BRIGHTON, MA—Boston Mayor Martin J. Walshappears to be leaning toward supporting the controversial$80-million Cleveland Circle Cinema redevelopment project here.

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Some neighbors of the proposed project at the shuttered theatrehave been vocal opponents of the plan that calls for thereplacement of the theatre at 399 Chestnut Ave. with a mixed-usedevelopment of residential, retail and hospitality space, accordingto the Boston Business Journal.

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“It's a good project and there has been some changes made,”Mayor Walsh says. “People have a right to have a voice in thecommunity. If we are building a 60-story tower in an area that'szoned for three stories, then that's too much density. But here weare talking about a development that will result in arevitalization of the Cleveland Circle area.”

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Boston Development Group of Newto, MA presentedits most recent plan on Tuesday that calls for a218,520-square-foot development that would feature two buildings,including a 95,030-square-foot, 162-room Hilton Garden hotel, aswell as 92 apartments totalling 109,490 square feet. A total of14,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 188 parkingspaces are also part of the plan.

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The Cleveland Circle Cinema closed in 2008 after 68 years ofoperation. See story in the Boston Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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