State transportation officials said tonight they will shut the Arboretum-bound side of the Casey Overpass in February, followed by the Mattapan-bound side by the end of March.
Clayton Harper has been taking a detailed look at what happens when the Casey Overpass comes down to make way for surface roads. Forest Hills station will be getting a lot of changes as part of the project - many related to the busways.
The Harvest Co-op's lease on its South Street location ends on Feb. 28. Although board members are continuing to negotiate with their landlord, there's a chance the store could close, forcing members to journey to the newer Harvest on Washington Street on the JP/Roslindale line.
The co-op board meets on Jan. 5, starting at 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Artists Institute, 311 Forest Hills St. in JP, with time set aside for members to discuss the potential shutdown.
Officers arrived on Barlow Street just in time to flush three guys out of a house around noon.
The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.
Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units.
A concerned citizen complains about the way those extra parking spaces were added to Washington Street south of Forest Hills, creating a sudden swerve on an otherwise straight road:
Truck parked completely blocking bike lane because the parking spots along the side of the road are still there. Please get rid of the parking on the street in front of the harvest co-op. It is not necessary as there is a large parking lot. You are jeopardizing bicyclists lives every single day. Please make sure the mayor and Commissioner gilooly see this.
The BRA board of directors gave its OK for an $80-million, 132-unit residential complex to replace warehouses at 3521-3529 Washington St.
A five-story building will house 88 apartments; a four-story building 44 condos. The project will also include 25,000 square feet of retail space and a self-storage facility, as well as 166 parking spaces - 116 of them in underground garages.
Clayton Harper reports MassDOT last week awarded a contract worth nearly $60 million to Barletta Heavy Division of Canton to tear down the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills and replace it with a series of surface roads.
Harper says state engineers want the work started ASAP, partly because a winter teardown will minimize the effects of all that dust and noise on nearby residents, who will mostly have their windows shut, and partly because they're concerned the overpass could get all Long Island Bridge and not even make it through the winter without having to be shut down as unsafe.
Jamaica Plain News reports on an incident Saturday morning on Tower Street - involving a gun-wielding purse snatcher who escaped in a late-model BMW.
Transit Police report arresting Enrique Feliz, 20, on a charge of assault and battery with intent to murder for an incident Wednesday afternoon at Forest Hills station that left a man in the lower busway with a puncture wound to the head.
The victim, 25, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Feliz was arrested today, police say.
David Finnerty reports a man was stabbed in the lower busway at Forest Hills around 2 p.m. The suspect is a white Hispanic male, about 18, last seen walking up Washington Street.
Jamaica Plain News reports on a BRA meeting in Jamaica Plain on the latest plans for 3521-3529 Washington St., where a developer wants to replace an old car dealership building with 132 apartments and a self-storage facility.
Dwayne McNair, 33, of Dedham, had bail set at $500,000 today on charges he and a pal raped one woman in Forest Hills and another on Mission Hill in 2004, after the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police got back test results they say proved the DNA found in a used condom saved by one of the victims could not have come from McNair's twin brother.
Prosecutors had dropped charges against McNair in April because of the twin question.
Wes found his way up Washington Street blocked by a two-car crash near the new Harvest.
A man nabbed for alleged fare jumping at Ruggles last year was picked up for the same offense at Forest Hills yesterday afternoon, Transit Police report.
Although piggybacking behind a paying customer normally only means a ticket, in both cases, Juan Garcia was arrested because he had outstanding warrants charging him with assault and battery on a police officer.
Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:
Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.
A Norwood man had bail set at $150 today on charges he used an iPad to try to snap photos up a woman's skirt from a Forest Hills T-stop bench yesterday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Joshua Gonsalves, 23, was also ordered to stay away from all T stops while his case is pending, the DA's office says.
Transit Police yesterday made their first arrest under the law after a woman complained at Forest Hills a guy took inappropriate photos of her.
Joshua Gonsalves, 23, of Norwood, is scheduled for arraignment in West Roxbury District Court this morning.
According to Transit Police, the incident happened shortly before 5:45 p.m.