Hub developer Ronald Druker is free to demolish the former Shreve, Crump & Low property, after a judge rejected an appeal by residents who have tried for years to keep the wrecking ball away from the Back Bay building.

Massachusetts Land Court Judge Karyn Scheier dismissed the residents’ challenge of the Boston Landmarks Commission’s vote in November to not accept a petition seeking special protection for the building.

The judge ruled the residents had “no right of appeal” under state law because the commission had never made a “designation” or “determination” for the 330 Boylston St. building overlooking the Public Garden.

Developer Ron Druker has proposed a nine-story, $120 million mixed-use project with retail on the first floor and offices, above

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My thoughts: I’m pro development, but with that said, I think it’s sad that the developer can’t some how move forward with his plans and save this 105 year old Back Bay building.

File Under: Wishful thinking.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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