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Forum: Development Projects 08-16-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 38,414
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Jackson Square

Well, it looks like Urban Edge has finally abandoned the plans for the recreation center. Too bad, since this was one of the early promises of the redevelopment project to "knit together" the...
Forum: Development Projects 07-13-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,966
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Jamaica Plain Infill

I was a member of Stony Brook Cohousing, which had a purchase & sale agreement for the Blessed Sacrament Church. The plan was to develop 37 units (4 of those affordable), restore the exterior, and...
Forum: Development Projects 07-12-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,966
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Jamaica Plain Infill

Agreed. It's 100% affordable housing, so funding is a big issue. It's very rare to see significantly taller affordable buildings. Even that building near North Station that Related Beal built ("the...
Forum: Development Projects 06-14-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 35,548
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Roxbury parcels 9 & 10 | Melnea Cass Blvd | Roxbury

Web site for the apartment portion of this complex is live. They're calling it "The Melnea": https://www.livemelnea.com

1-bedroom, 687 sq ft apartments start at $2,625/mo and go up to over...
Forum: Development Projects 04-10-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 29,021
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

Lol. I went to a lot of the meetings that resulted in that lovely PDF. Nice ideas, but unlikely to be very relevant with the current mayor and the BPDA. I'm sure they'd want to do a new study rather...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-06-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,625
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Suspended Monorail

The challenge with any kind of overhead transport is the stations. (None of the photos posted so far show any stations!)

They need to get people to the ground, and that takes up *lots* of space...
Forum: Development Projects 01-31-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,899
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Jackson Square Phase III | Jamaica Plain

There's no new headhouse in this plan as far as I know. There is an existing MBTA repair facility that in the original master plan was going to be screened with small shops facing Centre St. The...
Forum: Development Projects 01-19-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 4,663
Views: 894,957
Posted By elemenoh
Re: The New Retail Thread

Askenazy said it would be more local, but their first new tenants were Uniqlo and Sephora, which just increased the generic mall ambiance. I miss the little shops that used to be upstairs in the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-19-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 508,987
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Biking in Boston

MassDOT has their Crash Portal which is easier to use than FARS but doesn't seem to include bike crashes unless they are with a motor vehicle. The data also lags by a couple of calendar years....
Forum: Development Projects 12-16-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,110
Posted By elemenoh
Re: PLAN: Dudley Square | Multiple Sites | Roxbury

Why can't the city get this level of commitment for affordable units elsewhere in the city?
Forum: Greater New England 11-17-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,465
Posted By elemenoh
Police Station | Provincetown, Massachusetts

New Police Station design was revealed at a select board meeting this week. It's $4M over budget (50% more than the expected $8M budget) and they haven't started the bid process yet...
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Forum: Development Projects 11-14-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 29,021
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

It was called "Auditorium" after the adjacent War Memorial Auditorium, which was renamed the Hynes Auditorium in the late 60s and then updated to Hynes Convention Center when it was renovated &...
Forum: Development Projects 11-13-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,025
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Goddard House | 201 S. Huntington | Jamacia Plain

Somehow I missed that this is a Samuels & Associates project. That raises my expectations for the final product.

The name is unfortunate and the marketing spew on the web site is rather...
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 14,522
Posted By elemenoh
Re: The Residences at Forest Hills | 3694 Washington Street | Jamaica Plain

And the retail spaces in these new buildings are HUGE. They don't work for small, neighborhood businesses and they're typically built before securing tenants.

Even the ones built by nonprofts...
Forum: Development Projects 10-16-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,025
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Goddard House | 201 S. Huntington | Jamacia Plain

They're still looking at extending the E Line as far as Canary Sq at the intersection of South Huntington & Centre St.

The right-of-way along S Huntington is so wide it can easily accommodate the...
Forum: Development Projects 08-18-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 31,347
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Flower Exchange Redevelopment | South End

One would think with such poor transit access that they'd do more bike infrastructure on the streets.
Forum: Development Projects 08-18-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 14,804
Posted By elemenoh
Re: The Aberdeen | 1650 Commonwealth Ave. | Brighton

Reminds me of a lot of Comfort Inns and cheap Marriott Courtyard hotels that I stayed in when I used to travel for work. One benefit for the tenants: They won't have to look at it when they're inside...
Forum: Development Projects 08-14-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 831,494
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Innovation Dist. / South Boston Seaport

That assumes people are actually living in the condo units. I expect a lot of them at these astronomical prices will be investment properties that aren't primary residences.

It will be interesting...
Forum: Development Projects 07-25-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 81,665
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Mission Hill (Re-)Development

I'm amazed this design made it through the historic district review. Nice that they saved the stone, but that Tremont St facade is rather odd given all the good design of its neighbors...
Forum: Development Projects 06-07-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 19,037
Posted By elemenoh
Re: MassMutual | 10 Fan Pier Blvd | Fan Pier Parcel E | Seaport

I don't get it when people complain about boats in a harbor. The Provincetown Marina folks have taken a disintegrating, underused pier and turned it into a nice harborfront marina:...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-22-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,277
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Solar Window Blinds

This is one of those products that seems nifty, but then you dig into it... the Kickstarter price was $85 for a blind and now they're selling them for $250 each. But they're not in production yet,...
Forum: Development Projects 05-18-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,808
Posted By elemenoh
Re: St. Francis House | 19-story mixed-income tower | Lagrange Street | Chinatown

The 48 Boylston St project is just a little 5-story building that will wrap around the existing Union building. It was approved back in 2015.

BDPA info:...
Forum: Development Projects 05-14-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4,164
Views: 1,116,036
Posted By elemenoh
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

What's with those weird street lights? They look like leftovers from the late-1980s po-mo design of the original Prudential Center arcades.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-04-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 508,987
Posted By elemenoh
Re: Biking in Boston

I've been digging down into the details of how the scores were calculated and there are a lot of questionable assumptions. I'll use Provincetown as an example since it's easier to parse:
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-04-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 508,987
Posted By elemenoh
PeopleForBikes City Ratings

PeopleForBikes (http://peopleforbikes.org/) released their first-ever City Ratings (https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org/) this week. It's a more data-driven approach than the Bike League's Bicycle...
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