Washington Street

By - 3/6/15 - 9:41 pm
247 Washington St. in Dorchester

A fire that raced through a Washington Street apartment building displaced 30 residents but caused no injuries, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The fire at 247-249 Washington St. was reported around 7:05 a.m. and did an estimated $750,000 in damage, the department says.

Firefighters arrived to find flames showing from rear porches, the depatment says, adding the cause remains under investigation.... Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 1:09 pm

The landlord for the new FitChoice 24/7 health club on Washington Street goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to let the facility live up to its name and actually operate around the clock.

The fitness business, which replaced the Sugar restaurant and bakery, already advertises it's open 24 hours - although staffed only for 12 hours on weekdays - but... Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 10:36 am
Proposed rendering of Washington Street project in Jamaica Plain

Architect's rendering: Permanently circling Hood Blimp as project amenity?

Developers hope to break ground this fall on a residential complex in Egleston Square that could also bring a new restaurant to the neighborhood - and more affordable housing than required by city code.

In a filing with the BRA, developers Paul and Justin Iantosca and Dan Mangiacotti detail their proposal to replace the E & J Auto Center, the old Economy Plumbing and Heating... Read more

By - 2/16/15 - 9:58 am
Deserted Washington Street in downtown Boston

Steve went for a walk down a deserted Washington Street in Downtown Crossing last night.

Copyright Steve. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/6/15 - 5:39 pm
Buses in a row in Brighton

KWAPT shows us the non-moving bus traffic on Washington Street in Brighton, where a bus and a cab may have tried to occupy the same space at the same time. Traffic elsewhere is marginally better, except possibly in Kenmore Square, where the stop lights have taken the night off.

Atlantic Avenue by Summer is also a morass of non-movingness, as Cybah noticed out... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 10:57 pm
Casey Overpass

State transportation officials said tonight they will shut the Arboretum-bound side of the Casey Overpass in February, followed by the Mattapan-bound side by the end of March.

And then, officials said at a meeting at English High School, contractors will bring in the heavy equipment to begin tearing down the decaying span - built high enough to let an elevated train pass underneath - to... Read more

By - 1/16/15 - 11:30 am
3385 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain

Architect's rendering.

The BRA yesterday gave Boston Property Development permission to tear down the old fried-chicken place at 3385 Washington St. and replace it with a four-story building with 21 residential units and ground-floor commercial space.

The $3.5-million project will include four "affordable" units. One of the units will have three-bedrooms; the rest one or two. The developer plans 23 parking spaces for the building, which... Read more

By - 1/15/15 - 8:10 pm

A neighbor of the closed Busy Bee cleaners at 4381 Washington St. reports current building owner Stelio Koutonidis outlined his plans to build a neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, at a meeting tonight.

Koutonidis met with nearby residents to seek their approval before he goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the permission he needs to remodel the building and re-open it... Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 8:46 am

A weary-eared citizen complains about the alarm system at the Empire Garden dim-sum place on Washington Street, kitty corner from Lagrange:

The alarm from this building has been going off every night for the last week and no one comes to turn it off. There are many residents complaining about it going off for many hours at a time. It has a bull horn

... Read more
By - 1/5/15 - 9:49 am

The Amateur Planner fulminates a bit on how the 34E bus between Forest Hills and Walpole has to go on a lengthy expedition through the driving morass that is the Dedham Mall; wonders why it doesn't just drop off/pick up passengers on Washington Street at the mall entrance:

The loop-the-loop to access the mall unnecessarily lengthens the route, costs the T money, costs passengers

... Read more
By - 12/19/14 - 2:05 pm
Former Busy Bee on Washington Street in Roslindale

The owner of the closed Busy Bee Cleaners, 4381 Washington St., is scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 6 for permission to convert the building into a 49-seat restaurant.

However, City Councilor Tim McCarthy's office says the mayor's office will ask the board to defer the hearing because Stelio Koutonidis has yet to hold a meeting with nearby residents... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 8:02 am
Santa barely hanging on in Roslindale

Fred White spotted Santa hanging around Washington Street in Roslindale yesterday.

By - 12/15/14 - 8:08 am

Vincent Marino, who owns the Tony's/Redd's building on Washington Street, meets with residents tonight to discuss his plan to add two stories and eight apartments to the building.

The meeting is the last chance for residents to get details on the proposal before it goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals. A meeting on the proposal last month ended with residents asking questions... Read more

By - 12/12/14 - 8:56 pm
Washington Street just south of Forest Hills

A concerned citizen complains about the way those extra parking spaces were added to Washington Street south of Forest Hills, creating a sudden swerve on an otherwise straight road:

Truck parked completely blocking bike lane because the parking spots along the side of the road are still there. Please get rid of the parking on the street in front of the harvest co-op. It

... Read more
By - 12/6/14 - 12:54 pm

WBZ reports a woman crossing Washington Street a couple blocks north of the entrance to the Dedham Mall was fatally hit by a car heading into Dedham - whose driver just kept on going - around 10:45 p.m. on Friday.

Dedham Police report they are looking for:

A 2000-2006 Ford Escape - passenger side headlight and side mirror damage.

... Read more
By - 11/29/14 - 10:39 am

The Dig reports the Drinking Fountain on Washington Street has fired up its kitchen again, which it had shut after the city ban on indoor smoking drove away its food customers. And it's a heartwarming story, to boot.

By - 11/18/14 - 11:11 am
Proposed building at 5 Washington St. in Brighton

Architect's rendering (note Chicago cop in lower left).

A developer has filed plans with the BRA to replace a gas station and small office building at 5 Washington St., across from the Whole Foods and next to the Brookline line, with a 145-unit, six-story residential building.

In its filing, Urban Spaces LLC of Cambridge says it would also build a two-level, 105-car garage under the 80-foot-tall building and leave space for new... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 9:24 pm

Tony DeBenedictis (l) and Vincent Marino.

Through his lawyer, landlord Vincent Marino said tonight he has no plans to force out Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie if he gets zoning approval to add two stories to the building he owns at 4254-4257 Washington St. in Roslindale Square.

But that reassurance alone was not enough for residents at a hastily called meeting on the proposal tonight at the Roslindale Community Center... Read more

By - 11/16/14 - 8:58 pm

Vincent Marino wants to add two floors to the Washington Street building that houses Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie.

A meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center on Monday will be residents' only chance to discuss the proposal before it goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 25 - and will apparently be where Tony DeBenedictis... Read more

By - 11/15/14 - 12:36 pm
3521 Washington Street proposal in Jamaica Plain

The BRA board of directors gave its OK for an $80-million, 132-unit residential complex to replace warehouses at 3521-3529 Washington St.

A five-story building will house 88 apartments; a four-story building 44 condos. The project will also include 25,000 square feet of retail space and a self-storage facility, as well as 166 parking spaces - 116 of them in underground garages.

As part of the... Read more

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