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An electrical permit has been issued for The Smith South End, the mixed-use project on the 3-acre site along East Dedham Street between Harrison Avenue & Albany Street. This first electrical permit is for 2 levels of parking and the 11 floor residential building at 89 East Dedham. In total, the project will consist of four buildings totaling approximately 710,000 square feet. A total of 650 apartment residences and 80,000 square feet of office space will be constructed along with around 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The two-level parking garage underneath the development will have room for up to 650 cars.
Plumbing Permit Issued for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
A plumbing permit has been issued for the Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The 45 story tower will feature 423 unit residential units ( a mix of apartments and condos). Luxury resident amenities will include a 9th-floor outdoor pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge, and top floor roof deck. First units at the project are set to be available in spring 2020.
The 19-story, 195-foot residential tower along Mass. Ave. at the heart of Market Central has topped off. This building has been dubbed Watermark Central and will offer concierge service, a fitness center, yoga room, sky terrace, and community lounge. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.
The first phase of Market Central that will be complete will be Union House, a four-story building situated along the back of the project. Units here will range in size from studios up to three bedrooms. Exterior and interior work are ongoing for this building which is now leasing.
The third building in the project is Link, a co-living option that offers private micro units to two or three-bedroom homes, a community lounge, outdoor terrace, and game rooms. Window install and exterior work are ongoing here. This building is set to open in Summer 2019.
In total the Market Central development will feature 308 apartments and around 17,000sf of retail space. 60 residences will be designated affordable. Approximately 150 vehicle parking spaces and 360 bicycle parking spaces will be located on site as well.
Framing Begins for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Framing has started for the 480-foot Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. This first phase of the development will feature 368 rental apartments and 55 condominiums. The luxury building will offer resident amenities including a rooftop lounge and gardens. The first units are expected to be available in Spring 2020. The second phase of the project a 1-million-square-foot Class A office building known as One Congress is expected to be complete in 2023.
Construction Continues on Underground Parking Garage for The Smith South End
Construction is ongoing for the two-level parking garage that will be located under The Smith South End. The garage is set to hold up to 650 cars to accommodate residents of the 650 apartments, 80,000sf of office space, and 20,000sf of retail planned for the development. The Smith will also feature a large, open community park at the center of the site, bringing walkability this area of the South End.
Framing Nearing Full Height at 480 Rutherford in Charlestown
Framing is reaching the sixth floor for the upcoming 177 unit building on Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown. The luxury building will feature a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units along with a courtyard with city views, fitness center, and dog wash station. The project will also include parking for 90 cars and 172 bikes.
Construction continues on the upcoming luxury condos at Pier 4 in Boston's Seaport. The 9 story building will feature 106 residences and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include an exclusive residents club, an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, and state of the art fitness center. Units are on sale now with an expected opening in early 2019.
Cottonwood Discusses EchelonSeaport's Progress & Design at ULI Fall Meeting
From the corner of the convention center looking out onto the rising development that will be EchelonSeaport, Becky Mattson head of the Boston/East Coast Office of Cottonwood Management, provided insight into the development team's design and progress on the massive project.
At around 1.3 million sf, EchelonSeaport is the second largest construction project in Boston currently just behind the Encore Boston Harbor. The three-tower structure is being built in phases with window and facade installation underway on the first tower at 133 Seaport Blvd. The development team expects completion of this first phase in just about 1 years time.
For the design, Cottonwood chose to work with two architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and CBT Architects. KPF was chosen to bring an international flair to the project and CBT to ensure the interior finishes appealed to the local market. Ms. Mattson also discussed how the distinct stepped design of the buildings will allow for numerous coveted corner units and the steps create amazing outdoor terrace space with harbor or ocean views.
EchelonSeaport will also offer 60,000sf of amenity space designed by Jeffrey Beers to be "spaces people actually use, not just nice looking in a brochure". Along with three pools, a fitness center, and a wine tasting room, one of the most unique amenities will be an innovation space with programming from the MIT designX program.
Once fully complete in 2020 EchelonSeaport will bring a new lifestyle concept to the ever-changing Seaport District.
A view of the current construction progress from Seaport Blvd.
Work Begins on Interior Core for Waterside Place Phase 1B
The interior core for the upcoming phase 1B of Waterside Place on Congress Street is beginning to rise. The 23-story tower is set to feature 307 apartments along with 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. 62 of the residences on the project will be "innovation units".
The first tower of Waterside Place, located next door, was completed in February 2014 and features 236 units.
A large crowd turned out Tuesday morning for the topping off and a special look inside the impressive construction site that will be EchelonSeaport. After almost 1 year of construction the final beam for 133 Seaport Boulevard signed by the construction team, project workers, and the crowd, was put in place.
Pictured Above: The final beam for EchelonSeaport
The nearly 4-acre site, once home to a series of parking lots will include 717 residential units and 125,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. Alex Shing, CEO of Cottonwood Management, told the crowd EchelonSeaport will be the flagship community for his team and looks forward to Cottonwood’s continued involvement in Boston. Cottonwood's goal with EchelonSeaport was to use the most advanced urban planning to construct a project that integrates with the existing community. The large central courtyard will host open-air markets and public events that will bring the neighborhood and residents together.
Mayor Walsh also addressed the crowd, thanking the development team for their commitment to the City of Boston and their efforts in helping Boston reach its goal of 53,000 new units of housing by 2030. Walsh also applauded the innovative design, making special mention of the sky bridge that connects the buildings.
Pictured above: A view from the courtyard inside EchelonSeaport, looking up at the sky bridge.
EchelonSeaport will offer residents 5-star white glove service along with 60,000 square feet of amenities including 3 pools, indoor basketball court, golf simulator, and open-air dog run. Completion of the project is expected in phases between late 2019 and early 2020.
The rain held off just long enough for local officials, neighbors and project stakeholders from Leggat McCall Properties, Bentall Kennedy, and Suffolk Construction to officially break ground on the Harrison Albany Block development. While work has already started on the site for the foundation and 650 underground parking spaces the event served as a milestone in the project as the official name, The Smith, was unveiled. Bill Gause, Executive VP at Leggat McCall Properties, explained the name speaks to the rich history of the craftsmen who lived and worked in the South End. He stated the building is designed for the future but with reflections of the past.
In total, The Smith will bring 650 units of housing, including 65 affordable, 20,000 square feet of retail and cultural space, and 75,000 square feet of new and renovated office space to The South End. The development will also feature a 1-acre community park bisecting the site set to bring walkability and vibrancy so this section of the neighborhood.
Union House @ Market Central Set to Open this Fall
Construction on all phases of Market Central (formerly Mass + Main)is rapidly moving forward with completion of the first building on the project, Union House, expected later this fall. Regarding the name change Bob Flack, SVP Development at Twining Properties told BLDUP, "As we approach going live, we wanted a name that connected more with “Central Square” as a place, not just street names. We are bringing a vibrant 15,000 square foot retail program with small vendors and shops which will be how most people will identify this location."
Union House on Bishop Allen Drive will feature 23 apartments ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms and will offer a landscaped backyard for grilling and lounging with neighbors. Pre-leasing has started on the project as exterior & interior work is ongoing.
Link, the upcoming 6-story building, is set to feature innovation housing options including studios and roommate units. Framing is ongoing with topping off expected next month. Completion of Link is expected in summer 2019.
Steel framing is ongoing for WaterMark Central, the 19-story residential tower within the development. This building will feature sweeping Boston and Charles River Views. The development team expects to complete this final phase of the project in Fall 2020.
In total Market Central will feature around 308,000 square feet of space with 308 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail.
CIM Group and Boston Global Investors have submitted a detailed project notification for the redevelopment of the Motor Mart Garage. The plans call for a 20 story tower to rise out of the existing building (for a total of 28 stories). In total approximately 390 residential units (apartments and condos) would be created, ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. 672 of the current 1037 parking spaces will be retained and around 46,000 square feet of retail space will be renovated.
John Hynes of BGI tells BLDUP the team expects to start construction in October of this year with an anticipated completion in May 2022.
Framing is well underway and the sky bridge to connect the complex is now in place at Jefferson at Malden Center. The development includes 3 buildings to feature 320 apartments along with 30,000 square-feet of common/amenity space. Residents will have access to a fitness center, conference space, outdoor pool, and roof deck with Boston views. The project also includes 22,500 square-feet of ground-floor retail and a 45,000-square-foot office space that will serve as Malden's new City Hall.
Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.
Interior Core Climbing for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Foundation work is wrapping up on the upcoming 423 unit residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The core of the structure is rising for what will consist of 368 apartment units and 55 for-sale condominiums on the top eleven floors. Amenities at this luxury building will include a state-of-the-art fitness facility, 9th-floor outdoor pool and pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge with sky terrace, 45th-floor roof deck, chef demonstration kitchen & dining room, children’s playroom, golf simulator, resident lounge/game room and dog spa. Representatives at HYM confirmed the building is on track for delivery of first units in spring 2020 with condo units to follow in early fall of that year.
Work Continues on Pier 4 Condos: Expected Opening Early 2019
Work continues on the condominium building at the Pier 4 development in the Seaport. The 9 story building will feature 106 luxury condos ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms all with their own private outdoor space. The ground floor of the project will house a 140 seat farm-to-table restaurant. Pre-sale has already kicked off with expected completion in the 1st quarter of 2019.
Steelwork Installed for Pedestrian Bridge at EchelonSeaport
EchelonSeaport representatives have announced that the framework for the building's pedestrian bridge has now been installed. The unique design will connect two of the towers in this 1.3 million-square-foot project in Boston's Seaport. In total the development is set to include 447 luxury condos along with 270 rental units. All residents will have access to the projects three pools, sun decks and numerous other resort style amenities.
The first two floors of EchelonSeaport will also include retail and restaurant space centered around a new pedestrian mall and courtyard. Construction of EchelonSeaport with be completed in phases between late 2019 and early 2020.
