The Boston Harbor Association Comments On Chiofaro Plan – OK With Height?

The Boston Harbor Association's influential Vivien Li commented on the Chiofaro proposal in a Banker & Tradesman piece titled "Chiofaro Plan May Be Welcome At Waterfront." If you are a B&T subscriber, you can read the entire article. Regarding height, TBHA appears to be less concerned than others going above the current 155 foot zoning currently in place at the...

Lyndell’s Bakery Replaces LuLu’s

Lyndell's bakery of Somerville has reopened in LuLu's space on Hanover Street. Lulu's former baker is their baker. Looks like the same cupcakes! They are not selling coffee or ice cream, though. (Courtesy of North End News)

Paesan’s License Leaving North End?

According to a June 25th legal notice, Bianca Gianna Enterprises of 76 Salem Street has filed to transfer a beer/wine license to the Upper Crust at 1330 Boylston Street with an 11:30 pm closing time. The location on Salem Street was previously known as Paesan's. The action follows an auction by Century Bank which had a lien against the license....

5 Tileston St Deck OK’d by Board of Appeals

John Pagliuca, of 5 Tileston Street, received a "sustained" decision by the City's Board of Appeal on July 1st that allows him to maintain a raised deck that was disputed by an abutter at neighborhood meetings earlier in the year. Pagliuca applied for a building permit and zoning relief for a 10-foot by 11-foot deck constructed several months prior...

Weekly Boston Police Log – July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009 - Weekly Boston Police Journal Log Noted Incidents: B&E Res. 06/27/09 12:55am Fulton st. resident reports unk. person entered through a bedroom window and removed numerous pieces of jewelry and fled the residence. Det’s to follow up incident. Willful & Malicious Destruction of property 06/27/09 2:41am Male suspect arrested inside of a Sheafe st. apt. For Destruction of property the 2 front glass...

North End Groups Send Joint Letter on Parcel 9

In an expression of neighborhood unity, three North End neighborhood groups submitted a joint comment letter regarding the proposals for Parcel 9 (Haymarket/Blackstone St.). Input was coordinated by the North End Central Artery Advisory Committee (NECAAC) along with participation from the North End/Waterfront Residents' Association (NEWRA) and the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). Based on input from the neighborhood, the...

Gov’t Ctr Garage IAG Mtg #5 – Height & Parking

Height remains a key issue for the Government Center Redevelopment project even though parking was the designated topic at the fifth meeting of the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) held on June 24th at City Hall. Before the parking discussion began, Raymond Property Company, the developer, used blocks to review some of the “massing” variations discussed at previous meetings. The model...

North End Spray Pool Receives Renovation

As many of the kids know already, the spray pool in front of the Mirabella Pool was recently renovated with new padding and painting. It looks great! Now, if only the sun would cooperate. I noticed this sign posted which appears to credit the renovation: "Emilie Pugliano Trust Fund (1924-2002). This site has been preserved through the generous gift of Emilie Pugliano, a...

BRA’s Greenway Study – Where’s it Going?

With four of the six public meetings for the Greenway District Planning Study (GDPS) now completed, should we start getting worried where this is heading? The goals of Boston’s transportation grid are certainly a worthwhile subject as discussed in the last meeting, but it gave little sense where Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) officials are leaning toward Greenway development. The next...

Greenway Shuttle – No. 6 Bus In Disguise?

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. It is ironic that a shuttle bus geared primarily for tourists along the Greenway might replace a bus route previously used by North End/Waterfront residents & workers. As part...

Parking Freeze To Be Reviewed

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District Planning Study with a focus on transportation. The City currently has a parking freeze at 35,000 public spaces set by the Boston Environment Department to moderate emissions within Boston. However, the BTD has indicated that...

12 Unity St Headhouse -> Penthouse

George Collins and Tara Shea of 12 Unity Street have applied for zoning relief to replace an existing roof headhouse with a new deck and penthouse room. The headhouse was likely used for pigeons in the distant past, but has fallen into disrepair. The owners purchased the building out of foreclosure and have been renovating it with some tenants in...