For the Record

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.

From the Aug. 27 School Building Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Online:

The Preliminary Design Program (PDP). Per the MSBA regulations, the PDP lays-out the various capital solutions the City will be exploring for the future William E. Carter School building in the South End. This submission of the PDP requires a vote of the SBC.

From the Aug. 27 Neighborhood Services Meeting for Back Bay Cannabis, 6 p.m., online (HTTPS://BIT.LY/31IXID2 – MEETING PASSWORD: 082720):  A recreational cannabis company seeking to open an appointment-only retail location in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. The company has previously received its licenses from the state to cultivate and manufacture cannabis in Plymouth County. The location is in compliance with the buffer regulations set forth in the Boston Zoning Code, with the site not being located within 500 feet of a pre-existing K-12 school or within a half-mile of an existing Cannabis Establishment.

From the Sept. 1 South End Landmarks Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m., Online via Zoom (HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/J/87101558033): 

Design Review Hearing

•10 CLAREMONT PARK. Proposed work: Rebuild penthouse and roof deck.

•11 UNION PARK. Proposed work: Replace double-leaf entry doors.

•23 UPTON STREET. Proposed work: Construct a stair head house. 

•59 APPLETON STREET. Proposed work: Construct a roof deck; at the front façade mansard level, replace existing casement windows with two-over-two, double hung wood windows.

•84 BERKELEY STREET. Proposed work: Rebuild a roof deck.

•103 WARREN AVENUE. Proposed work: At the front and rear façade mansard levels, replace casement windows with two-over-two, double-hung, wood windows.

•120 WEST CONCORD STREET. Proposed work: Rebuild a roof deck.

•702 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE. Proposed work: Demolish existing stoop and construct new stoop with bluestone treads and brick risers; install extension railings; coat entryway and cheek walls; and demolish a portion of the brick retaining wall facing Harrison Avenue.

•10 MILFORD STREET. Proposed work: Rebuild a roof deck.

•526 COLUMBUS AVENUE. Proposed work: Refinish the façade apron and stoop and apply coating to match existing grey color.

•1597 WASHINGTON STREET. Proposed work: At sections of the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of the Washington Street, Rutland Street, and West Concord Street elevations, remove existing EIFS and install new metal cladding system; modify existing and install new gutters and scuppers.

Boston Fire Department Update on Permits

Due to the harsh economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, the Boston Fire Department is extending the expiration date on all existing Place of Assembly and Annual Permits from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Any issued Place of Assembly Permit or Annual Permit stating an expiration date of June 30, 2020 will now automatically  be valid in the City of Boston until September 30, 2020. The invoices for renewal will be mailed out in mid-August, and the permitting cycle for both Place of Assembly and Annual Permits will become October 1 to September 30 of the following year from this point forward.

Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns

•Workers in any size organization have options if they feel they are being pressured into an unsafe situation. Attorney General Maura Healey has created resources for workers to report safety concerns during reopening. They include an online form at the Attorney General’s website and a dedicated Fair Labor hotline at 617-727-3465. People can also find those resources by calling 311.

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.

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