The BAIA has a full roster of items for their meeting on Thursday, April 4, including updates on a proposal to build a two-family and a three-family at 45-47 Murdock Street, Brighton. Meineke will be talking about their plans to add a bay to their garage at 11 Faneuil Street, Brighton. All this and more will be discussed at 7:30PM at the Elks, 326 Washington Street in Brighton Center.
“Noise from the Underground” is offering what may be a once in a lifetime chance to experience the art, music and “youthful consciousness” that animate the basements of Allston.
The website proclaims that the subterranean hipster-fest will be “drawing influences from music, advertisements, and the social and political issues we all face, from student loans and worldwide protests to occupying local bars on a nightly basis…”
Jeez, I was going to some of these watering holes in high school. Didn’t know I was part of an occupation. But this sounds like it could be a blast. Hit their site for info on how to attend.
Last night I encountered a coyote. This afternoon, three turkeys took a stroll through my yard.
The owner of Stone Hearth Pizza, which opened on Western Avenue last November, really likes his landlord, Harvard University. Meanwhile, some Allston residents aren’t happy with the university’s refusal to provide any plans at all for the Charlesview Apartments site it owns. The buildings will be cleared once residents can move into the relocated, and expanded, complex under construction by the Western Ave. Star Market/Shaws. What residents would like to see is an arts and cultural center, originally proposed in 2007, but Harvard is being cagey about that, too.
The MBTA has opted to lean on higher prices rather than service cuts to close its $160 million deficit. Bus rides will go from $1.25 to $1.50, trips on the subway from $1.70 to $2, and a combined monthly pass would jump from $59 to $70. There will be some service reductions, but none that will affect Allston Brighton. The 64, 501 and 503 were spared. The MBTA board must still must approve this plan, but that is almost certain. The drama over T funding is not over, though, and next year’s legislative session looks to be an important one for T users.
An office building in the shape of a shoe will be one of the highlights of New Balance’s plan for its fourteen acres along Guest Street, adjacent to the Mass. Pike. (Globe article may be behind paywall). The company filed its plan with the city earlier this week. Other elements include a 175-room hotel, a sports facility open to the public that might include venues for track and ice hockey, and additional office space. Restaurants and retail will be weaved into different parts of the project. What this all adds up to is 1.4 million square feet of building in structures ranging from roughly nine to twenty stories.
How will people get there? Some of them will drive and leave their car in one of the 1750 parking spaces. Other than that, the plan is vague. A commuter rail stop is mentioned, but in a context of listing all the obstacles to it. Which leaves the bus. Routes 64 and 86 stop at the site but neither runs that frequently. New Balance currently provides shuttle vans to Harvard Square and Kenmore Square during rush hour and is the quickest way to connect to the subway.
When is this going to happen? Spring 2013 is projected for the start of construction. Lots of questions to ask, details to be discussed, many meetings sure to follow.
The Brighton Allston Historical Society focuses on the past, and today they will make money by selling it. The annual Allston Brighton Flea Market is today from 10AM to 2PM at the Smith Senior Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton.
The student assignment process for Boston’s public schools will be the topic at a meeting the school department is holding this morning at 11. It will be held at the Jackson Mann School in Union Square. A new plan is being devised, and they want to hear from parents.
Visit their website, www.bostonpublicschools.org/choice, for more information and to send feedback online.
From this past weekend:
Katy Love @ktlove Close
OH last night on Brighton in Allston “Where are we? Are we in the North End?” Wonder if they’ve sobered up yet, cause dang, that’s drunk.
Sarah Groh @sarahgroh
It’s barely noon & #allston already looks like a sh*tshow – as it should be! #stpatricksday #bostonpride