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Saint Gabriel's Redevelopment Secures $150.165 Million in Construction Financing
The redevelopment project of Saint Gabriel's in Brighton has secured $150.165 million in construction financing via Blue Vista Capital Management.
In total the development will include around 555 residential apartment units, and 105 of condominiums units, and approximately 510 parking spaces. The center of the development will focus on the renovation and adaptive reuse of the existing St. Gabriel's Monastery and Church.
With an investigation by the Gaming Commission putting the gaming license of the Encore Boston Harbor in question work still continues on the 3 million square foot project. Steve Wynn has filed a lawsuit to block the release of the report, claiming it will violate his privacy rights. Amidst these questions, The Encore marquee has been put in place that will welcome guests this coming June.
The $2.5 billion project will feature over 600 luxury hotel rooms along with 210,000sf of gaming area. A public waterfront park is also being constructed along the Mystic River. Along with interior work, road improvement work has also started around the development.
With changes to the iconic sign complete, construction continues on various phases of the Avalon Hilltop development. Work is nearly complete on the commercial component with tenant fit-out taking place including on the 110 Grille.
On the residential side exterior work and window install are underway for 2 of the buildings with framing ongoing for another two toward the back of the project. Residential buildings are scheduled to open in fall 2019.
In total, the project will include 280 luxury apartments, a mix of studios, 1, and 2 bedrooms and 24,000sf of retail.
Building Permit issued for Alfa Romeo and Maserati Dealership
A building permit has been issued for the upcoming Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership in Brighton, MA.
The project will consist of a single-story, approximately 27,000-square-foot building would be constructed on the 1.84-acre site to house the dealership’s sales and service business. The remainder of the site would be used for vehicle parking.
Local 537 New Training and Office Facility Complete
Construction is now complete at Pipefitters Association Local 537 New Training and Office Facility.
The new headquarters and training facility for the Pipefitters Association Local Union 537 is a four-story, 70,000-square-foot building and features a pipefitting training facility, office space, educational classrooms, and assembly space with capacity for up to 500 people. 117 parking spaces are built on site.
An electrical permit has been issued for the upcoming 13-story building on Parcel Q1 in the Seaport. The building is set to contain 225,000 square feet of office space with 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A 12,000 square foot public plaza will be constructed at the building's ground level fronting Drydock Avenue. Office workers will have access to an 11th-floor roof terrace facing the Boston skyline and a rooftop terrace at the penthouse level.
Renovations Continue at St. Gabriel's Monastery in Brighton
Renovations of the Boston Landmark building St. Gabriel's Monastery continue for the redevelopment of the 11.6 acre site in Brighton. The historic monastery originally built in 1909 will be converted to 27 rental units. An additional 4 new buildings will be constructed on the site to include another 524 apartments and 105 condos. The plans also call for 510 parking spaces and improvements to the landscaping and open space, around 7 acres on the site. The development will include 85 affordable housing units and 13 workforce housing units.
Big Night Entertainment Group Confirms Restaurant and Nightclub
Back in March BLDUP reported that a lease had been signed by Big Night Entertainment Group for 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Encore Boston Harbor casino and hotel. The New England based entertainment group has formally announced plans for the space within the $2.5 billion casino this week.
The group said that the restaurant will be called Mystique, and the nightclub will be called Memoire. The restaurant will feature an Asian-fusion menu and will seat more than 530, including a 94-seat lounge with wraparound bar. The nightclub will overlook the resort’s casino floor and will accommodate up to 600 people.
The Andi at South Bay is now leasing as work is wrapping up on the first building (Building D) in the project. The 475 luxury unit complex, located in the new section of the South Bay Center will offer residents a host of amenities including 2 fitness centers, a private courtyard, salt water pool, and co-working space. Units within the project range in size from 450 sf studios to 1400 sf 3 bed/2bath apartments. The Andi is a key piece of the new 720,000 square foot mixed-use development that has transformed the 10-acre site at the intersection of Dorchester and South Boston.
Exterior Work Ongoing for New Pipefitters Local 537 Headquarters
Exterior work is ongoing near South Bay Center in Dorchester for the new headquarters of the Pipefitters Local 537. The four-story, 70,000 sf facility will offer space for training, offices, and an auditorium available for public meetings. There will also be over 10,000 sf of open outdoor space to include new landscaping to bring much needed green space to the area.
Foundation work is underway for new office space coming to the corner of Drydock Avenue & Harbor Street in the Seaport. The building is set to include over 211,000 sf of office space along with 8,400 sf of ground floor retail. A new public plaza will also be built along Drydock Avenue.
The $128 million project is expected to be complete in December 2019.
Commercial Space at Avalon Hilltop Set to Open in Late October
Commercial space at Avalon Hilltop is nearing completion with expected opening in late October. According to Jonathan Hueber, Director of Acquisitions at Crosspoint Associates, several commercial tenants including 110 Grill, Starbucks, Salem Five Bank, and Aspen Dental are already lined up to move into the highly anticipated development. Around 9,000 sf of commercial space remains available for lease at this high traffic location on Route 1 in Saugus.
