July 2017 Newsletter

 

Newmarket News!

July 2017

See what’s new in Newmarket!

INCREASED SAFETY & SECURITY MEASURES IN NEWMARKET

1.      Increased Police Presence:  You will notice a dramatic increase in the amount of police presence in the area over the past few weeks. This is a result of a coordinated effort by the Boston Police, the State Police, BU Police, Boston Medical Center Police, Dept of Public Health Police, the Sheriff’s Office and others to jointly provide coverage in this area and to arrest or detain various individuals as well as to move others off of the streets, etc.

2.      Fenced in Area – The grass area next to the Mass. Ave. Highway Connector (on the Bradston Street side) is in the process of being completely fenced in from Massachusetts Avenue all the way to the Prison/Food Bank land next to the expressway. This area had become a haven for drug use and loitering over the past year, and fencing it in will keep this from happening.  Kudos to Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins for making this happen!!! The Mass. Dept. of Trans. agreed to put up the fence and the Sheriff’s office has agreed to maintain the grass area. Thanks to both DOT and the Sheriff!!!

 

 

Members Network at Bully Boy Distillery

About thirty Newmarket members and friends had a great time at our summer networking night at the newly opened Bully Boy Distillers tasting room on July 19th. The night featured a tour of the distillery, drinks, great food from Wicked Catering, and the chance to mingle with old and new members of the Newmarket community. We thank them for their hospitality that night, and we encourage all members to check them out. Stay alert for our next networking event coming soon!

 

 

Daytime Engagement Area

Starting August 2nd, the City of Boston is opening a daytime engagement area for homeless individuals who have nowhere else to go but the streets of Newmarket on hot summer days. The Center is located in the covered tent and outdoor space behind the current Southampton Street Shelter and has a capacity of 100 people at a time. In the air-conditioned space, there will be mobile bathrooms, snacks, water, books, health services, places to sit, and similar services. This initiative is a Pilot Program which will last for 6 months and will be monitored closely by us during that time. If there is not an improvement in the surrounding streets, the Engagement Area will not continue to operate.

 

 

Fairmount Line Extension Pilot Project

On Monday, July 31st, the NBA and its partners in the Fairmount/Indigo CDC Collaborative attended a meeting of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board in order to speak out against a proposed pilot project engineered by the Kraft Group to extend service on the Fairmount commuter line to Foxborough. As it currently stands, the MBTA runs trains to Foxborough on Patriots game days, but usually that stretch of track is unused. The NBA and our community allies are not opposed to the idea of extending the line on principle, but talks of this plan have been going on between the MBTA and the Kraft Group since 2010, but the Fairmount Collaborative was only included in the discussion in the past month. As such, in its current form, we believe that the pilot project will undermine the many years of work that we have put into improving the Fairmount Line as useful transportation for Newmarket and the Fairmount Corridor. As a result of our efforts at the Board meeting, the MBTA’s vote on whether or not to enact the project has been postponed from July 31st to August 14th, which will give us additional time to meet with the Kraft Group in an attempt to find a compromise on the details of the extension which will be beneficial both for the town of Foxborough and our own communities in Boston. We are committed to the Fairmount/Indigo Line becoming rapid transit with significantly increased frequency of service over the next several years. This is not only our vision, but is also the city’s vision as outlined in the recently released Imagine Boston 2030 report.

 

 

Massachusetts Bill 2390

Several months ago, Representative Evandro Carvalho and other members of the State House delegation filed methadone treatment legislation commissioning a study to examine the regional demand and distribution of substance abuse treatment and medically assisted treatment facilities. If this legislation is passed, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will support the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services in creating a report to be submitted by no later than December 1, 2017. The report will include the distribution of reports of opiate overdoses throughout the state, the distribution of the last known residence of each victim of overdoses, the distribution and capacity of substance abuse treatment services, the distribution and capacity of medically assisted treatment services, and the distribution of alcohol and drug free housing when available.The report will also include a preliminary analysis of treatment expansions or reductions and their costs to the state.

This month, Representative Denise Garlick, the chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, visited us here in Newmarket to take a tour of the area and see first hand the unsustainable state of affairs in our present situation. She spent two hours walking and talking with the NBA, and we are confident that she fully understands our request for the favorable passage of the bill.

 

 

English Works
In the coming months, the Newmarket Business Association and Newmarket Community Partners will begin offering English in the Workplace classes for businesses looking for help in improving the skills of their employees. English classes build employee confidence, support individual growth, and produce great returns for the company. A number of our businesses have already signed up. We need to know as soon as possible if you are interested in more information about this.If you are interested in getting more information, please contact us at 617-445-3445.

 

 

Real Estate News

54 NEWMARKET SQUARE

BOSTON, MA

Cushman & Wakefield

FOR SALE

10,700 SF BUILDING

0.732 ACRES

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING UNDER AGREEMENT
This building is under agreement to Phoenix MultiSport.

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70 Southampton Street

City Realty, who purchased 70 Southampton Street in January, came before Newmarket’s Issues Committee this week for the second time to discuss potential uses for a new development on the site. They had previously presented a six-story residential building, a proposal which violates the current zoning for the area in a number of ways and for which the NBA had indicated our lack of support. When City Realty returned to the Issues Committee this month, they told us that they had taken our feedback into account and will no longer be pursuing a residential development. The details of their new project are yet to be determined, but they are now looking at a 100% commercial or office space building. We will continue to be in contact and work with them to put together a project that will benefit both them and Newmarket.

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Holland Construction Shetland Street

Holland Construction has put forth a plan to construct a residential building on Shetland Street with 57 units, 50 at market rate and 7 affordable housing. The area is zoned for residential use, but the proposed project would violate current zoning on density and F.A.R. In addition, a number of nearby abutters have expressed serious concern about the increased traffic that this development will bring to the area. We will continue to update you about the progress of this project.
City Services Number

The City of Boston has rolled out a phone number to connect city residents with an easy way to request non-emergency services and information. The number can be used for anything from graffiti removal to reporting a broken street sign to requesting needle clean-up. The 311 Constituent Service Center is open 24/7, 365 days a year and can be contacted either by phone, their mobile app, or twitter @BOS311.

65 East Cottage Street
20,000 sq. ft. of Commercial/Industrial Space
Pre-Leasing Now!

Are you looking for room to expand? 20,000 square feet of new commercial/industrial space will be available in approximately 18 months (late 2018) at Newmarket’s newest commercial-industrial development. Pre-leasing is available now! Those interested should contact Sue Sullivan either by email (suesullivan@newmarketboston.org) or by calling 345-3445.

 

 

Member of the Month
Bully Boy Distillers
The Newmarket Business Association would like to express its appreciation to Bully Boy this month for hosting our member networking event, and congratulate them on the recent expansion of their production capacities and the recent opening of their tasting room! Bully Boy is one of the newest and most significant up and coming distilleries in the region. Check out their website for their tasting room hours and drink menu!
Keep an eye out for our next update on what’s new in Newmarket! As always, should you have any questions or concerns, contact us at (617) 445-3445 or nba@newmarketboston.org. 

 

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