Mar 20, 2019
Dorchester Charter School Receives $27 Million in Construction Financing
The upcoming Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester, MA has received $27,038,292 in construction financing via Civic Builders and the Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation, inc.
The approved project will construct a three-story, 43,500-square-foot school building at 395 Columbia Road in Dorchester. The building would serve as a permanent location for its Elementary and Upper School (approximately 275 students in grades 3-8), currently located nearby in Dorchester.
Mar 06, 2019
Building Permit Granted for Conservatory Lab Charter School
A building permit has been granted for the Conservatory Lab Charter School project in Dorchester.
The project calls to construct a three-story, 43,500-square-foot school building at 395 Columbia Road in Dorchester. The building would serve as a permanent location for its Elementary and Upper School (approximately 275 students in grades 3-8), currently located nearby in Dorchester.
Feb 15, 2019
270 Unit Project Approved in East Boston
The Boston Planning Board has approved the 270 unit residential project at 144 Addison Street in East Boston. The approval comes after the development site was bought by Gate Residential for $10M last November. 144 Addison Street will feature 2 new buildings to include 270 apartments and parking for 179 cars. Units will range in size from studios to two bedrooms. The project is located just a few blocks from East Boston's Constitution Beach.
Feb 12, 2019
Framing Nearly Complete for Parcel K as Exterior Work Kicks Off
Structural framing for the upcoming mixed-use project at Parcel K in the Seaport is nearly complete and exterior work has started. The 500,000 square foot project is comprised of two buildings, both 12 stories, one a Hyatt Place hotel, the other a rental project. The hotel will feature 294 rooms while the rental building will include 304 apartments. The buildings will also contain around 12,000 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. A one-level underground parking garage will have the capacity for approximately 450 cars.
Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.
Feb 04, 2019
Project Change Filed for 15-19 Congress Street
Hemisphere Development has submitted an NPC to change the project of 15 Congress Street from 35 condo units to a 116 room hotel. A five-story addition originally proposed is still in the plans and retail and restaurant space will also remain in place on the ground floor.
15-19 Congress Street is part of the Congress Square redevelopment that will help to transform Quaker Lane from a forgotten service way into a pedestrian-friendly, European-style arcade, with cafes and outdoor seating.
Jan 07, 2019
Congress Square Refinanced for $190.73 Million
The Congress Square development located in Boston's Financial District has been refinanced for $190.73 million.
The project consists of a 458,300-square-foot mixed-use development featuring a state-of-the-art hotel, office, residential and retail space located in the heart of Downtown Boston overlooking Post Office Square. Five historic buildings will be fully restored, and new additions will be constructed for a total of 92,700 square feet of new construction.
Nov 29, 2018
Gate Residential Acquires East Boston Development Site
Gate Residential has acquired the property at 144 Addison Street in East Boston for $10 Million.
The proposed multi-family residential development would feature 270 apartment residences across two new-construction buildings ranging from three to five stories in height. Residences would include 59 studios, 149 one bedrooms, and 62 two-bedrooms. Both buildings would be connected with a central resident amenity section. A total of 179 vehicle garage parking spaces, 270 covered bicycle storage spaces, and 15 exterior bicycle parking spaces would be provided on site.
Oct 17, 2018
Hanover Cambridge Park Open as Final Units Wrap Interior Finishing
Units are available for move in now at Hanover Cambridge Park with the final section of the project nearing completion. The development features 254 apartments just steps from Alewife Station. Resident amenities include bike storage, a fitness center, and courtyard space. 130 parking spaces are reserved for residents at the neighboring garage. The project also includes around 7,700 sf of ground floor retail.
Sep 24, 2018
Revere Property Acquired for $89.25 Million
Greystar has acquired the property at 650 Ocean Avenue in Revere for $89.25 million.
Ocean 650 features a 211,294 square foot mixed-use building on Revere Beach. The six-story building consists of 230 luxury rental apartments along with 304 parking spots for residents.
Aug 20, 2018
WeWork Continues Congress Square Fit Out
Electrical work is now being completed in WeWork's biggest Boston location. The company agreed to lease 97,000 square feet of office space on floors 2-5 at the Water Street location back in June.
The upcoming 458,300-square-foot mixed-use development featuring state-of-the-art hotel, office, residential and retail space is located in the heart of Downtown Boston overlooking Post Office Square. Projected completion is slated for Fall 2018.
