Development

By - 8/21/14 - 12:42 pm
Tremont Crossing design

Tremont Crossing: This time for real?

P-3 Partners, which has the city nod to build a large mixed-use development on what has become an urban wild across from Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street, has until Sept. 18 to "articulate a clear funding plan and demonstrate concrete interest on the part of prospective retail, office, and commercial tenants," the BRA says.

After years of ground going unbroken, the BRA in June had given P-3 until last Thursday to come up with this plan for its proposed Tremont Crossing; on Thursday, the BRA voted to give the development group one more month.

By - 8/15/14 - 1:18 pm
Havas clock
Old Filene's clock

Kris Haight notices they've changed the clocks on the old Filene's building to reflect the name of the Euroadvertising firm that is moving into the new complex.

Maybe they can get the little carillon cherubs to fly Roche Bros. flags, too.

By - 8/8/14 - 1:23 pm

Boston Magazine reports the owners of the Cornerstone Bar, across from the Broadway T stop, have submitted a letter to the BRA that they want to tear the place down and replace it with apartments, offices and a restaurant.

By - 8/8/14 - 10:02 am
Proposed veterans apartments in Brighton

Proposed Brighton Marine building.

The hill heading up Comm. Ave. from Warren Street could be transformed in coming years under plans by developers to add a new apartment building aimed at veterans and to turn an office building into a home for young single professionals.

Officials from the Brighton Marine Health Center showed off plans for a 101-unit project at the start of the hill, at Warren Street at a meeting of the Brighton Allston Improvement Associations last night.

The proposed project would house 81 "affordable" apartments and 20 rented at market rates, all with veterans given a preference.

By - 8/7/14 - 11:42 pm
Proposed apartment building on Market Street in Brighton Center

Picture something like this instead of the Brighton Beer Garden.

Kineavy

The Cronin Group, which owns the Brighton Beer Garden on Market Street, tonight proposed tearing it down to make room for an apartment building of up to seven stories.

Michael Kineavy, the company's chief operating officer (and former aide to Tom Menino, shown at right), appeared before the Brighton Allston Improvement Association to ask its suggestions on the company's initial proposal, which showed 34 apartments in a seven-story building with commercial space on the ground floor, 24 parking spaces and a roof deck.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:39 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a developer now has to decide whether to seek city approval of a plan to tear down a two-family house used as an office on South Street and replace it with four units after the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's zoning committee narrowly voted to oppose the plan. Under zoning, he could put up a three-unit building; he had spent two years negotiating with neighbors.

By - 7/29/14 - 8:03 pm

MassLive.com reports on Mayor Walsh's appointment of Ted Landsmark, recently let go as president of Boston Architectural College.

By - 7/27/14 - 2:03 pm
30 B Street proposal in South Boston

30 B Street rendering.

Construction cranes may be crowding some of Boston's neighborhoods, leaving areas such as Broadway, Downtown Crossing and Boylston Street in the Fenway looking like something out of a SimCity game on "cheetah" mode, but, in fact, Boston's surge of luxury housing is largely bypassing large swaths of the city. You can get an idea of what's going on by taking a look at the Zoning Board of Appeals' long Aug. 5 agenda and comparing the construction projects going before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 5 in South Boston with those in Roslindale and West Roxbury:

By - 7/25/14 - 6:20 pm
New building at 170 West Broadway in South Boston

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Liberty Bell Roast Beef, 170 W. Broadway, is closing, possibly as soon as tomorrow, as the parcel's owners ready the site for construction of, ta da, 33 condos and a new restaurant space that will probably involve a wood-fired oven and a complete line of artisanal vodka drinks.

By - 7/24/14 - 11:58 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the trustees of Harbor Towers have come out swinging against Donald Chiofaro's proposed towers next door, saying they're just too damn big:

Since modern urban planning began here in Boston in the early 1960s, it has been customary and an article of faith that we do not build huge skyscrapers and excessive density on our waterfront; the recent, professionally conducted Greenway District Guidelines, supported by broad public participation, reinforced that principle.