Frame construction is underway at one of the Seaport's most anticipated new developments, EchelonSeaport. The massive project is set to include 717 residences and 125,000 square-feet of retail space. Resident amenities will include multiple pools, a two-story basketball court with tech wall that can broadcast games or fitness classes, and an innovation center. The retail space component of the project will be centered around a new pedestrian mall and public courtyard featuring outdoor seating on multiple levels.
The multi-phase project is set to be completed between late 2019 and early 2020.
Site work continues on the upcoming four building, mixed-use Harrison Albany block project. The three-acre site in the South End is set to include around 650 apartments, 80,000 square-feet of office space, and 20,000 square-feet of retail. The development will also increase public open space in the neighborhood and liven the streetscape with the retail storefronts.
Construction continues at 345 Harrison with interior fit out of a new 10,000 square-foot CVS Pharmacy and retail store on the ground floor of the building.
When complete 345 Harrison will consists of two new 14-story buildings totaling approximately 535,900 square feet of new space. Approximately 585 rental residential apartments are being built at 345 Harrison, along with up to 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. including a 10,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy and the Shore Leave tiki bar and restaurant.
The residences at 101 Beverly Street in Boston's Bulfinch Triangle has been mortgaged for $85 Million via Wells Fargo Bank.
The 14-story mixed-use building features 239 top-quality, mixed-income apartment residences, a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The Beverly is Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years; residences are rented to households with incomes ranging from 30 to 165 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
Construction ongoing at 480 Rutherford in Charlestown
Construction is ongoing at 480 Rutherford Avenue - named “The Harvey” - in Charlestown. The development is an approved 177-unit residential apartment building with 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail located in Charlestown's Sullivan Square steps to the MBTA Orange Line and is slated for completion in 2019.
The building will include 67 studios, 81 one-bedrooms and 29 two-bedrooms. Resident amenities will include an outdoor courtyard with city views, a fitness/yoga studio, a social lounge and a dog wash station. A 90-space vehicle parking garage will be located at-grade and underneath the building. The garage will also contain 172 bicycle parking spaces. 480 Rutherford Avenue will be LEED Platinum-certifiable.
Electrical Permit Issued For Bulfinch Crossing Development
An electrical permit has been issued for 100 Sudbury Street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This is the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences.
The building will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square-feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Pierce Boston, a 30-story, 378-foot-tall tower that is Massachusetts’ tallest tower west of the Back Bay, officially opened to residents in the beginning of March and has lived up to the hype. The building features 109 condominium residences, 240 apartment residences and over 20,000 square-feet of dining and retail space across its’ first two floors.
The tower is located in the heart of the growing, active Fenway neighborhood, and features sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape. Packed with amenities, Pierce Boston is part of a massive transformation in The Fenway. What was once considered a more affordable area of the city is becoming a highly developed urban epicenter and one of Boston’s best neighborhoods. Luxury residences are continuing to appear in The Fenway with Pierce Boston leading the way.
The project completion date remains on schedule for late 2018 using Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, 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.
Floors 3 through 11 at 121 Seaport are having electrical work completed including lighting power and fire alarm installation.
The new 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000-square-foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is 100%-leased, with tenants including Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, who has leased 250,000 square feet, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, who has leased 150,000 square feet. Both tenants will open new global headquarters at 121 Seaport.
A certificate of occupancy has been issued at 10 Farnsworth in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood.
The property includes a mixed-use building that features nine luxurious condominium residences with one, two and three-bedroom configurations. Each residence has a generously open floor plan with state-of-the-art finishes and appliances, as well as direct elevator access. A 1,765 square foot communal roof terrace will offer 10 Farnsworth residents sweeping views of the Boston skyline.
There will be a restaurant on ground level space along with 10 resident parking spaces.
Twining Properties and MassPRIM Close $110 Million
Financing for Mass+Main in Cambridge
Mass+Main – a mixed-income residential community developed by Twining Properties in partnership with MassPRIM – announced today the development has closed $110 million of combined financing provided by New York Life Insurance Company ($103 million) and East Boston Savings Bank ($7 million).
Mass+Main will feature 308 mixed-income rental apartments, including 61 affordable units, and 16,000 square feet of retail space in Central Square at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street.
The South End's highly anticipated 345 Harrison development has just been issued a certificate of occupancy.
The development, a mixed-use project, consists of two new 14-story buildings totaling approximately 535,900 square feet of new space. Approximately 585 rental residential apartments, along with up to 40,000 square-feet of ground-floor retail including a 10,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy and the Shore Leave tiki bar and restaurant.
Installation of plumbing fixtures, plumbing equipment, and all associated plumbing piping has begun. Work is being performed in Tower 1, Tower 2, and Tower 3 (Levels 1-26).
The three mixed-use towers containing 1.3 million square feet are under construction across 3.5 acres in the Seaport District. 717 residences and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space will be built at EchelonSeaport. Two of the EchelonSeaport towers will contain 447 luxury condominium residences, and one tower will contain 270 luxury apartment residences.
Construction Continues on Transformative Jefferson at Malden Center Development
Boston-based builder Callahan Construction Managers, joining forces with CBT Architects and Jefferson Apartment Group, are building a massive mixed-use development that will transform Malden Center, replacing the city's former government center with three new buildings oriented about a walkable, 21st-century streetscape.
Jefferson at Malden Center will feature 320 market-rate apartment residences, more than 22,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 45,000-square-foot office space that will serve as Malden's new City Hall. The future complex will reconnect Pleasant Street to Commercial and Florence Streets for the first time since the former City Hall's construction in the early 1970s, helping restore Malden Center's walkability, creating new public parking and improving access to the train station.
Current construction is ongoing on all three buildings comprising the complex. In the North building, roof truss installation is complete, as is 1st-floor fireproofing installations. Interior and exterior pre-sheetrock wall installation is ongoing, as well as plumbing, electrical and mechanical installations. Additional construction includes exterior sheathing waterproofing installation and sixth-floor wall panels. In the South building, floor truss installation is wrapping up with floor wall panels installation to follow. Slab on deck placements are currently ongoing for levels. Underground plumbing and electrical backfill will be complete this week. In the Northeast Building, structural steel installation is ongoing and should be completed in mid-May. Level 1 slab on deck placement occurred the first week of May.
EchelonSeaport Condos to Range from $700k to $5 million
Condo prices at EchelonSeaport to start from $700,000 and rise to $5 million. The property, slated to open in late 2019, has units ranging from studio to three-bedrooms. The project, made up of three buildings, will contain 717 apartments and condos in total. The 447 condos set to hit the market make up for the most available in the seaport district as of May 2018.
Resident amenities at EchelonSeaport will include two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, engaging courtyards and oversized private terraces. Retail and restaurants will be located across EchelonSeaport's first two stories.
Despite having zero signed tenants, POST at 200 Smith St in Waltham is now open. The new 395,000 square foot state-of-the-art office building was the result of the renovation of a historic postal service distribution center into new open-floor-plan office space with authentic exposed ceiling beams and other original features. POST has state of the art configurable open spaces including a lounge and a cafe.
“We have a lot of demand, so we’re feeling pretty good,” JLL Managing Director Matt Daniels said. “As someone who runs the suburban and Cambridge leasing program, a lot of the activity we’re getting is from companies in the city.”
Amazon to lease office space overlooking Seaport’s future Harbor Square
Tuesday, May 1st, Amazon has announced confirmation of their lease for approximately 430,000 square feet of office space at a planned office building overlooking the Seaport District’s future Harbor Square public park. Approximately 2,000 Amazon employees would work in Amazon’s new space. Amazon’s lease would fill the planned building, located on Seaport Square Parcel L4 at the corner of Autumn Lane and East Service Road next to Skanska’s new 121 Seaport office tower, entirely. The building would also include approximately 81,000 square feet of retail and neighborhood amenities on its’ first two floors.
Construction of the Parcel L4 building is expected to commence by the end of 2018, with completion expected in 2021. Amazon would also be given an option to lease additional space at a planned building located across Harbor Square on Seaport Square Parcel L5, at the corner of Congress Street and Boston Wharf Road. The option would expire at the end of 2020 and require Amazon to employ at least 2,000 additional people in Massachusetts.
Amazon’s Seaport office is independent of the company’s search for a second headquarters, for which Boston is one of 20 finalists. Amazon currently employs approximately 1,200 people at its’ office at 101 Main Street in Kendall Square and will employ 900 more at a new 150,000-square-foot office at 253 Summer Street in Fort Point, steps from the company’s planned Seaport office, opening later this year.
The company's teams in Boston work on Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and Audible.
The Cambridge project features approximately 308,000 square foot mixed-use transit-oriented development at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street in the heart of Cambridge's Central Square. Mass + Main will construct 308 apartment residences and 17,000 square feet of retail.
Building permits have been filed for 100 Sudbury street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This will be the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. The structure will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Phase I of Suffolk Downs redevelopment moves forward, bringing 520,000 square feet of office space to East Boston
Live: 1.4 acres of open space, 2,500 square foot community space in building/plaza Work: 2,500 office jobs, 400 construction jobs Connect: 100 low-emission parking spaces, 19-dock bikeshare station Size: 520,000 square feet
Suffolk Downs Phase I represents a 1,092,655 square-foot portion of the larger 4,756,315 square foot parcel known as Suffolk Downs. Phase I includes 520,000 square feet of office space, in two approximately 260,000 square foot buildings, with supporting corporate space on the ground floor. Both buildings will be approximately 124 feet tall, and will include terraced outdoor spaces with a landscaped, open-air walkway between the two buildings. The two buildings will share approximately 500 parking spaces. Approximately 12 acres of existing open space will remain as-is, and approximately 1.4 acres of new open space will be developed, including pedestrian access to the adjacent Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line station.