Aug 16, 2018
Site work Begins at Parcel K in Seaport
The building boom in Boston's Seaport continues as site work is not underway at Parcel K, at the corner of Northern Avenue & Congress Street. The upcoming project feature 2 buildings, a 304 unit residential building and a 293 room Hyatt Place Hotel. There will also be 12,000 sf flex/innovation space and 18,000 sf of retail on site.
Aug 16, 2018
Historic Renovation Ongoing for Congress Square Development
Renovation is ongoing of the five historic buildings in the upcoming Congress Square development in Downtown Boston. New construction of an additional 93K square-feet is also well underway on the project. When complete Congress Square will feature over 458,000 square-feet of mixed-use space including a Hyatt Centric hotel, modern office space, retail, and 35 condominiums. This unique design blends the historic character of the buildings with a modern aesthetic and amenities.
Mar 27, 2018
Less than two years after, Related Beal sold the buildings at 15 and 19 Congress Street for $14.55 million to Thibeault Development the latter has turned around and sold the two buildings (totaling 54,461 square feet) to Boston based, Hempisphere Development Group, LLC for $19 million.
The buildings are part of the Congress Square project which is a full city block comprised of office, retail, luxury residential and boutique hotel uses with unparalleled branding and high profile signage opportunities.The building will also be reconfigured for over 35,000 square feet of retail along Congress, Water and Devonshire Streets, with both street and interior access to certain spaces.
Feb 22, 2018
Congress Square “jewel box” office addition glassed in
The seven-story “jewel box” addition atop the office component of Congress Square, a mixed-use development overlooking Post Office Square, is now glassed in with a floor-to-ceiling, high-performance glass curtain wall facade. With the addition sealed, the construction team will now turn towards fitting its’ interior out with electrical and HVAC utilities in order to prepare for construction of tenant office space, as well as constructing the addition’s exterior green roof deck.
Congress Square’s 16-story, 284,600-square-foot office component will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient. Additionally, a 165-key Hyatt Centric boutique hotel is being constructed on site, and 35 condominium residences are approved for construction. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at the 458,300-square-foot development’s center. The following is a photograph of the glassed-in office addition:
Jan 25, 2018
New windows installed along facade of restored 61 North Beacon Street office building in Brighton
Large, authentic black metal-framed windows have been installed along the fully restored facade of 61 North Beacon Street, a historic five-story, 71,000-square-foot office building that is being fully renovated as the first phase of the redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property in Brighton. The building’s interior is now being improved with new utilities and finishes in order to accommodate a new home for Boston Volvo Village, as well as 28,000 square feet of build-to-suit upper-floor office space and ground-floor retail now available for lease.
Boston Volvo Village’s new home at 61 North Beacon Street is expected to open in the coming months. Future plans for the automotive dealership’s currently home call for three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing. The property is located next to the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development and the proposed 11-acre Allston Yards development in an area of Brighton seeing significant development. The following is a photograph of 61 North Beacon Street:
Jan 23, 2018
270-unit East Boston apartment development could break ground late 2018
A proposed 270-unit multifamily development at 144 Addison Street in East Boston, located minutes from the Orient Heights MBTA Blue Line station and Route 1A, is expected to break ground by the end of the year per newly revealed project plans. The project would feature two new-construction buildings containing apartments including 59 studios, 149 one-bedrooms and 62 two-bedrooms, with 179 on-site vehicle garage parking spaces.
144 Addison Street would be built in two phases, with construction expected to last approximately 24 months and the first apartments expected to open December 2020. Project proponents Gate Residential and Bulgroup Properties have filed plans for 144 Addison Street with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed development.
Nov 19, 2017
$1 billion development atop Back Bay Station wins key approval following shadow compromise
After reaching a compromise with Old South Church regarding shadows cast on the historic building, Boston Properties has received a key city approval for the 1.37-million-square-foot Back Bay/South End Gateway mixed-use development atop Back Bay Station, bringing the $1 billion project one step closer to reality. Boston Properties has agreed to pay $3 million towards a preservation fund for Old South Church, Trinity Church and other surrounding historic buildings, as well as $3 million into the City of Boston’s affordable housing fund. The church had originally sought a $19 million settlement from Boston Properties in light of concerns that shadows from the development would darken the church and exacerbate water damage.
The settlement between Boston Properties and Old South Church came on the eve of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)’s vote to approve the project, which passed with unanimous approval. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will now go before the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; following ZBA approval, Boston Properties will be able to proceed with construction of the project. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will feature approximately 582,500 square feet of office space, approximately 61,800 square feet of retail space and approximately 600 residential units across three new towers and a one-level vertical expansion of Back Bay Station. The existing station will also be modernized as part of the project, and an additional 90 affordable housing units will be developed off site.
