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HIGH FIVE PIER 5!   

The Boston Redevelopment Authority, supports a public Pier 5 park and withdraws privatized development Request for Proposals. 

Boston Greenway Crossroad at the Head of the Harbor.

The Pier 5 Association (P5A) is pleased the authority is highly supportive of public open space and ensuring access to Boston harbor in historic Charlestown Navy Yard.  The authority “enthusiastically supports increased open space and/or park creation at Pier 5 through philanthropic or private financing.”

P5A is also grateful for the support of the more than 3200 signatures and donations from the Charlestown community advocating a waterfront park on Pier 5 rather than a private residential/commercial development.

In a statement released by the BRA states it would also be willing to accept an asking price of $0 for Pier 5 if this was economically necessary to support additional public open space or other exceptional public benefits on Pier 5.

The public is excited to revive Pier 5 as a public park. 

For more information to join our continuing efforts to support this important and historic project please visit  www.Pier5.org

  • Please sign the Petition
  • Support the Boston Navy Yard Largest Historic Pier

About Pier 5 Association Inc.

Our mission is to stop privatization of historic, public waterfront designated national park. Our vision is to turn historic Pier 5 into a public Pier 5 park for all! 

Pier 5 Association, Inc. 501 3C is a tax deductible corporation

Media Contact:Rosemary Macero, ramacero@gmail.com 617-494-1115

Pier 5 Request for Proposals | Boston Planning & Development Agency

In accordance with the Charlestown Navy Yard Master Plan, the BPDA released an Request for Proposals (RFP) in September 2020 for the ground lease and redevelopment of Pier 5 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. We received three proposals that we are currently evaluating. Update: The comment period closed on April 5, 2021. The BPDA is currently reviewing the comments received. Materials from February 8, 2021 Proposal Presentations Pier 5 RFP Context 6M: Presentation slides | Video rendering | Response to Q&A New Pier 5: Presentation slides | Video rendering | Response to Q&A Navy Blue: Presentation slides | Video rendering | Response to Q&A Meeting recording Reference Materials Navy Yard Master Plan Implementation Website Pier 5 Request for Proposals Submission: New Pier 5 Submission: Navy Blue Submission: 6M Development BPDA FAQ on the Pier 5 RFP process Documents All Documents »

Pier 5 Request for Proposals | Boston Planning & Development Agency

Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority (BIDFA) | Business Loans for Boston

The Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority (BIDFA) promotes economic growth and employment in the City of Boston by issuing bonds that finance the capital needs of the city’s businesses and institutions. It is guided by Boston residents with professional expertise in real estate development and finance. BIDFA has helped issue nearly $572 million in bonds and has helped to create and retain over 20,300 jobs since 1972. In 1971, BIDFA was created under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40D. In 1972 it was constituted as a board of the City of Boston and began its work as an affiliate of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC), a division of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The BIDFA Board of Directors is a board of the City of Boston, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Current BIDFA Board of Directors: Katherine Kottaridis (Chair) Gerardo Espinoza Sammy Nabulsi Mayra I. Negrón-Roche Alisa R. Drayton

Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority (BIDFA) | Business Loans for Boston

PLAN: Charlestown Vision and Goals Feedback

PLAN: Charlestown Vision and Goals Feedback This survey contains questions from the virtual workshop held on Thursday, October 21, 2021. It is intended to allow community members the opportunity to provide input who were unable to attend the zoom meeting “in-person.” At the workshop, the PLAN: Charlestown team shared community feedback collected at previous workshops and on the PLAN: Charlestown map.social tool (https://bit.ly/mapcharlestown). Staff also reviewed the draft components of a planning framework (vision, goals, and principles) that will be built upon in the next phase, Diving Deeper into Priorities and Tradeoffs. A shared vision and goals for the future of Charlestown’s land use, future development, and the preservation of its existing community and historic assets establishes a planning framework. The process seeks to establish a comprehensive and coordinated plan to ensure the equitable provision of infrastructure to support neighborhood needs in the areas of: transportation, parks and open space, climate resilience, and affordable housing. The presentation, a recording, and all associated materials can be found on the project website: http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/planning-initiatives/plan-charlestown. This survey will be online and open for feedback for two weeks following the workshop through November 22, 2021. If you have any questions about PLAN: Charlestown, please reach out to Jason Ruggiero at jason.ruggiero@boston.gov.

PLAN: Charlestown Vision and Goals Feedback

Head of Harbor Groups Descriptions & Differences

Dear neighbor, We know you have heard a lot from a lot of groups about the potential development on Pier 5.  There were 3 proposals by developers and numerous groups taking positions on those proposals.   Pier 5 Association Inc. is in favor of making Pier 5 a public park and open space to be enjoyed by the whole Community.  We are orgzanized as a not for profit and will be a tax deductible 501(c)3 entity approved by the IRS.

