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Tag Archives: BRA

Boston Redevelopment Authority 1957-2016 – RIP?

Posted in Boston Development
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced this week that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is not only changing its name, but changing its business practices and approach with¬†communities affected by the unprecedented real estate development boom Boston is currently experiencing.¬† The BRA’s new moniker is the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and will still be… Continue Reading

New Roxbury Project Sure Beats a Highway

Posted in Boston Development
Tremont Crossing, a project that recently filed for approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), is a $300 million mixed use development slated for construction on 8 acres of land on Tremont Street in Roxbury.  The project filing follows the groundbreaking of the Dudley Municipal Center and is proposed for a long-neglected but strategically located parcel that is an an important piece of the… Continue Reading

$500 Million Copley Place Residential Project Shadowed by Opposition

Posted in Boston Development, Legislation
Simon Property Group’s proposal to build a residential tower to complete the expansion of Copley Place was unanimously approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week.  At 47 stories and 800,000 square feet, Simon’s project will include 318 residential units (condominiums or rentals to be determined), and additional retail space (including an expanded Nieman Marcus), making it Boston’s… Continue Reading

Final Zoning For Harrison-Albany Corridor Poised For Approval

Posted in Zoning
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has proposed new zoning guidelines for the Harrison Avenue and Albany Street neighborhood in the South End (referred to as the Harrison-Albany Corridor).  The guidelines pave the way for significant redevelopment of the Corridor, which at full build-out is slated to total 10 million square feet of new development.  The Corridor is divided into… Continue Reading

Manna From Washington: FHFA’s Proposed Rule Carves Out HOA and BRA Transfer Fees

Posted in Miscellaneous, Policy
You could hear sighs of relief coming from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and thousands of homeowner associations (HOAs) last week when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that its new proposed rule on private transfer fee covenants does not affect the fees that HOAs and the BRA collect from homeowners when they re-sell their homes.  The details are in this FHFA Fact Sheet (pdf). … Continue Reading

Sunnier Days Ahead: Boston Streamlines Permitting For Solar Projects

Posted in Environmental, Renewable Energy
On December 15th, the Boston City Council approved a measure introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino that provides incentives to building owners to incorporate rooftop solar technologies.  The measure is the culmination of the three-year Boston Solar Initiative that produced a five-fold increase in the city’s solar capacity.  The primary incentives are a streamlined permitting process coupled with a reduced… Continue Reading