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By adamg - 4/18/24 - 3:31 pm

The BPDA this week sternly wagged its administrative finger at Millennium Partners for shutting a supposedly public part of its Winthrop Square tower to the public on weekends even though it had promised to keep "The Connector" open every day of the week as part of its conditions for winning BPDA approval to replace a condemned city parking garage with a sleek 21st-century complex of offices, luxury apartments and restaurants. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/24 - 11:05 am
Rendering of part of Dot Ave project

Rendering by Stantec.

The BPDA board yesterday approved Core Development's plans for three life-sciences lab and office buildings - two 13 stories, one 12 - as part of its massive On the Dot project to remake a stretch of Dorchester Avenue from Andrew Square north along the Southampton train yard. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/24 - 12:36 pm
Rendering of proposed apartment building at 3458 Washington St.

No birds in rendering by Balance Architects, but a vintage VW Bug.

A developer has proposed replacing an auto-repair garage and parking lot at 3458 Washington St., across Kenton Road from Hatoff's gas station in Jamaica Plain with a 37-unit, five-story apartment building. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/24 - 5:33 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a measure to set up a planning department as the first major step towards abolishing the BPDA and giving the mayor and the council - and residents more of a direct say in how Boston grows. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/24 - 11:11 am
Rendering of proposed 66 Cambridge St.

Rendering of proposed 66 Cambridge St. by SGA and DREAM Collaborative.

The BPDA board last week approved plans for a two-building life-sciences complex at 66 Cambridge St. in Sullivan Square, an Orange Line stop away from where another developer says it will soon file detailed plans for a 700-unit residential complex. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/24 - 10:32 pm
Rendering of proposed 141 Addison St.

Rendering by Zephyr Architects.

In an unusual move, the Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a 20-unit apartment building at 141 Addison St. in East Boston even though the BPDA has yet to sign off on the project. Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/24 - 3:59 pm

A New York developer has filed plans with the BPDA to replace offices in three adjoining buildings it owns on Washington, Water and Washington, Water and Devonshire streets in Downtown Crossing with apartments, under a city pilot aimed at giving tax breaks to building owners who do just that. Read more.

By adamg - 2/16/24 - 1:24 pm

The BPDA today sued the owners of the building that's now home to the Savin Bar + Kitchen and 14 apartments on Savin Hill Avenue in Dorchester, saying that while they agreed in 2018 to rent one of the apartments as "affordable" for at least the next 30 years, they have consistently rented the unit for more than allowed. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/24 - 11:30 pm

A group of 11 Charlestown Navy Yard residents today sued the BPDA and two non-profit groups, saying the approval process for a plan to turn a closed hotel into an apartment building where nearly half the units are meant for people trying to get out of homelessness not only violated state bidding laws and their own constitutional rights but will lead to sick, hungry, jobless addicts wandering and maybe even dropping dead in the streets of the historically important neighborhood. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/24 - 4:15 pm

Mayor Wu is asking the City Council to begin deliberating the end of an independent BPDA - which she wants to subsume into a new Boston Planning Department completely under the control of the mayor and the city council - and with a new emphasis on urban planning and affordable housing. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/24 - 11:38 am

Epiphany School, located right next to the MBTA's Shawmut Red Line stop, today sued the BPDA for its decision to approve a four-story, affordable apartment building next door. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/24 - 2:57 pm
Rendering of proposd 819 Cummins Highway

Rendering by Context.

A Quincy developer has filed plans with the BPDA to build a five-story, 42-unit apartment building at 819 Cummins Highway, on what are now four vacant lots next to the Fairmount Line train tracks and across from the newly constructed Cote Village Apartments. Read more.

By adamg - 12/19/23 - 6:27 pm

A local developer has filed plans to convert a small Franklin Street office and retail building into housing, under the city's new program aimed at bringing life back downtown through tax breaks for office-to-residential conversions. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/23 - 11:52 am
Rough sketch of the proposed new cancer hospital

Rough sketch of the proposed new building.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today filed an "institutional master plan" with details, if not architectural renderings, of their proposed 14-story cancer hospital on what is now the site of the Joslin Diabetes Center. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/23 - 2:11 pm
Rendering of proposed 2 Charlesgate and map showing its location

Rendering of proposed building and its location, by Utile.

Scape, now nearing completion on an apartment building on Boylston Street in the Fenway, wants to increase the size of its proposed 2 Charlesgate, near the Bowker Overpass and the turnpike, from 23 to 30 floors - and to eliminate the 75 parking spaces it once planned there. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/23 - 11:35 am
290 Tremont St. rendering

Rendering by Stantec.

Two non-profit groups have filed formal plans for a 12-story residential building with all the units rented or sold as affordable on what is now a parking lot at 290 Tremont St. in Chinatown. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/23 - 2:17 pm
Demonstrators outside BRA office in the South End in 1968

On April 25, 1968, South End residents held sit-in at what was then a Boston Redevelopment Authority office in an old fire house on Warren Avenue in the South End, to protest the authority's large-scale South End urban-renewal plans that would force thousands of residents to move.

The former fire house (on the right) and the neighboring building with one of the area's wholesale florists, remain to this day, now as condos: Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/23 - 10:28 am
Rendering of part of the proposed Reserved Channel development

Bird-infused rendering by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The owner of numerous industrial facilities and warehouses in South Boston and a Toronto developer have filed plans for an eight-building development on parcels along Pappas Way and West 1st Street in South Boston that would include 205 residential units, life-sciences lab space, a supermarket and a rebuilt one-acre park along the Reserved Channel. Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/23 - 1:13 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Center wasted no time with their new partnership, yesterday telling the BPDA they will soon file detailed plans for razing the current Joslin Diabetes Center off Brookline Avenue to make way for a new, 14-story cancer hospital. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/23 - 12:58 pm
Rendering of proposed Drexel Village

Rendering by the Architectural Team.

The Archdiocese of Boston has filed detailed plans for a three-building, 217-unit residential complex at Tremont Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury on the grounds of St. Katherine Drexel Church. Read more.

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