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.
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 it says will "contribute to the much needed revitalization of Washington Street."
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.
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 pointed out towards the street.
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 time, and subsidizes private development, all to service the front door of an auto-centered development.
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.
Fred White spotted Santa hanging around Washington Street in Roslindale yesterday.
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.
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 is not necessary as there is a large parking lot. You are jeopardizing bicyclists lives every single day. Please make sure the mayor and Commissioner gilooly see this.
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.
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.
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 - or for the mayor's office and City Councilor Tim McCarthy, both of whom said they would ask the Zoning Board of Appeals to defer action on the request at a hearing on Nov. 25.
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 of Tony's finds out what the proposal means for his store.
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.
The owner of the single-story Washington Street building that houses Tony's Market and Redd's in Rozzie wants to add two floors and put eight apartments in them.
Vincent Marino goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 25 to seek a variance because the project and floor-area ratio would both be higher than allowed under the square's zoning and because he wouldn't have enough of a rear yard.
While it's a project that would barely solicit a yawn in some other neighborhoods - it's too small to warrant BRA notice - it's the third residential project proposed for the once sleepy square of late.
Jamaica Plain News reports that mid morning on Oct. 27, two alleged goons stuck a knife up to somebody coming out of Ruggierio's Market on Washington Street and demanded all his belongings - just as a cop was coming out of the E-13 station next door. They made like eggs and beat it.
And it's crashing trees all over the place. As of 7:10 p.m., Washington Street in Jamaica Plain is blocked in both directions by a tree that came down near Montebello. Memorial Drive near Harvard Square is also down to no lanes thanks to a downed tree.
And people in Smart Cars, Fiats and other tiny little boxes might want to think twice before heading out. Christine reports it's so windy on 95 north of the city that "cars are almost hitting each other."
An aggrieved citizen complains:
It's like biker boys or 2fastfurious on Washington st every Sunday. Mopeds, quads, dirt bikes, face masks and zero helmets. How is this always going on so close to the D4 police station. There MUST be warrants out for some of these punks.
Boston Strolls reports these birds on the inbound side of Washington Street just up from Woodley were showing no fear this morning:
They walked right up to me.
Of course, this not being Brookline, no blood was shed.