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Suffolk Outlines Campus Expansion

December 18, 2012
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More than 50 neighbors were in attendance at a public meeting Wednesday as Suffolk University officials outlined plans for the proposed campus expansion. Suffolk intends to erect a building at 20 Somerset St., with eight floors above grade and an additional two levels below the street. The new facility, housing 1,072 state-of-the-art general-purpose and...

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Petro Plans to Step Up Volunteer Work on Hill After Retirement

December 18, 2012
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When Donna Petro retires from her post as vice president of the Cambridge Trust Company at the end of December, she won’t be leaving Beacon Hill, but instead intends to step up her philanthropic efforts in the neighborhood. “I’ve had relationships with non-profits, and now, I’m thrilled to be doing volunteer work with them,”...

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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

December 11, 2012
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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

The Friends of the Public Garden is ushering in the holiday season with a series of return performances by the Back Bay Ringers at the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. “It’s a romantic holiday tradition to hear music played in the old-fashioned way with the ringing of the bells,” said Donna Petro, a...

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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

December 11, 2012
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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

Amid concerns about the precedent it would set for future residential development in the neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to oppose granting the variances necessary to convert a single-family home at 75 Hancock St. into two luxury condominiums. Brent Berc of Boston Real Estate Collaborative outlined...

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Massdot to Hold Hearing on Government Ctr. Project

December 11, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting on the MBTA Government Center Station Project on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at 100 Cambridge Street, Second Floor, Conference Rooms B, C, D, Boston. The MBTA project team will discuss the rehabilitation work...

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School Choice Decision Process Delayed Until January

December 11, 2012
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It looks as though a decision on how the city and Boston Public Schools will reorganize the school choice system for students and families will be delayed. Mayor Thomas Menino’s External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) was to make its recommendations to the Boston School Committee this month. The School Committee was to...

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Holiday Cheer

December 4, 2012
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Holiday Cheer

David Jones was out on Sunday decorating the lampposts on Joy Street as part of the annual Decorate the Hill event.

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Suffolk Plans Construction of $63M Classroom Facility

December 4, 2012
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Making good on a commitment to shift its student population away from Beacon Hill, Suffolk University is moving ahead with plans to build a new $62 million classroom facility in the Ashburton Place area while selling off two buildings on the Hill. “It’s very exciting project that’s historic in many ways because this is...

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DCR Changes Operator for Storrow Dr. Parking Lot

December 4, 2012
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced Monday that LAZ Parking is the winning bidder of a five-year permit for operation of the Charles River Reservation Storrow Drive parking lot – previously rented and used by Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. The winning bidder also promised more access to the lot in off...

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Developers Brief IAG on Nashua Street Residence Project

December 4, 2012
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Developers of a fairly large project in Beacon Hill briefed the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last Tuesday during the first meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) concerning the Nashua Street Residence project. This was the first meeting with the newly formed IAG since Avalon Bay took over the project in August from...

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