In the second judicial defeat for the BRA in a week involving waterfront land, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the developer of an apartment complex in Charlestown has to comply with a state order to set aside most of its ground floor for "public accommodation" uses under state waterfront regulations.Read more.
Charlestown Navy Yard
Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.
The BRA board yesterday approved a new way to spur more development in the Charlestown Navy Yard: Issue bonds to clean up decades of pollution that would then be repaid through the new tax revenue the development would bring.
The proposed Navy Yard Historic Monuments Area "development district" now goes to the City Council for its approval. Read more.
The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.
Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.
Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.
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 be turned into apartments.
Under plans by developer Frontier Enterprises, half the units will have one bedroom each, while 34 will have three bedrooms and the rest two.
In a ruling rendered temporarily moot by the semi-government shutdown, a federal appeals court yesterday said a National Park Service ranger did nothing wrong by arresting a man for drunk driving even though the arrest took place off federal land.
The man, Kevin Ryan, was found guilty of "unsafe operation" but not OUI after a federal judge ruled the ranger lacked the authority to arrest him outside the boundaries of the yard, which is under federal jurisidiction. But the judge also ruled that "the arrest was not an unreasonable seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."
The Esmeralda, a Chilean tall ship, was docked for a couple of days at the Charlestown Navy Yard, and amazingly, the city did absolutely nothing to keep people from seeing it. Faegirl took a lot of photos and provides some history of the ship, including its role as a torture chamber during the Pinochet years.
Copyright Faegirl. Posted in the Universal Hub Flickr group.