The buildings will be designed with energy conservation measures to achieve an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 44 compared to 59 for conventional buildings, resulting in an approximate 24 percent energy usage savings and an approximate 22 percent reduction in stationary source greenhouse gas emissions. The project will integrate the stormwater management system into the open space network, to address potential increases in storm intensity due to anticipated climate change, in accordance with recent Boston Water and Sewer Commission guidance.
The project will include approximately 2,500 square feet of community space for use by the East Boston community, as well as a historical display commemorating the history of Suffolk Downs.
To increase safety at the vehicular entrance to the site, the site entrance at Route 1A and Tomasello Drive (a private onsite drive) will be improved to physically deter illegal left turns from the site onto Route 1A headed southbound, through construction of a barrier/extension of the existing Route 1A median, in partnership with MassDOT.
The project will result in a payment of nearly $3.5M in linkage funds for the Neighborhood Housing Trust, and nearly $700,000 for the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, to create affordable housing and workforce development opportunities.
On Friday, March 2nd, the Los Angeles based, CIM Group filed plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency to move forward with construction of a 17-story, 280-unit residential tower above the existing nine-story Motor Mart garage located in Boston's Back Bay. This comes two years after the group purchased the garage for $162.5 million in 2016.
Pierce Boston, one of Massachusetts’ tallest residential towers, officially opens to residents
Pierce Boston, a 30-story, 378-foot-tall tower that is Massachusetts’ tallest tower west of the Back Bay, officially opened to residents today. The tower, featuring an angular profile clad in glass, is located at the gateway to Boston and is now prominently visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike and other key points. Pierce Boston features 109 condominium residences, 240 apartment residences and over 20,000 square feet of dining and retail space across its’ first two floors. The tower is located in the heart of the growing, active Fenway neighborhood, and features sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape and countryside. “Pierce Boston’s residents are going to love living in The Fenway,” said Jed Lowry, Vice President at Pierce Boston co-developer Landsea, in a prepared statement. “So much is happening in The Fenway, and Pierce Boston is the perfect home base, with everything you need to enjoy an active, urban lifestyle in one of Boston’s best neighborhoods.”
Apartments are located up to floor 18, and condominiums are located on floors 19 through 29 underneath the 30th floor Levity Lounge, a space exclusive to condominium owners that will include a private dining room, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas, private sky cabanas for purchase and a sky top pool. Nathálie, a wine bar by the team behind Downtown Crossing’s Haley.Henry, will open on Pierce Boston’s ground floor this Summer. As of the end of 2017, 70% of Pierce Boston condominiums have been sold, and 20% of apartments have been leased.
Foundation construction begins at Waterside Place Phase 1B apartments in Seaport District
Construction of the foundation of the 23-story Waterside Place Phase 1B apartment tower in the Seaport District has begun, following the project’s securing of construction financing last month. The construction team is now beginning to drive structural piles into the project site, and in the coming months, concrete will be poured to build the foundation. The $157 million Waterside Place Phase 1B will feature 307 apartment residences and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, and will be located steps from Boston Harbor and Downtown Boston. The following is a photograph of Waterside Place Phase 1B:
Shore Leave tiki bar coming to 345 Harrison in South End
The proponents of the Upper South End’s successful Bar Mezzana Italian restaurant will open Shore Leave, a tiki bar and restaurant, on the ground floor of the neighborhood’s new-construction 345 Harrison apartment development. The island-inspired Shore Leave will be located across from Ink Block, home of Bar Mezzana, and is expected to open later this year. Details of Shore Leave’s menu have not yet been revealed. The Shore Leave space will be designed by Hacin + Associates, and fit out by Cafco Construction. Opening this Spring, 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences, as well as 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that will also be home to CVS/Pharmacy.
Finishing touches underway at South End’s new-construction 345 Harrison luxury apartments
The multifaceted facades of both buildings of 345 Harrison, a 14-story, 535,900-square-foot mixed-use development located in the burgeoning Upper South End, have been just about fully installed, bringing a bright new multicolored array of red, yellow, orange, grey and white exterior finishes, in addition to blue floor-to-ceiling windows, to the growing neighborhood. Inside the buildings, luxurious finishes including California Closets, Italian cabinetry, quartz and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, USB outlets and wood plank flooring are being installed within residences.
Finishing touches are also being put upon 345 Harrison’s amenity spaces, including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. On the development’s ground floor, glass is being fit along retail spaces, which will total 40,000 square feet and include a 10,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. In the coming weeks, landscaping of 345 Harrison’s central pedestrian plaza will begin. 345 Harrison is expected to open early this year. The following is a photograph of 345 Harrison:
Interior amenity spaces of EchelonSeaport luxury residences revealed
Noted interior designer Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), who has designed amenity spaces at luxury residential towers such as New York City’s One57, has been selected to design the lobbies and amenity spaces at the two luxury condominium towers of the $900 million EchelonSeaport mixed-use development. Beers will design spaces such as the towers’ sky lounges, wine room, fitness spaces, outdoor pool terraces and library. Both towers will be connected by a landmark pedestrian bridge. “Threading together art and intellect, simplicity and culture, EchelonSeaport will attract residents that desire a residence exuding sophistication, community and authenticity,” said Alex Shing, Chairman and CEO of EchelonSeaport co-developer Cottonwood Management, in a prepared statement.
The condominium towers’ interior design will place a strong emphasis upon community. “We have a wealth of amenities, especially outdoor spaces, which blend into indoor spaces, each servicing diverse functions and appealing to different tastes,” said Beers in a prepared statement. “They share a common goal: Echelon’s amenities are an extension of the home, they are about expanding the definition of your residence, bringing people together and creating connectivity.” Beers will also design the lobby and amenity spaces of EchelonSeaport’s apartment tower, whose design will be inspired by the historic Fort Point neighborhood and will blend modern luxury with a unique urban, industrial style.
The foundations of EchelonSeaport’s three towers are just about complete, and the towers’ elevator cores are beginning to rise out of the ground and into the growing Seaport skyline. Two tower cranes have been erected, with a third crane soon to rise. Completion of EchelonSeaport is slated to be phased between late 2019 and early 2020. The 1.3-million-square-foot development will feature 717 luxury residences, including 447 condominiums and 270 apartments, and 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of EchelonSeaport:
Tatte Bakery & Café to open at Pier 4 in Seaport District
Local bakery and cafe Tatte will open its’ next location at the $500 million Pier 4 waterfront mixed-use development in the Seaport District. Tatte’s new location will be located on the ground floor of Pier 4’s 13-story office building, which will include tenants such as Boston Consulting Group and Cengage, and will be over 3,600 square feet in size. Tatte recently opened its’ seventh location on the ground floor of The Harlo, a newly opened 17-story luxury apartment tower in the Fenway, and its’ eighth location on the ground floor of the 399 Boylston Street office building in the Back Bay.
“Pier 4’s unbeatable location was a natural fit for us, and we look forward to opening our Seaport location in what will be a slice of green heaven on the water in the Seaport,” said Tatte founder Tzurit Or in a prepared statement. “I’ve watched the Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods evolve into one of Boston’s most visited culinary destinations, and the Tatte team is thrilled to share a home base with some of the area’s top chefs.” Pier 4 will also be home to the Seaport District’s first farm-to-table restaurant, which is expected to open in 2019 and will be located on the ground floor of Pier 4’s nine-story waterfront condominium building. The restaurant will be operated by Kristin Canty, owner of organic, farm-to-table Concord, MA restaurant Woods Hill Table.
Pier 4 will feature a total of 37,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, along with 353,000 square feet of office space, 106 luxury condominium residences, a new public Harborwalk and a one-acre waterfront park. The development is expected to open later this year. The Pier 4 office tower is fully glassed in, and installation of interior utilities and finishes is underway. The concrete superstructure of the condominium building has topped off, and the construction team has begun weatherproofing the exterior facade. The following is a photograph of Pier 4:
The Beverly, Boston’s largest new-construction affordable housing building in over a quarter century, opens to residents
The Beverly, the City of Boston’s largest new-construction 100%-affordable and workforce housing building in over a quarter century, has opened to residents. Located in Downtown Boston steps from North Station, The Beverly features 239 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable and workforce apartment residences, with amenities such as a 24-hour attended lobby, a fitness center, a party room, a kid’s room and an outdoor terrace and grill overlooking the Boston skyline. Residences are rented to households with incomes ranging from 30 to 165 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), providing much-needed affordable housing in Boston’s urban core. The 484,000-square-foot Beverly building also includes a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel, which is due to open in the coming weeks, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of The Beverly:
Wine bar opening at Fenway’s new Pierce Boston luxury tower
The proponents of Downtown Crossing’s haley.henry wine bar, located on the ground floor of the 45 Province condominium tower, will open a second wine bar dubbed nathálie on the ground floor of the new 30-story Pierce Boston, the Fenway neighborhood’s tallest tower. Between 50 and 60 wines will be served at nathálie, emphasizing female wine producers and old world varieties, per Eater Boston. Fit out of the 1,200-square-foot space, which will also include a 200-square-foot outdoor patio, is expected to commence in March. nathálie is expected to open this Summer, and will feature a variety of seating options including a bar, high-tops along windows, a lounge area and banquette seating.
“Where haley.henry is a very masculine, tinned fish/wine bar, nathálie will be the dynamic, invigorating daughter that brings a whole new twist to Fenway,” said haley.henry and nathálie owner Haley Fortier in a prepared statement. “We are very much looking forward to establishing some amazing relationships by providing a unique wine bar experience for this part of the city.” Pierce Boston is set to open in February, and features residences including 109 condominiums and 240 apartments as well as 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail across the first two floors. At the top of the tower is a Levity Lounge exclusive to condominium owners, which includes the highest situated outdoor pool in the City of Boston.
