BRA

By - 4/27/16 - 8:51 am

The Herald reports: BRA member accused of threat will stay on board. Michael Monahan's lawyer says the allegations were made up.

By - 4/25/16 - 6:12 pm
Architect's rendering of 3193 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain

Developers have filed plans with the BRA for a 49-unit, five-story condo building at 3193 Washington St. at Montebello Road - across the street from a proposed 73-unit residential building.

Developers Fred Starikov, Stephen Whalen and Josh Fetterman are proposing 24 parking spaces - and 58 bicycle spaces - for a $13-million building they say is an eight-minute walk to Green Street and Stony Brook on the Orange Line and an easy walk to pretty much everything else that makes JP JP. Read more.

By - 4/22/16 - 7:10 pm

The Boston Business Journal lists the six companies that bid to tear down the old WInthrop Square garage and replace it with some sort of tower.

Look at the bids yourself.

By - 4/20/16 - 4:33 pm
Suffolk Construction proposed expansion

Architect's rendering.

Suffolk Construction has filed plans with the BRA to build a $22-million, 38,000-square-foot expansion to its 65 Allerton St. headquarters, starting with tearing down four old warehouse buildings. Read more.

By - 4/15/16 - 7:47 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a mixed-use building at Washington and Parsons streets that will include 54 housing units, a small Roche Bros. and 125 parking spaces.

By - 4/4/16 - 11:15 pm
Swoopy skyscraper as seen from Boston's Public Garden

What the building might look like from the Arlington Street side of the Public Garden.

Proposed downtown tower

The New York developer that has been figuring out how to put a skyscraper at the intersection of Washington and Bromfield streets last week released a series of renderings of a building that would rise higher than the Millennium Tower and have a series of rooftop gardens and possibly solar panels.

Midwood Investment and Development is proposing a 59-story, 683-foot-tall building with 300 apartments - 54 affordable - topped by 119 condos. The residential units would sit on a five-story base that would include ground-floor retail and a garage for 235 cars and 420 bicycles. Read more.

By - 4/4/16 - 12:19 pm
Proposed Temple Street development on Beacon Hill

Architect's rendering.

A developer last week filed detailed plans with the BRA to convert two former Suffolk University buildings on Temple Street behind the State House into a 75-unit luxury condo development.

JDMD Owner, LLC, of Dedham, says the project will meet what it says is "significant need" in Boston in general and Beacon Hill in particular, for "high-quality housing," as well as rid the neighborhood of some of those annoying college students. Read more.

By - 4/2/16 - 3:36 pm

Here is how it worked:

The Boston City Council, in 2004, approved an Order extending certain Urban Renewal Plans until April 30, 2015, and also enacting "a series of procedural changes with respect to Urban Renewal Plans in Boston” consisting of changes in the Council's Urban Renewal Plan review process, so as to retain only the powers to vote on initiation of new Urban Renewal Plans and termination of ongoing Plans, and deleting from Council jurisdiction extensions of expiring Plans. Read more.

By - 4/1/16 - 2:19 pm

As you know, the City Council (despite having lost its power to vote on extensions) voted on March 23 to approve the BRA's requested 6-year extension for the 14 expiring Urban Renewal Plans. 2016. The BRA can get a seventh year as a "minor modification" without Council approval, as it got an eleventh year for the current extension. This will no doubt be followed by another lengthy extension. Read more.

By - 3/31/16 - 12:07 pm
370-380 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End

Peekaboo, I see you: Architect's rendering of proposed building.

The company that now owns the former Quinzani Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout buildings on Harrison Avenue in the South End today unveiled plans for 14-story building with 280 apartments and condos and ground-floor commercial space.

Related Beal's proposal for 370-380 Harrison Ave., filed today with the BRA, also calls for a three-deck, 180-space underground garage on the one-acre site. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 11:02 pm
Proposed hotel at 88 N. Washington St. in Boston

Archtect's rendering: Hotel is brown-and-silver building across from old Scotch & Sirloin.

A Wilmington builder has filed plans with the BRA to replace a seven-space parking lot at 88 N. Washington St., off Valenti Way, with a 74-room boutique hotel. Read more.

By - 3/29/16 - 7:07 am
839 Beacon Street proposal

Architect's rendering

A developer has filed plans to replace a low-slung commercial building with a 45-unit, five-story apartment building at 839 Beacon St., between the circle and the turnpike. Read more.

By - 3/26/16 - 10:20 am
Proposed mixed use building at 530 Western Ave. in Brighton

Architect's rendering.

A developer wants to tear down the long unused Dewalt/Black & Decker repair shop where Western Avenue meets Birmingham Parkway near Soldiers Field Road and replace it with a six-story apartment building. Read more.

By - 3/25/16 - 11:17 am

The Globe reports that GE probably won't actually be buying those two Necco Street buildings from Proctor and Gamble - instead, the BRA will buy them, then let GE occupy them rent-free for 20 years.

By - 3/23/16 - 12:45 pm

The Boston City Council voted today to let the BRA continue to have extra powers over some 3,000 acres in the city - including the power of eminent domain.

The council voted 10-3 in favor - Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Josh Zakim (Fenway, Beacon Hill, Back Bay) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) were the opponents. Read more.

By - 3/22/16 - 5:56 pm
Proposed apartment building near Ashmont MBTA station in Dorchester

Architect's rendering of 1943 Dorchester Ave.

A developer and a neighborhood business group have filed plans with the BRA for a 64-unit apartment building across from the Ashmont T stop in Dorchester. Read more.

By - 3/22/16 - 3:10 pm
Proposed Harrison-Albany building

Architect's rendering.

Leggatt McCall yesterday filed formal plans with the BRA for a two-building, 710-unit apartment complex it wants to build between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street and E. Dedham and E. Canton streets. Read more.

By - 3/18/16 - 12:32 pm

The BRA board yesterday gave tentative approval to Windale Developers to build 18 condo units on four city-owned vacant lots on Holworthy, Hollander and Waumbeck streets.

The $6-million Garrison Trotter phase II project was first proposed in 2013.

Upon completion, the new homes will be priced to attract a mix of moderate, middle and market rate buyers. Prices for the new affordable homes will range from $250,000 - $400,000 and will be affordable to households with a combined income of $60,000 - $100,000. The affordable moderate and middle-income homes will have a 50-year resale restriction to provide affordability for future generations of homebuyers.

By - 3/16/16 - 9:59 am

Kevin McCrea explains the hand off from the city to the BRA of the condemned garage, the site for which could be used to build a skyscraper.

By - 3/15/16 - 2:00 pm
BRA

The BRA plans to issue an RFP next week for a "strategic advisor" charged with helping the authority "in the development of an organizational identity and brand strategy" based on some reforms the authority has made over the past couple of years.

In many ways, the BRA's brand remains unchanged from its founding in the 1950s as a way for the city to condemn and tear down entire neighborhoods, BRA Director Brian Golden acknowledges. Read more.