Behind the commercial buildings, framing is underway for the residential portion of the development. Three new four-story residential buildings will be constructed to include 280 luxury apartments. Construction on the residential buildings is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.
The proposal for 30 Penniman Road in Allston includes a new seven-story, 46-unit residential condominium building, including two artists live and work units. The building will have 42 parking spaces, consisting of 40 mechanical garage parking spaces and two accessible parking spaces.
As proposed, the 46 residential homeownership units will consist of 40 market-rate units and six Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) units. There will be a mix of unit-types, with one studio unit, 34 one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, four three-bedroom units, and two loft style units with direct access from the street.
The approved project proposal also includes a contribution of $46,000 toward improvements and upgrades to Penniman Park.
Work continues at South Bay town center as an interior fit-out of 5,000 square feet of space to accommodate a new restaurant is underway. The work includes new mechanicals (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems). Additionally, a new kitchen, dining room, interior petitions, and drywall interior finishes are being completed.
When complete, the project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. A total of five new buildings will be built. South Bay Town Center will be pedestrian-oriented, with active ground-floor uses and open spaces.
Approved mixed-use redevelopment of the 14-acre former Hilltop Steakhouse site located on Route 1 in Saugus. Three new four-story residential buildings will be constructed at the site’s rear containing 280 luxury apartments. Apartments will include 16 studios, 122 one-bedrooms and 142 two-bedrooms surrounding a landscaped courtyard with a pool, grills, fireplaces and dog parks. 10% of apartments will be designated affordable.
Two new buildings featuring 24,000 square feet of retail will be constructed along Route 1. Retail will be co-developed with Crosspoint Associates and will include service-oriented businesses such as a dry cleaner, a hair salon, a coffee shop and a pharmacy as well as both full-service and casual restaurants. The development team intends to use the property’s existing liquor license. The landmark neon Hilltop Steakhouse cactus sign, which remains on site, will be incorporated into the development.
Parking will be constructed both at grade at the front of the property and in a new parking garage at the property’s rear. Resident parking will be constructed at a 1.62 residential-unit-to-parking-space ratio. Construction of the project is scheduled to commence by the end of 2017 and will take approximately two years.
Construction is ongoing at 159 Washington Street in Brighton, the site of the Saint Gabriel’s Monastery. The project is slated for completion in mid-2019.
The project consists of the construction of two five-story high new 400 Residential units, referred to as building two and three. Building two has a maximum footprint of 28 200 square-feet and building three has 37 500 square-feet. The first floor consists of parking in building two and residential units in building three. and residential and amenity spaces on the second floor through 5th floors
Per the project's Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF), resident amenities could include "a fitness center, indoor basketball court, common lounges, kitchens, games room, café, outdoor pool, outdoor grills, and a generous amount of hard and soft landscaped areas." A total of approximately 395 parking spaces would be constructed on site.
Scheduled to open June 2019, construction continues at Encore Boston Harbor. As the project moves along, road improvement work has started in areas around the casino resort including Sullivan Square, Route 99/Broadway, Sweetser Circle and Santilli Circle.
The 34-acre, 3 million square foot five-star casino opening June 2019 will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms with a standard room size of over 600 square feet. When complete, the project will transform Everett, surrounding cities, and impact the other casinos across New England.
Building Permit Issued for Brighton Development Project
A building permit has been issued for the Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment project in Brighton, MA.
The project consists of the construction of two five-story high new 400 Residential units, referred to as building two and three. Building two has a maximum footprint of 28 200 square-feet and building three has 37 500 square-feet. The first floor consists of parking in building two and residential units in building three. and residential and amenity spaces on the second floor through 5th floors
40 Rugg Road approval to bring 34 affordable units, new retail and art gallery space to Allston
The 40 Rugg Road project site is comprised of five parcels located in Allston. The site is currently occupied by four existing industrial buildings ranging from one to two stories, including associated surface parking areas, sidewalks, and temporary trailers. Nearby there are two parcels with an existing four-story masonry building and a five-story 36-unit condominium building currently under construction. The project site is located near the new Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station and is in close proximity to several MBTA bus routes.
As proposed, the project will include the development of two new six-story residential buildings called Building A-B and Building C, respectively. The buildings will include ground floor retail space, ground floor work and gallery space reserved for local artists, and an automated parking structure for 168 vehicles. The buildings will contain 265 rental apartments, 34 of which will be affordable. Eight of the affordable units are specifically reserved as and designed to be artist live/work units. The current makeup of the project includes 86 studios, 118 one-bedroom units, and 61 two-bedroom units. There will also be a new green space created within the project site with direct access from each building’s ground floor amenity areas for use by its residents. Building A-B will be located in an “L”-shape configuration along the southern and eastern boundaries of the project site; Building C will be located in a “C”-shape configuration on the northern side of the site, wrapping around the parking structure.
The project will provide a number of community benefits for the surrounding neighborhood, including a contribution of $80,000 to Penniman Park.
