Former Boston Globe Site Sold

Yesterday, the Boston Globe newspaper reported that its former newspaper property on Morrissey Boulevard:

“… officially sold Wednesday for $81 million to a partnership formed by Burlington-based developer Nordblom Co. and Boston private equity firm Alcion Ventures… Nordblom said it plans to convert the 16.5-acre site into a light industrial and office complex focused on technology and life sciences, along with restaurants, retail, and possibly a craft brewery… The Globe’s headquarters and newsroom moved in June to the Exchange Place tower at 53 State St. in downtown Boston. Its printing and distribution operations were relocated to a new facility in Taunton.”

Investigation Into Crime Ring Discovers Dozens Of Stolen Amazon Packages

Have you had packages stolen from your front porch? Local law enforcement may have found yours. Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General, announced earlier today (bold emphasis added):

“In connection with an extensive investigation into a criminal organization engaged in restaurant break-ins and property theft, state, Boston and local law enforcement have uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages and will return them today to ensure that they get back to shoppers before the weekend, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

This week, four individuals were arrested and arraigned in connection with a series of break-ins at restaurants in Quincy and Taunton, allegedly smashing cash boxes and forcibly ripping away safes. During the investigation, authorities uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages at one of the suspect’s homes… ason Geddes, 29, of Boston and Dharol Joyner, 33, of Boston, were arraigned yesterday in Quincy District Court in connection with a break-in and theft from a Wendy’s restaurant in Quincy on Dec. 14… While searching Joyner’s home, investigators uncovered dozens of unopened Amazon packages and boxes addressed to customers in Greater Boston. Investigators believe that Joyner stole these packages while working a part-time job as a delivery contractor…”

Investigations are still ongoing. Kudos to the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police.

Glover’s Corner Project Protested In Dorchester

The December 14th issue of DigBoston reported:

“… earnest technocrats at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly known as the BRA) still find it necessary to play the communitarian “public meeting” game when trying to sell bad deals that advance corporate interests to the working families who are all too often the targets of such deals… it’s nice to see that housing activists with the Dorchester Not For Sale coalition decided to crash a recent BPDA transit-oriented public meeting on its “PLAN: Glover’s Corner”—which is slated, among other things, to add hundreds of units of housing that will be mostly unaffordable to current Dot residents.”

“According to the Bay State Banner and the Dorchester Reporter, the Dorchester activists are taking a page from JP and Roxbury housing activists with the Keep It 100% for Egleston coalition who protested the larger BPDA PLAN: JP/Rox—which might ultimately involve thousands of units of new housing—until the city relented and mandated that 36 percent of the new units (and 40 percent overall, including units currently permitted for construction) must be affordable…”

The article cited an average medium income amount used by the City to define what “affordable” is, and the success of some activists to increase the number of affordable units in development projects. However:

“So while their activism raised the amount of “affordable” housing the BPDA planned to offer in the deal from 30 percent to 36 percent, it’s not going to help many people currently living in or near the affected neighborhoods to stay in the area unless the definition of affordable is changed to reflect economic reality. Given that fact, Mayor Marty Walsh’s much-vaunted progress on getting more affordable housing built on his watch is based largely on smoke and mirrors because much of it remains unaffordable to the people who need it most.”

Unfamiliar with the Glover’s Corner development project? You can learn more here.

Mayor Walsh Signs Plastic Bag Legislation

On Sunday, Mayor Martin Walsh signed legislation banning the usage of single-use plastic bags in Boston. The Boston Globe reported:

“Boston joins 59 other municipalities statewide and hundreds across the nation, including Seattle and Washington, D.C., in adopting a ban. It takes effect next December, giving stores and shoppers time to prepare… Walsh’s decision ends more than a year of debate over whether to eliminate disposable shopping bags and steer businesses and consumers toward reusable ones. The goal, supporters say, is to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic in the environment. Opponents included representatives of the paper and plastic industries as well as critics who say the measure will amount to a tax on the poor. “

Some Boston residents and CSHCA members are participating in a local bag-share program to provide Boston residents with reusable bags.

Christmas Decorations Sale on Saturday!

Joe Costa invites CSHCA members and neighbors to a Christmas Decorations Sale on Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at One Maryland Street. Available items include Christmas decorations, ornaments, wreaths, table linens, and china. Quality items at low, affordable prices! Cash sales only.

Update: South Bay Construction Schedule

What’s happening with the South Bay retail center? Below is a construction schedule update dated December 5, 2017 from Keith Hague, Vice President of Construction & Development, at EDENS (21 Custom House Street, Suite 450, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617.369.6609). Interested residents can read about the South Bay retail center at the Edens site, and/or follow Edens on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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CONSTRUCTION MILESTONES

December, 2017:

  • First retail tenant openings
    • Ulta: Now open
    • AMC: December 15th Star Wars release. Get your tickets online now! Theatre may open a few days prior
    • Nike: December 8th
    • Loft Outlet: December 8th
    • Starbucks: TBD
  • Boston Street & West Howell Street: Underground utilities complete
  • Enterprise Street (Lucy St. to Mass Ave): Complete

Spring 2018:

  • Start remaining off-site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub a Dub.)

Summer 2018:

  • Residential Building D and ground floor retail tenant openings
  • Complete off site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub-a-Dub.)

Fall 2018:

  • Residential Building C and ground floor retail tenant openings
  • Start construction of Hotel E Building
  • Completion of Jan Karski Way improvements from District Ave to Enterprise Street
  • Completion of Enterprise improvements from Jan Karski Way to Lucy Street

Summer 2019:

  • Completion of Hotel E Building

Tenant Announcements

  • JP Licks, Carter’s, Forever 21 Red, MidiCi (Neapolitan pizza), Wahlburgers, Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ), Title Boxing & Chipotle
  • Buildings A & B: Four remaining tenant spaces still to be announced
  • Buildings C&D: Six remaining tenant spaces still to be announced

Glover’s Corner Development: An Opportunity

At the December 4th General Meeting, a representative from the Glover’s Corner development project distributed a flyer, which read in part:

“PLAN: Glover’s Corner is an opportunity for the community and the City of Boston to think strategically about the future of Glover’s Corner.”

The area under study is huge, covering about 86 acres. Current land usage includes commercial (41%), residential (25%), industrial (17%), public/tax-exempt (14%), and mixed-use (2%). See the map below.

Visioning workshops held on May 18 and June 28, 2017 identified several neighborhood strengths (“cultural and economic diversity; close to Red Line transit; cross-roads of Dorchester; culturally diverse restaurants and local services”) and weaknesses (“lack of trees, green spaces, and places to gather; unsafe and hard to walk and bike; traffic and congestion; lack of access to certain services and amenities”). The workshop sessions also identified the highest priorities for the project:

    1. “Create housing for a range of incomes
    2. Plan for a climate-change resilient neighborhood”

Other top priorities identified:

  • “Create safe, walkable bike-friendly streets
  • Preserve and grow quality jobs
  • Improve transit options and connections
  • Provide support for local businesses
  • Support cultural diversity of the neighborhood
  • Create an active people-centric district through development”

To learn more, visit the Glover’s Corner Project at the Boston Planning & Development Agency site, and/or read the October 25, 2017 Land Use Workshop Presentation. A copy of the presentation is also available here (Adobe PDF; 11 MB).

Glovers corner boundaries. Boston Planning and Development Agency.

BFD: Christmas Tree Safety

Everyone wants to have a safe Christmas and holiday season. The Boston Fire Department posted the item below on its Twitter page:

You may have little as 15 seconds to flee once a dry tree starts burning. Watch this video on Youtube.