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By adamg - 9/28/22 - 9:31 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a proposed marijuana shop at 4 Neptune Rd. in East Boston - but without what appeared to be a takeout window shown on the submitted plans. Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/22 - 2:04 pm
New project in Nubian Square

Rendering by Stantec.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today two new complexes between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard and Palmer Street in Nubian Square on land that had mostly been used as parking lots for decades following widespread demolition for urban renewal and a highway that never got built. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/22 - 10:23 am

Mayor Wu today announced she wants to replace 10 of the Zoning Board of Appeal's 14 current full and alternate members, including longtime Chairwoman Christine Araujo, as part of a move to create development oversight that relies more on neighborhood and citywide plans and less on hundreds of requests each year for variances from increasingly creaky zoning codes that sometimes date back decades. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/22 - 1:23 pm
Canal Street hotel: Proposed and current view

Rendering of proposed hotel by Stantec and current site.

A Woburn developer that won approval for a 90-room hotel at 104 Canal St., at Valenti Way, is seeking city approval again to begin construction, but this time for a hotel with 98 rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 11:57 am
Rutherford Avenue lab-space rendering

Rendering by NBBJ.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved plans by Related Beal to replace a self-storage building at 420 Rutherford Ave. with a three-story building aimed at life-sciences startups - although in a pinch, a robotics developer could also rent space there. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/24/22 - 10:18 am

One board overseeing the approval of marijuana shops in Boston is more than enough, according to the BPDA, which holds a hearing Monday on eliminating a requirement that all dispensaries seek approval of the Zoning Board of Appeal now that the city has a separate Cannabis Board. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/22 - 2:26 pm
Rendeirng of proposed 34 Oak St. building

Rendering by Embarc, but board says nope.

A developer's proposal to replace the old Laughlin Nichols Pennacchio Funeral Home at 34 Oak St. in Hyde Park with a three-story, 20-unit apartment building was defeated today when only got four votes from the Zoning Board of Appeal - state law requires at least five votes. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/22 - 1:22 pm
Cross Street hotel rendering

Rendering by The Architectural Team.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's plan to replace a two little used buildings and a parking lot on Cross Street at Endicott Street with a five-story, 134-room boutique hotel that would include a cut through to Morton Street and Cutillo Park but no parking at all. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/22 - 12:32 pm
Proposed new school building

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Mesivta High School of Greater Boston to replace its current one-story building at 114 Leicester St. in Brighton Center with a two-story school. Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/22 - 12:04 pm

A military contractor and a landlord on a desolate industrial dead end sandwiched between the Expressway and the Red Line and commuter-rail tracks are suing the Zoning Board of Appeal for approving a dispensary on the street, arguing the shop will disrupt their deliveries and shipments and prove hazardous to anybody trying to walk there from the nearby JFK/UMass Red Line stop because the street has no sidewalks. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/22 - 9:49 am
40 Soldiers Field Pl. rendering

Rendering by J Garland Enterprises.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved developer Jeffrey Feuerman's plans for a 61-unit apartment building on Soldiers Field Place, a dead end off Soldiers Field Road being transformed from a warren of small nondescript office buildings into a residential area. Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/22 - 1:44 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected plans by the owner of a three-family house on Oswald Street on Mission Hill to convert the top unit and attic into a four-bedroom apartment with four bathrooms, after neighborhood groups and the BPDA said the idea sounded like a plan to shoehorn more students into a neighborhood that doesn't want them. Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/22 - 11:18 am
ATMs along Centre Street

Chase shows how it will fill the ATM gap near Holy Name (note: Rockland ATM is now on other side of street).

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Chase Bank to add a drive-up ATM to the new bank branch it's building where the BP gas station used to be on Centre Street at Belgrade Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/22 - 10:54 am
West 2nd Street rendering

Rendering by PCA. With birds!

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved former newsman Phil Balboni's plans to replace the North Coast squid-processing plant at West 2nd and D streets with a five-story, 81-unit apartment building. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 12:22 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposal by KinderCare to expand its existing Atlantic Avenue facility into the space left vacant when the Living Room closed in 2019.

At a hearing today, KinderCare attorney William Ferullo said the expansion will let KinderCare expand its tot count from 42 to 68.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 12:10 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved Jeff Similien's plans to open a pot shop at 5252 Washington St. in West Roxbury, just up from the Dedham line, and a building to grow his wares at 48-54 Walter St. in Hyde Park. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/22 - 11:44 am
819 Beacon St. rendering

Rendering by Gensler.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by a London-based developer and Children's Hospital for four new buildings at 819 Beacon St. that will have one wing rising 17 stories and which will include 53 units that will provide short-term housing for families living more than 50 miles from Boston who have children getting care at the hospital. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/22 - 10:44 am

A Dorchester man who won approval to open a cannabis shop on Harvard Avenue in Allston yesterday sued the Zoning Board of Appeal for approving a Mattapan woman's proposal to open her own cannabis shop on the same block. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 4:40 pm
Proposed three decker in Dorchester

Rendering of proposed three decker at Church and Fifield streets.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a new three deckers on what are now vacant lots on Church Street at Fifield Street and Fowler Street in Dorchester, but rejected one proposed to go behind an existing three decker on Homes Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 2:08 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today unanimously approved developers' plans to retain the shell of the former Alexandra Hotel on the Roxbury/South End line as cladding for a new 13-story condo building. Read more.

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