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Tag Archives: Boston Redevelopment Authority

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

Affordable, Or Just Tiny?

Posted in Affordable Housing, Boston Development
Efforts to promote affordable housing in Boston are starting to sound like potato chip marketing, boasting “40% less fat” for a bag of chips that’s actually 40% smaller.  The Boston Redevelopment Authority is now authorizing apartment units as small as 450 square feet within one mile of public transit stops.  The problem, according to Boston’s chief planner, is… Continue Reading

BRA Approves $615M Project to Fill the Filene’s Crater

Posted in Boston Development
It looks like the 5-year-old hole in the ground where Filene’s used to sit in Downtown Crossing is finally going to be filled.  Last night, in a much anticipated vote, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the proposed Millennium Tower and Burnham Building.  The 1.2M square-foot project includes housing, office space, retail space, restaurant space, and a health club. … Continue Reading

More on the Kick-Start of the East Boston Waterfront

Posted in Boston Development
As reported here, the City of Boston has committed to kick-start redevelopment of the largely dormant East Boston waterfront with the construction of sewer and water lines and roadways.  Listen here for Radio Boston’s recent interview of two long-time players in Boston waterfront redevelopment, Vivien Li of The Boston Harbor Association and Rich McGuinness, Deputy Director of Waterfront Planning for the Boston… 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