Watertown’s Donohue’s Bar & Grill received the first grant from the Step Up to the Table Foundation, a group looking to save local restaurants during COVID-19. Donohue’s was nominated by Josh Vernon, who sent in a letter talking about how much the restaurant has given back to the community since it opened in 1998, particularly to the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. “When you mention Donohue’s to anyone from the Watertown area, they think of family and a wonderful place to gather together for all reasons JD would never ask for help, so as a friend and customer I felt he deserved this nomination so he can continue giving back to his community and supporting his staff,” Vernon wrote in his nomination. Like restaurants across Massachusetts, Donohue’s has faced many hurdles during the pandemic, from being closed in the early days of COVID, to continued reduction of capacity and other restrictions. See a video, below, posted by the Step Up to the Table Foundation when it told owner JD Donohue about the grant:
A view of the proposed life sciences building at 66 Galen Street viewed from Galen Street. Plans for an a new life science building on Galen Street near Watertown Square got praise from the Planning Board for taking steps to address traffic in the area, improving public transportation and creating green space for public use. The board voted unanimously on Jan. 13 to support Boston Development Group’s project at 66 Galen St., which includes the former Colonial GMC dealership and sits next to the MBTA’s Watertown Yard. On Jan.
Five Watertown condos were sold this week. $615,000 – 104 Coolidge Hill Road Unit 14, Condo – Townhouse, 1,763 Living Area Sq. Ft., 6 Room, 2 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom
$592,000 – 29 Palfrey St., Condo – Townhouse, 1,400 Living Area Sq. Ft., 7 Room, 4 Bedroom, 1 Full & 1 Half Bathroom
$353,000 – 26 Carey Ave. Unit 8, Condo – Low-Rise, 600 Living Area Sq.
See this week’s Watertown open houses. $899,900 – 764 Belmont St. Unit 1, Condo – Townhouse, 2,280 Living Area Sq. Ft. (Includes Finished Basement), 8 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 2 Half Bathroom, Open House: Sunday 11-12:30
$2,600,000 – 152 Cypress St., Multi-family Home – 3 Family – 3 Units Side by Side, 6,502 Living Area Sq.
A biotech manufacturing center will be created in this building in the Arsenal on the Charles. The Massachusetts Center for Advanced Biological Innovation and Manufacturing is a joint effort between Harvard, MIT, area hospitals and biotech firms.
Harvard University is coming back to the Arsenal on the Charles, this time teaming with MIT, hospitals, local hospitals and corporate sponsors to create a biotech manufacturing center in the former U.S. Army Arsenal. The new center will be called the Massachusetts Center for Advanced Biological Innovation and Manufacturing, and will be located in 40,000 sq. ft. of a building located off North Beacon Street in the complex.
Small businesses can start applying for the latest round of federal Payroll Protection Program. PPP loans available for businesses that did not get the grant in the first round, and the application process began on Jan. 11. Also, businesses that got PPP in the first round can apply for the Second Draw can begin applying on Jan. 13.
The Watertown Business Coalition has two upcoming virtual events to discuss promoting the different neighborhoods around Town, and creating a Cultural District. The group welcomes the ideas and input from businesses and residents. Neighborhood Identities
The effort to create stronger neighborhood identities emerged as an idea to boost local businesses during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic and moving forward. A virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
The event announcement said: “We will discuss ways we can rally around the idea of creating neighborhood identities and promote businesses and the communities within those neighborhoods.
Four condos and a single-family home sold this week in Watertown. $569,900 – 662 Belmont St. Unit 662, Condo – 2/3 Family, 1,472 Living Area Sq. Ft., 9 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bathroom
$705,000 – 40 Royal U:40, Condo – Townhouse, 1,825 Living Area Sq. Ft., 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom
$677,000 – 49 Phillips St.
Check out the open houses in Town this week. $699,900 – 228-230 Sycamore St. Unit 230, Condo – Townhouse, 2,408 Living Area Sq. Ft. (Includes Finished Basement), 9 Room, 4 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom, Open Houses: Saturday 12-1:30 Sunday 12-1:30
$419,900 – 131 Coolidge Ave.