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Boston Herald Former South End HQ Becomes Ink Block Complex

The Boston Herald's former South End headquarters will become the "Ink Block" complex that will be turned into a six-acre complex of apartments, stores, and restaurants, reports The Boston Globe.

The Boston Herald moved off to the Seaport District.

The new owner of the property is the impressively named National Development. It recently detailed plans to replace the Herald's old squat building with four new structures that will have 475 apartments, a grocery store, and smaller shops and restaurants.

If they haven’t done so already, to move forward, National Development will need to file a plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). It has the authority for enforcing the Boston Zoning Code.

The Boston Zoning Code requires that the BRA review, through a public process, the design of real estate developments and their effect of the surrounding community and the City as a whole, and requires appropriate conditions for approval of such projects. The procedures and standards for this review appear in Article 80, reports the BRA website.

Article 80 development review actually refers to four separate types of review:

  • Large Project Review
  • Small Project Review
  • Planned Development Area (PDA) Review
  • Institutional Master Plan Review

Commercial zoning is not an easy thing to deal with. When a commercial use does not conform to zoning laws, it’s not always the end of the story, however. There are several options for receiving approval for the business use, even though it may not agree with the commercial zoning laws in the area. One thing to inquire about is to get a conditional use permit. Another might be to get a variance.

Other ways to cope with local zoning requirements can be discussed with a local real estate or land use attorney.

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