by the local group, We Are Boston’s Waterfront. “We want to educate as many residents as we can on these principles so you can be an advocate in your own neighborhood,” said Deanna Moran, Read More…

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Commercial Wharf Ch. 91 Exemption Would Grandfather Mixed Use & Parking Rights

The battle at Commercial Wharf for access, use and parking rights continues on the North End waterfront. Negotiations and lawsuits have been ongoing for several years between the Commercial Wharf East Condo Association (CWECA), the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [represented by the Attorney General’s office] and Boston Yacht Haven that operates a marina at Read More…

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New Harborwalk Website Launches at BostonHarborwalk.org

BostonHarborwalk.org is the new destination for discovering the Harborwalk along Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods. The new website was launched this week by Boston Harbor Now, in cooperation with State and City agencies. Residents and visitors can use the site to discover and navigate the Harborwalk’s privately-owned public spaces (POPS). Highlighted access points include seating areas, wifi, Read More…

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City Responds to Development Planning Task Force For North End Waterfront Parcels

In an effort to avoid another war after the Lewis Wharf Hotel debacle, nine North End / Waterfront condominium boards reached out to city officials in a joint letter (pdf) to address the remaining open development parcels in the neighborhood. Specifically, the letter identified areas of development concern at Commercial Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Sargent’s Wharf, and vacant lots Read More…

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Talking Waterfront Development and Public Access With Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation [Video]

Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation spoke about waterfront development and public access at the December meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Shelley is senior counsel of CLF and former Executive Director and President. After $24 billion of public monies spent on cleaning up Boston Harbor, the Big Dig / Greenway and Silver Read More…

Health & Environment

Residents Petition for Removal of Lewis Wharf Harbor Piling Field

A group of petitioners associated with the Save North End Waterfront / No Lewis Wharf Hotel effort submitted a letter to the City and State regulators advocating for the removal of the dilapidated harbor pilings around Lewis Wharf. “There are large amounts of floating and partially submerged debris within and around the former pile fields, Read More…

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Lewis Wharf Hotel Cannot be Built Over Submerged Pilings, Says State in Final Ruling

Prospects of a proposed Lewis Wharf Hotel project that juts into the harbor were dashed on Wednesday when the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued its final ruling prohibiting building over pilings or piers that are below water at high tide. Following up on its preliminary ruling last September, the DEP said, The Department’s Read More…

Real Estate

State Regulator Opposes Lewis Wharf Hotel Building Over Submerged Harbor Pilings

The proposed hotel project at Lewis Wharf has been thrown into question after the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection confirmed that a new development cannot extend over pilings or piers that are below water at high tide. Since much of the piling field at Lewis Wharf is not visible at high tide, the DEP ruling could dramatically reduce the size of Read More…

Meetings Real Estate

Abutters Meeting Draws Crowd at 25 Atlantic; Public Comments on Ch. 91 License Due August 5th

About 50 neighbors came out on Monday night to hear plans for a new 5-story condominium building proposed for 25 Atlantic Avenue in Boston’s North End / Waterfront. Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the abutters meeting on the site was the first community outreach by the developer, J3 Design & Development, LLC and Walsh Read More…

Event Notices Schools

Eliot School at 585 Commercial Street Applies for Renovations and Play Area

The City of Boston has filed a Chapter 91 application for renovations at the Eliot Innovation School building at 585 Commercial Street. The renovation project would be to accommodate Grades 2-4 within the existing building. Inside, the work would install an elevator and new stairwells. Outside, a new landscape buffer and play area would be created, reducing the parking Read More…

Health & Environment Real Estate

Lewis Wharf Proposal Falls Short on Climate Change, Say Environmental Groups

Two expert organizations on climate change and sea level rise have raised concerns regarding the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel project. The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and the Conservation Law Foundation believe the project would set a poor precedent for climate change preparedness on Boston’s waterfront. The hotel buildings could be vulnerable to damage from extreme storms, according to Read More…