Waterside Place Phase 1B apartments in Seaport District secure construction financing and long-term ground lease
The next phase of the Seaport District’s Waterside Place development, which will feature 307 apartment residences and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, is expected to break ground imminently following developer Gables Residential’s securing of construction financing and a long-term ground lease for the Massport owned project site. Wells Fargo Bank has provided the proponent with a $102 million construction loan, allowing construction of the $157 million project to proceed. Construction fencing has been erected around the site, located at 501 Congress Street, and initial site preparation work has begun. The 23-story Waterside Place Phase 1B tower will contain studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, including 62 innovation units.
1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport development secures $480 million construction loan
Natixis has provided $480 million in construction financing towards Echelon Seaport, a 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development underway in the Seaport District that is one of the City’s largest projects currently underway. The loan will finance the $900 million Echelon Seaport’s 733 luxury apartment and condominium residences and 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The 3.5-acre Echelon Seaport will be constructed across three new buildings and is the latest installment in the Seaport District’s 23-acre Seaport Square development plan. “We’re thrilled to be financing Boston’s Seaport Square project, which illustrates our ability to provide borrowers tremendous capital markets access and unique, tailored deal structures and financing solutions,” said Greg Murphy, Natixis’ Americas Head of Real Estate Finance, in a prepared statement.
Natixis assembled a number of international banks to contribute towards the loan. “A Class A, quality asset in a gateway city is very attractive for a lot of foreign lenders,” said Murphy. Natixis recently opened a new 128,000-square-foot Boston office at the new-construction 888 Boylston office building in the Back Bay, and aims to increase its’ Boston presence in 2018. “Boston has had a lot of tech growth, given all of the research universities there,” said Murphy. “We believe Boston is a solid performer and has very strong demand drivers for office and multifamily properties.”
Construction of Echelon Seaport began in March 2017, with completion expected by the first quarter of 2020. The development will be the first to bear proponent’s Cottonwood Management’s new Echelon lifestyle brand, and will feature amenities including a wine room, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa treatment room and an innovation center. Residences will feature luxurious finishes such as floor-to-ceiling windows, Porcelanosa cabinetry and porcelain tile. Over 400 of Echelon Seaport's residences will be condominiums, and the remainder will be apartments.
$250 million construction loan secured for Bulfinch Crossing Phase I residential tower
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured $250 million in construction financing for 100 Sudbury Street, an under-construction 46-story residential tower that is the first phase of Downtown Boston’s $2 billion, 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing development. The 15-year loan was arranged by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) through Pacific Life Insurance Company and will allow the 480-foot-tall tower, which will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums, to rise. The loan follows a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan secured for the Government Center Garage property, which Bulfinch Crossing will replace, last summer. The $180 million loan was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF.
Demolition of the garage section located at 100 Sudbury Street, which the tower will replace, was recently completed. Work on the tower’s foundation is now underway. The tower will feature amenities including an outdoor pool, three roof decks, a fitness center and yoga studio, a clubroom, a children’s playroom, a golf simulator room, a full chef’s kitchen and an outdoor dog run and dog spa. The tower is expected to open in 2020.
Cengage to relocate headquarters to nearly fully leased Pier 4 office building in Seaport District
Global education and technology company Cengage will relocate its’ headquarters to 117,000 square feet at Pier 4, a mixed-use Seaport District development overlooking Boston Harbor opening this Fall. Cengage’s office will be located across the second through sixth floors of Pier 4’s 13-story, 373,000-square-foot office building, with a private outdoor terrace on the fourth floor.
Cengage, who is currently located in Fort Point’s Channel Center, has leased its’ new space for 10 years and will move its’ 500 Boston-based employees to Pier 4 this Fall. The company is the United States’ largest provider of higher education teaching and learning materials, and is currently seeking to hire nearly 100 people to sustain its’ rapid transformation from a print company to a fully digital company. “Cengage has experienced significant growth since moving our headquarters to Boston in 2014,” said Cengage Chief Technology Officer George Moore in a prepared statement. “The region’s pool of the best and brightest tech talent has enabled our company to embrace new innovations that support students. The amenities, dynamic nature of the [Seaport] neighborhood and unobstructed views of the Boston Harbor will fuel our momentum, while inspiring current and future employees to think big, embrace the unknown and accelerate new ways of learning.”
With Cengage’s lease, the Pier 4 office building is nearly fully leased. The building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will open a new 202,000-square-foot headquarters across the top seven floors. In total, the building features 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail. Amenities will include a state-of-the art fitness center, bicycle storage and three levels of parking, with a new public Harborwalk and one-acre waterfront park. The $500 million Pier 4 will also feature a nine-story condominium building with 106 residences now on sale and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
CVS Pharmacy coming to ground floor of 345 Harrison development across from Ink Block in South End
CVS Pharmacy will reportedly open a 10,000-square-foot store within the 40,000-square-foot retail component of 345 Harrison, a nearly-complete mixed-use development opening early 2018 across from Ink Block in the South End. Per an update by The Boston Sun, the CVS lease is finalized, and developer UDR is also in discussions with retail tenants including a bar and restaurant concept. UDR is also considering opening a dog day care at 345 Harrison given neighborhood demand. 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room.
Pierce Boston nears February 2018 opening, finishing touches underway
Finishing touches to the interior and exterior of Pierce Boston, the new 30-story luxury tower located at the gateway to the booming Fenway neighborhood, are underway in advance of the tower’s scheduled opening in just over a month. The tower’s striking glass facade is essentially complete, and luxurious finishes have been almost fully installed throughout apartments, condominiums and amenity spaces. Pierce Boston features 109 condominiums and 240 apartments available for sale and lease, respectively. Apartments are located across floors three through 18 of Pierce Boston, and condominiums are located across floors 19 through 29. The tower’s 30th floor features a Levity Lounge exclusive to condominium owners featuring a library, a fitness center, a private dining room and the highest situated outdoor pool in the City of Boston. Across the tower’s first two floors will be 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
278-foot residential tower proposed atop Motor Mart Garage in Bay Village
CIM Group of Los Angeles, who acquired the nine-story, 420,000 square foot Motor Mart Garage at 201 Stuart Street in Bay Village for $162.5 million in October 2016, proposes to construct a 278-foot-tall residential tower above the garage. The existing facade would be renovated, and the garage would continue to be used as vehicle parking, including parking for tower residents; the garage currently contains 1,037 parking spaces. Per The Boston Sun, CIM hopes to start construction of the tower next summer and will likely file a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the project in the coming weeks.
CIM also acquired the 200 Stuart Street Garage, a seven-story, 826-space parking garage located across from the Motor Mart Garage adjacent to the Revere Hotel, for $95 million in July 2017. CIM has not disclosed plans to construct a tower atop the 200 Stuart Street Garage, which is currently home to the popular Rooftop@Revere rooftop outdoor bar and lounge. A 19-story, 199-foot-tall tower featuring 131 apartment residences and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail was recently approved for construction at 212 Stuart Street, next to the 200 Stuart Street Garage and across from the Motor Mart Garage. CIM also recently acquired 321 Harrison Avenue in the South End, a property featuring an 11-story, 235,000-square-foot office building and three-story, 300-car garage atop which an eight-story, 232,500 square foot office development is approved, for $114.2 million in September 2017. CIM is reportedly weighing speculatively constructing the office development.
Four-building Burlington Class A office park acquired for over $133 million
Spear Street Capital has purchased The Center at Corporate Drive, a 94%-leased 487,000-square-foot Class A office park located off of Interstate 95/128 in Burlington, for over $133 million. The sale amounts to approximately $275 per square foot, and follows an $8 million capital improvement program completed in early 2016 by sellers The Davis Companies and Principal Real Estate Investors. The program upgraded The Center at Corporate Drive's four buildings, located at 10, 25, 30 and 35 Corporate Drive, with amenities including a 7,850-square-foot cafeteria with flexible conference space, a 2,100-square-foot fitness area with a yoga room, new showers and locker facilities, a 4,500-square-foot outdoor patio, numerous common collaboration areas and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. The sellers acquired the 1998-built office park in Fall 2013 for $109 million, about $224 per square foot. The Center at Corporate Drive is situated on 47 acres 15 miles northwest of Boston. The Davis Companies and Principal Real Estate Investors remain the owners of 20 Corporate Drive, a plot on which the proponents have approval to construct a 270-unit residential apartment building containing one, two and three-bedroom residences.
16.5 million square feet of development envisioned at Suffolk Downs
A total of 16.5 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space would be constructed at the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston and Revere per newly revealed project plans. Approximately 11 million square feet of development would be located in Boston, with 5.5 million square feet located in Revere. New buildings up to 220 feet high would be constructed over a 15 to 20 year period, with construction of the first phase, two 260,000-square-foot office buildings located adjacent to the Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line station with up to 520 parking spaces, potentially starting as soon as early 2018 if Amazon chooses Suffolk Downs as the site for its’ second headquarters.
If Amazon selects Suffolk Downs, the only Boston-area site under single ownership that could accommodate Amazon’s desire for up to eight million square feet of office space with direct access to public transportation and proximity to an international airport, a total of eight million square feet of office space would be constructed at Suffolk Downs, in addition to 7,500 residential units, 830 hotel rooms and 550,000 square feet of retail likely including Whole Foods, Amazon Go, Amazon Books and other Amazon retail lines. A second, more residential-centric proposed development program would construct 5.25 million square feet of office space, 10,000 residential units, 670 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail. Under both project plans, 40 acres of Suffolk Downs, approximately 25% of the site, would be comprised of open space, with elements including an approximately 15-acre central common, a landscaped amphitheater and active and passive recreation areas scattered throughout.
Newly revealed renderings of the Suffolk Downs development are posted above. Suffolk Downs developer The HYM Investment Group has filed plans for Suffolk Downs with the Cities of Boston and Revere, who are now reviewing the proposed project.