Nov 18, 2017
Ground lease approval moves 500,000-square-foot Seaport District development into construction phase
Massport has approved a long-term ground lease for the 2.5-acre Parcel K in the Seaport District, allowing a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development to proceed with construction next month. The development, developed by Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company, will feature 304 residential apartments, a 294-room Hyatt Place boutique hotel, approximately 12,000 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space across two new-construction 12-story buildings. Construction is now expected to commence in December and last approximately two years. Parcel K is owned by Massport and located at 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.
Nov 03, 2017
Congress Square office component tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held today for the seven-story steel jewel box addition atop Congress Square’s office component, which will be anchored by the joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient. Overlooking Post Office Square and Downtown Boston, the addition will contain office space as well as amenities including an exterior green roof deck. The resulting office structure, developed by Related Beal, will feature 284,600 square feet of space, including the two advertising agencies’ 200,000-square-foot headquarters.
Congress Square’s hotel component is also well underway, with vertical concrete construction beginning on the 13-story addition alongside the existing building at 68 Devonshire Street. The resulting 85,700-square-foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel, developed by Magna Hospitality Group, will feature 165 keys, in addition to ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
In total, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space. Owner Thibeault Development has listed the development’s approved residential component, located at 13-21 Congress Street, for sale. The existing buildings, which are vacant and in shell condition, are fully permitted for conversion to 35 condominium residences with ground-floor retail, including vertical expansion by 7,000 square feet to 61,450 total square feet. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The office building and hotel, both of which will contain ground-floor retail, are slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018. The following are photographs of the topped-off office building:
The following are photographs of the under-construction hotel building:
Oct 24, 2017
Renovation and residential addition proposed for Coolidge Corner medical office building
CMS Partners proposes to renovate and expand its’ existing five-story, 33,695-square-foot medical office building at 209 Harvard Street in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner, adding a new ground-floor cafe and constructing a total of 49 residences in a new six-story, 29,212-square-foot rear addition. The existing building’s façade facing Harvard Street would be improved with a new glass and panelized system and a glazed addition with a stairway along the first two floors. Interior common areas would be renovated as well. A total of 35 micro-housing units and 14 one-bedroom units would be constructed within the rear addition, replacing the building’s existing surface parking lot. CMS Partners acquired 209 Harvard Street in February 2016 for $11 million from Langley Corp. The proposed project is now under review by the Town of Brookline.
Oct 15, 2017
Congress Square residential component offered for sale
Thibeault Development, owner of the approved residential component of the 458,300-square-foot Congress Square mixed-use development in Post Office Square, has listed the existing buildings approved for residential conversion for sale through Colliers International. Thibeault Development acquired the two existing buildings at 13-21 Congress Street, which are currently vacant and in shell condition and total 54,450 square feet, for $14.55 million in August 2016. The buildings are fully permitted for conversion to 35 condominium residences with ground-floor retail, including vertical expansion by 7,000 square feet to 61,450 total square feet. Colliers’ listing touts the buildings’ potential for office use in addition to residential.
Upon completion as approved, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space, including a 284,600-square-foot office building developed by Related Beal that will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient, a 165-key, 85,700-square-foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel developed by Magna Hospitality Group, 51,350 square feet of residential space containing 35 condominiums and 36,650 total square feet of retail space. Retail will be oriented about Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The office building and hotel, both of which will contain ground-floor retail, are slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018. Congress Square was originally proposed by Related Beal, who acquired the property in 2013. Following the project’s approval in 2015, Related Beal sold the hotel component to Magna and the residential component to Thibeault.
Oct 08, 2017
Westbrook Partners acquires Vanguard at Waterfront Square apartments on Revere Beach for nearly $60 million
Westbrook Partners has acquired the 194-unit Vanguard at Waterfront Square luxury apartment community on Revere Beach, which opened in 2016, for $59.85 million in cash. The sale amounts to approximately $308,505 per unit. The Bozzuto Group has assumed management of Vanguard at Waterfront Square with Westbrook Partners’ acquisition. The project’s seller, a joint venture of Covington Realty Partners and Real Estate Capital Partners, paid $41.7 million to develop Vanguard at Waterfront Square. Vanguard at Waterfront Square features two new-construction buildings located steps from the MBTA Blue Line with amenities including a fitness center, a swimming pool, a clubroom, a business center, garage parking and sweeping ocean views throughout. Westbrook Partners is currently developing The Aberdeen, a 40-unit luxury condominium building in Brighton, and is proposing to construct 55 Wheeler Street, a 526-unit apartment community in West Cambridge, in a joint venture with Redgate.
