Real Estate

Seaport District Master Plan Remains Unfulfilled

Nearly ten years ago, a master plan was developed for the Seaport District, including a residential component that was supposed to fill about one-third of the area. From the perspective of the densely residential North End/Waterfront neighborhood, it is interesting to watch the changing direction of the South Boston Waterfront.   Ten years later, the Read More…

Real Estate

Hull Street Renovation Needs Zoning Relief

Peter McGinnis is seeking a variance to change the legal zoning from 5 to 8 units at 16 Hull Street. The plans were presented to the zoning committee of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association on October 28, 2009. McGinnis purchased the building in July 2009 and will be renovating the inside, without changing the exterior Read More…

Real Estate

Office Market Down While Residential Sales Perk Up

In the last 2 days, Banker & Tradesman has released two notable real estate reports: Boston Office Vacancies Rise 40 Percent In Q3 Over ’08 Boston’s office vacancy rate rose to 13 percent in the third quarter this year, a 40 percent jump year-over-year from Q3 in 2008, according to a report published today by Read More…

Police & Fire Real Estate

North End Reporter Takes Developer’s Lawsuit to Mass Supreme Court

Several years ago, Steven Fustolo, a developer who has done numerous projects in the North End, sued a North End reporter, Fredda Hollander for articles she wrote in the Regional Review. Many may know her as a founder, editor, and writer for the North End News. The progress of this lawsuit has been a topic Read More…

Real Estate

ZLC Meeting Agenda: Cross St Sidewalk & Good Neighbor Agreement

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Meeting Agenda Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:00 PM The Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Avenue Zoning and Licensing Applications 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM 16 Hull St., Peter McGinnis (owner), has filed an application seeking Board of Appeal approval to change use from 5 residential units to Read More…

Community Real Estate

Dizzying Development Discussion At Greenway Meeting

It was a whirlwind tour of potential Greenway development projects at the October 20th meeting of the Greenway Leadership Council (GLC). The tour director was Linda Jonash, Director, Planning and Design, from the Greenway Conservancy. At the second meeting in as many weeks, the GLC and Conservancy are catching up the review of several projects. Read More…

Health & Environment Real Estate

Trash Compactors to be Installed on Parcel 9

At the October 19th Neighborhood Council meeting, Peter Gori of the Boston Redevelopment Authority announced that trash compactors would soon be installed on Parcel 9. The compactors would be used to help control the trash problem around the Haymarket vendors. The equipment would be installed on concrete pads. A question was raised as to whether Read More…

Health & Environment Real Estate Transportation

NEWNC “Tables” Confusing Plan for Cross Street Sidewalk Area

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) had a perplexing discussion at its October meeting regarding the proposed sidewalk plan in front of the former Martignetti’s Liquors site. The Cross Street sidewalk property is owned by the state’s new transportation department, that has absorbed the now defunct, Turnpike Authority. The BRA’s Peter Gori presented a plan Read More…

Real Estate

Lovejoy Wharf – Still Looking for Love

A news report is out this morning saying that the owners of Lovejoy Wharf, near North Station, are throwing in the towel, or at least looking for a way out. Boston Business Journal’s Michelle Hillman writes, “Industry sources, who asked to remain anonymous, said the current owners — Ajax Investment Partners LLC, AIG Global Real Read More…

Real Estate

NEWNC Sends Letter on Parcel 9

William Tuttle – Deputy Director of Real Estate Massachusetts Turnpike Authority State Transportation Building 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 Boston, MA 02116 Re: MassPike Parcel 9 On behalf of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, I am writing to strongly urge the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to designate a developer as soon as possible to develop the Read More…

Real Estate

Chiofaro Changes Plan for Harbor Garage Redevelopment

The Chiofaro Company has modestly downsized the scale of its proposed plan to redevelop the Harbor Garage. The height of the project has been modestly reduced from 770 feet to 625 feet which is roughly a change to 53 stories, down from 59. Apparently, the reduction is due to comments from MassPort and its airspace Read More…