Owner of South Boston nursing home plans March shutdown

Kindred Healthcare of Louisville, KY, has notified state regulators it plans to shut its Harborlights nursing home on East 7 Street by the end of March.

In a letter to the state Department of Public Health last week, the chain said it tried to keep the 89-bed facility open by selling it to another operator but that "with regret, and after much deliberation, the decision has been made to close Harborlights due to market conditions."

Kindred had announced this summer it was getting out of the skilled-nursing business.

State regulators must now schedule a public hearing on the proposed shutdown.

And so it begins: Suffolk Downs owner wants to skip pesky environmental reviews to make Amazon happy

The Globe reports HYM, which is co-owned by a guy who used to run the BRA, has asked the Baker administration to let it begin construction on two buildings in its proposed mega-development tout suite, which means without requiring it to do any of those annoying environmental reviews normally required of large projects along waterways, in this case Chelsea Creek, as a way to signal to Amazon that Boston is willing to do whatever it takes to bring it here short of, perhaps, human sacrifice. And if Amazon doesn't pick Suffolk Downs? Well, que sera sera.

State approves new Eversource substation in East Boston

Map of the new substation.

State energy regulators have given Eversource the go ahead to build a large new substation near Chelsea Creek, off East Eagle Street, and connect it to new transmission lines across the creek in Chelsea and Everett.

The decision by the Energy Facilities Siting Board, published today, is a defeat for nearby residents and the Channel Fish Co., which argued the proposed substation, near the fish company's ammonia tanks, a jet-fuel depot and a planned city soccer field, are a safety hazard. Channel Fish, which bore much of the legal cost of fighting the proposal over the past two years, said stray electricity would interfere with its processing equipment and that any possible explosion at the substation could turn into a giant conflagration involving its ammonia and the jet fuel that would "decimate the surrounding community and cause multiple fatalities."

But state regulators said Eversource had convinced them that not only are the substation and transmission lines needed to ensure a reliable source of electricity in East Boston and surrounding communities, but that the facility would be built to industry standards to ensure Channel Fish's operations won't be affected and that the substation won't simply explode. The state officials who sit on the board added the company has promised to build a fence high enough that no players at the soccer field would be tempted to climb it in the event one of them managed to kick a ball into the substation area.

The state agreed with Eversource that alternatives to the $149 million substation and power-line project - including expansion of an existing Chelsea substation - would either be more expensive or would not be able to provide as much electricity.

Complete ruling (1.2M PDF).

Substation and transmission lines