Exterior framing and drywall are going up at South Bay Town Center as they aim for a summer 2018 opening. The project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. A total of five new buildings will be built. South Bay Town Center will be pedestrian-oriented, with active ground-floor uses and open spaces.
Big Night Entertainment Group Adds to Growing Portfolio
BNEG has committed to lease approximately 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Wynn Boston Harbor casino and hotel.
The entertainment group, which operates 12 venues in Connecticut (Foxwoods Casino) and Massachusetts is continuing to build off of their success with their most recent Seaport District projects, The Grand and Scorpion Bar.
Wynn Boston Harbor casino staying on target for 2019
Work has begun on the 21st floor of the Everett superstructure casino hotel. The project, which began in August of 2016, is slated for a completion date of June 2019.
In addition to work on the hotel, the state of the art convention center's (above) roof and facade are also nearing completion. The center will rival that of the neighboring Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Interior installation of specialty curved escalators have also begun in the building. Wynn officials are leaving no detail overlooked as this multi-billion dollar development is the most expensive in the history of Massachusetts.
The project timing can be attributed to Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, impliment, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Revised plans revealed for $107 million Allston apartment development expected to break ground this Fall
The Michaels Organization has revealed revised plans for the proposed $107 million 40 Rugg Road apartment development in Allston, which the proponent hopes to break ground on this November. Originally proposed in Spring 2017, 40 Rugg Road’s proposed apartment count has increased from 261 to 265 residences. Additionally, eight income-restricted artist units are now proposed to be included in 40 Rugg Road’s 34-unit affordable apartment component.
Each artist would be provided with 1,350 square feet of gallery and work space on the ground floor; ground-floor retail space has been reduced from 2,700 square feet to 2,500 in order to make room for 10,800 square feet of ground-floor artist gallery and work space. An additional 1,500 square feet of flexible gallery and work space would be located in common areas throughout the development, resulting in a total of 12,300 square feet of gallery and work space.
Overall, 40 Rugg Road’s proposed gross floor area has been reduced from 294,400 square feet to 270,170. The development’s proposed height remains six floors and 69 feet. The proposed apartment mix has shifted slightly towards one-bedrooms; 86 studios, 122 one-bedrooms and 57 two-bedrooms are now proposed, as opposed to 94 studios, 105 one-bedrooms and 62 two-bedrooms previously. The City of Boston is now reviewing The Michaels Organization’s revised plans. Completion of 40 Rugg Road is expected in September 2020. The latest 40 Rugg Road renderings are posted above.
Wynn Boston Harbor casino superstructure nearing full height of 24 stories
The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett is nearing its’ full height of 24 stories, on schedule for completion of framing by the end of 2017. A three-story steel section of the casino along the Mystic River has topped off, and concrete pouring of the casino’s 24-story tower has reached approximately the 15th floor. The tower will be 350 feet high and house over 600 luxury hotel rooms.
Following completion of framing, the casino’s facade will be installed. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. Wynn Boston Harbor is on schedule to open in summer 2019 and will be set over 34 scenic waterfront acres with a 210,000 square foot gaming facility featuring approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables, as well as a 24/7 public waterfront park featuring sweeping views of the Boston skyline. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space as well as a spa and health club. The following is a photograph of Wynn Boston Harbor, courtesy Cannistraro:
Boston's first Alfa Romeo and Maserati automotive dealership proposed in Brighton
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles proposes to construct a new dealership and service center for its’ Alfa Romeo and Maserati lines, which would be the lines’ first dealership in the City of Boston, at 1650 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. A new 27,000 square foot, single-story building would be constructed on the 1.84-acre site, the remainder of which would be comprised of surface parking. Fiat Chrysler acquired 1650 Commonwealth Avenue for $14 million in March 2017.
An existing bank and vacant liquor store at 1650 Commonwealth Avenue would be demolished. Fiat Chrysler aims to start construction of the proposed project in the second quarter of 2018, with completion expected in the first quarter of 2019. Fiat Chrysler has submitted plans for the proposed project to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Edens acquires junk company site at gateway to South Bay Town Center development for $3.6 million
Edens, developer of the $200 million, 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center project in Dorchester, has acquired the 0.2-acre site of the Lenox Junk Company, located at the future gateway to South Bay Town Center, for $3.6 million. The parcel, located at 1170 Massachusetts Avenue at the corner of Allstate Road, presents an unprecedented opportunity for Edens to construct an engaging, appropriate gateway for South Bay Town Center, a pedestrian-oriented development which will feature approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. 1170 Massachusetts Avenue’s seller is Core Investments, who acquired the site for $900,000 in May 2013. Core Investments is currently developing the nearby $400 million, 735,000-square-foot Washington Village mixed-use development in South Boston’s Andrew Square.
Helical Drilling provides ground improvement solution at South Bay Town Center development in Dorchester
Helical Drilling has completed ground improvement at the 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center mixed-use development in Dorchester. Ground improvement was necessitated by South Bay's geotechnical composition of unstable urban fill, including up to 15 feet of loose-to-medium dense granular fill with ash, slag, cinders, and brick underlain by up to 10 feet of soft organic silt and followed by medium dense sand and gravel. In order to strengthen the soil, Helical Drilling installed Geopier® Rammed Aggregate Pier® Elements (RAPs), providing both spread footing support and slab-on-grade support. GeoConcrete® Column Rigid Inclusions (GCCs) were used in areas with thicker organic deposits and high footing bearing pressures.
