Officials Meet for Cross St. Sidewalk Walkthrough

Public officials met last week for a walkthrough of the Cross St. sidewalk plaza area to discuss a potential reconfiguration of the traffic and...

North End “Spite House” Highlighted

Chonk's World highlights the famous "spite house" at 44 Hull Street. "In 1874, two brothers in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, got into...

NEWNC Supports Zoning Change at 112 Prince Street

Damian Szary, owner of 112 Prince St., received unanimous support for his zoning variance in a vote of 8-0 from the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood...

Cross St. Sidewalk Walkthrough – Tuesday, Dec 15th

As part of the ongoing consideration for the reconfiguration of the Cross St. sidewalk in front of the former Martignetti's Liquors site, there will...

NEWRA Supports Zoning Variance at 112 Prince St.

At its December monthly meeting, the North End/Waterfront Residents' Association voted 46-11 to support a zoning variance for Damian Szary at 112 Prince St. ...

City Hikes Property Tax Rate by 11.8%

The City of Boston has announced a property tax rate increase for fiscal 2010 with the residential rate going up by 11.8% and the commercial rate up by 8.4%. The tax rate is one of the two factors that will result in total property tax bills. The second factor is the property's assessed value, which is surveyed every three years. Residents should have received a recent notice of the change in their assessment. Overall, the City's assessed values went down by 3.5% although certain areas have increased. Anecdotal reports show a mix of increases and decreases in the North End/Waterfront area, although several properties on the waterfront saw their assessments go up substantially.

The rate will increase from $10.63 per $1,000 in assessed value to $11.88. The commercial rate for businesses will also increase from $27.11 per $1,000 of assessed value to $29.38.

The City blamed the increase mostly on a decrease in State aid and said the rate is the first increase in three years. The increase will increase the total tax by $65 million to $1.465 billion. Bills will be sent out in a few weeks with a due date of February 1, 2010.

Below is the press release from the City.

Hearing to Protect Greenway & Christopher Columbus Park From Tall Building Shadows

Next Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 am, there is a State hearing to protect certain public parks from the shadows of excessively tall buildings....

North End Union Owner Tops List of Tax Delinquents

Owner of the North End Union building at 20 Parmenter St., Joe Perroncello, has topped this year's list of the City's top property tax...

No Decision on Parcel 9 – The Plot Thickens

Herald's sources were incorrect in expecting MassDOT to award Parcel 9 yesterday at their December meeting. The expectation was that developer Eastat would get...

Michlewitz Testifies at Groundwater Protection Hearing

MySouthEnd.com has the story from the State's hearing on the Groundwater Protection Act. "A large part of Boston is built on filled land, and...

Boston’s Office Market Sees Worst Rental Rate Decline in U.S.

The Boston Business Journal reports on a CB Richard Ellis study that indicates Boston's central business district had a 33.9% decline in office rental...

Residential Plan Expected to Gain OK for Parcel 9/Haymarket

The Boston Herald's Tom Grillo is reporting that MassDOT will award the Parcel 9 development at Haymarket/Blackstone St. to Eastat Reality Capital for their...