The Harvest Co-op's lease on its South Street location ends on Feb. 28. Although board members are continuing to negotiate with their landlord, there's a chance the store could close, forcing members to journey to the newer Harvest on Washington Street on the JP/Roslindale line.
The co-op board meets on Jan. 5, starting at 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Artists Institute, 311 Forest Hills St. in JP, with time set aside for members to discuss the potential shutdown.
At age 11, he obtained a job selling refreshments during the dance nights at the Greenwood Youth Center. During a break in the active dancing, the girls would come over to the refreshment stand and order Cokes. Before they had finished them, the music would start up again and they would run over to the dance floor. Charlie and his partners in crime would quickly refill the empty bottles with the leftovers, pop the tops back on, and then sell the "new" bottles during the next break. "Five cents, pure profit!" he gloated 71 years later.
Fans of the old industrial look could do worse than just drive down Northern Avenue (or take the Silver Line) on a quiet Sunday morning and then walk around the Boston Marine Industrial Park (this morning, I parked across from Liberty Wharf and then just covered the waterfront).
One of the more interesting buildings from the area's history as the South Boston Naval Annex, is what the BRA now calls Parcel N at Fid Kennedy Avenue and Capstan Way- a large hulk of a no-nonsense building, except for the almost decorative touches around its main and rear doors:
Last month, the Economic and Industrial Development Corp., the BRA unit that oversees the marine industrial park, sent out a solicitation for bids for the building. Unlike a vacant nearby parking lot, destined to become an "innovation" office building, EDIC said it wants to retain the building's industrial history:
EDIC encourages proposals that further its commitment to promote maritime economic development and the retention and creation of job opportunities all within the existing zoning and regulatory framework. Explicitly forbidden uses include residential, hotels/motels, healthcare, recreational boating, sports and entertainment and general office. Said forbidden uses are not under any circumstances to be included as part of Parcel N redevelopment plans.
Preference will be given to a developer that would rent the building's large first floor, which still has a train track running through one side (although it no longer connects to anything) to a single tenant.
An annual event that lets car enthusiasts show off their modified rides at the Post Office Square garage ended a bit early when the Boston Fire Department arrived to figure out why smoke detectors went off and wound up evacuating the garage due to elevated carbon-monoxide levels.
More than 200 Masstuning enthusiasts had gathered on level 3 of the six-floor garage when the alarms went off around 8 p.m. A Fire Department spokesman reports:
It appears smoke generated from spinning tires caused the alarm to activate. Firefighters estimate there were over 200 cars at this event. Using meters, firefighters also found elevated amounts of carbon monoxide present on several levels.
Police were called to assist in shutting the garage down. Garage was evacuated of people until CO dissipated. Building staff made sure exhaust fans were on full. Once levels were safe, the public was able to start retrieving cars at around 10:30pm.
Inspectional Services Inspectors were called to check use of the garage and permits. Once cars were retrieved, garage was closed for the night. Fire Haz
Mat Inspector cleared at 12:30am. ISD to follow up on the incident.