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July 29, 2013
Meetings & Notices
NECHV Renovation: Public Meeting
At BRA This Wednesday

The New England Center For Homeless Veterans (NECHV) has submitted a proposal to the BRA to renovate and expand its facilities at 17 Court St.


The proposal calls for a 4,800 sq.-ft. extension of the mezzanine level, upgraded utilities, a new roof deck, and 35 new beds. Please visit here for more info. A public meeting to discuss the project will take place at the BRA on Wednesday, July 31st, at 6 pm. Contact [email protected] for more info.
Downtown Events Calendar


Visit the Happening Now section at
www.down townboston.org
for a listing of all the exciting activities going on in downtown Boston right now and in upcoming weeks and months. 
CityServicesCity Services
BID Services 
Ambassador Aiding Tourist  
  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, and more. 
  • Downtown beautification and capital improvement initiatives.
  • Summer arts & music shows.
  • contact [email protected] for more.
Development & Research

With so much going on in the downtown area--new businesses, major development projects--it is important to keep tabs on all the changes occurring in our dynamic neighborhood.

Filenes & Millennium Tower Rendering  

The Downtown Boston BID website maintains the following databases, free to browse:
RealEstateListingsReal Estate Listings   
Lafayette City Center

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is pleased to run real estate listings on www.downtownboston.org for available office, residential, and retail/restaurant space on behalf of Downtown Boston BID members.

Visit the Doing Business section of www.downtownboston.org
to view the current set of listings. All questions pertaining to individual listings should be directed to the broker(s) affiliated with the listing.  
Downtown Boston BID Weekly News Update

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For questions and comments, please contact Doug Meyer, newsletter editor, at: [email protected]
FeaturedThisWeekFeatured Stories
Kingston-Bedford Traffic Island Construction Begins This Week 

The Downtown Boston BID, in partnership with the BRA and BTD, is pleased to announce the reconstruction on the traffic island at the intersection of Kingston & Bedford Streets.

Kingston Bedford Island

The construction project is funded by the BRA; BID Ambassadors will ensure the long-term cleanliness and general upkeep of the new island. Contact [email protected] for more info. 
Hollywood Returns To Downtown
To Film "The Equalizer"

Downtown continues to draw Hollywood to the East Coast! Filming of "The Equalizer" will begin in mid-August in several downtown locations: at Winter Place on August 14th-15th (5 am-11 pm daily) and at the West Street/Mason Place intersection on August 28th (5 pm-5 am).

Denzel Washington Equalizer

The crime drama stars Denzel Washington (shown above on location in Haverhill) as a spy who leaves a government agency to become a private detective. 
For questions or concerns, please contact 508-395-3114. 
Development News
Downtown's "Tech Mecca" Status Powers Up 

As downtown tech start-ups such as Bolt (located
at 110 Chauncy St.) continue to make headlines, another tech start-up to a macro approach to the industry's remarkable expansion in downtown.
Mobile backend powerhouse
 Kinvey, which recently relocated to 99 Summer St., has created a map of downtown's many new tech firms.  

Kinvey Map Downtown Tech Startups

Of the 75 firms listed, more than a dozen are in Downtown Crossing. Check back often for more updates as downtown continues to start-up!
Kensington Opens Mid-August

Building management at The Kensington (659 Washington St.) has announced that the first 12 floors are opening to tenants on Thursday, August 15th. 

Kensington Place

The building, which went under construction in October 2011, is on-track to be finished soon after the preliminary mid-August occupancy; visit here to schedule a tour. Congratulations to Kensington Investment Co., National Development, and Suffolk Construction for bringing their on-time development!

Next to open its doors to new downtown residents: Millennium Place, Millennium Partners' 15-story, 265-unit tower at 580 Washington St. Stay tuned!
Arts, Entertainment & Events
"Girls Night Out" At GEM This Thursday

GEM is having a "Girls Night Out" this Thursday, August 1st!

Girls Night Out August 1

From 6:30-8:30 pm, the late-night hotspot will feature luxurious amenities such as a champagne reception, gourmet candy bars, cocktail-infused cupcakes from Cakeology, a jewelry/clothing showcase, manicure, spray tan, and massage demonstrations, and a raffle hosted by Bobbles & Lace. The event will be DJed by DJ Costa. Contact [email protected] to RSVP. 
Deals & Promotions
Five Guys Adds A Third Meal

Beginning this week, the Downtown Crossing Five Guys (58 Summer St.) will become the first Five Guys in the Northeast to serve breakfast.

Five Guys Sign

The menu includes a variety of egg & cheese sandwiches along with coffee and orange juice; doors open at 7 am daily. Call 617-482-2244 for more info. 
Suit Drive At Men's Wearhouse
Through This Wednesday

For the 6th year in a row, Men's Wearhouse (32 Summer St.) is running its National Suit Drive

National Suit Drive 2013 logo

The Wearhouse is collecting gently-used suits through this Wednesday, July 31st. The suits will be donated to charities that assist men transitioning back into the workforce, including St. Francis House's MAP program. Call 617-542-4211 for more info.