Friday, May 28, 2010

BRA Wins $70,000 EPA Grant to "Green" Newmarket District

The BRA will soon be making the Newmarket area greener and more energy-efficient, thanks to a $70,000 EPA “Sustainable Skylines” grant. The project will help provide a model for making urban industrial areas sustainable.

The Sustainable Skylines Initiative is a collaborative effort that brings together EPA resources with those of other government agencies, nonprofit and private organizations to support individual communities.

Under EPA’s Sustainable Skylines Initiative, a city can choose to perform projects from seven categories: renewing community livability, climate change and renewable energy/energy efficiency, land-use transportation strategies, diesel emissions sources, green buildings and developments, pollution prevention, and education and outreach. Projects are expected to yield quantifiable benefits within three years. Other Sustainable Skylines cities include: Dallas, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Message from the BRA Director

Dear Friends,

I know we all are looking forward to an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Remembering our fallen servicemen and women, spending time with our families and friends and welcoming the warmer weather, helps us all to appreciate what a great Country and City we live in. Enjoy the holiday, and, as always, thank you for your dedication to the mission of the BRA and building a better city.

John F. Palmieri
Boston Redevelopment Authority

Two New Companies Move into Boston's Innovation District

The announcement that and Interaction Associates will launch offices in Boston's Innovation District comes just weeks after MassChallenge, the world's largest start-up competition, announced that the District will be home to its massive incubator. These companies will be joining a growing innovation ecosystem in the area, which includes anchor companies such as Foley Hoag, John Hancock Mutual Life, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and growing companies such as Gingko BioWorks and Double Tap Games. will occupy 28,000 square feet and Interaction Associates 10,000 square feet at Seaport Center, which is located at 451 D Street.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sign Up For ALERTBoston

ALERTBoston is the city’s emergency notification system. Being alerted to an emergency is an important step in being prepared. You could be at home, at work or on the road. ALERTBoston will reach you with the information you need when you need it. Take a few minutes to sign up and get emergency alerts on your phone, by email, or text messages. Remember: In an emergency, an ALERTBoston is a safer Boston. Sign Up Today.

Crowd-Sourcing to Drive Economic Growth: An Overview of the BWP Crowdsourcing Structure

Boston World Partnerships (BWP) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. A public-private partnership, BWP was founded and is chaired by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and was launched with performance-based seed funding grants from The Boston Redevelopment Authority and Procter & Gamble. BWP has been live since February 2009. Citizen Salesforce: How Boston World Partnerships’ Crowd-Sourcing Strategy is Creating Economic Growth for Greater Boston presents a strategic overview and a summary of performance data and case studies on the benefits this effort has created for Boston in its first year.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

BRA Releases Greenway District Planning Study DRAFT Use and Development Guidelines

We are pleased to announce that the Final Draft Use and Development Guidelines are now available for your review and comment. Following a 30 day comment period, which began on Friday May 21st, we will present the Final Guidelines to the BRA Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. All BRA Board Meetings are open to the public. Once the Board adopts the Guidelines, they will be used as part of the City’s Article 80 Development Review Process. Over the next 30 days, we welcome your input and comments on the document’s content.

Please send all comments to:
Peter D. Gori
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02201

Thank you for your continued interest. We look forward to receiving your comments.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cirque du Soleil at Fan Pier this Summer

Mayor Menino joined The Fallon Company on Tuesday, May 18th to announce that Cirque du Soleil will return to Boston this summer with its latest touring production OVO. Since its first engagement in 1993, Cirque du Soleil has been a regular visitor, bringing all of its touring productions to Boston. Proudly presented by iShares® OVO opens July 22nd for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau located at Fan Pier in the South Boston Waterfront. Don't miss this great show this summer.