Oct 04, 2017
Wood framing underway at 88 CambridgePark Drive apartments in West Cambridge
The wood-framed superstructure of 88 CambridgePark Drive, a two-building, 294,000-square-foot residential and retail development by The Hanover Company located steps from Alewife Station, is about to top off at six stories tall. Facade weatherproofing and window installation are both underway. The building will contain 254 apartment residences and 7,700 square feet of ground-floor retail, including a cafe. The following are photographs of 88 CambridgePark Drive:
Sep 14, 2017
Steel vertical addition rising at Congress Square office building in Post Office Square
The first two floors of the seven-story steel jewel box addition atop Congress Square’s future office building have been erected, with construction of the building’s concrete elevator core complete. In addition to office space, the addition will contain amenities including an exterior green roof deck overlooking Post Office Square and Downtown Boston. Congress Square’s 284,600-square-foot office component, developed by Related Beal, will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient, with additional office space and ground-floor retail space now leasing.
In total, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space, including a 85,700 square foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel, whose foundation is now under construction, developed by Magna Hospitality Group and 51,350 square feet of residential space developed by Thibeault Development. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The following are photographs of the office building’s steel addition:
Sep 13, 2017
Lixi acquires site of future Revere Beach waterfront hotel for $2 million
Hotel developer Lixi Group of Montreal, QC has acquired 1.31 acres overlooking Revere Beach, on which the developer will construct a 150-room Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel, for $2 million in cash. The property fronts the recently constructed Waterfront Square plaza and is located adjacent to the Wonderland MBTA Blue Line station,
a short transit ride or drive to Logan Airport and Downtown Boston. The hotel will feature amenities including a swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant and a bar.
The 150-room hotel will be the next phase of the $500 million, 1.4-million-square-foot Waterfront Square development, which upon completion will also feature 900 luxury residences and up to 40,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and entertainment space. 424 luxury apartment residences have already been completed at Waterfront Square, including 230 residences at Ocean 650 and 194 residences at Vanguard Waterfront Square.
Sep 12, 2017
Music-focused charter school proposes new Dorchester building
Conservatory Lab Charter School, a tuition-free charter school that provides a rigorous, music-rich education, proposes to construct a new 43,500-square-foot home for its' elementary and upper school programs at 395 Columbia Road in Dorchester's Uphams Corner. The building would feature music-specialized common resource spaces such as a media library, a visual arts studio and a collection of small, medium and large acoustically-tuned ensemble spaces. Conservatory Lab Charter School anticipates to start construction of its' proposed building in April 2018, with completion anticipated in August 2019. The school has filed plans for the proposed building with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposal.
Aug 07, 2017
Initial demolition underway at Boston Volvo Village mixed-use redevelopment in Brighton
The interior of 61 North Beacon Street, a historic 5-story, 71,000-square-foot office building, has been nearly fully demolished to make way for renovations that will comprise the first phase of the mixed-use redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property in Brighton. 61 North Beacon Street will be converted into a new dealership and offices for Boston Volvo Village, freeing the existing dealership property up for redevelopment. Preliminary development plans for the site call for three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing. 61 North Beacon Street will also contain ground-floor retail and 28,000 square feet of upper-floor office or R&D space.
At 61 North Beacon Street’s rear, a section of an existing single-story commercial building formerly home to a service center for Charles River Saab has been demolished. Prior to demolition, the Saab building had abutted 61 North Beacon Street; ultimately, the Saab building will likely be fully demolished to make way for further development. A surface parking lot accessible from North Beacon Street that formerly served 61 North Beacon Street has also been demolished; the lot will serve as a staging area for 61 North Beacon Street’s renovation, and will ultimately serve as the new Volvo dealership’s front driveway. The following are photographs of the Boston Volvo Village Redevelopment:
Jul 30, 2017
300 residences proposed near East Boston's Orient Heights
Gate Residential and Bulgroup Properties propose to construct a new mixed-use development in East Boston featuring 300 residential units and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space a short walk from the Orient Heights MBTA Blue Line station. The development would be constructed on a 3.29-acre surface parking lot currently leased to Avis Car Rental. The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and anticipate to file an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) with additional details within next 60 days.
