BPDA Approves Project of 29 Rental Units at 3409 Washington St.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved a new development of 29 rental units at 3409 Washington St. The BPDA's board approved the project that will replace a surface parking lot used for storing towed cars during its monthly meeting on Thursday. The project is a four-story apartment building with 29 rental units and six of those would be income-restricted. The building would have rooftop solar panels, a dedicated bike room, ground floor parking for seven cars, and the ground floor will be a dedicated community space. The approved plan includes 14 studio units, eight one-bedroom units, and seven two-bedroom units, according to documents filed with the BPDA.

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Seniors Lead Grinch-Like Protest Against Turtle Swamp Brewing and Landlord

Dozens of seniors protested against Turtle Swamp Brewing and its landlord before the weekend to drop their legal opposition to a city-approved plan for 38 units of affordable senior housing. Seniors carried signs and chanted slogans during Friday's cold weather to protest area landlord Monty Gold and the brewing company who filed lawsuits against the project at 3371 Washington St. The project is next to the brewery, whose landlord is Gold. The rally was organized by Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) and City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU). The lawsuit inspired a Boston zoning code amendment by District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley and District 8 City Councilor Kenzie Bok to remove parking
minimums for affordable residential developments where at least 60% of the units are income-restricted at 100% Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

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Doyle’s Cafe Project Approved By BPDA; New Restaurant, Housing, Commercial Space Coming

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved a project that will encompass the shell of the historical Doyle's Cafe building. The BPDA tweeted about it yesterday. The proposed project includes a renovation of the old Doyle's building, and a roof deck would be added. The interior could fit 100 people (post-COVID), and 100 more on the deck, which elevators would be added to make it ADA compliant. Lee Goodman of WaterMark Development has said that there would be murals in the same style of the ones that adorned the walls of the original Doyle's.

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Update Meeting: Doyle’s Cafe Project on Sept. 23

There will be a virtual public meeting about the proposed project on the site of the shuttered Doyle's Cafe on Sept. 23. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting the meeting about the project located at 3478-3484 Washington St. The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussing the project. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A and comments from the public.

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Burnett Street Garden and Park Now Open on Once Polluted Site

A ribbon cutting was recently held for the Burnett Street Garden and Park, which was funded as part of a community benefits agreement with a developer. The park area includes a walking path with benches, picnic tables, a shaded structure, along with shrubbery, trees, and green space. The community garden has 28 raised beds, including four ADA raised beds, with a water supply and stone dust paths. In total, the park has 11,600 sq. ft.

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