development

By - 1/6/14 - 8:09 pm

Seems there's a push to rename Barry's Corner - where Western Avenue and North Harvard Street intersect, and where Harvard once had visions of a urban village - as Allston Square.

Proponents say the renaming would honor a famous American artist - the guy the entire neighborhood is named for - and remove the icky stain of a barely remembered battle in which a neighborhood... Read more

By - 12/28/13 - 11:37 am

The Globe reports that MBCR, which currently runs commuter rail for the MBTA, has promised to build a $65-million repair on part of the site of the old Stop & Shop warehouse complex on the Readville/Dedham line if its contract is renewed.

In 2007, a developer proposed 1,850 housing units on the site, in a proposal that would have required Boston annexing a... Read more

By - 12/22/13 - 9:09 am

The Globe reports on a fiefdom of bureaucrats overseen by a clueless board that cuts deals with developers to reduce payments for affordable housing - and then diverts millions from the funds it does collect to non-housing uses or just lets the money sit in the bank.

By - 12/13/13 - 8:24 am

Remember when Marty Walsh said he'd tear apart and replace the BRA? Yeah, well, about that ...

By - 12/7/13 - 1:35 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports outgoing Mayor Tom Menino has agreed to designate the area in front of the Boston Garden "blighted" so that he can give the Garden and developers a multimillion tax break for developing in such a horrid area - and the right to make one of their proposed towers 45 stories, to be filled with luxury residential units.... Read more

By - 12/6/13 - 11:52 am
Lovejoy Wharf

Associated Press reports on a 15-story, 175-unit project at Lovejoy Wharf, to replace the building where they used to hang that giant Celtics banner, as part of the same complex as the building now being converted into the Converse world headquarters.

Developer's presentation (20M PDF).... Read more

By - 11/20/13 - 6:48 am
Proposed Harrison Avenue project

The Herald reports on plans for two buildings - one 14 stories, the other 13 - proposed for the old Graybar plant at 345 Harrison Ave.

In their filing with the BRA, the developers say:

The Project will improve pedestrian connectivity and circulation in the neighborhood, introduce a mix of vibrant 18/7 uses by bringing significant residential space along with neighborhood retail, and

... Read more
By - 11/8/13 - 7:27 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the council has voted to give up its legal battle to be declared a city agency, a declaration without which it can't fight the project to turn the former orphan's home on South Huntington Avenue into condos. On the plus side, if the council isn't a city agency, it can once again argue it's not subject to the state... Read more

By - 10/30/13 - 12:05 pm

The mayor and officials from the Fallon Co. put their ceremonial shovels in the ground today to launch 22 Liberty, a 14-story luxury condo building on the waterfront that features a stepped design so that residents can get views of both the harbor and downtown.

Fallon says some of the units will feature three or more bedrooms, unusual in a city where developers seemed to... Read more

By - 10/29/13 - 11:03 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the owners of the Garden have asked the BRA for Liberty Mutual-style tax breaks because damnit, they deserve it the fact they've failed to build anything on what is now a parking lot, a high water table on land near the Charles and Harbor and the presence of the Green and Orangle Lines means the land is blighted and... Read more

By - 10/28/13 - 10:25 am

And they were the original transit-oriented development, to boot, Hub Business explains.

By - 10/24/13 - 9:44 am

The Herald reports the developers of the mixed-use project now going in between the ICA and the World Trade Center figure it could be a couple years before they get around to demolishing the old restaurant, so why not see if somebody would be interested in running another restaurant there in the interim?... Read more

By - 10/9/13 - 12:02 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by three Brighton residents against a major expansion plan by Boston College.

In their suit, residents said the BRA was a "quasi judicial" body and therefore violated the state constitution in approving a 10-year, $1.6-billion "institutional master plan" by holding private discussions with college officials and not swearing in people testifying in public on... Read more

By - 9/27/13 - 10:05 am

The Globe reports the BRA yesteday approved the Yawkey Way deal with the Sox.

Meanwhile, the Herald reports the board brought in some muscle from Municipal Protective Services to stand guard in case people upset with the nearly $8 million tax break the BRA approved for the luxury Filene's Memorial Hole project tried to lunge at board members or something. The Herald... Read more

By - 9/20/13 - 4:09 pm

MassChallenge, a high-tech incubator, announced along with Mayor Menino today that it'll be moving into new space in the Boston Marine Industrial Park from its current offices on Fan Pier.

MassChallenge will move into what's now called the Innovation and Design Building, formerly the the Bronstein Center and the Boston Design Center. Jamestown Properties of Atlanta finished its acquisition of the two buildings earlier... Read more

By - 9/17/13 - 2:40 pm

The Herald reports Roche Bros. will open a luxostore (ed. note: Sounds like the West Roxbury store, only without all the boring bread and soda aisles) and that Arnold Worldwide will take a chunk of the office space in the skyscraper for which ground was formally broken today.

No word if Walgreens will get a retroactive tax break for opening a luxostore down... Read more

By - 9/16/13 - 9:24 pm

The Globe reports on the proposed tax breaks for companies that move into the ritzy tower being built atop the Hole in Downtown Crossing.

By - 9/13/13 - 7:37 am

The Herald reports 90 potential buyers are sniffing around the Unitarian Universalist Association's three buildings around the State House, which the religious group is selling as it decamps for the Innovation District.

By - 9/13/13 - 6:22 am

The BRA has approved a 58-story hotel and condo project on the edge of the Christian Science Center at Belvidere and Dalton, the Globe reports.

By - 9/10/13 - 2:20 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on the latest proposal over the past couple decades by the owners of the Garden for the parking lot where the Garden used to be - a mixed-use development with a 45-story tower and two shorter buildings.

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