Initial demolition underway at future site of Harrison Albany Block development in South End
Demolition of existing buildings is underway at the future three-acre site of Harrison Albany Block, a 710,000-square-foot mixed-use development in the South End. A total of four buildings are being demolished to make way for Harrison Albany Block’s two new-construction 11-story buildings. Two existing buildings at 575 Albany Street and 660 Harrison Avenue (Gambro Building) will be retained and improved as part of the project. In total, Harrison Albany Block will feature approximately 650 apartment residences, 80,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a video of demolition underway at Harrison Albany Block:
$190 million Mass + Main mixed-use development in Cambridge’s Central Square breaks ground
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held today for Mass + Main, a $190 million mixed-use development in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square. Mass + Main will feature 308 apartment residences and 17,000 square feet of retail space featuring a collection of small shops. 20% of apartments at Mass + Main will be designated affordable, making it the first of its’ kind in Cambridge to support greater socioeconomic diversity. “The affordable housing and mixed-income elements of this development give families an opportunity to stay and live in Cambridge,” said Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg in a prepared statement. A total of 60 affordable apartments will be located at Mass + Main.
Three buildings will be constructed as part of Mass + Main, including a 19-story tower, a six-story building with studios and roommate units and a four-story building designed for families. Mass + Main is designed to meet LEED Gold sustainability standards, featuring green roof terraces, wind energy, energy tracking and smoke-free apartments. Additional amenities include car sharing, easy access to the MBTA Red Line and buses, electric car charging and an on-site Hubway Station. Construction of the three buildings will be completed in phases, unveiling from Fall 2018 to mid-2020.
Interior renderings of 345 Harrison luxury apartments in South End, opening early 2018, revealed
Developer UDR has revealed renderings of residences and amenity spaces at 345 Harrison, a new 585-unit South End luxury apartment community with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail slated to open in early 2018. 345 Harrison will offer residents exclusive amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping views of the Boston skyline featuring an indoor lounge and an outdoor roof deck with a fireplace and sweeping views; an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool; and a 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. Residences at 345 Harrison will feature custom finishes with “sleek, contemporary designs and cinematic views” per UDR. The latest renderings of 345 Harrison are posted above.
HYM begins city review process for Suffolk Downs development in East Boston
The HYM Investment Group has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the City of Boston to develop the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston, which has emerged in recent weeks as a leading potential location for Amazon’s second headquarters, revealing new details of HYM’s vision for the site and formally starting the development’s official review process. HYM intends to construct active uses throughout the site, including residences, retail, office and lab space and hotel space. A 40-acre publicly-accessible open space system would be constructed, as would two new retail squares, Beachmont Square and Belle Isle Square, and a new “Main Street” retail district. The proposed development would create new connections to East Boston and Revere, and encourage use of the adjacent MBTA Blue Line with a walkable fabric. Bicycle paths and Hubway stations would also be created.
The Suffolk Downs development would be constructed in phases over a 15 to 20 year period, likely costing over $1 billion. Approximately 11 million square feet of development would be constructed in Boston alone; approximately 109 acres of the site is in East Boston, with approximately 52 acres in Revere. In the event that Suffolk Downs is chosen by Amazon as the location for its’ second headquarters, a 500,000-square-foot office building with ground-floor retail space, and related infrastructure and open space improvements, would be delivered by the end of 2019. “Redevelopment of the [Suffolk Downs] site provides a unique opportunity to create additional housing, spur economic development and improve connections between several adjoining neighborhoods,” said HYM Managing Director Tom O’Brien in a prepared statement. Through constructing a mixed-use, transit-oriented district at Suffolk Downs, O’Brien aims to make the site “attractive to employers of growing industries, which will enhance and expand job creation and economic opportunity.” The BPDA is now reviewing HYM’s proposed plans for Suffolk Downs. Additional details will be revealed in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filing in the coming months. HYM’s proposed development will also undergo review by the City of Revere.
Farm-to-table waterfront restaurant opening at Pier 4 condominium building in Seaport District, new project renderings revealed
The Seaport District’s first farm-to-table restaurant will open on the ground floor of the upcoming Pier 4 waterfront condominium building. The restaurant will be operated by Kristin Canty, owner of organic, farm-to-table Concord, MA restaurant Woods Hill Table, and will have 140 seats, including a raw bar, along with a 40-seat patio. Like Woods Hill Table, food will be sourced directly from The Farm at Woods Hill, Canty’s Bath, New Hampshire-based farm. Canty hopes to decorate the restaurant, which has yet to be named, with items sourced from the former Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant, which closed in 2015 and was demolished in 2016 to make way for the condominium building.
The $500 million Pier 4 development, which is expected to open in Fall 2018, will feature two buildings with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. The nine-story condominium building will feature 106 residences now on sale and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A 13-story commercial building will feature 353,000 square feet of office space, anchored by Boston Consulting Group’s new 202,000-square-foot headquarters across the top 7 floors, and 20,000 square feet of retail. Newly revealed renderings of Pier 4, including the condominium building's residences and multiple roof decks, are posted above.
The Pier 4 condominium building’s concrete superstructure is nearing its’ full height, with pouring of the final floor underway. In the coming months, exterior finishes and windows will be installed along the condominium building’s facade. The commercial building is fully glassed in with floor-to-ceiling windows, and interior fit out is now underway. The following is a photograph of Pier 4:
Ground broken on 177 apartments in Sullivan Square
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for 480 Rutherford Avenue, an upcoming 177-unit apartment building located in Charlestown’s Sullivan Square. 480 Rutherford Avenue will contain studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences, 23 of which will be affordable. The LEED Platinum-certifiable 480 Rutherford Avenue will be the first residential building at Hood Park, a 20-acre development permitted for over 1.1 million square feet of new construction. “Expanding upon the success of the commercial redevelopment of Hood Park, we are excited to bring a residential component to the project,” said Chris Kaneb, manager of project developer Hood Park LLC. “It will undoubtedly bring a 24/7 vibrancy to the park, achieving our organization’s long-range vision for a complete, mixed use transformation." Completion of 480 Rutherford Avenue is anticipated in 2019. The building is located steps from the MBTA Orange Line and a short drive to Downtown Boston.
Pierce Boston condos in Fenway 60%-sold, apartment rents revealed
The 30-story Pierce Boston mixed-use tower’s 109 condominiums are 60%-sold, and leasing of the tower’s 240 apartments has now begun in advance of Pierce Boston’s opening in early 2018. Rents for studio apartments start at over $2,900 per month, one-bedrooms start at over $3,000 per month, two-bedrooms start at $4,600 per month and three-bedrooms start at over $7,000 per month. Apartments are located across floors three through 18 of Pierce Boston, and condominiums are located across floors 19 through 29. On Pierce Boston’s 30th floor is a Levity Lounge featuring a pool, a library, a fitness center and a private dining room exclusive to condominium owners. Across the tower’s first two floors will be 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail.
Curtain wall installation complete at 10 Farnsworth luxury condos in Fort Point, interior finishing underway
10 Farnsworth’s stunning, floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall facade has been fully installed, and black exterior finish panels are being installed in between windows. Inside the building, plastering is just about complete, and luxurious finishes and state-of-the-art appliances including Carrera counters, Italian cabinetry by Arclinea and appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf and Asko, including a fully vented six-burner gas range, are being installed within the building’s nine luxurious residences. 10 Farnsworth is expected to open this Fall and will feature communal amenities including a communal roof terrace with sweeping views of the Boston skyline. A 1,400 square foot retail space and a 12-car parking garage will be located on the building’s ground floor. The following are photographs of 10 Farnsworth:
121 Seaport now 100%-leased with Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ lease of 150,000 square feet
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, currently based in New Haven, CT, will open a new 150,000-square-foot headquarters at 121 Seaport, bringing the state-of-the-art elliptical office tower to 100% occupancy. Last week, it was announced that Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC has leased 250,000 square feet at 121 Seaport; the building features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space. Alexion, a global biopharmaceutical company that develops and delivers life-changing therapies for patients with rare diseases, will occupy floors three through eight of 121 Seaport and open its’ new headquarters in June 2018.
Newmark Knight Frank represented 121 Seaport developer Skanska in both Alexion and PTC’s leases; Cushman & Wakefield represented Alexion, and Cresa represented PTC. “121 Seaport now being 100 percent leased demonstrates the Seaport’s arrival as one of Boston’s most sought-after submarkets and business destinations,” said Charley Leatherbee, head of Skanska’s Commercial Development operations in Boston, in a prepared statement. “We delivered a building based on flexibility, innovation, sustainability and efficiency. We are honored that a pioneering company such as Alexion selected our building. Alexion and PTC are moving their respective industries forward in a building that pushes the boundaries of traditional design.” 121 Seaport will open in the first quarter of 2018, and also features 50,000 square feet of prime retail across its’ first two floors.
IoT technology provider PTC opening 250,000-square-foot global headquarters at 121 Seaport
Global Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, currently based in Needham, MA off of Route 128, will open a new 250,000-square-foot global headquarters across the top half of the new 17-story 121 Seaport elliptical tower in the Seaport District. PTC has leased the space for 18.5 years and will take occupancy in early 2019. Over 1,000 employees across all PTC company operations will work at PTC's new headquarters. With PTC's lease, 121 Seaport is now 63% leased.
PTC employs over 6,000 people worldwide and is a market leader in IoT and augmented reality. The company is developing technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate and service the “things” in IoT. PTC has been headquartered in the Boston area since its’ founding in 1985.
By moving to the Seaport District, PTC aims to enhance its ability to attract and retain talent, following in the recent footsteps of major players including Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, General Electric, PwC and Reebok. “There are few places in the world that can lay claim to as many ‘firsts’ as Boston,” said PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann in a prepared statement. “It is clear that this region has the opportunity to yet again become a beacon of innovation in technologies as disruptive as the Internet of Things and Augmented Reality. At PTC, we aim to be a catalyst to extend Boston’s global reputation as a hub for technology leadership.” The Class A, LEED Platinum-configured 121 Seaport is on target for completion in the first quarter of 2018 and features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base.
