Got Snow?

Well we did, right at our front door.

 

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Yet, a few steps down the street and it is all clear for the folks at the Ritz Hotel.

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It’s the Louisville Basketball team vs. the South Tower squad at  pm tonite

Don’t forget the Resident owners’ association meeting tonite at 7pm.

Just Listed and Don’t Wait!

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 Ritz-Carlton Residences South Tower. Stunning, coveted 2 Bedroom “D” floor plan featuring 1,600 sqft of luxury Boston living. Beautiful panoramic Westerly views over Boston Common to the Charles River and beyond. Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular sunsets over the Back Bay. Spacious chef’s kitchen with gas Viking range, double wall ovens, Miele dishwasher, sub-zero refrigerator  plus built in wine cooler. Gorgeous Brazillian cherry flooring.  Two luxurious, full baths in marble plus guest powder room. Master en-suite bath with soaking tub and separate shower. A wonderful home for an entertaining life style with all Ritz-Carlton Hotel signature services: 24 hr concierge , doorman, security,porter service, valet parking and complimentary guest parking. Direct access to the Equinox Sports Club.

MLS Exclusive $2,100,000

Take the tour at… http://www.bostonvirtualimaging.com/public/tour.php?pid=1023511

 

Setting Up for the Spike… Volley Ball on the Common?

from the Friends of the Public Gardens….

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Dear Friends,

If you have not already heard or seen the plans for use of Boston Common within the Boston Olympics bid, we would like to share it with you here, in the illustration below published by the Boston Olympics 2024 Committee. The City will be holding the first of its nine public meetings this coming Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street. We urge you to attend to make your opinions known about this specific proposal. If you cannot make this meeting, here is the schedule of public meetings following this one (specific locations can be found on the City of Boston’s website):

February 24, 6:30 p.m. – South Boston
March 31, 6:30 p.m. – Harvard Business School
April 28, 6:30 p.m. – Roxbury
May 19, 6:30 p.m. – Dorchester
June 30, 6:30 p.m. – Jamaica Plain
July 28, 6:30 p.m. – Mattapan
August 25, 6:30 p.m. – W. Roxbury
September 29, 6:30 p.m. – East Boston

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While the Friends does not have a position on the concept of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics, we do have serious concerns about the impact that such use would have on the Boston Common, as well as spill-over impact on the Public Garden. The construction of a stadium of this scale – which is listed as having a capacity of 16,000 people – along with many other ancillary structures placed across a third of the park, would undoubtedly do irreparable harm to the turf and tree roots – those trees that would not be removed for construction – regardless of whatever post-event mitigation planning was proposed. The scale, duration and extent of this use would exceed the best efforts to repair the damage. Given that this will be a highly secured area, the extent of which is not shown in this image, along with construction of this structure and pre-event Olympics uses of the park, it means that most of the park could be off-limits for months.

At 48 acres, the Common is of modest size and yet is the most heavily used park in our city, unique in the multiple purposes it serves for the greater Boston community and our hundreds of thousands of visitors alike. It is under intense pressure in the best of years, with millions of annual users.

While there will be subsequent meetings, this is the one taking place in the Common’s neighborhood. We encourage all who have concerns or wish to learn more about the plans and impacts on the Common of this proposal, to attend and make your voice heard. A principle of the Olympics must be that the venues it uses will be left better than before. There is no doubt that would not be the case for Boston Common.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. We will stay in touch as the process plays out.

Sincerely,
Anne Brooke
Chair, Board of Directors

Elizabeth Vizza
Executive Director

Friends of the Public Garden
69 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617-723-8144

Friends of the Public Garden | 69 Beacon Street | Boston | MA | 02108

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…

Mark your calendar for January 29 th as the Board of Managers  of the Ritz-Carlton South Residential Association will be meeting.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM in the Winter Room of  the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and is open to all resident owners of the South Tower. Board President Mark Winkeller will preside over the evening event.

As it has been awhile since the last meeting was called, there should be a fairly full agenda with a number of important issues to be discussed with a Q&A period as well..

Off to a Good Start in ’15…Sold!

Happy to announce the sale of 2 Avery St #30H at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Residences by Atlantic Associates Real Estate yesterday.

