Community Notes, Events, Updates & Public Comment Request May 9-15, 2022

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Mayor Michelle Wu and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Boston Art Commission, the Boston Transportation Department, and Public Works, announced applications are open for the 2022 PaintBox Program. Every year, artists are commissioned through this program to paint utility boxes in neighborhoods across the city and contribute to the vitality of the urban streetscape.  

 

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) are awarding $39,000 in mini-grants to 6 immigrant-serving organizations. The funds will help organizations expand mental health programming for immigrant communities. 


The six diverse, immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations will each receive $6,500 for mental health programming. The programs include different services like storytelling, healing circles, and arts fairs.  


The following local organizations are selected for the MOIA Mental Health Mini-Grants: 


Brazilian Worker Center: Expand their Mulheres Vencedoras initiative with an 8-week program that promotes daily stress management and emotional wellness 


Family Nurturing Center for Massachusetts: Hold two monthly Nurturing Circles and provide weekly opportunities to access affordable healthy foods for Cape Verdean immigrants in Dorchester, Allston, Brighton, Hyde Park, and Roslindale    

   

Events        

        

Boston University Community Office Hours – May    

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am   

  

We’ll hear from Elizabeth Leary, Executive Director of BU Government & Community Affairs (BU GCA) to learn about the BU City Hall Summer Fellows. The fellowships, funded by BU GCA, provide a unique opportunity for BPS high school graduates attending Boston University to gain experience in communications, social media, and policy development while working closely with leaders at Boston City Hall to help solve some of the challenges facing a 21st-century city. 

  

We’ll meet over Zoom, so please register here to receive a link to participate and don’t hesitate to invite others you think would be interested in joining! 

  

This will be our last Community Office Hours before a brief hiatus over the summer. We’ll be back in touch soon to ask for your feedback on this year’s Community Office Hours and ideas for guest speakers next year. 

  

We look forward to seeing you! 

    

Email Contact: Cecilia Nardi (cna...@bu.edu)    

 

Zoning Board of Appeal Hearing              

Inspectional Services Department              

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 
             

The May 10, 2022, hearing will be held virtually via video teleconference and telephone via the Zoom webinar event platform.       

                              

Interested persons can participate in the hearing REMOTELY by going to http://bit.ly/ZBAhearings. You may also participate by phone by calling into the Zoom Webinar at (301) 715-8592 and entering the Webinar ID: 996 0844 0932 followed by # when prompted.             

                                 

If you wish to offer testimony on an appeal, please click: http://bit.ly/May10Comment to sign up. Please provide your name, address, the address and/or BOA number of the appeal on which you wish to speak, and if you wish to speak in support of or opposition to the project.    

 

Extensions: 9:30 am 

 

Case: BOA- 916151 Address: 14 Snow Street Ward 22 Applicant: Mai Phung 

  

Hearings: 9:30 am  

 

Case: BOA-1156925 Address: 5-7 Hooker Street Ward 22 Applicant: 5-7 Hooker Street, LLC 

Article(s): Article 51 Section 8 Use Regulations - 9 Family use: Forbidden Article 51, Section 56 Off Street Parking & Loading Req - Spaces required: 9*1.75= 15.75 Proposed: 9 Article 51, Section 56 Off Street Parking & Loading Req - Dimensional for spaces. (not 50% compact and 50% full) Article 51, Section 9 Floor Area Ratio Excessive Article 51, Section 9 Bldg Height Excessive (Stories) Article 51, Section 9 Bldg Height Excessive (Feet) Article 51, Section 9 Front Yard Insufficient Article 51, Section 9 Side Yard Insufficient Article 51, Section 9 Rear Yard Insufficient Article 51, Section 50.2 Conformity Ex Bldg Alignment - For Royal St only (2 buildings min. to calculate modal) Modal is 5' Front façade on Royal shall be at 5' instead of 10.2'  

Purpose: New construction of nine for sale condominium units with nine off street parking spaces.  

 

Case: BOA-1173599 Address: 535-537B Washington Street Ward 22 Applicant: Pure Oasis LLC  

Article(s): Article 51, Section 16 Use Regulations - Retail Cannabis Establishment Use:Conditional  

Purpose: Change of Occupancy to Retail Cannabis Establishment. 

 

Email Contact: Stephani...@Boston.Gov         

The hearing can also be viewed via live-stream on the City’s website. Closed captioning is available.   

