The blizzards may have slowed the work, but there's no mistaking the Casey Overpass is coming down: Trees all around it have been chopped down, there's a new road and sidewalk on the bus-depot side and construction equipment is everywhere.
The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a 124-unit residential project along Hyde Park Avenue across Ukraine Way from the T stop.
The BRA gave its OK in December to the proposal, which will include 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on what is now a tree-lined grass field that stretches to the Tollgate Cemetery.
Some 39 apartments and 6 of the condos will be marketed as affordable, well above the minimums required by the city.
Several city officials backed the plan at a hearing today. Nobody spoke in opposition.
Clay Harper, who has been chronicling plans for the Casey Overpass, watched workers smooth out the new temporary lane along the overpass yesterday, in preparation for the demolition of the overpass. The work has also included taking down trees - yesterday, workers chopped down the trees along the upper busway at the Forest Hills T station.
The Orange Line is running between Sullivan and Forest Hills this morning. It's still limited bus service between Sullivan and Oak Grove, though.
Same basic idea on the southern end of the Red Line: It's buses all the way down past JFK/UMass.
Still narrowed lanes, trash pickups and school buses are all combining to bring a bit of downtown gridlock to this more suburban neighborhood. ColdSummer reports:
Traffic is so bad on Hyde Park Avenue MBTA bus riders are getting off and walking 3-4 blocks to Forest Hills Station.
An argument between two groups of teens inside Forest Hills station on Monday ended with one kid opening fire with a gun, hitting two women who had nothing to do with the beef, and missing his antagonists completely, a prosecutor said today.
Transit Police report two teens have been charged for a 2 p.m. fusillade that left one woman with life-threatening injuries and another with a fresh wound from where a bullet grazed her head.
Police say the woman with the more serious injuries, 60, did not realize she'd been shot when she developed sudden back pain. The other woman was running away from the gunfire when she realized she'd been grazed. Police found her on Asticou Road, across Washington Street from the station.
State transportation officials said tonight they will shut the Arboretum-bound side of the Casey Overpass in February, followed by the Mattapan-bound side by the end of March.
Clayton Harper has been taking a detailed look at what happens when the Casey Overpass comes down to make way for surface roads. Forest Hills station will be getting a lot of changes as part of the project - many related to the busways.
The Harvest Co-op's lease on its South Street location ends on Feb. 28. Although board members are continuing to negotiate with their landlord, there's a chance the store could close, forcing members to journey to the newer Harvest on Washington Street on the JP/Roslindale line.
The co-op board meets on Jan. 5, starting at 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Artists Institute, 311 Forest Hills St. in JP, with time set aside for members to discuss the potential shutdown.
Officers arrived on Barlow Street just in time to flush three guys out of a house around noon.
The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.
Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units.
A concerned citizen complains about the way those extra parking spaces were added to Washington Street south of Forest Hills, creating a sudden swerve on an otherwise straight road:
Truck parked completely blocking bike lane because the parking spots along the side of the road are still there. Please get rid of the parking on the street in front of the harvest co-op. It is not necessary as there is a large parking lot. You are jeopardizing bicyclists lives every single day. Please make sure the mayor and Commissioner gilooly see this.
The BRA board of directors gave its OK for an $80-million, 132-unit residential complex to replace warehouses at 3521-3529 Washington St.
A five-story building will house 88 apartments; a four-story building 44 condos. The project will also include 25,000 square feet of retail space and a self-storage facility, as well as 166 parking spaces - 116 of them in underground garages.
Clayton Harper reports MassDOT last week awarded a contract worth nearly $60 million to Barletta Heavy Division of Canton to tear down the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills and replace it with a series of surface roads.
Harper says state engineers want the work started ASAP, partly because a winter teardown will minimize the effects of all that dust and noise on nearby residents, who will mostly have their windows shut, and partly because they're concerned the overpass could get all Long Island Bridge and not even make it through the winter without having to be shut down as unsafe.
Jamaica Plain News reports on an incident Saturday morning on Tower Street - involving a gun-wielding purse snatcher who escaped in a late-model BMW.