Architects for developer Demetrios Dasco have released renderings of his proposed DotBlock, which would replace a series of low-slung storefronts and industrial buildings at Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street with 384 apartments, 60,000 square feet of retail space, a 450-car garage and a large pedestrian walkway parallel to Dot. Ave.
The Dorchester Reporter reports the developers behind the proposed Dot Block at Dot. Ave. and Hancock Street are now asking for BRA approval to build 420 apartments, thanks to their acquisition of some more land.
The Boston Home, which provides treatment for people with advanced neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, wants to build a 39-unit apartment building on its property at 2049 Dorchester Ave.
The Boston Business Journal reports a developer wants to turn five acres of industrial land at Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue into a mixed-use development with 700 housing units in eight buildings, one 17 stories tall.
The BRA board of directors today approved a six-story esidential building with 81 units on Dorchester Avenue, across from the Carruth and the Ashmont T station.
The building, which will also have ground-level retail space, will have 53 units marketed as affordable on what is now the home of Ashmont Tire, under plans by developer Trinity Financial. The project will have 44 parking spaces and storage space for 81 bicycles.
Jason Cincotta's Evergreen Property Group has filed plans with the BRA to replace a parking lot at 248 Dorchester Ave. with a 6-story, 33-unit apartment building that would feature retail space at ground level, large enough for a restaurant.
The Boston Licensing Board today gave Maria Market, 779 Dorchester Ave. in the Polish Triangle, a license to begin selling beer and wine as owner John Nguyen tries to transform it into more of an "urban market" servicing a neighborhood going upscale.
The Dorchester Avenue cafe that inspired the effort to get more liquor licenses for Boston today won approval to offer alcoholic drinks with its meals.
Dot 2 Dot Cafe co-owner Karen Henry-Garrett has said the liquor license would mean she could start serving dinner regularly at the 1739 Dorchester Ave. restaurant.
For the second time in three months, Nhung Nguyen went before the Boston Licensing Board for permission to reopen her VN Express Cafe at 1616 Dot. Ave.
This time, however, she appeared without her husband, Khanh, who was the reason the board rejected her application to serve food in August, citing both illegal gambling at the Chinese restaurant that used to be there - when Khanh Nguyen worked there - and his inability to completely own up to a criminal past that included a conviction on gun charges in the early 1990s.
Two complaints this fine fall morning from citizens trying to catch some winks early on a Saturday morning. First, on Alger Street, a resident complains about guys slicing up train tracks. Train tracks? Train tracks.
7:30 on Saturday morning and there is a private crew on Alger street in South Boston . With no permits . Using saws to cut up railroad tracks. No respect for this neighborhood or the people who live here. Enough already!!!
UPDATE: Suffolk County prosecutors charge Charley shot his victim after he had grabbed money from the register.
Boston Police report arresting Jarris Charley, 21, on charges he robbed the D&D convenience store and shot the owner last night.
Police say his victim is expected to survive.
The Boston Licensing Board last week took no action on a request from the Sea Breeze Mexican Grill, 1782 Dorchester Ave., in Dorchester, for a beer, wine and liqueur license as it continues to try to figure out the ramifications of the law that was supposed to give Boston 25 new liquor licenses this year for areas away from Boston Proper and the waterfront.
That sucking sound Dorchester residents in the area of Dorchester and Crescent avenues heard last night was a hazardous-waste company vacuuming up the oil that spilled out of two failed NStar transformers down a manhole - so that NStar workers could then repair the transformers.
The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force is looking for a teenager it says held up the Meetinghouse Bank branch at 2250 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester Lower Mills around 3:15 p.m. last Monday.
This is the same branch where the bank president chased after another robber the month before.
Last week's robber is described as 18-20, about 5'2" with strawberry blond hair and blue or green eyes.
From the "How do they even do that?" department comes this picture, by Fields Corner Main Street, of a truck whose driver tried but failed to make a U-turn at a major intersection shortly after 1 p.m.
Boston Police report they are looking for four people in connection with the robbery of $20,000 worth of jewelry at Thai Binh Jewelry, which recently opened at 1283 Dorchester Ave.
According to police, one of the four walked into the shop around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, looked around, declared he didn't want anything they had, then walked out.
As the individual left the store, he appeared to leave the door propped open, allowing the entry of two males and a female. The two males and female then began to smash the cases.
They then fled in a green Camry and a black Volvo SUV, police say.
In an unusual move, the Boston Licensing Board today rejected a couple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.
The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed VN Express, which would have replaced China Pagoda at 1616 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Khanh Nguyen said he and his wife, Nhung, wanted to serve Vietnamese and Chinese breakfast, lunch and dinner.