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McLaughlin Park renovation to be done soon

July 1, 2016
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The McLaughlin Park renovation is close to “substantially complete,” according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department project manager Allison Perlman. She said that “turf establishment” is mostly what is left to be done. McLaughlin Park is located between Parker Hill and Fisher avenues on top of Parker Hill. Planning for the park’s renovation first...

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1470 Tremont St. project heads to the ZBA

July 1, 2016
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The proposed $8.5 million mixed-use development at 1470 Tremont St. is going before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on July 12, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA. The project will need zoning relief variances for several requirements, including maximum building height, minimum usable open space...

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Art Park lawsuit still with judge; decision ‘could’ be soon

July 1, 2016
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The lawsuit over the proposed Art Park development remains with a Boston Housing Court judge, but there “could be a ruling any day,” according to John Feuerbach of the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development. Kathryn and Oscar Brookins filed a lawsuit over the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to grant variances for the...

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BPL Board picks Leonard as president after initial choice drops out

July 1, 2016
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees on June 14 picked Interim President David Leonard to remain in that position after its initial choice dropped out, according to a press release. The board voted to offer the president position to San Jose City librarian Jill Bourne and that move was officially announced. But...

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NU dorm proposal likely to BRA board this month

July 1, 2016
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Northeastern University’s (NU) dorm proposal at 10 Burke St. might be heading to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board as early as July 14 when the BRA staff will be recommending it for approval, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. NU filed a PNF in January for a dorm room at 10 Burke St. that...

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Prouty Garden fight continues

June 3, 2016
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The fight to save the Prouty Garden continues, with supporters recently filing reports with the state Department of Public Health (DPH) saying that the planned expansion by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is not needed. BCH’s construction plan will demolish the Prouty Garden. BCH countered in a statement that says it currently lacks the capacity...

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BRA board approves 1470 Tremont St. project

June 3, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its May 12 meeting approved the $8.5 million mixed-use development at 1470 Tremont St. The proposal for 1470 Tremont St. is a residential and commercial development by Mission Hill-based developer Jason Savage. Savage is also a developer of the 66-unit Clutch Works project at 1486 Tremont St....

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Group files lawsuit attempting to save Prouty Garden

May 6, 2016
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Members of the Friends of the Prouty Garden have filed a lawsuit attempting to stop Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) construction plans for a new facility that will lead to the demolition of the Prouty Garden. BCH and the state Department of Public Health (DPH), which must review and approve the construction plans, are named...

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BRA increases number of affordable units for 1470 Tremont St. project

May 6, 2016
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The number of affordable-housing units for the $8.5 million mixed-use development at 1470 Tremont St. has increased to four units, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has decided to count all 33 units in factoring the development’s affordable-housing requirement, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. The BRA had initially said that only three affordable-housing units...

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BRA looks to spruce up image

April 1, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is looking in the mirror and it doesn’t like what it is seeing. It’s time for a makeover. The City announced last month that the BRA will be getting a “strategic advisor” to help the authority develop an “organizational identity” and “brand strategy,” according to a press release. A request...

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