The Weekender: All Alcoholic License, Paint Analysis, Brink’s Robbery, Government Center Garage!

Summarizing the top posts from the past week at, take a look at what you may have missed!

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Photo of money bags, courtesy of
Photo of money bags, courtesy of

66 Years Ago: Great Brink’s Robbery in Boston’s North End

The Great Brink’s Robbery was the largest robbery at the time in 1950 and took place at the corner of Commercial and Prince Streets. Although the facility is now a parking garage, view the post for details and images on the “crime of the century.”

Monday, January 25th: Abutters Meeting for All Alcoholic Beverage License Upgrades

One of the most contentious issues in the North End restaurant scene is the bid to seize one of the rare upgrades of malt wine and cordials licenses to all alcoholic beverages licenses offered by the City of Boston. View the meeting agenda for the list of restaurants hoping for the upgrade with time allotted for abutters.

Design Changes for Haymarket Hotel at Parcel 9 Per Mass. Historical Commission Letter [Video]

The Parcel 9 development at Haymarket continues to be in a state of transition as part of the Article 80 Large Project approval process with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The BRA is not the only hangup on the project, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has also raised some concerns over the proposal. View the post for complete video coverage and more details.

Approved residential and office buildings as the first two phases of the Government Center Garage development
Approved residential and office buildings as the first two phases of the Government Center Garage development.

First Two Phases of Government Center Garage Redevelopment Approved

The first two phases of the nearly three million square foot Government Center Garage redevelopment were recently approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority board. The first two phases consisted of the residential and office components of the massive redevelopment project, read the post for more.

Old North Church Begins Historic Paint Analysis

This winter, the Old North Foundation will be conducting a historic paint analysis to research the rich colonial color schemes used to decorate the church. Scaffolding will be up in the rear of the sanctuary as historic preservation consultants take paint samples from centuries ago, read the article for more on the story.

Garden Garage rendering in West End at "Basketball City" site
Garden Garage rendering in West End at “Basketball City” site.

Editor’s Pick:

BRA Board Defers Vote on Garden Garage Project in West End

The controversial Garden Garage redevelopment was not taken up as a vote in the last Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting. BRA Director Brian Golden said the board deferred a vote on the proposal due to “the significant objections that were presented by residents of the West End.” View the article for more.