March 2017 Newsletter

Newmarket News!

March 2017

See what’s new in Newmarket!

Casa Myrna Leadership Reception

On Thursday, March 23rd, Casa Myrna held an event honoring José Masso and other community leaders for their contributions to the movement to end domestic violence, and to celebrate Casa Myrna’s 40th Anniversary of supporting survivors as they build brighter futures for themselves and their families. In addition to a number of Newmarket members, many of our government leaders attended, including the Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George.

Newmarket was a partner with Metro Credit Union in the event to highlight the importance of everyone making domestic violence their business. As a result of our partnership with Casa Myrna, the NBA will be actively informing our businesses more fully of what they can do to help end domestic violence.

Newmarket Safety Task Force Updates

  • Mass Ave Panhandlers
  • The number of panhandlers in the area has increased dramatically over the past several weeks. In an effort to decrease this activity, the city recently determined that large rectangular planters are going to be placed all along the median strips of Mass Ave, Melnea Cass Blvd, and the Mass Ave connector in the next few weeks.
  • Needle Cleanup
  • Reminder… if you see used or unused needles on the ground in Newmarket, please immediately call 311 and request the Needle Recovery Team to come pick them up.

NEIDL Research Facility

The Boston Biosafety Committee held a public meeting recently to discuss a request by Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) for permission to conduct research at Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4). In keeping with Newmarket’s position in favor of biotechnology, the NBA’s Sue Sullivan spoke at the meeting in support of Boston University. The NEIDL is one of the few laboratories in the world with the ability to develop treatments and cures for emerging infectious diseases. The building has been completed for some time and it is time for this state-of-the-art facility to be put to use for this type of research.

In addition, located in a vibrant commercial/industrial area, the jobs and employees that the full use of this research laboratory will bring to the Newmarket district is extremely valuable and will have a significant economic impact on the growth of the area. The opening of this facility will not only provide much needed research, and open the door for additional grants to the Commonwealth, but will also act as an economic stimulus to the neighborhood.

At this time, Boston University is awaiting a decision from Boston Public Health, which is the last hurdle before their work can begin.

Real Estate News


Leggat McCall Site

Two weeks ago the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved two more real estate projects in the South End’s SoWa district that combined will result in bringing more than 970 new residential units to Harrison Ave.

The first and larger development is The Harrison Albany Block, (shown above from Albany Street), it will include 650 residential units and span from Harrison Avenue to Albany Street between East Canton and East Dedham streets. The large development will include three levels of below grade parking garage, 29,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space and 65 affordable units (with some designated specifically for working artists). In addition, the developers will pay into a BPDA fund to purchase or subsidize another 65 units someplace else. Originally proposed as a 710 unit development back in the fall of 2015 modest reductions were made in response to neighborhood concerns. This project will go before the zoning board of appeals on Wednesday, April 12th.

The second residential complex approved by the BPDA this past week is for the 370-380 Harrison project, which will include 92 condos and 232 apartments that will be built on the site of the former Quinzani Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. next to the Ink Block. The developer has committed to ensuring at least 20% of the units will be marketed as affordable.
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70 Southampton Street

The Newmarket Business Association met with the representatives of City Realty, who purchased 70 Southampton Street in January. While they would like to develop the property at some point, they indicated that for the time being they will continue with the present leases on the property and current tenants. They also said that City Realty will join the Association and are looking to work with the NBA and local authorities to ensure that the property is well maintained. We gladly welcome City Realty as a new member.

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 12-18 months (early 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.

Featured Businesses
M.A.S Consulting and Likarr Maintenance Systems

In a continued effort to provide all of our members a low cost alternative to many products and services, the Newmarket Boston Association would like to introduce you to two companies.

Mason Sagan, of M.A.S. Consulting. Mason has a proven track record of providing members of the NBA with office supplies, copy and print products, promotional products, and furniture at deeply discounted prices. M.A.S. Consulting provides next day delivery on over 50,000 office products with significantly lower prices than big box retailers, and great customer service.

To see how they can help you to save money, Contact M.A.S. Consulting today! Go to www.suppliesconsulting.com or call Mason Sagan at 781-296-1588.

Newmarket member Ed McElaney of Likarr Maintenance Systems has been selling Likarr products to companies in Newmarket and around the area for 14 years.

Likarr is a Janitorial/Maintenance Supply Distributor. Located in Foxboro, they carry, paper products, toilet tissue, roll towels, trash bags, all cleaning chemicals, disinfectants, deodorizers, Ice Melt, entrance matting, etc. They were recognized as one of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Top Small Businesses of 2013, and they attribute their growth and competitive edge to the hard work and dedication of the LMS team, and their commitment to providing cost effective solutions for their valued clients. 

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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