Category Archives: SoWa

Whale mural on Planet Storage building in the South End

public art, Tyson Andree, ink blockThe whale mural that has been visible from the Planet Self Storage building along Boston’s Southeast Expressway since the early 1990s has disappeared from view on I-93 ever since the Troy Boston residential building was erected.  According to a recent story in The Boston Globe, a fourth whale is going to be added to Planet Self Storage building.  The additional whale still won’t be visible to those on the highway but rather will face the Ink Block.

The developer behind the Ink Block, National Development, has commissioned Brookline graffiti artist, Tyson Andree, to spray-paint the new mural on a 15-foot-high by 68-foot-long section of Planet Self Storage’s northern wall, facing the Ink Block. The project should be finished by this weekend.

Salon Sunday in SoWa

Salon Sunday SoWaClearly Mother Nature is a harlot who has it bad for Old Man Winter.  Since it is too cold to enjoy the outdoors, head inside on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm – 5 pm and check out “Salon Sunday in SoWa” at 450 Harrison Avenue.  More than 80 artist studios will be open for you to peruse.

More details are available on the SoWa Artist Guild Facebook page.

GTI Properties looks to convert SoWa church into apartments

GTI PropertiesThe Boston Herald is reporting that new plans from GTI Properties have resurfaced for the Jesuit Urban Center which was shuttered in 2007.  GTI’s latest round of plans for the church, which was built back in 1858 and the adjoining property, would  call for 54 one- to three-bedroom apartments in the former Church of the Immaculate Conception and four townhome-style units in what they are calling an attached “Link Building”.   Back in 2013 GTI filed a letter of intent for the property to include 62 rental units but nothing ever came of it.  This new letter to the BRA is the first in more than a year.

 

Reposting: Vote for SoWa as America’s best art district

SoWa, South End, BostonUSA Today has nominated Boston’s South End district – SoWa – as one of America’s best art districts alongside 19 other communities including places like Chelsea-NYC, Warehouse District-NOLA and Station North-Baltimore.

Voting ends at 12PM on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Vote Boston’s SoWa District as America’s best art district

Help raise the profile of SoWa and click on the link above.  At the bottom of the page select “Vote”.  It would be wonderful to have SoWa recognized.  This one-time derelict neighborhood, better known for burnt out buildings and crime is now one of my favorite parts of Boston.

Vote for SoWa as America’s best art district

SoWa Open MarketUSA Today has nominated Boston’s South End district – SoWa – as one of America’s best art districts alongside 19 other communities including places like Chelsea-NYC, Warehouse District-NOLA and Station North-Baltimore.

Vote Boston’s SoWa District as America’s best art district

Help raise the profile of SoWa and click on the link above.  At the bottom of the page select “Vote”.  It would be wonderful to have SoWa recognized.  This one-time derelict neighborhood, better known for burnt out buildings and crime is now one of my favorite parts of Boston.

Voting ends at 12PM on Monday, March 2, 2015.  Help me spread the word by sharing with friends through your preferred social media channels.

NOTE: You can vote once per day so bookmark the page and return often.

46 Wareham revised to include more commercial space

Factory at 46 Wareham Street

46 Wareham Street South End

According to the Boston Courant, a new plan has been filed for 46 Wareham, a building in the South End that the Holland Companies would like to renovate and develop.  This past summer the Holland Companies suggested modernizing the under utilized structure to create a 6-story, 42 residential unit building that would include ground floor space for a commercial unit.  Opposition from some community activists who did not want to lose the commercial space and pointed to zoning laws that supported their arguments forced the developers to go back to the drawing board.

The Holland Companies hopes their revised proposal addresses the zoning concerns by reducing the number of residential units to 36 and increasing the commercial space by making the first two levels of the building available for commercial use (some 20,000 square feet). The developers feel that the long term viability of this project hinges on it being a mixed use development.

More coffee houses opening in South End

south end, troyLast week the Ink Block announced that a new Capital One 360 Bank and Cafe would be opening soon to which I tweeted in response: Capital One 360 Cafe Ink BlockThe fact that Capital One has concluded (ahead of much of their competition) that banks are not exactly loved by everyone so they’ve started including coffee shops is a smart marketing move on their part but it is hard for me to cheer for another bank to open – even if that section of the neighborhood is underserved.

So I’d like to champion the news that a coffee shop, CUPPACOFFEE, (without the added baggage of a bank) will be opening in the Troy at 55 Traveler Street possibly as early as mid March.  CUPPACOFFEE is an Australian coffee house which means they will also sell Aussie foods like meat pies, lamingtons, anzac cookies and other treats.