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John P. Dumas

John P. Dumas, the Business Manager of Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, represents more than 7,000 electrical and telecommunication members in the Greater Boston area.

A 38 year member of Local 103, Dumas is a seasoned and experienced leader. Along with serving as 103’s business manager for the past 2 years and its president for 18 years prior to that, Dumas has served the union in a number of leadership roles, including business agent, member of the union’s executive board and trustee of the health, annuity, pension, LMCT and JATC funds. He also has served as a member of numerous contract negotiation teams, playing a pivotal role in several major contracts governing members’ benefits.

Throughout his career he has shown a keen interest in nurturing younger union officers in preparation for leadership roles in the future, and his leadership style has always been one of inclusion and accessibility to all members.


Former Lynn Hotel Acquired For $6.1M

Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
July 26, 2016

M&M Gloss Realty Co. has acquired the apartment complex at 16 Newhall St. in Lynn for $6.1 million.

NAI Hunneman’s Carl Christie, Robert Tito and Dan McGee represented the seller, 16 Newhall St LLC, and procured the buyer.

The 55-unit apartment building was on the market for about 60 days and attracted 10 offers, Christie said.

The 48,768-square-foot structure was built in 1873 as the Beaconsfield Hotel. The buyer acquired the property as part of a 1031 exchange, Christie said. The seller is looking to acquire larger multifamily properties in Lynn, after having acquired a 111-unit property on Beach Road in 2015.

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JP Multifamily Proposal Would Exceed Affordable Guidelines

Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
July 26, 2016

The latest in a series of multifamily developments near the MBTA’s Forest Hills station would add 260 apartments and townhouses to a 2.1-acre site at Washington Street and Arborway.

Criterion Development Partners plans three wood-framed buildings built atop a one-story garage containing 126 parking spaces, according to a letter of intent filed last week with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The land is currently occupied by approximately 300 surface parking spaces.

Without specifying a number, Criterion Principal John Englert wrote that the affordable housing allocation on site would exceed the city’s recently-updated inclusionary development policy. The policy requires developers to reserve at least 13 percent of all units in a multifamily project as affordable housing or pay into a fund to support the generation of affordable housing in the surrounding neighborhood. In Jamaica Plain, the fee is $300,000 per unit.

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Here comes Eataly. And more intel from one of Boston’s biggest landlords

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
July 27, 2016

eatalyOffice giant Boston Properties is one of the biggest landlords in Boston. So when they talk, we listen for insights and updates on the region’s commercial real estate scene.

Company executives spoke with analysts for more than an hour Wednesday after releasing second-quarter earnings, and dropped a few tidbits of news about Boston. Here are a few highlights:

Eataly is coming—just in time for Thanksgiving. The Boston outpost of Mario Batali’s Italian food emporium will open in November at the Prudential Center, said Boston Properties executive Bryan Koop. Buildout of the restaurant, which is replacing the Pru food court, is nearly complete, and the eatery is advertising dozens of jobs.

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What could Brookline’s ninth elementary school look like?

The Boston Globe | By Ellen Ishkanian
July 29, 2016

brookline schoBROOKLINE — After more than three years of considering nearly 30 locations across town, Brookline residents got a first look Tuesday at architects’ renderings of what a ninth elementary school might look like at the three locations on the final list.

Architect Jonathan Levi of Jonathan Levi Architects, reviewed conceptual drawings of plans that would add an additional school at the Baker School site in South Brookline; build a school at the Baldwin School site in Chestnut Hill that might, or might not, incorporate the existing 1920s building into the design; or convert the Stop & Shop in Brookline Village into a mixed-use complex with a school and grocery store co-existing on the same site.

The presentation was made before a joint session of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, where there was a standing room-only crowd in the meeting room and more residents watching on video monitors in another room.

Many in attendance were Brookline Village residents concerned that officials were considering buying the Stop & Shop and closing it to make room for a school.

Their fears were quickly allayed by selectmen Chair Neil Wishinsky who made it clear his board would never vote to close the market.

“We have stated publicly that none of us is in favor of a plan where the net result is no full-service supermarket,” he said. “That is not going to happen.”

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Milton committee calls for $25 million fire station project

The fire station study committee is recommending building two new fire stations and replacing portions of a third

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
July 27, 2016

MILTON – Rebuilding much of one fire station, constructing a replacement adjacent to a current one, and building a new station at a new location are the recommendations of the town’s fire station study committee. Committee Chairman Stephen Morash outlined the committee’s plan at Tuesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. He said the present three stations don’t meet the department’s space or operational needs. The recommendations, which were drawn up based on a facilities study done by the architectural firm of Kaestle Boos Associates of Foxboro, would:

Maintain and renovate the original section of fire headquarters, which was built in 1878, and build a new section with larger apparatus bays.

Build a new station next to the Atherton Street Fire Station, and maintain the present building, constructed in 1901.

