BRA

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 7:34 pm
Proposed Porter Street hotel

Architect's rendering.

Heath Management Co. is seeking BRA approval to convert a decaying old factory at 151 Porter St. at Orleans Street into a hotel that would feature 127 "industrial loft-style hotel guestrooms with high ceilings, exposed structure and oversized windows to optimize natural light and dramatic city views."

In its filings with the BRA, Heath is also seeking permission to add a new sixth floor to... Read more

By - 2/27/15 - 8:20 am
The Point proposed tower in the Fenway

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board yesterday approved a revised plan to build a $290-million tower of both condos and apartments at the intersection of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, replacing an old D'Angelo sub shop.

Samuels and Associates says its Point project will include a mix of condos and apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units and with two floors of retail space. Some 15 floors of... Read more

By - 1/16/15 - 11:30 am
3385 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain

Architect's rendering.

The BRA yesterday gave Boston Property Development permission to tear down the old fried-chicken place at 3385 Washington St. and replace it with a four-story building with 21 residential units and ground-floor commercial space.

The $3.5-million project will include four "affordable" units. One of the units will have three-bedrooms; the rest one or two. The developer plans 23 parking spaces for the building, which... Read more

By - 1/15/15 - 4:09 pm
815 E. 5 Street proposal in South Boston

Architect's rendering.

A 19-unit condo development proposed to replace an old horse-trolley barn between E. 5 and E. 6 streets in South Boston would come with a 33-lot parking garage, according to the developers' filing with the BRA.

Aidan Gregory Feeney and Brendan Feeney of Feeney Brothers Excavation want to replace commercial buildings at 815 E. 5 and 812 E. 6 streets with ten-unit and a nine-unit... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 2:44 pm
Jeffries Point proposal

Architect's rendering.

Two East Boston developers want to build 33 condos on what is now an overgrown old gas-station property at 320 Maverick St..

In their filing with the BRA, Joseph Ricupero and John Zirpolo said they would build 23 two-bedroom condos and 10 one-bedroom units, and provide 32 deeded parking spaces.

Four of the units would be set aside as "affordable;" the rest would... Read more

By - 1/8/15 - 10:51 am
Paris Village proposed for East Boston

The East Boston Community Development Corp. is proposing a 32-unit apartment building at 191 Paris St. for people who might otherwise be priced out of the neighborhood.

In a filing this week with the BRA, the CDC proposes to replace an old school with a new building with 28 units set aside for people earning no more than 60% of the median local income... Read more

By - 1/5/15 - 7:49 pm
Broad Street project old and new views

Current and proposed. See larger.

Developers have submitted plans to the BRA for a 12-story condo building on Broad Street that would completely demolish the building the Times pub is now in and turn the historic Bulfinch building that houses the Littlest Bar into a lobby for the new building and some residential units.

The Littlest Bar moved to 102 Broad St. after its longtime tiny space on Province Street... Read more

By - 12/29/14 - 11:37 am

Boston College says it's doing its part to minimize the impact of students in the 17-story apartment building it bought on Comm. Ave. in part by installing locks that will keep students from opening windows more than six inches - and which will make apartment balconies completely off limits to them.

In a filing with the BRA, BC says the changes at 2000 Comm.... Read more

By - 12/28/14 - 1:57 pm
25 Fid Kennedy Avenue in the Boston Marine Industrial Park

Fans of the old industrial look could do worse than just drive down Northern Avenue (or take the Silver Line) on a quiet Sunday morning and then walk around the Boston Marine Industrial Park (this morning, I parked across from Liberty Wharf and then just covered the waterfront).

One of the more interesting buildings from the area's history as the South Boston Naval Annex, is... Read more

By - 12/19/14 - 8:59 am
Parcel U proposal in Forest Hills

The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.

Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 6:35 am

The Globe reports state officials are working on a plan to empty the Transportation Building in Park Square and build a new transportation complex as part of the Tremont Crossing mixed-use development across the street from Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street. The move would jump start that project and free up the Park Square building for redevelopment.

The BRA has a vaguely... Read more

By - 11/18/14 - 11:11 am
Proposed building at 5 Washington St. in Brighton

Architect's rendering (note Chicago cop in lower left).

A developer has filed plans with the BRA to replace a gas station and small office building at 5 Washington St., across from the Whole Foods and next to the Brookline line, with a 145-unit, six-story residential building.

In its filing, Urban Spaces LLC of Cambridge says it would also build a two-level, 105-car garage under the 80-foot-tall building and leave space for new... Read more

By - 11/14/14 - 5:01 pm
150 West Broadway proposal in South Boston

Architect's rendering.

The BRA yesterday approved a plan to replace an auto-repair shop and car lot at 150 W. Broadway, at B, with a new building with 24 condos, 3 of them considered "affordable."

The $8-million proposal by developers Stephen Pitrowski and Joe Hassell also includes 33 underground parking spaces and space for four small shops.

Most of the units will have two bedrooms; two will have... Read more

By - 11/11/14 - 5:27 pm
135 Bremen St. rendering

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board on Thursday considers a developer's plan to tear down a fenced-off, abandoned old commercial area at 135 Bremen St. and replace them with 94 apartments on six floors, space for a restaurant or shop and 126 parking spaces in an underground garage.

Developers Joseph Ricupero and Michael Merullo say they would set aside space in the garage for both 100 bicycles... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 4:14 pm

Yeah, so what if tons of college graduates flee Boston as soon as they toss those mortarboards in the air? The BRA and UMass Boston's Donahue Institute says it doesn't matter because a) So many of Boston's college kids come from somewhere else, so you'd expect a lot of them to leave and b) Boston has the largest percentage of 20-34 year olds of any... Read more

By - 10/17/14 - 11:43 am

The BRA yesterday approved a proposed 101-apartment development on Commonwealth Avenue that would consist mostly of "affordable" units with just 20 rented at market rates.

The building would sit on land owned by the Brighton Marine Health Center at Warren Street.

By - 10/15/14 - 3:39 pm

The BRA board tomorrow takes a brief break from considering luxury residential complexes to hear plans for an industrial park between the Readville commuter-rail station and the Dedham line geared to small and start-up manufacturers.

The proposed Readville Yards project, by First Highland Management and Development, would include 375,000 square feet of light-industrial, manufacturing and office space in six new buildings atop an MBTA-owned rail... Read more

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