If You See Something, Say Something…

The Friends of the Public Garden are organizing a letter writing campaign from residents who have witnessed or experienced safety issues on the Boston Common or Public Garden.
The goal is to improve Public Safety in our neighborhood.

If you have seen or experienced any safety issues on the Boston Common or Public Garden, please email a letter describing the specific circumstances and location to:
Liz Vizza, Friends of the Public Garden
Email: liz@friendsofthepublicgarden.org

Alert from the Friends of the Public Garden

Your parks need your voice!

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The BRA will be making a crucial decision about the proposed residential development at 171-172 Tremont Street.

This project, as it is currently proposed, will exceed existing zoning laws protecting Boston Common from excessive shadow and wind.

Parks greatly improve the quality of city life and build community. The time is now to share your voice on their behalf.
The BRA will be making a crucial decision about the proposed residential development at 171-172 Tremont Street. As it is currently proposed, the project will exceed current protective zoning and set a harmful precedent by opening the door for more development exceeding the height limit in the mid-town area bordering Boston Common and the Public Garden.

From the 1970’s, the Friends of the Public Garden has continuously advocated for protecting the Common from excessive shadow and wind resulting from development projects that would have a damaging impact on this vital and heavily used historic urban park.

We advocate for compliance with both the 1990 Shadow Law and Boston’s zoning code’s provisions protecting the Common as well as the Public Garden.

Will you take 5 minutes this week to send an e-mail to BRA Director Brian Golden?

* Send an e-mail to Brian.Golden@boston.gov and be sure to copy info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

One Bromfield Street Meeting Tonite…

One Bromfield Street

IAG Meeting
Description: Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meeting for the proposal at One Bromfield  in Downtown Boston. IAG meetings prioritize discussion between the project proponent (i.e. the developer) and IAG members. If time remains at the end of the meeting, BRA staff will open the floor to other community members in attendance. Although anyone is welcome to attend IAG meetings and listen to the discussion, the public meeting detailed below, on tonight , June 2, is the more appropriate forum for the broader public to provide feedback about the project.

Time: 06/02/2016 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Suffolk University Law School’s Moot Courtroom, 120 Tremont St, 4th floor, Boston

Annual Meeting/election Coming, DOR Leaving…

More changes in the air.

It’s that time of year again when the residents of the Ritz-Carlton Boston South Tower will meet for the annual owners meeting and elect a new Board of Managers. The meeting will be June 7 th in the evening. Voting ballots should be arriving shortly.


And it looks like the bi-annual search will get underway for yet another Director of Residences as the current DOR , James Zaratin will be departing Boston July 1 and head west to LaLa land.

Will the new DOR  come from local talent or from the imported variety?  The beat goes on.

Here is the official notice:

Director of Residences Departure Announcement

Dear South Tower Residents:

We have recently been informed that our Director of Residences, James Zaratin, has accepted an offer and been promoted to oversee The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. James has been with us at the South Tower for almost two years and has provided great results for the building through enhancing our community feel and helping us get prepared for some large capital projects starting this year. We certainly would like James to stay with us, but understand that this is the next step for him in his career and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors. James will be officially starting his new position on July 1st, 2016. With that being said, the Board and The Ritz-Carlton are quickly beginning the interview process for new candidates to fill the Director position. Both the Board of Managers and James have provided criteria to The Ritz-Carlton Human Resources team for traits that they feel a successful Director should have for this property. Due to the capital projects beginning this July, prior project management experience is clearly a must. The goal for the Board and for Ritz-Carlton is to have a new Director beginning August 1st, if not sooner, in order for there to be a smooth transition and leadership in place for the elevator modernization project. Until the Director position has been filled, Residents should continue working with the Concierge Team, Residences Liaison, and Residences Manager for any questions or concerns that they may have. Hotel General Manager, Tim Terceira, will also be providing oversight and staying involved in the upcoming projects we have scheduled to ensure operations continue to run as they should. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to seeing all Unit Owners at the upcoming Annual Meeting on June 7th to answer any questions that they may have regarding this matter or any other topics that are to be discussed.

Warm Regards,

The Board of Managers

Mark Winkeller , Jack Tsai , Bruce McCue , Michael Mason , Douglas Horst

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