General Electric on Thursday filed a letter of intent with the BRA to renovate two existing buildings on Necco Street and build a new 12-story building. Read more.
Becky watched workers installing colored panels on the side of the Congress Street bridge yesterday: Read more.
The Globe reports Bostonians have once again crushed the dreams and hopes of rich people who just wanted to have some fun. Yes, IndyCar Boston is dead.
City Hall blames IndyCar:
The City of Boston will always be open to opportunities that will positively showcase our city, however as we continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an event of this size. The Mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy that we held them to very high standards."
Vroom, vroom, the Globe reports.
The Globe reports on a possible residential tower at 7 Channel Center. Current zoning there would only allow roughly seven stories, but that wouldn't be financially feasible, the developer says.
Dan Feidt reports:
The bees are officially out and landing on people like me in Ft Point Boston. February bees!
Corrected to note that the No group registered its domain first.
Our own John Keith noticed yesterday that when you go to noindycarboston.com, you're immediately redirected to indycarboston.com - and that the "no" domain is registered to Kathryn Norton, a.k.a. Kate Norton, a.k.a. the PR person for the proposed annual car race through the streets around the convention center. The actual No IndyCar Boston is at noindycarboston.org.
Payette, a Congress Street architectural-design firm, designed itself Pearl the elephant as part of a circus-themed display at the International Interior Design Association's fall New England fashion show earlier this month. Yesterday, staffers wheeled Pearl over to the South Boston convention center for the Architecture Boston Expo.
Artists for Humanity recently submitted detailed plans for its proposed expansion at 100 W. 2 St. in South Boston.
The plans call to use land purchased from Gillette to add some 57,000 square feet of space to the organization's existing 24,000-square foot "EpiCenter" - where teens are matched with design and art jobs at local companies. Read more.
The speediest of them all will take home cash prizes. The Verizon IndyCar Series today announced a race along the roads of the waterfront and Fort Point over Labor Day weekend in 2016:
The Grand Prix of Boston will feature an 11-turn, 2.25-mile temporary street course winding around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. The event will mark the first time an Indy car race has been contested in the area.
The races will then become an annual event at least through 2020.
A concerned citizen complains about this guy who seems to have set up housekeeping on the one public-access dock in Fort Point Channel:
Fort Point Harbor Walk squatter has returned. Scaring off visitors who dare to venture onto the dock.
With some time to spare after licensing-board hearings, and with decentish temperatures yesterday, I wandered along the South Boston waterfont, where, in addition to what seemed like every single construction worker in New England putting up new towers, one could also see glimpses of what used to be.
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