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WSANA Talks about SIFs, State Legislation and Marijuana

July 27, 2018
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State legislation was on the mind at the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) on Tuesday night, July 24, particularly a new item in the state Opioid legislation that potentially calls for the study or implementation of Safe Injection Sites (SIFs). SIFs have been a major issue in WSANA and the South End, as...
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City Officials say South End Development Surprised Them:Developers,Neighbors Disappointed over Harrison Delay to 2020

July 20, 2018
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City officials told a crowded room of Southenders on July 11 that the amount of development expected when new zoning was put into place in the Harrison-Albany Corridor in 2012 has far exceeded what they expected – making many of the traffic and infrastructure models in need of a revamp. The meeting saw the...
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Festival Betances Ready to Celebrate This Weekend

July 20, 2018
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The Latin flair comes in full view to the South End this weekend, when Festival Betances plays out its annual summer highlights with music, food, a greased pole climbing contest and kids activities in O’Day Park. IBA CEO Vanessa Calderon-Rosado said the plans are in place to celebrate the annual festival and to mark...
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Artist in Residence Program Colors the Parks This Summer

July 20, 2018
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Amidst a pile of Crayons, markers, paints and numerous pieces of card-stock paper canvasses, Juleen Jones has made her mark in a creative way on the kids and families that use parks throughout Boston – including Ringgold Park in the South End where she sets up every Thursday this month. Jones, an art major...
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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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