Upon completion in 2018, the 10-acre South Bay Town Center will feature 475 apartment residences, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000-square-foot AMC cinema, a 130-room addition to the existing Holiday Inn Express hotel and three precast concrete parking garages. The following are photographs of ground improvement underway at South Bay Town Center, courtesy Helical Drilling:
Nova Residences luxury apartments now open in Brighton
Construction of Nova Residences, a new 85-residence luxury apartment community, is now complete, and residences are now leasing. Nova Residences features studio and two-bedroom residences and is located steps from the MBTA Green Line, providing residents with easy access to Downtown Boston. Amenities at Nova Residences include manicured outdoor spaces, a fitness center, on-site management and indoor common rooms. The following are photographs of Nova Residences:
Guest room expansion proposed to new Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston
First Bristol Corporation proposes to construct an 84-room, 45,718-square-foot addition to the recently built 178-room, 105,525-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn hotel in East Boston, eliminating an approved 10,305-square-foot retail component. In a Notice of Project Change (NPC) filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), First Bristol explains that after three years of marketing the retail space, no potential tenants have surfaced. Given high construction costs and the current challenging retail market, First Bristol has reportedly concluded that the sites are not tenantable for restaurant or retail purposes, and now aims to construct additional hotel rooms to "build upon and strengthen the proven success of the existing hotel" per the NPC. The BPDA is now reviewing First Bristol's proposed revised project plans, which would result in a 262-room, 148,243-square-foot hotel.
261-unit Allston apartment development would break ground Spring 2018
The Michaels Organization hopes to break ground on 40 Rugg Road, a proposed 294,400-square-foot Allston mixed-use development featuring 261 apartment residences, in Spring 2018. The LEED Silver efficiency certifiable building would include 2,700 square feet of retail along Braintree Street, and is located steps from the new Boston Landing commuter rail station surrounded by multiple development projects including Penniman on the Park, Trac 75, Boston Landing, Allston Yards and the Boston Volvo Village Redevelopment. The Michaels Organization has filed plans for 40 Rugg Road with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Superstructure construction underway at Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett
Construction of the superstructure of the 24-story Wynn Boston Harbor casino, opening June 2019 over 34 waterfront acres overlooking the Mystic River, is well underway. Multiple tower cranes have been installed throughout the site, and are being used to lift the tower’s multiple structural steel girders for installation along the tower’s frame. Concrete pouring has also begun in order to construct the casino's main 24-story tower. The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot casino has already reached four stories high, with the building’s foundation and 3,000-car underground parking structure complete. The long-contaminated site has been fully cleaned, ending the leaching of contaminants into the Mystic River and allowing for the eventual opening of the waterfront site to the public. The following are aerial drone views of Wynn Boston Harbor:
475 new residences break ground at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester
Two new buildings featuring 475 residences have broken ground at the 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center mixed-use development in Dorchester. Initial site work for a 45,000-square-foot addition to the existing Holiday Inn Express hotel on site is underway as well. A 602-space precast concrete parking garage is nearing completion at South Bay Town Center, and interior and exterior finishing are underway at the development’s new AMC movie theater. The 10-acre South Bay Town Center is expected to open in 2018 and will feature approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel, all oriented about an active pedestrian streetscape. The following is an aerial photograph of South Bay Town Center, courtesy Lee Kennedy Company:
New Pipefitters Association headquarters approved in Dorchester
The Pipefitters Association Local Union 537’s new 70,000-square-foot headquarters in Dorchester was approved at today’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Construction of the building is anticipated to commence in the 3rd quarter of 2017, with completion expected by the 3rd quarter of 2018. The building will now go before the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; ZBA approval will be required in order for the building to proceed with construction.
AvalonBay acquires former Hilltop Steakhouse property in Saugus for $17.25 million following mixed-use development approval
AvalonBay Communities has acquired the 14-acre former Hilltop Steakhouse site on Route 1 in Saugus, on which the company recently received approval to construct a 280-unit luxury rental apartment community with 24,000 square feet of retail, for $17.25 million. The sale amounts to $1,232,142.86 per acre. AvalonBay will start construction of the mixed-use development, dubbed Avalon at Hilltop, by the end of this year; the development will take approximately two years to complete.
Avalon at Hilltop was unanimously approved by the Saugus Planning Board in April. Apartments at Avalon at Hilltop will feature luxurious finishes including stainless steel appliances throughout, granite countertops and large windows. Resident amenities will include a freshly landscaped courtyard, a pool, multiple fireplaces, a top-notch fitness space, grills and a dog park. Retail at Avalon at Hilltop will be developed in partnership with Crosspoint Associates. AvalonBay is the owner of over 285 apartment communities and 82,000 apartment homes across 10 states.