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Beautiful 2 bedrooms with 2.5 baths and fabulous views from this southeast corner unit. It was listed for $ 1,975,000. Congrats to Kathleen Cook for completing  yet another luxury Ritz-Carlton sale. Happy New Year!

 

Ya, We Got an App for That…

ParkBoston: Meters Paid by App
No more digging for quarters; you can now pay for street parking in Boston with your smart phone.

ParkBoston is a mobile app for iPhones and Androids and will work at meters marked with the ParkBoston sign.

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Here’s the Skinny on the New “Skinney” Tower…

The official letter for the proposed tower at the corner on Tremont and Avery Street, with details promised within 30 days…stay tuned folks.

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MCDRA Gains Steam in the Neighborhood…

Last Night at the Modern Theater approximately 100 residents from the surrounding area attended the third neighborhood meeting  and the group is getting the attention of City Hall.

The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association, , which started with a mere 3 folks participating, has grown up rapidly and it has shown not to shy away from any and all topics. From traffic and security to a medical marijuana dispensary,  discussions are lively and  open to all.

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Sargent  James Chin of the Boston Police Department (seated on the right), spoke at length about the safety of  the neighborhood and gave great insight as to what the Department is doing out on the streets surrounding our homes.

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From the Boston City CouncilAyanna Pressley  stopped in to throw her support behind the organization and it’s efforts to keep residents informed and pro-active.

There was also a brief discussion on the proposed new “skinny” tower at the corner of Avery and Tremont Streets. However, details at this time are sparse, so look for more action on this front at the next meeting which will be  Monday, February 9th. The location yet to be determined.

One bit of gossip, street talks say Latitude 360 may not be happening.

As always, you can check out the website  at mcdra.org to get involved.

 

 

 

If You Build it, They Will Come….

As reported in Boston.com today by Scott Voorhis
Boston would get its first “skinny tower” under a proposal for a deluxe condo high-rise that would rise over Boston Common.

A Swiss investor has teamed up with a local builder on plans for a 31-story tower at 171 Tremont St. that would give each condo an entire floor, with wrap-around 360-degree views.

It’s a new breed of super-thin high-rises, dubbed “skinny towers,” that have begun to conquer the Manhattan skyline. They tend to draw super-rich buyers paying millions to have their own floors.

First, though, the developers, a team that matches the money of the Swiss investment mogul Maurice Dabbah with Boston developer David Rafferty and a pair of local joint venture partners, will have to win over City Hall to the idea.

Dabbah has financed other tower projects in New York and Miami, but has long been attracted to Boston, with family members having gone to school at local colleges.

The group plans to file an official project notification soon with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and hope to get their permits lined up in the following nine to 15 months.

The 355-foot tower would take shape where a four-story commercial building now stands, after a three-year construction period. The development site, at 3,400 square feet, is tiny, with the building having been used by Millennium Partners as a sales office for its bevy of nearby condo towers.

“These will be floor through ceiling units with 360 degree views,” said Dennis McKenna, senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein and co-counsel on the project. “Every unit will have a view of the Common. The goal of the development team is to impress the city and the neighborhood with the quality character and design of the building.”

Still, among the challenges the developers may face in the city permitting process will be assuaging any concerns about shadows the tower might cast on nearby Boston Common and winning approval from city zoning officials to change use of the lot from commercial to residential.

The design of the tower is already underway. Local firm Elkus Manfredi Architects is on the job.

“There has been keen sensitivity in that area in regards to the concerns and regulations on wind and shadow,” McKenna said.

The development team has already begun to reach out to neighborhood residents, and meetings with city development officials are also in the works.

 

Midtown Residents’ Association Meeting coming up….

Dear Members,

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to our next Residents’ Association meeting on Monday, January 12th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre (525 Washington Street).  Special thanks to John Nucci, VP of Government Relations and Community Affairs at Suffolk, for allowing us to use the Theater for this meeting.  With close to 90 people from across 13 buildings attending our December 2014 standing room only meeting, this venue will ensure that everyone will have a seat. The space is also handicap accessible.

We appreciate you taking a moment to spread the word about MCDRA and our upcoming meeting.  Please feel free to forward this email to fellow Midtown / Downtown Crossing residents. Our website (www.mcdra.org) provides a range of information and is a great starting point for anyone who’s interested in learning more about MCDRA.  The goal is to engage as many neighborhood residents as possible.

