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By - 6/18/15 - 5:21 pm
Proposed new Whittier building in Roxbury

Architect's rendering of proposed Whittier building.

Developers have filed plans with the BRA to completely tear down the 62-year-old Whittier Street project and replace it over five years with new buildings with more apartments.

Separately, the Boston Housing Authority this week formally asked developers for plans to turn the Bunker Hill project into a mixed-income development. Read more.

By - 6/15/15 - 10:51 pm

UPDATE: The council postponed the vote.

The City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a deal in which it would hand over the old Winthrop Square garage to the BRA, which would then select a company to build a skyscraper on the parcel.

At a hearing today, BRA Director Brian Golden said all the proceeds from the sale would go into city coffers, rather than to the BRA's separate fund - less what he said was a small administrative fee. The details, he said, would be spelled out in a "memorandum of understanding" he could not provide today but which he said would be ready for councilors Wednesday morning - giving them only a few hours to consider it before the scheduled vote. Read more.

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 - 6/4/15 - 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 - 5/18/15 - 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 - 5/18/15 - 6:18 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh wants Kairos Shen to quit, but Shen is all, yeah, well, fire me then, because of a state law that can boost the pension of public workers fired by incoming administrations.

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 - 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 - 4/16/15 - 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.

By - 4/9/15 - 6:26 pm
Proposed new charter school building on River Street in Hyde Park

Architect's rendering.

The Boston Preparatory Charter Public School has filed plans with the BRA to move from rented space at Most Precious Blood in Cleary Square to a new building at 875 River St., across from the PriceRite supermarket.

The school says the 2.2-acre parcel, now home to a parking lot and some trees, would let it build a state-of-the-art 48,000-square-foot school for its 400 students in grade 6-12. The proposal calls for 56 parking spaces for staff.

By - 4/9/15 - 4:23 pm
1189 River St.

Architect's rendering.

A developer wants to tear down the single-family home he owns at 1081 River St. and replace it with a 20-unit condo building.

The BRA holds a meeting for residents to discuss Kevin Norton's proposal for 14 one-bedroom condos and 6 two-bedroom units, all between 600 and 900 square feet, at 6:30 p.m. on April 15 at the Hyde Park Municipal Building.

The $2.9-million project would have 20 parking spaces in a first-floor garage.

The neighborhood currently contains many multi-family dwelling buildings and the project proposed will not create a detriment to the current neighborhood context and density.

By - 4/3/15 - 9:45 pm

Did they sell the Herald American at this gas station?

A developer is proposing to replace the long closed Weld American gas station at Weld and Centre streets with a four-story building housing 18 market-rate condos and retail space.

Nearby residents will get their first look at the proposal for the roughly 1/3-acre lot at a community meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the E-5 police station in West Roxbury.

The project will need approval from the BRA.

The current listed owner of the property is Niakaros Realty Trust of Westwood.

By - 4/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Proposed King David Hotel on VFW Parkway

The BRA will consider a developer's plans to build a four-story, 69-room hotel aimed at observant Jews on VFW Parkway on the Dedham line.

King David Hotels Corp. is proposing the hotel at 1625 VFW Parkway - where an old McDonald's burned down in 2013.

By - 4/2/15 - 8:09 am
Proposed Harmon Apartments on Dorchester Avenue

Architect's rendering.

The Boston Home, which provides treatment for people with advanced neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, wants to build a 39-unit apartment building on its property at 2049 Dorchester Ave.

By - 4/1/15 - 11:10 am
Proposed 70 Parker Hill Ave. on Mission Hill

Architect's rendering

A developer is seeking BRA permission to recast a disused New England Baptist Hospital building at 70 Parker Hill Ave. as a 46-unit residential building.

In a filing with the BRA, developer George Wattendorf is also proposing 29 parking spaces for the units, which would run the gamut from studios to two-bedroom units. His application states:

By - 3/29/15 - 12:40 pm

You might not think the South End, Charlestown, the waterfront and the Fenway are still in need of urban renewal, but the BRA would beg to differ. NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a BRA effort to convince the public it still needs special power over development - which includes the right to take land by eminent domain - across 3,000 acres of Boston. The first meeting on the authority's bid to extend the urban-renewal powers set to expire this year is Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its 9th-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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 building's basement.

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 would later be turned over to UMass Boston for dormitories.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in 2017 whether Boston gets the Olympics.

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 dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.

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