By - 7/22/14 - 1:26 pm

Mayor Walsh is ordering the Zoning Board of Appeals to start hearing cases all the livelong day in an effort to bust up a backlog of hearings that now extends to six months.

Starting Aug. 5, the board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to consider requests from residents and companies who want to do something to their property that needs zoning-board permission. The board currently knocks off around noontime on its hearing days.

"We will continue to run longer hours until the backlog of cases for review has been addressed," said ISD Commissioner William "Buddy" Christopher.

By - 7/22/14 - 10:34 am
Nighttime construction in Boston

John McLachlan watched some night construction at the old Herald/new Ink Block project.

Copyright John McLachlan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:11 am

The Boston Business Journal has a couple of reports on impending condomania, well, condominimania, at least. Ground gets broken today on a new phase of the Ink Block project in the South End, a building in which postage-stamp-sized studios will go for $500,000. And a Brookline developer has purchased a Suffolk University building at Derne and Hancock streets on Beacon Hill with plans to turn it into luxury condos.

By - 6/26/14 - 9:58 am

The company building Harvard's luxury residential building at Barry's Corner isn't waiting for construction to be finished before signing up a restaurant to move into the space.

Samuels and Associates appeared before the Boston Licensing Board yesterday to seek permission to buy Joshua Tree's liquor license for the "neighborhood restaurant concept" it hopes to bring to the project at 219 Western Ave.

The proposed license purchase was backed by the mayor's office, several city councilors and the Allston Civic Association.

By - 6/25/14 - 4:53 pm
Proposed Chiofaro towers

Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. See it larger.

Developer Don Chiofaro, whose efforts to replace the Aquarium garage with a $1-billion pair of towers were thwarted by archnemesis Tom Menino, today proposed a $1-billion pair of towers for the site.

By - 6/20/14 - 8:42 am
245 Sumner St. proposal

The BRA last night approved a developer's plans to tear down a small factory and warehouse at 245 Sumner Street and replace it with a 34-unit residential building that will also have retail space on the first floor.

The Residences at 245 Sumner, which represent the first major new development not directly on the waterfront, next go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 1 for its consideration.

Seven of the units will be set aside as "affordable."

BRA documents on the project.

By - 6/19/14 - 7:58 pm
Proposed Cleveland Circle project

The BRA gave its approval today to an $85-million project to replace the old Circle Cinema complex and the Applebee's in Cleveland Circle with a 162-room hotel and 92 units of mostly luxury housing.

The Boston Development Group has worked with - and often battled - residents for more than three years. Brookline has created a hotel "overlay" zone for the part of the project that would sit in that town.

By - 6/19/14 - 7:24 pm
Making rope at the Charlestown Navy Yard

Making rope at the Navy Yard before World War II. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The BRA tonight approved a developer's plans to turn the historic but long-vacant Ropewalk building at the Charlestown Navy Yard into a new residential project and museum.

Some 30 of the proposed 90 apartments will be "affordable."

The bulk of the units will be in the long two-story-high Ropewalk building, which stopped making rope for the Navy in 1971. The adjacent Tar House will also be turned into apartments.

Under plans by developer Frontier Enterprises, half the units will have one bedroom each, while 34 will have three bedrooms and the rest two.

By - 6/19/14 - 6:27 pm

The Boston Redevelopment Authority today approved plans for a 145-unit building on the Riverway in which most units will be aimed at the sort of people who could not possibly afford the sorts of apartments being built in the rest of the city.

The proposed 11-story building will be next to a Brigham and Women's Hospital building now under construction on the Riverway at Fenwood Road - and the hospital is a partner in the project, for which it is donating the land, along with the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, a non-profit group that currently maintains some 1,000 apartments in the Longwood/Mission Hill area.

By - 6/19/14 - 1:19 pm
Bellows on the move in South Boston

Dale Cruse watched a procession of equipment outbound from 45 W. 3 St. in South Boston, from which Cliflex Bellows Corp. is moving to Tennessee. Its plant will, of course, be torn down and replaced with 164 luxury residential units under plans before the BRA.

Pages