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By adamg - 3/26/24 - 11:15 am
Start of deed for 179 Lincoln St., showing price of just $10

Top of the deed for 179 Lincoln St.

In perhaps the most dramatic example of the decline of the Boston office market yet, Triple Net Investor reports a subsidiary of Blackstone last week sold the five-story 179 Lincoln St. at Kneeland Street for just $10 to local developer Synergy.

Synergy is actually also paying another $76.5 million - to assume the amount remaining on the mortgage Blackstone took out in January, 2020. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/24 - 1:11 pm

Sampan reports on a recent Boston Water and Sewer Commission meeting in Chinatown about both water-main breaks and flooding caused by blocked storm drains, but adds one Leather District resident complained about his tap water "reaching temperatures of nearly 100 degrees."

By adamg - 1/29/24 - 4:58 pm

An annoyed citizen files a 311 complaint about the scorching steam on South Street near Kneeland Street - right across the street from the Vicinity Energy steam plant: Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/24 - 2:54 pm
Rendering of proposed 22-story condo builidng on Kneeland Street in Chinatown

The view from Atlantic Avenue, by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal this week gave Hudson Group another year to begin construction of its planned 22-story, 115-unit condo building at 150 Kneeland St. near South Station. Read more.

By adamg - 10/27/23 - 11:51 am

City Realty, best known as a developer of residential buildings, moved into the office market yesterday, putting down $11 million to buy 186 Lincoln St., a nine-story office building in the Leather District. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/23 - 3:39 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a marijuana store on Atlantic Avenue at Beach Street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 12:01 pm
Rendeirng of proposed 125 Lincoln St.

Rendering by S9 Architecture.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved an Ontario developer's plans to replace the aging parking garage at 125 Lincoln St. with an 11-story life-sciences building with ground-floor space for a banquet hall - and with plans for 50 to 60 units of affordable housing on Essex Street. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/22 - 9:31 pm

Shamus Moynihan spotted Old Faithful at South and Beach streets in the Leather District this evening (and yes, he reports he called 911 first before he started recording). Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 12:49 pm
Rendering of 150 Kneeland St.

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a 115-unit condo building at the site of a former nightclub at 150 Kneeland St. that will be "fully electric" and which will mean the development of 20 units of "deeply affordable" apartments on Oxford Street. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/22 - 5:14 pm
tree lined with panties

Panty-lined tree.

On April 9 of last year, a puzzled citizen filed a 311 report about a tree outside 112 South St. in the Leather District that had been laced with panties. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/21 - 11:58 am
Old cab on South Street

Mister Jon took snaps of old cars rolling down South Street today as part of the ongoing filming for HBO's Julia Child bioseries. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 4:17 pm

WGBH reports on the now ex-manager of Offsuit, a literal hole in the wall that you had to know the code to enter owned by the better known Troquet on South in the Leather District. The place is closed now, due to his alleged actions.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:33 am

Oxford Properties, which owns the building across Atlantic Avenue from South Station where WeWork no longer works, says it will soon file plans to replace the co-working space with space aimed at attracting some of those up-and-coming life-science companies that seem to be what's keeping Boston's commercial developers afloat these days - and maybe add a ground-floor restaurant to keep those workers and nearby Leather District residents well fed. Read more.

By adamg - 8/15/21 - 12:20 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Roxbury man following a series of incidents that started with an argument on Lincoln Street near Beach Street early Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/21 - 5:32 pm
Line search looking for bullets

Officers in a line search looking for casings. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports somebody began firing a gun from the intersection of Lincoln and Tufts streets around 3:30 a.m. Officers recovered casings as far away as Kneeland Street and Surface Road. No victims, however.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 5:11 pm

A developer that wanted to replace a defunct Kneeland Street nightclub near South Station with a 230-room hotel asked the BPDA this week to let it build a 115-unit residential building instead, because it couldn't get financing for a hotel in the middle of a pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 9:33 am

WBUR spent time inside the Kitchen Cafe on South Street in its final days in the middle of a pandemic.

By adamg - 12/17/20 - 11:33 am
Proposed 125 Lincoln St.

Rendering by S9.

A Toronto developer has swapped out its plans for a 24-story office building at 125 Lincoln St. - now home to a parking garage and the Hei La Moon restaurant - with new plans for a 14-story building made up mainly of research and development space. Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/20 - 2:38 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Kitchen Cafe on South Street is closing forever on Nov. 20, victim of a Covid-19-related loss of business.

By adamg - 7/3/20 - 9:49 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Les Zygomates has closed for good.

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