 

Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Commission    

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 4:00 pm    

    

ATTENTION: This hearing will only be held virtually and NOT in person. You can participate in this hearing by going to our online meeting link, or calling 1-929-205-6099 and entering meeting id # 873 2257 9040. You can also submit written comments or questions to aberdeenac...@boston.gov.    

    

I. DESIGN REVIEW  

  

APP # 22.1019 AB 1930 BEACON STREET  

Applicant: Emil Krastanov  

Proposed Work: New store signage  

 

APP # 22.1059 AB 8 CHISWICK ROAD #807  

Applicant: Wasay Ahmad  

Proposed Work: Replace all windows in unit #8  

 

APP # 22.1147 AB 40 MOUNT HOOD ROAD  

Applicant: John Matteson: 1650 Commonwealth, LLC  

Proposed Work: Renew approval for proposed building originally approved on August 8, 2019, application 19.1344 AB   

  

II. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW/APPROVAL: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building’s appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing    

    

APP # 22.1151 AB 9 LEAMINGTON ROAD: Strip and reroof property with in kind materials (asphalt shingle). 

   

Email Contact: aberdeenac...@boston.gov    

 

Updates     

            

Boston Civic Design Commission 

Boston Planning & Development Agency 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm 


The next Review Committee report was for the 1170-1190 Soldiers Field Road project. This PDA which includes 4 Article 80B buildings proposes 800,000 SF of new life science and residential. It was moved, seconded, and  

VOTED: That the Commission review the design for the proposed 1170-1190 Soldiers Field Road project in the Allston neighborhood. 

 

The next project presentation was for 1170-1190 Soldiers Field Road in the Allston neighborhood. David Manfredi is recused. Bill Rawn, and Eric Howeler did not attend this portion of the meeting.  

 

Matt Martin, BPDA: Introduces the project.  

 

Ted Tye, National Development: Introduces the project’s development team and history.  

 

Simon Beer, OJB: Overview of the PDA’s site design.  

 

Doug Gensler, Gensler: Overview of the project’s commercial architecture.  

 

David Snell, PCA: Overview of the residential architecture.  

 

Anne-Marie Lubenau: In design committee I would like a better understanding of how this project relates to the surrounding context in terms of its architecture and connections. It’s hard to understand how the ground floor works and how it relates to the context. I would also like to understand more clearly the connections from this site across Soldiers Field Road, and how those connections can be signaled in the site design.  

 

Mimi Love: These buildings ideally have no backs, but some images look that the building services face major roads and the parks. Some clarification of what is happening at the ground plan would be helpful.  

 

Jonathan Evans: The context of the drawings in the packet should be expanded - the sections, plans, and aerials, so that we can better understand the relationship to the surroundings.  

 

Deneen Crosby: I’d like to better understand the programming of the ground floor - interior and exterior. Driveway A is also very important, and I would like to understand access across Soldiers Field Road to the river.  

 

Kathy Kottaridis: Having a sense of future connections to the proposed WBZ building would be helpful.  

 

Andrea Leers: I’m interested in more clarity about the site strategy for the four buildings. The North and East buildings have a clear relationship to Soldiers Field Road. The South building does not seem as grounded in a site strategy. I would like greater hierarchy of space, and a framing of a major common space, as opposed to an office park strategy. I would like to see other site studies that you did to locate these buildings. This should be thought of as a 5 building complex actually, to include the WBZ headquarters as an equal partner. For the first design committee meeting we should approach it as a PDA and consider the site design.  

 

Linda Eastley: I would like to understand more about Speedway and Macdonald Ave. I would hope that there is a continuity between them. I would also like to explore the residential building. It feels like a fragment of the site, and I wish it had a sight connection at least to the project’s green space. It feels like a leftover sight at the moment. I would also like to see the site for the new WBZ building. 

 

Public comments: No public comment 

 

A motion was made, seconded, and  

VOTED: That the Commission recommend the 1170-1190 Soldiers Field Road project continue in design committee. 

 

Boston Civic Design Commission Design Committee 

Boston Planning & Development Agency 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 

 

5:00pm, Held virtually via Zoom  

Project: 400 Guest Street, Allston Yards, Brighton  

Present: Commissioner Deneen Crosby, Commissioner Anne-Marie Lubenau  

 

DISCUSSION:  

 

The Project team used a digital presentation to outline their approach and project updates, and answered questions from the BCDC Commissioners present, focusing on Public Realm along Everett Street, streetscape and circulation, rooftop program, and a physical models. Discussion was centered on context. The Commissioners encouraged the project team to continue to mediate the architecture of the building with the street, as well as to use the architecture to draw people in from nearby transit stations. The Commissioners also asked the project team to further develop the project’s open space.  

