BPDA

By - 5/23/18 - 8:57 am
Architect's rendering of 287 Maverick St.

Architect's rendering.

The Board of Appeals yesterday approved plans for a five-story, 38-unit condo building at 287-293 Maverick St. that will include ground-floor space for a cafe or restaurant. Read more.

By - 5/18/18 - 12:31 pm
Architect's rendering for 72 Burbank St. in the Fenway

A Cambridge company has filed plans to replace a small parking lot at 72 Burbank St. in the Fenway with a six-story building housing 36 "Compact Living residential rental units," none more than 673 square feet in size. Read more.

By - 5/9/18 - 12:33 pm

Roxbury Preparatory Charter School yesterday filed a "letter with intent" with the BPDA that signals it will soon file detailed plans to replace auto sales and repair buildings on Belgrade Avenue and West Roxbury Parkway with a three-story school for 800 students. Read more.

By - 5/6/18 - 12:33 pm
Rendering of proposed Port Norfolk development

Architect's rendering. See it larger.

The developer of a proposed condo project at the tip of Port Norfolk, filed plans with the state on Friday that show a much smaller development in response to vociferous neighbor complaints about a large project in an area largely cut off from the rest of the city by I-93 and Neponset Circle. Read more.

By - 4/23/18 - 9:22 am

Ed. note: Corrected to reflect fact that a family of three would need two bedrooms, not three, and that the BPDA requires rental units be available to people making up to 70% of the area median income, which drops the monthly rent from nearly $1,900 to $1,400.

In Boston, developers putting up buildings with at least 10 units are required to set aside 13% of the units in new buildings as "affordable" (or contribute even more to a fund that acquires such units elsewhere). Typically, this means they have to be affordable to people making up to 80% of the "area median income."

The BPDA last week released its 2018 calculations for just what that means: Read more.

By - 4/17/18 - 9:45 pm
Proposed 603 Dorchester Ave.

Architect's rendering.

Two developers have filed plans with the BPDA to replace the two-story Andrew Square Auto Glass garage on Dorchester Avenue where it runs into Boston Street with a 25-unit apartment building. Read more.

By - 4/4/18 - 12:16 pm
Proposed Herb Chambers Jaguar and Land Rover dealership

The Herb Chambers Companies have filed their detailed plans to replace Honda and Infiniti dealerships on Commonwealth Avenue near Harvard Avenue with three floors of Jaguar and Land Rover sales and service space. Read more.

By - 4/4/18 - 11:56 am
Proposed Amazon building in Seaport Square

Angular rendering by Gensler (hard to see, but, yes, requisite flock of birds are in both images).

The developers of the Seaport Square project released renderings of what Amazon's proposed 17-story building would look like at last night's meeting of the Boston Civic Design Commission. Read more.

By - 4/1/18 - 9:57 pm
Burns statue

From a 1920 account of the statue's dedication.

Last week, the BPDA sent a bunch of questions to Millennium Partners about its planned $1.3-billion Winthrop Square tower that ultimately came down to asking what the developer would do to keep the building from going up as the city's blandest skyscraper (the Globe has more).

But at the bottom of the list of questions was a request that the company consider fixing one of the odder things in Boston - that a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns sits at the center of a square named for John Winthrop. Read more.

By - 3/21/18 - 3:04 pm

A developer wants to replace the remains of the old Splash Ultra Lounge at 150 Kneeland St. with a 250-room hotel. Read more.

By - 3/16/18 - 2:16 pm

The BPDA board yesterday approved Harvard's request to ditch all the zoning on 14 acres it owns in Allston so the university can begin figuring out exactly how it wants to build out an innovation district of its own that would include 900,000 total square feet of office, lab and hotel space and new residences. Read more.

By - 3/16/18 - 9:58 am

WBUR reports the BPDA yesterday approved two measures to reduce taxes on two potential buildings in the Seaport Square complex - a $5-million break on a 17-story tower that would be filled mostly with Amazon offices and a second $5-million tax reduction on a second building next door that might be built for Amazon. Read more.

By - 3/15/18 - 10:06 am
Proposed North Beacon Street building

Architect's rendering.

A developer has filed plans with the BPDA for 74 apartments and 9 condos on North Beacon Street, between Sinclair Road and Everett Street that it says will include public-art installations aimed at "celebrating the local artisan culture and history of Allston." Read more.

By - 3/5/18 - 9:56 am

Two developers have proposed turning the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church properties along Gove Street into 187 new housing units. Read more.

By - 3/4/18 - 3:42 pm
Architect's rendering

Architect's moody rendering.

Developer Joe Hassell, who won BPDA and zoning-board approval in 2016 for a 32-unit, five-story building at 55 West 5 St. is now asking the city for permission to put up a 50-unit, six-story building instead. Read more.

By - 3/4/18 - 2:15 pm
40 Mount Hood proposal

Architect's rendering.

Developers have proposed tearing down the motel on Mount Hood Road off Commonwealth Avenue to make way for a $6.5-million development with 178 residential units - and 142 parking spaces. Read more.

By - 2/26/18 - 10:09 am
Two of the proposed lots in Dudley Square

Two of the lots, on Washington Street.

The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and the BPDA are readying bid requests for several vacant lots and one parking lot in Dudley Square in the hopes of seeing more housing and commercial space built in the neighborhood. Read more.

By - 2/22/18 - 7:31 pm
Proposed Brighton development

Architect's rendering.

A Back Bay development company this week filed plans to build 211 apartments and 38 condos at 1550 Soldiers Field Rd., near where other residential buildings are already going up. Read more

By - 2/16/18 - 10:09 am
Dock Square rendering

Architect's rendering

A Brooklyn developer has filed detailed plans for its proposed remake of the dowdy Dock Square garage, from several levels of parking with a restaurant at the bottom into a shimmering 17-story residential building with several levels of parking and a restaurant at the bottom. Read more.