Gonna Miss the Big Guy…

Michael James Connors, 55, Resident,
Owner of Intermission Tavern

Michael James Connors, 55, of Boston, passed away on August 22nd. Connors was a fixture on the Downtown Boston scene for many years through his work with theaters, Local #11 and as owner of the Intermission Tavern. He was very active in the community and could always be counted on for charitable events. He will be missed.

Connors was a brother in I.A.T.S.E. Local #11 since 1983. He worked locally on movies, stage and concerts before traveling for 16 years as a production technician on Broadway shows and rock and award shows before coming back to Boston where he became the property master at the Colonial Theater. In 2005, Connors became a restaurateur when he opened the Intermission Tavern at 228 Tremont St. He proudly celebrated 10 years in business with his loyal staff and friends in June.

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CONNORS Michael James, 55 of Boston formerly of Hanover. April 14, 1960 – August 22, 2015. To the sadness of his loving family and friends, Michael died suddenly Saturday. Michael grew up in the Indian Head Village neighborhood of Hanover, MA and graduated with class of 1978. Michael was a brother in I.A.T.S.E. Local #11 since 1983. He worked locally on movies, stage and concerts before traveling for 16 years as a Production Technician on Broadway Shows, Rock and Award Shows before coming back to Boston and taking the Property Master position in the Colonial Theater. In 2005 Michael became a restaurateur when he established the Intermission Tavern in Boston’s Theater District. He proudly celebrated 10 years in business with his loyal staff and friends in June. Michael achieved an Associate’s Degree from the College of Basic Studies at Boston University and further studies at Framingham State University. Pre-deceased by his father Paul F Connors. Michael is lovingly survived by his mother Barbara A. Connors of Boston, his siblings Paul F. Jr. and Margaret of Johns Creek, GA, Margery A. of Brookline, Kevin M. and Mariann of Abington, Deborah M. of Atlanta, GA, Barbara A. of Rockland and his nephews and nieces, Paul III, Matthew, Kayla Schone, Leah Burke, Kevin Jr., Samantha and Cameron. Also survived by many extended family. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington Street, Rte. 53 HANOVER, MA Wednesday August 26, 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 7:00-9:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart, 392 Hanover Street, Rte 139 in Hanover, Thursday August 27 at time to announced in Tuesdays paper. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to The Hanover Permanent Scholarship Fund for the Paul F. Connors Scholarship, PO Box 67, Hanover, MA 02339. For directions and time sign Michael’s online guest book, please visit SullivanFuneralHomes.com 781-878-0920 781-293-2020

Still Time to Sign Up…

A Seminar on Great Female Singers of the 1940s and 1950s

David Maister is offering a series of seven weekly 2-hour talks, held on Mondays at 7pm – 9pm, beginning on September 21, 2015 at the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston Common (10 Avery Street).

The talks will cover such performers as Ella Fitzgerald, the Andrews Sisters, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Doris Day.

By watching live-performance videos 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 he 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 fee for the course is $30. To sign up, or for more information, contact David at david@davidmaister.com
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So Who Actually Lives There…

BRA’s New Neighborhood Report

 

By Olivia Rassow | Home & Property Boston Magazine

While it’s no surprise that young students live in Allston or that housing development is booming in South Boston, data from the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s new report, Boston in Context, takes a deeper dive into just who lives where in the city. In the report, neighborhoods (defined by zip code and zoning boundaries) are compared using demographic and economic data from the 2010 Census and 2009-2013 American Community Survey. There’s no shortage of information in the publication, but here are some water cooler facts to share on Boston’s neighborhoods:

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Youngest neighbors: The Longwood Medical area, with a median resident age of 20.7 years old. Fenway and Allston are next in line for most youthful neighborhood.
Company for baby boomers: West Roxbury, with a 65+ population of 18%.
Greatest population growth: The South Boston Waterfront, with 271.1% growth between 2000 and 2010. The Leather District is a close second.
Neighbors who speak a second language: East Boston, where only 31.5% of residents speak English and no additional languages.
Most educated residents: Beacon Hill, where 88.7% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Most likely to bike to work: Jamaica Plain, where 1,197 residents bike to work.
Where nursery schoolers hang out: Charlestown, with 12.8% of the population over the age of three enrolled in nursery school.
Least likely to move: Hyde Park and West Roxbury, where 90.3% of the population lives in the same house that they did a year ago.
Most likely to rent: Chinatown, where 93.3% of residents rent.
Most new-build homes: The South Boston Waterfront, which had 270 housing units in 2000, and 1,214 in 2010.

What’s Your Problem…

The Mayor wants to know!

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The Mayor’s Hotline is now Boston 311

We’re sharing this news because many of you have reported an issue to the City of Boston in the past by phone, social media, or through the Citizens Connect mobile app. Today we aligned our reporting services under one name and number: Boston 311.

We also want to thank you. Every report you make helps us maintain and improve this great city. We couldn’t do it without you.

HOW TO USE 311

CALL 311

Dial 311 within Boston City limits to connect with our agents. 617-635-4500 still works too.

DOWNLOAD THE APP

We renamed Citizens Connect to BOS:311 and added new features. Download the app for iOS or Android.

TWEET @BOS311

Tweet @BOS311 with specifics like the location and a photo.

VISIT THE WEBSITE

City services and information about 311 are online at Boston.gov/311.
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“Missing Tooth” ????

My understanding is a proposal for 25 stories but here goes…
Swiss developer proposes boutique condos to fill in Tremont Street’s ‘missing tooth’ .

By Catherine Carlock
Real Estate Editor
Boston Business Journal
171 Tremont Street LLC, an entity owned by Swiss real estate developer Maurice Dabbah, has proposed a 255-foot, 20-story luxury boutique condominium tower at 171 Tremont St. facing the Boston Common.

