Sep 27, 2017
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.
Aug 11, 2017
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:
Jul 30, 2017
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.
Jul 27, 2017
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.
Jun 08, 2017
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.
May 26, 2017
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.
May 05, 2017
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:
Mar 05, 2017
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.
Feb 07, 2017
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.
Dec 18, 2016
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.
Aug 29, 2016
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.
Aug 15, 2016
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:
View East along Tremont Street
View at Whittier and Tremont streets
View of central plaza from Tremont Street
View of central plaza
View from neighboring playing fields
Aug 03, 2016
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:
View North along Fulkerson Street
View South along Fulkerson Street
Jul 26, 2016
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:
View of Building 2 and Public Plaza
View from Washington Street
May 27, 2016
New housing proposed at former Brighton monastery
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.
May 24, 2016
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:
Feb 09, 2016
New renderings and details for Tremont Crossing
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:
- 315,000 square feet of residential space
- 300 total residential units
- 360,000 additional square feet of student housing
- A 130,000 square foot hotel
- 385,000 square feet of retail
- 300,000 square feet of office space
- 31,000 square feet of museum and art studio space
- A 580,000 square foot parking garage with space for 1,600 cars
The following are renderings of Tremont Crossing:
View along Tremont Street
Retail View along Tremont Street
Retail View at Whittier and Tremont streets