Treviicos completes slurry wall of 3.5-acre, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport
Treviicos has completed construction of the 104-panel slurry wall foundation of Echelon Seaport, a $950 million, 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development situated on 3.5 acres in the heart of the Seaport District. The slurry wall spans 2,172 linear feet, and has a total concrete surface area of 122,000 square feet. The first slurry wall panels along Seaport Boulevard are now being excavated, and concrete cap beams have been constructed at the top of the excavated panels. Echelon Seaport’s slurry wall has a maximum depth of 154 feet and an average depth of 65 feet; each panel is 30 feet thick.
Within the excavated section of the slurry wall, an internal horizontal bracing system has been installed to retain the slurry wall throughout excavation and foundation construction. Treviicos will use a combination of a one-to-two-level internal bracing system and a total of 349 tiebacks to support Echelon Seaport’s slurry wall. Tiebacks are now being installed along Seaport Boulevard within tieback sleeves injected into the slurry wall by Treviicos. Cement grouting is also underway along the excavated slurry wall in order to strengthen the wall’s concrete.
When complete, Echelon Seaport will feature 733 exclusive apartment and condominium residences and 125,000 square feet of premium retail and restaurant space, located steps from Boston Harbor. Construction of Echelon Seaport will span three years, with anticipated full completion by early 2020. The following are photographs of Treviicos at work at the 3.5-acre Echelon Seaport site:
Initial demolition underway at 280,000-square-foot Mass + Main mixed-use development in Central Square
Demolition of existing buildings has begun on the future site of the 280,000-square-foot Mass + Main mixed-use development, located in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square. Demolition of an existing parking garage on Bishop Allen Drive is underway to make way for a 23-unit residential building, with completion expected in early September. Demolition of existing two and three-story buildings along Massachusetts Avenue formerly occupied by Quest Diagnostics will take place in September. Work on Mass + Main’s foundation and underground parking garage will continue through mid-2018. Full completion of Mass + Main is anticipated in early 2020; the 23-unit residential building, located at 47 Bishop Allen Drive, is anticipated to opening August 2018. Mass + Main will feature a total of approximately 306 residential apartments and over 17,000 square feet of retail. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Mass + Main:
Construction starting on 710,000-square-foot Harrison Albany Block development in South End
Initial demolition work to make way for the 710,000-square-foot Harrison Albany Block mixed-use development in the South End is scheduled to begin this Tuesday (August 22nd). Three existing buildings will be demolished over three weeks, after which work will begin on the foundation of the development’s first phase. The foundation will feature a slurry wall, eliminating the need for noisy driving of piles or foundation sheets in the residential neighborhood. Slurry wall work is expected to commence in November. Suffolk Construction will be Harrison Albany Block’s general contractor.
Phase 1 of Harrison Albany Block, which will construct the first of two new 11-story buildings, will take 28 months to construct. Construction of the second 11-story building, Phase 2 of the project, could commence in the middle of Phase 1 depending upon market conditions. Two existing buildings at 575 Albany Street and 660 Harrison Avenue (Gambro Building) will be retained and improved as part of Harrison Albany Block. In total, the development will feature approximately 650 apartment residences, 80,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Pier 4 office building nearly glassed in, condominium building superstructure concrete pouring underway
The Seaport District’s 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 waterfront office building, which will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, is nearly fully glassed in, with floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall panels installed up to the building’s 10th floor. Pouring of concrete floors and fireproofing spraying are both just about complete inside the building. The Pier 4 office building will feature open floor plates with sweeping views of Boston Harbor. Boston Consulting Group has leased 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors; expected occupancy is in Fall 2018. A total of 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail will be located at the Pier 4 office building; space is now available for lease.
Pouring of the concrete superstructure of Pier 4’s nine-story, 106-unit waterfront luxury condominium building is now underway, with the first floor podium and second floor both fully poured. Sales of Pier 4’s condominiums, which range from one to four bedrooms and are the only Seaport residences surrounded by water on three sides, are now underway, in addition to leasing of the building’s 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A condominium sales center has been constructed on the future site of Pier 4’s waterfront park, which will provide the public with sweeping Boston Harbor and Boston skyline views. The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Curtain wall complete at 121 Seaport, elliptical glass Class A office tower now leasing
121 Seaport’s sweeping elliptical glass curtain wall facade has been fully installed across all 17 of the tower’s floors. The facade features floor-to-ceiling high-performance vision glass, resulting in sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s elliptical design reduces wind loads and gives the building less direct solar exposure, resulting in 15 percent energy savings. 121 Seaport is built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications.
Inside 121 Seaport, installation of HVAC utilities is nearing completion in anticipation of tenants moving into the tower. Future 121 Seaport tenants have not yet been announced; office and retail space at 121 Seaport is available for lease. 121 Seaport features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base. The following is a photograph of 121 Seaport:
HYM receives approval to add condominium component to Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved The HYM Investment Group’s proposal to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM will convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, reducing total residences in the tower to 423 from 486 as originally approved. As part of the change, the tower’s 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space will be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. 63 apartments in the tower will be designated affordable. Demolition of a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is now underway in order to commence construction of the tower, which is expected to open in 2020.
Facade installation underway at 345 Harrison apartments in South End
The multifaceted brick, metal panel and glass curtain wall facade of 345 Harrison's east tower has been nearly fully installed. Inside the building, metal studs have been erected to partition individual apartment residences, allowing for interior finishing to begin in the coming months. Throughout the recently topped off west tower, concrete floors are being poured on upper floors and fireproofing is being sprayed on completed lower levels. Installation of the west tower's facade will begin in the coming months. 345 Harrison will open in early 2018 and will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Del Frisco's steakhouse coming to nearly fully leased 888 Boylston in Back Bay
Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group will reportedly open a luxurious new 17,603-square-foot Double Eagle Steak House at the recently completed, nearly fully leased 888 Boylston office and retail development in the Back Bay. The restaurant will open during the second half of 2018 and will join retailers Eataly, Tesla and Under Armour on 888 Boylston’s ground floor. 888 Boylston's 425,000 square feet of ultra-sustainable office and retail space are now 91%-leased per JLL's latest Skyline Review analysis. The building, completed in 2016, is built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications and is anchored by Natixis Global Asset Management.
Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower adds condominium component
The HYM Investment Group is now proposing to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM proposes to convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, echoing the Boston condominium market's high demand. "It's pretty straightforward. We want to adjust to the market," said HYM Managing Director Thomas O'Brien in an interview with The Boston Globe. The tower, originally planned to feature 486 apartments, would now feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. As part of the proposed change, the building's 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space would be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. HYM has filed revised project plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the change. The tower, which will replace a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street, is expected to open in 2020.
345 Harrison mixed-use development in South End tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held last Wednesday (July 12th) for 345 Harrison, an upcoming mixed-use development in the South End featuring 585 apartment residences and 40,000 square feet of retail. The two-building development has topped off at 14 stories tall and is on schedule to open in early 2018. Located across from the Ink Block development and steps from multiple new and planned buildings, 345 Harrison is set to further activate a rapidly-growing corner of the South End with increased residential presence and a walkable, engaging streetscape. “The owner and architect took an innovative approach to this ultra-urban site by creating ground level open spaces that extend under building elements many floors above and connect to the public streets,” said Mark Junghans, Principal and Managing Director of the Boston office of 345 Harrison engineer VHB. “It gives it the feeling of a village space and creates the perfect spot for restaurants, sidewalk cafes and passive spaces for the residents and public alike.” The following is a photograph from the 345 Harrison topping-off ceremony, courtesy VHB:
JM Electrical installs top-notch HVAC control system at Pierce Boston, Fenway’s tallest tower
Interior finishing at Pierce Boston, the Fenway neighborhood’s tallest tower, is well underway, with luxurious finishes taking shape in the 30-story tower’s apartments, condominiums and exclusive amenity spaces, and JM Electrical hard at work installing a state-of-the-art HVAC control system that will enable advanced climate control in all residences and common spaces. JM Electrical’s HVAC system will maintain precise temperature and humidity levels throughout Pierce Boston, ensuring residents of the building’s luxurious homes will be able to uphold ideal climate conditions as well as optimizing the building’s ventilation and energy-efficiency.
Pierce Boston’s gleaming floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall facade is just about complete, and the focus of construction has turned to plastering and finishing residences, common spaces and the building’s top-floor Levity Lounge, an exclusive condominium owners’ amenity space featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase. Located at the gateway to the Fenway neighborhood, Pierce Boston will feature 109 condominium residences on upper floors, 240 apartment residences at the building’s center and two stories of street-level retail totaling 20,000 square feet. Pierce Boston is expected to open in early 2018. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
Glass curtain wall installation begins at Pier 4 offices in Seaport District, condominium sales launch
The first glass curtain wall panels have been installed along the lower levels of the recently-topped-off 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 office building. The building will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plates offering sweeping views of Boston Harbor. On the Pier 4 office building’s upper levels, concrete is being poured to construct floors and fireproofing is being sprayed along columns and ceilings. The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors, with completion expected in Fall 2018. 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located along the Pier 4 office building’s ground floor.
A nine-story residential building featuring 106 luxurious condominiums with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also being constructed at the Pier 4 site. Foundation construction for this building is currently underway, and a tower crane has been erected in anticipation of superstructure construction. Condominium sales at Pier 4 have launched and are now underway; available residences range from one to four bedrooms and are the only Seaport residences surrounded by water on three sides. Initial demand for condominiums is reportedly strong. “We’ve been receiving tremendous interest in PIER 4,” said Advisors Living CEO Janice Dumont, who is leading the sales team at PIER 4. “These homes offer an urban oasis; an intimate yet energetic retreat within the Seaport. You can walk to the water’s edge, look back at the skyline and be a part of Boston’s inner harbor.” The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Slurry wall foundation construction underway at $900 million Echelon Seaport mixed-use development
Construction of the $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport development’s below-grade slurry wall foundation is now underway. The 3.5-acre project site is being prepared for excavation of trenches for the wall’s first sections, which will be excavated using slurry wall rigs with hydromill and grab excavators. Steel reinforcement cages will be installed in excavated slurry wall trenches, after which concrete will be poured into installed reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall. Afterwards, slurry wall sections will be excavated, exposing the hardened concrete surrounding Echelon Seaport's foundation and underground parking garage.
