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By adamg - 10/12/19 - 12:25 pm

WGBH reports on an audit of zoning-board decisions and members by a former federal prosecutor hired by Mayor Walsh after the arrest and guilty plea of a BPDA manager for helping to get a South Boston project re-approved by the Zoning Board - and that properties handled by former ZBA member Craig Galvin are now being scrutinized by the feds.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 10:57 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal this week gave a wag of approval to plans by a pair of dog walkers and groomers to open a brick-and-mortar grooming and pet-supply store at 643A Tremont St., where a previous tenant learned the South End had a limited appetite for pressed smoothies. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 10:27 am

The Well, a coffeehouse that sprang from an East Boston church and which currently has shops at South Station and on State Street downtown, hopes to open a coffeehouse in East Boston's Central Square. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 9:58 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal this week gave the Druker Co. another year to begin demolition of the former Shreve, Crump & Low building on Boylston Street at Arlington Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/19 - 10:28 am
Proposed building on Bremen Street in East Boston

Architect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday gave developers who first proposed a 94-unit residential building at 135 Bremen St., in East Boston in 2014 another eight months to begin actual construction or risk having their approval rescinded. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/19 - 10:04 am
400 Belgrade rendering

Archictect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday gave the owner of the derelict gas station on Belgrade Avenue at West Roxbury Parkway until February to actually begin razing the building and putting up the 18-unit apartment building approved by the BPDA and the zoning board in 2016.

By adamg - 10/9/19 - 9:12 am

For the second time, the Zoning Board of Appeal put off any action on the proposed Roxbury Prep High School at 361 Belgrade Ave., because the BPDA has yet to finish its own review of the project. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:13 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) is proposing a shake-up of the Zoning Board of Appeal that would include ditching its current requirements that it have representatives of the real-estate and building businesses and trades and replace that with requirements that the board include voting members with expertise in "urban planning and the design of neighborhoods," civil rights and fair housing, affordable housing, one renter, one home owner - and one member with expertise in zoning. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/19 - 10:43 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports the Zoning Board of Appeal gave a variance to the owners of a proposed pot shop at 71 Maverick Square, less than a half mile from another pot shop the board approved in March. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 11:28 am

WGBH reports that as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal, Craig Galvin "acted as a real estate broker for multiple properties that received valuable zoning variances" from the board during his time there. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 9:48 am
Bickerstaff

Bickerstaff explains his role in a proposed Roslindale pot shop at a community meeting in March.

UPDATE: The Globe reports Bickerstaff is quitting the zoning board.

Mayor Walsh announced this morning he's issued an edict that no city employee or appointed official can participate in a company that is seeking city approval for a marijuana-related business. Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/19 - 10:22 pm

John Lynch formally pleaded guilty today to a bribery charge related to $50,000 he acknowledges he received from a developer in 2017 to secure a Zoning Board of Appeal vote the developer needed so he could then sell his proposed H Street project to another builder. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/19 - 1:41 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposal for a single-family home on a vacant lot at 8 Libbey St., off Lagrange Street in West Roxbury - but approved one for Petrel Street in the neighborhood's bird-street area. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/19 - 12:10 pm
Architect's rendering

Archictect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the owners of a Fields Corner cafe for a four-story building with 14 studio apartments no bigger than 280 square feet on Westville Street. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/19 - 10:48 am
Architect's rendering

Architect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal this morning approved a plan by developer Cabot, Cabot & Forbes to build 440 apartments and condos in three buildings on Kilmarnock and Queensberry streets in the Fenway. Read more.

By adamg - 9/9/19 - 12:31 am
Galvin

The Globe reports that Craig Galvin, a Dorchester real-estate broker whom Mayor Walsh recently re-appointed to another term on the Zoning Board of Appeal, resigned this weekend. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/19 - 12:17 am
William Christopher

The Globe reports that William "Buddy" Christopher, who until recently had been ISD commissioner, is taking a leave of absence from his new job overseeing Methadone Mile while the feds and a law firm hired by Mayor Walsh investigate just how development projects wend their way through the city approval process. Read more.

By adamg - 9/6/19 - 12:21 pm
Christopher, Turner and Morancy at May 23, 2017 zoning hearing

James Christopher, developer Steven Turner and attorney George Morancy at H Street zoning hearing on May 23, 2017.

The Globe fills in some more details of the incidents that led federal prosecutors to charge a mid-level BPDA official, John Lynch, with bribery in connection with a small South Boston project that needed new approval from the Zoning Board of Appeal so that its developer could then sell the whole thing at a profit to another developer. Read more.

By adamg - 9/5/19 - 9:43 am

Boston is hiring Sullivan & Worcester LLP "to ensure that best practices, including strong internal protocols and policies, are in place to best serve applicants in a way that is transparent and accountable to the public," the mayor's office announced today. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/19 - 10:44 pm

The Globe has the details on the 2017 vote involving a project on H Street in South Boston that have led to federal bribery charges against a BPDA official. Still a mystery: The zoning-board member John Lynch allegedly talked to in exchange for money.

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