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Revere Beach Gets Top Marks for Water Quality

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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

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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

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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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Top spots to live in Greater Boston

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Boston Globe Story- By Elizabeth Gehrman APRIL 12, 2017 Where homes are in high demand, for prices ranging from under $500,000 to more than $1 million. Confidence is contagious if you’re selling a home in the Boston area. In 2016, the fifth year since home prices started rebounding after the ruinous Great Recession, single-family sales increased by double digit percentages for the state as a whole, according to Tim Warren, CEO of the Boston-based market tracking firm The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. “The feeding frenzy is back, with crowded open houses and multiple offers,” he says. “That has accelerated price increases in the communities closest to Boston.” Accelerated them so much, in fact, that in several areas, medians have surged well beyond their pre-recession peaks. Cambridge, for example, has seen prices almost double, so a house that would have cost you $667,500 in 2005 set you back …

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Area Home Prices Just Keep Increasing…

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February 3, 2017 By Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock The real estate market showed median home sale prices have increased between 8 to 21 percent in the Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, East Boston, Everett and Lynn. Revere single family home sales price comparing 2015 to 2016 were up eight percent from $330,000 to $356,250. There were 244 sales in 2016 and 196 in 2015. In the condo market there was a 44 percent increase in condo sales, from 134 in 2015 and 193 in 2016. The median condo sales price was down by 6.6 percent from $289,000 to $270,000.00. According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Winthrop single family home sales price comparing 2015 to 2016 is up 10.7 percent, or $375,000 to $415,000. There were 89 sales in 2015 and 79 sales in 2016. Winthrop condominium prices were up 3.5 percent from $285,000 in 2015 to 295,000 in 2016. …

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Revere will not be a Sanctuary City

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“We are not going to be a Sanctuary City” Advocate News – Interview with Mayor Brian Arrigo The mayor stated that his critics have thrown everything out there, including: He was going to place a “Black Lives Matter” banner on City Hall – false; or the public health office opened on Revere Street was actually a methadone clinic – false; or that he will have Syrian refugees living at the hotel at the new Shaw’s site development – false. “Or that I didn’t renew Chief Cafarelli’s contract because I wanted to make Revere a sanctuary city because he didn’t want to, and that was the bone of contention between him and I, which is unequivocally false,” said the mayor.  It was exactly one year ago, Jan. 6, 2015, when Mayor-Elect Brian Arrigo took over as the new leader of The Beach City of Revere following a tumultuous election against incumbent …

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Governor Baker brings Big Bucks to Revere

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LYNN ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE Revere City Councilor Anthony Zambuto, left, talks with Gov. Charlie Baker after they arrive at the old Shaw’s supermarket site at 205 Revere Beach Parkway to announce a $3.6 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to build luxury apartments and extended stay hotel rooms. Story By THOMAS GRILLO REVERE — The shuttered Shaw’s supermarket on Revere Beach Parkway near the Beachmont MBTA station will soon be transformed into 220 apartments and a 132-room hotel. The six-acre site, which has been vacant for more than five years, benefited from a $3.63 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the city to advance the $90 million project that is expected to break ground next spring. Officials gathered on Wednesday at the abandoned market site, a five-minute walk to the T and Revere Beach, to celebrate the grant that made the development possible with the public infrastructure improvements. ALSO: …

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Revere Beach Development Obtains Financing

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Story by Banker & Tradesmen September 26, 2016 First Niagara Bank has furnished a construction loan for Beach House, a 234-unit luxury apartment development in Revere. Baystone Development of Weston is leading the project at a long-vacant parcel at 540 Revere Beach Boulevard. The development will include open layout floor plans with a full amenity package including a heated outdoor pool, roof deck with Boston skyline views, fitness center, resident club area with full kitchen and theater room. CBRE/New England’s John Kelly, Kyle Juszczyszyn, Chris Coutts and Lenny Pierce arranged the construction loan with First Niagara Bank’s Senior Vice President David Yesue and Market Executive Doug MacLean. The developers will market the property as a transit-friendly option for Boston commuters with lower rents than the city, Baystone executive Todd MacDowell told Banker & Tradesman in July. See Full Story at Banker and Tradesman 

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10th Annual Revere Beach Memorial to be observed September 25th

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The Annual Revere Beach Memorial is a candlelight vigil for families and friends who wish to remember a loved one that lost their life due to an overdose. The Revere CARES Coalition and the City of Revere is again organizing this touching event for Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the William G. Reinstein Bandstand on Revere Beach (rain or shine). The event begins at sunset, approximately 7:00 pm, and will end by 8:00pm. Individuals can register a name to be read by contacting Revere CARES at 781-435-6440 or arriving between 6:00pm and 6:30pm on the night of the event.

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Urban Trail Opens in Shirley Ave Area

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By Revere Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock Tennis shoes, running shoes, heels, dress shoes, even barefoot you can enjoy the fourth Urban Trail in Revere now that officials have opened the latest one in the Shirley Avenue area last Friday. Thanks to the work of many residents and the support of sponsors including Revere on the Move mini-grant, made possible by Partners HealthCare and Mass General Hospital, Mass in Motion. Mass Development Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), 7-11, Bagel Bin, Beauty and the Beach Hair Salon, Casablanca House of Pastry, Rachanna Jewelry, Seaside Pharmacy, and Thmor Da, the trail is a mile and a quarter marked in areas by painted blue flip-flops on the sidewalks around the Shirley Avenue neighborhood. Working along with RevereCares, which has developed the other trails in town (Beachmont, Whalen School) The Urban Trail Planning Committee includes: Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky, resident Maribel Mendez, resident …

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