 

The Project will continue in Design Committee 

 

Boston Civic Design Commission Design Committee 

Boston Planning & Development Agency 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 

 

Meeting One  

 

6:00pm, Held virtually via Zoom  

Project: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center IMP & Parking Garage, Brighton  

Present: Commissioner Eric Howeler, Commissioner Mimi Love  

 

DISCUSSION:  

 

The Project team used a digital presentation to outline how they responded to changes suggested at the previous Design Committee. The Commissioners were pleased to see how the project had developed, and encouraged the team to continue to develop details such as material choice and building edges.  

 

The Project will return to the full Commission. 

 

Meeting Two  

 

6:00pm, Held virtually via Zoom  

Project: Guest Street Hotel, Boston Landing, Brighton  

Present: Commissioner Jonathan Evans, Commissioner Kirk Sykes  

 

DISCUSSION:  

 

The Project team used a digital presentation to outline their response to suggestions given at the previous Design Committee. The Commissioners continued to express interest in a more visible connection between the street and the elevated open space behind the project, but were appreciative of the limitations posed by the site. The Commissioners also supported the changes the team made to the façade expression along the ground floor.  

 

The Project will return to the full Commission 

 

Virtual Licensed Premise Inspection Hearing     

Boston Licensing Board     

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am     

  

8. STRETFORD END, INC. , D/B/A: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, Location: 158 BRIGHTON AVE ALLSTON, MA 02134, License#: LB-98954, Notice/Violation#: 060630, Category: CV7AL   

Date: 02/05/2022   

Notice: Unconscious patron (intoxication) in violation of M.G.L. ch. 138 s. 64. 

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Violation Hearing 5/3/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 1:42:40                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

 

Licensing Board Virtual Transactional Hearing     

Boston Licensing Board     

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 @ 10:00 am     

  

6. Depot Realty LLC   

D/B/A: Regina Pizza at the Depot  

353 CAMBRIDGE ST   

BRIGHTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-98971   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license from the above-To: Depot Dining Inc. d/b/a Depot Dining (at the same location). Douglas Bacon, Manager. Closing hour 2:00 AM. Secondly, has petitioned to pledge the license and inventory to: Seller, Depot Realty LLC.  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Transactional Hearing 5/4/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 15:25                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

  

7. GLENVILLE TAVERN SERVICES, INC.  

D/B/A: THE GLENVILLE STOPS  

87 GLENVILLE AVE   

ALLSTON, MA 02134   

License #: LB-99633   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day Wines and Malt Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license from the above – To: Allston Rock City, LLC d/b/a The Glenville Stops (at the same location). James Caruso, Manager. 1:00 AM Closing Hour.   

Attorney: Michael W. Ford  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Transactional Hearing 5/4/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 20:20                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

  

8. BADOINKAS, LLC  

D/B/A: THE COMMON GROUND   

83 - 87 HARVARD AV   

ALLSTON, MA 02134   

License #: LB-99097 Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to change the Corporate Structure of the licensed business - From: Badoinkas, LLC To: Badoinkas, Incorporated.   

Attorney: Laurel Bretta  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Transactional Hearing 5/4/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 24:15                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

  

9. BADOINKAS, LLC   

D/B/A: THE COMMON GROUND  

83 - 87 HARVARD AV   

ALLSTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-99097   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license and the location from the above – To: Boston BMA, LLC d/b/a Marcelino’s Boutique Bar, 2 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. Premise consist of - 9,250 total square feet: 5,939sf on ground floor with lounge, bar and dining area seating; kitchen, office and storage in rear; 3,311sf seasonal (April - October) outdoor patio on private property with center bar, total seating for 180. Hours of operation Sunday - Thursday 11am - 1am, Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am. Basel Badawi, Manager. Closing hour 2AM.   

Attorney: Kristen Scanlon  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Transactional Hearing 5/4/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 28:00                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

  

13. Houjazy Inc.   

D/B/A: Linden Suprette  

101 BRIGHTON AVE   

BOSTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-476649 Has applied for a Retail Package Store Wines and Malt Beverages License to be exercised on the above – Premise one floor convenience store, main store 1,000SF, storage and restroom. One entrance and two exits.    

Manager: Fida Houjazy  

Closing Time: 11:00 PM   

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Transactional Hearing 5/4/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 55:55                                                     

Outcome: Taken Under Advisement.    

