West Roxbury

By - 1/4/16 - 11:39 pm
Proposed condos on Centre Street in West Roxbury

Architect's revised rendering.

Residents who attended a meeting tonight on a 16-unit condo proposal for the old West Roxbury Motors site generally gave a thumbs up to a proposed design that eliminates an earlier exterior that residents found too modern for the area, too much like something built out of Lego bricks.

But when one resident questioned why the single ground-floor commercial space would be made off limits to a restaurant or coffee shop - in a building that would be across the street from the neighborhood Starbucks - other residents said that wouldn't bother them, because that stretch of Centre Street already has at least ten vacant storefronts. Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 12:08 pm
Allandale pond freezing over

Daniel Guzman went for a walk in Allandale Woods this morning. Look for more freezing tonight, what with the NWS predicting a low of 9 in greater Roslindale. Guzman cautions:

Cracks under a dog's paw, so no skating just yet.

By - 1/3/16 - 1:16 pm
Coyote in West Roxbury

A roving UHub photographer on the way back from Home Depot spotted this coyote roaming Caspar Street in West Roxbury around 12:20 p.m. today.

By - 12/30/15 - 9:06 am
Former Panera in West Roxbury

Where the large Panera sign used to be.

The Panera on Spring Street shut Monday - right in the middle of the day.

Last night, workers removed the ovens. The large Panera sign on the front is gone, although the menus over where the cash registers used to be remain illuminated. Read more.

By - 12/24/15 - 10:11 am
Crunched truck in West Roxbury

Tim captured the scene on Lagrange Street this morning just after a truck driver discovered one of the two spots in West Roxbury where trucks shouldn't go (the other being the other Needham Line bridge, over VFW Parkway).

H/t Paul MacMaster for the headline.

By - 12/20/15 - 4:42 pm
Valentine's Day stuff at West Roxbury drugstore

Cosby walked into this scene at the Centre Street Walgreens in West Roxbury today.

By - 12/19/15 - 11:38 am
Abominable snowman in West Roxbury

The scene this morning out the window of one of the holiday trolleys running up and down Centre and Spring streets in West Roxbury.

By - 12/18/15 - 12:34 pm

A developer is looking to put 138 condos in a cluster of buildings off Baker Street, across from the Catholic Memorial baseball field and hard by the Needham Line tracks.

The BRA and the mayor's office are holding a "pre-file" meeting for residents to get a first look at the proposal, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the West Roxbury Elks on Morrell Street. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 2:39 pm

An area resident who normally walks her dog in the woods where JP, West Roxbury and Roslindale meet reports both wound up in an ER due to an attack by two larger dogs whose owner couldn't keep them on leash: Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 11:31 pm
Architect David O'Sullivan shows off proposed apartments at 4945 Washington St. in West Roxbury

Architect David O'Sullivan shows renderings of proposed apartments.

Developer Ralph Vacca wants to replace the old Todesca garage at 4945 Washington St. with a four-story apartment building with 46 units and 67 parking spaces.

For the second month in a row, Vacca, his architect and his attorney met with the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association tonight to go over the proposal before they submit it to the BRA and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 9:48 pm
Howard Sorett at West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association meeting

Howard Sorett makes his case.

A station that would pump high-pressure natural gas into the National Grid network just off Grove and Centre streets would be a "ticking time bomb" that could prove easy pickings for any terrorist who wants to immolate an entire neighborhood, members of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association agreed tonight. Read more.

By - 12/13/15 - 8:12 pm
Tonic for sale at Tony's in West Roxbury

Tonight's specials show that, when it comes to drinks, Tony's in West Roxbury is old school (right up there with the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale, which also still offers tonic).

By - 12/11/15 - 10:01 am
Foggy Charles River on Boston/Dedham line at Millennium Park

The view from the banks of the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning.

By - 12/9/15 - 8:13 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the Boston Firefighters Credit Union will be moving into the space at Centre and Lagrange vacated by Eastern Bank. Unfortunately, the space is not large enough to let the credit union sublease space to a pizza place or funeral home.

The location is right up the street from the City of Boston Credit Union, which the BBJ notes has become the Boston Firefighters Credit Union's evil arch-nemesis.

By - 11/29/15 - 5:18 pm
Giant gourds in West Roxbury

The West Roxbury Roche Bros. decided post-Thanksgiving shoppers needed ready access to squashes larger than their heads yesterday.

By - 11/19/15 - 9:13 am

An alert UHub reader noticed the guy who said he wanted to build a hotel catering to observant Jews on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury (where the burned-out McDonald's used to be) sold the property yesterday for $1.4 million to the owner of a Brockton gas station and car wash. The BRA's King David Hotel page is now gone, although you can still see the initial filing for the project.

By - 11/15/15 - 1:16 pm
Inside the Bellevue Standpipe in West Roxbury

Every once in awhile, the DCR holds an open house for the Bellevue Standpipe, atop the highest natural point in Boston - 388-foot Bellevue Hill. David Parsons went to the one yesterday and took some pictures.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/12/15 - 11:49 am

US Rep. Stephen Lynch says he's holding a forum in Milton next month on complaints about flight paths south of Logan Airport and the growing number of complaints by residents from the South End to Milton. Read more.

By - 11/12/15 - 10:42 am
Two protesters arrested in West Roxbury pipeline protest

Two groups of protesters were arrested for blocking work on the West Roxbury pipeline on Washington Street this morning, even as workers continued uninterrupted digging a trench for the pipeline on Grove Street.

Protesters object to putting a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline in a densely populated neighborhood and a gas transfer station across the street from an active quarry. Read more.