West Roxbury

By - 2/8/16 - 11:46 am

Developers Gary Martell and Sean Morrissey want to replace a house now used as law offices on Centre Street at Esther Road with a 12-condo building. Read more.

By - 2/6/16 - 10:52 am
West Roxbury covered in snow

Daniel Guzman is enjoying the morning in West Roxbury.

Alyssa Frey, however, reports she's nervous about all those branches hanging on wires as she drives around West Roxbury and South Brookline.

By - 2/5/16 - 10:08 am

If you're avoiding those stern warnings to stay off the roads, you might want to avoid Lagrange Street in West Roxbury, where a major tree decided to obey the law of gravity in the area of Loyola Circle. And if it had to go down, you know it was going to take wires down with it.

By - 2/4/16 - 8:06 am

The Globe reports Boston will go to court to appeal a recent federal ruling dismissing arguments by the city, several elected officials and West Roxbury residents that the West Roxbury pipeline should be stopped.

Less than a month ago, an aide to the mayor was telling West Roxbury residents the pipeline was a done deal and that the city was confining its efforts to begging Algonquin Gas Transmission to hold a meeting to show depictions of its planned gas transfer station at Grove and Centre streets, where gas from the high-pressure pipeline would be fed into National Grid's system. Read more.

By - 2/2/16 - 1:25 pm

Updated.

A rollover around 1:15 p.m. on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury near the Dedham line killed the driver and injured his two of his four passengers. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 8:51 am

WBUR reports on the volunteer pallbearer program at the West Roxbury school.

By - 1/19/16 - 6:01 pm

Bulletin Newspapers of Hyde Park, which publishes newspapers from Norwood into Boston, is ending its longstanding policy of only making PDFs of its issues available to subscribers. Starting today, the chain is posting stories on its Web site.

People who did subscribe for the PDFs will get pro-rated refunds.

By - 1/12/16 - 8:27 am

West Roxbury residents last night pleaded with a mayoral aide to have Mayor Walsh use his bully pulpit to continue the fight against the West Roxbury natural-gas pipeline, but the aide told them that ship has sailed and now City Hall is focusing on getting the pipeline construction company to come to a public meeting to describe the exact size and scope of the "metering and regulating station" at Grove and Centre Streets. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 10:12 pm

A surveying contractor hired by the city should start sending crews into the Grove in a couple of weeks to try to mark out the exact borders between land owned by the Department of Neighborhood Development and residents.

The work in one of Boston's more unusual neighborhoods - where many of the roads remain unpaved and residents still use septic systems - is nothing sinister, Chris Rusk, Mayor Walsh's liaison to West Roxbury, told a meeting of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association. Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 9:57 pm

Homeowners on DeSoto Road and Willers Street in West Roxbury have filed petitions with the Boston Transportation Department for resident-permit parking on the streets. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 11:22 pm
Proposed Baker Street condo project

Architect's aerial rendering. Dashed line at top is the railroad.

Many of the residents who attended a BRA get-together on a 138-condo complex proposed for Baker Street where it crosses the Needham Line opposed the idea, saying that's a bad location for so many cars - 210 parking spaces proposed- and worrying about the effect on already oversubscribed local BPS schools, according to Tim Sullivan, who attended the session at the West Roxbury Elks. He added a number of residents expressed doubts the BRA would really listen to their concerns.

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.