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Board Approves Plan for New Hotel at Revere Beach

November 16, 2017 By Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock Plans for a new hotel on Revere Beach Boulevard have been approved by the Conservation Commission during its recent meeting. The eight story, 175-room hotel which includes an 80-seat restaurant is being pitched by JBX Developers of East Boston.  Dan Burke of JBX said the u-shaped building will have 25 rooms per floor, with 10 rooms in total not having an ocean view, and roughly 90 parking spaces. The property was the home of the former Shipwreck Lounge on the corner of 49-54 Revere Beach Blvd. and Ocean Avenue. Stormwater drainage on the site will be directed toward the Ocean Avenue drainage areas.  It was noted that there are also flood gates near the hotel. Developers are also working closely with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Bob O’Brien of the city’s Economic Development office said the hotel plans …

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Paying Big Bucks: Several Key Properties Bought by New Developers

October 21, 2017   Story by Revere Journal Staff Westbrook Partners, of New York City, have acquired the 194-unit Vanguard at Waterfront Square luxury apartment community on Revere Beach, which opened in 2016, for $59.85 million in cash. The sale amounts to approximately $308,505 per unit. The Bozzuto Group has assumed management of Vanguard at Waterfront Square with Westbrook Partners’ acquisition. The project’s seller, a joint venture of Covington Realty Partners and Real Estate Capital Partners, paid $41.7 million to develop Vanguard at Waterfront Square. Vanguard at Waterfront Square features two newly constructed buildings located steps from the MBTA Blue Line stop at Wonderland, with amenities including a fitness center, a swimming pool, a clubroom, a business center, garage parking and sweeping ocean views throughout. Westbrook Partners is currently developing other area projects like The Aberdeen, a 40-unit luxury condominium building in Brighton, and is proposing to construct 55 Wheeler Street, a …

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Pilot Bike Sharing Program ‘ofo’ Rolls Out

  Revere Journal Article    Story by Sue Ellen Woodcock   If you see someone on the streets riding a yellow bicycle, it’s part of a new ride share program that is the largest in the world. The Mayor and the Healthy Community Initiatives launched a  pilot program of a citywide, bike-sharing program with the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing company, ofo.  The funny little company name is more of a logo than a word, said Grace Lin, vice president of ofo U.S.  The word is also a logo for the company meant to look like a bicycle. “ofo looks like a bike,” Lin said. Lin and her crew dropped off 200 bicycles  in Revere Monday morning and Lin said they hope to expand to the program in 2018. The system is paid for by ofo and comes at no expense to city taxpayers, Arrigo said. Lin said …

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Great Pumpkin Dash & Revere Beach Harvest Festival – Annual 5K

Great Pumpkin Dash & Harvest Festival Sunday October 15th at Revere Beach  The Revere Beach Partnership is pleased to present the Great Pumpkin Dash Revere Beach Harvest Festival and 5K. Join us as we run from Kelly’s Roast Beef to Elliot Circle and back in our third annual 5K. Wear your festive gear! We will have prizes and giveaways for those in costume!  Stick around after the race for our Fall Market and Pumpkin Festival.  Event details and schedule Sunday October 15th 8:30 AM Registration Opens 9:30 AM Kids 1 Mile Fun Run 10:00 AM The Great Pumpkin Dash 5K 10:30 AM Fall Festival and Pumpkin Festival 

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Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito to Join Mayor Arrigo and City Officials at 2017 Columbus Day Parade

Release by City of Revere October 2, 2017 The City of Revere is proud to announce that Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will participate in the 2017 Columbus Day Parade in Revere.  Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito will join Mayor Brian Arrigo, the parade’s Grand Marshall, and other Revere city officials in marching along the route. The parade begins on Monday, October 9 at 1:00 pm at the Revere/Chelsea line on Broadway. “We are honored to welcome the Governor and the Lt. Governor to Revere for this beloved community event,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “We look forward to a fun, festive day that celebrates our city’s pride.” Rotating annually between Revere and East Boston, the Columbus Day Parade honors the region’s Italian-American cultural heritage. The event is one of the community’s longest-standing traditions, and features participation from many of Revere’s cultural and civic organizations. The parade …

