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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 - 1/15/20 - 4:00 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday denied a request from the owner of a house on Harvest Street to add dormers to her attic so she could build a master bedroom there and move in - after neighbors, the local civic association and several elected officials opposed her proposal. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 2:21 pm
Architect's rendering

Architect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a four-story, 24-unit apartment building on Burney Street on Mission Hill that will include creation of a 2,400-square foot, brick-lined "laneway" on which restaurants along neighboring Tremont Street will be allowed to create outdoor patio seating. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 1:13 pm

A Zoning Board of Appeal hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on a proposal to add a five-story addition to a real-estate office on Salem Street wasn't called until 1 p.m. And then the building owner's attorney asked for a deferral because there were only six board members left by that time - and projects need at least five votes to go ahead. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 11:58 am

The Zoning Board of Appeals today rejected a proposal by the owners of what is now legally a two-family house at 133-135 Clement Ave. to turn their attic into a studio apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 10:46 am
1595-1599 Columbus Avenue rendering

Archictect's rendering.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposal by Urban Edge Housing Corp. for a six-story apartment building in which all the units would be rented as affordable, at 1599 Columbus Ave., just south of Centre Street. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 10:07 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposal to turn a cell-phone store on Kneeland Street at Tyler Street into a take-out place selling matcha ice cream and boba tea. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 5:56 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposed new roof deck as part of an overall rehab of a Beacon Street frat house after a neighbor worried about noise and the neighborhood association groused about the dangerous precedent the deck could set. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 2:36 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposal to stick a newfangled digital billboard atop a Lincoln Street business next to the Massachusetts Turnpike after hearing from elected officials and neighborhood groups that 60-foot-high structure would become a blight in an up-and-coming area, even if its LEDs would be designed to only beam into the eyes of drivers on the highway. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 11:19 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal approved a developer's plans to replace an old motorcycle garage on Pleasant Street at Roach Street in Dorchester with a three-story, eight-unit residential building with four parking spaces. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 10:45 am
The Wellington on Blue Hill Avenue

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a five-story, 39-unit apartment building on Blue Hill Avenue at Wellington Hill Street that will include ground-floor space for a coffee shop and two other small stores. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 10:25 am
Architect's rendering of proposed 104 Canal St. hotel

Architect's rendering

Construction of a 15-story, 90-room Cambria Hotel at 104 Canal St., at Valenti Way, should finally begin next year, five years after the city awarded a building permit, a lawyer for the property owner told the Zoning Board of Appeal today. Read more.

By adamg - 12/6/19 - 1:28 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal this week approved a plan by the owner of a parking lot on Cambridge Street in Charlestown to tear down a warehouse and create an expanded lot able to hold up to 431 cars of workers for a nearby employee. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 7:05 pm
Taft Hill architect's rendering

Architect's rendering. The blank wall is an existing health center, not a proposed drive-in screen.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a developer's plan to replace a house-like apartment building on Taft Hill Terrace in Roslindale with a four-story, 16-unit condo building - across the municipal parking lot from a recently completed 19-unit condo development. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 3:08 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a Williamstown company's plans to convert City Farm on American Legion Highway into what would be Roslindale's first dispensary. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 1:33 pm

Correction: Denial without prejudice means the landlord doesn't have to wait a year to re-apply.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday rejected a Dollar Tree store proposed for 493 Washington St. in Codman Square after aides to Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Andrea Campbell said that it could cause traffic problems and, besides, there's already a Dollar Tree a mile away on Talbot Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 11:04 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a recreational dispensary at 1292 Blue Hill Ave., between Fessenden and Evelyn streets. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 10:16 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain's Hyde Square to add a 23-seat patio. Read more.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 10:07 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposal by Lee's Market on Commonwealth Avenue at Washington Street in Brighton to start selling beer, wine and spirits. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/19 - 1:10 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a 15-unit residential building at 181-183 Coleridge St., on the water at Wood Island. Read more.

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