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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.

Read more.

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.

By adamg - 1/19/20 - 1:34 pm

A developer says it will soon file plans with the BPDA for a seven-story building filled with 147 "compact" apartments aimed at people who make a bit more than the area median income but hardly enough more to be considered rich. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/20 - 12:13 pm
Lynch taking a bribe, according to feds

Photo showing Lynch taking one of several bribe payments, prosecutors say.

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to send now former BPDA middle manager John Lynch to federal prison for four years for accepting a $50,000 bribe from a developer to arrange a successful zoning-board vote on a South Boston condo project. Read more.

By adamg - 12/13/19 - 10:31 am
Allston Yards rendering

Architect's rendering of one of the proposed buildings.

The BPDA board yesterday approved plans by Stop & Shop to transform its 10.6-acre parcel on Everett Street in Allston into an 868-unit complex with apartments, condos and a replacement for the supermarket that now sits there. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/19 - 9:39 pm

Related Beal has notified the BPDA it will soon file detailed plans for a three-building complex on a 6.5-acre parcel between A Street and Fort Point Channel that it bought from Gillette for $218 million in May. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/19 - 12:10 am
Architect's rendering of proposed 840 Columbus Ave. building

Architect's rendering.

Northeastern University and American Campus Communities of Austin, TX this week filed plans with the BPDA for a 26-story building that would include 21 floors of dorm space atop five floors of academic and office space - and that would let the school sell off other dorm buildings to be turned into tax-generating rental apartments or condos. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/19 - 10:02 am
Architect's rendering of proposed Pine Street Inn building

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The BPDA yesterday approved a proposal by the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders for a 202-unit apartment building on Washington Street, near Green Street, in Jamaica Plain, in which 140 units will be reserved for people in Pine Street Inn programs and the rest rented to people making no more than 80% of the Boston area median income. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/19 - 3:52 pm
Tremont Street project to get canceled

If a mall gets built, somebody else will build it, BPDA says.

The Bay State Banner gets the scoop: BPDA Director Brian Golden says his agency won't renew a Roxbury group's development rights to a seven-acre parcel on Tremont Street when they expire at the end of the month, 12 years after it first proposed a large multi-use complex with residential towers, a mall, office space and a museum. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/19 - 8:13 pm
Architect's rendering of proposed 11 Faneuil St. building

Resisidents of proposed Faneuil Street building won't have far to go to get their cars washed or to see birds.

City Realty wants to replace a Meineke muffler shop and the Bagman on Faneuil Street in Brighton with a five-story, 41-condo building. Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 11:23 am
BPDA vs. DND map of

BPDA's version of Allston/Brighton on the left, DND's on the right.

One of the things that will drive any Boston reporter or editor insane over the years is trying to figure out just where the lines are between Boston neighborhoods. Is the Hotel Alexandra in Roxbury or the South End? Would the proposed Roxbury Prep school be in Roslindale or West Roxbury? Where, exactly, does Comm. Ave. stop being Allston and start being, um, whatever that thin strip is that connects it to the rest of Boston?

City planners face the same exact problem. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/19 - 9:38 am
West End before the BRA

West End before the BRA. From the BPL.

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), says this morning you can change its name all you want, but the agency that demolished the West End and continues to use political relationships and special exceptions to a creaky zoning code to benefit the well off is not what Boston needs in an era of accelerated growth. Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/19 - 1:45 pm
Proposed Fairmount Avenue building

A Hyde Park home builder is looking to replace four two-family homes it put up in 2004 and rented out on Fairmount Avenue with a four-story, 47-unit apartment building. Read more.

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