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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 37 year member of Local 103, Dumas is a seasoned and experienced leader. Along with serving as 103’s president for the past 18 years, Dumas 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.


Another Everett hotel to open before Wynn resort

The Boston Globe | By John Laidler
April 28, 2016

everett hotelAs Everett awaits the development of Steve Wynn’s planned $2 billion casino resort on the Mystic River, another company has begun construction of the city’s first hotel in decades.
Public officials and business leaders recently took part in a groundbreaking for the 101-room enVision Hotel Boston Everett at 1834 Revere Beach Parkway, about 2 miles from the site of the future casino.

The hotel is being developed by rehabilitating an existing 94-year-old factory building. Needham-based Global Vision Hotels is developing the project.

The upscale, boutique hotel will be a big contrast to the Prescott House, a former family hotel that continues to operate as a hostel and for long-term stays on Church Street, according to Everett City Clerk Michael Matarazzo. The Prescott House is currently being renovated, Matarazzo said.

“We will be catering to the business and leisure traveler who is looking for a unique, local experience,” Gautam Sharma, president of Global Vision Hotels, said by e-mail.

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Downtown Crossing tower submitted

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
April 29, 2016

dtownThe Boston Redevelopment Authority will launch a public review of a 59-story tower at One Bromfield in Downtown Crossing, after Midwood Investment and Development filed details of the project Thursday.

Midwood is proposing a 705-foot, 59-story tower that would put one of Boston’s tallest buildings at the corner of Bromfield and Washington streets, with an “iconic impression” on the skyline and a streetscape that “blends the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.”

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Braintree residents unhappy with development proposal

A Boston developer is considering seeking town approval for 86 multi-family housing units in Braintree Square.

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
April 29, 2016

BRAINTREE – Residents in the Braintree Square area don’t want to see a large-scale, multi-family development in their neighborhood.

Nearly 150 residents packed a meeting Thursday night of the North Braintree Civic Association at the Thayer Public Library to voice their concerns about the development plans.

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said so far no plans have been filed by Boston-based Holland Construction and he doesn’t expect any in the near future.

The company purchased 2.4 acres of land off Washington Street and Storrs Avenue more than three years ago and is considering plans to develop it. Kelly Moore, the association’s president, said he has met with Paul Holland of the company recently, with the session arranged by Sullivan.

Moore said Holland is considering building 76 apartments in a three-story building with an underground parking garage on the site of the closed auto body shop adjacent to the square’s municipal parking lot.

Moore said the plans call for 11 townhouse condominiums to be built on an area now used for parking by the Archbishop Williams High School athletic complex and Temple B’nai Shalom.

Access to the apartment building would be from both Washington Street and Storrs Avenue, Moore said.

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F.W. Webb to file new, alternative plan

Company threatens may leave Salem if alternate expansion plan fails to win approval

The Salem News | By Dustin Luca
April 28, 2016

SALEM — F.W. Webb has pulled out of a stakeholders committee tasked with arriving at a compromise version of the company’s controversial expansion project on Bridge Street.

In a letter to Mayor Kim Driscoll, Robert Mucciarone, the company’s chief operating officer, said it will instead submit an alternative plan to the City Council, taking into account the neighbors’ concerns. If that fails to win approval, he indicated, F.W. Webb may move out of Salem.

Mucciarone blasted neighborhood opponents, saying many of their claims were “not factual or exaggerated at best” in their “relentless drive to destroy our proposal.”

“They will carry that attitude to any committee you propose,” he said.

Mucciarone specifically objected to “total misrepresentation by a neighbor of a pending compromise with Webb. … Days later, the stakeholder group is being pirated by the Federal Street Neighborhood Association.

“To say the least, I’m disappointed with the city of Salem as a whole,” he said. “The process should include all citizens and representatives and should not be abducted by a select minority.”

Mucciarone said the company believes “most of the residents of the city want Webb to remain as a vibrant business in Salem. Very few don’t.”

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Residents cool to Harborlight 40B housing project in Hamilton

The Salem News | By Amanda Ostuni
April 28, 2016

HAMILTON — While the future of an affordable housing project in Wenham is still uncertain, Harborlight Community Partners has now initiated a public discussion about a potential similar housing project in neighboring Hamilton.

Approximately more than 100 people filled a hall at Christ Church on Asbury Street in Hamilton Thursday night for what was the first public forum to discuss a 108-unit development on Longmeadow Way, between Hamilton-Wenham High School and Ortins Road.

Harborlight, a Beverly-based nonprofit that aims to provide more housing opportunities for moderate- and low-income people throughout the North Shore, hosted the discussion.