26,000 square feet of new retail proposed in East Boston’s Maverick Square
Linear Retail Properties proposes to construct 9 Chelsea Street, a new two-story, 26,000-square-foot retail building, in the heart of East Boston’s Maverick Square across from the MBTA Blue Line. The building would replace four existing vacant buildings, bringing increased vitality to the rapidly-developing Maverick Square district. Linear has filed a Small Project Review Application (SPRA) for 9 Chelsea Street with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Pipefitters Association proposes new 70,000-square-foot Dorchester headquarters
The Pipefitters Association Local Union 537 proposes to construct a new four-story, 70,000-square-foot headquarters and training facility at 40 Enterprise Street in Dorchester, next to the 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center mixed-use development. The Pipefitters' existing headquarters, which consists of two buildings dating back to 1880 and 1964, would be demolished to make way for the proposed building. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in the 3rd quarter of 2017, with completion expected by the 3rd quarter of 2018. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing the Pipefitters' proposed project.
Mark Development and Hotel Buckminster-owner Buckminster Annex Corporation propose to jointly develop two hotel towers in the heart of Kenmore Square. Together, the towers would contain 763 hotel rooms and 375,000 square feet of space. On property owned by Mark Development at 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue, a 24-story, 260-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 375 rooms with ground-floor retail. Across Beacon Street, on property owned by Buckminister Annex Corporation at 655-665 Beacon Street, a 19-story, 210-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 390 hotel rooms. Both buildings would feature active ground floors, and as part of the project, pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements would be made. Mark and Buckminster have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop the towers with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and will reveal additional information this Summer. The proponents will also seek to establish a Planned Development Area (PDA) across the sites in order to obtain necessary zoning relief.
262 new apartments proposed steps to Boston Landing commuter rail station in Allston
The Michaels Organization, based in New Jersey, proposes to construct 262 residences with 3,485 square feet of ground-floor retail at 40 Rugg Road, a 1.89-acre Allston site located steps to the newly opened Boston Landing commuter rail station. The development has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Facade nears completion at Brighton’s Nova Residences, luxury apartments opening this Fall
Nova Residences’ newly constructed facade is nearing completion, with windows fully installed and metal panelling nearly fully complete. Interior finishing is underway in anticipation of the building’s September 1st opening. Nova Residences will feature 85 new luxury apartment residences, with amenities including indoor common rooms and manicured outdoor spaces. New renderings of Nova Residences have been revealed; these are posted above. The following are photographs of Nova Residences:
Tremont Crossing, 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development, approved in Roxbury
Tremont Crossing, a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development featuring residential, retail, office and cultural space, was approved at last Thursday (March 2nd)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. When complete, Tremont Crossing will feature 727 apartment residences, 405,808 square feet of retail, 108,000 square feet of office space and a 31,000 square foot National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) museum. The development team is now finalizing financing and designs in order to move forward with construction.
New retail center proposed in East Boston's Maverick Square
Linear Retail is proposing to construct a new 2-story, 25,000 square foot retail building in the heart of East Boston's Maverick Square. The building would replace a vacant funeral home, as well as 3 additional buildings.
Structural framing for the cinema and precast parking garages at the upcoming 720,000 square foot mixed-use South Bay Town Center, opening 2018 in Dorchester, is rapidly rising. A new parking garage is 25% erected, and interior structural framing is being installed to construct individual cinema screening halls. Site work is underway to construct the project's residential component, with the construction team at work installing site utilities and removing excess soils in order to commence foundation work. The following is an aerial photograph of the South Bay Town Center site:
Details revealed for Hilltop Steakhouse Redevelopment on Route 1 in Saugus
AvalonBay Communities and retail co-developer Crosspoint Associates have revealed new details of Avalon at Hilltop, the proposed $100 million redevelopment of the 14-acre former Hilltop Steakhouse property along Route 1 in Saugus. Preliminary plans call for 280 residential apartments with 24,000 square feet of retail. The City of Saugus is now reviewing these plans.
Parcel Q1 office and retail development in Seaport District approved
The Parcel Q1 office and retail development was approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Located in the Seaport District’s Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP), the $110 million project will construct a 13-story, 298,700 square foot building featuring 211,700 square feet of office space with 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019.
Concrete foundations are being installed for the future cinema and parking garages at the 720,000 square foot South Bay Town Center development in Dorchester. Across the South Bay Town Center site, which will host five new buildings on former surface parking lots, site work and utility installation are also underway. The 720,000 square foot mixed-use South Bay Town Center is expected to open in 2018. The following is an aerial photograph of the South Bay Town Center site:
Glass hotel tower with roof deck restaurant proposed for Kenmore Square
Mark Development has released a preliminary rendering of a new glass hotel tower planned for the heart of Kenmore Square. The tower would replace an existing single-story Citizens Bank building and would include ground-floor retail and a roof deck restaurant. Mark Development intends to file plans for the tower with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) this fall. Developer Related Beal recently acquired nine buildings totaling approximately 335,000 square feet located across from Mark Development's proposed tower site for nearly $134 million.
