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Back Bay, South End Condos; Wegmans for Newton; More!

BACK BAY and SOUTH END—Brokerage Otis & Ahearn is out with a staggeringly perusal-worthy report [sub required] on the downtown Boston condo market (a handy summary chart can be found here). That which initially piqued our interest most? The year-to-date sales numbers (and aggregate price) for Back Bay and South End condos. Through Dec. 2, 514 South End condo deals have closed for a total amount of $335,657,526; in Back Bay, 403 condo deals have closed for a total amount of $469,250,783. Together, the nabes account for 37 percent of all 2011 sales so far and 49 percent of the total dollar amount of downtown condo sales (one caveat: Bay Village is included in the South End numbers). [Otis & Ahearn]

NEWTON—Wegmans announced today it would open a 70,000-square-foot store off Route 9 in Newton's Chestnut Hill Square. Everyone was suitably elated at the news, as they're supposed to be: Witness the ecstasy felt at the October opening in Northborough of the first Wegmans in Massachusetts. Folks came from all around. [Wicked Local]

EAST BOSTON—Vegas casino impresario Steve Wynn suggested today that a protest over the weekend against his and Patriots owner Robert Kraft's plans to turn Foxboro into the Atlantic City of New England was organized by competitors, including those behind a push to plant a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston: "That protest was put on by our competitors. We’re not really good news for the competition. In a way, we’re flattered." [Herald via the Hub]