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To Ross Cameron, a well-designed building should weather “like a good suit that doesn’t go out of fashion.”
And Cameron, a senior associate with Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston, thinks that’s the case for 171 Tremont St.

Swiss real estate developer Maurice Dabbah has proposed a 20-story, 255-foot luxury boutique condominium tower at 171 Tremont St. facing the Boston Common under the entity 171 Tremont Street LLC. Cameron with Elkus Manfredi Architects and New York-based Grade Architecture have collaborated on the project’s design, which was presented last week at the Boston Civic Design Commission.

“Maurice Dabbah, who obviously is the key figure in this, really had a very strong vision for the project, which kind of makes it somewhat easier from our sense,” Cameron said in an interview with the BBJ. “He really is looking for something that speaks to the highest level of quality and unique kind of boutique luxury lifestyle.”
The 20-story tower would include just 19 units and a “grand lobby,” with dedicated below-grade parking. The design incorporates natural stone, glass and bronze metal components, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows will offer panoramic views of Boston Common.

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The initial project scope called for a 355-foot, 31-story tower. That has since been lowered to 255 feet and 20 stories after outreach with community groups, said Sean O’Donovan of O’Donovan Law Office, an attorney for the project.
Beyond the residential tower, the project will include a “pocket park” that Cameron says will provide respite from the busy Tremont Street. The park is is set to live up to its name, given that the parcel at 171 Tremont St. itself is just 0.1 acres — or 4,356 square feet.

As it stands now, 171 Tremont St. is a four-story office building previously used as a leasing office by Millennium Partners.
“The building that’s there right now is a missing tooth, and Maurice saw an opportunity,” Cameron said. “We have an opportunity to go back and really complete the fabric of this area. I think it’s going to be in concert with a lot of the other residential development. It seems like it’s the right time and the right location.”
The tower needs approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the zoning board on a height variance and denser floor area ratio. The project team hopes to receive approval and get through permitting by this fall. The Impact Advisory Group, a group which advises the BRA and is part of a project’s design review process, is discussing the project on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 171 Tremont St.

The team declined to comment on the project’s financing. Dennis E. McKenna, an attorney with Riemer  Braunstein LLP in Boston representing the project, said that Dabbah “purchased the building in 2014 without financing” and that construction “is not dependent on independent third-party financing.”
The 171 Tremont project comes at a time when developers are pouring money into Downtown Crossing, including Millennium Partners’ 60-story Millennium Tower project and related Burnham Building redevelopment and The Abbey Group’s redevelopment of Lafayette City Center.

More Skinny on the Skinny Building…

171 TREMONT STREET IAG MEETING
AUG 11, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:30 AM
Contact Name:
Lance Campbell
Contact Email Address:
Lance.Campbell@Boston.gov
Contact Phone:
617.918.4311
Impact Advisory Group (IAG)
Location:
171 Tremont St (use Avery St entrance)
Boston, MA 02108
Description:
Impact Advisory Group (IAG) Meeting for the proposed development at 171–172 Tremont Street.

 

 

Please note that the purpose of this meeting is different than that of a traditional community meeting. As part of the development review process, Impact Advisory Group (IAG) members work closely with BRA staff to identify the impacts of a project and recommend appropriate community benefits to offset those impacts. 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, traditional community meetings, which occur after the IAG has met, are the more appropriate forum for the broader public to provide feedback about a project.

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Give Peace a Chance…

 

Time for a little boasting  from the McCue family…

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Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue ( left) represented Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), a United Nations sponsored agency, at an International Day of Peace in New Haven Conneticut on August 6, 2015. Mr. McCue is the United States East Coast representative for GLH and is the current custodian for saplings grown from a Gingko tree that survived the 1945 Hiroshima bombing.

The sapling is planned to be planted in the United Nations Peace Garden at the entrance of the City of New Haven. The Yale School of Forestry will oversee the nurturing of the seedling.

Mr. McCue took possesion of several seedlings in 2014 after GLH co-founder Nassrine Azimi, located in Hiroshima, and he coordinated a delivery of twelve to to Boston. Ms. Azimi’s brother Robert took possession of the saplings in San Diego from his sister and delivered them to Mr. McCue.

Under the care of Mr. Stephen Schneider, Curator of the Arnold Arboritum in Boston, and his staff, the saplings are also destined for the towns of Rochester and Avon, Tufts University and Saint Anselm College. However, these plantings will only occur once the experts at the Arboritum are sure they will remain viable. Additionally, they will add two to there permenent collection.

 

Breaking News!

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals has given conditional approval to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Milk Street.

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Medical Marijuana on Their Minds…Part 2

The meeting before the ZBA at City Hall  today resulted in  the hearing being deferred until July 7th…stay tuned.

Dog Day Afternoon…

1st Annual Barks & Bagels at Boston Common Frog Pond on June 6th 

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.

Bring your furry friends for treats and services including dog licensing from the City of Boston’s City Hall to Go, microchip services for a $10 donation and training. There will also be coffee and bagels for humans. Please bring your canine’s most recent rabies information. This event will be benefiting The Common Canine.

Medical Marijuana on Their Minds…

Will the planned proposal for Boston Downtown location of the medical  marijuana dispensary store on Milk Street go up in smoke?

 

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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,
Eric Convey
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.

 

 

Good News for Landlords…Not so Good for Renters

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.

Congrats to Kathleen Cook….

Kathleen Cook of Atlantic Associates Real Estate was recently included in Boston’s Top Twenty real estate brokers for the month of April 2015.

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Breaking in at # 13, Kathleen posted $4,525,000 in sales volume.

 

 

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