“The intent was to give neighbors and abutters a chance to speak before we have any serious design work done to get feedback and questions, so we can be responsive to that as we head into the more serious part of the due diligence process,” said Andrew DeFranza, Harborlight’s executive director, just before the meeting.

Since it was such a preliminary meeting and the Harborlight team has not yet done much research on the site in terms of the potential effects on traffic and the schools, DeFranza did not have all the answers for everyone’s questions that night, which frustrated residents.

One abutter, Eric Sabo, questioned this issue early on in the discussion.

“Shouldn’t you have done this research before proposing a major development?” asked Sabo, who lives on Ortins Road. “It seems like it’s being done backwards. You just recently sent a survey done, shouldn’t it have been done sooner?”

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Co-working company MakeOffices charts expansion behind funding from developer

Boston Business Journal | By Andy Medici
April 28, 2016

Arlington-based co-working company MakeOffices is planning to open more locations the D.C. area, Chicago and Philadelphia, and is also looking at opportunities in New York City.

MakeOffices has been expanding at a rapid clip recently, opening its first locations in Chicago and Philadelphia over the last few months. The company will also hit seven locations in the D.C. area soon, with a Logan Circle location opening this fall and one in Clarendon in 2016.

MakeOffices has been expanding at a rapid clip recently, opening its first locations in Chicago and Philadelphia over the last few months. The company will also hit seven locations in the D.C. area soon, with a Logan Circle location opening this fall and one in Clarendon in 2016.

The company is also looking to expand in Boston, although it hasn’t yet disclosed plans on where it would move or when a space would open.

Fueling this fast expansion is $7 million in funding made in late 2014 from D.C.-based MRP Realty and other investors, including EagleBank CEO and founder Ron Paul as part of his role as chairman of the venture capital firm Bethesda Investments Inc.

“We are making a big push,” MakeOffices CEO Raymond Rahbar said in an interview. “We see tremendous opportunities to grow in all three cities.”

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Boston Properties: Suburban Tenant Demand Accelerating

Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
April 28, 2016

Boston Properties expects to break ground soon on commercial developments in Cambridge and Waltham based upon strong tenant interest in its pre-approved sites.

As it nears completion of the 245,000-square-foot 10 CityPoint in Waltham, including the new headquarters for Sperry and Stride-Rite parent Wolverine Worldwide, the Boston-based REIT could break ground this year on 20 CityPoint, a similarly designed office and retail building overlooking Route 128. The timing depends upon leasing activity, executives said during a conference call to discuss first-quarter earnings.

Leasing velocity in the Waltham-Lexington market has accelerated in recent months, driven by expansion by life science tenants already in the market, President Doug Linde said. Prospective tenants have submitted more than 500,000 square feet of proposals in recent months for the suburban portfolio, which includes the 1-million-square-foot Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham.

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Millennium Partners lands another Caffè Nero in Downtown Crossing

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
April 27, 2016

cafe nerroMillennium Partners has leased a space in Downtown Crossing’s historic Burnham Building to Caffè Nero, a European coffee house, which will bring the 335,000-square-foot commercial space at the building and the adjacent Millennium Tower to full occupancy.

The coffeeshop will be located on Summer Street less than half a mile from Downtown Crossing’s first Caffè Nero, which is located at the base of Millenium Place, another high-end condominium complex developed by Millennium Partners. Caffè Nero also has locations in Jamaica Plain, the South End and the Longwood Medical area.

The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that Old Navy has leased a 29,000-square-foot space at the Burnham Building that will stretch over two floors facing Washington Street.

Caffè Nero and Old Navy will join local grocery chain Roche Brothers, as well as Primark, the Dublin-based discount fashion retailer that opened a four-level store at the Burnham Building – its first U.S. location — last year. Millennium has also announced that award-winning chef Michael Mina plans to open Pabu Boston, a Japanese izakaya, on the first and second levels of Millennium Tower.

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Greater Boston construction employment continues hot streak

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
April 27, 2016

g bosFor the third month running, employment in Greater Boston’s construction trades industry grew by 10 percent.

A metro-by-metro report released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that the Boston, Cambridge and Newton metropolitan area added 5,500 construction, mining and logging jobs in March compared to the year prior. That’s a 10 percent increase year-over-year, with the area reaching a total of 62,200 construction trades workers compared to 56,700 the year prior.

Construction employment in Greater Boston and Massachusetts has been on a hot streak since the start of the year, with the AGC reporting double-digit year-over-year increases in employment numbers. Boston itself is among the largest building booms in the city’s history, as seen in the Business Journal’s Crane Watch live map.

Ken Simonson, the chief economist for the AGC, said that more than two-thirds of the 358 metro areas the organization tracks added construction jobs in March. Construction employment increased in 244 of 358 metro areas, held flat in 44 and declined in 70 this March.

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MBTA selects developers for North Quincy mixed-use complex

The Boston Globe | By John Laidler
April 26, 2016

The MBTA has selected two firms to lease land at the North Quincy Red Line station for a mixed-use development that calls for housing, retail space, and a new parking garage. The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board unanimously approved granting lease rights to the joint venture of Maryland-based Bozzuto Development and Hingham-based Atlantic Development, according to the transit agency.

The bid was one of three considered by the MBTA to carry out its goal of a transit-oriented development that would spur economic growth while also generating revenue for the MBTA.

The agency had invited bids last July. Bozzuto/Atlantic’s offer, contingent on the developer receiving local permits, would pay the MBTA approximately $230 million over the course of a 99-year lease.

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Southie power plant fetches big price

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
April 26, 2016

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The power plant that looms over South Boston sold Tuesday for $24.25 million, according to Suffolk County property records.

A partnership of development firms Hilco Global and Redgate Partners closed on its purchase of Exelon Corp.’s New Boston Generating Station at the corner of Summer and First Streets. Hilco — which specializes in redeveloping industrial sites — said it hasn’t yet determined what it will build there, but local real estate experts predict the 18-acre waterfront site will likely be turned into a mixed-use housing and office project, with some of the century-old complex itself reused. Additional environmental cleanup may be needed for some uses.

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Old Navy to sail into Millennium Tower

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
April 27, 2016

old navyOld Navy will open a two-level store in Millennium Tower Boston in Downtown Crossing, and Irish retailer Primark will expand its first U.S. store into the same building.

With the signing of Caffe Nero as another tenant, Millennium Partners has fully leased the 335,000 square feet of retail space in the tower set to open this summer and adjacent to the Burnham building.

Old Navy’s approximately 29,000-square-foot store will stretch the entire length of the tower on Washington Street.

“It’s going to be their latest prototype,” Millennium Partners principal Joe Larkin said. “They’re trying really hard to be open before the end of the year. I expect they’ll actually be in before Thanksgiving.”

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Wynn Resorts wins key state OK

But may pay more for traffic fix

Boston Herald | By Matt Stout
April 26, 2016

wynIn awarding Wynn Resorts a key environmental approval for its proposed $2 billion Everett casino, the gaming commission tucked in a clause that could subject developers to paying even more toward relieving traffic concerns in Charlestown’s Sullivan Square.

The “re-opener” the board included yesterday in giving the green light to Wynn’s environmental and traffic plans gives it the power to “adjust Wynn’s contribution” to paying for both a working group focused on traffic issues or for mitigating traffic directly.

Wynn is currently on the hook for $36 million for traffic improvements in Sullivan Square, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, which has pushed state officials to do more to hold casino magnate Steve Wynn accountable.

In a statement last night, Healey applauded the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for making sure Wynn pays its “fair share.” As recently as February, she had pushed state transportation officials to not sign off on an environmental certificate for the Wynn Boston Harbor casino, bemoaning the lack of any “long-term” plan to alleviate traffic concerns.

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Despite protests, agreement OK’d for Couper Farm

Lowell Sun | By Melissa Hanson
April 26, 2016

LITTLETON — Couper Farm will be developed under a Host Community Agreement that gifts the town 22 acres of open space, despite two hours of protest from residents Monday night who begged selectmen for more time to review the proposal.

Residents cried out during a two-hour public hearing that the Board of Selectmen should work harder to preserve the property, looking for ways to exercise its right of first refusal, or talk to the property’s owners to arrange another deal.

But the board passed the HCA unanimously.

Last year, the town was notified that the Couper Farm Irrevocable Trust was planning to sell the property, an iconic 34-acre farm located on a prominent section of Route 119, to developers at M&M Realty Trust. The town never received a bona fide offer that would allow it to exercise its right of first refusal, and the developers were planning on waiting for the property’s Massachusetts General Law Chapter 61A status to expire so they could build.

“We sat down at tables and it got heated and it got passionate. Cooler heads prevailed,” said Chairman Jim Karr. “We think that we put forward the best for the town in the HCA. Not everybody is going to be happy, and that’s the way it is.”

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Condos proposed near Egleston Square, Sam Adams brewery

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
April 25, 2016

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A development trio has proposed a 49-unit condominium complex in Jamaica Plain near Egleston Square and the Samuel Adams brewery.

At The Stonybrook LLC and CRM Property Management Corp. have plans to build a five-story property at 3193 Washington St. The complex would include ground-floor retail, as well as on-site parking for 24 cars and 58 enclosed bicycle parking spaces.

The development group is led by Fred Starikov, Stephen Whalen and Josh Fetterman. CRM Property Management is part of City Realty, a full-service real estate firm with offices in Brighton and Brookline.

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