Architect's rendering. Not shown: Large blank wall that will face Roxbury.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans to refashion the historic but dilapidated Hotel Alexandra at Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street into a 156-room, 13-floor hotel with ground-floor and roof-deck restaurants. Read more.
Our own Cybah gives us our first look at what has long been hidden by the old Barnes & Noble facade on its long vacant storefront on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing. Workers have been busy transforming the 1881 building into retail and office space since 2018, the year after a developer bought it and decided to renovate the space rather than try to jam another high rise into Downtown Crossing.
The Boston Guardian alerts us to a battle between downtown resident and business groups and a Winthrop company that wants to install a 25-foot-tall electronic billboard at Washington Street and Temple Place. Read more.
Boston Fire Department hazmat crews responded to 1740 Washington St., between Massachusetts Avenue and East Springfield Street, around 12:15 p.m. after somebody mixed cleaning supplies that shouldn't have been mixed, creating a cloud of irritating fumes that forced the five-story rooming house's resident to evacuate. Read more.
At least the Clydesales would be cute: Courtney Feeley Karp spotted this Bud truck this morning parked against traffic on Washington Street, and blocking traffic from leaving Kittredge Street, in Roslindale, where the road is just one lane in each direction.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports some "bacon masters" plan to take over the recently closed Roadworthy space on Washington Street in Dedham, near the mall. Unlike Roadworthy, Small Batch Cafe will concentrate on breakfast and lunch, so presumably the bacon expertise will come in handy.
On June 10, I posted that a man had been shot at Egleston Pizza on Washington Street in Egleston Square. In fact, he had been stabbed several times on the sidewalk outside and only went into the pizza place to seek help. Read more.
On a sunny afternoon, customers come and go at Santia's bakery at 3381 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain. Noise from the kitchen travels into the front of the store; the silver door that connects the two squeaks. The store gets busy at times; the phone rings unceasingly.
"What is this?" asks a young man in a black suit, pointing to a display of hot patties. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting a man early Saturday after, they say, he walked up to a complete stranger on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and punched him hard enough in the forehead to open his skin and drench him in his own blood. Read more.