Boston Herald’s BRAmpage, Part Three

November 16, 2013

The feisty local tabloid’s real-estate crusade continues today, with two full pages dedicated to ripping the lid off Mayor Tom Menino and his Boston Redevelopment Authority marionettes.

 

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Of special note is this whack at one BRA member in particular (if you guessed that he has union ties, vote yourself a special treat).

BRA defends decision to OK Monahan vote

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s newest appointee to the BRA board failed to recuse himself when the panel voted to approve a massive downtown development project largely funded by his union’s national pension fund.

Boston Redevelopment Authority officials yesterday defended union boss Michael Monahan’s vote to OK the Government Center Garage development plan, ASTU1842.JPGwhich won unanimous approval at the board’s Thursday meeting.

Monahan is the business manager of the 7,000-member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 and a trustee of its pension fund, one of the largest contributors to the National Electrical Benefit Fund. The national fund is a big financial backer of the project.

 

Right. More shenanigans on the development front.

And no doubt developing . . .

Postscript from our JohnHenryGlobeWatchToday’s edition of our stately local broadsheet did cover that Yawkey Way sweetheart deal the Herald covered  yesterday. So, move along, move along – no conspiracies to see here.


Herald Stomps Down Squawkey Way

November 15, 2013

The Boston Herald is on a real-estate BRAmpage lately, starting with Wednesday’s hounding of Terrier-in-waiting Tom Menino over possible conflicts of interest between the outgoing mayor’s new gig at Boston University and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, 80% of which is appointed by the mayor.

Today the feisty local tabloid is still beating the Tom-toms.

 

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Inside, the Herald calls the roll of tax-dodging prime downtown properties.

 

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But wait! There’s more – a new skirmish outside Fenway Park.

BRA sued over no-bid deal with Sox on Yawkey Way

A sweetheart land and air rights deal between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Red Sox is now being attacked in court.

Everett businessman and attorney Joseph Marchese is suing the BRA over the recent $7.3 million agreement that awarded the Red Sox air rights for Green Monster seats over Lansdowne Street and an easement to shut down part of Yawkey Way for concessions so long as the team plays at Fenway Park.BI1E6414.JPG

Marchese said he had approached the BRA in May with his own offer to operate concessions on Yawkey Way under a proposed $3 million, 10-year deal, but the BRA never put the rights out for public bid.

“What we’re asking the court to determine is whether or not that contract should have been put out to bid,” Marchese said. A former restaurant owner, Marchese said he wanted to partner with local businesses to offer food on Yawkey Way in a “taste of Boston” atmosphere.

 

Then again, the sweetheart deal is a taste of Boston, isn’t it?

Postscript from our JohnHenryGlobeWatch: Nothing about the Fenway rumpus in the Red-Sox-owner-Henry-owned Boston Globe today. No big conspiracy theory. That comes tomorrow.