May 14, 2017
Brooke Charter High School acquires land for new Mattapan building
Brooke Charter High School has acquired the 2.38-acre Mattapan parcel on which it will build a new 95,000-square-foot school building for $1,419,816, or $596,561.35 per acre. The land’s seller is New Boston Fund, developer of the adjacent Olmsted Green residential development. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved Brooke’s new building in March. Construction of Brooke’s new building is anticipated to commence this Spring, with occupancy expected by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
May 10, 2017
First phase of Boston Volvo Village redevelopment in Brighton breaks ground
Boston Volvo Village, a local automotive dealer in operation since 1957, broke ground Monday (May 8th, 2017) on the restoration of the historic 71,000-square-foot office building at 61 North Beacon Street in Brighton, the first phase of the redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property located steps to Boston Landing and the new commuter rail station. The restored 61 North Beacon Street, which stands on a 1.2-acre parcel, will house the dealership’s new showroom and offices as well as new state-of-the-art tenant office and retail space. Preliminary plans call for the present 4.1-acre car dealership, located at 75 North Beacon Street, to be developed into three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing.
Apr 23, 2017
Hyatt Centric hotel coming to Congress Square in Financial District
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced it will open a Centric hotel, Hyatt’s new millennial-minded, upper-upscale lifestyle boutique hotel brand, at the 458,300 square foot Congress Square development in the Financial District. The new hotel, Hyatt Centric Boston, is expected to open in 2018 and is part of a 12-hotel worldwide expansion campaign; Centric launched in 2015 and currently includes 14 hotels in North and South America. Centric hotels emphasize individual, social design that captures local flavor, centered about The Corner, Centric hotels' signature craft cocktail lounge, and a locally-themed bar and restaurant. Staff at Centric hotels are specially trained to provide custom-tailored tourism recommendations for guests.
Magna Hospitality Group, Hyatt Centric Boston’s owner, acquired Congress Square’s 85,700 square foot boutique hotel component for $16.5 million from Related Beal in August 2016. The hotel will incorporate an existing 12-story, 53,072 square foot building at 68 Devonshire Street and construct a new 13-story horizontal addition on the adjacent vacant lot. Congress Square is a 458,300 square foot mixed-use development overlooking Post Office Square which will feature hotel, office, residential and retail space. Office and retail space, which are being developed by Related Beal, are now leasing. Advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient will open a 200,000 square foot joint headquarters at Congress Square.
Mar 22, 2017
Hanover Alewife luxury apartments near opening
Hanover Alewife is just about complete as the 213-residence luxury apartment community prepares for its' opening this Spring. The building's interior and exterior are both nearly finished, and landscaping work is underway. Hard hat tours of Hanover Alewife are now being offered, and leasing of apartments has begun. Available apartments include 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms starting at around $2,400 a month. The following are photographs of Hanover Alewife:
Mar 22, 2017
Foundation construction underway at 88 CambridgePark Drive apartments at Alewife Station
Foundation work is well underway at 88 CambridgePark Drive, and the vertical concrete structure that will frame out the development’s ground-floor retail podium is out of the ground. Following completion of the podium, five stories of wood framing will be built above to complete 88 CambridgePark Drive's six-story structure. 88 CambridgePark Drive will feature 254 apartment residences and 7,700 square feet of retail. The following are photographs of 88 CambridgePark Drive:
Mar 20, 2017
95,000 square foot charter school approved in Mattapan
The Brooke Charter High School, a 95,000 square foot school building that will accommodate approximately 780 students in grades eight through 12, was approved at last Thursday (March 16th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building will provide Brooke Charter School with new classroom and recreational space and will provide the school with a permanent home for its’ recently introduced high school program. Construction of the building is anticipated to commence this Spring, with occupancy expected by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Mar 13, 2017
Back Bay/South End Gateway project poised to improve public transit experience
By Matthew M. Robare
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) recently held a Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting to present the latest progress on the Back Bay/South End Gateway project, which was first proposed by Boston Properties last March and is undergoing active review by the City of Boston. Article 80 Large Project Review for the project is now underway, and both a Draft Project Impact Report and Draft Environmental Impact Report have been filed. The proponent is also
working to amend the existing Planned Development Area zoning, which currently
includes just sections of the site, to include the entire project site in order
to enable the development of over 1.2 million square feet.
The proposed Back Bay/South End Gateway development
In response to public
comment, developer Boston Properties has increased the size of the proposed public
plaza at the Clarendon Street entrance and removed a two-story addition on the
existing Back Bay Station along Dartmouth Street. In order to accommodate the development, the existing
bus pick-up and drop-off area along Clarendon Street would be converted into an
11,000 square foot public plaza serving as a grand gateway to Back Bay Station and the new 34-story Station East building.
