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By adamg - 1/16/23 - 10:33 am
Rendering of proposed 500 Western Ave.

Rendering by Hendren Associates.

The owner of a one-time gas station turned parking lot on Western Avenue has filed plans for a six-story, 118-unit apartment building that would include 9 live/work spaces for artists and paid parking spaces for neighboring businesses. Read more.

By adamg - 10/25/22 - 8:52 am

It's like the old bar joke: " 'Say, we don't get many big rigs in here.' 'At these heights, I can see why.' "

Alrighty then: A driver with a professional driver's license didn't plan out his route, ignored the "CARS ONLY" signs, got on Soldiers Field Road inbound overnight and, boom, storrowed his expensive vehicle smack into the Grand Junction train bridge by the BU Bridge. Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/22 - 11:05 am

The Crimson reports on reaction at a meeting last week to a BPDA proposal to upzone Western Avenue from Barry's Corner to Leo Birmingham Parkway to allow bigger buildings.

By adamg - 9/21/22 - 11:33 am

The owner of the Irving gas station at 500 Western Ave. in Brighton will soon file plans to replace it with a six-story, 118-unit apartment building that will feature some "district parking" to make up for the lost of on-street spaces in a planned city upgrade and rezoning of Western Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 3:09 pm

A man who bought a pizza place called Big Daddy's on Western Avenue in Brighton in June is suing the brother of the man he bought it from for setting up a place called Big Daddy's Famous Pizza just 2 1/2 miles away on Chestnut Hill Avenue, saying the saucy move is costing him dough by confusing even some of his more loyal customers. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 5:25 pm

The BPDA board is scheduled to vote Thursday on the first phase of Harvard's proposed Enterprise Research Campus off Western Avenue that would include setting aside 25% of the 345 planned residences as affordable - almost twice what the city requires - and contributing $25 million to a new fund for increasing the affordable housing stock in Allston/Brighton. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/22 - 11:27 am
Warning to bike polo players they're cruising for an Allston bruising

Brad Squirrels discovered some major beef at the Willie O'Ree Community Rink on Western Avenue in Allston between bike polo players and somebody who really, really doesn't like them, a fight that, so far, is playing out in scrawls on the rink's walls.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 12:33 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Western Avenue breakfast place is moving to make room for some new development (life sciences, of course), although it hasn't said where. Collier County, FL, perhaps?

By adamg - 12/13/21 - 11:35 pm

Brighton crash aftermath

Video of the aftermath, showing the guy's dog, by Nate Homan.

State Police report a Randolph man speeding down Soldiers Field Road slalomed onto Leo Birmingham Parkway in Brighton, where he ran a red light at Western Avenue and slammed into a car, killing its driver.

According to State Police: Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/21 - 9:39 pm
Box truck now playing the role of a sardine can on Western Avenue.

Dr. Ed spotted the remains of a box truck sitting on Western Avenue after a very, very solid storrowing this afternoon on Soldiers Field Road. Excellent form; only missing disgorged contents, but maybe those were left on the field, um, road.

Earlier:
An artist at work with a huge audience this morning on Storrow Drive.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 2:13 pm
Sorgini and Lohring

Distilling Sorgini and brewing Lohring.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant the "pouring" licenses an existing distillery on Terminal Street in Charlestown and a proposed brewery as part of the Speedway project in Brighton need to open their doors to the public. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/21 - 5:15 pm
Flipped amublance on Western Avenue

Photo by Armstrong Ambulance.

Armstrong Ambulance reports three of its workers suffered minor injuries when another vehicle crashed into an ambulance at Western Avenue and Market Street in Brighton around 1 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/21 - 2:52 pm

A New York real-estate firm says it will soon file detailed plans with the BPDA for a new mixed-use development at 100 Western Ave., behind the Sanofi Genzyme plant on land that Harvard had been using as a staging area for its other construction projects on this side of the Charles, but which the school had always meant to become the core of an "enterprise research campus." Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/21 - 7:46 pm
Maskless? Come on in, sign at the Breakfast Club says

A roving UHub photographer spotted two large signs in a front window at the Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., yesterday that says the joint is barred by federal law from asking people who come in without a mask why, so they're going to welcome in everybody without a mask without any questions asked, no matter any so-called restrictions enacted by evil socialists in government. Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/20 - 11:35 pm

Samuels & Associates today told the BPDA it will soon file plans for a seven-story, 270-unit residential building at 180 Western Ave., where Stone Hearth Pizza used to be, and across the street from the developer's Continuum apartment building, which includes a Trader Joe's. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/20 - 10:56 pm

Swissbakers, which closed all its Boston outlets last month, reports it re-opened its outlet on Western Avenue in Allston today: Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/19 - 5:05 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Hingham man at gun charges at the Gulf station at Western Avenue and North Harvard Street in Allston early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 11/26/18 - 11:35 am
Share the Road sign in the bike lane

What better place to put a sign urging motorists to "share the road" with bicyclists than in the bicycle lane? Liam Sullivan spotted this sign on Western Avenue in Allston this morning.

By adamg - 9/25/18 - 4:15 pm

Two developers are telling the BPDA they will shortly file detailed plans to create an biotech and life-sciences R&D park on either side of Western Avenue, at the edge of Harvard's vast Allston holdings, where the university is planning its own large R&D development. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/18 - 10:18 am

The Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., passed a health re-inspection on Friday and a city health inspector cleared it to re-open.

On Aug. 31, a health inspector had found serious enough problems to order the diner shut.

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