Love Thy Neighbor

Wow.

I live in Midway Studios in Fort Point Channel. And even though “all units are rented only to households that include a BRA certified artist”, $omehow Ops-Core, a company that produces helmets for the Norwegian Army, are tenants on the first floor of our building.

Recently, they also took over the beautiful theater space in the basement, demolished it, and are now converting it into a military production facility.

I just learned from neighbors that a few Midway residents reached out to Ops-Core  with questions about fumes, potential health risks, hazards, fire code violations and other concerns.

Check out what CEO of Ops-Core, David Rogers wrote back in response.

It’s a doozy.

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I agreed with Scott Dumont’s (aside: Scott is a representative from Keen Development Group) 
response to the building’s questions, and do not have any other information to add.

However, on a separate topic, if you are having a meeting with the committee
tonight, I do have some other issues I would like to bring up.

It has come to my attention that some tenants are spreading rumors and
organizing efforts to disparage our company in hopes of forceing us to leave
15 Channel Center. Please feel free to circulate this email to anyone who
interested in what we are doing in the building.

These efforts seem to stem from three areas of concern, all of which I would
like to address briefly now, and in more detail with any residents who have
time to meet with me in person.

1. “Ops-Core will use the space is such a way that we create risk or harm to
the residents in the building”

> Allegations of toxic chemicals, hazardous waste, and people becoming sick
from harmful fumes have all circulated in emails and comments made to me
over the past couple of weeks.

- Ops-Core does not use any chemicals that are any more dangerous than
what is found in the kitchens and bathrooms in every apartment in this
building. We use nothing that compares to most household cleaners, and far
less dangerous than the paint thinners and other solvents used by artists in
this building.

- Our paint is waterbased, our cleaners are mild citrus based, and our
adhesive is five minute epoxy. Sometimes you will see people wearing masks
or eye protection because that is required by law for any employee in contact
with these substances. If you read the back warning labels on any of your
household cleaning products, you will see you are supposed to wear eye and
resporatory protection too. Just because we follow the instructions and most
people do no not, does not make us a risk to anyone’s health in the building
whatsoever.

- Why isn’t anyone concerned about the gasoline in the cars below them in
the parking garage or the carbon monoxide exhaust that is vented out directly
onto the street to rise up and blow into their windows? Why isn’t anyone
concerned about the chemicals used by the cleaning company to protect the
floors and common areas of the building? Why isn’t anyone concerned about
the chemicals used by the other artists in the building to create their work?

2. “Ops-Core works on products for the military”

> We have been called “war profiteers” and worse by some of the residents
who do not share our views. Many of the people who do not like us for this
reason use Allegation #1 to create stir up issues because they don’t want to
admit the real reason for not wanting us in the building.

- Ops-Core only builds equipment to protect US and NATO soldiers. We do
not manufacture anything to hurt anyone. We are honored to protect
America’s young men and women who are put into harm’s way by our
country to defend our freedom. The majority of the people we are protecting
are under 20 years old and have signed up for military service to earn money
for college. They are not living off their parents, trust funds, wellfare, or
mooching off the American tax payer like many of the residents of this
building who don’t actually earn an honest living.

- Shame on anyone who is disparaging us because we spend our time
working to protect our troops.

3. -“Ops-Core took away our access to the theatre space and opportunity for
performance art in the local community”

- > Ops-Core did not take away the theater space. The building resident’s
failure to use, rent, or purchase it did.

- > Many of the people who do not like us for this reason use Allegation #1
to create stir up issues because they don’t want to admit the real reason for
not wanting us in the building.

- The theater space has remained vacant for the majority of its existence,
and was only used occasionally for performances when charging rates that
were significantly lower than market value. It created a massive financial
burden on the rest of the building finances, and prevented the landlord from
having the ability to do anything more than the bare minimum in building
maintenance and improvements. Now that Ops-Core has leased the space, it
will be bringing in millions of additional dollars to support the building, as well
as providing jobs for local residents and supporting our South Boston
neighborhood taxe base.

- It is not the building owner’s nor Ops-Core’s obligation to subsidize a free
performance space for the building residents. The false sense of entitelment
of many of our fellow residents simply astounds me. I have lived in the
neighborhood for the past 18 years and am also very familiar with the
expectations of some local artists. While many of our neighbors are very
talented and admirably pursue a life of art that makes the world a more
beautiful place, there are more than a few “artists” in the neighborhood who
do not. The majority (and some of the most outspoken) “posers” do no create
anything whatsoever. They are merely self delluted bullshiters and drama
queens who use art as an excuse to justify and rationalize their pathetic
existence while mooching from the others to sustain a living.

