NorthEndWaterfront.com reports two neighborhood groups are supporting Collin Yip's plan for what is now a 13-space parking lot on Salem Street with a 9-unit condo building. Rather than put parking in, he'd offer more commercial space on the first floor.
The BRA holds a hearing next Thursday on plans to add 600 residential units, a supermarket and other retail space and an underground garage to the Landmark Center.
At the hearing, set for 5:30 p.m. in the authority's City Hall offices, developers will propose making room for the new space by tearing down the existing parking garage behind the main building, originally erected as a... Read more
Opponents of a 27-unit apartment building on land next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station said the $7-million proposal would lead to poor people infesting the neighborhood with their crime-ridden ways, their children breathing in fumes from the auto-body shop next door and their guests jamming up the local streets with their cars.
And, one opponent said at a meeting at the Hyde Park Municipal... Read more
BRA officials make a rare visit to Hyde Park tomorrow for a meeting on a proposed 27-unit residential building at the Fairmount train station off Fairmount Avenue.
At the session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1179 River St., the Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. will explain their proposal for the Residences at Fairmount Station.... Read more
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
And they were the original transit-oriented development, to boot, Hub Business explains.
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
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
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
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
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