Relocate the present East Milton Fire Station to the site of the Milton Art Center on Edge Hill Road and then relocate the art center into the present fire station after renovations. Morash said the art center site is the only town-owned property in the area large enough to accommodate a fire station.

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Folly Hill could see 700 more units

Owner marketing 76 acres of wooded land for major housing development

The Salem News | By Arianna MacNeill
July 27, 2016

BEVERLY — A 76-acre swath of land off Route 128 at Folly Hill could be developed, potentially adding nearly 700 apartments and condos to the city’s housing stock.

The land, a wooded area valued at about $3.7 million, according to city assessors records, runs along Trask Lane, meeting up with the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club on one end and also abuts neighborhoods on Walcott Road, Friend Street and Sunset Drive. It also meets the Danvers town line.

Two existing residential complexes — The Folly Hill Meadows Apartments and Apple Village — would also be close by any new development there.

Dubbed “The Residences at Folly Hill,” owner Abbott Reeve hired CBRE/New England Capital Markets Team to market the land.

No selling price was put on the land; the property could be sold in its entirety or in pieces, according to a brochure from CBRE.

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Woburn City Council balks at UPS proposal

Wicked Local Woburn | By Linda Kush
July 26, 2016

WOBURN- The Woburn City Council at its July 19 meeting cast a shadow over plans by UPS to use an industrial building at the corner of Sixth Road and New Boston Street as a warehouse and distribution center.

The shipping company asked the council for a special permit to expand the building and put it to a nonconforming use. “This will help during the holiday season so the trucks don’t have to go back and forth to Chelmsford,” said Joseph Tarby, the attorney representing UPS, referring to the company’s nearby large distribution center.

The plan calls seven to 15 tractor-trailers and 45 package delivery trucks to drive to and from the facility and would be staffed by some 60 to 65 employees, Monday through Friday, around the clock.

Tarby said the building had been used for warehousing and distribution in the past, and the use was allowed by special permit. “If it wasn’t UPS, some other warehouse operation could go in there,” said traffic engineer Vinod Kalikiri, representing UPS.

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Questions raised over proposed rehab facility

Taxpayer groups want public hearing to examine if facility truly needed

The Salem News | By Paul Leighton
July 26, 2016

BEVERLY — A proposed $23 million short-term rehabilitation facility planned for Sohier Road is coming under increased scrutiny from the public and state regulators.

At least three groups have registered with the state in order to raise questions about the proposal and its impact on existing nursing facilities on the North Shore.

The “Ten Taxpayer Groups,” as they are called, have asked the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to hold a public hearing to discuss whether the facility is needed.

Raymond Cryan, a volunteer patient advocate for North Shore Elder Services and a member of one of the taxpayer groups, said a new short-term center could affect current facilities that are already having trouble filling beds.

Cryan said nursing homes rely on the revenue from more profitable short-term care to subsidize the cost of long-term stays for lower-income residents.

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Mattapan Station development moves forward with MBTA nod

Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
July 25, 2016

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board today approved the ground lease at Mattapan Station to the partnership of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation and the Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH). Nuestra and POAH will be developing a mixed-used project, including affordable housing and commercial space, in the long-underutilized River Street parking lot next to the station.

The transit-oriented development is projected to include 135 units of housing, 69 of which are described as affordable, and 12,000 square feet of commercial space. Given its proximity to transit junctions, the site must include 50 parking spaces reserved for commuters.

Mark Boyle, assistant general manager of real estate and asset development at the MBTA, briefed the press and public on two long-term leases considered by the board Monday. Along with the Mattapan lease, the board approved a lease of surplus land at Beverly Depot.

“It transforms a parking lot that isn’t generating us much revenue and is costing us from a maintenance perspective, to a more productive use,” Boyle said of the Mattapan project.

Two proposals were considered for the lot, “which you can see on an average daily basis sits quite empty,” Boyle said. Trinity Financial Inc. backed the only other offer for the lot, proposing a mixed-used development with 267 units of housing and 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

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70 apartments to go next to Beverly MBTA garage

Winning bid includes plan for retail space on ground floor

The Salem News | By Arianna MacNeill
July 25, 2016

bevBEVERLY — A 70-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space is planned for the empty lot in front of the MBTA parking garage.

The MBTA chose Barnat Development of Boston as the winning bidder to develop 112 Rantoul St.; the competing bid came from Beverly Crossing, a Windover Development company that already has a handful of projects in the area.

Barnat plans to sink about $20 million into the project. The company plans to begin the local permitting process this fall, according to a news release.

Roughly 3,000 square feet is planned for retail space on the ground floor with an adjacent lobby and amenities for the residents. The retail space could become “a café or gourmet food store to serve the needs of neighbors and commuters that utilize the Beverly Depot (train station),” according to a press release from Barnat.