I am happy to meet with any of the people who are spreading rumors, false
accusations, and lies about Ops-Core and what we intend to do with our
space in the building. I challenge them to not be cowards with their
backstabbing antics, and instead stand up and confront me to my face.
For the rest of the building, please rest assured that Ops-Core intends to be a
good neighbor and is looking forward to sharing 15 Channel Center amicably
with those of you who do the same.
Best regards,
David

David Rogers
Ops-Core, Inc.
15 Channel Center Street
Boston, MA 02210
T: 617.670.3547
www.ops-core.com

(note: Ops-Core was acquired by Gentex in January 2012)

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So, I guess this is the part where I take my neighborly fruitcake back.

I don’t normally post things of this nature on FLUX., but when members of the Boston Arts Community are attacked and depicted as“self delluted[sic] bullshiters and drama queens who use art as an excuse to justify and rationalize their pathetic existence while mooching from the others to sustain a living” by someone who seems incapable of at least spell checking their scathing rant, I simply cannot sit idly by.

Quick Tip: The majority of artists who live in Midway, work regular 9-5′s in order to support their true passions, so I’m not sure how that is “mooching off the American tax payer.” Either I’m missing something, or just a shitty moocher.

And so, per David’s instructions, I submit and circulate this outspoken CEO’s e-mail and contact information for your afternoon perusal. Feel free to “stand up and confront him to his face” or share this post with friends/relatives/influencers/city officials/press/Menino.

Welcome to the neighborhood! ♥

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15 Responses to Love Thy Neighbor

  1. Sandy says:

    I find it quite interesting that someone in favor of the arts would suggest that this space was demolished. As another member of the neighborhood, I have been in contact with the space and know that the original space was dilapidated, with water degradation on the floor, walls falling apart, a wooden floor with protruding nails and other hardware. The new space has been completely renovated into an amazing architectural feat and wonderful example of how an assembly facility can ingeniously accommodate a worn out, unused space into a new neighborhood icon.

    I’m trying to understand why this letter is a negative thing. He seems to have answered the questions clearly and concisely with detailed answers. There are no harmful chemicals, at least nothing more harmful than you would encounter on the street or probably in the artists studios above, and they brought activity to an otherwise empty space. (And trust me, it was definitely empty).

    I feel that it is pretty obvious that this letter was directed at only a few members in the community that easily meet the negative descriptions causing concern. If someone thinks that this refers to every single artist in the neighborhood, then that’s just ridiculous. At one point he reinforces the fact that there are many positive members of this community. I live in this neighborhood and don’t believe for a second that this refers to me, because I know that I a contributing member of society. Anyone complaining probably is just upset that they were called out for what they really are.

    I would suggest that you take his advice and talk to him to his face before posting things like this and maybe you could actually see the obvious nature of this email, and not the distorted perception that has been applied to it. With the economy in the state that it currently is, we cannot afford to attack opportunities that allow people to feed their children, pay rent and support other local businesses.I’m happy that there are companies in the area inventing products that protect American lives and create jobs in the process. I live in this neighborhood, and I approve.

    • fluxboston says:

      Hi Sandy. I happen to find it quite interesting that your IP Address is coming from Artisent, fellow commercial squatter in Midway and sister-company to Ops-Core. I’m sure you look forward to microwaving cod in your new break room underneath our lobby.

      It’s hard not to feel your employment status discredits most of your arguments–an unbiased party’s opinion would carry more weight. Or maybe if you identified yourself upfront as an employee and presented this point of view, it would be more honest, especially if the intent of your comment was for good PR. Your attempt to pose as an actual member of the Fort Point Arts Community is quite disappointing.

      And I suppose we have differing views on what is considered an “architectural feat” since you took a beautiful space with high ceilings, brick walls, a balcony, and a unique warehouse feel (in case you forgot:http://www.timmurdoch.com/blog/midway-theater-installation/#) and converted it into two stark floors full of cookie cutter offices, industrial carts brimming with helmets, and a brand new air vent that runs in front of my door. Quite the eye sore, I’d love the entrance to my home back. Yes, you are correct that the space was empty prior to this development. Because it is a theater. Here is an example of another empty space: http://www.hbu.edu/images/hbu/facilities/CAC/Theater/MCAC-Theater.jpg.