Echelon Seaport, which broke ground last Wednesday, will feature three mixed-use buildings totaling 1.3 million square featuring 733 luxury residences, 125,000 square feet of first-class retail and restaurants and a 560-vehicle underground parking garage. Echelon Seaport is due to open in 2020; sales of the development’s condominium residences will commence this Fall. The following are photographs of Echelon Seaport:
Interactive museum honoring Seaport District history coming to 121 Seaport ground floor, building facade nears completion
Skanska has announced it will construct a new interactive pedestrian museum at Harbor Way, the 20,000-square-foot, 70-foot-wide pedestrian promenade between its’ recently-completed 101 Seaport and under-construction 121 Seaport office and retail developments, honoring the history of the area’s development. The museum will focus upon Skanska’s discovery of an old shipwreck below the 121 Seaport construction site in May 2016, highlighting the landmaking of the Seaport District that caused the ship to be found a few blocks inland from Boston Harbor. The museum will explain how the Seaport District was once a tidal flat, which was filled with land in 1896, burying the old shipwreck. The museum will include facts about the ship’s last journey from Rockland, Maine and artifacts found within the ship, as well as the Seaport District’s initial use as a vast rail yard. "Boston has so many underground secrets and mysteries yet to be discovered. The shipwreck was both a surprise and an eye-opening experience and sheds new light on both the history of Boston's Seaport, and the historic connections between Boston and the rest of New England,” said Joe Bagley, the City of Boston’s Archaeologist.
Skanska’s new museum will be linked to an augmented reality exhibit that will sync to a smartphone application available for download, which will provide a more detailed, virtually guided tour through the museum. Reclaimed wood from the old shipwreck will also be incorporated into 121 Seaport; unique pieces of furniture will be created using the ship’s remnants and will accent the building’s common areas and conference rooms. “The buildings we create should positively impact the community beyond the confines of their own walls. Many of Boston’s neighborhoods preserve the city’s past in compelling ways. With Harbor Way, we are introducing the Seaport’s story in a way that marries Boston’s reverence for preserving history with the Innovation District’s spirit,” said Charley Leatherbee, leader of Skanska’s development operations in Boston. The following is a rendering of the interactive museum:
121 Seaport is nearly fully glassed in, with the 17-story building’s high-performance glass curtain wall installed as high as the 16th floor. Inside the building, concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying are complete on all levels. 121 Seaport will open in 2018, with office and retail space now available for lease. The building will contain 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space at the two-story podium at the base of the building. 121 Seaport will be built to LEED Platinum energy-efficiency standards; a private rooftop terrace will provide stunning views of Boston’s skyline and harbor. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
$900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport mixed-use development breaks ground
Echelon Seaport, a $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot, three-tower mixed-use development located steps from Boston Harbor, has broken ground in the Seaport District. Formerly known as Seaport Square Block M, the development will be the inaugural project of Cottonwood Management’s new international Echelon lifestyle concept.
A groundbreaking ceremony for Echelon Seaport was held this past Wednesday (June 14th, 2017) on the project site, where initial site preparations are already underway. Guests at the groundbreaking ceremony included Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh and world-renowned Chef Ming Tsai. "This project paves the way for more people to see the Seaport as a place to not only work in and visit, but also a place to live in and call home," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I look forward to the Seaport continuing to become an innovative, welcoming neighborhood for all."
Boasting 733 luxury residential condominiums and apartments, Echelon Seaport will feature two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, engaging courtyards and oversized private terraces. Sales of Echelon Seaport condominiums will commence this Fall. Echelon Seaport’s three towers will be united by a destination piazza, featuring an architecturally striking landmark bridge, outdoor seating on multiple levels, distinctive artwork, beautiful tree canopies and more than 125,000 square feet of luxury restaurants and retail lining the multiple passageways and streets leading to the central courtyard.
With the Echelon innovation and luxury lifestyle brand, Cottonwood aims to elevate residential living with unparalleled amenities, extraordinary residential terraces and outdoor spaces, and world-class architectural design. “Boston’s Seaport is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the world right now and is the perfect starting place for Cottonwood to establish the Echelon lifestyle brand,” said Alexander Shing, Chairman and CEO of Cottonwood Management. “Echelon Seaport will anchor the Seaport community with a new level of design, service, and lifestyle amenities. Our world-class team is delivering an intelligent approach to an engaged urban lifestyle with the highest standards of quality and design.” Next steps for Echelon include a new development in New York City located steps from the Empire State building on Fifth Avenue. The following are photographs from the Echelon Seaport groundbreaking ceremony:
Panoramic sky pavilion opens at Avalon North Station luxury apartment tower
A stunning top-floor, indoor-outdoor sky pavilion featuring panoramic views of the Boston skyline has opened at the new 38-story Avalon North Station luxury apartment tower in Bulfinch Triangle. The pavilion is open to all Avalon North Station residents and features a luxurious indoor lounge with state-of-the-art finishes and furnishings, in addition to a spacious outdoor roof deck. Open since last Winter, Avalon North Station features 503 luxury apartment residences with studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom configurations now available for lease conveniently located steps to North Station, the Harborwalk and Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of the new sky pavilion at Avalon North Station:
13-story Pier 4 office building in Seaport District tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held this past Wednesday (June 7th, 2017) for the 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 office building in the Seaport District. The ceremony marked the completion of construction of the building’s steel structural frame. Concrete pouring to construct the office building’s interior floors and interior fireproofing are both now underway, and facade finish installation has begun at the office building’s base.
The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors. In total, the building will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A nine-story residential building at Pier 4 featuring 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also under construction facing Boston Harbor. The following are photographs from the Pier 4 topping-off ceremony, courtesy Elkus Manfredi Architects:
Seaport Square Block M breaks ground next Tuesday, Ming Tsai VIP Guest
A groundbreaking ceremony for the $850 million Seaport Square Block M mixed-use development in the Seaport District will be held next Tuesday. Speakers at the ceremony will include Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh, in addition to a Block M brand unveiling by Cottonwood Management Chairman and CEO Alexander Shing and a special presentation by James Beard award-winning chef and Blue Dragon restaurant owner Ming Tsai.
Tsai's presentation follows the chef's announcement that he will open a new fast-casual stir-fry restaurant called ChowStirs next year. Tsai's renowned Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley closed earlier this month after 19 years in business. Tsai has owned and operated the Blue Dragon restaurant in Fort Point since 2013. The Block M development team did not announce Tsai will open a restaurant at Block M. Block M is Cottonwood Management's premiere development in Boston and will feature 730+ luxury residential units with 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, with completion expected by early 2020.
$180 million loan secured for Boston’s Bulfinch Crossing development
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan for the Government Center Garage property, site of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development project. Financing was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF. “Over the next 10 years, the property will be the location of one of the largest and most exciting mixed-use developments in Boston, while providing unprecedented demand for parking,” said HFF Senior Managing Director Riaz Cassum in a prepared statement. “This financing represents the first step in a long-term development plan and the formation of a strategic lending relationship.”
The Bulfinch Crossing development will construct 800+ residences, 200 hotel rooms, 1.15 million gross square feet of office space and 82,500 gross square feet of retail space at the present garage site. The development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units, is currently under construction. The existing 11-story Government Center Garage, which is actively being dismantled, comprises 1,960 parking space underneath 202,854 square feet of office space. Retail space totaling 23,212 square feet is located on the Garage’s ground floor.
Early 2018 construction start eyed for Avalon Brighton luxury residences
AvalonBay is aiming to break ground early next year on Avalon Brighton, a proposed luxury residential development featuring 210 apartment and condominium residences. AvalonBay has officially filed revised plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in response to community feedback, reducing overall density and increasing public open space. Proposed rental apartments have been reduced by 40 units to 180 in response to concerns regarding resident transiency; 30 homeownership condominiums remain proposed. AvalonBay is exploring opportunities to increase the number of homeownership condominiums at Avalon Brighton. Approximately 51% of the Avalon Brighton site is now proposed to be open space. Construction of Avalon Brighton as proposed would last approximately 24 months. The BPDA is now reviewing AvalonBay’s revised plans.
Exterior finishing underway at 345 Harrison, upcoming South End luxury apartments
The east building at 345 Harrison has topped off at 14 stories tall, and installation of the building’s exterior facade is well underway. Brick and metal exterior finish panels have been installed up to the east building’s top floor at sections. Finishes, in addition to windows, are nearly fully installed along the east building's base facing Harrison Avenue. Remaining sections of the east building are now being weatherproofed. Construction of the steel frame of 345 Harrison’s west building along Washington Street is well underway, and has risen to as high as seven stories at sections. Opening in early 2018, 343 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
HYM closes on Suffolk Downs acquisition for $155 million
The HYM Investment Group has closed on its' acquisition of the 161-acre Suffolk Downs property in East Boston for $155 million. The sale amounts to $962,732.92 per acre. Bank of the Ozarks provided $80 million in financing towards HYM's acquisition. Seller Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC acquired the property in July 1997 for $39,734,500, or $246,798.14 per acre.
