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Dorchester's New Apartments; Hotels Heatmap; More!

Presenting your Friday dose of Curbed Cuts, the pick of this week's neighborhood news from our sister site Curbed Boston:

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DORCHESTER - The plans are in for the first major phase of turning Columbia Point in Dorchester from what one local pol called a "wasteland" into a thriving mixed-use area between I-93 and the waterfront. Developer David Greaney told the Boston Redevelopment Authority he wants to build 278 studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms expected to range in rent from $1,200 to just over $2,000 a month.
BOSTON - We map where all the new hotels (17 and counting) are going in the city, some by standalone, some part of mega-projects like Harvard's Allston plan.

WELLESLEY - Former Celtics star Ray Allen's Wellesley mansion, where he lived since joining the team in 2007, has hit the sales market, and it's a whopper: 11,093 square feet; nine bedrooms; nine and a half bathrooms; four stories on 1.44 acres; a wood-paneled library; a media room that seats 12 comfortably; a six-car garage and parking for as many as 10 vehicles. All yours for $5.2 million.

BOSTON - Our David Bates looks at what it costs to buy a bigger apartment right now: "More than 3,000 condos sold in Boston in the first eight months of 2012, and only about half of them measured at least 1,000 square feet. About one out of every six had at least 1,500 square feet. And only about one out of every 20—maybe 5 percent—was more than 2,000 square feet. Simply put: It's hard to live large in Boston."

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