Fans of the old industrial look could do worse than just drive down Northern Avenue (or take the Silver Line) on a quiet Sunday morning and then walk around the Boston Marine Industrial Park (this morning, I parked across from Liberty Wharf and then just covered the waterfront).
A developer this week submitted a detailed proposal to the BRA to replace the single-story Cornerstone Bar at 14 W. Broadway with an 11-story building with 47 residential units and space for a restaurant and offices.
Also planned, according to developer Ryan Sillery's filing:
The green roof terrace landscape proposes a contemporary, sophisticated urban terrace, designed as an amenity for guests, visitors, and residents alike. A key feature of this green roof terrace landscape is a common dog park area.
The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.
Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units.
The Globe reports state officials are working on a plan to empty the Transportation Building in Park Square and build a new transportation complex as part of the Tremont Crossing mixed-use development across the street from Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street. The move would jump start that project and free up the Park Square building for redevelopment.
The BRA has a vaguely worded item related to the proposal on its agenda for this afternoon's board meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in its ninth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
Vincent Marino, who owns the Tony's/Redd's building on Washington Street, meets with residents tonight to discuss his plan to add two stories and eight apartments to the building.
The owner of Charley's Market, 604 Weld St., goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to tear it down and replace it with a single-family house.
The Zoning Board of Appeals next week hears a request from the new owners of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters at 25 Beacon St. to completely gut the building and turn it into nine condos and three apartments for au pairs.
SDC-DLJ, which bought 25 Beacon and two other UUA buildings next to the State House for $23.6 million earlier this year, needs zoning-board approval in part because city zoning prohibits au-pair units.
SDC-DLJ is a partnership of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Sea-Dar Real Estate and CNW Capital Partners LLC.
JB Parrett noticed a few letters missing from the top of the new Converse building on the old Lovejoy Wharf on North Washington Street yesterday.
The Crimson reports on what it calls a "tense" meeting between town and gown over the impact of hordes of construction workers and their Harvard projects over the next decade on the neighborhood.
Developer Michael Argiros today showed revised plans for the old Armstrong plant on Lagrange Street near Centre that would include 48 apartments and 81 parking spaces - compared to the 62 apartments and 52 parking spaces he first proposed in what he now admits was a debacle of a neighborhood meeting several months ago.
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.
Boston Development, which won BRA approval in June to replace the old Cleveland Circle Cinema and the Applebee's with a hotel and an apartment complex, is bringing on a new development partner and plans to limit residents to the silver-haired set.
In a press release, Boston Development and new partner National Development say:
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 Globe's architecture critic damns the area as less than the sum of its parts:
To be fair, not many new developments look good until the cranes go home. But after youâ€™ve made all the allowances you can, youâ€™re still stuck with the fact that the Innovation District is a serious failure of urban design.
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.
Work officially began yesterday on the $600-million One Seaport Square project off Northern Avenue in South Boston, which will feature more than 800 residential units in two 22-story buildings, a luxury movie theater, a luxury bowling alley and a luxury health club, as well as space for additional luxury shops and restaurants.
The BRA yesterday approved a plan to replace an auto-repair shop and car lot at 150 W. Broadway, at B, with a new building with 24 condos, 3 of them considered "affordable."
The $8-million proposal by developers Stephen Pitrowski and Joe Hassell also includes 33 underground parking spaces and space for four small shops.
Most of the units will have two bedrooms; two will have just one bedroom.
Developers hope to begin work on the project this spring.