Skating Club - Lincoln Street project meeting

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a Public Meeting regarding
The Skating Club of Boston,
176 Lincoln Street
Wednesday, January 29th, 6:00PM
The Skating Club of Boston
1240 Soldier’s Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
Project Proponent: The Skating Club of Boston
Project Description: The Proposed Project includes the development of an
approximately 190,000 square foot skating facility with associated parking and
loading space on an approximately 5.2 acre site at 176 Lincoln Street in the Allston
neighborhood of Boston.
Close of Comment Period: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BOSTON, MA 02201

Harvard Construction Meeting - January 22

The Allston Construction Mitigation Subcommittee met on this past Monday (1/6) to discuss issues related to the Barry's Corner development.  Several community members attended to ask questions and express concerns about construction worker parking, truck routes through the neighborhood, rodent control plans, and the City's permitting process for hours of operation.  Good information was shared by the developer, but many questions remain and new issues were raised that will require additional follow-up.

The next meeting of the subcommittee will be Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Honan Allston Branch Library.

Continuing and new issues to be discussed at the next meeting, include:
  • developer responsibility for rodent control in the neighborhood
  • cost of parking for construction workers and vehicle identification system/process
  • process for neighborhood input into overtime work hours/days
  • update on Swiss Baker's dumpster location and maintenance
  • design of construction screening fence (artwork? mural?, etc.)
  • names of all subcontractors working for Samuels/Harvard development for identification purposes
  • follow-up on long-term requirements for Charlesview barrier/fence 
  • traffic lights and surveillance cameras
These meeting are important to continue to ensure neighborhood involvement in the Barry's Corner construction.  All are welcome.  Please join us.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Ed Kotomori
Construction Mitigation Subcommittee Chairman

First look into new Allston Rock City Hall at Studio 52

New performance space coming to Everett Street

First look into new Allston Rock City Hall at Studio 52 | BDCwire:
Allston Rock City Hall, the new performance hall named for its neighborhood’s longtime moniker, is almost set to, well, rock. Here’s a peek inside the space when it’s all shiny and new, before it’s covered in sweat and blood and whatever other liquids go along with rock and roll.

A slice of Allston transformed - The Boston Globe

A slice of Allston transformed - Metro - The Boston Globe
"The grungy old industrial garages and warehouses that lined two blocks in Allston have vanished. In their place: 200 new, luxury, ecofriendly apartments, 100 more opening soon, with one-bedroom units going for up to $2,100 a month. The tenants include doctors, lawyers, and computer engineers."

Allston rail yard is ripe for growth - The Boston Globe

Great story in today's Globe by Paul McMorrow about the potential of the now-empty rail yard.
Allston rail yard is ripe for growth - Opinion - The Boston Globe:
"BEACON PARK Yard is as forlorn a place as there is in Boston today. The old Allston rail yard — sandwiched between the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Charles River, and Boston University — used to be a major freight hub for CSX. That was before the shipping giant pulled up stakes last year and traded Allston for a new freight terminal in Worcester. Now the Harvard-owned yard sits in silence, a maze of rusting railroad sidings sprawling over 140 acres of concrete, covered in a tangle of Turnpike lanes, ramps, and tollbooths. It’s a desolate place. But it also could become the site of Boston’s next great building boom."

Former A/B State Rep. Brian Golden appointed acting head of BRA
"Former state representative Brian P. Golden was appointed acting director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority this afternoon in a surprise announcement e-mailed to staff by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s new administration. 
Golden represented Allston-Brighton in the State House from 1999 to 2005, overlapping with Walsh’s time in the House. Several years ago, he was appointed to the post of BRA executive director."
From David S. Bernstein
Clarification: contrary to initial reports, this is not an appointment per se; this is a procedure set in place by law to give the person in Golden's position authority at BRA while the director position is unfilled.