Based on your feedback at the last meeting, the agenda for the upcoming meeting is as follows:

•Introduction and welcome by John Nucci

•Discussion with Sergeant James Chin, Boston Police Department (District A-1)

      ◦Concerns about drug activity

      ◦Establishing a working relationship with the Police Department

•Proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk Street: updates and next steps

•171 Tremont Street Tower

•Determine speaker / focus for February meeting

•All other updates and general discussion

 Similar to our prior meetings, staffers from the offices of various Boston City Councilors will be in attendance. Also, staffers from State Representative Aaron Michlewitz’s office will be in attendance.

We look forward to seeing you at the Modern Theatre on the 12th.

Rishi Shukla, George Coorssen, Deva Hirsch
Executive Committee

About the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA)

The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA) is an independent organization that was formed in October 2014 by residents of Boston’s Midtown / Downtown Crossing neighborhood. The organization, run exclusively by volunteers residing in the neighborhood, facilitates community building and ensures that residents are informed and have a voice in key decisions that stand to impact the quality of life in and development of Midtown / Downtown Crossing. MCDRA requires that members disclose any conflicts of interest and that they reside in the neighborhood. To learn more, please visit us at www.mcdra.org.

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All I want for Christmas…

Santa paid an early surprise visit this week as he arrived in the South Tower lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

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I was told there was some difficulty though. It appears trying to valet park his 8  reindeer and sleigh  proved problematic but the expert staff handled the situation perfectly.

And it wasn’t just the kids having some fun…

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Lead Concierge Laura Brennan introduced “Papa”.

 

 

Midtown Association Meets Again…

A few nights ago , a standing room only group crowded into Sip Restaurant a for another general meeting of the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association.

With attendance doubling to 100  from the last meeting, new folks were brought up to date on exactly what the Association was all about, plus the issues in the neighborhood.

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Many were particularly interested in hearing about the proposal of Latitude 360 entertainment complex on Washington Street.

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Pictured above  is  Rishi Shukla of the Association’s Executive Committee leading the presentation for the evening.

Also on the agenda was a very popular discussion of the new Roche Brothers supermarket scheduled to open at the new Millennium Tower . Store doors of the first phase will be open in March of 2015.

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VP of Roche Bros., Paul McGillivary, filled us in on the details . The first phase will be a full supermarket and by the end of 2016 the entire store will take up about 30,000 sqft. There will also be some seating including an area on the patio. Needless to say, his presentation was very well received!

Below are some of the renderings he brought along to share with the group.

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The next meeting of the Association is scheduled for January 12th with a location to be determined.

Learn more at mcdra.org

 

 

 

 

Without the Irish, no Thanksgiving…

Without the Irish, there wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving
 
Many people don’t know the strong connection that an Irish ship had with this week’s beloved American holiday. The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on February 21st and not in late November as we celebrate it today.
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims had just arrived in the New World and had no idea how wild a New England winter would be. Many of them starved and the thought of heading back to Europe was prevalent.
On February 20th, an Irish ship called The Lyon arrived and delivered much needed provisions to those who survived the winter. The ship was sent by a Dublin merchant whose daughter was married to one of the Pilgrims.
Grateful for their salvation, the Pilgrims dubbed the 21st as “a day of much thanksgiving.”
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Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

Light it Up…

Boston’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4th

The City of Boston’s annual Christmas tree was delivered to the Boston Common on November 21st. The tree is near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont St. 

The official tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, December 4th, with the tree being lit at approximately 7:55 pm.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Boston’s Christmas tree being an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia. This is a way for the people of Halifax to thank Boston for providing emergency assistance when Nova Scotia’s capital was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

Courtesy of BID

 

250 th Sale and Counting…

Recently, we just completed  our 250th sale at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Boston. Since 2001, when the North and South Towers first opened with  the newly built condominiums for occupancy,   Atlantic Associates Real Estate has been the leading Boston real estate firm in sales and leasing of these luxury homes.

Now we are pleased to announce the sale of unit 36E at 2 Avery Street in the  South Tower.  Exclusively listed by Kathleen Cook, this stunning 3,246 square foot home was listed at $5,965,000. The sale closed and was recorded on November 14th.

With sale number 251 , we look forward to number 300…

unit 36 E ...stunning luxury home at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

unit 36 E …stunning luxury home at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

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