NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a Boston Conservation Commission hearing at which the commission basically told the owner of a North End marina that if he wants approval for a rehab, he's going to have to give in and allow a cantilevered Harborwalk section over the water. The Commercial Wharf issue's been going on for a decade now and since it's all on the waterfront, the... Read more
The Bay State Banner reports on a proposal for a three-story building with retail on the first floor on what is now a vacant lot at Taber and Warren streets. The city broke ground just this past weekend on the project to turn the old Ferdinand building into the new school headquarters and to build a new office building next to it.... Read more
The Globe writes (free registration required) today that the new mega-Walgreens is a failure before it even opens because Downtown Crossing needs something unique and exciting if we're ever to bring the tourists and shoppers back, and the experience of buying sushi at a drug store just doesn't cut it for the thrill-seeking solons of Morrissey Boulevard:
If Walgreens wants to make the store... Read more
Both Ends of Dudley posts photos from yesterday's groundbreaking for the Ferdinand project in Dudley Square, which will become the Boston Public Schools headquarters. The ceremonies included a cake in the shape of the rehabbed building and the new office building next to it.
Roxbury Wakeup is a site dedicated to the premise that the city's plans to renovate the Ferdinand building as the new BPS headquarters is just a plot to gentrify the Dudley Square area:
This project will essentially put a stop to any future retail and social growth, as well as any possible wealth building within the community. It is a CIVIC MUNICIPAL BUILDING. It... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter analyzes hiring data from city building projects, concludes most contractors are not hiring as many Boston residents, minorities and woman as called for in city contract guidelines.
Some major new development, from the New Balance land in Brighton to BU in Allston means the area really needs a stop on the Worcester Line - especially given how it lost all three of its stops to the turnpike construction, not to mention the A Line, TC writes.
Cambridge Day reports Google's Kendall Square landlord wants to give the search company more room by building atop a parking garage that now features a rooftop garden. Landlord proposed replacing the lost skypark with a new, larger park elsewhere, but Cantabrigians were outraged and the city council put at least a temporary hold on the whole thing.... Read more
Cambridge Day provides some sketches of what developers are thinking of for the outside of the old East Cambridge courthouse and jail
Historic Boston and Roslindale Village Main Street are proposing to turn the long-dormant substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway into a combination winter farmers' market and event... Read more
The Crimson reports on vague promises made by Harvard at a community meeting last night to maybe come up with a new plan for its stalled Allston science center and a grad-student apartment building in Barry's Corner:
"If, in October of this year, you are still not satisfied with what the University is telling you about the Science Complex, I guarantee you the mayor... Read more
The Bay State Banner reports on the latest plans for the Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, which will feature a brick and glass extension with "DUDLEY" in giant letters on top.
The long shuttered building will become the new home of the Boston School Department on its upper floors, with stores and community space on the first two floor.... Read more
Just as neighbors requested; plans show four buildings housing residential units and stores, arranged in four buildings designed to look like "an authentic city block" and called the Ink Block.
Fort Point Blog provides the proof.
Cambridge Day reports some developers are actually interested in the decaying Middlesex County courthouse and jail, and that state officials will not require anybody who actually buys the thing to lop off more than half the floors, as demanded by some nearby residents. Whoever buys the structure will have to come up with a plan to remove asbestos; residents worry a developer would come... Read more
The Globe today reports the state Department of Transportation has some ambitious plans for the land and air around the turnpike/93 interchange in Chinatown, which it hopes will eventually become a new gateway to the city, featuring new development and parks.
Parks, huh?... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports on the end of litigation by residents of one luxury building against a proposed luxury building on the water by North Station.