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By adamg - 9/16/21 - 10:11 am

A developer wants to replace a two-story warehouse at 155 North Beacon St. in Brighton, now home to the Sound Museum rehersal studios across from the Tin Tin Buffet, with a four-building complex of research labs and office space. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/21 - 3:00 pm
Allandale Residences rendering

Rendering by Merge Architects.

Two residents of leafy Allandale Street last week sued the BPDA for its approval of a contentious 16-unit townhouse development next to Allandale Woods, accusing the agency of violating Boston's own requirements for approving the project and ignoring concerns by the city parks department about the potential impact on the woods. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/21 - 2:01 pm
Alexandra rendering

Something like this, only with condos instead of hotel rooms. Rendering by CBT Architects.

The developers who won city approval in 2019 to keep three sides of the former Alexandra Hotel at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, gut the interior and add several floors to create a 13-story, 150-room boutique hotel have filed a request with the BPDA to instead turn what's left of the structure into a 13-story, 106-unit condo building. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 8:24 pm

Scape, a British company whose contractors are now busy erecting a 477-unit apartment on Boylston Street, where Machine and Ramrod used to be, says it will soon file plans for a 400-unit residential building at 2 Charlesgate West - currently home to a a nondescript office building at the corner of Ipswich, where the previous owner once proposed a 29-story luxury tower fought by everybody from nearby residents to the Red Sox. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/21 - 10:04 am
Rendering of proposed 34 B Street in South Boston

Rendering by Arthur Choo and Co.

A developer has filed plans with the BPDA to replace an old auto-repair place at 34 B St., at West 5th St., with a six-story, $13-million building with 54 "compact" apartments aimed at young professionals and families who are willing to give up some room to live near the Broadway T stop. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/7/21 - 9:59 pm

Three developers told the BPDA today they will soon file plans to build 24 townhouses and 12 condos on 12 acres of land at the end of Rockwood Street, at the Brookline line and about as rural as one can get within the Boston city limits. Read more.

By adamg - 6/13/21 - 8:57 pm
Entrance to Roslindale Wetlands on Coniston Road

One of several currently rough-hewn entrances to the wetlands, on Coniston Road.

The BPDA holds a public meeting Thursday on proposals by two developers for four affordable condos at 104 Walter St. - a component of plans by the city to upgrade and enlarge the 10.5-acre Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wilds that sits behind Walter Street. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 6:16 pm

The BPDA board agreed today to let developers of a proposed residential and hotel building on Tremont Street in Chinatown eliminate space for the long awaited BPL Chinatown branch because of funding complications caused by Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/21 - 1:03 pm
Rendering of proposed 109 Brookline Ave.

Rendering by Gensler.

A California-based real-estate trust that focuses on life-sciences projects has filed plans to replace a vacant three-story building at 109 Brookline Ave. at Overland Street with a ten-story, 247,000-square foot building aimed at the burgeoning life-sciences business, with lots of lab space and room for offices for overseeing all that lab work. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/21 - 1:28 pm
Proposed 90 Braintree in Allston

Rendering by RODE Architects.

Anchor Line Partners, based in Post Office Square, has filed plans with the BPDA to replace a one-story commercial building at 90 Braintree St. in Allston with a six-story, 120-unit apartment building. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 10:57 pm
Proposed view of new complex from Lamartine Street

The view from the new Lamartine Street. Rendering by Stantec and Dream Collaborative.

The BPDA board today approved plans by developers to raze several buildings at the sprawling Mildred Hailey Apartments complex in Jamaica Plain and replace their current 253 Section 8 apartments with all new units - and add 420 additional income-restricted apartments and an all new street grid, green space and pathways intended to stitch the complex into the neighboring community, rather than walling it off. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 1:13 pm
Chart showing drop in payroll in Boston over 2020

From BPDA report.

The BPDA says unemployment in Boston dropped from a peak of 16.1% in June to a still high 7.4% in December - but in a new report says there's an important caveat with that decrease: Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/21 - 10:01 am
Proposed rendering of Nubian Ascend building.

Initial rendering of project.

A Nubian Square business and developer told the BPDA this week they will soon file detailed plans for a seven-story building between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue that will include a food hall for local chefs, a market place for local artists and artisans, residential units for artists and space for life-sciences R&D. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/21 - 12:10 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception in the 19th century

The church sometime before 1900. From the BPL.

For the second time in a week, a developer is signalling the reluctance of lenders to put money into condo projects has ended: This time with a proposal to sell 63 units at the former Immaculate Conception Church at 771 Harrison Ave. in the South End as condos, rather than renting most of them as apartments. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/21 - 10:11 pm
Proposed expanded Boylston Street buildings

Rendering by Elkus Manfredi Architects.

A Florida-based developer yesterday filed plans with the BPDA for adding five floors to the three-story buildings that now house Abe & Louie’s, Crate and Barrel and the Atlantic Fish Co. on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 1:08 pm
Rendering of proposed Hichborn Street building

Rendering by Vanko Studio Architects.

Developer Mathew Pennino has filed plans with the BPDA for a six-story, 25-unit apartment building right behind New Balance's Boston Landing development on the rapidly transforming Hichborn Street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 12:09 pm
Rendering of new Doyle's with condos and a grocery store

Rendering with birds by Scales Architecture.

Watermark Development has filed its plans with the BPDA to re-open a renovated Doyle's Cafe with rooftop dining, condos and a market on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 9:15 am
804 Hyde Park Avenue rendering

Rendering by Context Workshop.

A Framingham developer has filed plans for a five-story, 42-unit residential building at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and American Legion Highway. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/21 - 4:09 pm
Proposal for waterfront units in Charlestown Navy Yard

Water-line living, from Navy Blue proposal.

Three developers have proposed replacing a long unused and decaying pier at the Charlestown Navy Yard with housing and various public amenities. Two proposed what would be Boston's first floating neighborhood - a series of homes on floating platforms connected to a new pier that would double as a pedestrian walkway - while the third proposed dealing with higher sea levels by building a higher pier, topped by a building with affordable apartments. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/21 - 9:29 pm
Proposed hotel on Cross Street

Rendering by the Architectural Team.

William Caulder's 6M Development of the North End today filed plans for a five-story, 134-room boutique hotel with two restaurants along Cross Street, next to where Goody Glover's used to be before it was replaced by a Chase Bank branch. Read more.

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