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.

By - 6/4/15 - 9:00 am
Proposed DotBlock

Architect's rendering: Glover's Corner view.

Architects for developer Demetrios Dasco have released renderings of his proposed DotBlock, which would replace a series of low-slung storefronts and industrial buildings at Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street with 384 apartments, 60,000 square feet of retail space, a 450-car garage and a large pedestrian walkway parallel to Dot. Ave.

The renderings are in a filing with the BRA (42M PDF file) for what is so far the largest of a growing number of projects proposed for Dorchester. Read more.

By - 5/22/15 - 7:44 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the developers behind the proposed Dot Block at Dot. Ave. and Hancock Street are now asking for BRA approval to build 420 apartments, thanks to their acquisition of some more land.

By - 5/18/15 - 1:08 pm
Walker Park proposal

Architect's rendering of one of the Walker Park buildings.

Urban Edge Housing Corp. is seeking BRA permission to put up 49 apartments in two buildings on what are now three lots on Walnut Park and Columbus Avenue. Read more.

By - 5/15/15 - 8:08 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a new way to spur more development in the Charlestown Navy Yard: Issue bonds to clean up decades of pollution that would then be repaid through the new tax revenue the development would bring.

The proposed Navy Yard Historic Monuments Area "development district" now goes to the City Council for its approval. Read more.

By - 5/14/15 - 6:32 pm
Proposed Copley Tower in the Back Bay

Rendering by architect Elkus Manfredi.

The BRA board today approved new plans for a $500-million, 52-story tower atop Copley Place after the mall's owner agreed to add an extra five affordable apartments - an increase housing activists, such as former state Rep. Mel King, said was far from enough. Read more.

By - 5/13/15 - 10:22 am

A new, all-affordable apartment building will soon rise on the site of the old Boys & Girls Club, but it’s being built – in part – with non-union labor, which is dividing the city’s usually tight progressive community.

The $11 million dollar project that will rise at 181 Washington Street

By - 5/9/15 - 9:50 pm
Vertullo Building on Fairmount Avenue in Hyde Park

City officials joined with residents, new store owners and Historic Boston on Fairmount Avenue today to re-dedicate the Vertullo Building.

The building, which dates to 1868 - the year Hyde Park became a town - has space for five stores on the first floor and four apartments above. Historic Boston bought the building in 2011 and spent $1.3 million renovating it. Read more.

By - 5/7/15 - 8:56 am

The Bay State Banner reports on concerns about a developer putting up new residential buildings in Roxbury.

By - 5/7/15 - 8:54 am

Mayor Walsh yesterday announced the first citywide planning effort in 50 years, and wants your input on what the city should look like in 2030 (i.e., our 400th birthday). The Globe has more.

By - 4/29/15 - 8:00 am

The Globe reports on Related Beal's proposal for a 14-story tower across Causeway from the ramps to the Zakim with " rents well below the going market rates."

By - 4/27/15 - 7:08 pm
40 Fisher Ave. proposal on Mission Hill

Architect's rendering.

Savage Properties has formally proposed a 15-unit building to replace the foundations for two three-family buildings that were never built at 40 Fisher Ave. on Mission Hill.

The proposed building would have two one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and seven three-bedrooms. One of the smaller units and one of the three-bedroom units would be marketed as affordable. The developer is proposing ten parking spaces in a garage and a fitness room, and hopes to begin construction this fall.

By - 4/17/15 - 12:31 pm
151 Liverpool proposal in East Boston

Architect's rendering of 151 Liverpool project.

The BRA board yesterday approved two new residential buildings in East Boston, and changes to a waterfront tower already under way.

The board approved a converting and expanding 151 Liverpool St from its current use as commercial space (which had a fire earlier this week) into 24 residential units, 4 of them affordable. The building will have 35 parking spaces.

By - 4/17/15 - 6:13 am

The BRA was scheduled to vote on a proposed 52-story residential building atop the mall yesterday, but the Globe reports the authority put off the vote because community groups continue to protest the number of affordable housing units as too low.

By - 4/16/15 - 10:15 pm

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board of directors today approved a six-story apartment building at 40 Malvern St.

The proposal, by the Hamilton Co., will include 4 one-bedroom units and 44 two-bedroom units. Of those, 6 will be affordable. The company is also planning a 44-space parking lot.

40 Malvern project notification form.