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Harrison Albany block reduces number of residences to 650

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The Harrison Albany block will include 650 new residential units

The Harrison / Albany block residential project has been modified according to an article in last week’s The Boston Sun.  Developers have indicated they will reduce the number of units from 687 to 650 so they can reduce the height of some of the buildings. They will also slightly decrease the size of the parking garage from 700 to 450 spaces with the ability to increase that number to 650 spaces if stackers are used. The most drastic change is the 575 Albany Street building will now be six stories tall (not ten stories as initially proposed).

The developers have hired traffic engineers to evaluate the impact on the neighborhood. However, if there is a concern about the impact of traffic then I think the answer is to bring more reliable public transportation to the neighborhood; not restricting new developments in a downtown neighborhood where there is already a shortage of housing. These new residential buildings are literally across from I-93 and blocks from I-90, making it ideally situated. It is not the developers or neighborhoods fault the city is failing at providing adequate public transportation to alleviate surface traffic.

You can read more about this large development on the BRA website here and the real estate website Bldup has a lot of information available here.

Sunday is the last South End / SOWA market of the season

South End and SOWA Open Market Map 2It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing that the South End and SoWa Open Markets were opening for the season, but the reality is it has been six months and tomorrow, Sunday, October 30th marks the last market of the season. Both markets have continued to thrive and had a stellar year.

South End Open Market and the SOWA Market are separated by 3 blocks and are open from 10 AM – 4PM. Come over to the neighborhood and check them out before they close up for the season.

SoWa First Friday

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Friday, May 6 is SoWa First Friday, a monthly event that celebrates our community of artists and those who love art. The monthly celebration is free and open to the public and includes more than 20 galleries and 60 studios, that stay open from 5-9 PM with most of the participating galleries and artists located at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa district of the South End.

If you’ve not been recently or if you are looking for something to do this Friday, come by after work to admire the local talent and to show your support for the local artists and galleries. There is something for everyone including fashion designers showcasing their latest garments, sculpture, abstract art and more.

For more information about the participating art galleries link here, and link here for more information about SoWa First Friday’s.

"Brain Wash" by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries Boston

“Brain Wash” by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

SoWa First Friday art painting

Jaqueline Cedar exhibit: Be real at Steven Zevitas Gallery at 450 Harrison Ave.

Dueling markets open in the South End next month

In less than a month, the farmer’s, artist’s and food truck markets will reopen on Sunday, May 1, but this year you may think that you are seeing double.

This year the South End Market and GTI are hosting separate markets just blocks from each other. The South End Market is relocating to the Ming’s Supermarket parking lot across the street from the Ink Block and closing Traveler Street between Washington St. and Harrison Ave., lining it with many of the 100+ participating artisans to consolidate and expand their space.

Just two blocks away the newly branded SOWA Open Market will take place in the same space as previous years, stretching from Thayer Street through the parking lots for Cinquecento and Gaslight along Harrison Ave. South End and SOWA Open Market MapFortunately the two markets are literally separated by mere blocks so it will be relatively easy to visit both and hopefully alleviate some of the increased traffic the market has created as it has grown in popularity in recent years.

The organizers of the South End Market have not published a list of participating Farmer’s Market vendors but if they do I’ll do my best to share it.  The SOWA Farmer’s Market list of participating vendors is available here.

SOWA farmer’s market now open on Saturday and Sunday

SoWa Farmers MarketStarting Sunday, May 1, 2016 the South End will host two weekly markets that will be separated by about 3 blocks.  For those familiar with where the Sunday market has traditionally resided nothing much will seem different.  The South End Market as it was previously known is moving closer to the Ink Block and will be located in Ming’s Supermarket parking lot. The artist market by the studios and farmer’s market by Cinquecento will now go by the name SOWA Market.

One notable difference with this year’s SOWA Market is their intention to be open on both Saturday and Sunday following the grand opening. The Saturday Farmer’s Market will be slightly smaller with more vendors initially participating every Sunday alongside the Vintage and Artist Markets as well as the Food Truck court located one block away in the Gaslight and BSC parking lot. Below are the names of the vendors lined up to participate for the SOWA Market 2016 season.

Farmer's Market

For more information about the SOWA Market visit here.

New restaurant Scofflaw looks to open at Ink Block

ScofflawAnother restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block.  You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building.  This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.

The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th.  You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.

Developer files plans for Quinzani’s Bakery

Quinzani Bakery South End BostonLast week The Boston Globe wrote that a notice was filed with the city just before the end of the year that the developer who purchased the now-closed Quinzani’s Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. on the corner of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Streets will develop a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project.

There were no other specifics provided but the developer indicated the project would “provide for 18-hour uses and result in an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly public realm”.  The Boston Globe pointed out that by submitting the application on the last day of 2015, Related Beal (the developer) will not be subject to new requirements from the city of Boston for additional affordable housing benefits that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

No doubt more details will be forthcoming in the months that follow. You can read the full article on the Boston Globe, Housing heading for old Quinzani’s site in South End.