      To be honest, the issue isn’t even about what you are making or not making, its about being a good neighbor. I don’t know how you can find the tone of David’s responses anything, but incendiary. To describe artists, even if only intended to address a few(even one) as “self delluted bullshiters and drama queens who use art as an excuse to justify and rationalize their pathetic existence while mooching from the others to sustain a living” is completely inappropriate and inexcusable whether you are the CEO of a military company, or Ghandi. It really doesn’t matter. As someone who is in a position where they are acting as the face of a company, you have to temper your behavior and get a grip. Maybe if he reread his letter, or had another set of eyes look it over, his responses would have been less heated, or at least spelled correctly. It seemed as though he couldn’t be bothered to formulate an appropriate response–or at the very least have someone do it for him.

      People who have families, and children, and animals simply had genuine concerns about their health and safety in the building…their home. And at this point, I have concerns too. The fumes from the paint thinners or whatever you are using pervaded into the elevators yesterday and caused many of us serious headaches and dizziness. To the point where people were putting towels under their doors so it didn’t come into their spaces. Yeah, it was that bad.

      And if you really felt there was nothing wrong with David’s responses, then why do you care that I posted them? I am providing a public forum for people to share your CEO’s words so they aren’t limited to residents of Midway. Spreading the love. I didn’t make any belligerent attacks against him. I simply reposted the letter, stated the fact that most residents of our building work 9-5s, and that people can feel free to share my post and reach out to David if they had thoughts they would like to share. I didn’t doctor his letter, or leave parts out, or twist his words, so let people come to their own conclusions. Oh, and maybe you should tell David to pick up his phone. He hasn’t been answering it the past few days and I know there are a few people who would LOVE to sit down and take him up on his “challenge”.

      • Gustavo Jiménez says:

        FluxBoston you are my fucking hero.

        I was going to respond to Sandy’s comment but I believe you covered everything. Having said that, I am a former resident of Midway, though currently out of the country, and I can confirm exactly what you have described regarding the chemical smells.

        I’ve been in the lobby a few times when the smell was quite bad. Dizziness and headaches were exactly what I felt and I was one of the people who had to resort to stuffing wet towels under the doors to keep the smell out. Not only this, but my window is very close to the vents so at times I couldn’t even open the window to let the air circulate. Whoever says there are no harmful gases being vented out to the open air or leaking inside the building is lying.

        It seems to me David needs to use his brain more often otherwise he would have at least revised his poor excuse of a letter and realized he was either high or insane when he wrote it. You’re screwed if you’re insane, David – you can’t just wait that one out. There’s no justifying or playing down what you wrote, regardless if you refer to a select few. It was plain disgusting and of very poor taste.

        Good luck reaching him on his phone.

        - Gustavo J.

      • Mark says:

        Look I think your article was frankly one sided. This doesn’t mean you were completely wrong, but between the ignorance about this company and ignoring common sense on some things I think this article is political more then social.
        Case in point the use of the not so subtle $ in your $omehow….. Seems like you blundered into assumptions Ops-Core made about residents, which I guess is ok since they did it first?
        1. Just because a person works at a company doesn’t detract her statement anymore then you either being an artist or sympathizing with artists detracts from your possible grievances.
        2. If chemical smells are an issue then something needs to be done, such as talking to the company, and that would give cause to go to the legal side of things. From what I can tell this didn’t happen, although it may have, and I am sure now someone will say they did regardless of the truth. Still add to the point the complaints are noise and chemicals. If chemical smells were in my house the last thing I would remotely complain about would be the sound which would make anyone using a bit of logic come to one conclusion. Some of the tenets are against the company for political reasons instead of actual deep concern. I am not against complaints if the issue is straight forward, and truly an issue, this however seems to be partly a witch hunt. That said if people were putting wet towels against the door things should be checked, to include a protestor possibly pouring chemicals in the elevator shaft to cause problems with the company. Still add to this no article, or post of unverified residents has stated what the smell was similar to which is a big detail to skip over. I may have missed one so they might have, and I would love to reference that smell to what the company has on hand and in what quantity.
        Honestly if the smells are present and it should be easy to figure out just by being around during a work day with an inspector and correct it. Noise I doubt can be helped. Lastly I am sorry the stage was turned into an actual business. I by no means think the arts should be hindered, but it obviously wasn’t being used. This could be from the owner not wanting shows going on, or the people trying to use the area weren’t lucrative enough, but the point remains Ops-core didn’t cause that issue, you need to file that grievance with the owner.
        Again I could be wrong, and I wasn’t involved, but frankly it seems like a lot of political complaints, and a very ticked off business owner being persecuted far too hard because of what he represents. This generally leads to owners ignoring ligament arguments from people that deserve to be heard.

