Children's Hospital says a pedestrian bridge over Longwood Avenue would not only help "physically challenged patients and families with young children" avoid the cold, rain and Boston drivers, it would improve traffic on the narrow, crowded street. Read more.
A federal judge ruled yesterday the BRA cannot lease the pavilion at the end of Long Wharf to a restaurant because its very own documents show the shelter was always intended to be part of a public park, not a structure available for a commercial lease.
The ruling by US District Court Judge Patti Saris, in what she called "the Long War for Long Wharf," is a victory for a group of North End residents who have been battling with the BRA over the pavilion for years. Read more.
The BRA board today approved a 200-room Marriott boutique hotel for the Ink Block development at the old Boston Herald site.
An auto-repair garage and an old apartment building at 1181 Bennington St. would be torn down and replaced by 44 two-bedroom residential units under a proposal now before the BRA. Read more.
The BRA board today approved Ashkenazy Acquisition's general "vision plan" for how to turn Faneuil Hall Marketplace into a destination that attracts not only rich tourists but local residents and visitors of more moderate means - in part by making the historic buildings at the core of the marketplace as much a part of visitors' experience as the stores and food. Read more.
The BRA today approved a 105-condo building at 45 W. 3 Street, proposed by Spaulding and Slye.
The project will have 109 underground parking spaces. The company originally proposed apartments, but opposition from neighbors convinced them to change them to condos.
Project details (4.5M PDF).
The BRA today approved a revised plan to tear down the old Cleveland Circle Cinema and Applebee's and turn it into a hotel and a 92-unit senior-citizen apartment building.
National Development will kick in $600,000 to redesign the Cleveland Circle intersection, which will include a system to synchronize trolley movement with the lights to speed up dispatching of trolleys.
Some 12 of the apartments would be marketed as affordable, for people making no more than 70% of the area's median income.
The BRA board today approved a plan for a 23-story "microhotel" at the corner of Tremont and Stuart streets that will have 346 rooms of just 175 square feet apiece.
The proposed Marriott Moxy Hotel will rise on what is a small BRA-owned lot now used solely for large advertising banners. Read more.
The BRA today released the more detailed part of an outside consultant's look at its operations in a city experiencing a development boom and for fans of rational growth, it's not a pretty picture: Read more.
Harold Brown's Hamilton Co. recently filed plans with the BRA to add to Roxbury's Douglass Park complex with a five-story, 44-unit apartment building on what is now a tree-lined green between existing buildings on Camden Street.
Meanwhile, the company recently began ripping up a parking lot at 40 Malvern St. in Allston to build a six-story, 48-unit apartment building. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports a developer has filed a preliminary plan with the BRA to stick 26 floors of residential space above the facade of the existing four-story building at 533 Washington St. that had housed nightclubs for more than 50 years until the state shut Felt in 2012.
The developer bought the building from the Baldekas family last year.
The BRA this month begins a formal look at ways to spur "transit-oriented" residential development along Dorchester Avenue in South Boston and Washington Street from Forest Hills to Columbus Avenue in Egleston Square. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.