Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Department of Neighborhood Development and the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee invite the public to review a draft 'RFP' of what the community would like to see done with the 105-year-old building.
The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development will present a draft version of their request for proposals for development of the old Charlestown Armory building at a public meeting scheduled Monday, March 4. The meeting will be jointly hosted by the DND and the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Schrafft's Center dining hall. The DND has been meeting with residents over the past year to consider options for developing the now vacant Armory building, located at 374-398 Bunker Hill St. The building is owned by the city and managed by the DND. The most recent public meeting on this project was held Jan. 29 at the Knights of Columbus hall, where residents were asked to help finalize a …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The at-large Neighborhood Council member talks about the large project review process, Charlestown's master plan and the council's ability to say no to a project.
[UPDATE Monday, Feb. 4, 8:46 a.m.] Anyone who has driven around Charlestown lately or watched the constant stream of public meeting notices posted by the Charlestown Neighborhood Council can see that the development business is booming right now in the community. There are construction projects in various stages all over town, from the apartment building going up on the former Knights of Columbus site to the nearly complete Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Navy Yard. Charlestown Patch recently sat down with CNC Development Committee chairman Mark Rosenshein to talk about that construction boom, as well as how the review process works, the role of the council and the ability local residents have to say yes or no to a project. …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Concerns about parking, business hours and rodents were among the issues raised at the Jan. 29 community meeting.
The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development on Tuesday hosted the third in a series of meetings to gather community input for the future use of the old Charlestown Armory building. Located at 374-398 Bunker Hill St., the 105-year-old Armory is currently vacant, owned by the city and managed by the DND, which is looking to create a request for proposals, or RFP, for developers interested in renovating the site. The DND expects to hold at least one more community meeting, at which residents can review a draft RFP, before posting the document in late March or April, said Reay Pannesi, DND senior project manager. At the meeting, which was co-hosted by the Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Pannesi quickly reviewed the site’s history and …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Starboard Place residential development features 54 rental units but no on-site spaces for vehicles.
Though they are recommending support of the Starboard Place proposal for the Navy Yard’s Parcel 39A, members of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee remain concerned about the project’s lack of on-site parking—and about Navy Yard parking in general. Six CNC members were present at a project review meeting hosted jointly with Boston Redevelopment Authority project manager Geoff Lewis on Thursday night. The meeting was held at Constitution Inn, located next to the empty lot where the 54-rental unit project is being proposed, at the corner of First Avenue and Ninth Street. Also present were Henry Kara and Andrew Kara, attorneys for development company Kavanagh Advisory Group LLC, and project architect Joel Bargmann of …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The new building is expected to open in April.
[UPDATE Thursday, Jan. 24, 1:25 p.m.] The grand opening of the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown is about three months away, and workers are busy at the Navy Yard site preparing the building for hospital staff and patients. On Jan. 12, the team received their temporary occupancy certificate and last week several of the patient beds were delivered—the first of many pieces of furniture and equipment to arrive. Located at the corner of 16th Street and First Avenue, the new $220 million, 300,000 sq. ft. medical facility will replace Spaulding’s current building at 125 Nashua St., Boston. The new building will allow Spaulding—part of the Partners HealthCare System—to continue serving people who are recovering from and …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The proposal involves construction of a four-story apartment building in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from the YMCA.
The Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee and the Boston Redevelopment Authority will co-host a community review meeting regarding the Parcel 39a development proposal on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Constitution Inn in the Navy Yard. This is the third community meeting regarding the latest Parcel 39a proposal. The review process began in November 2012 and was continued at a meeting in December. The developer, Kavanagh Advisory Group LLC, will present their residential development plans for the empty lot known as Parcel 39a, located at the corner of First Avenue and Ninth Street in front of the Constitution Inn YMCA. Representatives from the Boston Redevelopment Authority will participate in the Jan. 24 meeting, which is part …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Hospital reps hope to have a temporary certificate of occupancy by today.
Plans to relocate Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to the Charlestown Navy Yard are moving right along, with developers expecting to have a temporary certificate of occupancy in hand today. Rebecca Kaiser, director of government and community relations for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, shared an update on the project with the Charlestown Neighborhood Association at their Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting. “Construction is 99 percent complete,” Kaiser told the council. “We’re hopeful to have the temporary certificate of occupancy by this Friday and then the official certificate of occupancy by Jan. 18.” The $220 million project involves construction of a new 300,000 sq. ft. medical facility at the corner of 16th Street and First Avenue in …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
This letter was submitted by a group of Charlestown residents.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Charlestown has a historic opportunity to redesign Rutherford Avenue. Given this chance, a group of Charlestown residents called the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC) started meeting with other residents and asking three key questions: 1) what does Rutherford do well or poorly for Charlestown today; 2) what should it do in the future; and 3) what does that mean for its new design? After dozens of discussions across the neighborhood, the answer is clear: Rutherford Avenue should become a vibrant, surface-level city street that works for everyone, not an intimidating highway that divides. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will soon finalize the basic blueprint for a re-designed Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan …