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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

July 19, 2011
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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

The Beacon Hill Civic Association is asking the city to remove a synthetic, porous material from tree-pits on Mt. Vernon Street this fall. “We request the removal of the new material from the two tree pits at 91 Mt. Vernon, on the corner of Louisburg Square, as soon as it is deemed safe by...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Two Modified Proposals

July 12, 2011
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose modified versions of two proposals it had previously vetted last month. The owners of a single-family townhouse at 3 Spruce St. and 5-7 Spruce Court – two adjacent single-family townhouses being converted into one single-family residence – have jointly...

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Area A-1 Sees 16-percent Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes in ‘11

July 8, 2011
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 16-percent reduction in violent and property crimes to date in 2011, compared with last year, Boston police said. Between Jan. 1 and June 26, 1,277 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 1,528 in the same timeframe in...

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Esplanade 20/20 & Beyond Design Team Outlines Recommendations for the Future of Park

June 28, 2011
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The Esplanade 20/20 & Beyond Design Team presented its latest recommendations for the future of the state park Wednesday at a public meeting sponsored by the nonprofit WalkBoston. “I want you think of this as a part of a participatory project because it’s a work in progress…that hasn’t been approved by The Esplanade Association...

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Developer Files New Plans for the Government Center Garage

June 28, 2011
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A Boston developer filed new plans with the city last week to redevelop the Government Center Garage into a sprawling 2.4 million square-foot, mixed-use complex. In a June 21 letter of intent submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), Boston-based HYM Investment Group LLC outlined its proposal to build “a multi-phased and multi-story development...

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MGH enters into ‘agreement in principle’ to purchase Bowdoin Square Gulf

December 23, 2010
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has entered into “an agreement in principle” to purchase the Bowdoin Square Gulf station at 239 Cambridge St., said John Messervy, director of capital and facility planning for Partners Healthcare System. Messervy said gas station owner Jim Sauro approached the hospital less than a year ago with an offer to...

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Playspace planning

November 23, 2010
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Members of the Friends of the Esplanade Playspace were on hand at the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Parks and Public Spaces Committee meeting last week to discuss their playground proposal. The non-profit intends to build an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds a short distance from the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge on...

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BHCA board outlines a list of aspirations for the Hill

November 16, 2010
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last Monday to adopt six aspirations outlined in its community plan for the neighborhood. Michelle Vilms, a former BHCA board member and current Planning and Research Committee member, described the community plan as a “living document” that was created following interviews with more...

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White Hen’s sudden departure from Cambridge Street a mystery to landlord

November 9, 2010
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White Hen’s sudden departure from Cambridge Street a mystery to landlord

The closure of the White Hen Pantry at 250 Cambridge St. last Monday came without notice and left many wondering what led to its sudden departure, including the convenience store’s longtime landlord. “We were in negotiations to renew lease, which was up on Dec. 31, when the tenant abruptly chose to...

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Victim robbed at knifepoint outside 7-Eleven

November 9, 2010
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A victim was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday night outside 7-Eleven at 66 Charles St., police said. At around 11:30 p.m., Area A-1 officers responded to the area of the convenience store for an armed-robbery report. On arrival, police spoke with a male victim, who stated he had parked his car on Chestnut Street and...

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