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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

February 19, 2013
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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

After receiving approval for its proposed change of usage, the Charles Street Inn has cleared the last hurdle in its sale and will close its doors on April 16 to make way for short-term rental units, co-owner Louise Venden said. “It’s been a pleasure to run a business in such a fabulous neighborhood, where...

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BRA Approves Suffolk University Academic Building for Somerset St.

February 19, 2013
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Last Thursday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board unanimously approved Suffolk University’s plans to move forward with a new campus building at 20 Somerset St. that will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. The BRA determined that the building is in accord with the university’s...

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BHCA Expresses Concern with Proposed Citywide Arts Festival’s Impact

February 19, 2013
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In a formal letter to event organizers, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors expressed concern with the potential impact on the Boston Common of  “Outside the Box” – an inaugural citywide arts festival planned for July 12 to 21. Besides four locations on the Common, the proposed festival would bring programming...

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The Blizzard of 2013

February 12, 2013
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The Blizzard of 2013

In the  photo the Whitneys, Jordan (left) and Adam get a free ride from their parents Rob and marcy on Charles Street Saturday afternoon.

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Green light for Hancock Street apt. conversion

February 12, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the necessary zoning relief and variances to convert a lodging house at 61 Hancock St. into apartments. David Watson, the applicant and building owner, proposes changing the legal occupancy of the 20-person rooming house to “seven apartments plus...

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Fewer Taxpayers File for Abatements

February 12, 2013
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Despite an increase in prop-erty tax bills and assessed property values for fiscal year 2013 there have been fewer abatements filed so far this year when compared to 2010. The cutoff date to file abatement with the City of Boston’s Accessing Department was February 1 and to date only 2,200 abatements have been filed....

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Two Hill Residents Running for State Representative Seat

February 12, 2013
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Two Beacon Hill residents have announced their candidacies as Democrats in the race for State Rep. Marty Walz’s soon-to-be vacated seat. Jay Livingstone and Nils Tracy will both run for the 8th Suffolk District, which includes the Back Bay and portions of Beacon Hill, the West End and Cambridge. The primary election takes place...

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The Art of Fencing

February 5, 2013
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The Art of Fencing

Cody Waterfall, 10 gets a tip from Fencing Instructor Fritz Chang at the Hill House Fencing Clinic.

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The Heavy Winds on Last Wednesday Night

February 5, 2013
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The Heavy Winds on Last Wednesday Night

The heavy winds on last Wednesday night snapped this tree on Branch St. Cleanup crews had removed the tree by Thursday morning.

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61 Hancock St. to Be Before BHCA Zoning

February 5, 2013
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On Feb. 6, the owner      of 61 Hancock Street will appear before the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee, to present a proposal that includes changing the legal occupancy of this building from a 20-person lodging house to 7 apartments and 4 rooms. As the applicant states, the property near the corner...

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