The upper five floors will be include “luxury” studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, some with decks. The MBTA garage will be used for the residents’ parking, the release said. Twelve percent of the apartments will be affordable, as required by a city ordinance.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will continue to own the property through a 99-year lease.

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Developer plays another tune for piano factory site

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
July 26, 2016

pianoA Boston company is switching development plans for a former South End piano factory to a mixed-use building with 18 residential condos.

Holland Development again reworked its proposal for The Factory at 46 Wareham after running into construction and cost issues that require demolishing the entire 19th-century warehouse. A new six-story, 64,530-square-foot building would have three floors of condos atop three floors of retail and office space.

The new plans are more in keeping with the neighborhood’s direction, partner John Holland said: “This neighborhood is becoming a mixed-used neighborhood and not just solely all commercial.”

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Salem City Council OKs lease but has concerns

City Hall Annex to move to 90 Washington St.

The Salem News | By Dustin Luca
July 22, 2016

SALEM — The City Council has signed off on a 20-year lease to move the City Hall Annex to the Red Lion Shop building, which is across the street from City Hall.

While the approval, made in two separate votes this week, is a major step for the project, it came with a series of objections to and suggestions for how the space will be used.

The council voted 9-2 to authorize Mayor Kim Driscoll to sign a 20-year lease with Nine Zero Washington LLC — the ownership arm of the Red Lion building at 90 Washington St.

Preliminary plans show city departments that are currently housed at the annex at 120 Washington St. will fill the second and third floors of the new building.

Most of the first floor would go to private tenants like Red Lion Smoke Shop, but the city would have two meeting rooms — one comparable in size to the City Council chambers in City Hall — as well as stairs and an elevator to the upper floors.

City councilors-at-large Tom Furey and Elaine Milo both objected to the lease. Furey took notable exception to its length (20 years).

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Doctors offices coming to old Pilgrim Lanes

Eagle Tribune | By Peter Francis
July 13, 2016

HAVERHILL — An arm of Anna Jaques Hospital is coming to the former Pilgrim Lanes bowling center — and bringing doctors offices to the property.

The owners of Pilgrim Lanes have sold the property at 600 Primrose St. for $1.5 million to the Newburyport hospital, which plans to build a 30,000-square-foot medical office complex.

Construction for the project will begin later this summer, with the opening slated for the fall of 2017.

The property was purchased by Haverhill Mob, LLC., a joint venture between the hospital and the project’s developer, Murphy McManus of Needham. The developer is working with the city’s Building Department on permits for the complex, according to William Pillsbury, economic development and planning director for the city.

Pillsbury said he is excited to see the development in the city’s Upper Acre neighborhood.

“As with any development project, this will result in new jobs and growth in the city’s tax base,” he said.

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PROJECT TRACKER: What’s happening with the Volpe site in Cambridge?

Wicked Local Cambridge | By Natalie Handy
July 20, 2016

The Plan

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the federal Department of Transportation are hoping to convert the existing John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center’s 14-acre campus in Kendall Square — composed of six buildings built in the 1960s — into a new state-of-the-art facility of up to 400,000 gross square feet for up to 1,300 personnel and parking spaces.

In 2014, the GSA announced their plan to redevelop the Volpe site, and through a competitive bidding process, will select a development partner to construct a new building for the Volpe Center, according to a memo from the Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD)

The new center will serve Volpe’s research needs and improve its connection to the surrounding community, according to the memo. “In exchange, Volpe will transfer ownership of the remainder of the parcel to the selected developer, who will work with the city to develop a mixed-use project on the remainder of the site according to the city’s zoning and review processes for large projects.

GSA is aiming to release a request for proposals from developers this spring,” the memo said.

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As Globe deal emerges, car magnate returns with new plan for key Morrissey site

Dorchester Reporter | By Bill Forry
July 19, 2016

herb chambersAs news on a new agreement to sell the 16-acre Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard continues to break, car magnate Herb Chambers – who owns an abutting property that could prove to be a lynchpin in still-emerging redevelopment plans on Columbia Point – is re-emerging as an important player in what comes next.

Chambers told community leaders last week that he will scrap earlier plans to convert a defunct TV station studio site into a used car lot and instead build a massive new building on the property, which sits right next to the Boston Globe plant.

The new Chambers plan calls for an 80,000-square foot, five-story building that will house a dealership selling Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, with large showroom windows facing the Southeast Expressway. The proposal is dramatically larger than Chambers’s initial plan for 75 Morrissey Blvd., which would have housed pre-owned BMW vehicles and service bays by re-purposing the existing building on the site. That plan won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority after a community review process in 2013.

However, Chambers never followed through on that plan. Despite initial assurances that construction would begin in 2014, he and his representatives went silent on their next moves for more than a year until finally telling the Reporter in April 2015 that the project had run into “certain unanticipated complications in regard to engineering issues at this site.” The delay, according to a Chambers spokesman, was related to “excessive groundwater and utility easement issues.”

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