The Globe reports a pair of Chicago real-estate firms could be about to plonk down the big bucks for the perpetually unused former Barnes & Noble building on Washington Street. And at $65 million, you can bet they're not going to just open another bookstore there.
Stacy Eblan reports on the Quirky Roslindale Message Board that the Staples on Washington Street is closing on June 11.
The store opened in 2008 in a new building where the Ashmont Home Center used to be. Between Ashmont and Staples came several proposals that never got anywhere, including a chain drug store - stopped by Tom Menino himself to protect the nearby Sullivan's Pharmacy - and a self-storage place.
The T reports "moderate" delays on the Green Line out in Brighton due to a trolley that bought the farm at Washington Street.
Fans of the iconic gas station on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain grew worried this past week when they saw the pumps fenced off and construction work going on.
Fear not - the beloved gas station is not being turned into condos. It's just closed for six weeks for some renovations, according to the guy behind the counter at the Hatoff's check-cashing place, which remains open behind the old station. Read more.
In one of those only-in-Boston things, plans for some licensing musical chairs in which a longtime Charlestown bar would sell its full liquor license to a Dominican restaurant in Roslindale, so it could in turn sell its beer and wine license to a coffeehouse in a boutique hotel in Downtown Crossing hit a last-minute snag today. Read more.
Around 6 p.m., at the Roslindale Barber Shop, 4256 Washington St. in Roslindale Square (next to where El Chavo used to be). BFD quickly doused the flames, but Washington Street was shut to traffic and T buses. An ISD electrical inspector was requested to check out the wiring.
An exchange of words over a drink spilled on the DJ's equipment at Porter Belly's, 338 Washington St., last month ended up as an all out assault on the DJ, who had to be taken to nearby St. Elizabeth's for treatment, a Boston Police sergeant and a pub manager said today. Read more.
At least one shot fired, shortly before 5 p.m. on Washington at Eldon Street.
A developer has filed plans for a 17-unit apartment building on Washington Street near Grove Street in West Roxbury.
Antonio Ferrara, who lives a half mile from the site, says the four-story building, which would replace the current Lee Myles Transmission shop at 5205 Washington St., would add "energy and vitality" to the intersection, now dominated by small restaurants and stores, hugging one side of the extinct volcano formed 400 million years or so ago, as well as several auto-related businesses. Read more.
City Realty of Brookline is proposing two apartment buildings, one on Washington Street near Green, the other around the corner on Green Street near Union Avenue. Read more.
Spare Change News reports the BPDA yesterday approved new development guidelines for the Washington Street corridor that call for 40% of new residential units to be affordable. Activists, who had staged a two-day sit-in in Mayor Walsh's office to press demands the number be at least 55%, were ejected by police.
3 p.m., more or less, is when roads all over the city went to hell - especially the ones with hills. Washington Street from Roslindale Square to the Dedham line became a skating rink. A bus slid into a car at Beechland Street.
Columbus Avenue from Egleston Square north turned similarly impenetrable. A salt truck got stuck at Bragdon - its supply of salt gone.
The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved plans to build new homes for Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe and the Daughters of Israel Mikvah on Washington Street and a seven-story apartment building. Read more.
Boston Police say a man was stabbed several times outside the Drinking Fountain on Nov. 12 by a group of four people who had been denied entrance into the Washington Street watering hole earlier in the evening and that his attackers fled towards Forest Hills in a white sedan. Read more.
Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow
Roslindale residents, city politicians and Keytar Bear gathered this morning at the old Boston Elevated substation to formally open the new Craft Beer Cellar and to take a look at the state of the cavernous main space, which will become a Chris Douglass restaurant called the Third Rail. Read more.
Boston Police are investigating an armed-robbery attempt at the Alfa gas station at Washington and South streets tonight by three men who apparently fled on foot when a Boston officer arrived on scene. Read more.
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