Art Fridays Returns to Downtown Crossing

Art Fridays is an outdoor juried art show on Summer Street where artists sell their art work to the public : paintings, handcrafted clay, blown glass, stain glass, wood, furniture, photography, wearables, kid's clothing, metal, handcrafted toys, and silver, metal, gold and beaded jewelry, with locally produced food. Artists change each Friday and the show runs through October!  Art Fridays is sponsored in part by Boston Redevelopment Authority & Downtown Crossing Partnership.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mattapan to Receive New, Expanded Community Health Center

The BRA Board approved plans for a new four-story Mattapan Community Health Center located at 1575 Blue Hill Avenue, only 0.4 miles from its current site at 1425 Blue Hill Avenue. The new four-story health center facility will house clinical space, office space, and two retail tenants on the ground floor with a total square footage of roughly 49,500 square feet. The new health center will substantially increase access to health care. The number of exam rooms will increase from 9 to 19 and dental operatories from 4 to 8. The square footage of the laboratory will increase from 300 to 4,100 square feet. Currently, patients have once-a-month access to an off-site mammography van, however, the new facility includes the installation of a mammography suite. Other new services to be introduced include behavioral health services and expanded public health programs.

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New Street Development to Bring Up to 224 Residential Units to East Boston Waterfront

The Board granted approval for the $90 million New Street development project, located at 6-26 New Street in East Boston along the waterfront. The 278,000 square foot mixed-use development includes the creation of an addition to an existing nine-story building, the construction of a new six-story building, and the construction of a three-level parking structure. The existing nine-story structure will be renovated to include a seven-story addition that will include approximately 165 residential units. The new six-story building will either contain approximately 59 residential units or approximately 106 hotel/extended stay rooms. The project also includes approximately 8,000 square feet of facilities of public accommodation space, of which approximately 5,000 square feet will be used as a restaurant on the ground-level of the six-story building. Additionally, the project includes the creation of a 36-slip recreational marina and water taxi landing, and approximately 500 linear feet of new Harborwalk and publicly accessible open space along the water, which will improve public access to the waterfront and provide connections to LoPresti Park.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Boston Life Science Company wins $2.8 million contract for new HIV tests

Immunetics, Inc., a tentant at the BRA's Marine Industrial Park, has been selected to receive a $2.8 million contract as part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II (REDS-II) project, a long term epidemiologic study of blood safety involving HIV and other infectious and non-infectious complications of blood transfusion. The contract will be administered by Westat, a research organization based in Rockville, MD, which is the coordinating center for the REDS-II project.

Mayor Menino Celebrates Opening of Commonwealth Ave Bike Lanes

Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes corporate partner TD Bank kicked off Boston Bike Week on Monday, May 17, 2010, announcing continued improvements to make Boston a safer place to cycle. Mayor Menino and more than 100 area cyclists celebrated with a 2 mile ride from City Hall to the city’s newest bike lane on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. Boston Bike Week runs from May 17-21 in concert with National Bike Week and includes several cycling events across the city.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Liberty Mutual Files PNF for 157 Berkeley Street

Today, Friday, May 14, 2010, Liberty Mutual filed a project notification form (PNF) with the BRA. The proposed project calls for a new Class-A commercial office building located at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Berkeley Street. The project will function as a new home office building for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, the only Fortune 100 company that maintains its worldwide corporate headquarters in the City of Boston. Liberty Mutual will add approximately 600 full-time employees in the City of Boston as part of the project’s development. Liberty Mutual will continue to occupy its current home office buildings at 175 Berkeley and 30 St. James Avenue. A new 2-story conference center will also be constructed on the current Liberty Mutual surface parking lot on Stuart Street, and a pedestrian bridge linking the new buildings will connect both sides of the Liberty Mutual Boston campus.

There will be a 50-day public comment period. All written comments on the project are due by July 6, 2010. Public comments should be addressed to Jay Rourke, Senior Project Manager.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Eustis Street Fire House Groundbreaking- Saturday, May 15th

Please join Mayor Menino, BRA Board Chairman, Jeep Jones & Historic Boston as we launch the rehabilitation of the Eustis Street Fire House on Saturday, May 15, 2010 – rain or shine – at 20 Eustis Street in Roxbury. Festivities begin at 12:00 noon followed by a neighborhood barbeque and tours of the historic Eliot Burying Ground.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mayor Menino’s Bike Week Festival

