Community Government

War Over Long Wharf Continues As Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments

The fight over Long Wharf continues to be a legal slugfest with oral arguments being heard last week in front of a three judge panel at federal appeals court. Despite having spent over $500,000 in legal expenses, the Boston Redevelopment Authority continues to fight for a commercial restaurant development while the National Park Service is intent on keeping the Read More…

Community

Legal Expenses Skyrocket at BRA in Fight Over Long Wharf

Legal expenses by the Boston Redevelopment Authority nearly doubled last year in its fight to lease the space at the end of Long Wharf for a restaurant development. The city agency spent $238,281 during 2015 in legal billings, primarily in a lawsuit against the National Park Service. Last year’s expenditures make up almost half of the $552,386 grand total of legal expenses put toward Read More…

Community

Boston Redevelopment Authority Appeals Federal Court Decision to Keep Long Wharf as Open Space

The Boston Redevelopment Authority filed an appeal last week of the Federal Court ruling barring development at the end of Long Wharf. US District Court Judge Saris determined last August that the National Park Service was correct in its assessment that the pavilion and surrounding open space are protected as recreational parkland under the Land and Read More…

Community

North End Ten Celebrate Battle Victory in the Long War of Long Wharf

A group of local residents, loosely referred to as the “North End Ten,” celebrated the recent federal court ruling against the Boston Redevelopment Authority and its plans to lease the space at the end of Long Wharf for a restaurant development. The NE10 have been fighting the BRA since 2008 to keep the area as an open space park, in Read More…

Community Government Health & Environment

BRA Loses “Long War of Long Wharf”; Area to Remain Open Space, No Restaurant

A federal court judge ruled late Wednesday against the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in what she referred to as the “Long War of Long Wharf.” The BRA planned to establish an enclosed 220-seat, 4,655 square-foot restaurant/bar with outdoor tables at the end of Long Wharf, once referred to as “Doc’s Long Wharf.” The court ruling favored the defending Read More…

Community Food & Drink Government

BRA Wants a Long Wharf Restaurant Bad Enough to Sue the National Park Service

In yet another twist of the six-year fight over the end of Long Wharf, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has filed suit against the National Park Service. In Federal Court, the BRA lawsuit objects to a NPS determination supporting the efforts of a North End citizens group (sometimes called “North End Ten”) to “Save Long Wharf.” 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…