  2. Milan Kohout says:

    The nation where the artists are supporting military and wars is in decay

  3. Juan Jimenez says:

    Thanks for writing the entry. I’m a resident of Midway Studios, have been since 2009. Gustavo is my son, he is an artist., and so is my wife Liliana. We are here because I wanted to give them the opportunity to develop as artists and achieve their dreams. I am not an artist, I am a former United States Marine who served my country from 1978 to 1982. I work very hard to give my family the security and quality of life they enjoy, and I don’t appreciate comments like Mr. Rogers thought had had the right to make. FYI, here’s a picture of what Mr. Rogers thinks is a poser and moocher. Maybe some day he’ll have the balls to say that to my face, though I won’t hold my breath waiting for that.

  4. Jen Hicks says:

    I want to say I had been trying to rent that theater for almost a year, since Feb 2011. I had been into the office at least 6 times, emailed and called the management. NO ONE got back to me!! I even left hand written messages and my business card in the office. I was ready to rent that theater..I also wanted to teach classes in there! So for them to say it was the lack of use that took the theater away is shocking.

    3. -“Ops-Core took away our access to the theatre space and opportunity for
    performance art in the local community”

    - > Ops-Core did not take away the theater space. The building resident’s
    failure to use, rent, or purchase it did.

  5. Linda says:

    As a former resident of the building for 2 years, my experiences were similar to Jen’s. On several occasions I inquired about the policies of renting the space and what would be needed as far as security, extra staff, and cost, etc. My husband and I have curated several music and multi-media series in MA and NY and thought that the space would have been great for exhibits and performances and as being residents, we were sensitive to the noise, traffic, and environmental issues of the building. We moved in August ’11 and had no idea that the space was being converted into a manufacturing facility (perhaps all of the negotiations occurred after we left).

  6. Michael Tyrrell says:

    I think David’s comments were probably written in haste, but that does not justify his actions. Those comments flew in the face of many dedicated tenants -past and present- who saw Midway as a local beacon for long-term settlement rather than a transient rental. Sorry, but this building could be located almost anywhere.

    I served on the FPCC Board and I saw first hand the good intentions go from pride to petualence and then indifference -no one held anyone’s feet to the fire! As a former Midway resident I put many hours, among others, organizing exhibits on the first floor immediately adjacent to Artisent (not a peep of support from those folks BTW -as if we didn’t exist). It was always table scraps -management would grouse over replacing the “gallery” bulbs (we staged our shows in the lobby as a real gallery was a bridge too far).

    There exist here a pattern of indifference. What preceded this ill-conceived manufacturing use-invasion is when Midway “failed” to convert to coop -as had been ballyhooed it would after 5 years (since 2005). With that (phony) failure the building lost its stated purpose. Its community scattered. Midway’s ownership partners abdicated their mission-role to ensure the success of conversion and Instead opted for Federal public financing as a rental building -and yet within this very (HUD) financing process a co-op option would go ignored.

    This is a long sad story that I will leave for others to detail, but the imposition of a “moderatre hazard” manufacturing use -in a space intended to funtion like, say, the BCA in Boston’s South End, or as a satellite to one of our local colleges, is an absolute travesty. The idea of Midway as a cultural hub for the emerging South Boston Waterfront was just too inconvenient for the avaricious set dominating that area’s real estate. With respect to the Midway Industrial Complex; Ike is surely rolling in his grave. This is absolutely no place for a war machine -defensive/offensive?.. its all serves the same purpose for which art is an alien concept.

  7. Ops-Core, Inc. says:

    March 1, 2012

    To our neighbors and the Fort Point Artist Community:

    Earlier this week, the team at Ops-Core (now owned by Gentex) and our landlord at 15 Channel Center had the opportunity to meet with our neighbors and conduct a tour of our new space in the building. We found it to be a constructive tour and conversation, which helped us better understand and address our neighbor’s concerns.

    Before we provide what we hope will be relevant details and clarifications of Ops-Core’s operations, we want to acknowledge that our team could have and should have done a better job of reaching out to our new neighbors at 15 Channel Center to introduce ourselves, provide details about our work and establish an open line of communications. As a company that has operated (at another location) in the Fort Point neighborhood for several years, we recognize the valuable contributions of the diverse community of artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs who work and live here. In fact, that is why we are eager to keep our company and its 80 employees here.