Treviicos completes Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall, new interior renderings revealed
Treviicos has completed the 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor casino’s slurry wall, which will support the 24-story, 3 million square foot casino facility and its’ 3,000 car underground parking garage. The slurry wall spans nearly half a mile at 2,215 linear feet long and consists of 106 30-foot-thick slurry wall panels an average of 85 feet deep. J. Derenzo Companies is now at work excavating the slurry wall panels and Wynn Boston Harbor’s three-level, 3,000 car underground parking garage. The parking garage excavation has reached within 10 feet of the garage’s future bottom.
Approximately 800 tiebacks are being installed along the slurry wall for stability reinforcement; 200 tiebacks have been installed, and 600 remain. Wynn Boston Harbor is on track to open June 3rd, 2019; the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday, October 26th to approve the casino’s final design and opening date. New interior renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor have been revealed; these can be found above. The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall:
The following are photographs of tieback installation underway:
The following are photographs of pile driving underway:
Wynn Boston Harbor excavation underway, slurry wall nearing completion
Treviicos has nearly completed Wynn Boston Harbor’s slurry wall. Trenches for the wall’s final sections are being excavated using slurry wall rigs with hydromill and grab excavators. Steel reinforcement cages have been installed in excavated slurry wall trenches that range from 50 to over 120 feet deep. Treviicos is hard at work pouring concrete into installed reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall.
Slurry wall sections have been excavated where concrete has been poured, exposing the hardened concrete. Following excavation, a cap beam, an extra layer of concrete, has been poured above the slurry wall to continue the foundation. J. Derenzo Companies is at work excavating both the slurry wall and Wynn Boston Harbor’s 3,000 car underground parking garage.
Completion of the garage is anticipated before the end of the year, at which point construction of the 3 million square foot casino’s 24-story, 350 foot tall steel frame will begin. Structural pile driving is now underway to support the future casino. The following is a video tour of Wynn Boston Harbor's slurry wall by Treviicos' David Gazda:
The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction site:
Skanska releases new details and renderings for proposed Seaport office building
Skanska has released new details and renderings for the proposed Seaport District office building at Parcel Q1, located in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) across from the proposed Marine Wharf Hotel steps to the Innovation and Design Building, in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today; the following is a link to the PNF. Designed by SGA, the proposed building would be 13 stories tall with 211,700 square feet of office space, 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and a new 12,900 square foot public plaza fronting Drydock Avenue. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019. Additional information about the proposed building can be found above.
Wynn Resorts acquires future casino service road from McDonald's for $1 million
Last Thursday (August 11th, 2016), Wynn Resorts acquired a 0.44-acre section of the 1.1-acre McDonald's restaurant property located at 128 Broadway next to the future Wynn Boston Harbor casino site for $1 million as recorded in the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. Wynn Resorts will construct a service road for the future casino across the section acquired. The existing single-story, 3,180 square foot McDonald's building will be demolished; McDonald's will build a new location on the 0.65-acre property section retained. Wynn Resorts also granted an easement to McDonalds last Thursday over and across the future service road to allow access and egress. The terms of the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition include a prohibition from establishing an eating establishment on the property for 20 years. Wynn Resorts acquired Parcel 1 and Lot 2 on the plan below; McDonald's retains ownership of the 0.65-acre Lot 3. The existing McDonald's building, located across Lot 2 and Lot 3, will be demolished.
128 Broadway site plan
The following is the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition of 0.44 acres at 128 Broadway:
Tremont Crossing proposal shrinks by 90 feet, hotel and student housing eliminated
In a Second Supplement to Draft Project Impact Report (SS-DPIR) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week, the Tremont Crossing development team detailed the latest changes to the proposed Tremont Crossing development project in Roxbury Crossing; the following is a link to the SS-DPIR. Since the last Supplemental DPIR filed in February 2016, a proposed hotel and approximately 100,000 square feet of office space have been eliminated, amounting to a reduction of the proposed project’s density by approximately 250,000 square feet. The proposed buildings’ maximum height has been reduced by approximately 90 feet; the buildings would now rise no more than 260 feet tall. The proposed parking garage has been reduced by two levels, amounting to a 216-space reduction in parking capacity. Townhouse-style residential units have been added along Whittier Street to ease the transition between Tremont Crossing and the adjacent residential neighborhood. Two residential towers are still proposed for Tremont Crossing; however, contrary to the previous proposal, neither would be dedicated to student housing. The formerly proposed student housing tower atop the parking garage has been eliminated, and the second residential tower would now be located along West Drive next to the office tower.
Universal Hub reports that the BRA Board granted the Tremont Crossing development team an extension to continue project planning and review at last Thursday (August 11th, 2016)’s board meeting. The development team and BRA staff members were unable to provide a timeframe for when the project would be ready to go before the BRA Board for approval. Banker & Tradesman reports that the development team hopes to receive BRA approval for construction of Tremont Crossing this fall and break ground on the project in early 2017. The latest Tremont Crossing proposal goes before the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) for review this Tuesday (August 16th, 2016).
