The Town of West Roxbury Massachusetts


West Roxbury is a neighborhood in Boston bordered by Roslindale to the northeast, the Town of Dedham to the west and south, the town of Brookline to the north and the city of Newton to the west. West Roxbury is often mistakenly confused with Roxbury, although the two are not related. West Roxbury, often referred to as a suburb within the city, is separated from Roxbury by Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

West Roxbury's main thoroughfare is Centre Street, which is lined with local restaurants and commercial establishments. Life in the neighborhood centers on civic activism, local politics, parishes and youth athletic leagues. West Roxbury is home to District E-5 of the Boston Police Department and two Boston fire stations, Ladder 25 & Engine 30 on Centre Street and Engine 55 on Washington Street. The Needham Branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail network has three stations in West Roxbury (Bellevue, Highland and West Roxbury). Several MBTA bus lines run through and/or terminate in West Roxbury.

A large Veterans Affairs hospital is located opposite the Charles River on the VFW Parkway near the Dedham line. This hospital has undergone several expansions during the last couple of decades. The neighborhood was home to an experimental transcendentalist utopia community called Brook Farm, which attracted notable figures such as Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose 1852 novel (The Blithedale Romance) is based on his stay there.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Property managers are typically on the front lines of lease negotiations. An experienced property manager has over the years acquired a variety of expert strategies to skillfully negotiate thorny retail and office leases. Negotiations for retail and office space tend to focus primarily on the business or monetary terms of the lease: base rent, free rent and tenant improvement allowances. There are several other important provisions that often have a major impact on a building\'s cash flow and value, however, as well as tenant business operations and occupancy costs. Some are onerous for a landlord and must be expertly negotiated to avoid damaging a property\'s income stream for many years to come. One of the most deadly lease provisions for shopping centers deals with co-tenancy. A merchant, usually an anchor or strong national shop tenant, may insist that if one of the anchor tenants \"goes dark\" (closes) or the shopping center falls below a certain occupancy level (usually 75-80 percent), the tenant may cancel its lease. Awarded to one or two tenants, this can start a domino effect of stores vacating the shopping center. This provision was common during the 1970s and early 1980s but was almost unheard of for the next 15 years. It has now become a negotiating issue for some very successful high-profile retailers. If a tenant must be awarded this provision, the tenant should be required to first demonstrate that sales declined more than 10 percent after an agreed-upon period following the closing of the store the co-tenancy is tied to.