Fidelity would create large waterfront space at revamped World Trade Center in Seaport

The most dramatic changes would occur on the front side of the complex, closest to Seaport Boulevard: The Commonwealth Hall exhibition space will be shuttered for good next year and replaced in part by a 25,000-square-foot waterfront courtyard that will feature small outdoor events and markets throughout the year.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Massport is unloading another acre of its South Boston real estate holdings

The site on Congress Street, behind John Hancock’s previous glass-enclosed home and next to the Silver Line Way MBTA stop, could accommodate up to 400,000 square feet of mixed-use development, with the potential to increase that amount to 600,000 if the developer also opts to procure an acre-plus of air rights over the Silver Line right-of-way.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Officials seek more protections for city wetlands to counter effects of climate change

Boston has wetlands areas scattered across the city that have long been cherished for their beauty and environmental benefits. But environmental advocates say the city has few tools to protect these spaces from climate change and the secondary effects of development, such as shifts in flood patterns; the city is one of only three along the Massachusetts coastline that does not have local laws protecting wetlands.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Why Inclusive Design Matters

Whether we realize it or not, the design process decides who benefits, who participates, and who counts. When that process is intended to be inclusive of everyone in society, we get places that welcome all, products that work for everyone, and services and systems that benefit each of us.

→Source: Meeting of the Minds

Study finds rising seas are eroding value of homes along coast

Rising seas have already cost Massachusetts homeowners more than a quarter of a billion dollars in lost property value, according to a study set to be published Tuesday, with much more severe losses likely to come.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Opinion: Boston’s port needs attention

Today, Boston’s port economy supports more than 50,000 jobs and creates $4.6 billion in economic value for the city, the state, and the region. To preserve and strengthen Boston’s working ports during a time of rapid development and climate change we urge Massport to continue its focus on the working port and take steps to further modernize Boston’s maritime economy.

→Source: CommonWealth Magazine

EFSB Public Comment Hearing on Eversource Substation

The state Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) will hold a public comment hearing on the proposed electric substation on the Chelsea Creek in East Boston. Following a presentation by Eversource of a proposed project change, public officials and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments . A Spanish/English and a Portuguese/English interpreter will be present.

Date: February 5, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: East Boston High School
More Information: mass.gov/files
En español: mass.gov/files

The City Talks: Environmental Extremes

Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by themes found in “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” on exhibit now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Date: February 13, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Linde Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
More Information: mfa.org/programs

Charlestown/Lower Mystic Community Meeting

The Mystic River Watershed Association is hosting a community meeting to share feedback and initial ideas for new parks, walking and biking paths, and opportunities for better access to the waterfront. Enjoy free pizza and good conversation at this kid-friendly event! RSVP encouraged but not required.

Date: January 30, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: Harvard-Kent Elementary School
More Information: mysticriver.org/calendar

Charlestown looks at bringing new life to an old navy yard

The South Boston Waterfront may hog the limelight these days. But city officials are turning their attention to Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, where nearly 2,000 people live. The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently put out a request for proposals to “activate,” in planner-speak, the waterfront area and is accepting input on the private sector responses until Jan. 1.

→Source: The Boston Globe

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