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14-P-283 Appeals Court
RUSSELL BLOCK ASSOCIATES vs. BOARD OF ASSESSORS OF WORCESTER.
Suffolk. November 10, 2014. – September 16, 2015.
Present: Rubin, Brown, & Maldonado, JJ.
Taxation, Real estate tax: abatement, classification of property. Real Property, Tax.
Appeal from a decision of the Appellate Tax Board.
John F. O’Day, Jr., Assistant City Solicitor, for board of assessors of Worcester.
The former Boston Herald building is officially no more.
Demolition has been underway for the last several weeks at the Harrison Ave site of the future Ink Block Developement, a $ 200 million mixed-use project that will feature hundreds of apartments and a Whole Foods supermarket.
At the demolition site this week, construction crews used a crane and a wrecking ball to tear down the small portion remained standing of the Herald building.
Construction began on the six-acre site in 2013 with a ceremonial ground-breaking. The project is scheduled to be fully completed in 2016. The Whole Foods supermarket is expected to open in late 2014.
In a ceremony filled with memories from Boston Herald employees and hope for the future development of the neighborhood, Mayor Menino, state reps and city officials gathered in the South End on Thursday to say goodbye to the old building and welcome the new Ink Block development.
Menino said he was happy to see a bridge built between the South End, Chinatown and South Boston with the new development, and the first full-sized grocery store come to the South End.
“The South End deserves this type of development,” he said. “As part of the ongoing transformation of the South End, this project will grow the neighborhood’s vitality with its diverse housing mix, new pedestrian activity and retail energy.”
The new development, situated at the corner of Harrison Ave and Traveler Street, will feature 475 units of housing in five buildings and 85,000 square feet of retail space, including a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, which will be the chain’s largest location in Boston.
1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a rainy day with a high of 49 degrees. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain.
2. Ink Block Demolition: There will be a special demolition ceremony at Ink Block on Harrison Ave. in the South End Today. Mayor Menino and others will be on hand to remove the first brick from the former Boston Herald building to start the demolition and construction process to make way for the new apartment complex. See here for more information.
3. Musical at BCA: The Boston Children’s Theatre presents a musical take on the children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day,” this weekend and next weekend at the Boston Center for the Arts (572 Tremont St.) See here for more information.
4. Artist Walk-Through: Boston Artist Ken Beck will “extemporize” on 78 paintings and drawings from his private collection spanning nearly 30 years which presently are on display at Hammond Residential Real Estate, 10 Berkeley St. this coming Sunday, April 14, from 4-5pm. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekend through May. See here for more information.
The following were the top headlines on South End Patch from April 1 to April 5, 2013:
Boston Police arrested a Dwight Street resident for allegedly attempting to break into two residences with a pair of scissors.
A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at the future Ink Block site on Harrison Ave on April 11.
Six stations are planned for the South End neighborhood in 2013.
Hepatitis B Exposure Scare at Boston Medical Center
Construction at the Ink Block apartment complex site on Harrison Avenue is slated to start in April, but not before a special ground-breaking ceremony is held on April 11.
Called the “Ink Block Party,” the event will feature Mayor Menino, Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Peter Meade, Ted Tye, managing partner with National Development, the project’s developer, and Joe Fitzgerald, a columnist from the Boston Herald.
Menino will be removing a symbolic brick from the old Boston Herald building, and Fitzgerald will share memories from the paper’s 54-year history in the building. The Herald re-located to the Seaport District in 2011.
1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting today will be mostly sunny with a high near 33 degrees and wind gusts up to 26 mph.
2. Mural Painting at Ink Block: Head by the brick wall on Traveler Street (near the corner of Harrison Ave and Herald Street) at 3:30 today to see local artist Cyrille Conan painting the above mural at the site of the future Ink Block development.
3. Dance the Tango: Have you ever wanted to learn to dance the tango? Thanks to a new four-week class at MOVIMIENTO in the South End, you can! The class starts on Saturday at 2 p.m. and costs $ 130 for four sessions. See here for more information.
4. HONK: If you haven’t caught HONK! yet, it’s your last chance this weekend to catch the musical in the South End. Performed by the Boston Children’s Theater, HONK! is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, telling the story of tolerance and love in a way. See it at 2 p.m. at the Boston Center for the Arts on Saturday or Sunday. See here for more information.