Give your car the day off next Friday, May 21st. Enjoy a guided bike convoy to Boston City Hall Plaza, where you’ll be met with a free breakfast from Boloco and a bike festival with music and tons of free giveaways. While you’re there, be sure to enter for your chance to win a bike from GIANT Bicycles. Sign up today for Boston Bike Week.
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Mid Dorchester Action Plan DRAFT Development Guidelines Available Online

The Mid Dorchester Action Plan DRAFT Development Guidelines are based on input from the community visioning and planning process for the publicly owned parcels in the Four Corners, Bowdoin/Geneva, and Codman Square areas of the “Mid”-Dorchester area. BRA and DND (department of neighborhood development) will announce a community meeting to discuss the guidelines and the next steps for the Mid Dorchester Action Plan in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage stakeholders and interested parties to view or download the guidelines and bring their questions/comments/feedback to next community meeting.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

ReadBoston Announces Sixth-Annual Best Read Aloud Book Award

Reading aloud to children boosts essential literacy skills, and just in time for summer reading, a group of Bostonians are making sure parents have the right tools. ReadBoston has announced its sixth annual Read Aloud Book Award, which spotlights an ideal read-aloud book for children ages four through eight. This year’s big winner is Sergio Saves the Game, by Edel Rodriguez (Little, Brown & Co). The award aims to highlight the importance of reading aloud to children, and attracts submissions from major publishers across the US and Canada.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Eight Boston Companies Certified as Sustainable Business Leaders

Eight Boston companies were certified as “Sustainable Business Leaders” on May 6th, having completed the Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP)—a comprehensive certification program of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) that that supports local businesses in improving their environmental practices and reducing their carbon footprint. SBLP was created through a partnership between the Sustainable Business Network and the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Green Tech Initiative.

Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) Campaign Launches Signature Drive to Reach Every Commercial Property Owner in the District

Mayor Menino joined John Rattigan, partner at DLA Piper and Co-Chair of the Downtown Boston BID Steering Committee, at press conference on Thursday, May 6th, to announce the launch of the public phase of the signature campaign for the creation of Boston’s first-ever Business Improvement District. The Campaign is reaching out to all businesses and property owners in the area in an effort to create Boston’s first Business Improvement District. The BID will undertake a variety of activities, such as maintenance and safety, promotion and marketing, and physical improvements, as well as establishing and funding management operations to develop and implement improvements in the area. The BID already has the support of a number of property owners.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kelly's Roast Beef Teams Up with Allston-Brighton Resource Center

Allston-Brighton’s newest neighbor will be packed with local talent when it opens Memorial Day weekend, after a job fair at the Allston-Brighton Resource Center connected a dozen new hires with Kelly’s Roast Beef. The restaurant, soon to open at the corner of Harvard & Commonwealth Avenue in Allston Village, conducted information sessions and interviews this past Tuesday, briefing potential hires with details of the 136-seat, 24-hour operation, and offering qualified candidates one-on-one interviews on the spot.

Kelly’s Regional Manager Dan Doherty, a 30-year veteran of the company, led the sessions, and will be involved with the Allston location’s early operations. Of the dozen new hires, at least eight reside in the Allston-Brighton area, and range in age from high school to 55+. The new hires enter orientation this weekend.

The Allston-Brighton Resource Center is operated by the BRA's Jobs and Community Services Division, and is located at 367 Western Avenue. For more information, call (617) 562-5734.

Mayor Declares Boston “Google Ready” as City Makes Strong Bid for Groundbreaking Broadband Internet Service

Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared the City of Boston “Google Ready” as officials filed the city’s application to receive Google’s innovative ultra-high speed broadband internet service. Recently, the internet search engine company announced it would accept applications for Google Fiber – an advanced network capable of downloading information at one billion bits per second, multiple times faster than what is available by current Internet Service Providers (ISP) at competitive prices. Boston, which has produced a promotional video and Facebook fanpage called “Bring Google to Boston!”, joins over a hundred other municipalities vying for the internet service.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Join ONEin3 Boston and AmeriCorps Alums for Financial Advice

Join ONEin3 Boston and AmeriCorps Alums on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 6:30 PM -9:00 PM at City Year located at 287 Columbus Avenue. NECN host Jennifer Lane will be there offering advice on how to be financially healthy, wealthy and wise.

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