Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Liquor Licenses Deferred, Development Updates, Waterfront Rezoning, Greenway Record Year!

Scanning countless news outlets every week allows us to bring you one concise, informative post with all the notable news about the neighborhood!

Licensing board holds off action on too many requests for too few liquor licenses

With the high demand for all-alcohol licenses, the Boston Licensing Board is deferring any action on awarding upgrades to businesses seeking one of the “unrestricted” all-alcohol licenses. First, the board has to determine whether there is a “public need” for granting a particular applicant a license, if too many apply, the awarding of the licenses will go by the date stamps on the applications. Read the article courtesy of, UniversalHub.

The waterfront skyline if Don Chiofaro’s plan were to go through, rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The waterfront skyline if Don Chiofaro’s plan goes through, rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. More on the proposal at The Boston Globe.

BRA won’t budge on size of Chiofaro towers

Boston officials are standing solid on the size limits they placed on Don Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage site. The proposed 1.3 million square feet two-tower complex of office space, housing, and retail is much larger than the 900,000 square foot limit set by the city last summer.  The Boston Globe

Environmental group criticizes waterfront rezoning plan

A leading environmental group is worried that the Boston Redevelopment Authority is letting developers drive the rezoning of Boston’s downtown waterfront, rather than having neighborhood and environmental concerns run the process. A BRA spokesman says the agency is trying to balance sound planning with the “economic realities” of development sites, continue reading at, The Boston Globe.

Read more statistics on the steady growth of the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Greenway Sets Attendance Record in 2015!

With patron numbers pushing almost $1.2 million, 2015 proved to be a record year for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The network of parks that lay throughout downtown Boston saw increased numbers in event attendees, carousel riders, and food vendor patrons, read more details at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

10 most romantic restaurants in Boston

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, restaurants are starting to fill up with reservations for the night of February 14th. With the focus of the night on romance, the North End neighborhood holds two of Boston’s most “romantic restaurants.” Fox Boston has more on Mamma Maria, Giacomo’s Ristorante and the remaining establishments on the list.

Rendering courtesy of Delaware North and Boston Properties.
Rendering courtesy of Delaware North and Boston Properties, read the article at The Boston Globe.

North Station Development:

North Station area redevelopment underway

The new complex on Causeway Street in front of the TD Garden and North Station is being coined as “The Hub on Causeway.” The first phase of the project will open in 2018 and will include a new Star Market grocery store, movie theater, office space, and underground parking. View the article at, The Boston Globe.

Development Rises From Old Boston Garden

Speaking about the size and scope of the “The Hub on Causeway” development project, how will this affect the surrounding residents, events at the TD Garden, and the thousands of commuters that flow through North Station? View video coverage and more at, NECN.