By - 4/3/15 - 9:45 pm

Did they sell the Herald American at this gas station?

A developer is proposing to replace the long closed Weld American gas station at Weld and Centre streets with a four-story building housing 18 market-rate condos and retail space.

Nearby residents will get their first look at the proposal for the roughly 1/3-acre lot at a community meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the E-5 police station in West Roxbury.

The project will need approval from the BRA.

The current listed owner of the property is Niakaros Realty Trust of Westwood.

By - 4/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Proposed King David Hotel on VFW Parkway

The BRA will consider a developer's plans to build a four-story, 69-room hotel aimed at observant Jews on VFW Parkway on the Dedham line.

King David Hotels Corp. is proposing the hotel at 1625 VFW Parkway - where an old McDonald's burned down in 2013.

By - 4/2/15 - 8:09 am
Proposed Harmon Apartments on Dorchester Avenue

Architect's rendering.

The Boston Home, which provides treatment for people with advanced neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, wants to build a 39-unit apartment building on its property at 2049 Dorchester Ave.

By - 4/1/15 - 6:13 pm
Closed Burger King on Boylston Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.

Chad O'Connor noticed today that another low-density commercial square is being replaced by a high-density residential square. Or more specifically: The Boylston Street Burger King has closed - to make way for a 240-unit, 17-story apartment building by Skanska USA, as shown in this architect's rendering submitted to the BRA:

By - 4/1/15 - 11:10 am
Proposed 70 Parker Hill Ave. on Mission Hill

Architect's rendering

A developer is seeking BRA permission to recast a disused New England Baptist Hospital building at 70 Parker Hill Ave. as a 46-unit residential building.

In a filing with the BRA, developer George Wattendorf is also proposing 29 parking spaces for the units, which would run the gamut from studios to two-bedroom units. His application states:

By - 4/1/15 - 7:22 am

The Boston Business Journal reports a developer wants to turn five acres of industrial land at Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue into a mixed-use development with 700 housing units in eight buildings, one 17 stories tall.

By - 3/29/15 - 12:40 pm

You might not think the South End, Charlestown, the waterfront and the Fenway are still in need of urban renewal, but the BRA would beg to differ. reports on a BRA effort to convince the public it still needs special power over development - which includes the right to take land by eminent domain - across 3,000 acres of Boston. The first meeting on the authority's bid to extend the urban-renewal powers set to expire this year is Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its 9th-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 3/28/15 - 11:58 am
Proposed new Quaker Lane in downtown Boston

Architect's rendering of proposed new Quaker Lane.

Related Beal has filed plans for its Congress Square project downtown, which would combine and reuse existing downtown office buildings with new structures clustered around a Quaker Lane rebuilt as "an intimately scaled pedestrian way finished with catenary lighting, sculptural seating and landscaping."

In a filing with the BRA, the company detailed what it hopes to do with the buildings it now owns at 40 Water St., 15, 19 and 33-35 Congress St. and 54, 68 and 82 Devonshire St. - and the spaces in between them:

By - 3/26/15 - 6:19 pm

Somerville, MA, Mar. 25, 2015 – A number of community groups, non-profits, business owners and residents are not happy with the ongoing planning process for the redevelopment of Union Square.

About 12 acres, located on seven blocks of real estate, are slated to be redeveloped by a master developer, chosen by the City last year. Union Square Station Associates, or US2, is a consortium of firms – led by Chicago’s Magellan Development Group LLC and Boston’s Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. – that formed specifically to undertake the billion-dollar development.

By - 3/26/15 - 5:43 pm
Proposal for 80 Shawmut Ave. in Boston

No cracks about Borg cubes landing on churches, please.

Developers this month submitted plans to the BRA to turn the old Holy Trinity German Catholic church and rectory on Shawmut Avenue in the South End into 33 residential units, by completely removing the interior and replacing it with an eight-story steel structure.

The proposal by developers Dennis Kanin and David Goldman for 136 Shawmut Ave. also calls for a 24-space garage in the new building's basement.

By - 3/24/15 - 3:28 pm
Proposed Cunard Building in East Boston

Another architect's rendering featuring a blimp (also see).

The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved Philip Frattaroli's proposal to turn the shuttered Oscar's Woodworking building, 47 Webster St. into a restaurant with rooftop seating, a yoga studio and four residential units.

Frattaroli, who owns Ducali in the North End - and whose family started out in the restaurant business in East Boston - plans to call his gastropub Cunard Tavern, after both the shipping line and the tavern of the same name that used to be in East Boston.

By - 3/24/15 - 3:13 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a 124-unit residential project along Hyde Park Avenue across Ukraine Way from the T stop.

The BRA gave its OK in December to the proposal, which will include 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on what is now a tree-lined grass field that stretches to the Tollgate Cemetery.

Some 39 apartments and 6 of the condos will be marketed as affordable, well above the minimums required by the city.

Several city officials backed the plan at a hearing today. Nobody spoke in opposition.

By - 3/24/15 - 12:12 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning unanimously approved a proposed 27-unit apartment building next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station.

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. plan to spend $7 million to build 24 units for people making up to 60% of the area's median income and 3 apartments for people making between 60% and 80% of that amount. It will be built on a derelict piece of former industrial land.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

By - 3/20/15 - 3:17 pm
Duplex ready for the 2024 Olympics?

Zippy noticed this sign on the fence in front of a duplex under construction on Centre Street, across from Holy Name in West Roxbury, this morning.

By - 3/19/15 - 9:11 am

The Bay State Banner reports the owner of the buildings that now house the One United and Citizen’s Bank branches is working with a team of developers to transform the site into a new complex featuring residential units, office space and stores.

By - 3/14/15 - 5:44 pm
Proposed JCHE senior housing on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton

Architect's rendering.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly this week submitted a formal proposal to the BRA to build a 61 apartments for the elderly and some developmentally disabled adults at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., next to the fire station.

The proposed six-story building would be connected by a second-story pedestrian bridge to the existing JCHE campus behind the property.

In December, the BRA tentatively designated the non-profit group as the developer of the land.

The first floor of the proposed building would include space for retail stores. JCHE is proposing 21 new parking spaces, 6 for those stores.

By - 3/14/15 - 12:24 pm
Proposed Clarion building on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury

A developer has proposed a 40-unit apartment development on Blue Hill Avenue between Quincy and Holborn streets that would include 27 affordable units and 5 apartments for people who make just a bit too much too qualify for those.

In addition to a four-story apartment building, the Community Builders, Inc. is proposing a two-family house as part of the construction, which would replace a series of city-owned lots that have been vacant for decades.

In a filing with the BRA, the developer is proposing 32 parking spaces and bicycle storage, as well as first-floor retail space.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:58 pm

The BRA today approved a $23-million proposal by the Boston Teachers Union to replace its current headquarters next to the old Bayside Expo Center with a more modern structure and a parking garage.

In its initial proposal for an Olympic village, Boston 2024 proposed taking the land, along with neighboring offices and hotel, for construction of towers to house athletes - some of which would later be turned over to UMass Boston for dormitories.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in 2017 whether Boston gets the Olympics.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:23 pm
Chain Forge hotel proposal in Charlestown Navy Yar

Architect's rendering.

The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.

Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.

Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.