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$300M Newton Development; T Tunnels as Tourist Draws; More

HUB-WIDE—Two architects want to turn unused T tunnels into tourist attractions. The MBTA will hear them out after New Year's: "Paul Regan, executive director of the MBTA Advisory Board, said he would 'love to see the conversation happen. I think it’s a good idea to utilize the empty space and an innovative thing that could bring lots of life to downtown,' he said. 'If everybody involved does a good job with it, it could be attraction with a lot of possibilities in the future.'" [Metro]

NEWTON—Local pols plan to get down to business next month on a $300 million-plus development in the area around the Green Line's Riverside Station: "If the zoning changes pass muster, the next steps may come next summer and fall. The developer would be able to seek a special permit for its proposed 12-acre mixed-use complex, said Candace Havens, director of Newton’s planning and development department. In a key change, Normandy, a major New Jersey-based developer, recently reduced the size of the project, eliminating 100,000 square feet of office space." []

LOS ANGELES—The Track Gals have more details on the West Coast manse likely to replace Tomsele's Back Bay penthouse: "The hotel-sized home features eight bedrooms, a six-car garage, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool with spa, a weight room and wine cellar. There’s a covered bridge connecting two wings of the home, a nursery for baby Benjamin, elevator, butler’s room, wine bar and gallery. The price tag is reportedly something in the neighborhood of $20 million. Nice neighborhood! And that doesn’t include the $11 mil the superstar spouses paid for the 3.75-acre lot in oh-so-swish Brentwood." [Herald]