Bus service would be permanently moved to a new Stuart Street entrance to Back
Bay Station, which would be conveniently located in the lobby of the new 26-story Garage West building steps to Copley Square and next to
the upcoming 40 Trinity Place hotel tower. Within the existing station, new
elevators and stairs would be built to access the Orange Line, and new
redundant elevators would be built to access the Amtrak and Commuter Rail
The pick up/drop off area for the route 39 bus will be moved to Stuart Street in order to accommodate the new public plaza on Clarendon Street.
The new Clarendon Street public plaza
The approximately 1.2
million square foot Back Bay/South End Gateway project would construct three
new skyscrapers and expanded retail space at Back Bay Station. At the corner of
Dartmouth and Stuart Streets would be Garage West, a 606,000 to 618,000 square
foot steel and glass retail and office tower that resembles boxes stacked
off-center. On Garage West’s ground floor would be a new entrance to Back Bay Station.
At Clarendon and Stuart Streets would be Garage East, a 220,000 square foot
residential tower with 220 units. Along Clarendon Street would be Station East,
a 387,000 square foot, 360-unit residential building. Adjacent to the existing Back
Bay Station entrance on Dartmouth Street would be Station West, a 30,000 square
foot retail low-rise. The existing Back Bay Station would also be improved and
modernized as part of the project:
The concourse from the new Stuart Street entrance to the main station will be bright and clean-looking.
A view of the Garage West tower from the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart Streets, featuring the new Stuart Street entrance to Back Bay Station.
Dec 18, 2016
Revisions approved to Parcel K mixed-use development in Seaport District
Minor changes to the approved Parcel K development in the Seaport District were approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The revised project will move forward with 304 residential apartments, a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. New rooftop amenities have also been added, including a small fitness room and pool at the hotel building and a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck at the residential building. On-site parking capacity will also be reduced slightly, to 420 from previously approved 640. Phoenix Property Company (PPC) and Lincoln Property Company (LPC), who are taking over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
Dec 04, 2016
Minor changes proposed to approved Bayside Doubletree Hotel Expansion in Dorchester
Corcoran Jennison Associates is proposing minor changes to the approved Bayside Doubletree Hotel Expansion project in Dorchester. A slight increase in hotel rooms (97 to 104) is proposed, along with a slight increase in square footage (69,500 to 70,900) and a slight reduction of the hotel addition’s square footage footprint (19,281 to 17,259). A Notice of Project Change (NPC) detailing proposed changes from the approved project plan has been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and is now undergoing official review.
Oct 02, 2016
Parcel K project changes proposed, developer partner joins team
Per a Notice of Project Change (NPC) submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) last Thursday (September 29th, 2016), Phoenix Property Company (PPC) will partner with Lincoln Property Company (LPC) to develop Parcel K in the Seaport District; the following is a link to the NPC. It was announced earlier this month that LPC would take over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, who was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009. LPC and PPC anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
LPC and PPC propose minor changes to the Parcel K project plan approved by the BPDA in 2009. The revised project would feature 304 residential apartments a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant. As previously approved, two buildings, one with a hotel and one with residential units, would be constructed at Parcel K.
Proposed hotel rooms have increased by 46, from 247 rooms to 293 rooms; the number of proposed residential units has not changed. Interior layouts of both proposed buildings have been modified to enable occupancy of the 12th floor; the 12th floor was previously proposed to contain mechanical space. As a result of the interior layout modification, the hotel's 12th floor would now feature a small fitness room and pool, and the residential building's 12th floor will now feature a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck.
The previously approved building massing has not been altered with the proposed 12th floor modifications; total building square feet would increase by approximately 19,397 square feet to 499,500 square feet from previously approved 479,678 square feet. Parcel K’s underground parking garage would be reduced to one level and a maximum of 420 spaces from three levels and 640 spaces; 197 spaces would initially be striped.
Sep 11, 2016
New developer taking over Parcel K project in Seaport, breaking ground early 2017
Banker & Tradesman reports that Lincoln Property Company of Boston will take over the approved Parcel K development project in the Seaport District and hopes to break ground in early 2017. Lincoln Property Company Executive Vice President John Miller confirmed the news; Lincoln Property Company will self-manage the property. Conroy Development of Stoughton, MA was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009; Conroy Development's project plan received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in May 2014. The approved Parcel K plan will construct an 11-story residential building containing 304 rental apartments and a 10-story hotel building containing 250 rooms. Approximately 16,000 square feet of innovative office space and 25,000 square feet of retail will be located at the project's ground floor.
