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By adamg - 9/26/22 - 10:23 am

Mayor Wu today announced she wants to replace 10 of the Zoning Board of Appeal's 14 current full and alternate members, including longtime Chairwoman Christine Araujo, as part of a move to create development oversight that relies more on neighborhood and citywide plans and less on hundreds of requests each year for variances from increasingly creaky zoning codes that sometimes date back decades. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/22 - 1:23 pm
Canal Street hotel: Proposed and current view

Rendering of proposed hotel by Stantec and current site.

A Woburn developer that won approval for a 90-room hotel at 104 Canal St., at Valenti Way, is seeking city approval again to begin construction, but this time for a hotel with 98 rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 10:58 am
975 Boylston St. rendering

Rendering by The Architectural Team. See it larger.

A Miami developer has proposed a new complex over the Massachusetts Turnpike and a rarely used Hynes Green Line exit that would include a 12-story life-sciences wing, a 10-story wing with 125 affordable apartments, two new ADA-compliant T-stop entrances and a public bicycle "hub" with bike racks and lockers. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/22 - 2:00 pm
409 Huntington Ave. rendering

Rendering by Cube3.

A 5-story apartment building that dates to 1910 at 409 Huntington Ave. in the Fenway will get 14 new floors under plans submitted to the BPDA last week. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/22 - 2:44 pm
Rendering of proposed new Belgrade Avenue building

Two people gaze in wonder from other side of Belgrade in rendering by Arrowstreet.

The Dedham developer that once would have built a charter school at the old Clay car dealership and garage on Belgrade Avenue yesterday filed detailed plans with the BPDA for a five-story residential building with 124 units and 86 parking spaces - and green space on what is now a parking lot. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/25/22 - 10:24 pm
Rendering of R1 proposal

Early rendering by Stantec.

The Asian Community Development Corp. says it will soon file detailed plans for a 12-story building with 66 moderate-income apartments, 44 income-restricted condos and a two-floor BPL branch, on what is now a BPDA-owned parking lot bordered by Tyler and Hudson streets between Kneeland and Harvard streets in Chinatown. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/22 - 4:41 pm

Pennrose, the company currently turning a former middle school in Hyde Park into New England's first LGBTQ-centered senior-citizen apartment building, says it will shortly file detailed plans to turn the former Blessed Sacrament Church on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain into a new moderate-income housing complex with performance and community space. Read more.

By adamg - 8/8/22 - 9:17 am

A trio of developers say they will soon file detailed plans for a seven-story life-sciences R&D building in the Raymond Flynn Marine Park that will include space for a non-profit aimed at better living through the study of the DNA of marine creatures. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 2:52 pm

The Dedham developer that once would have built a charter school at the old Clay car dealership on Belgrade Avenue told the BPDA this week it now plans to build a far larger five-story residential building on the site. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/22 - 12:40 pm
Proposed marijuana facility on Hampden Street

For once, not a bird-infused rendering; instead an infused-bird rendering, by 2WR+ Partners.

An heir to the Brookline Ice and Coal concern has filed plans with the BPDA to build a three-story "cannabis production and cultivation facility" on a "distressed" parcel owned by his family at 100 Hampden St., a couple blocks away from the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 5:25 pm

The BPDA board is scheduled to vote Thursday on the first phase of Harvard's proposed Enterprise Research Campus off Western Avenue that would include setting aside 25% of the 345 planned residences as affordable - almost twice what the city requires - and contributing $25 million to a new fund for increasing the affordable housing stock in Allston/Brighton. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/22 - 10:59 am
66 Geneva Ave. rendering

Rendering by Sol and Associates.

Restaurant owner and developer Solmon Chowdhury has filed plans to replace the building that now houses the New Faith Missionary Baptist Church, across from Burke High School at 66 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester, with a five-story, 50-unit condo building. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/22 - 1:13 pm
1270 Commonwealth Ave. rendering

Rendering by CBT Architects.

A pair of developers this week filed plans to tear down the former CVS at 1270 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston and replace it with a six-story, 206-unit apartment building. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/22 - 10:26 am
1169-1171 Adams St. rendering

Rendering by Spalding Tougias Architects.

A North End developer has filed plans to replace an equipment-rental place and a vacant house at 1161-1169 Adams St. in Dorchester Lower Mills with a five-story, 29-unit condo building - with 29 parking spaces. Read more.

By adamg - 6/6/22 - 10:15 pm
Rendeirng of new Boylston Street building and park

Rendering by Elkus Manfredi, looking across from 401 Park to where the Star and gas station used to be.

Samuels & Associates, which has been building in the Fenway for a couple decades now, today filed detailed plans with the BPDA for its proposal to replace the Boylston Street Star Market and the neighboring abandoned gas station with an 11-story life-sciences building, new parkland and bike lanes along Park Drive and a "cultural pavilion." Read more.

By adamg - 5/30/22 - 11:47 am
Rendering of proposed 17 Farnsworth St. building

Rendering by Perkins + Will.

A Canadian developer last week filed detailed plans with the BPDA for a four-story life-sciences building that would replace a 369-space garage at 17 Farnsworth St. off Congress Street.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 12:01 pm
Rendering of proposed 804-814 Huntington Ave.

Rendering with ghost family by Stantec.

A developer has proposed a two-building project at 804-812 Huntington Ave. that would feature life sciences along Huntington Avenue and 23 residential units in the rear on what now consists of a parking lot, a vacant lot and an unused building where the Red Cross once took blood donations. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/22 - 9:57 am
270 Dorchester Ave. proposal in South Boston

Rendering by Embarc.

Correction: The story has been updated to reflect the fact that the new owner will follow the regular public process for development and that the proposal seeks will have 17% of its units as affordable. Also, while the developer was formerly called Novaya, it is rebranding as Foxfield LLC.

A condo project at 270 Dorchester Ave. that was first approved in 2017 but which is currently South Boston's version of the old Filene's hole could finally get built under a new owner. Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/22 - 9:57 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports Mayor Wu has hired two consultants to look at ways to bolster affordable housing and job training in Boston by increasing the number of affordable housing units new middling to large residential developments have to include. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/22 - 9:16 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports Wu has named Arthur Jemison, a former Dorchester resident, as the city's first chief of planning - just a few days after BPDA Director Brian Golden announced his resignation. Read more.

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