Chelsea firefighters find body while fighting a brush fire

Chelsea firefighters and State Police discovered a body at a brush fire between Rtes. 1 and 16 at Webster Ave. around 6:45 p.m., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The body, preliminarily identified as that of a man, was found in an area frequented by homeless people, the DA's office says, adding:

The investigation into the origin of the fire, the cause and manner of the person's death, and whether those evens are related is active tonight.

Citizen complaint of the day: Crazed Baker Street turkey grows more violent by the day

Larry, the formerly peaceful turkey turned fire-spitting hellspawn by a misguided, if well meaning motorist, is upping his game - and his attacks on cars at VFW Parkway and Baker Street in West Roxbury.

Larry sparked two 311 complaints just today, including this one:

There is a wild feisty turkey who keeps running out on the roadway causing traffic to slow down and stop . This has been going on for at least a week . Someone is going to be injured by this daring turkey . Animal control needs to move it , contain it or euthanize it .

Work could begin this spring on Haymarket hotel that will include improvements for the pushcart area

Architect's rendering.

Boston and New York developers say they're on track to begin work this spring on a 265-room hotel on Blackstone Street between Hanover and North streets that will include upgrades to Blackstone Street - including a place for Haymarket vendors to stow trash.

The plans will also mean moving part of the bronze garbage embedded in Blackstone Street, according to a recent filing with the BPDA by joint developers CV Properties and Harbinger Development of Boston and Oshan Properties of New York. The new home of that part of Mags Harries's Asaroton, first installed in 1976, will be chosen by the developer, the city, the state and Harries.

When the hotel opens on the state-owned Parcel 9 - if everything goes according to plan, in the spring of 2020 - Blackstone Street will have been raised and repaved and pushcart vendors will have access to a 1,615-square-foot shed-like area in the hotel building in which to stow both trash and their pushcarts, as well as access to their own restrooms. New stanchions along the road will supply electricity and water hookups for the vendors as well.

The hotel will have no parking for guests, but will have a valet-parking area to move any guest cars to nearby garages. The developers say they doubt most guests will drive, however.

Parcel 9 hotel update (8.7M PDF).

Proposed Haymarket hotel

One convicted, two acquitted for murder of Charlestown teen in 2014

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Julio Baez, 26, of Charlestown, of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Ryan Morrissey outside a Main Street convenience store on Nov. 5, 2014, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The jury acquitted Alexander Soto, 20, and Danilo Soto, 24, both of Dorchester, but not related, of murder charges in the case, the DA's office reports. The three had also been charged with the non-fatal shooting of a man standing with Morrissey, 17.

Baez's verdict means an automatic sentence of life without possibility of parole - as well as an automatic review by the Supreme Judicial Court.

Dot Ave. watering hole would be replaced by 38 apartments with a 'contemporary aesthetic' exterior

Architect's rendering, with obligatory birds.

Developer Adam Sarbaugh has filed his plans to replace the Tom English Bar and the Dorchester Market on Dorchester Avenue at East Cottage Street with a five-story apartment complex - with room for the market, but not the bar, to move back into.

In a small-project review application with the BPDA, Sarbaugh says his $6-million building would freshen up the block and provide a compelling model for anybody thinking of replacing other nearby structures:

The building's massing is derived from a creative response to it's neighboring site context and urban conditions. ... The building's stepped form softens it's overall scale and relates to the adjacent 3 story developments. Further recessing the fourth and fifth floors pull the overall form off of the street edge and creates a height relationship with the neighboring DNA Lofts building. A palette of complementary facade materials is paired with numerous brick bonding techniques to develop a contemporary aesthetic that will serve as a compelling precedent for the area's current and future development.

Five of the units would be marketed as affordable. The building would have 26 parking spaces. In addition to the market, the first floor would have room for a restaurant.

951-959A Dorchester Ave. small-project review application (11.8M PDF).

The view from the other side:

Dorchester Avenue proposal

Quincy pot dealer was wandering around Downtown Crossing with a gun, police say

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:40

Boston Police report arresting a Quincy man on gun and pot-distribution charges after he was unable to outrun officers who spotted him in an apparent drug transaction at Tremont Street and Temple Place yesterday afternoon. Read more


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Charlestown won't get 4,000-seat music theater after all - but, hey, might get 30-story buildings instead

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports the developer of Hood Park off Rutherford Avenue has decided Charlestown's just not ready for a giant music hall - but that it is ready for buildings up to 330 feet tall, so it'll be modifying the plans it submitted to the BPDA in December.