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By adamg - 3/22/24 - 9:29 pm

Right in the middle of the evening rush, the Blue Line came to a sudden stop when it developed what the MBTA called a "catenary problem." Bustitution started up between Bowdoin and Suffolk Downs and continued into the night. Multfam Cam reported at 7:28 p.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/24 - 12:46 pm
Rendering of the two building showing their central plaza

Rendering of the two building showing their central plaza by Joy Street Design.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a proposal for a two-building complex with 35 affordable apartments and 22 affordable condos off Saratoga Street in Orient Heights, but the owner of a commercial building behind which the complex would sit says one of the proposed access routes, via a private way, would violate an easement. Read more.

By adamg - 11/28/23 - 3:16 pm
McKay Place rendering

McKay Place rendering by Zephyr Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a 41-unit condo building at McKay Place and Maverick Street in Jeffries Point and two apartment building with a total of 41 units at the Orient Heights rotary where Saratoga, Ford and Boardman streets meet. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/23 - 4:38 pm
People waiting for the ferry to East Boston

With the Blue Line going nowhere fast, riders headed over to the ferry, which got jammed. Photo by Will Woodring.

The MBTA reports delays of up to 30 minutes on the free Blue Line due to a signal issue at Orient Heights; says the signal department is on scene trying to fix the problem.

By adamg - 3/29/23 - 11:01 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the Dunkin' at 951 Bennington St. re-open its outdoor patio. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/23 - 1:11 pm
20 Waldemar Ave. rendering

Rendering of building rejected by board by Balance Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today told a developer that if he wants to tear down the single-family home at 20 Waldemar Ave. in East Boston, its replacement has to be something with fewer than the six units for which he had sought approval. Read more.

By adamg - 1/9/23 - 3:09 pm
2242 Bennington St. rendering

Rendering by Arrowstreet.

Redgate and the New England Casket Co. have filed plans for a two-building, 220-unit apartment complex at 1141 Bennington St., where the company made caskets until an eight-alarm fire in 2019. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/22 - 10:06 am
Rendering of proposed building on Saratoga Street

Rendering of Saratoga Street building by Context.

MG2 Group, which specializes in construction of small and mid-sized residential buildings in East Boston, has filed plans with the BPDA for two new buildings where Ford, Saratoga and Boardman streets meet in a rotary in Orient Heights. Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/22 - 10:59 pm

The MBTA reports trains are delayed due to one train with "a mechanical problem" outbound at Orient Heights.

By adamg - 1/24/22 - 9:13 am
Shooting scene in East Boston

Live Boston reports a man was shot on Saratoga Street at Wordsworth Street in East Boston around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday. The homicide squad was called in due to the severity of the vicitm's injuries.

By adamg - 10/7/21 - 10:28 am

The Boston Licensing Board today gave restaurants in East Boston and on Beacon Hill permission to expand their beer and wine offerings to include liqueurs and the mixed drinks that can be made with them. Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 8:18 pm

Transit Police report arresting a Chelsea man at the Orient Heights Blue Line stop whom they say was there to meet a 14-year-old boy for some sexual activity - but who turned out to be a member of a Massachusetts group that sets up stings to ensnare men they say are child predators. Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/21 - 11:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who was present when an East Boston resident had his eye and brain pierced by a knife tossed from a third-floor landing during a loud argument in 1984 has to provide a DNA sample so his uncle, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the death, can try again to win his release. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 11:27 am

Note: Because the reporter misunderstood what happened, the story has been corrected to reflect that the building can be occupied - as executive suites.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a developer's proposal to change the classification of an essentially completed nine-unit building at 119 Addison St. in East Boston from executive suites to condos, which means the developer can rent the units out to Boston visitors, but not sell them as condos. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 10:11 am

The driver of a 713 bus diverted his bus to a Winthrop beach where he wouldn't let the sole passenger on board exit as he ate his dinner and then tried to rape her Saturday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/20 - 4:07 pm
Packed Blue Line substiution bus

Boston Pedestrian shows us the absence of social distancing this afternoon on a shuttle bus brought in to ferry Blue Line riders between Wonderland and Orient Heights after signals came down with Covid-19 or something and stopped working.

By adamg - 8/17/20 - 3:06 pm

Zoning Board of Appeal Hearing 8-11-20

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week was scheduled to hear requests from different developers to put up the same basic sort of building at four locations in East Boston: Condo buildings with four floors and nine condos - all with nine parking spaces, although developers differed on whether they'd put the spaces on the ground floor or in a basement garage. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/20 - 10:25 pm

Lanzilli Groceria, 931 Bennington St., was held up around 9:30 p.m.

By adamg - 7/8/19 - 2:10 pm

Renegade's Pub, 1004 Bennington St., reports it's been burglarized twice in the past week. According to police records, the first time was sometime overnight before an employee opened up around 11 a.m. on July 1 and the second in the same time period on July 5.

By adamg - 5/21/19 - 4:50 pm

Mike Freedberg reports that developers have bought single-family homes on Gladstone and Leyden streets and plan to replace them with multi-unit condo buildings.

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