BRA

By - 7/17/14 - 8:39 am

An audit of the BRA found an agency still tracking billions of dollars worth of project on paper, unable to say if developers are building or paying for the affordable housing they committed to and losing out in millions of dollars in revenue on back rent on property it owns and on fees developers are supposed to pay when they refinance BRA-approved projects.

Mayor... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 4:34 pm

The BRA, which has battled some North End residents for years over its unquenching desire to turn a kiosk at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant, has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Park Service, which now says the kiosk needs to be left alone, because it's basically parkland, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports.

By - 6/30/14 - 7:28 pm

The BRA posts some photos from the interior of the Dudley Square Municipal Center being built around the shell of the old Ferdinand building.

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.

In a presentation to the Municipal Harbor Plan Committee today, Chiofaro proposed a project with one tower reaching 600 feet hight, that would include three stories of restaurants and a supermarket,... Read more

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... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 8:27 pm

The BRA decided tonight to solicit bids from groups that might have ideas on how to use $3 million in money from Harvard for increasing owner occupancy rates in Allston houses.

BRA staffers say trends show growing percentages of houses in the North Allston and the neighboring section of Brighton being bought up by investors, who might not have the same neighborhood interests as people... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 7:34 am

The Globe reports Bryan Glascock is being moved into a new BRA position to review city zoning and building codes.

By - 1/17/14 - 8:17 am
Coppersmith Village

The BRA yesterday approved a non-profit group's plans to replace two abandoned buildings between Border and Liverpool streets with 56 apartments and 15 townhouses.

The Neighborhood of Affordable Housing says its Coppersmith Village project will include a mix of affordable and market-rate units - and will include a number of three-bedroom apartments aimed at families. All of the townhouses, which will be sold, rather... Read more

By - 1/17/14 - 7:34 am

The Herald reports the BRA yesterday gave the thumb's up to developer's plans to add 600 apartments, and a supermarket and other new retail space to the former Sears distribution center.

Ed. question: Wonder what happens to the Fenway Shaw's? That site seems ripe for redevelopment, too.... Read more

By - 1/10/14 - 8:02 am
Landmark Center proposal

Proposed expanded Landmark Center from Park Drive.

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

By - 1/7/14 - 5:17 pm
Proposed Nott Street project

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

By - 12/26/13 - 10:49 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a copy of a Suffolk Superior Court judge's ruling that a group of North End residents can continue their legal action against the BRA's proposal to turn the shelter at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant.

The ruling requires state regulators - who had already approved the project - to consider new evidence that the National Park Service considers... Read more

By - 12/22/13 - 9:09 am

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.

By - 12/21/13 - 11:38 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a recent BRA planning meeting at which an architect for the Hook family discussed how it would like to build some sort of tower on the current property - with the lobster place staying in the first floor.

By - 12/13/13 - 8:24 am

Remember when Marty Walsh said he'd tear apart and replace the BRA? Yeah, well, about that ...

By - 10/29/13 - 11:03 pm

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

By - 10/18/13 - 10:26 am

Marty Walsh yesterday released a 14-point economic plan that, among other things, would ditch the BRA and replace it with a new Boston Economic Development Authority.

Only the BEDA would take on even more work than what the BRA now does, by smushing in all other city agencies and commissions that deal with economic development and disposition of city owned land. So how would... Read more

By - 10/10/13 - 8:35 am

Commonwealth Magazine reports Mel Miller has put his "his stunning New Hampshire vacation home" on the market to repay the the $278,000 or so he owes the BRA for a loan that helped keep his Bay State Banner afloat in 2009.

The loan was for $200,000, but, you know, interest.

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