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By adamg - 9/20/20 - 10:09 pm
401 Congress St. architect's rendering

401 Congress St. rendering by Sasaki.

Developer John Hynes last week asked the BPDA for permission to convert several floors in a proposed 18-story building on Congress Street from office space, which few now want, to life-sciences R&D space, which is suddenly in great demand, both because of the Covid-19 pandemic: Read more.

By adamg - 9/18/20 - 9:37 am
Architect's rendering of new Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain

Rendering by Dream Collaborative.

Three non-profit groups have filed plans with the BPDA to replace roughly half the Mildred Hailey public-housing complex in Jamaica Plain with a new mixed-income community over eight to ten years. Read more.

By adamg - 9/16/20 - 10:20 am
New senior-care building proposed for Franklin Institute site.

Rendering of proposed senior-care building by Hacin + Associates.

Related Beal this week filed its plans for turning the current 1.2-acre Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology site between Berkeley, Tremont and Appleton streets into a mixed-use complex featuring a new 13-story, 241-bed building for seniors and reuse of the existing Franklin Union building for office space, once the institute moves to its new home on Harrison Avenue in Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/20 - 9:56 pm

New England Law Boston has filed plans with the BPDA to rent the 6,400-square-foot ballroom at the neighboring Revere Hotel on Stuart Street for use as a three-section classroom. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/20 - 1:57 pm

The BPDA board is urging the Zoning Board of Appeal to reject a proposed Amazon "last mile" distribution center off Dorchester Avenue in South Boston because it doesn't fit with a city vision of a Dorchester Avenue as a walkable district of largely residential buildings to replace the current stretch of low-rise commercial and industrial buildings between Broadway and Andrew Square. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/27/20 - 3:26 pm

A war of words between Massport and city planners broke out this week over a city proposal to create dedicated bus lanes in the "Summer Street corridor," with each telling local business owners to ignore anything the other side says. Read more.

By adamg - 8/14/20 - 11:19 am

National Development of Newton says it will soon file formal plans to replace the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave., with a ten-story, 325-unit "apartment community." Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 12:22 pm

Fisher College has filed plans with the BPDA to rent two floors in the Loews Boston Hotel on Berkeley Street because of the way it's reduced its on-campus dorm beds from 300 to 200 due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/20 - 6:06 pm

The BPDA today approved a request from Millennium Partners to chop off part of its now stalled Winthrop Square two-tower complex and to change all of the planned condo units to apartments - a move the company says will let it get loans and resume construction on the currently stopped project, rather than just letting it sit idle for years at a time, like the once festering Filene's Hole that the company famously took over from another developer and got built. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/20 - 5:35 pm

The BPDA is warning the New York real-estate firm that currently has the lease on the city-owned Faneuil Hall Marketplace - for which it apparently pays the city just $10 a year - that it's going to want the buildings back if the firm doesn't start doing more to help retail tenants hamstrung in recent months by the Covid-19 forced shutdown. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/20 - 11:35 am
Architect's rendering of proposed 515-519 East 2nd St. building

Rendering by O'Sullivan Architects.

Kems Corp. of Lynnfield has filed plans with the BPDA to replace a trolleybus and auto-repair garage at 515-519 East 2nd St. in South Boston with a $10-million, 30-unit condo building - with 35 parking spaces. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/20 - 2:20 pm
Rendering of proposed Dorchester Avenue building

Rendering by, natch, Elkus Manfredi.

National Development yesterday filed detailed plans and renderings of its proposed 21-story, $210-million residential, office and retail building at 323-345 Dorchester Ave., the first of several buildings it hopes to build on the roughly 5.4 acres it owns on that side of Dorchester Avenue, near the intersection with Old Colony Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 2/20/20 - 10:24 am
Architect's rendering of proposed 472 West Broadway

Rendering by Tim Johnson Architecture.

Charles McCarthy and Patrick McDevitt of East Way Development LLC have filed plans with the BPDA to replace the building with Ottavio's Barbershop at 472 W. Broadway with a five-story building with 16 "compact" condos. Read more.

By adamg - 2/19/20 - 12:00 am
Architect's rendering of 375 Cummins Highway

Rendering by Embarc Studio, with birds.

City Realty of Brookline has filed plans with the BPDA for a 49-unit apartment building between Cummins and American Legion highways, next to the Stop & Shop and just a short walk from the Flaming Grill & Buffet at the other end of the strip mall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 2:28 pm
Architect's rendering of Market Street proposal

Rendering by Choo & Co. of Quincy.

Developer Henry Chen has filed plans with the BPDA to add four floors with 23 apartments to a currently vacant one-story building between the Rockland Trust and Santander Bank branches on Market Street in Brighton Center. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/20 - 4:45 pm

The BPDA board on Thursday will consider letting Cape Air dock seaplanes at Long Wharf to fly people to and from New York. Read more.

By adamg - 2/7/20 - 9:24 am

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan) writes that it's time for the BPDA to stop delaying action on Roxbury Prep's proposal to turn the old Clay Chevrolet on Belgrade Avenue into a new high school, that Roxbury Prep students deserve a modern high school and that a school literally in front of a commuter-rail stop and with several bus lines running past it will not gridlock local streets.

Last month, Arroyo replaced Tim McCarthy, who had opposed the school.

By adamg - 2/3/20 - 3:22 pm
Jeep Jones

Clarence "Jeep" Jones, who led the Boston Redevelopment Authority board for 24 years, died Saturday.

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By adamg - 1/28/20 - 12:06 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today formally denied Roxbury Prep's request to build a new 562-student high school at the former Howard Chevrolet site on Belgrade Avenue at West Roxbury Parkway in Roslindale, a vote that doesn't kill the proposal but which could mean still more delays if it is ultimately approved. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/20 - 5:16 pm
Lynch

A federal judge today sentenced former BPDA manager John Lynch of Dorchester to 40 months - a little more than three years - in prison following his admission he let a developer pay him off to arrange a zoning vote the developer needed. Read more.

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