    Who is Ops-Core:
    There have been several questions about both who Ops-Core is and what we will be doing in the 15 Channel Center space. Ops-Core provides personal protective equipment to the military and to private security organizations; at our heart, we are in the business of assuring the safety and well-being of those who serve and protect our country. We were recently acquired by Gentex Corporation, a company with a 100-plus year history that shares both our mission and commitment to sustainable business practices.

    In terms of our operations at 15 Channel Center, the space will be used primarily for product assembly, including sewing, gluing and painting of the protective gear we produce. For example, our activities include sticking Velcro onto helmet shells and assembling materials with screws and small amounts of glue. These are the same uses of our prior location (319A Street) and our operations in that location did not generate any concerns or complaints from tenants in that building.

    Commitment to health and safety:
    We recognize and understand that the addition of any business use to a building naturally generates questions about health and safety. As a company, we are committed to following best practices and all applicable DEP and OSHA workplace standards to assure a safe operating environment.

    There are no operations that would be conducted in our space that could result in a release of hazardous chemical concentrations. Painting activities – using fewer than 4 gallons of paint a week – are to be conducted in a paint booth which will be appropriately vented; the design and function of that booth will be approved by the landlord, inspected by the City and designed by professional HVAC engineering consultant responsible for assuring the equipment is safe and does not pose a risk to employees, residents or the neighborhood. With respect to VOC’s, our proposed paint booth will produce approximately 9.5 pounds of VOC per week in total; this number is far lower than any levels regulated by DEP, OSHA or City regulations.

    We have provided the landlord and City officials with plans for this space and took the time to walk several of our neighbors through the space and explain its uses. Based on our past experience, our operations are not hazardous in any respect and we do not believe our tenancy will have any material impact on our neighbors. Once we begin full operations at the site, we invite you to contact us directly with any practical concerns you might have.

    Long-term collaboration:
    As you may be aware, we are currently working with the City Official (from both the Inspectional Services Department and the Boston Redevelopment Authority) to resolve a permitting issue. Though we and the landlord filed the appropriate paperwork for Ops-Core’s use and buildout of the space, there were certain issues that required clarification before we can conclude our build out.

    We want to assure you that we will not begin any paint operations on the site until the paint booth is completed and approved by the City. We have clearly heard the concerns in this area and you have our commitment that we will act in a way that is respectful of those concerns. In addition, we have agreed to have our operations inspected at least annually by an outside evaluator hired by the landlord.

    Going forward, it is important that we have a collaborative relationship with both our direct neighbors and the larger Fort Point community. Some of our past comments may have reflected our frustration with some of the delays we faced and unfairly characterized this community; for that we apologize.

    As we said at the outset, we respect the diversity of this community and very much hope to be a good neighbor. We will plan to provide you with another update once we receive necessary approvals and begin working in this space.

    Should you have any questions, we urge you to contact Cheryl Fabrizi, our corporate community liaison, via email: cfabrizi@gentexcorp.com. We will assure that you are responded to in a timely manner.

    Sincerely,
    L.P. Frieder, III
    Chief Operating Officer, Gentex Corporation

    David Rogers
    Chief Operating Officer Vice President, Concept Development Gentex Corporation Gentex Corporation
    (Former CEO, Ops-Core)

  8. Claudia Ravaschiere says:

    I’ve been posting on the FPAC egroup. This may be more appropriate.
    I am genuinely stunned at the outcome of the rental of the Midway Theater space to Gentex. I don’t live in Midway, but I’ve been in Fort Point for a very long time and have been active in the community. I have long been an outspoken advocate for the preservation of the arts community in Fort Point. I’m speaking out because it is my very real concern for my neighbors, my friends, my community and my concern for the survival of a solid, vibrant arts community, now and in the future. Midway represents the ideal of the preservation of the arts community in Fort Point.

    Midway was conceived as a cultural beacon. There were plans for a gallery, a café where artists could meet; a think tank of sorts. It seems to have strayed so far from this goal, and this addition of Ops Core into the Theater space, seems so very wrong.

    I’ve been weighing in on this because it is absolutely imperative that the community gets behind the Midway residents and supports them. Yes, David Rogers letter offended me; it was ugly, but the bigger issue here is why would a “business” like this be given a lease in a primarily residential building? A building intended as a cultural center? Artists, many here in Fort Point, if they are working with nasty chemicals, loud equipment, or hire several assistants, relocate their studios outside of their mixed-use residence. How can the Midway management justify putting a facility like this in a building that houses families and children? .

