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New Developers Propose Hotel Use, Façade Renovation for Alexandra

July 14, 2018
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If all goes according to preliminary plans, a new team of developers could put the ‘hotel’ back in the Hotel Alexandra. JB Ventures and TLC Development, along with their architects from CBT, presented a new plan for the long-derelict Hotel Alexandra that includes developing a 150-room hotel on both parcels while saving the façade...
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New Interest in Alexandra Hotel Percolates through Neighborhood

July 7, 2018
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A Boston development company apparently has expressed an interest in developing the Hotel Alexandra on Washington Street in the South End, preserving its historic nature and developing it without any additional properties attached. JB Ventures (Eric Colavito) and TLC Development, both of Boston, have apparently approached the Landmarks Commission and City officials together about...
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Comeback Win: South End Library Sees Funding for Phase 2 Included in Budget

July 7, 2018
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Disappointment has turned to relief as a $400,000 promise has made it to print in Mayor Martin Walsh’s final Capital Budget. The Mayor’s Office, Councilor Ed Flynn and the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) confirmed that the once-missing commitment had now been included in the Capital Budget. There are two expenditures in...
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Wayfair.com Leases 400K Square Feet in Back Bay to Complement Copley HQ

July 7, 2018
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Wayfair.com confirmed that they have finalized a lease in the Back Bay to take 395,000 sq. ft. of office space in 500 Boylston/222 Berkeley St. – a move that would be in addition to their existing headquarters in Copley Square. Susan Frechette of Wayfair told the Sun that the new space will accommodate 4,000...
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Council, Advisory Board Vote for Pay Increases – Including Mayor

July 7, 2018
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The City Council voted 11-2 at its June 27 meeting to accept the mayor’s new ordinance that would raise the pay of several City employees, including the City Council and the mayor. The changes for mayor wouldn’t go into effect until after the next election in 2022. The changes for the City Council wouldn’t...
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Stats Show South End Bears Major Brunt of Region’s Services

June 28, 2018
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In some circles, the South End has been accused of being NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) when it comes to the fight against new and existing human services in the neighborhood. Most outside of the neighborhood are quick to jump on that bandwagon. But those inside the neighborhood have always contended that the...
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One Dalton Weeks Away from Topping off at 61 Floors

June 28, 2018
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Developers for the One Dalton project reported this week that they have reached the 60th floor of the building and are only weeks away from topping off the building at the 61st floor – transforming Boston’s skyline and adding a compatriot to the Prudential Tower only blocks away. The Four Seasons Hotel and Private...
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Pets Empower Looks to Prevent Barriers for Help in Recovery and Homelessness

June 21, 2018
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Ten years ago, one might have come across Jordan Ross on the streets of the South End  or the Back Bay – holding a sign reading he was homeless and needed help. At his side was his trusty and loyal black Labrador Retriever, Jazz. As great as Jazz was, Ross said his dog soon...
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New Traffic Lights on Washington Still Waiting for the ‘Green Light’

June 21, 2018
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Two new traffic-lights on Washington Street have been installed for several months, but have been dormant for quite some time without many answers. The lights are a conglomeration of City, state and electric company efforts that have become bogged down in permitting by Eversource electric company. Patrick Marvin, a spokesman for the state Department...
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Opiate Working Group: Newmarket Marijuana Proposal Could Protect South End

June 21, 2018
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A new proposal for a marijuana growing and processing facility in Newmarket could protect parts of the South End from any additional marijuana dispensaries, courtesy of Boston’s zoning amendment that prevents any dispensaries from being within a half-mile of one another. A zoning text amendment from Councilor Michael Flaherty a few years ago prevents...
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