Three main buildings are now proposed at Tremont Crossing, including two residential towers and one office building, totaling approximately 1,201,701 square feet. A residential tower fronting Tremont Street would be 20 stories tall containing 385 units, and a residential tower fronting West Drive would be 22 stories tall containing 300 units. A total of 685 rental residential units would be constructed at Tremont Crossing ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Nine townhouse-style residential units would be located along Whittier Street. The market rate versus affordable unit breakdown at Tremont Crossing has not yet been determined.
A 7.5-story tall tower would contain approximately 105,000 square feet of office space. Three stories of retail would be located across Tremont Crossing’s base, including 289,798 square feet of destination retail across floors two and three and 108,923 square feet of neighborhood retail across the ground floor. Destination retail would include a 92,000 square foot BJ's Wholesale Club. Tremont Crossing would also include 31,000 square feet of cultural facilities including a National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) museum. A public plaza is proposed at Tremont Crossing’s center. A 6.5-level, 442,000 square foot above-ground parking structure at Tremont Crossing's rear would contain approximately 1,371 spaces, with 1,265 net spaces related to Tremont Crossing and 106 spaces for abutters. The following are the latest renderings of Tremont Crossing:
In an official ceremony Thursday (August 4th, 2016), Wynn Resorts marked the start of construction at the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. Crews have been on site since last week making preparations for commencement of work. Construction officially kicked off with a celebratory blasting of airhorns led by Mayor Carlo DeMaria of Everett and Bob DeSalvio, Senior Vice President of Development at Wynn Resorts:
Wynn Boston Harbor will be a 3 million square foot five-star casino located on a 34-acre site along the Mystic River in Everett. The casino will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms. An underground parking garage with capacity for approximately 3,000 cars will be constructed on site. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space. A 24/7 public waterfront park, including a boat dock, with sweeping views of the Boston skyline will be constructed along the Mystic River. Renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor are posted above; the following is a photograph of the Boston skyline as seen from Wynn Boston Harbor:
View of Boston skyline from Wynn Boston Harbor
Chris Gordon, President of Wynn Design and Development in Massachusetts, gave a rundown of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction timeline during the ceremony; the casino is expected to open in June 2019. Soil excavation by J. Derenzo Companies and slurry wall construction for Wynn Boston Harbor's foundation by Treviicos is currently underway. A rail line located adjacent to the casino site will be used to remove soil from the Wynn Boston Harbor site. A deal for steel procurement will be signed this week; steel frame construction will begin by the end of this year with completion of framing by the end of 2017. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. The following are photographs of soil excavation and slurry wall construction underway, including detailed construction descriptions:
Soil excavation underway
Soil excavation underway
Freight train along rail line that will be used to remove soil
Excavators and slurry wall rigs at 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor site
Slurry wall grab excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rig with hydromill excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rigs
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages; these will be lowered into excavated slurry wall trenches, and concrete will be poured inside
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages
Concrete is poured into a 100 foot deep steel reinforcement cage; the cage has been lowered into an excavated slurry wall trench
Cabot, Cabot & Forbes proposes 40 new Kendall Square residential units
Developer Cabot, Cabot & Forbes has submitted a Special Permit Application (SPA) to the City of Cambridge proposing to construct a new three-story building in Kendall Square at 135 Fulkerson Street containing 40 residential units including 16 one-bedrooms, 21 two-bedrooms and 3 three-bedrooms. 35 units would be offered at market rates, and five units would be designated affordable. 40 parking spaces would be provided on site. Private open green space would be available to residents. Cabot, Cabot & Forbes entered a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the 135 Fulkerson Street site's current owner in March 2015. A one-story, 37,600 square foot industrial building stands on the site. The following are links to the Special Permit Application and Special Permit Graphic Submission for 135 Fulkerson Street. The following are renderings of 135 Fulkerson Street:
Per an Instagram post today by subcontractor Liberty Construction Services, the Wynn Boston Harbor construction crew was at work today pouring concrete for the casino's construction field office. The field office will serve as the base of operations throughout construction. The Boston Globe announced last Friday that construction of the casino would "commence immediately" following the State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s denial of an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. The following is Liberty Construction Services' Instagram post:
New details and renderings for proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment in Brighton
Developers Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Peak Campus have submitted an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with new details and renderings for the proposed 663,000 square foot redevelopment of the 11.6-acre Saint Gabriel's Monastery site in Brighton. The following is a link to the EPNF. Per the EPNF, approximately 679 rental residential apartments marketed to "graduate students, young professionals and other university affiliates such as residents, faculty and staff" would be constructed on site. The developers anticipate to start construction in mid-2017; construction would last approximately 24 months.
