May/June 2017 Newsletter

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June 2017

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INCREASED SAFETY & SECURITY MEASURES IN NEWMARKET
In an effort to reduce the number of impaired and other individuals loitering on the streets of Newmarket, we are working closely with the local law enforcement and public officials.  Toward this end, we the following initiatives are either currently in place or in the works and will be in place in the next 4-8 weeks.
1.      Increased Police Presence:  You will notice a dramatic increase in the amount of police presence in the area beginning this week.  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) will be completely fenced in from Massachusetts Avenue all the way to the Prison/Food Bank land next to the expressway.  This area has 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.has agreed to put up the fence and the Sheriff’s office has agreed to maintain the grass area.  The fence should be erected by early August.  Thanks to both DOT and the Sheriff!!!

3.      Daytime Engagement Area – The City of Boston is in the process of designing a daytime engagement area in the covered tent and outdoor space behind the current Southampton Street Shelter.  The goal of this site is to provide a space for those individuals currently loitering on the streets of newmarket during the day.  As the police are moving them off of the streets, the City is trying to provide a space for them to go.  In the space, there will be mobil bathrooms, snacks, water, health services, technical help places to sit, and similar services.  This is a Pilot Program 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.

4.      Increased Street/Sidewalk Clean-up:  There has been a large increase in the number of street clean-up workers that have been assigned to Newmarket beginning the last week of June. If you see an area that needs cleaning, just call 311 and identify the area.  They will be out very quickly.

Safe Injection Sites

The Massachusetts Medical Society and a few state lawmakers have proposed the implementation of so-called “safe injection facilities” in Massachusetts in order to combat the number of potentially deadly overdoses among the area’s homeless and addicted populations. Such facilities, which would not provide drugs but would be staffed with medical personnel to supervise users in case of overdose, do not exist anywhere else within the United States and are prohibited by federal law. They have been sited in recent years in Canada and for several decades in various European countries.

The Massachusetts Medical Society has urged the state to open one or two pilot facilities. It has been suggested by some medical professionals that the area of Mass and Cass would be appropriate to site one of these facilities. The Newmarket Business Association and most surrounding neighborhoods are completely opposed to this suggestion.

City Councillors Frank Baker and Annissa Essaibi-George called for a city council public hearing on this issue, which was held on Monday, June 19th. The NBA and its allies in the South End Forum attended to vigorously argue against the opening of one of these facilities in our area. Executive Director Sue Sullivan testified in part that “The Massachusetts Medical Society should be ashamed of themselves because we have the best minds in the world here, and this is the best they can come up with?”

We will continue to keep you updated as this issue progresses.

Blue Hill Avenue Station

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new station for the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line was held on Monday, June 5th. The ceremony was atended by state officials including Governor Baker and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, as well as the NBA and members of the Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative. Governor Baker called the construction of the Blue Hill Avenue Station a “long-awaited milestone for the Mattapan community,” which will “provide faster and affordable access to jobs, educational opportunities, and economic growth along the entire Fairmount Line corridor.” The groundbreaking also comes on the heels of the Fairmount Line’s recent successful two-week pilot program providing free rides along the entire line, which was designed to boost ridership and encourage local residents to adopt it as a way of getting to and from work and the rest of the city.

Massachusetts Bill 2390

Representative Evandro Carvalho and other members of the State House delegation have filed methadone treatment legislation commissioning a study to examine the regional demand and distribution of substance abuse treatment and medically assisted treatment facilities. Under this legislation, 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.

Put Your Clothes to Work

Over the past month, the Newmarket Business Association and Newmarket Community Partners have collaborated with Goodwill for the “Put Your Clothes to Work” clothing drive. So far, we have collected over 900 pounds of donations of interview-appropriate and business casual clothing for low-income men and women who are transitioning into the workforce. The clothing drive will continue until June 20th!

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.

Newmarket Mapping Project

Last July, the Newmarket Business Association began planning, alongside the city government and all abutting businesses and residents, to renovate Farnham and Reading Streets. Our planning involved mapping out both streets and labeling all of the aspects of the area that we believed needed improvement. Many of our proposed improvements have already been completed, and paving and new sidewalks will begin next month. Based on the success of this project, this summer the NBA will begin a more comprehensive mapping project of the entire Newmarket area. We will be talking with abutters on other streets soon to see what needs to be done. It will likely take some time before work begins on the improvements we identify, but we believe that having a plan will make it all more likely to get done in the future.

Real Estate News

54 NEWMARKET SQUARE

BOSTON, MA

Cushman & Wakefield

FOR SALE

10,700 SF BUILDING

0.732 ACRES

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING FOR SALE
Premier Industrial/Office/Land Opportunity

54 Newmarket Square is a prime stand alone industrial building with excess land for parking and outdoor storage in Boston, Massachusetts. The property has a total of 31,896 SF (0.732 acres). Given the scarcity of heavy industrial/office/warehouse space in the area, this is a great opportunity. 54 Newmarket Square has an outstanding location off Massachusetts Avenue with access to major highways and public transportation.

For more information please contact:

SCOTT GREDLER
Senior Director
(617) 204 5975
scott.gredler@cushwake.com

JAY DRISCOLL
Executive Director
(617) 204 4154
john.driscoll@cushwake.com

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70 Southampton Street
City Realty, who purchased 70 Southampton Street in January, came before Newmarket’s Issues Committee this week with their proposal for a new development on the site. They presented a six-story residential building, a proposal which violates the current zoning for the area in a number of ways.The NBA has determined that we will not support their current proposal for the site, but encouraged City Realty’s representatives to consider a future proposal is more closely aligned with our goals for Newmarket. If any of our members would like to weigh in on the subject, please feel free to email us at nba@newmarketboston.org.

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Pipefitters Union New Training Center

The pipefitters and gapfitters union are currently in the BPDA article 80 process for putting up a new training center on enterprise street. The proposed Dorchester facility would include 70,000 square feet of new training, educational, assembly and office space, which if approved would replace its two existing buildings and 86-space parking lot at 40 Enterprise Street.
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
ReEnergy
The Newmarket Business Association would like to express its appreciation to ReEnergy this month for their generous donation of several desktop computers, monitors, and printers to the Orchard Garden school and to the Mason Pilot Elementary School. ReEnergy will also be assisting the NBA by providing classroom space for our upcoming English as a second language classes for employees of member companies.
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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