Friday, May 10, 2013
A team looking to renovate and preserve the old navy rope factor in the Charlestown Navy Yard met with residents Wednesday to present plans for 68 rental units.
A new development team has stepped forward with plans to renovate the long-vacant Ropewalk building in the Charlestown Navy Yard, hoping to turn it into apartments with a museum mural located the length of the building. The group, led by Joe Timilty of Timilty Development, Stephen Sousa of Sousa Design Architects and John French of Neshamkin French Architects, presented their plans Wednesday evening before the Charlestown Neighborhood Council and a room packed with Navy Yard residents. They are seeking tentative designation as developer of the building, which requires Boston Redevelopment Authority approval, and wanted community input on the proposal. If the team were able to secure that designation, it would allow them to continue to …
Charlestown residents attending a presentation about development of the Ropewalk Building said the Boston Redevelopment Authority must first fix the parking problem.
Before any presentations were given or questions were solicited at the Wednesday night meeting on a new proposal for the Ropewalk Building, one Charlestown resident spoke up about parking. She was asked to wait to speak, to allow the developer and members of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to give their presentations, but her message was loud and clear and echoed by nearly everyone in the room: Parking in the Navy Yard must be addressed. The meeting, held at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s new community room and led by members of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council, was set up to give the Ropewalk development team a chance to explain their plans to the community and gather support when seeking tentative designation as the developer…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Charlestown Neighborhood Council will host a meeting on the proposal on May 8.
The Charlestown Neighborhood Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Community Meeting Room to hear preliminary development concepts for the Ropewalk Building, as presented by Joseph Timilty and his development team. The Ropewalk Building is considered the most historically significant building in the Navy Yard, as the only remaining building of its type in the United States, and one of only four in the world. The redevelopment of the Ropewalk Building will involve approval of numerous city, state and federal agencies, including the National Parks Service under the United States Department of the Interior, who are responsible for the historic preservation requirements for this…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A closer look at life in Charlestown.
Charlestown photographer Glenn Clabo captured this shot of the Navy Yard last week, then took a little artistic liberty during the editing process to make it resemble an old-timey postcard. Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will be offering an "express" bus line to the new hospital and is sponsoring a nearby bike share station.
The Charlestown Navy Yard will be getting a new Hubway station and a new bus shuttle thanks to an agreement with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. The new public transit options are part of the nonprofit organization's efforts to mitigate the impact of the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on the surrounding neighborhood and were announced at a community meeting held Monday, Feb. 25. “We heard the concerns from residents about what traffic was going to look like coming into the hospital with employees in the morning, patients and visitors,” Spaulding spokeswoman Rebecca Kaiser said. The resulting transportation plan seeks to minimize the hospital’s impact on the community and add new benefits that everyone can take advantage of, Kaiser…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Boston EMS and Fire Department officials responded to a 'chemical incident' in an MGH lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard at around 3 p.m.
[UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:11 p.m.] Two people are being transported to the hospital after a chemical incident occurred in a Massachusetts General Hospital lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Boston Fire Department received a call at around 3 p.m. for a "possible chemical incident" in a 10-story building at 149 13th Street. By about 3:30 p.m., two people were being taken from the scene to the hospital—one person who was injured in the original incident and one emergency responder who was injured at the scene. Both injuries appeared to be minor, according to Fire Department officials. The incident apparently occurred in a sixth-floor lab, where a lab technician was working with the chemical tetrazine when it caused some glassware to …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The 54-unit Starboard Place project will move forward as presented at a Jan. 24 community meeting, with plans to break ground in June.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority last week unanimously approved plans to construct a new four-story apartment building in the Charlestown Navy Yard, on a site known as Parcel 39a. The project, which is being developed by Kavanagh Advisory Group LLC and known as "Starboard Place," features 54 rental units—18 studio apartments and 36 one-bedroom apartments—but no on-site parking. Instead, the developer intends to designate 32 spaces in nearby Building 199 for Starboard Place residents as well as 11 spaces in the Flagship Wharf garage at 197 Eighth St. Residents and Charlestown Neighborhood Council representatives expressed concerns about the lack of on-site parking at a public meeting held Jan. 24 at Constitution Inn, which is located near…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The city program that launched in 2011 is gearing up for the spring 2013 season.
More trucks in more places. That's the takeaway from the upcoming spring 2013 food truck season in Boston, when hungry Bostonians will welcome 56 food trucks to the city's streets to serve up everything from short-rib infused grilled cheese to tempeh tacos. In just a year and a half, Boston's Mobile Food Truck program has gone from a pilot of 15 vendors to a full-fledged industry, with more than 50 vendors occupying 18 public sites and hosting events such as a Boston vs. New York Food Truck Throwdown. In just the last year, 16 new trucks have launched, according to the city, including: Benny's Crepe Café Boston's Baddest Burgers, Boston Super Dogs, Captain Marden's Cod Squad, Chicken & Rice Guys, Chubby Chickpea, Cookie Monstah, Frozen …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hear about the BRA's plans to close the feature to recreational use and create a new water play feature in the same area.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Have something to say about the plans for the Navy Yard's Parcel 39A? Send your thoughts to the BRA to be included in the official record.
Charlestown residents can weigh in on the Starboard Place development proposal through Friday, Feb. 8. The project features 54 rental units on Parcel 39A in the Navy Yard, at the corner of First Avenue and Ninth Street. The Charlestown Neighborhood Council and Boston Redevelopment Authority co-hosted an official public review meeting on the project on Thursday, Jan. 24. Following the meeting, BRA project manager Geoff Lewis said the comment period would be extended to Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. for anyone who wants to add their views to the official record. Residents can submit comments to email@example.com. Comments can also be emailed to: Geoff Lewis Boston Redevelopment Authority One City Hall Square Boston, MA 02201-…