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…

Announcements Community Government

Suffolk County Courts to Offer ePay for Online Payment of Criminal Fees

Suffolk County court users who owe criminal case fees can now skip the trip to their local courthouse and pay online with ePay, the Massachusetts Trial Court’s new web-based payment system. Over 200,000 payments made in person at Commonwealth courthouses each year will now be able to be made online with ePay. ePay will be Read More…

Police & Fire

Posing as a Police Officer, Sexual Assault Suspect Tricked Victim Into Stripping

Disturbing new details regarding last Friday’s sexual assault in the North End came out in court at the arraignment on Monday. Prosecutors said that security guard Isaiah Brown, 26 years old, posed as a police officer on Hanover Street and made the femaie victim show I.D. as she was returning to her apartment around 2:30 Read More…

Featured

Judge Orders Community Service and Feast Essay to Teens Arrested in North End

Following the arrests in the North End by Boston Police District A-1 last Friday and Saturday nights, 28 youths appeared in Boston Juvenile Court on Monday, August 21st. Four were 15 years old, twelve were 16 years old, and twelve were 17 years old. Coincident with the Fisherman’s Feast going on this weekend, most of the Read More…

Community Featured

BRA Continues 9-Year Legal Fight for Development Over Picnic Tables at Long Wharf

With its seemingly infinite legal budget, the Boston Redevelopment Authority filed an appeal this week of a Superior Court judgement protecting Long Wharf from development. The March 2017 ruling was the latest loss by the BRA in the “Long War of Long Wharf” versus a North End resident group (dba “North End Ten“) and the National Park Service. At Read More…

Community Featured Government

Notch Another Win for “North End Ten” in Long Wharf Case

The decade-long effort to protect Long Wharf‘s open space by a group of current and former North End residents (dba, the North End Ten) received another win this week with a Superior Court judgement against the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA, now known as the Boston Planning & Development Agency). [See Mahajan et al. Read More…

People Police & Fire

Sal DiMasi Receives Early Compassionate Release From Prison; Home by Thanksgiving

Former Massachusetts House Speaker and longtime North End representative, Sal DiMasi, received early compassionate release from prison, after a U.S. District Court ruled on Thursday. Judge Mark Wolf ordered that DiMasi be freed on November 22nd and returned to his home state. In its order, the court sympathized with the 71 year-old’s past prostate and throat cancers and ongoing chronic Read More…

Community Government Health & Environment

BRA Loses in Court (Again) in Effort to Commercialize End of Long Wharf

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) lost its appeal in federal appeals court this week in what has been a decade long effort by the city agency to lease the end of Long Wharf for a restaurant development, once proposed as Doc’s Long Wharf, a 220-seat, 4,655 square-foot eatery/bar with outdoor tables. On September 23, 2016, the appeals 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…