  

Licensing Board Virtual Voting Agenda  

Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am  

 

Licensed Premise Inspection Hearing on Tuesday, May 3, 2022  

 

8. STRETFORD END, INC. , D/B/A: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, Location: 158 BRIGHTON AVE ALLSTON, MA 02134, License#: LB-98954, Notice/Violation#: 060630, Category: CV7AL   

Date: 02/05/2022   

Notice: Unconscious patron (intoxication) in violation of M.G.L. ch. 138 s. 64. 

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 5:07                                                     

Outcome: No Violation.   

  

Transactional Hearing on Wednesday, May 4, 2022  

  

6. Depot Realty LLC   

D/B/A: Regina Pizza at the Depot  

353 CAMBRIDGE ST   

BRIGHTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-98971   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license from the above-To: Depot Dining Inc. d/b/a Depot Dining (at the same location). Douglas Bacon, Manager. Closing hour 2:00 AM. Secondly, has petitioned to pledge the license and inventory to: Seller, Depot Realty LLC.   

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 10:00                                                     

Outcome: Deferred to Complete Community Process.   

  

7. GLENVILLE TAVERN SERVICES, INC.  

D/B/A: THE GLENVILLE STOPS  

87 GLENVILLE AVE   

ALLSTON, MA 02134   

License #: LB-99633   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day Wines and Malt Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license from the above – To: Allston Rock City, LLC d/b/a The Glenville Stops (at the same location). James Caruso, Manager. 1:00 AM Closing Hour.   

Attorney: Michael W. Ford  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 10:05                                                     

Outcome: Approved.   

  

8. BADOINKAS, LLC  

D/B/A: THE COMMON GROUND   

83 - 87 HARVARD AV   

ALLSTON, MA 02134   

License #: LB-99097 Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to change the Corporate Structure of the licensed business - From: Badoinkas, LLC To: Badoinkas, Incorporated.   

Attorney: Laurel Bretta  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 10:28                                                     

Outcome: Approved.   

  

9. BADOINKAS, LLC   

D/B/A: THE COMMON GROUND  

83 - 87 HARVARD AV   

ALLSTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-99097   

Holder of a Common Victualler 7 Day All-Alcoholic Beverages License has petitioned to transfer the license and the location from the above – To: Boston BMA, LLC d/b/a Marcelino’s Boutique Bar, 2 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. Premise consist of - 9,250 total square feet: 5,939sf on ground floor with lounge, bar and dining area seating; kitchen, office and storage in rear; 3,311sf seasonal (April - October) outdoor patio on private property with center bar, total seating for 180. Hours of operation Sunday - Thursday 11am - 1am, Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am. Basel Badawi, Manager. Closing hour 2AM.   

Attorney: Kristen Scanlon  

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 10:45                                                     

Outcome: Approved.   

  

13. Houjazy Inc.   

D/B/A: Linden Suprette  

101 BRIGHTON AVE   

BOSTON, MA 02134  

License #: LB-476649 Has applied for a Retail Package Store Wines and Malt Beverages License to be exercised on the above – Premise one floor convenience store, main store 1,000SF, storage and restroom. One entrance and two exits.    

Manager: Fida Houjazy  

Closing Time: 11:00 PM   

Video: City of Boston Licensing Board - Voting Hearing 5/5/22 - YouTube             

Slide the time bar to 13:40                                                     

Outcome: Approved. (No Singles) 

 

The following have applied for a Special 1‑Day Malt Wine license  

 

2. Notch Brighton Tap Room  

Has applied for a(n) Local Markets + Private Event at: 525 WESTERN AVE BRIGHTON, MA 02135  

Date and Time: 05/11/2022, 5/19/2022, 5/26/2022-5/29/2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00AM  

Manager: Jenna Chillington 

Outcome: Approved. 

 

7. Night Shift Events G, LLC  

Has applied for a(n) Beer Garden at Herter Park: 1175 SOLDIERS FIELD RD ALLSTON, MA 02134  

Date and Time: 06/23/2022-08/11/2022, 10:00AM - 10:00PM Thurs - Sun Only, 7/4/2022, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.  

Manager: Brad Whitman 

Outcome: Approved. 

 

8. Night Shift Events B, LLC  

Has applied for a(n) Beer Garden at: Arthur Fiedler Field, Esplanade, Boston, MA  

Date and Time: 06/11/2022-07/21/2022, 10:00AM - 10:00PM Wed - Sun Only, 7/4/2022, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.  

Manager: Brad Whitman 

Outcome: Approved. 

  

Public Comments Requested:                                                

                                                

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