Friday, February 22, 2013

Permitting, Zoning, and Openings... Oh My!

Excuse the theatre reference... or perhaps movie reference. I'll always be a theatre geek at heart. That partially excuses why this blog is so inactive. Most of the time I'm either at Arts After Hours rehearsal space, theatre or office when I'm not at my regular 9-5. Makes it hard to keep up on this. There is so MUCH going on though and I would be remiss not to let you know about it.

1. PERMITTING - AAH recently became a member of the Chamber of Commerce. This year, I was fortunate enough to hear Barry Bluestone speak at the Chamber annual dinner. He spoke about collaboration between the Chamber and City Hall that is producing real results in streamlined permitting. It's exciting to see such real progress being led by people who have studied urban policy and planning for decades. It's the right way to approach this and I'm glad they are taking the feedback to heart.

2. ZONING - You need a special permit to do anything Downtown. It's borderline insanity. You need a special permit for any type of residential, including mixed use. You need a special permit for almost everything. Recently a group called the Metropolitan Area Planning Council came to town to look at zoning in our Downtown in a very real way. They already identified several opportunities for improvement and will be leading a charge to inventory our land use downtown and come up with tools to make development of the things we want downtown much easier. Check out this link for more on the vision for downtown lynn.

3. OPENINGS - We saw the opening of CM Bistro close to City Hall most recently. Smoothies, fresh fruit drinks, sandwiches and more. Check it out. In central square a new tax prep office opened up in the old Flavaz space. Coming soon we have D'Amici's  and a pizza shop coming to Oxford. Still in recent history we saw the opening of Bernie's on Liberty and Central, Stacey's Home Decor on Wheeler Street and a brand new gallery Visionspace at Centerboard's new headquarters in City Hall Square.

I'd say we have a lot to be grateful for in DTL at the beginning of 2013.

Guest blogger, Kevin Sampson, is currently working up some stories about the many startups and home businesses in DTL that are proving incredibly successful. Be nice to take what's also happening behing the scenes in DTL and get the word out about these wonderful people and their booming enterprises.

Best to you all in 2013,

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stay Safe Lynn

While we will continue to whine about a parking ban at 7AM for the mixed use downtown business district of our city, it is what it is. Here are the details. Please check often for the latest updates.   Put these numbers in to your phone so you have them if you can't get back to this website or the City website. 

For non-emergency calls, please call the Department of Public Works at (781) 268-8000.
For emergencies, dial 911.

Lynn City Hall, Office of the Mayor | Official Press Release
UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 8:30 AM

There is a Blizzard Watch for Essex County and a snow emergency will be in effect at 7 AM on Friday, February 8, 2013. Public Safety and City agencies as well as additional organizations are coordinating their efforts and planning for contingencies, should they occur.
The current prediction from the National Weather Service includes wet, heavy snow amounts from 1-2 feet with light snow starting by daybreak on Friday, February 8th and ending Saturday, February 9th in the evening. The storm is expected to increase in intensity between 3 PM and 6 PM on Friday afternoon with the possibility of 2-4 inches of snow falling per hour.

There is a parking ban in effect at 7 AM on Friday, February 8, 2013. Parking will not be permitted on any street or sidewalk. Ticketing and towing of vehicles found to be on any public street or sidewalk will be strictly enforced starting at 7 AM Friday.

Parking is available at the following city lots on Friday, February 8th at 7 AM until Sunday, February 10th  at 9 a.m.: Brickett School, Callahan School, English High School, Ford School, Harrington School, Ingalls School, Sisson School and Tech High School. Parking is also available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA Garage at the intersection of Broad and Market streets (parking charge of $4 per vehicle).
Vehicles in the lots after 9 AM on Sunday will be subject to ticketing and towing.
If your vehicle is towed, it can be claimed at the Harding Street lot located off of the Lynnway near Sonny’s Car Wash.

Mayor Kennedy urges residents to be prepared in the event of large amounts of snowfall, widespread power outages and coastal flooding. High winds are expected to cause snowdrifts up to 5 feet on top of accumulated snow. Wind gusts are expected to be between 45 and 60 miles per hour. Due to the predicted wind speeds, if power is lost the utility restoration may be prolonged. Coastal flooding for the City of Lynn is a concern during the 9:45 p.m. tide on Friday night and the 10:02 AM high tide on Saturday.
Residents are kindly reminded to keep away from coast lines during the high tide times. Motorists are encourages to stay off of the roadways Friday afternoon. Fines will be given to residents who throw snow into the streets.
The City of Lynn will have a non-emergency call center that will be open 24 hours during the storm. 

For non-emergency calls, please call the Department of Public Works at (781) 268-8000.
Find preparedness tips for the upcoming storm on the following link:

Lynn City Hall will have an updated press release in the afternoon on Friday, February 8

Friday, February 1, 2013

CM Bistro Coming to Central Ave near City Hall

For those of you not paying attention on Facebook, CM Bistro is about to open its doors on Central Avenue. We got a peak through the ripped paper covering the windows and the place looks FANTASTIC inside. Looks like it's going to have all sort of things from paninis to crepes to breakfast goodies including some decent coffee. On Facebook, it says this:

Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting - 11AM on February 13th!

159 Central Ave, Lynn, MA 01901

With the Vision Space Gallery and Centerboard now going strong, D'Amici's opening soon in the same area, CM Bistro is going to be a great addition to further strengthen the City Hall Square portion of our Downtown.

Happy Progress Downtown Lynn!

Go like the CM Bistro page on Facebook, right now!


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