The meeting before the ZBA at City Hall today resulted in the hearing being deferred until July 7th…stay tuned.
The Boston Common Frog Pond is hosting the 1st Annual Barks & Bagels on Saturday, June 6th from8 to 10:30 am. This is a free program of the Friends of the Public Garden.
Will the planned proposal for Boston Downtown location of the medical marijuana dispensary store on Milk Street go up in smoke?
On Tuesday , June 2 nd the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will take under consideration the application of the Patriot Care group’s idea for a storefront to serve clients.
The hearing will be held at 9:30 AM at City Hall in Room 801 ( 8 th floor).
For some background info here is a piece from last Fall in the Boston Business Journal:
Downtown Boston would host medical marijuana dispensary under proposals
Oct 23, 2014,
Boston Business Journal
Boston would host a medical marijuana dispensary in the heart of the city if regulators approve either of two licenses sought by companies that want to run the facilities.
The state is set to issue licenses in early November. Suffolk County could get from zero to two dispensaries.
One application, from Patriot Care, would but a dispensary in the middle of the Financial District at 21 Milk St. Patriot Care states in a license application that to hold the property it agreed to pay $10,000 in September, $12,000 in October and $15,000 in November.
If Patriot prevails, according to its application, the lease for 6,190 square feet of space — 3,407 is at street level and the rest is below — would cost $47 per square foot in the first year and slightly more for each of the following four years. The landlord would be MM Growth LLC.
The second application for a downtown Boston license, from Mass Medicum Corp., would put a dispensary at 57 Stuart St. in an area of nightclubs and restaurants across the street from the Wilbur Theater.
Mass Medicum states in its application that it would pay starting rent of $18,000 per month to landlord Kai Feung LLC for 2,200 square feet of first-floor space and 500 square feet below. Efforts by the Business Journal to confirm a lease was signed were unsuccessful.
A third application for a Boston dispensary is from JCS Holdings, which is seeking to open a dispensary at 226 Lincoln St. in Allston. The building lies between the Massachusetts Turnpike and a residential area.
All three applicants state in filings that they would grow marijuana elsewhere in Massachusetts.
The Banker and Tradesman reports that Mass. Is among Most Expensive States In Country For Renters :
A new report from The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report says Massachusetts is the sixth most expensive state in the country for renters. The NLIHC’s “Housing Wage” calculation – the amount a full-time worker would need to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent – is $24.63, more than 2.5 times as much as the state’s minimum wage of $9 per hour.
Just Listed! Spectacular Penthouse Home The one you’ve been waiting for! Professionally redesigned and renovated throughout, sumptuous and gorgeous, a page out of Architectural Digest! Mesmerizing views of Boston’s spectacular skyline and magnificent harbor from this sun splashed Penthouse! Cosmopolitan open style all white kitchen including Wolf appliances, marble flooring, countertops and backsplash. Magnificent wet bar with built in refrigerator and custom cabinetry. Spectacular white oak herringbone wood flooring throughout. Abundance of custom recessed and task lighting. Highest quality millwork throughout. All new marble baths including steam shower and Carrara countertops and flooring. Jaw dropping entry foyer with European black and white tile flooring and custom mahogany paneled and beam ceiling. This truly exquisite one of a kind Penthouse has two spacious en suite bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Large living room with separate dining or study. Includes deeded valet garage parking and additional complimentary guest parking. 24 hour concierge, doorman and security. Exclusive $2,785,000 call Kathleen Cook 617-645-4545
Spring has sprung with a burst of Summer feel and suddenly there is lots going on in our neck of the woods.
A note from the MCDRA:
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz will be hosting Coffee Hours for our neighborhood tomorrow morning:
Sat. May 9 th
10:00am – 12:00pm
Blu Cafe (4 Avery Street)
Feel free to drop by to say hello and to discuss issues and opportunities facing the neighborhood.
Skinny building goes on a diet… Maybe
Also from the Association, the developer of the “Skinny” building proposed fro the corner of Tremont and Avery Streets has responded to residents concerns by promising to ” reduce the height” of their project.
You can read the entire letter by clicking here: MCDRA letter
Show me the money…
Meanwhile, we maybe be getting two banks within a stones throw from each other on Washington Street. Looks like Bank of America is taking up shop in the old RMV location soon.
In addition , above the bank will be about 30+ rental units currently being renovated to accommodate area students with affordable rental rates.
Then there is talk of another bank going into the vacant space next to Nero coffee.
Finally! At last! The neighborhood has been waiting along time for a real grocery store and now with today’s opening of Roche Brothers with have it just a short stroll to Downtown Crossing.
Come along with me to take a brief tour. You might see some familiar faces in the crowd.
Organic soups for you!
With over $200,000 of gourmet cheese to choose from.
Heavenly Flowers for the Heavenly Friars.
While below, John the fish supervisor, makes sure it is all fresh.
No more food shopping at the CVS for me!
Roche Bros. Flagship Supermarket
Opening April 29th
Roche Bros. flagship supermarket in Downtown Crossing will officially open on April 29th! A ribbon cutting ceremony will occur at 9:30 am and the store will then open its doors at 10 am to the public. The store is in the first floor and basement of the historic Burnham Building at 8 Summer St.
On opening day there will be several Road to Roche events including sampling booths on Summer Street from 10 am to 5 pm. The Boston-based country band Dalton & the Sheriffs will play a free concert from 5 to 7 pm outside of the Summer Street entrance.
The supermarket will feature prominent displays of historic photographs offering nods to the property’s history, which was once the home to the original Filene’s Basement.
Roche Bros. is currently hiring for numerous positions for their new store. The new 25,000-square-foot market will be open from 7 am to 10 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 8 am to 9 pm on Sundays.
As reported from BID
Coming in the Fall: A Seminar on Great Female Singers of Popular Song
Neighborhood residents will have a wonderful treat in store this fall.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston Common (Avery Street) has generously agreed to donate a room for David Maister to offer a series of seven weekly, 2-hour talks that will examine some of the 20th century’s greatest female exponents of popular song, whose heyday were the 1940s and 1950s.
The seminar will cover Ella Fitzgerald and some of her contemporaries: Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, and, by way of contrast, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters and Jo Stafford. Extensive time will devoted to the careers of Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Doris Day. We’ll celebrate Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Margaret Whiting and June Christy. However, we won’t neglect Shirley Temple, Rosemary Clooney, or Blossom Dearie. Then there’s Anita O’Day, Patti Page and the mysterious Marni Nixon. And others.
By watching videos and listening to recordings, and by reviewing biographical and historical information, David will examine these performers’ works and lives, as well as of the culture of their times.
In addition to the videos shown during the talks, David will send each participant an email every day introducing a new singer from the period, together with some intriguing biographical facts, so that over the course of seven weeks we will have examined more than 80 singers.
David Maister, a former Harvard Business school professor, was an international management consultant for over 25 years before his retirement. He has more than 300,000 pieces of music in his collection.
The seminar will be open to residents of the Midtown/Downtown, Back Bay and Beacon Hill areas, and will be offered on Monday evenings from7pm to 9pm, beginning in late September, 2015. The hotel is planning to provide a cash bar outside the seminar room.
To offset the cost of purchasing the audio/visual equipment necessary for the seminar, there will be a small fee for the seven-class seminar.
In order to gauge interest in this seminar and determine the necessary room size, an incentive is being provided to sign up early for the course. If you sign up any time between now and July 1, 2015, the seminar fee (for the whole course) will be $30. After that date, the seminar fee will be $50.
To sign up or for more information contact David at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget this very important neighborhood meeting next week!
You can view the developers ideas for the skinny building at: