Coronavirus Update: Due to public health concerns, the hearings that normally would be held on a week have been postponed or canceled due to the guidance of Mayor Martin Walsh and the order of Gov. Charlie Baker. Some meetings, however, have been moved to an online or teleconference format under the emergency order on the Open Meeting Law issued by Gov. Baker.
Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice.
From the April 22, 10 a.m., Council Committee on Government Operations meeting, virtual meeting via Zoom:
The Committee on Government Operations will hold a working session on Docket #0232, order regarding a text amendment for the Boston Zoning Code Relative to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. The Chair of the Committee and Sponsor of the docket is Councilor Lydia Edwards.
From the April 22 License Board meeting, 10 a.m., Zoom online (VIRTUAL HEARING ZOOM LINK: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/855037058?PWD=BWNARFVFA3BQUGLHSXHEWNFLOVB6ZZ09)
•The Bittersweet Shoppe, 257 NEWBURY St., Back Bay. Has applied for a Common Victualler License to be exercised on the above – Approximately 900 sq. ft. of restaurant space consisting of lower garden level & lower patio open annually on private property for 8 people same hours as restaurant. Manager: Tracy Casavant. Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•THE COLLEGE CLUB OF BOSTON, INC.; D/B/A: THE COLLEGE CLUB OF BOSTON , 44 COMMONWEALTH Ave., Back Bay. Holder of a Club Wines and Malt Beverages License has petitioned to change the classification of its license to Wines Malt Beverages and Liqueurs. Lastly, has petitioned the change the manager of the licensed business From: Remy Steele To: Christopher Bussell.
From the 2 p.m. CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH HEARING (via Zoom online meeting): A hearing on the proposed guidelines for ventilator distribution and ICU beds in the event of a shortage and ensuring that health inequities do not dictate medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This matter was sponsored by Councilors Ricardo Arroyo and Andrea Campbell and was referred to the Committee on April 15, 2020.
From the April 23 Council Ways and Means Committee Budget Working Session (via Zoom online meeting):
•10 a.m. Public Facilities Department.
•1 p.m. Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports & Entertainment, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.
From the April 23 Public Improvement Commission, 10 a.m., City Hall: (Members of the public: 26 Court Street, 1st floor – Winter Chambers)
•Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street; Boston Proper –Widening/Relocation/Extension, Specific Repairs – On a set of petitions by Mark Kenmore LLC.
•110 Fenway, Hemenway Street, Public Alley No. 807; Roxbury – Grant of Location – On a petition by Crown Castle Fiber.
•396 Northampton Street, Camden Street; Boston Proper – Grant of Location – On a petition by Crown Castle Fiber.
•380 Shawmut Avenue, West Dedham Street, Washington Street; Boston Proper –Grant of Location – On a petition by Crown Castle Fiber.
From the April 28 Council Ways and Means Committee Budget Working Session (via Zoom online meeting):
•11a.m. The focus of this working session is the Public Works Department (PWD), the Transportation Department (BTD), the Library Department (BPL), Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), Youth Engagement & Employment, and the BCYF revolving fund.
From the April 28 Boston Landmarks Commission hearing, 4 p.m., Zoom online meeting (HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/95582118901):
• ARMORY OF 1st CORPS CADETS – 101 ARLINGTON STREET: At east elevation replace four double-hung wood windows in-kind.
•1 MELROSE STREET, Bay Village: At front façade replace three second-story one-over-one wood windows with six-over-six vinyl-clad windows; and at side elevation replace one six-over-six wood window with a six-over-six vinyl-clad window.
•33 MELROSE STREET, Bay Village: At front façade replace eight six-over-six wood windows in-kind and two one-over-one wood windows in-kind.
•31 WINCHESTER STREET, Bay Village: At front façade replace three six-over-six wood windows with six-over-six aluminum-clad windows, and at side elevation replace one four-over-four wood window with a four-over-four aluminum-clad window.
•11 BRADFORD STREET, South End: At the front façade basement through second levels, replace seven (7) one-over-one aluminum-clad windows with two-over-two aluminum-clad windows.
•26 CHANDLER STREET, South End: At the Chandler Street ground level, replace commercial recessed entry doors with new single door and sidelights.
•70 CHANDLER STREET, South End: Repoint brick joints throughout the front and rear façade (which faces a public street) with a soft mortar mix to match historic mortar.
•9 CUMSTON STREET, South End: At the Cumston Place elevation rebuild gable chimney in kind and replace flashing and cap.
•69-71 DARTMOUTH STREET, South End: At the roof rebuild chimney in kind utilizing existing brick and new brick to match historic, and replace flue liners.
•22 EAST SPRINGFIELD STREET, South End: At the front façade parlor level, replace one (1) two-over-two and two (2) one-over-one wood windows in kind.
•EAST SPRINGFIELD STREET, South End: Resurface brownstone stoop treads with new mortar tinted to match the color of brownstone.
•60 RUTLAND STREET, South End: Repair wood double leaf front doors.
•416 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, South End: At the front façade stoop, patch and restore brownstone stoop with mortar tinted to match the color of brownstone
•219-225 SHAWMUT AVENUE, South End: At the front façade mansard levels, replace wood trim in kind.
•81 WALTHAM STREET, South End: Replace select area of asphalt roof shingles in-kind.
•22 WORCESTER SQUARE, South End: At the front façade stoop, chip back deteriorated brownstone and install new brownstone-tinted treads
•25 WORCESTER STREET, South End: At the front façade stoop, remove silicon caulking and repoint granite joints.
•144 WORCESTER STREET, South End: At the front façade, repoint selective areas with new mortar to match historic mortar.
From the April 30 Council Ways and Means Committee Budget Working Session (via Zoom online meeting):
•11 a.m. The focus of this working session is the Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Boston Equity Fund.
Help COVID19 Efforts
•Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands
•Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.
•Donate supplies to first responders.
•Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund.
•Volunteer with the City of Boston.
•Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted.
• How to Report a Problem Property
Since taking office in 2014, Mayor Walsh has made fixing quality of life issues a priority in his administration. From investing in Public Works to making sure community policing is a staple in every neighborhood, we are making sure every neighborhood is clean, safe and a great place to live and work in. Unfortunately some properties in Boston need more help than others, and that’s why we are here. If you know of a property that fits one of the following criteria: multiple calls to 911, one that’s blighted or just a general concern, we encourage you to reach out to your neighborhood liaison.