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Jacob Wirth Getting A Facelift?

7/31/2008 06:00:00 AM
Looks like more "revitalization" in the works (trying hard to avoid the 'G' word). This time in Chinatown.

A Boston developer wants to build a 24-story office tower around the Jacob Wirth building in Chinatown - a plan that replaces a 2006 proposal for a 108-room hotel and a residential building for which part of the historic tavern would have been demolished.

EASTAT's plan includes a two-story winter garden with a cafe on a mezzanine level and ground-floor retail space, according to papers filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The developer would keep the tavern operating in its current place.

I'm not really surprised. I hear all the time from my friends that live/work in Chinatown that rents have been going up like crazy forcing a lot of restaurants to close. Here's another little tidbit. Most of the people that work in Chinatown - they live in Quincy cause it's too expensive to live in ctown.

Can I use the "G" word yet?

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1 Response to "Jacob Wirth Getting A Facelift?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Are you nutz? Its an empty parking lot that backs up to a strip call that gentrification?? I call that positive change. And the Developer will refurbish Jacob Wirth's. Seems to me that more office workers in the area will help those restaurants you say are closing down. You Nimby's are ridiculous.

    Posted on 7/31/08, 5:33 PM


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