Apartments would range from studios to three-bedrooms and would be constructed across five buildings. The existing monastery building would be restored, and four new buildings would be constructed ranging from one to seven stories tall. The existing Pierce House fronting Washington Street would be restored and would contain one residential unit. A new building would also be constructed on site for the active Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima. The existing Saint Gabriel’s Church and dormitory structures would be demolished. The following is a site plan of the proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment:
Resident amenities could include "a fitness
center, indoor basketball court, common lounges, kitchens, games room, café, outdoor
pool, outdoor grills, and a generous amount of hard and soft landscaped areas." A new public courtyard would be constructed on site providing "vistas of Boston and Cambridge." A total of approximately 7.3 acres of open space would be constructed, representing 62% of
the Saint Gabriel's Monastery site. A total of approximately 395 parking spaces would be constructed on site. The following are renderings of the Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment; the project's architects are Cube3 Studio and Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype:
Wynn Boston Harbor casino construction moving forward
The Boston Globe reports that Wynn Resorts will move forward with construction of the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. The State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has denied an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, states that construction crews are being "readied and mobilized" and that "construction of Wynn Boston Harbor and the eventual hiring of 4,000 union workers will commence immediately" now that the state's license has been granted. As part of the license's conditions, Wynn Resorts will increase public open space at the casino site by approximately two acres, creating a total of 6.5 acres of open space. The Wynn Boston Harbor project is on schedule to open early 2019.
More information about Wynn Boston Harbor is posted below.
Wynn Resorts acquires 1.5-acre LTI Limo headquarters, located across from Everett casino site, for $11.3 million
This past Thursday, June 30th, 2016, Wynn Resorts acquired the world headquarters facility of livery company LTI Worldwide Limousine (LTI), located in Everett across Route 99 from the future site of the Wynn Boston Harbor casino, for $11.3 million as recorded in the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds. The acquired LTI headquarters span two parcels totaling approximately 1.5 acres.
It has been previously reported that Wynn Resorts will acquire additional properties surrounding the casino site. Wynn Resorts expects to open the $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino in May 2019 pending an official decision on an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The appeal decision is expected to be issued shortly, and the casino could break ground this month.
LTI's headquarters are located across two parcels, 16/24 Mystic Street and 35 Bow Street. The following is a locus map of the parcels:
AvalonBay Communities moves to purchase former Hilltop Steakhouse property on Route 1 in Saugus
The Boston Globe reports reports that
AvalonBay Communities has an agreement to purchase the former Hilltop
Steakhouse property located at 855 Broadway on Route 1 in Saugus from current owner High Country
Investor, Inc. Development concepts for the 14-acre site include residential
and retail uses. The property’s existing liquor license will likely be retained
for retail use. A sale price for the site has not been reported.
The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) reports that Cabot, Cabot & Forbes (CC&F) proposes to
construct a 680-unit, 610,000 square foot graduate student housing facility at the 11.6-acre
former Saint Gabriel’s Monastery at 159-201 Washington Street in Brighton. The proposed
project would include four new residential buildings and renovation of the existing monastery
The new residential buildings would be three to seven stories tall. The project would be designed to accommodate over 4,100 residents. The renovated monastery building would house co-working space, a cafe and the project’s leasing office. The project would include approximately 400 parking spaces.
No proposed timeframe for the project has been reported at this time. John Moriarty & Associates would be the project’s general contractor. The new buildings would be built using wood-frame construction, a first for large-scale unionized projects in Boston.
Skanska files Letter of Intent to construct new office building at Boston Marine Industrial Park
Skanska has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority proposing to construct a new eight-story, 230,000 square foot office building with ground-floor retail in Boston's Seaport District; the following is a link to the Letter of Intent. The proposed building would be located at the intersection of Drydock Avenue and Harbor Street on Parcel Q1 of Boston Marine Industrial Park, across from the Innovation and Design Building. The Boston Redevelopment Authority granted Skanska tentative approval to construct an office building on the 36,799 square foot Parcel Q1 in May 2015. The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed office building:
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved South Bay Town Center for construction at last night's board meeting. Located in Dorchester at the existing South Bay Center shopping mall, the 720,000 square foot mixed-use development project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. Construction of South Bay Town Center could start in the third quarter of 2016.
A rendering of South Bay Town Center is posted above. More information about South Bay Town Center is posted below.
Wynn Resorts is reportedly putting groundbreaking on hold for the Wynn Everett Casino following an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The project had been scheduled to break ground in April 2016. Initial site preparation and decontamination work began in September 2015. Suffolk Construction is the project's construction manager.
New renderings and details for the proposed Tremont Crossing development were presented in a Boston Redevelopment Authority project review committee meeting. A new student housing tower is now proposed in addition to the original 300 residential units. The student housing tower would be built atop the proposed parking garage.
Previous plans for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to build a new state transportation building at Tremont Crossing have been abandoned. BJ's Wholesale Club remains committed to opening a retail location at Tremont Crossing. Additional retail options would include a pharmacy and an eight-screen cinema.
The proposed 175-room hotel at Tremont Crossing would be a Cambria Hotels & Suites by Choice Hotels. The Tremont Crossing team has signed a neutrality agreement and is committed to union labor at the hotel.
The following is a link to the full presentation. Additional project details, renderings and site plans are posted below. The following is a summary of the proposed Tremont Crossing project plan: