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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.

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Delegas to pitch Weymouth Landing development plan March 1

Wicked Local Braintree | By Ed Baker
February 20, 2017

The demolition of the former Ye Olde Brick Grille in Weymouth Landing on Feb. 18 has paved the way for the Weymouth Board of Zoning Appeals to review a proposed plan to construct 84 apartment units with shops on the ground floor on Washington Street.

Board members will review the proposal by property owner Nick Delegas during a March 1 public hearing.

“It is up to the town to approve what we presented,” Delegas said Monday, Feb. 20. “We have gone beyond our way to help the town.”

Delegas said his development team recently helped Weymouth secure a $1.6 million Mass Works grant to unearth a 150-foot section of a brook that runs underneath Weymouth Landing as part of an effort by the town to create an open-air plaza.

Weymouth is required to complete the day-lighting of the Smelt Brook under a mitigation agreement the town made with the MBTA in 2003 to accommodate the construction of the 27-mile Greenbush commuter rail.

The awarding of the $1.6 million grant by MassWorks followed a Nov. 16 decision by the Weymouth and Braintree conservation commissions to grant Delegas an order of conditions for the demolition of the former Ye Olde Brick Grille.

Much of the restaurant was demolished by a crane and workers removed some portions of the building by hand to avoid damaging an adjacent struture, according to Delegas.

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Assembly Row Announces Next Wave Of Restaurants, Outlets

Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
February 16, 2017

The $285 million second phase of development at Somerville’s 3.4-million-square-foot Assembly Row development will include 20 restaurants and retailers opening by year’s end, developer Federal Realty Investment Trust said.

New restaurants opening in the next phase include Lucky Strike Social, featuring “Victorian-inspired cocktails” along with electronic gaming and a bowling alley, Mike’s Pastry, American Fresh Brewhouse, Caffe Nero, Zo Greek, Sabroso Taqueria and Waxy’s Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen.

New outlet stores scheduled to open this summer include Columbia Outlet, Ann Taylor Outlet, Yankee Candle and The Fragrance Outlet. A collection of five independently owned fitness studios will form the FitRow section.

FRIT also has begun designs for a 250,000-square-foot office building at 100 Foley St.

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Seaport plan scales back arts facility

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan and Malcolm Gay
February 16, 2017

When it was first drawn up nearly a decade ago, the plan to build out the heart of the Seaport District included a school, art gallery, branch library, several parks, and one very large performing arts center.

But over time, as the rest of the waterfront neighborhood has filled in and new economic realities set in, the Seaport Square project has trimmed the size of its parks and dropped plans for the school, library, and gallery. Now it appears the performing arts center could vanish, too.

The new owner of 13 acres of Seaport Square, Chestnut Hill-based WS Development, filed a revised building plan in February for nine blocks of housing, office space, and a tree-lined promenade from Summer Street to the waterfront.

But in one key departure from the original project approved by City Hall seven years ago, WS Development dropped a 200,000-square-foot theater from its building plan, saying it is instead considering a “cultural corridor” of likely-smaller venues.

WS said the switch was driven by changes in Boston’s cultural scene, where smaller spaces are more in demand than another giant theater.

But for some activists, the loss of the proposed theater is another sign of how the original ambitions for civic facilities and open space in the Seaport District have been reduced.

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MIT floats ideas for Volpe Center in Kendall Square

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
February 16, 2017

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Thursday unveiled its first vision for the 14-acre Volpe Center in Kendall Square, including more than 1,000 apartments and condos, offices and stores across eight new buildings, the tallest of which could be as high as 500 feet.

University officials won development rights for the Volpe from the federal government in January for $750 million. MIT Investment Management Co. will first build a new research facility for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and then launch a series of new buildings on the remaining 10 acres.

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Dot housing starts get city funding

Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
February 16, 2017

Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday announced funding for 10 affordable housing developments across Boston, a nearly $22 million investment to preserve or produce 602 housing units. Dorchester and Mattapan projects account for half of these approvals, bolstering several longstanding large mixed-income developments.

“Preserving Boston’s affordability is key to ensuring everyone who wants to live here can afford to do so, and I’m particularly pleased this funding will both preserve and add to our existing affordable housing stock,” Walsh said. “This will help us continue to build a pipeline of affordable housing, and put us one step closer towards reaching the ambitious goals laid out in our housing plan.”

The Hearth at Four Corners project, developed by Hearth Inc. on city-owned land, will create 54 units of affordable housing for elderly residents as several income points. It includes 16 units set aside for extremely low income elders.

Wilshire Apartments on Cheney Street is a rehabilitation and refinancing effort for an existing 29-unit, Section 8 project. The non-profit Urban Edge plans to preserve the existing Section 8 contract for the site.

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Fidelity affiliate eyes possible redevelopment of World Trade Center

The Boston Globe | By Jon Chesto
February 15, 2017

The Seaport World Trade Center predates the rapid building boom taking place on the South Boston Waterfront. But the fixture could soon be swept up in those changes, as the building’s manager looks at potentially redeveloping the property.

Pembroke Real Estate, an affiliate of mutual fund manager Fidelity Investments, confirmed that it’s looking to hire an outside firm to study the redevelopment of the sprawling, roughly 800,000-square-foot waterfront complex. The structure includes 565,000 square of offices, where Fidelity is an anchor tenant, and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s primarily two stories tall, with a three-story section.

A spokeswoman for Fidelity said the company doesn’t expect that any potential redevelopment will affect the company’s local head count. Fidelity employs about 5,000 people in Boston, including about 1,500 at the World Trade Center. The investment firm’s headquarters is less than a mile away, at 245 Summer St. overlooking the Fort Point Channel.

Pembroke spokesman Michael Aalto said Pembroke is still in the early stages in its assessment, and he couldn’t guarantee whether the vast convention hall in the World Trade Center would remain in place. Any redevelopment would include offices, and it’s possible that it could bring more retail spaces as well. Right now, there are just a few storefronts in the building, along Seaport Boulevard.

“The Seaport has really grown and it’s really evolved over time,” Aalto said. “It just seems like this presents an opportunity to further enhance the neighborhood.”

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Eataly Boston will soon be getting a new rooftop restaurant

Boston Business Journal | By David L. Harris
February 15, 2017

Eataly, the giant Italian marketplace that’s co-owned by Mario Batali, will soon be getting a new rooftop restaurant at its Boston location.

The new eatery, called Terra, will feature “a wood fire grill and regional Italian-inspired dishes,” according to a job posting on BostonChefs.com.

“The menu will showcase a number of specialty Italian items sourced from their downstairs market including dry aged meats and the freshest seafood available, house made pasta and seasonal specials featuring local products,” according to the posting. “While Terra still follows the Eataly ideology, foundation and passion for Italian cuisine, it incorporates the grill theme into almost every dish. They are a from-scratch kitchen focusing on whole animal butchering, house-made sausages and charcuterie.”

Dan Bazzinotti, formerly of Cambridge’s Bisq, Bergamot in Somerville and Lydia Shire’s Scampo in Boston, will serve as the chef de cuisine at Terra.

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Boston Landing lands first restaurant, a candlepin bowling alley and more

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
February 14, 2017

Boston Landing, a mixed-use development on the Allston/Brighton line that’s home to the global headquarters for New Balance Athletics and a Boston Bruins practice facility, has landed three food-service retail tenants.

Gloucester-based Beauport Hospitality Group will open Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, an 11,738-square-foot bar and restaurant, at 96 Guest St. The restaurant will be designed by Peter Niemitz and offer “upscale contemporary New England cuisine,” including steak, seafood, craft cocktails, wine and artisanal draft beers.

New Hampshire-based The Flatbread Co. will open an 8,349-square-foot restaurant and candlepin bowling alley at the base of the Warrior Ice Arena, the practice rink for the Boston Bruins. The restaurant will feature wood-fired pizza, salads and beer.

K?hi Coffee Co. will open in a 1,295-square-foot location at 130 Guest St. immediately adjacent to the New Balance global flagship store. The coffeeshop first launched in Provincetown in 2014 and is known for its handcrafted espresso, coffee, cold brew and tea.

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Slumbrew Will Open a Full-Blown Brewhouse at Assembly Row

Somerville Brewing extends its hoppy reach

Boston Eater | By Dana Hatic
February 15, 2017

Somerville Brewing Company plans to grow its presence at Assembly Row with a new brewhouse. Affectionately known as Slumbrew to fans of the Somerville brewery, the company will open American Fresh Brewhouse in the ever-growing retail and residential development north of Boston, building out 3,600 square feet of space at 490 Foley St., according to a release. The location is across from the Assembly Row T stop.

The existing American Fresh beer garden at Assembly Row (which will continue to operate through September 30, 2017) opened in 2014, and it’s seasonally open-air; in colder months, it’s inside of a tent. The new spot will be a permanent indoor space that will include a small brewery and take its design cues from the main Boynton Yards brewery in Somerville. There will be 20 draft lines, as Boston Restaurant Talk noted; keep an eye out for experimental beers brewed onsite. Plus, there will be seasonal outdoor seating.

“People naturally want to share their passion for high quality, fresh beer while socializing with friends over a great meal at the local brewery. This is the basis for our entire philosophy in the beer business — make good liquids, make good friends,” Caitlin Jewell, co-founder and CMO for Somerville Brewing, said in the release.

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Mixed retail and residential project on Pleasant Street approved

Wicked Local Watertown | By Charlie Breitrose
February 14, 2017

After much debate, on Feb. 8 the Planning Board approved a mixed-use project on Pleasant Street that will include retail stores, a restaurant near the Charles River and apartments.

Last week, developers of 330-350 Pleasant Street – called Water Mills at Bridge Point – appeared before the Planning Board for the second time. The team representing developer Mark Coppola of World Realty and Development Ltd. had made some minor changes to the planned 18,445 square feet of commercial space and 99 housing units (66 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 4 three bedroom) proposed to go on the lot of just under 99,500 square feet. 15 of the units will be classed as affordable.

The development will have two, three-story buildings, connected with a bridge, and each building will have a roof top garden on the courtyards on the second floor. There will be 171 parking spaces, with 118 for residents, and all but 13 spaces located in a garage or covered. The project will have 54 bicycle parking spaces. With the proximity to the Charles River Path, a bicycle shop is one business the developer hopes to lure to the complex.

It will be built on the former Casey Dupuis Equipment and Julian Crane properties, on Pleasant Street near Rosedale Road, which is located in the Pleasant Street Corridor District. Because of the proposed buildings’ size–the design has a floor area ratio of 1.25–the developers needed the Planning Board to grant them a special permit. Buildings with a floor area ratio of up to 2.0 are permitted, but buildings with a floor area ratio above 1.0 need a special permit.

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Tatte Bakery expanding to Boston’s Fenway

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
February 13, 2017

Close to a decade after launching its first brick-and-mortar location in Brookline, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open its seventh location in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.

Tatte will open at 1350 Boylston, a 17-story, 212-unit apartment complex now under construction, developer Skanska USA announced Monday.

The expansion comes a year after Panera Bread acquired a majority stake in Tatte.

“The Fenway is experiencing a tremendous evolution, especially in the last few years, and I saw Skanska as a great partner, and this building as a great opportunity for Tatte,” said Tatte owner Tzurit Or in a statement. “We want to be part of and add to the energy and vibrancy of The Fenway, and I will be carefully designing this location to offer our customers an exceptional experience. We can’t wait to open our doors.”

Or launched Tatte as a home-based bakery in 2007, expanding to a bricks-and-mortar location at 1003 Beacon St. in Brookline. Tatte now has four Cambridge locations — 318 Third St., 205 Broadway, 101 Main St. and 1288 Massachusetts Ave. in Harvard Square — as well as a Back Bay location at 70 Charles St.

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Leather District Parking Garage Sale Could Spur Redevelopment

Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
February 14, 2017

Two Boston parking garages are poised for change of ownership, including one that could spur a large redevelopment on the edge of Chinatown.

Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. has put 125 Lincoln St. on the market and hired Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to sell the mixed-use building located on a 2.7-acre parcel.

And nearby in Chinatown, the Beach Street garage is under agreement, with owner Charles River Realty Investors poised to sell the 8-story, 513-space structure built in 1925.

Both properties contain street-level retail and restaurant space. 125 Lincoln St. includes office space on the top floor.

The property, occupying an entire block in the transforming Leather District, could be suitable for a mixed-use redevelopment, said Matthew Pullen, an executive managing director for NGKF. Current zoning allows up to 223,880 square feet of development on the site.

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A last chance to add life to Seaport

The Boston Globe | By Shirley Leung
February 15, 2017

The pressure is on to do something special in the Seaport District, and Dick Marks feels it.

He’s one of the partners of WS Development, which plunked down $359 million in 2015 to develop the rest of Seaport Square in one of the priciest land deals ever in Boston.

“We get the chance to do it once,” said Marks showing off his plan Monday in a conference room at the firm’s Chestnut Hill headquarters overlooking one of its outdoor malls, The Street. “We want to do it right.”

The pressure is real. Seaport Square is a 23-acre parcel that stretches from Northern Avenue to Summer Street and represents the last chance for the district to save itself from becoming a sea of generic office and condo buildings and a playground for those who can only afford it. Half of the massive development is under construction, and details of the next phase are being hammered out with a series of public meetings that begin on Thursday.

So it comes down to this: Our hopes for giving South Boston Waterfront a soul will ride on a firm best known for reimagining suburban retail. Think of its Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham or Legacy Place in Dedham.

Oh, boy.

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About Alewife Research Center

35 CambridgePark Drive, Alewife Station, Cambridge, MA


Upcoming 223,000 square foot state-of-the-art laboratory building located across from the Alewife MBTA Red Line station. Alewife Research Center will feature flexible research and development office space with amenities including a two-story lobby, a fitness center, conference/meeting areas and an employee lounge. Approximately 7,500 square feet of retail will be located on Alewife Research Center’s ground floor. Space at Alewife Research Center is now leasing; completion of the building is expected in 2018.

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‘Real momentum’ behind Green Line Extension despite cost questions

Boston Business Journal | By Andy Metzger
February 14, 2017

On the brink of potential elimination a year ago, the Green Line Extension has steadily progressed to the point where design-build bids should go out by this spring and a finance plan should be submitted to federal overseers by March, according to the state’s timeline.

“Look how far we’ve come,” remarked Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan, a member of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors, at a board meeting Monday.

As John Dalton, the project manager hired in November, assessed a “healthy level of interest” from the industry in working on the project, Sullivan interjected, “This project was dead a year ago.”

“Well, I think I would say for certain, it’s certainly alive,” Dalton replied.

The long-sought trolley extension would bring service from East Cambridge through Somerville and into Medford. The project was put on ice in 2015 after transportation officials estimated its cost had ballooned as much as 50 percent to $3 billion.

The turnaround has hardly been dramatic, featuring incremental steps over months as officials pulled back the scale and cost of the project, brought aboard Dalton — a former Chicago Transit Authority official — and received agreements from Cambridge and Somerville to contribute a combined $75 million toward the extension with a projected $2.3 billion new price tag.

“We’ve kind of already begun the procurement process,” Dalton told the News Service on Monday. He said there is “real momentum” behind the project now.

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