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Menino: Comcast move violates pact with Boston

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said Comcast was in violation of an agreement with the city because it was relocating employees from a call center in Allston to Waltham this weekend. Menino wrote a letter to Comcast's Northern Division president, Kevin Casey, notifying him such a move would violate the license. Mike Lynch, the city's cable director, estimated 150 to 200 jobs are affected, at a time the city is in the process of renewing a license with Comcast that "makes sure they retain a goodly number of Boston jobs." A Comcast spokesman could not comment on the timing of the move or provide the number of employees affected. (Carolyn Y. Johnson)

The Region

Verizon raising prices on 2 calling plans this month
Verizon Communications Inc. will raise the price in Massachusetts of two phone plans in mid-November by $2 a month. The Freedom Essentials calling plan will rise to $46.99 per month and Freedom Value will cost $41.99. The increases will not affect customers who bundle their landline service with other Verizon offerings. Spokesman Phil Santoro said the majority of new customers are signing up for multiple services. (Carolyn Y. Johnson)

Electrical contractor in Norwood closes down
As many as 400 workers lost jobs when a Norwood electrical contractor shut down this week, according to state labor officials. Constar International, Inc., also known as Consolidated Electric suddenly closed its doors Wednesday, said Stephen Laorenza, an electrician who worked there for 14 years. In a letter to employees, president Larry Pantano said the 31-year-old company could not find financing to keep operating and "is no longer a viable business entity." Consolidated had been struggling and laid off about 25 workers about a month ago, Laorenza said. The company also had offices in Hartford and Smithfield, R.I. Company officials didn't return messages. (Robert Gavin)

Continental switching to Terminal A Nov. 11
Continental Airlines is moving its operations and passengers to Terminal A Nov. 11at Boston's Logan International Airport, that will funnel 1 million more passengers a year into the airport's newest yet underused terminal. It will also make the carrier's former gates in Terminal C available to faster-growing airlines. JetBlue Airways Corp. is taking over a Continental Terminal C gate in two weeks and a second one in May. Massport directors agreed to pay Continental up to $1.8 million to offset relocation expenses. As part of the five-year contract, Continental will pay terminal bondholders $1.4 million annually and pay Massport $4.2 million in rent. (Nicole C. Wong)

Westwood Station project gets green light from Mass.
The state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a certificate approving Westwood Station, a 4.5-million-square-foot transit-oriented, mixed-use development at the intersection of Route 128 and Interstate 95, adjacent to the MBTA's 128 Station, in Westwood. The project, to begin construction this year, will include 1,000 residences, 1.3 million square feet of retail space including a Target store, at least 10 restaurants, and 1.5 million square feet of office space plus a hotel. The certificate included 42 requirements for road and other improvements costing millions of dollars that are to be borne by the developer Cabot Cabot & Forbes of New England Inc. (Thomas C. Palmer Jr.)

Post Office to sell 2 sites, consolidate in S. Boston
The United States Postal Service asked for proposals for redevelopment of the 16-acre site at Dorchester Avenue and Summer Street where its processing and distribution center is located. The Postal Service will also sell 23 acres on A Street and use both proceeds to move to another location in the South Boston industrial neighborhood, it said. It has hired the firm CB Richard Ellis/New England to find a developer for the site on Dorchester Avenue. Redevelopment will also allow expansion of railroad tracks at South Station. (Thomas C. Palmer Jr.)

Commerce Group, Mapfre talked before state change
Spanish insurer Mapfre SA made overtures about purchasing Commerce Group Inc. of Webster last spring, several months before Massachusetts regulators said the state was moving to "managed competition," according to a letter sent to employees by Commerce's chief executive. Gerald Fels said he formally met with Mapfre officials in June, one month before Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes disclosed her intention to open the auto insurance market to competition. He said the company had a duty to shareholders to consider any reasonable offer to buy the company. (Bruce Mohl)

(Correction: Because of a reporting error, a Business in brief item in yesterday's Business section gave an incorrect date that Continental Airlines will move its operations and passengers to Terminal A from Terminal C at Boston's Logan International Airport. The change will happen on Nov. 11.)

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