By - 10/17/15 - 4:37 pm
Proposed Cambridge Street condos in Allston

Developer Babak Veyssi is seeking BRA approval to put 32 condos and retail space on what is now a vacant lot at 392 Cambridge St.

Veyssi's $7-million proposal also includes a 41-space garage for residents and a 17-space lot for the stores. Read more.

By - 10/17/15 - 3:33 pm

The BRA board this week gave its nod to $75 million worth of development along Melnea Cass Boulevard.

The BRA board approved a 76-apartment proposal for Melnea Cass near Tremont Street. Madison Park Development Corp. will spend $37 million to erect the five-story building, which the BRA says will help turn Melnea Cass into a neighborhood street, rather than remaining as a bypass left over from the days when it was planned as part of an Interstate highway. Read more.

By - 10/16/15 - 8:30 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a 48-unit apartment building to replace the burned out old asthma-inhaler plant on Lagrange Street at Centre Street. Read more.

By - 10/14/15 - 9:38 pm

At-large city councilor Steve Murphy called for restrictions on development in Boston at a candidate forum in Roslindale tonight. Fellow at-large councilor Ayanna Pressley, meanwhile, wants to look at restricting the numbers of certain types of franchise operations in particular neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 10/13/15 - 8:04 pm
Proposed expansion of Holiday Inn in Dorchester

Architect's vision.

The Holiday Inn Express off the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester is seeking BRA permission to add 60 rooms for budget-conscious visitors to Boston. Read more.

By - 10/9/15 - 1:55 pm
Proposed 20 Taft Hill building in Roslindale

Architect's rendering.

A South Boston developer is proposing to tear down two two-family houses behind the Roslindale Square municipal parking lot and replace them with a single 19-unit condo building and a parking lot. Read more.

By - 10/8/15 - 3:39 pm covered a BRA meeting yesterday on the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel:

Unfortunately, many commenters were heckled and several shouting matches broke out before and during the public session. Police were called and on site during the forum. At times, the discussion became divisive and hostile. Among the barbs thrown were harsh, sterotypical references to types of people living in various parts of the neighborhood (waterfront vs. interior North End, newcomer vs. oldtimer, rich vs. poor, etc.).

By - 10/8/15 - 12:40 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on early planning for a possible luxury complex at what is now a marina at Port Norfolk, next to the Venezia.

By - 10/8/15 - 9:09 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a New York group has filed a letter of intent with the BRA to tear down an old building at 73-79 Essex St. and replace it with a 220-room hotel.

The building, used for light manufacturing, is next to Chau Chow City.

By - 10/7/15 - 11:27 am
Proposed Garden Garage tower

Proposed Garden Garage tower on the right.

Developers who want to replace a garage at the If You Lived Here complex with a new residential tower have submitted new plans to the BRA that lops two floors of the structure. Read more.

By - 10/6/15 - 10:38 pm

The Globe reports Secretary of State and Brighton resident Bill Galvin has managed to block construction of an apartment complex for veterans because it would mean demolishing some old buildings that neither the Boston Landmarks Commission nor the Brighton-Allston Historical Society say are important enough to save - especially since there are numerous clones of the buildings across the Northeast.

By - 10/5/15 - 8:38 pm

Joined by district City Councilor Matt O'Malley, residents in the area of Weld and Centre streets once again told developers their proposed replacement for the collapsing old Weld-American gas station is just too big. Read more.

By - 10/3/15 - 1:44 pm
Comic strip: What's happening to Chinatown?

Image provided by Lillian Chan. See larger.

It's been nearly a month since Maxim's Coffee House served its last drop of hot coffee, its famous bun pastries flying off the shelves before the local bakery lost its lease and was forced to close its doors after 33 years in Chinatown. Yet artist Lillian Chan still finds sadness as she walks past the shuttered windows of the "iconic landmark" on the corner of Beach Street and Harrison Avenue. And neither she, nor the bakery, are alone. Read more.

By - 10/2/15 - 1:08 pm
Proposed new auditorium at Harvard Business School in Allston

Architect's rendering.

Harvard is seeking BRA approval to tear down what it considers an inadequate auditorium on the Business School campus in Allston and replace it with a more elegant and larger structure able to "host global events and create a first-class learning environment." Read more.

By - 10/2/15 - 7:21 am

The Jamaica Plain News reports on a BRA session at English High on coming up with long-range plans for the Washington Street corridor. The top resident priority was affordable housing.

The second most significant value that emerged was summed up by one table - keep Jamaica Plain weird.

By - 10/1/15 - 2:19 pm

The Boston Housing Authority said today it's chosen Corcoran Jennison of Dorchester to completely rebuild and expand the Bunker Hill development into a mixed-income community. Read more.

By - 9/30/15 - 5:57 pm
Inside 25 Fid Kennedy Ave.

Inside Building 16.

J.C. Cannistraro of Watertown today proposed leasing and renovating a large and long vacant building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park - as an assembly plant for construction components. Read more.

By - 9/29/15 - 11:31 pm

West Roxbury developer Peter Davos has filed a letter of intent with the BRA to build 84 residential units in a four-story building at 1235 VFW Parkway, the one-time home of an IHOP that over the past couple of decades has served as a parking lot and the site of a sign advertising stump removal. Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 10:26 pm
Proposed apartments at Readville intersection

Rough idea of what project could look like, as seen from Hyde Park Avenue from across Milton Street.

At first, it might seem like a ridiculous question. But as Readville residents told the prospective developer of 240 apartments across the Milton Street bridge from Readville station tonight, it begins to make sense if you actually try to commute from the station. Read more.

By - 9/23/15 - 11:25 pm
Proposed building at 425 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury

From the 425 Lagrange St. filing with the BRA.

The meeting was not quite as boisterous as past sessions. But at the one hearing the BRA was required to hold, residents of Lagrange Street and nearby side streets told landlord Michael Argiros they still can't stomach his proposal for apartments on Lagrange just off Centre because it's too big. Read more.