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
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
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.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by three Brighton residents against a major expansion plan by Boston College.
In their suit, residents said the BRA was a "quasi judicial" body and therefore violated the state constitution in approving a 10-year, $1.6-billion "institutional master plan" by holding private discussions with college officials and not swearing in people testifying in public on... Read more
The Herald reports on the authority's change of heart on 399 Congress St., in part because 60 of the apartments will be the micro-units the city fancies for the Innovation District.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the increasingly student filled North End and Beacon Hill, says the BRA needs to consider requiring dorms in the proposed garage re-do.
Perhaps Rep. Michlewitz is too young to remember when Beacon Hill residents managed to squash Suffolk's plans to turn the old MDC building across from the State House into a dormitory.... Read more
WBUR interviews BRA Director Peter Meade, whose thoughts on encouraging public transit and young residents who aren't so tied to cars come a bit too late for the guy who proposed an Allston apartment building with almost no parking, only to get shot down by the city when nearby residents protested.... Read more
So there, authority says to South Boston.
Massport, which should really be renamed MassPortAndRealEstateDevelopment, has decided it's not going to let a develop build 300 apartments on some vacant land it owns near Bank of America Pavillion because, well, just because:
The statement did not elaborate on why the residential units are not allowed.... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports that Peter Meade will leave as head of the BRA the same time as Tom Menino leaves as mayor.
The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board last week ordered the city of Boston to pay back some $2.4 million in property taxes levied against the company that leases parts of South Station for retail and office use, because state law forbids property tax assessments on any MBTA property, even if it's used for commercial concerns.
The payments cover taxes the company paid in 2009 and... Read more
It may look like a park and have people walk in it like it's a park, but the far end of Long Wharf isn't a park, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.
The ruling is a victory for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which wants to turn an open-air kiosk-like structure there into a restaurant.
A group of ten North End residents has fought the... Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority tonight gave preliminary approval to architect Sebastian Mariscal's 44-unit apartment building at North Beacon and Everett streets in Allston. Mariscal originally proposed only six parking spaces - all for Zipcar or equivalent rentals - and to only rent to people who agreed not to own cars. But he agreed to put in 35 spaces after nearby residents said they... Read more
Banker & Tradesman reports.
A roving UHub photographer forwards this picture, taken around 4:40 p.m. yesterday, of the handicap parking spaces outside 12 Channel St., an Innovation District building owned by the BRA and EDIC.
They haven't plowed their handicap spaces since the blizzard.... Read more
Remarkable project, the Urban Ring. The Mission Hill Gazette reports on a quiet little meeting at BRA headquarters to kick off planning for a study on linking the Blue and Silver lines as part of the Urban Ring - the crosstown
subway bus line the state nailed to its perch in 2009.
"The project is dormant," Read explained. "Like trees, it'll come back... Read more
The Globe reports on plans for the old John Hancock hotel and conference center.