We oppose any effort to put any housing on Pier 5 at all.  The group called Restore Pier 5 is aligned with our mission but they are organized as a lobbying group seeking public funds to bring the vision of a public park on Pier 5 into being.   We agree with the vision it is just that Pier 5 Association Inc. is proceeding on a parallel track to make the vision of Pier 5 as a public park happen with out without taxpayer money.  

All other groups have aligned with developers.   Pier 5 Association Inc. is an independent group of your neighbors with the only vision for Pier 5 as a PUBLIC PARK.  Please help us make our vision a reality.  it is going to take time, money and perseverance.  — We anticipate needing in the next 3 months $50,000 and another $150,000 by this time next year.  Please help us by donating or having a fundraiser or by helping us with your time.   Help us make our vision a reality.  

Letters to the Editor

Disregard and contempt To the Editor: Regarding your October 28, 2021 article on the Plan Charlestown Zoom and our scolding neighbor’s letter, the Patriot Bridge quoted me correctly.  As a Charlestown resident and taxpayer, I have a right, a duty to participate, ask questions and demand accountability. At the BRA/BPDA’s ‘Plan Charlestown’ Zoom, my ‘Chat’ comments and questions ruffled feathers. I will not be scolded like a ‘bad child’   BRA staff were on the Zoom to ‘provide information’.  Inexperienced BRA staff presumed audience ignorance and wasted time in a juvenile exercise schooling the audience on Zoom’s use.  BRA staff related what they ‘learned’ from the Charlestown Community about the Community’s ‘vision’ for Plan Charlestown 2030.  BRA staff’s ‘listening’ tour full of empty words unrelated to urban planning a repetition of ‘woke tropes’.  BRA’s staff had no detail, no plan and no current information prepared for their meeting.  BRA staff presented a map with Pier 5 in red shown as commercial space for retail.  BRA staff answered why, was: at the last “Plan Charlestown” meeting one person was interested in shops on Pier 5.  This is BRA’s planning or listening to the Community; the BRA ignores over 3000 Community signatures that support Pier 5 as a public park. After countless BRA ‘planning’ meetings, the BRA plan/map has 181 comments from 36 individuals, in a Community of 20,000 residents.  The BRA ignores the 3,000 signature petition to make Pier 5 a public park.  In 2019, when presented with 2,700 Community signatures for a Charlestown Master Plan, the BRA ignored Mayor Walsh’s commitment, refused to do a Master Plan.  Instead BRA ‘planners’ did a 2019 traffic study for Sullivan Sq.’s increasingly horrific traffic choke point to Charlestown which has worsened markedly since the removal of the rotary overpass. The 2019 traffic study included Charlestown, Somerville, Everett and Cambridge.  However, the BRA ‘Planners’ had no clue the number of housing units for Charlestown and scrambled to give approximate numbers of total units for all 4 areas. BRA staff had no idea the number of housing units constructed and/or approved for the Sullivan Sq. area since 2019.  BRA staff admitted that BRA had no map showing Charlestown historic landmarks. BRA staff punts questions about Charlestown’s historic sites to the Boston Landmark Commission for historic data.  We live on the Revolutionary War historic battlefield dating from our founding which includes all of Charlestown to Winter and Prospect Hills in Somerville and little Mystic where the British landed.  Is this BRA ignorance or another example of BRA’s failed stewardship of our history when it leaves our history unprotected? BRA is planning for 2030 but cannot explain 2019. How we can plan for the future when BRA fails to answer about the present, approved or on the ‘drawing board’ projects .  BRA staff is either incompetent or deliberately refuses to answer. The BRA is not listening to the Community and the Community is not being heard.  The BRA ‘Planners’ have no ‘Plan’ and approve projects on an ‘Ad Hoc’ basis with no vision or concern for our Community. The Community frustration is not new.  In “Bye, Bye BRA?  Councilor Wu presents plan to Abolish BPDA” by Seth Daniels, October 11, 2019, Patriot Bridge, former president of “Charlestown Preservation Society said the recent Master Plan process with the BPDA has been frustrating, and another reason some other sort of planning agency should be considered.   We’re in the early process of it, but the BPDA says they have no inkling of how to do a Master Plan,” she said.  “They’ve said they don’t do Master Plans. They do strategic plans. It has been a frustrating situation. ”  How quickly she forgets and then criticizes others for expressing similar frustrations. Councilor Flaherty, at that time, said, “People are meeting-ed out.  