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City set to release RFPs on vacant land

March 3, 2017
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) plans to release a request for proposals for 10 vacant City-owned lots on Mission Hill sometime in the middle of this month, according to DND spokesperson Kerry O’Brien. John Feuerbach of DND had said previously it would be released in February. The City held a community meeting...

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BPDA issues scoping determination for WIT project

March 3, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has issued a scoping determination, requesting more information for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s (WIT) plans for a 69,000-square-foot academic building at 555 Parker St., according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. That move is a normal part of the review process. “The next step is for Wentworth to...

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NU buys building of longtime pub, pizza place

February 3, 2017
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  Northeastern University has bought the property at 444-452 Huntington Ave., which is the building where the University House of Pizza and Punter’s Pub operate. NU paid $5.3 million, according to documents at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The two businesses will continue to operate at the location for at least two years....

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City set to release RFPs on vacant land

February 3, 2017
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) plans to release a request for proposal for 10 vacant City-owned lots on Mission Hill sometime this month, according to John Feuerbach of DND. The City held a community meeting last year on the vacant land where suggested uses ranged from open space to housing development. The...

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Changes possible to 1457 Tremont St. project

February 3, 2017
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The developers of the proposed 1457 Tremont St. development have switched architects, signaling possible alterations to the project. Leland and Suzanne DiMeco, a Mission Hill-based husband and wife development team, are planning to redevelop the vacant Roxbury Council Knights of Columbus building. Suzanne DiMeco spoke with the Gazette last summer about their plans at...

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Art Park court battle continues

February 3, 2017
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The Art Park court battle continues, as both sides wait for the judge to make a final decision on the appeal. But Judge Judith C. Cutler did recently deny a motion to force the plaintiffs to post a bond as a condition of maintaining the appeal, according to Kathleen Hayes, the sessions clerk for...

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WIT proposes to build new academic building

February 3, 2017
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) filed plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last month to build a 69,000-square-foot academic building at 555 Parker St., according to the expanding project notification form (EPNF). The project will require an amendment to WIT’s institutional master plan (IMP). An IMP is a comprehensive development plan...

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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

January 6, 2017
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The City Council during a Dec. 14 passed by a 12-1 vote a city ordinance aimed at addressing natural gas leaks in Boston, according to a press release. The ordinance was sponsored by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents a portion of Mission Hill. Gas leaks have long been a concern of some local...

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Brookinses file appeal of Art Park site lawsuit

December 2, 2016
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Kathryn Brookins has said she and her husband Oscar have filed an appeal of the judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit over the proposed Art Park development. That move leaves an uncertain future for the Art Park proposal. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development, which has been spearheading the effort to get the City-owned...

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Trump, marijuana win

December 2, 2016
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In a stunning upset, Republican Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on Nov. 8. Trump beat out several challengers, including Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein. The results were a bit different in Boston, as Clinton garnered 80 percent of voters compared to Trump’s 14 percent,...

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