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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.

 

 

Penthouse Now Available…

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Neighborhood News Blitz…

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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If You Build It they will Come…

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.

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Organic soups for you!

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With over $200,000 of gourmet cheese to choose from.

 

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Heavenly Flowers for the Heavenly Friars.

While below, John the fish supervisor, makes sure it is all fresh.

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No more food shopping at the CVS for me!

Don’t Miss This Meeting…

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Finally ,The Supermarket We Have Been Waiting for….

Roche Bros. Flagship Supermarket
Opening April 29th

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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

Tonite!

Dear Members,Happy Spring!  Please join us for the next meeting of the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Assocation (MCDRA) on April 13th:Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:00PM
The Modern Theatre
525 Washington Street(Handicap Accessible)Thank you to Suffolk University for making this space available to MCDRA

(Unless otherwise noted, MCDRA meetings are held at 7PM on the second Monday of each month)

We will welcome Bob Mayerson, CEO, and other members of the Patriot Care team, which is proposing to open and operate a medical marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk Street in Midtown / Downtown Crossing.  We will also welcome Rosemarie Sansone, President of the Downtown Boston BID, who will be discussing the business community’s perspective on the proposed dispensary. The presentations will be followed by Q&A.

Meeting Notes from MCDRA March Meeting

A special thank you to John Nucci, Jason Wright, James Kaufman, Ben Sigda and their team for hosting the March MCDRA meeting.  Their generous hospitality in providing us with a meeting home in-kind is greatly appreciated!

Elected Officials’ Offices Represented & Special Guests:  State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz; Patrick Lyons of State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz’s office; Sophia Wang, Neighborhood Representative with Councillor At-Large Michelle Wu’s office; and Will Dickerson of Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty’s office.  Also in attendance were Sgt. Jimmy Chin of the Boston Police Department and Lt. Cmdr. Chris Maynard of the MBTA Transit Police.

Rishi Shukla, MCDRA Executive Committee, welcomed past and new attendees and provided a brief history of the MCDRA.  He also shared that the website has some new features, including an events calendar where members may view and suggest events. To view upcoming events, please visitwww.mcdra.org/events. To suggest an event, please visit www.mcdra.org/events/community.

Dr. Marilyn Plotkins, Professor and Chair, Department of Theater at Suffolk University and Artistic Director of the Modern Theater, welcomed guests. She gave an overview of the Theater’s founding, restoration and current programming.  She encouraged all to return to a live performance at the Theater.

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz introduced himself and provided information on current issues and his proposed legislation.  Rep. Michlewitz also expressed his excitement about the formation of a residents’ association in Midtown / Downtown Crossing and plans to hold a casual drop-in coffee hour for residents during the coming months.

Next, members heard an initial presentation from the 171 Tremont Street project team, which is proposing a condominium development at 171-172 Tremont Street. The letter of intent that was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority is posted here. The project team shared that their plans for the proposed condominium development were still in the early stages. This was the first time the team had presented their plans to the community. The majority of questions from members were related to the proposed height (355 feet) of the building and the fact that the current proposal exceeds zoning regulations.

The project team’s presentation has been posted to our website and can be accessed here.  Also, as promised, we have developed a survey to ensure that residents have an opportunity to provide feedback – this survey can be accessed here.  Preliminary results will be presented at our April meeting and will also be shared with the project team and City of Boston officials.  The project team has agreed to present their revised plans at an upcoming meeting.

Rishi thanked Laurie & Mark LaConte and Jane Fine for kick-starting a social component to MCDRA.  A paper survey was circulated at the meeting.  Please take a moment to complete the survey here.

We look forward to seeing you on April 13th!

Best,

Rishi Shukla, George Coorssen, Deva Hirsch
Executive Committee

ArtEmerson Preview…

Join us for a special preview and announcement of
ArtsEmerson’s 2015/16 Season
Intentionally Different, Entirely ArtsEmerson

THU, MAY 7 @ 6:30PM
Emerson/Paramount Center
559 Washington St, Boston

 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Our 2015/16 Season will be different. In the midst of a wild array of fresh stories from around the globe, we’ll invite you to be part of something wholly eclectic…and entirely ArtsEmerson. We’ll experience diverse cultures, multiple languages and unexpected musical forms; we’ll crack open the classics, travel to new lands and even battle space aliens. Together, we’ll continue to discover the world on stage and celebrate that being different isn’t just okay…it might just be the best thing ever.

Join us for a special evening full of sneak-peek performances, a party with next season’s artists and be among the first to hear how YOU can be part of all the exciting things to come! Free drink, food and merriment provided!

This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To RSVP, please sign up for your free tickets here.

Hear Ye Hear Ye…Town Hall Meeting…

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Music to my Ears…

Coming in the Fall: A Seminar on Great Female Singers of Popular Song

Neighborhood residents will have a wonderful treat in store this fall.

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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.

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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 : david@davidmaister.com

 

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