By - 7/13/15 - 6:26 pm
The old Felt club in downtown Boston

Felt in better days

The Boston Business Journal reports a developer has filed a preliminary plan with the BRA to stick 26 floors of residential space above the facade of the existing four-story building at 533 Washington St. that had housed nightclubs for more than 50 years until the state shut Felt in 2012.

The developer bought the building from the Baldekas family last year.

By - 7/10/15 - 3:52 pm

Leave Blue Hill Avenue alone, Rodney Singleton writes:

As if a poor mix of for sale housing affordability, failed retail anchor in Wal-Mart, leasing land it cannot develop, giving artist all the credit over an entire community, or selling once public lands it owns to a charter school most kids in Roxbury cannot attend were not enough. Nuestra CDC the developer now sees fit to reamed parts of Roxbury for its own gain? Mr. Price, head of Nuestra, would never try this in his home town of Milton!

Globe: Some want to rename Roxbury enclave after Menino.

By - 7/8/15 - 10:19 am

New York, San Francisco and San Jose beat us, according to the Boston Business Journal, which quotes some Gloomy Gus about how all those new residential units are going to force landlords sooner or later to lower their rents.

By - 7/7/15 - 8:26 am

The Herald reports city stats show Boston continues to experience a building boom and that while permits for low- and moderate-income housing increased, 57% of the permits were for "unrestricted market-rate housing units in the Hub’s higher-end neighborhoods."

By - 7/6/15 - 10:58 am

The BRA this month begins a formal look at ways to spur "transit-oriented" residential development along Dorchester Avenue in South Boston and Washington Street from Forest Hills to Columbus Avenue in Egleston Square. Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 5:00 pm
East Boston crane in operation

One of the first of East Boston's waterfront luxury buildings is going up. Today, the white crane lifted up a segment of red framing to the top of the red crane, where workers bolted it to the boom to make it longer.

By - 6/30/15 - 12:14 pm

Boston 2024's "2.0" plan for Widett Circle calls for tearing down all the existing industrial and mass-transit facilities in the 83-acre area and turning it into 8 million square feet of office and residential use with the hope Boston gets the Olympics, but under a plan that would continue even if we don't get the games. Read more.

By - 6/27/15 - 12:18 pm
City Hall sign pointing to City Hall

What's not to love? 2012 photo.

ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades. Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 7:31 pm
Proposed building at 89 Brighton Ave. in Allston

Architect's rendering.

A Cambridge developer this week submitted detailed plans to the BRA for replacing an existing car-rental place, small office building and large house at 89 Brighton Ave. with a 138-unit apartment building with 69 spaces for cars - and 142 for bicycles.

In his filing, Noah Maslan of Eden Properties says the building will be aimed at the growing number of small household who would rather ride a bike, rent a car or take a car service than deal with owning their own car in the city. Read more.

By - 6/25/15 - 6:59 pm

The Bay State Banner reports on developer Ken Guscott's plans for a building that would have commercial space on the first nine floors, apartments on floors above that and condos higher up, on land he owns across from the Dudley T stop. Read more.

By - 6/24/15 - 4:49 pm

Meghan Rice, the manager of the casual-dining restaurant, reports its last day is June 30, after which it will forlornly sit empty until it's torn down (along with the neighboring and long vacant cineplex) to make way for a hotel and senior-citizen apartment complex.

All the stuff on the walls will be for sale, she adds.

By - 6/23/15 - 3:32 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on Councilor Leland Cheung's idea to let a developer put a 1,000-foot tower on the land now occupied by the comparatively puny Volpe transportation building.

By - 6/20/15 - 11:57 am
Artists for Humanity proposed building in South Boston

Architect's rendering, not by Elkus Manfredi.

Artists for Humanity recently submitted detailed plans for its proposed expansion at 100 W. 2 St. in South Boston.

The plans call to use land purchased from Gillette to add some 57,000 square feet of space to the organization's existing 24,000-square foot "EpiCenter" - where teens are matched with design and art jobs at local companies. Read more.

By - 6/18/15 - 5:21 pm
Proposed new Whittier building in Roxbury

Architect's rendering of proposed Whittier building.

Developers have filed plans with the BRA to completely tear down the 62-year-old Whittier Street project and replace it over five years with new buildings with more apartments.

Separately, the Boston Housing Authority this week formally asked developers for plans to turn the Bunker Hill project into a mixed-income development. Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 10:51 pm

UPDATE: The council postponed the vote.

The City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a deal in which it would hand over the old Winthrop Square garage to the BRA, which would then select a company to build a skyscraper on the parcel.

At a hearing today, BRA Director Brian Golden said all the proceeds from the sale would go into city coffers, rather than to the BRA's separate fund - less what he said was a small administrative fee. The details, he said, would be spelled out in a "memorandum of understanding" he could not provide today but which he said would be ready for councilors Wednesday morning - giving them only a few hours to consider it before the scheduled vote. Read more.

By - 6/11/15 - 9:53 am
Proposed apartment building at Gree and Amory streets in Jamaica Plain

Archtect's rendering.

Developer Chris DiSisto says the condos he built at Amory and Green streets in 2012 worked out so well he wants to replicate their success across the street. In a filing with the BRA, DiSisto is proposing a 15-unit apartment building across Amory from the T stop that would also have retail space - including for a restaurant DiSisto says he wants to run. Read more.

By - 6/10/15 - 11:13 am

UPDATE: They got the license.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant an all alcohol license to Target for the new store the chain says will open July 22 at Boylston and Kilmarnock.

The four-story store will be the first East Coast CityTarget, aimed at nearby residents who arrive on foot, rather than in a car.

Target attorney Joseph Devlin said the Fenway is ideal for that, given all the residential development along Boylston. He said the neighborhood's existing liquor outlets, which includes the Boylston Star Market, have not kept pace with the demand.

Devlin said the alcoholic beverages, in a single aisle near housewares, will be aimed at people stocking up for parties or events, rather than the sort of people looking for a quick buzz. The store will not sell 40s, nips or pints, he said.

The proposal was supports by the mayor and city councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu and Steve Murphy. Nobody spoke in opposition.

By - 6/10/15 - 7:03 am
Chiofaro's proposed towers

One of these might have to go.

The Globe reports that City Hall is about to give the developer permission to put up at least one 600-foot tower at the site of his ugly Aquarium garage. But life is full of compromises and so City Hall will only let him build a total of 900,000 square feet of sheer awesomeness instead of the 1.2 million he feels is his due, which might limit the size of the second tower he wants to put there.

By - 6/8/15 - 7:09 pm
Madison Park Village proposal

Architect's rendering of proposed Madison Park Village building

The Madison Park Development Corp. has filed plans to build 76 affordable apartments - 14 of them townhouse duplexes - in two buildings on Melnea Cass Boulevard near where it meets Tremont Street.

The proposal, which would include tearing down an existing one-story community center on Raynor Circle, would add 37 parking spaces, in part by moving part of Brooke Marshall Road, where the larger of the two buildings - 60 apartments across five floors - would be built. Read more.

By - 6/5/15 - 8:42 am
Proposed infill of plaza at 500 Boylston St. in the Back Bay

Architect's rendering: Why is the woman in the foreground just walking down Boylston?

The owner of the 500 Boylston St. tower made famous by Boston Legal has filed renderings of the proposed "infilling" of the curved plaza it says few people use because it's too dark and windswept and too close to the more pleasing Copley Square. Read more.