Boston Globe | These King Tides have taken over parts of downtown Boston

Boston Globe, October 17, 2016 -- The scene was redolent of summer, at a time when many people are planning their Halloween costumes: unshod tourists dipping their toes into Boston Harbor near Long Wharf. The visitors could enjoy the rare unseasonable frolic because the highest tides of the year in Massachusetts rolled in Monday. Called King tides, they occur when the moon is closest to the Earth and the Earth is at its closest point in its orbit around the sun. The tides will remain through Wednesday. Continue reading

Boston Globe | State Rejects Lewis Wharf Plan

Boston Globe, September 22, 2016 -- State officials this week dealt a blow to a controversial hotel proposed for Lewis Wharf, signaling that there are limits to how far they will let Boston’s building boom surge up to, and beyond, the edge of the city’s waterfront. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday ruled that developers cannot build out onto wharves, piers, and pilings that sit below water at high tide. That will likely send a 277-room hotel planned for the edge of Lewis Wharf back to the drawing board. Continue reading

Save our North End Waterfront Group Documents High Tide at Lewis Wharf Piling Fiel

  North End Waterfront News, October 17th -- Reinforcing its position that a submerged piling field cannot be legally built on, members of Save Our North End Waterfront gathered on Monday afternoon for a “High Tide” event. The organizing arm opposes theproposed Lewis Wharf hotel project and documented the disappearing piles at the site of the proposed luxury hotel. “Anyone can see that the vast majority of pilings at Lewis Wharf are not visible at high tide,” said Cathy McDonnell, a Save Our North End Waterfront leader and North End resident. “These piling remnants are so deteriorated that they are unusable and unsafe for any purpose, and yet developers are still considering building a massive luxury hotel out over these dilapidated pilings.” Last month, the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection confirmed that a new development cannot extend over pilings or piers that are below water at high tide. As verified today, much of the piling field at Lewis Wharf is not visible at high tide implying the DEP ruling could dramatically reduce the size of the area where the proposed hotel was to be built. The group continues to press its case, most recently taking aim at the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Planning & Development Agency that have yet to take any action to halt review of the hotel plan. “The neighborhood and now the Commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Protection have spoken loudly and clearly,” said Barbara McNeil, a Save Our North End Waterfront leader and North End resident. “Those Commonwealth tidelands should be protected for the neighborhood and the public. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken our concerns seriously; so, why hasn’t the City of Boston?” - Matt Conti    Read the full article here

Boston Globe | Lewis Wharf opponents to grill candidates

Boston Globe, March 1, 2016-- What’s a good way to make sure your future state senator sees things your way on a controversial development in the district? Get in their face while they’re still a candidate. Continue reading

Banker & Tradesman | Building In Harm’s Way?

Banker & Tradesman, December 6, 2015-- Vocal opposition to development is part of the drill in Boston’s North End, a neighborhood with a history of fiercely defending its residential and historic character. Continue reading

MASSterList | Does the BRA value community input?

MASSterList, December 4, 2015-- The agency claims to value community input, perhaps in the same way City Hall valued community input on Boston 2024, IndyCar Boston, and—more locally—turning residential parking spots in the North End over to Zipcar. We know how Boston 2024 ended, and we continue to watch as conversations unfold about the lack of public input sought from the city and Grand Prix for the IndyCar race. Now, go no further than the North End and the West End to hear from residents who feel unheard and disregarded by the supposed BRA “public process.” Continue reading | Lewis Wharf Proposal Falls Short on Climate Change, Say Environmental Groups, October 22, 2015-- Two expert organizations on climate change and sea level rise have raised concerns regarding the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel project. The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and the Conservation Law Foundation believe the project would set a poor precedent for climate change preparedness on Boston’s waterfront. Continue reading

North End Regional Review | Heavy Opposition Mounted for Lewis Wharf Hotel Proposal

North End Regional Review, October 16, 2015-- More than 300 people attended the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) public meeting to discuss the potential development of a hotel on Lewis Wharf. Most of the people in attendance oppose the project for several reasons including height, traffic, view of the harbor and more. Continue reading | Three of Four At-Large Councilors Oppose Lewis Wharf Hotel Project, October 15, 2015-- Three of the four At-Large City Councilors have written letters to the Boston Redevelopment Authority opposing the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel development. Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Murphy have come out against the project by proponents JW Capital Partners and Moriarty & Associates. Continue reading | Elected Officials Michlewitz, LaMattina & Petrucelli Take Stand Against Lewis Wharf Hotel Project, October 7, 2015-- All three of the local elected officials representing the North End / Waterfront came out strongly today against the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel development project by JW Capital Partners, LLC.  Continue reading