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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A daily image of life in Charlestown for Thursday, Jan. 24.
Photographer Glenn Clabo described this photo as, "Looking down Dry Dock 2 in the Navy Yard early morning last week ... before the clouds covered the sky." Got a great photograph of Charlestown? Email it to email@example.com, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @CharlestwnPatch, including a line or two about where or when the photo was taken. We'll post a new photo every day on Charlestown Patch.
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 …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A joint meeting with the BRA is scheduled Feb. 12.
Tuesday, January 22
[UPDATE Friday, Jan. 25, 3:45 p.m.] The Charlestown Neighborhood Council is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to discuss the closing of the fountain in the Navy Yard for recreational use and the creation of a new water play feature in the same area. Previously scheduled for Jan. 31, the meeting was postponed because of a scheduling conflict. The meeting will be jointly run by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The BRA has retained a design firm to work with the community to locate and design a new water play feature for recreational use in the Navy Yard. This feature would be intended to replace the fountain, which the Redevelopment Authority has closed to recreational use due to liability concerns. The Redevelopment Authority has …
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 …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Boston Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to issue an enforcement order with penalties until piers 6 and 8 in the Navy Yard are repaired.
[UPDATED Friday, 6:18 p.m.] Charlestown residents and city officials had harsh words for Shipyard Quarters Marina representatives at a public hearing Wednesday night, and the Boston Conservation Commission backed up those concerns with a hefty fine for the marina owner. After about an hour of discussion, the commission unanimously voted to issue an enforcement order, fining the Shipyard Quarters Marina Trust and owner/trustee Martin Oliner $25,000 per day until Pier 6 and Pier 8 in the Charlestown Navy Yard are repaired and made safe for the public. “This is your fault. This is your total lack of responsibility,” Conservation Commissioner Stephen Kunian told Asher Herzberg and Tracy Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of Oliner at the meeting. “I …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The director of 'e inc.' spoke to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Tuesday evening about plans for Building 114.
[UPDATE Thursday, 10:50 a.m.] An organization that works to teach children about science and environmental action is hoping to open a new museum in Charlestown Navy Yard, in Building 114. Dr. Ricky Stern, executive director of "e inc.," presented the idea to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council at their Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting, providing a quick overview of what the company does and their plans for the building. Started in 2002, "e inc." combines environmental science with civic engagement to develop lessons for students in kindergarten through eighth grade throughout the Boston area. “'E inc.' provides children, teens and adults a scientific understanding of earth’s natural resources, biomes and beings along with the skills needed to …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Come see one of the newer ships in the British Navy docked next to the oldest ship in the U.S. Navy.
The HMS Dauntless will be docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard until Thursday. The British battleship is a Type 45 Destroyer, one of the most advanced warships in the world. And she is docked right next to the oldest ship in the U.S. Navy. "It is a pleasure to be docked next to The Constitution," Lt. Peter Ellison said. "This is The Dauntless's first deployment. She makes berth in Portsmouth in the U.K." The Dauntless left Portsmouth in April and headed south to work along side West African navies to aid in counter pirate and narcotics operations. They sailed east to the Caribbean, where they aided the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard in counter narcotics operations as well. They took part in the UNITAS training exercise in Key West, FL, …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
According to scanner traffic, the pilot of the Cambridge Fire Department's fire boat may have suffered a heart attack.
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m. Sunday: The firefighter apparently suffered chest pains, possibly from heat. ~~~~~ According to scanner traffic, the pilot of the Cambridge Fire Department's fire boat may have suffered a heart attack. The vessel was being towed into the Navy Yard. The firefighter is 52 years old, according to scanner traffic. [Editor's note: Scanner reports can be incomplete or incorrect. Please check back later for further information.]
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The National Parks Service has released a new report outlining the economic impact of the parks, most of which are in Beacon Hill and Charlestown, on the city of Boston.
Article and info provided by the National Parks Service: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3.2 million visitors in 2010 spent $93,586,000 in Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and in communities near the parks. That spending supported 1,212 jobs in the local area. "The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historic Site superintendent Cassius Cash said. "Boston's National Parks are clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy." Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) …