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City Proposes Cycle Track Around Public Garden

September 24, 2013
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City officials outlined preliminary plans to add a two-way cycle track around the Public Garden on Wednesday before a standing-room only crowd at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse. The concept proposes eliminating one traffic lane each on Arlington, Beacon, Boylston and Charles streets to create dedicated space for bicyclists on the roadways adjacent to...

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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

August 27, 2013
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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

With next month marking its first anniversary on Charles Street, noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts has already become a fixture among the neighborhood’s small, independently owned shops. “Part of our mission is to be involved in a viable downtown community,” said Ian Scofidio, who owns the store with his wife Barbara. “The Flat...

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Owner Discusses Latest Design Plans at 124 Chestnut Street

August 27, 2013
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The owner of 124 Chestnut St. held an informal meeting Wednesday to discuss his latest design plans for the single-family home. Dean Stratouly, co-founder and president of Boston real-estate firm The Congress Group, said he purchased the three-story building in February with the intention of making it his personal residence before discovering significant structural...

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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Greenspace Priorities

August 20, 2013
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More than 300 citizens turned out to the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Thursday night for the Park and Open Space Mayoral Forum to hear 10 Boston mayoral hopefuls discuss their future plans for the city’s greenspace if elected. Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark and Boston Globe journalist Derrick Jackson moderated the forum,...

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Frederick ‘Tad’ Stahl Remembered

August 7, 2013
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Frederick ‘Tad’ Stahl Remembered

Renowned Boston architect and longtime Beacon Hill resident Frederick A. “Tad” Stahl died unexpectedly on July 26. He was 82. Born in Danbury, Conn., Mr. Stahl was an alumnus of Dartmouth College, Harvard Graduate School of Design and MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Mr Tad Stahl founded the architectural firm F.A. Stahl &...

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FOPG Offer Tour of Brewer Plaza

July 30, 2013
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FOPG Offer Tour of Brewer Plaza

Friends of the Public Garden is offering the public a tour of its $4 million renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common on Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. “This is an opportunity for residents, neighbors and visitors to learn about the transformative project at southeast corner of Common, which...

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BHAC Denies Front Design at 124 Chestnut St.

July 30, 2013
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BHAC Denies  Front Design at 124 Chestnut St.

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission denied the front-elevation design for a single-family house at 124 Chestnut St. without prejudice at its July 18 hearing, “with direction that the degree of replication be determined for design of the new building,” according to William Young, the city’s assistant director for historic districts. “The Commission directed only...

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Ross Against Fisher’s Plan on Expansion

July 9, 2013
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City Councilor Mike Ross is opposing Fisher College’s controversial plan to expand student housing in the Back Bay. “Fisher College is a proud institution with a long history, but ultimately, I don’t think increasing residential housing in the Back Bay is a smart move,” said Ross, who is stepping down as District 8 city...

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Residents Get a Sneak Preview of New Project

July 2, 2013
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Residents Get a Sneak Preview of New Project

The neighborhood got an exclusive look at the proposed redevelopment plan for the Government Center Garage at a June 24 meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. Boston-based developer HYM Investment Group LLC intends to raze major portions of the existing 11-story garage to clear the way for six new buildings, including a...

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Eye and Ear Seeks Public Support as It Eyes Expansion for Campus

June 11, 2013
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Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) is seeking the public’s support in securing the state legislation necessary for the proposed expansion of its Boston campus. According to hospital officials, MEEI intends to partner with Meridiam Infrastructure of New York City to build a six-level, approximately 1,000-space garage beneath two at-grade parking lots that the...

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