Featured Real Estate

Commercial Wharf Ch. 91 Legislation Heard at State House

A hearing was held last week at the Mass. State House regarding Bill H833, regarding Commercial Wharf and its ongoing dispute with the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding Chapter 91 requirements at the North End / Waterfront property. Legislators, not known for brevity, have officially titled the bill, An Act confirming Commercial Wharf Read More…

Featured Government Real Estate Transportation

Court Hears Arguments for Parking Rights at Commercial Wharf

Judge Linda Giles described the case as “important, complex” and even “fascinating” in a July 23rd hearing at Superior Court. Who knew a parking dispute could be so intriguing? But then, this involves Commercial Wharf, one of the most litigated properties in downtown Boston through a series of cases ongoing for more than 30 years. Read More…

Community Featured Government Real Estate

Workshop Encourages Residents to Advocate for Chapter 91 Waterfront Rights

The Conservation Law Foundation held a forum on September 20th about the role of Chapter 91 in protecting Boston’s waterfront, sponsored by the local group, We Are Boston’s Waterfront. “We want to educate as many residents as we can on these principles so you can be an advocate in your own neighborhood,” said Deanna Moran, Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment Real Estate

Commercial Wharf Ch. 91 Exemption Would Grandfather Mixed Use & Parking Rights

The battle at Commercial Wharf for access, use and parking rights continues on the North End waterfront. Negotiations and lawsuits have been ongoing for several years between the Commercial Wharf East Condo Association (CWECA), the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [represented by the Attorney General’s office] and Boston Yacht Haven that operates a marina at Read More…

Government Health & Environment Police & Fire

State Enforces Public Harborwalk at Intercontinental Hotel After Complaints

Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) sent an enforcement notice to the Intercontinental Hotel at 500 Atlantic Avenue to keep its Harborwalk and lawn areas open to the public. The rare action came in response to a July 11th letter by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) among other persistent complaints about the privatization of the space. Read More…

Real Estate

State Regulator Opposes Lewis Wharf Hotel Building Over Submerged Harbor Pilings

The proposed hotel project at Lewis Wharf has been thrown into question after the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection confirmed that a new development cannot extend over pilings or piers that are below water at high tide. Since much of the piling field at Lewis Wharf is not visible at high tide, the DEP ruling could dramatically reduce the size of Read More…

Event Notices Schools

Eliot School at 585 Commercial Street Applies for Renovations and Play Area

The City of Boston has filed a Chapter 91 application for renovations at the Eliot Innovation School building at 585 Commercial Street. The renovation project would be to accommodate Grades 2-4 within the existing building. Inside, the work would install an elevator and new stairwells. Outside, a new landscape buffer and play area would be created, reducing the parking Read More…

Community

State Says Doc’s Long Wharf Restaurant Falls Within Protected Park Boundary

In a status update this week regarding the disputed Chapter 91 license at Long Wharf, the State has released a letter indicating that the proposed “Doc’s Restaurant falls within the Section 6(f)3 park boundary.” The letter implies the entire end of Long Wharf falls under the Land Water and Conservation Act which protects public investments Read More…

Community

Long Wharf Legal Update: National Park Service Confirms “Park” Map; State Hearings Scheduled

Last we left the legal wrangling over the open space at the end of Long Wharf, the “North End Ten” group of residents notched a win in December 2013 when Superior Court Judge Fahey remanded the case back to the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). By vacating the Chapter 91 permit, this action effectively Read More…

Community

Superior Court Denies Chapter 91 Permit to Boston Redevelopment Authority for Long Wharf Restaurant

A group of area residents, sometimes called the North End Ten, received a very supportive court ruling in their fight to “Save Long Wharf” from commercialization through a restaurant as proposed by defendant Boston Redevelopment Authority. The ruling was received this week in the mail from Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey. Not only did Judge Read More…

Community

The Long Wharf Park Case: A Dispatch from the Court House

The protracted court battle over the fate of Long Wharf Park grew lengthier yesterday in a Suffolk Superior Court motion session before presiding justice, Linda Giles. Moving towards a sixth year of litigation in the case of Sanjoy Mahajan vs. Boston Redevelopment Authority, ten North End residents have challenged the Mass. DEP’s approval of BRA Read More…