City Councilor and mayoral candidate John Connolly says Boston could end a $1.6-billion backlog in public-school renovation by working out deals with local non-profit institutions with expansion plans: Faster approval of their plans if they agree to help the city out with school projects.
The City Council today considers Connolly's request for a hearing on his proposal, which would go beyond the payments-in-lieu-of-taxes plan already... Read more
On June 18, the Zoning Board of Appeals considers a request from Leovofs LLC to turn the derelict Eagles Lodge at Dana and Hyde Park Avenues in Hyde Park into nine apartments and some commercial space and to add a five-car garage.
The proposal, which would be one... Read more
Massport, which should really be renamed MassPortAndRealEstateDevelopment, has decided it's not going to let a develop build 300 apartments on some vacant land it owns near Bank of America Pavillion because, well, just because:
The statement did not elaborate on why the residential units are not allowed.... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports that Peter Meade will leave as head of the BRA the same time as Tom Menino leaves as mayor.
WBUR reports on plans to finally hide that ugly blank front wall of the Garden with two mixed-use buildings featuring retail space, offices and, of course, 500 luxury apartments and a 200-room hotel.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Department of Transportation's Finance Committee this week approved a plan under which New Balance will build a new Worcester Line station near its impending new Brighton complex. The stop will be called Boston Landing.
The Boston Business Journal reports on plans for a 22-story building that would house 414 apartments, from studios to three-bedroom units, including nine "micro units" that would go for $1,700 a month. Also notable: Only 132 parking spaces are planned for the project, near a Silver Line stop.
When workers on the Hole restoration project took down the Christo wrapping on the old Burnham building last week, they revealed this plaintive message, still up there after all these years.
Meanwhile, on the back side of the remains of the Burnham buidling, you can see... Read more
Lori Magno photographed work this morning to remove the shroud covering the remains of the Filene's building, as part of site preparation to build the new skyscraper atop the Hole.... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports Vornado Realty Trust has washed its hands of the Filene's project, with the help of $45 million from Millennium Partners, which bought its 50% share of the project. Under Millennium Partners' control, the project is actually back underway.
The Globe reports that ad agency Arnold Worldwide will "occupy a large chunk" of the skyscraper expected to rise above The Hole.
A study by a regional planning group says development along the Orange Line will means thousands of new jobs and housing units over the coming years, which could put thousands of more riders on a line that is already crammed to the gills and dependent on an increasingly cranky collection of past-their-expiration-date cars.
For the last week or so, people who live or work along Boylston Street have reported an annoying sulfur smell - possibly caused by construction of the street's latest big project hitting either sulfur pockets or a hellmouth.
Drew Starr tweets:
The sulfur smells bad, but isn't toxic at those levels. Cost of building in the Fens. Better after digging stops.
That... Read more
It may look like a park and have people walk in it like it's a park, but the far end of Long Wharf isn't a park, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.
The ruling is a victory for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which wants to turn an open-air kiosk-like structure there into a restaurant.
A group of ten North End residents has fought the... Read more
The Herald reports the BRA last night approved plans for a $305-million, 350-apartment complex on the site of an old McDonald's on Boylston Street.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Unitarian Universalist Association is selling its headquarters on Beacon Hill to move into three floors of a six-story office building on Farnsworth Street in South Boston - part of what Bloomberg this week called a building boom that has seen office rents in the district soar.