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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.

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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.

By adamg - 2/9/21 - 11:43 am

Mayor Walsh said today he's asking the BPDA board to approve the increase in the "linkage" fees developers pay the city for the right to put up new buildings. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/21 - 2:52 pm

A New York real-estate firm says it will soon file detailed plans with the BPDA for a new mixed-use development at 100 Western Ave., behind the Sanofi Genzyme plant on land that Harvard had been using as a staging area for its other construction projects on this side of the Charles, but which the school had always meant to become the core of an "enterprise research campus." Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:05 am
Rendering of proposed Charlestown residential building

Rendering by Elkus Manfredi Architects.

New England Development has filed its plans for a seven-story, 240-unit residential building that could be the start of a multi-year project to redevelop the six-acre Bunker Hill Mall on Rutherford Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/21 - 9:31 am

A federal judge yesterday ordered John Lynch, who admitted taking bribes to help a developer get a zoning approval he needed, freed from the federal prison in Devens so that he can spend the rest of his sentence under home confinement in Dorchester, rather than risk contracting Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 1/5/21 - 2:39 pm
Rendering of proposed Curtis street development

Rendering by J. Garland Enterprises.

Two developers have proposed replacing an old flooring concern and two vacant lots on Curtis Street between Chaucer and Saratoga street in East Boston with a pair of four-story buildings with a a total of 29 residential units and 16 parking spaces. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/20 - 3:48 pm
Proposed 357-room hotel on current site of James Hook

Rendering by Elkus Manfredi of the view from next to the Barking Crab.

A development team last week filed plans for a 25-story, 357-room hotel with 9,000 square feet of room for the James Hook seafood concern on what is now Hook's almost half acre of land on Atlantic Avenue between the Moakley Bridge and what's left of the Northern Avenue Bridge. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/20 - 12:17 pm

Nearly two years after Roxbury Prep filed plans to replace the old Clay Chevrolet place on Belgrade Avenue with a new high school, the BPDA had scheduled a public meeting on the proposal. But BPDA planners sent out word Friday that the meeting, scheduled for this Tuesday, has been called off. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/20 - 9:31 am
119 Braintree Street rendering.

Rendering as seen from north of the turnpike by SGA and Preston Scott Cohen.

Developers have filed plans for a development on Braintree Street in Allston that would include a 12-story office/R&D building and a 6-story, 97-unit residential building in which at least 20% - but possibly up to 60% - of the units would be rented or sold as affordable. Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/20 - 10:22 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on two developers' proposals for the old power-plant building at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The BPDA will hold a public meeting on the two on Dec. 3.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 12:48 pm
Rendering of proposed expanded BMS Paper building

Rendering by O'Sullivan Architects

BMS Paper and Market, 3390 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain, this week filed plans with the BPDA to top off its current brick building with 151 residential units and add a restaurant and expand its existing store. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/20 - 10:26 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the BPDA is telling Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. of New York it wants the $2.1 million the company owes in back taxes and it wants it now. The company, which leases the marketplace from the city, and the BPDA and the mayor have clashed in recent months over what the city says is the company's refusal to help marketplace tenants weather the pandemic.

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