Aug 12, 2016
Related Beal sells approved Congress Square boutique hotel project to Magna Hospitality Group for $16.5 million
Last Friday (August 12th, 2016), Related Beal sold the approved boutique hotel component of the Congress Square development project to hotel investor, developer and manager Magna Hospitality Group of East Warwick, Rhode Island for $16.5 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. An 85,700 square foot boutique hotel is approved for construction at Congress Square. The approved hotel site is located at 68 Devonshire Street and includes an existing 12-story, 53,072 square foot building and an adjacent vacant lot. To construct the approved hotel, the existing building would be thoroughly renovated and a 13-story addition would be constructed on the vacant lot. The following is a rendering of the boutique hotel approved for construction at Congress Square:
Related Beal now only retains ownership of Congress Square's 40 Water Street, where approximately 285,000 square feet of office space and 31,000 square feet of retail are currently under construction. Related Beal sold 15 & 19 Congress Street, the residential component of Congress Square, to Thibeault Development last week for $14.55 million; 35 condominiums with ground-floor retail are approved for construction at 15 & 19 Congress Street.
The following is a Congress Square site plan:
The following is the deed for the sale of the approved boutique hotel project to Magna Hospitality Group:
More information about Congress Square is posted below.
Aug 06, 2016
Residences still planned for two Congress Square buildings sold Thursday
In an official press release on Friday, Related Beal announced that the buildings at 15 and 19 Congress Street sold Thursday for $14.55 million by Related Beal to Thibeault Development will be redeveloped into residences as originally planned. It has not been announced whether Thibeault Development's residences will be condominiums or rentals, and a unit count has not been specified; a Notice of Project Change (NPC) has not been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) at this time. Related Beal had intended to construct 35 condominiums at 15 and 19 Congress Street; the buildings total 54,461 square feet.
According to the official press release, Thibeault Development will construct approximately 5,750 square feet of retail on the ground floor of 15 and 19 Congress Street fronting the future Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly avenue planned at the center of the Congress Square development project. "We are excited with the master plan for Congress Square that Related Beal has developed and are looking forward to being a part of bringing it to fruition," said Billy Thibeault, Principal at Thibeault Development. Related Beal will continue to develop the remainder of the Congress Square project. "The residences that Thibeault is developing at 15 and 19 Congress Street contribute greatly to our vision of Congress Square as a dynamic addition to Boston's downtown,” said Stephen Faber, an executive vice president at Related Beal. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the sale of 15 and 19 Congress Street to Thibeault Development. More information about Congress Square is posted below.
Aug 04, 2016
Related Beal sells two Congress Square buildings to Thibeault Development
This afternoon, Related Beal sold two buildings, located at 13-19 Congress Street, on the Congress Square development site in Downtown Boston to Thibeault Development of Everett, MA for $14.55 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Related Beal acquired the site for $87 million in 2013 and guided the Congress Square development project through approvals; the project started construction earlier this year. Della Thibeault, a Manager at Thibeault Development, was available for comment and confirmed that the firm is now the owner of 13-19 Congress Street. Related Beal retains ownership of the other three buildings at Congress Square and of a Devonshire Street parcel intended for construction of a boutique hotel; representatives of Related Beal were not available for comment this afternoon. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. The following is a site plan of Congress Square; the buildings sold to Thibeault Development are numberred 19 & 15 Congress:
The following is the deed for the sale of 13-19 Congress Street to Thibeault Development:
Apr 27, 2016
Parcel K mixed-use project expected to break ground in Q4 2016
At last night’s Fort Point Neighborhood Association meeting, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) gave an update on Parcel K, an approximately 500,000 square foot mixed-use project approved for construction on Massport's Parcel K in the Seaport District. The project is in its final design stage; expected completion of design work is in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016.
The Parcel K project is expected to break ground in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016. Construction of the project will take just over two years, with expected completion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.
The Parcel K project's developer is Conroy Development Corporation, who has entered a long-term lease with Massport to develop the parcel. More information about the Parcel K project is posted below.
Mar 30, 2016
Ashton Cambridge upper floors rising swiftly
The development project at 130 CambridgePark Drive has a new name: Ashton Cambridge. The Hanover Company, developer of Ashton apartment buildings across the nation, closed on the acquisition of the fully-permitted Ashton Cambridge site in November 2014 for $9 million. Developer The McKinnon Company guided the Ashton Cambridge project through approvals under Equity Office's former site ownership.