You could be out two or three nights a week on development.  They take the bait that their input will shape a project and then they find they just aren’t heard.  They have given up.  People have given up on this.”  The BRA must not be allowed to silence our Community who are impacted by the BRA’s non-existent Plan. How can we, as a Community, plan for our future if we fail protect our history? How can we plan when BRA ‘Planners’ do not know how to Plan, refuse to Plan or refuse to answer our questions? Has the BRA considered the impacts on the health and well-being of OUR Community? Do the BRA ‘Planners’ care about the residents’ quality of life (green space, air quality, livability)? How can we Plan when the BRA ‘Planners’ are deaf to our demands? Does the BRA listen or hear when it ignores 3000 signatures to make Pier 5 a public park? The BRA does not ‘listen’ to anyone; it does NOT plan anything.  If this is a ‘process’, it is BROKEN. If this is ‘listening’, the BRA is NOT ‘hearing’. When the BRA acts contrary to Community’s vision and demands, the BRA shows disregard and contempt for the health, safety and welfare of our Community.  The BRA Charlestown Master Plan ‘listening tour’  proves that the BRA is tone-deaf to Community.   The Emperor has ‘no clothes’. I pay taxes.  I, for one, demand answers and accountability. Rosemary Macero Thank You All To the Editor: We appreciate the National Park Service, The City of Boston Special Events, Police and Public Works and the remarkable Charlestown community’s support of our Thirty Sixth Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday night, October 31, 2021.  After a rain shower, and a beautiful double rainbow as a good omen, at the base of The Massachusetts Gate, our Fortune Tellers with crystal balls and fun spooky trees presided over the thousands of trick-or-treaters who gathered to take pictures. Children were thrilled to receive their glow-in-the dark necklaces provided by the Charlestown Mothers Association, who generously donated and provided the light up balloons. Tony Barrie’s 100th birthday was commemorated by the NPS and the City for his service to our community as the bandleader for over thirty years of Tony Barrie Marching Band. Urbanity Dance entertained us with their “Thriller” performance, with the Monument as a backdrop.  Wizard Jim Duane’s poem magically prepared the crowd for “Trick or Treat.” Halloween at Monument Square is made possible by the  generosity of neighbors and friends. Their kindness provides lifelong memories for Charlestown’s children, families, and friends. We appreciate the support of: NPS Superintendent Michael Creasey, and John Curwen, Julia Mize, Ethan Beeler and park rangers The Honorable Mayor Kim Janey State Senator Sal DiDomenico City Councilor Michelle Wu Charlestown Neighborhood Liaison Caitlin Stapleton Stephen D. Delcuzé, JD MPA, Commander – JW Conway Bunker Hill Post 26,  American Legion for his commitment to our community Allo Super Heroes! Tony Barrie Marching Band Balloonatics for the amazing light up clear balloons Bubble Guy Jim Dichter Frank Celeste Charlestown Mother’s Association Charlestown Savings Bank, Jane Gricci and Team for Queen of Hearts Christ Church Charlestown for their fun photobooth Wizard Jim and Michelle Duane, Wizard and Extraordaire Volunteers Coco Hynes and Johanna Hynes Arthur Colpack and Charlestown Dogs for the Dino & Dog skeleton exhibit Doghouse All Stars Band Maureen Grace, with gratitude for her Spooky Trees Ed Katz for the crystal ball lighting Ann Kelleher and Toby Goldstein for Harvest on Vine Rosemary Kverick as our Beloved Mother Goose Elissa Ladd as a spectacularly dramatic Ursula John Lee and the Baby Sharks volunteers Michel LePage as Paul Revere Kathy & Michel Litel Massport for their generous support of the Fortune Tellers DJ Ryan Murphy who rocks the crowd New England Development for their generous support Coray & Marc Thibalt for supporting the wonderful Doghouse All Star Band Whole Foods for their bananas and Natalia Parker as Chiquita Banana Marjorie Wallens as the Glamourous Glinda and Wizard of Oz Richard Johnston Supporters:  Peabody Properties, Logan House, Bunker Hill Associates, Thomson Square Partners Pete & Elizabeth Hay, Kevin Joyce, Jane Philippi                                                 Unsung sheros and heros: Jay Farraher, Jim Hauser, Arthur Hurley, Bob Markel, Tom Mosel, Dave Harvey & Joann Grigoli, Bill Galvin, Tom Fortier & Duncan Donahue and other generous supporters & donors who help create this great Charlestown inclusive tradition for young and old, from all walks of life. The cooperation and generosity of our community has been overwhelming.    Charlestown is a special place to call “home. Diane Valle  Chair

Letters to the Editor

Viewpoint: Once-in-a-generation chance for resilient, inclusive waterfront – Boston Business Journal