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City of Revere Fall Festival on Broadway Saturday September 23rd

City of Revere Announces 2017 Fall Festival on Broadway, To Be Held On Saturday, September 23 Festival To Feature Family Zone, Vendors, Food Trucks, Arts and Crafts, Live Music, and a Beer Garden On Saturday, September 23, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the City of Revere Parks and Recreation Department will debut a new event – a Fall Festival on Broadway. This community celebration will bring together our city for a day of fun for all ages. The event will feature activities for families, children, and people of all ages, including street performers, local food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and a main stage with musicians and comedians. A segment of Broadway from Park Ave. to the corner of Beach and Fenno St. will be limited to pedestrian traffic only for the duration of the festival. “We are confident this event will quickly become a beloved annual tradition, …

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2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival Winners

Story and image captured by AJ Terminiello for RevereBeach.com 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival Winners It’s over and the judges and the people have spoken, for the top sculptors of the 2017 Annual International Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Competition. From left; State Representative RoseLee Vincent, Paul Hoggard-People Choice, Leonardo Ugolini-5th Place, Andius Petkus- 3rd Place, Mayor Brian Arrigo, Pavel Mylnikov (Russia) 1st Place and Sculptures Choice, Jonathan Bouchard-2nd Place, Abe Waterman-4th Place, and Senator Joseph Boncore.

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Revere Beach Gets Top Marks for Water Quality

Revere Beach is at the top of the class in terms of water quality, according to a report card recently released by a local environmental organization. Revere received a 98 percent on primary beach safety in the Beach Water Quality Report Card released by environmental advocacy organization Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. The report card is based on water quality data collected during the 2016 beach season on 15 public beaches in 10 communities, including Lynn, Swampscott, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. “This year’s report card contains good news for many of our beaches,” said Save the Harbor’s spokesman, Bruce Berman. “However, 2016 was a very dry year, with just 5.3 inches of rain and one large storm with over one inch of rain compared to the 10.2 inches we had in 2015 and the 13 inches of precipitation we expect in a typical …

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REVERE PUTS A RIBBON ON PROGRESS

LYNN ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, left, helps Budge Upton, partner at Upton & Partners, Mayor Brian Arrigo, and Xander Dyer, V.P. T.A. Associates Realty cut the ribbon at Ocean 650 Apartments. ITEM STORY By GAYLA CAWLEY REVERE — Ocean 650 Apartments, a new luxury apartment complex on Revere Beach, was christened by city and state officials on Wednesday, who hailed it as setting the standard for future development in Revere. Jay Ash, State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, joined Mayor Brian Arrigo and other city officials for a ribbon cutting on the rooftop of the apartment complex on Ocean Avenue, which holds 230 market-rate units, ranging from $1,750 to more than $4,000, according to the developer, Budge Upton, partner with Dedham-based Upton & Partners. “This is awesome,” Ash said. “To the City Council, congratulations on what you’ve been able …

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City Looks to Partner With New Developers of Suffolk Downs Site

By Revere Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock Being billed as the largest development possibly ever on the North Shore when construction begins at the Suffolk Downs property, the project could take 10 or 15 years to be fully developed. Either way the development will have an impact on Revere for the next 50 years. “It’s definitely an opportunity for transformational development at Suffolk Downs,” Mayor Brian Arrigo said. He’s had a number of conversations with developers HYN and principles Tom O’Brien and Dino DiFronzo about the fact that they and city officials will be working together for a number of years. “A lot of people are eager to work on this and a lot of people are jealous of the position I’m in,” Arrigo said in an office interview. “At the end of the day I’m interested in creating jobs for residents and commercial tax dollars for the city …

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