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.
Jamaica Plain News reports on a BRA meeting in Jamaica Plain on the latest plans for 3521-3529 Washington St., where a developer wants to replace an old car dealership building with 132 apartments and a self-storage facility.
Firefighters quickly contained a fire in pipes on the fifth floor at One Boston Place on Washington Street downtown this afternoon, but dealing with the smoke forced the evacuation of the 44-story office building.
The Boston Fire Department reports no injuries. The building houses about 2,700 workers, some of whom had to walk all the way down because the department was using the building's elevators to ferry firefighters up and down.
Before she evacuated with co-workers from the 40th floor, Jan snapped this photo:
Ellie happened to be well clear of the intersection of School and Washington streets this morning when an 18-wheeler that had somehow gotten on School Street tried to turn onto Washington, without much success.
Perhaps the driver once tried to get into the Midvale School for the Gifted.
Wes found his way up Washington Street blocked by a two-car crash near the new Harvest.
Somebody was flying the Confederate flag today on Washington Street in Dedham, just north of the turn for the Dedham Mall.
Brighton Main Streets reports the Washington Street mainstay is shutting on July 19 after 40 years.
Alert New England reports one of the combatants in a fight outside Archdale Liquors on Washington Street at Archdale Road around 7:40 p.m. didn't realize his opponent had a knife. EMS took him away with a stab wound to the leg.
When Boston Police officers tried to stop a van whose driver almost swerved into them on Washington Street just past South Street last night, the van came to a halt and eight men got out and tried to run away, police say.
Some of the men even climbed the roof of the Advance Auto Parts store in what turned out to be a futile attempt to escape, police say.