    Even if Ops Core’s use of chemicals is well regulated, what about an accident? A mistake on the part of an inexperienced employee could be harmful, or worse?

    I worry that this is just the first step towards changing Midway over to a more profitable building (minus the artists) in an area that is being re-branded as the Innovation District and where the real estate is “hot”.

    IMHO we need to galvanize the community around these issues. The residents of Midway should not have this forced on them, and in no way should they be exposed to any kind of high volume production using chemicals that will jeopardize their health and well being. The letter from Gentex that Gabrielle forwarded to the FPAC list read like a done deal. This should not be so, not when there are so many questions that are left unanswered, and issues of safety unresolved. Okay, enough, but as I said in previous posts, I couldn’t sleep if I didn’t get behind my neighbors on this one.

    Gentex will most likely go into Theater space, Keen will get their money, but at the very least, the very least, we should insist that Gentex do everything (above and beyond what is required) to ensure the safety of the residents, and that Midway be preserved and remain the creative home for artists that it was meant to be.

  9. Midway Artist says:

    Midway Studio was informed by the BRA that they will host a community meeting this Tuesday night, March 13, 2012 at Artists for Humanity, 100 West 2nd Street, South Boston, from 6:00-8:00 PM. 
     
    The community meeting will discuss the conversion of Midway Studios’ theater into moderate-hazard industrial production facility (operated by Gentex/Ops-core). The meeting will be led by Chief Planner Kairos Shen.
     
    We maintain that a factory in a residential building is not appropriate. A factory is not compatible with the residents living and working 24/7 in the 89 artist studios directly above & our Fort Point Channel neighborhood and arts community. 
     
    We asked for this meeting so the community would get the opportunity to voice their opinion. We need your voices. Please attend.

  10. Midway Artist says:

    Last Tuesday nights’, 03/13/12, community wide meeting regarding Ops-Core’s planned re-purposing of The Midway Studios Theatre into a moderate-hazard industrial production facility went in favor of the artists position. Fort Point Channel residents who agree that a factory does not belong in a 24/7 artist residential building were supported in their opinion by elected officials; Senator Hart, Councilor Arroyo & Representative Collins.
    Kairos Shen, City Chief Planner, confirmed that the current stop work order, issued by the Department of inspectional services on February 23, will remain in effect.

    Link to last Sundays Globe article:
    .http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-18/arts/31205234_1_live-in-studios-artists-residents

    Currently, The BRA is considering adding The Midway Theatre topic to Wednesdays’, 3/21, community meeting for One Channel Center. 6 – 8 pm to be held at 10 Channel Center, 2nd floor.
    Stay tuned….

  11. Midway Artist says:

    Community Meeting Proposed
    Midway Theatre Space
    Lara Mérida, Special Assistant to the Chief Planner Shen at the Boston Redevelopment Authority wrote:
    “The BRA will host a follow up meeting this Wednesday night, March 21, 2012 regarding the Ops-Core/Gentex space at 15 Channel Center.  The meeting will be held on the second floor of 10 Channel Center, South Boston, at 6:00PM.  The meeting will be led by Chief Planner Kairos Shen. Other city officials will be in attendance.  Everyone is welcome to attend.”
    Lara.Merida-Fernandes.bra@cityofboston.gov

    The BRA has offered no other details regarding this meeting

    As stated before, a factory in a residential building is not appropriate. A factory is not compatible with the residents living and working 24/7 in the 89 artist studios directly above & our Fort Point Channel neighborhood & arts community. A Stop Work Order remains in place on Gentex/Artisent/Ops-Core’s commercial build-out within The Midway Theatre space.

  12. Midway Artist says:

    Led by Chief Planner Kairos Shen, last months March 21 meeting at 10 Channel Center regarding the Gentex/Artisent/Ops-Core lease at Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, was well attended by Fort Point Channel artists & elected officials. Ops-Core’s CEO David Rogers wife Viktoria recited a letter on behalf of her husband whom did not attend.
    Planner Shen stated that within 45 days Ops-Core and their sister company Artisent, will be relocated to the Marine Industrial Park. Further, nominations for a working “Midway Advisory Group” will be received by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
    Recent communications with the BRA have confirmed May 5, 2012 as Gentex/Artisent/Ops-Core’s last day on site at Midway Studios.

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