The Hanover Company is Ashton Cambridge's developer and construction manager. Ashton Cambridge's ground floor foundation is nearly complete, and upper floors are rising swiftly:
Walls are being built to create the building's residential units; the second floor is nearly complete:
Ashton Cambridge will be six stories tall. Residents at Ashton Cambridge will enjoy sweeping views of the Boston skyline:
New photographs of Ashton Cambridge are posted above. Additional project information, including architectural renderings, is posted below.
The following is the deed for the sale of the Ashton Cambridge site to The Hanover Company in November 2014:
The Hanover Company also owns the fully permitted 88 CambridgePark Drive project site. Equity Office also sold 88 CambridgePark Drive to The Hanover Company. Construction of 88 CambridgePark Drive has not yet begun.
Mar 29, 2016
A Project Notification Form has been submitted for the Back Bay Station Redevelopment, now known as the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project. Boston Properties hopes to begin construction of the project in mid-2017.
According to today's Boston Globe report, market conditions and demand for office and residential space will dictate the project's groundbreaking date. Likewise, it has not yet been determined whether residential units will be apartments or condominiums, or whether affordable housing requirements will be fulfilled on site or elsewhere.
Additional project information is posted below; the following is a link to the Project Notification Form. The following are additional project architectural renderings:
Mar 25, 2016
Interior demolition underway at Congress Square
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition division is hard at work performing interior demolition at Congress Square in Boston’s Financial District. The JDC team is gutting the five existing Congress Square buildings, paying careful attention to the abundant historic detail inside. Authentic copper and marble finishes are prominent throughout the buildings; pillars and walls feature intricate patterns and carvings. These unique details will be preserved as part of the Congress Square development.
During our visit to the Congress Square site, we observed the JDC team raising Bobcat vehicles to the buildings' upper floors. These vehicles will be used to perform interior demolition:
Great views of the Boston skyline are abundant throughout the buildings, particularly on upper floors:
We also observed the first restored copper panel on Congress Square’s exterior. As previously reported, the authentic copper panels on Congress Square’s exterior will be fully restored to their “original, copper dipped shine:"
Initial site work is also beginning on a parcel on which a new Congress Square building will be built. The building will front Devonshire Street and will house a boutique hotel:
More information on the Congress Square project, including architectural renderings, is posted below.
Mar 21, 2016
Exciting discovery made at Congress Square
Arrowstreet reports an exciting discovery has been made at Congress Square, currently under construction in Boston’s Financial District. While restoring painted exterior grillwork of the historic buildings, the Consigli construction team discovered that the grillwork is copper-plated and that the panels contain previously unseen intricate craftsmanship. The panels will now be fully restored to their “original, copper dipped shine,” which will further enrich the pedestrian experience that is central to the Congress Square project. We are excited to watch Congress Square continue to progress and cannot wait to see what other hidden historic details are uncovered!
Below are renderings of the restored copper grillwork:
Congress Square will fully restore five historic buildings. New glass additions will be constructed above the buildings; a new hotel building will also be built on site. A pedestrian mall lined with retail spaces and outdoor seating will be built at the site’s center. More project information, including renderings, is posted below.
Feb 12, 2016
Construction starting at Congress Square
Construction is starting at Congress Square in Boston's Financial District
! Construction fencing has been installed at Quaker Lane along with signage reading "Under Construction." Consigli Construction
will manage Congress Square's buildout.
Jan 07, 2016
Boston Properties has submitted a Letter of Intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct an air rights development over the existing Back Bay Station and neighboring parking garage. Per the letter, the project will be a "mixed-use office, retail, restaurant, commercial and residential development of approximately 1.4 million square feet...in and over the existing Garage and Station." The following is a link to the full Letter of Intent. More information about the proposed project is posted below.
Nov 06, 2015
Our site photographs of 660 Ocean Avenue at Waterfront Square from our tour last week are posted above. Learn more about the Waterfront Square development at our Waterfront Square project page.
Nov 06, 2015
We toured Waterfront Square last week with David Bois, Principal at Arrowstreet. Thanks David for a great tour! Learn more about the project and view our site photographs here on BLDUP.com. Also visit our project pages for Vanguard at Waterfront Square and 660 Ocean Avenue at Waterfront Square and watch our interview with David.
Oct 14, 2015
A topping-off ceremony was recently held at Logan Airport's Central Garage West! Check out photos from the ceremony, as well as of the garage, above and below. Photos courtesy Arrowstreet.