By Deanna Moran – Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation Oct 29, 2021, 5:30am EDT Given the twists and turns that the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) has taken over the last several weeks, Boston’s residents and business community can be forgiven for not knowing where the plan stands or what comes next. For context, the plan guides development along a section of Boston’s waterfront that stretches from Long Wharf to the old Northern Avenue Bridge. Earlier this year, a judge invalidated parts of the state’s plan after a lawsuit from Conservation Law Foundation. Fast forward to September, when Acting Mayor Kim Janey requested an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and create a new harbor plan that centers on public access, equity and resilience to climate impacts. Gov. Baker responded by claiming that the old plan needed to remain in effect until the city comes up with a new one. Confused? You’re not alone. Despite the governor making city officials jump through hoops to plan its own waterfront, the city has made its position clear: Boston wants a redo on the plan. In addition to Acting Mayor Janey’s statement, the city council has voted to amend the plan and both Councilors Wu and Essaibi-George, who are contending to become Boston’s next mayor, voted in favor. In contrast, the mixed messages from the state seem to be more about protecting a legal strategy for appealing the decision from earlier this year than about doing what is right for Boston.   Technicalities and political wrangling aside, as of right now, the state has asked the city to commit to a new process that will result in a new plan for the downtown waterfront. What does that mean? Simply put, the next mayor of Boston will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put forward a vision for the downtown waterfront that is resilient and inclusive of all residents, and that starts with a planning process that includes all neighborhoods. Poll after poll has shown that Black and Brown Bostonians feel unwelcome on Boston’s waterfront. The new administration will be responsible for shepherding a robust planning process that encourages all residents to contribute their thoughts on creating an MHP that addresses our shared priorities for access, resilience, and equity, and doesn’t just continue the current trajectory. Rewriting the plan is not about one building or one project. It is about a vision for a world-class waterfront that learns from the mistakes of the Seaport. Will it be an area that belongs to everyone in Boston? Or only for a select few? Will it look ahead, and build in ways that protect from an encroaching ocean? Or ignore science and the changes only a few decades away? The court has given us a chance to make these decisions, and we should make the right ones. RECOMMENDED GOVERNMENT & REGULATIONS

Viewpoint: Once-in-a-generation chance for resilient, inclusive waterfront – Boston Business Journal

Hurricane Sandy Design Competition | Rebuild By Design

HURRICANE SANDY DESIGN COMPETITION Origin and Impact After Hurricane Sandy impacted 13 states, costing more than $65 billion in damages and economic loss, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force launched an innovative design competition, Rebuild by Design, that coupled innovation and global expertise with community insight to develop implementable solutions to the region’s most complex needs. In partnership with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Municipal Art Society, Regional Plan Association, NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, The Van Alen Institute, and support from The Rockefeller Foundation and other philanthropic partners, the multi-stage competition guided participants through in-depth research, cross-sector, cross-professional collaboration, and iterative design. Participants collaborated with community and local government stakeholders to ensure each stage of the competition were based on the best knowledge and talent and final proposals would be realistic and replicable. The Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Design Competition changed the way the federal government responds to disaster and became the model now used in other regions to prepare communities for future uncertainties. Its success has also inspired other efforts. In 2014, President Obama launched the National Disaster Resilience Competition, which awarded $1 billion to 13 cities and states across the country to fund resilience-building projects. Internationally, The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with the USAID and The Swedish International Development Agency, developed the Global Partnership for Resilience based on the Rebuild by Design competition model and collaborative approach. The competition model’s success also led to the formation of the Rebuild by Design organization, which is helping cities and communities around the globe become more resilient through collaborative research and design.

Hurricane Sandy Design Competition | Rebuild By Design

A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change – SEI

A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change This article presents a systematic and comprehensive global stocktake of implemented human adaptation to climate change. The authors screened more than 48 000 articles using machine learning methods and a global network of 126 researchers. Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A.R., Lesnikowski, A. et al. A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2021). http://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y Topics and subtopics Climate : Adaptation Assessing global progress on human adaptation to climate change is an urgent priority. While the literature on adaptation to climate change is rapidly expanding, little is known about the actual extent of implementation.

The authors systematically screened more than 48 000 articles using machine learning methods and a global network of 126 researchers. The synthesis of the resulting 1682 articles presents a systematic and comprehensive global stocktake of implemented human adaptation to climate change. The results show that documented adaptations were largely fragmented, local, and incremental, with limited evidence of transformational adaptation and negligible evidence of outcomes that reduced risk. The authors identify a need to improve research on global adaptation, and eight priorities for doing so. These are to: assess the effectiveness of adaptation responses enhance understanding of limits to adaptation enable individuals and civil society to adapt include missing places, scholars, and scholarship understand private sector responses improve methods for synthesizing different forms of evidence assess adaptation at different temperature thresholds improve inclusion of timescale and dynamics of responses.

A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change – SEI