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Park Plaza Urban Renewal Zone Could Be the First to Go

March 16, 2018
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Known for being home to Emerson College, Four Season Hotel, the Chinatown Trade Building and a vibrant theatre culture, the Park Plaza Urban Renewal area has been turned around over the past decade into a vibrant downtown area of Boston. This Urban Renewal Area might be the first zone that the city will let...

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Developers of the Motor Mart Garage Move Forward with Residential Tower Extension

March 16, 2018
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The Motor Mart Garage, located at 201 Stuart St. in downtown Boston, might soon have an additional residential tower sticking up above the existing parking-garage structure. On Friday, March 2, the 201 Stuart Street Owner, LLC., an affiliate of CIM Group LLC submitted a Letter of Intent to the Boston Planning and Development Agency...

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Area Neighborhoods Continue to Feel Brunt of Housing Off-Campus Students

March 10, 2018
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Everywhere you go in Boston, there is no question that students are a major part of what makes this city tick. But, as colleges and universities continue to increase enrollment bringing in students from across the nation and around the world, the amount of housing needed to support them is not entirely there. One...

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State Environmental Report Okays Winthrop Square Development

March 1, 2018
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Secretary Matthew A. Beaton reviewed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) of the 115 Winthrop Square project in downtown Boston, and determined that it adequately and properly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and its implementing regulations. The decision was published on Friday, Feb. 16. The decision was made despite analysis of...

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Boston Announces Data from Back Bay Parking Pilot Program to Mixed Results

March 1, 2018
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Finding street parking in the city can be difficult if not frustrating at times for those who drive in the city. Often times, drivers can circle around blocks for what seems like forever, before finally nailing down a spot. Last year, the city started a performance parking pilot-program to lessen the circling time, and...

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Residents Call for a Ban on Investor Units

February 21, 2018
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Across the city, corporations are buying up residential units, converting them to short-term rentals through Airbnb and other similar online platforms to turn a quick profit and essentially making a residential unit into a de facto hotel room. As a result, these units have been taken off the market – squeezing the already, very...

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Shadows from 1000 Boylston

February 14, 2018
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A proposed single tower rising from a base podium to be built at 1000 Boylston Street is expected to cast new shadows throughout the nearby neighborhoods, from the Fenway Victory Gardens, to the Esplanade, down Commonwealth Avenue Mall to even the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The shadow study, which was released in...

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New England Watercolor Society Annual Members Show Now Going On

February 14, 2018
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Explore the world of watercolors inside the Guild of Boston Artists gallery on Newbury Street, where the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) is holding its annual Signature Members Show through March 4, 2018. On display are a variety of styles ranging from hyperrealist to abstract, from soulful portraits to detailed images of machinery to...

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Below Stairs at the Ayer Mansion

February 9, 2018
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Standing out amongst the Victorian styled brick row houses in the Back Bay, the Ayer Mansion located at 395 Commonwealth Avenue sticks out like a sore thumb with its white marble exterior and mosaic stained glass. At a special event hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), Jeanne Pelletier the preservation...

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Regulating Short Term Rentals:Council Files Walsh’s Motion Establishing Guidelines

February 2, 2018
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Boston City Council filed Mayor Martin J. Walsh ordinance on Wednesday, Jan. 24, establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston. As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options...

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