Boston man faces up to life in prison for allegedly pimping two women and a teenager

Corey Smith, 35, was indicted this week on prostitution-related charges for activities over two years, including allegedly trafficking a minor in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia, the US Attorney's office reports.

Smith was formally charged with one count of transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution, one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, and two counts of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution.

Prosecutors allege Smith brought the Massachusetts girl to other states for three months in 2015 and that he engaged in similar activities with two women in 2014 and 2015.

If found guilty, Smith faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life, the US Attorney's office reports.

New Orleans is removing its monuments to slavery; should Boston do the same?

No, we don't have any statues of Robert E. Lee - our memorials for slavery supporters are more subtle than that. Kevin Peterson wonders if it's time for some name changing on places such as Winthrop Square, named for slave-owning John Winthrop, and Faneuil Hall, named for slave-owning Peter Faneuil.

A bit of industrial land in Roslindale could become a 42-unit apartment building

Rendering by Choo & Co.

Local developer Owen Kiernan is proposing to use a vacant piece of land at 43 Lochdale Road for a five-story, 42-unit apartment building that on one side would offer views of the nearby Arnold Arboretum and on the other, the backs of triple deckers and a coin laundry on Washington Street.

Kiernan's lawyer and architect met with a small group of residents tonight to go over preliminary plans for the structure, which has yet to go to either the BPDA or the zoning board. The building, roughly three-quarters of a mile from the Forest Hills T stop, would include a 49-car garage and enough storage space for at least 42 bicycles, and possibly more.

Most of the units would have two bedrooms, with four units having just one. The top floor would have two-bedroom units with studies. Attorney George Morancy said his client would be willing to consider making the studies into third bedrooms aimed at families, if that's what the neighborhood wants.

Five of the units would be rented as "affordable" to people making no more than 70% of the area median income.

Morancy acknowledged that given the site's location off congested Washington Street that traffic could be an issue. The building is not large enough to absolutely require a detailed traffic study, but he said the developer might wind up doing one - and figuring out if there's a way to funnel some traffic onto the nearby Arboretum Road rather than making all residents and guests use Lochdale - on which the owner of an existing self-storage place is looking to expand.

Morancy said the building would need several variances from the Board of Appeal, starting with the fact that the vacant parcel is zoned for industrial, not residential use.

A couple of residents suggested the development team get in contact with the Arboretum Park Conservancy, which is working to tie an Arboretum path to Washington Street by way of a new gate at the tunnel under the train tracks at the end of Arboretum Road, and to look at working with the city somehow on its planned expansion of Hubway bike-sharing to Roslindale.

Hubway sets major expansion of bicycle-sharing system across Boston, neighbors

Hubway will add more than 70 bike-rental stations over the next two years to the 127 it already operates in Boston, under a new contract with the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh's office said today.

Currently unserved areas in Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan will get new Hubway stations under the terms of a new contract negotiated by Boston with Motivate International, the system's parent company. Hubway will also add additional stations in existing service areas to better handle demand - and add new stations in Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

Work to come up with specific new locations will begin with public meetings this summer, the mayor's office said.

Massage therapist charged with raping customer in Logan Airport studio

A Boston man who practices massage therapy at a studio inside Terminal B at Logan Airport had bail set at $5,000 today on a charge of raping a woman who sought a massage before a flight home on May 22, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.


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6-story office building on Shawmut Avenue could become 13-story residential building

The Davis Cos. this week filed a letter of intent with the BPDA to add seven stories to the brick building it owns at 112 Shawmut Ave., off Herald Street, and turn it into 155 housing units and a cafe.

The proposal calls for roughly 128 parking spaces.

Next up: Filing of a more detailed project-notification form.

The building formerly housed offices and a daycare.

112 Shawmut Ave. letter of intent (128K PDF).