‘Let's see if I have this right ...’ Part II
: Steve Bailey threw down the gauntlet earlier today (scroll down for earlier post) when he wrote: “What many whisper but no one will quite say out loud is that Hayward Place may well have been the mayor's way of saying thank you to Millennium's Tony Pangaro.” ...
... If I may humbly say so, Hub Blog did call it last October when I wrote about the ‘Supplemental second stage submission requirements’
attached by the BRA to the Hayward project: “This administration has a chance to OK a project that could lead to construction of up to 450-500 new housing units (at the development site itself and through linkage money), and what’s it doing? It’s greasing the deal for Millennium Partners Boston, which doesn’t want an apartment-building competitor across the street from its new Millennium Towers.” ...
... Here’s what I also wrote about it in November
and again in January
when this stinko deal was finally approved. Besides patting myself on the back for my superb ahead-of-the-curve analysis of this stinko deal, the Hayward controversy still bugs me. Last fall, this mayor put the city, activists, real estate developers, the council etc. through the hit-the-panic-button wringer over rent control (which he suddenly started pushing when accused of not doing enough on housing) -- all the while pulling these shenanigans. Glad Bailey is getting on the issue. The mayor has been a real weasel on this deal.
-- A reader wrote in saying that, technically, I didn't make the connection between Menino's 'thank you' motive and Millennium. My response: Well, I think it's clearly implied
. But I concede the point.