Construction Update on 481 Hammond St.

Construction is moving along on the addition at Chestnut Hill Center, 481 Hammond Street.  A lot of the exterior work is done. Most of the landscaping will be done this month on the Hammond Street and Suffolk sides.  Plantings and fences will be installed in the area between us and the church over the next month. Drywall is almost complete inside and many of the walls are painted.  Trim work has started.  Kitchen equipment will be brought in at the end of October.  The work on the elevator will start soon.  Target date for finishing the addition is December.  Then we start on the renovations to the existing house.  Target date for that is April to May, 2013. If you have questions of concerns, please contact Joseph G. Billmeier (


Hammond Pond Project to go before conservation commission Sept. 27

The discussion of the proposed boardwak project at Hammond Pond will be renewed at the Conservation Commission meeting on Thursday, September 27th at approximately 7:45 pm in Room 209 at City Hall. The discussion will be a continuation of the meeting on July 26. The proposal includes converting existing trail to impervious surface and constructing a 10,000 sq ft boardwalk in the pond (land under water body).

View the full agenda for the meeting here.

View some of our previous coverage of this process here. 

Cleveland Circle Development Plan provokes public discussion

Proposed Development at Celveland Circle. View entering Cleveland Circle from Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brookline.

Last Thrusday night, September 20, the recent public meeting concerning the Boston Development Group’s plan to redevelop the former Cleveland Circle and Applebee’s site generaged a vigorous debate, with more than 100 people showing up to debate the size and scope of the proposed project.

The project has changed from earlier proposals and currently includes a 236,500-square-foot building which would house 19,000 square feet of medical office space and 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space. The project would include 141 parking spaces in a garage below the building along with 87 other parking spots in surface lot behind the building. Many voiced concern of the the size and potential traffic and congestion resulting from the proposed project.

The developer hopes to start an 18-month construction process in spring 2013, pending approval from both the cities of Boston and Brookline.

More detail on on the discussion can be found at cleveland or

View a PDF of the project plan submitted to the Boston Redevelopemnt authority here. 

The recent meeting was part of the approval process run by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The public comment period is scheduled to close on Mon. Oct. 8, according to Erico Lopez, BRA Senior Project Manager. Comments can be e-mailed to or mailed to: Erico Lopez, Boston Redevelopment Authority, One City Hall Square, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02201.

Cleveland Circle Development Meeting on September 20


The Boston Redevelopment Authority will conduct a public meeting about the Boston Development Group’s proposed project on the former Cleveland Circle cinema/ Applebee’s site. The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. at the Alexander Hamilton School, 198 Strathmore Road, Brighton.

The BRA describes the project as “a mixed-use development that includes approximately 236,500 square feet of hotel, medical office, residential and retail space. The project will also include approximately 228 parking spaces, some underground and some at grade.”

For more information, visit the BRA website.

Public Notice of Project

Meeting Announcement 

The Mall at Chestnut Hill adds new stores

The CHA recently received the following announcement about new tenants at the Chestnut Hill Mall:


The Mall at Chestnut Hill, the premier, high-end shopping destination in the Boston area, announced today that seven new stores will be added to its retail mix. J.Crew, LUSH Cosmetics, Vineyard Vines, Loft®, Stuart Weitzman and Soft Surroundings will be opening at the end of summer/early fall, and Portrait Simple is now open.

Mall at Chestnut Hill has recently introduced other new stores, including Ross-Simons, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, Wolford, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Ann Taylor, Papyrus, and the renovated and relocated tenants J. Jill and L’Occitane. The Mall at Chestnut Hill also features the only full-line Bloomingdale’s in New England, CUSP by Neiman Marcus, Sur La Table and Apple.

Atrium Mall to become medical office center

The Newton Tab reports that the Atrium Mall has been sold to Bullfinch Companies, Inc., which plans to convert the space to into a medical and office center, with some remaining retail space on the ground floor. The renovated building will be known at the Atrium Center at Chestnut Hill. Bye, bye Atrium Mall. Read more in the Tab.

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