Work begins on transformative Malden Center mixed-use development
Demolition has begun to make way for Jefferson at Malden Center, a $120 million development that will replace former government buildings with three new mixed-use buildings and reconnect Malden Center through a pedestrian streetscape. Malden’s former city hall and police station, as well as the former First Church of Malden, are now being demolished, clearing 3.2 acres for Jefferson at Malden Center’s construction. The development will restore the connection of Pleasant Street, one of Malden’s main thoroughfares, to Commercial and Florence Streets and the Malden Center train station. Pleasant Street has been divided into two by City Hall and closed to through traffic since the early 1970s, when the building was built at Pleasant Street’s center facing the train station.
Demolition work will continue through this Summer, after which foundation work for Jefferson at Malden Center will begin. The development is expected to open by Fall 2019. Jefferson at Malden Center will feature 320 market-rate apartment residences, over 22,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 45,000-square-foot office space that will serve as Malden's new City Hall. The following are photographs of Jefferson at Malden Center:
Facade installation underway at 10 Farnsworth luxury residences in Fort Point
The first windows have been installed along the facade of 10 Farnsworth, a boutique luxury condominium building opening this Fall in Fort Point, and the facade’s signature black metal framing has been installed across nearly all floors. Window installation is now underway across 10 Farnsworth’s facade, and black facade framing will soon be installed across the sixth floor and roof level. Sections of the facade that will feature black exterior finish panels have been fireproofed. Inside the building, installation of metal framing to partition individual residences has begun.
10 Farnsworth’s nine luxurious condominium residences are currently on sale, with two residences currently listed as available. Residence 202, a second-floor 2,125 square foot 3-bedroom/3-bathroom condominium, is available for $2.65 million ($1,247.06 per square foot); Residence 402, a fourth-floor 2,125 square foot 3-bedroom/2.5-bathroom condominium, is available for $2.775 million ($1,305.88 per square foot). Completion of 10 Farnsworth is anticipated this Fall. The following are photographs of 10 Farnsworth:
Related Beal unveils The Beverly, Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years
Related Beal has unveiled The Beverly, formerly known as Parcel 1B, a 484,000 square foot building which will be Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years. The Beverly will feature 239 top-quality apartment residences, including much-needed family-sized apartments, providing downtown living at a moderate price. The building will also include a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Lease applications for residences will be available from July through September 6th, with move-ins expected in early 2018. The latest building information and renderings are posted above.
888 Boylston, a leader in sustainable building, opens in Back Bay
888 Boylston, an ultra-sustainable, LEED Platinum-spec new 425,000 square foot office building in the Back Bay, is now complete. Retail tenants Eataly, Tesla and Under Armour are open on the building’s ground floors. Office tenants Abry Partners and Bracebridge Capital have moved into 888 Boylston’s upper floors, and Accenture, Martingale Asset Management, SCS Financial and lead tenant Natixis Global Asset Management will open offices at 888 Boylston in the coming months. The following are photographs of 888 Boylston:
Facade nears completion at Parcel 1B development in Bulfinch Triangle
Installation of brick and glass curtain wall finishes along the Parcel 1B development’s multifaceted facade is essentially complete. Facade sections that will be finished with metal panels are being fireproofed, and the last few windows are being installed along the brick and metal panel sections. Inside the building, framing of individual apartment and hotel units has begun. Upon the development’s opening in early 2018, Parcel 1B will feature a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel, 239 mixed-income rental apartment residences, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Parcel 1B:
Garage deconstruction underway at Bulfinch Crossing
Dismantling of the west corner of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is well underway to make way for the 2.9 million square foot development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. The top two floors of the existing structure, which consist of steel framed office space, have been been fully dismantled at the west corner, and dismantling of the precast concrete parking levels below has begun. The garage remains in operation during construction. The following are photographs of Bulfinch Crossing:
345 Harrison apartments in South End reach full height
345 Harrison’s east tower along Harrison Avenue has reached its’ full height of 14 stories and will soon top off in full. The concrete elevator core of the west tower along Washington Street has reached its’ full height; construction of the west tower’s steel frame will commence imminently. Two active tower cranes now stand in place over the 345 Harrison site. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Façade nears completion, interior construction underway at POST, new Class A Waltham office building
Installation of facade finishes at POST, an upcoming Class A office building built by Callahan Construction Managers, is well underway, with large sections of the building’s glass curtain wall installed and exterior finish panels in place over a number of fireproofing sections. A section of the existing building’s eastern wing has been demolished to create POST’s signature center 16,000 square foot outdoor courtyard; fit out of the courtyard area is now underway. Concrete hardscaping has been installed along POST’s perimeter, and new staircases between POST and the surrounding parking lot will soon be installed.
Inside POST, pouring of concrete to construct the building’s upper level and 44,000 square foot cast-in-place interior mezzanine is essentially complete. A new elevator core has been constructed to transport employees and visitors at POST up to the building’s newly created upper level. Large sections of POST’s interior are now just about ready for custom tenant fit out.
With completion scheduled for this summer and office space now leasing, POST will repurpose an open, high-ceilinged former postal service distribution center into Class A office, lab and research & development (R&D) space. The following are photographs of POST:
Avalon Brighton plans revised to include less residences, more open space
AvalonBay Communities recently presented revised plans for the proposed Avalon Brighton residential development in response to community feedback. The revised plans call for a reduction in residences to 210 total, down from 250 as proposed in October 2016. 40 apartments have been eliminated from the development plan in response to concerns regarding resident transiency; accordingly, the project would now feature 180 apartments and 30 condominiums. Likewise, project density has been reduced by over 20%, and on-site open space coverage has been increased to 51% from 37%, reducing the project’s floor-area-ratio (FAR) to 1.7 from 2.1.
Under the revised plans, 210 parking spaces would be provided for residents, in addition to 10 newly-added visitor spaces, down from 250 spaces as previously proposed. Building design has been modified to provide an increased setback from neighborhood streets. As part of the project, a new bus shelter would be constructed at the intersection of Washington Street and Fidelis Way, and streetscape improvements would be made. Updated renderings of Avalon Brighton are posted above; the project remains under review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
121 Seaport, an upcoming Class A office building in the Seaport District, has topped off at 17 stories tall, and the building’s high-performance glass curtain wall has been installed as high as the third floor. The curtain wall will provide a 360-degree transparent coating surrounding 121 Seaport, providing sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. At the building’s center, the construction team is pouring concrete on floors and spraying fireproofing along pillars and ceilings; concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying is complete on lower floors. The 450,000 square foot 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space atop a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail platform. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Pier 4 office building steel superstructure rising
The steel frame of the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building in the Seaport District has reached four stories high, with the building’s elevator core topped off. Two full stories of the frame have been erected. The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors, and will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A nine-story residential building at Pier 4 with 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also under construction facing Boston Harbor. The following are photographs of the Pier 4 site:
Asphalt has been removed from the former 3.5-acre parking lot at Seaport Square Block M, and construction of the 1.012 million square foot development’s slurry wall has begun. An official groundbreaking ceremony for Seaport Square Block M will take place in May, with full development completion expected by early 2020. The $850 million Seaport Square Block M will feature 730+ luxury residential units with 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space. The following are photographs of the Seaport Square Block M site:
10 Farnsworth concrete superstructure tops off at six stories tall
10 Farnsworth's cast-in-place concrete superstructure has reached its' full height of six stories tall. Weatherproofing and exterior finishing are expected to commence imminently. 10 Farnsworth is on schedule for completion in Fall 2017. Two luxury residences are listed for sale at 10 Farnsworth. Unit 202, a second-floor 2,125 square foot 3-bedroom/3-bathroom condominium, is listed for $2.65 million. Unit 501, a fifth-floor 2,113 square foot 3-bedroom/3-bathroom condominium, is listed for $3.195 million. 10 Farnsworth will feature nine luxurious condominiums with 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 10 Farnsworth:
Pierce Boston curtain wall nears completion, luxury condominiums now on sale
Unitized glass curtain wall panels have reached the 21st level of Pierce Boston, an exceptional
new 30-story luxury tower in the Fenway. With an unparalleled vantage point as the Fenway’s
gateway structure and tallest tower, Pierce Boston offers unparalleled views of the Boston
skyline, the Charles River, the Emerald Necklace and the surrounding countryside.
Levels 21 through 30 of Pierce Boston are actively being prepared for curtain wall panel
installation. Metal panel anchors, which are used to fasten curtain wall panels, have been
installed as high as Level 26. Inside Pierce Boston, metal stud walls continue to be framed to
construct individual residences, and plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems continue to be
installed. A pool that will become part of Pierce Boston’s exclusive top-floor Levity Lounge was
recently lifted from ground level to the tower’s 30th floor. The pool has been carefully placed into
the Lounge’s future pool deck. A video of the intricate pool installation process is posted below.
Pierce Boston’s 109 distinctive luxury condominium residences, located on levels 19 through
29, are now on sale. These residences will feature breathtaking panoramic views and
state-of-the-art finishes. At Pierce Boston’s summit will be the Levity Lounge, an exclusive
amenity space featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas
with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase.
For more information about Pierce Boston and to schedule a private showing, visit the Pierce
Boston website or click Contact Broker above. Pierce Boston is on track to be completed within
the next year. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
88 North Washington Street, 64-room boutique hotel, approved in Bulfinch Triangle
88 North Washington Street, a new 14-story boutique hotel featuring 64 guest rooms, was approved at last Thursday (March 16th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The hotel will include a first floor lobby and a second floor mezzanine with a cafe. As part of the project, the developer will contribute $36,000 towards construction of the future Valenti Square Park across from the project site.
Seaport Square Block M pre-construction starts, official groundbreaking anticipated in May
Cottonwood Management, developer of the 1 million+ square foot Seaport Square Block M mixed-use development in the Seaport District, announced today that pre-construction work has commenced at Block M, and that an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place in May following pre-construction completion. Pasadena, California-based Cottonwood has also opened a new Boston regional office at the new 101 Seaport Class A office building steps from the Block M construction site. Part of the 101 Seaport space will serve as Block M's future residential sales center. "This is a major milestone for our team, to open our new office space and to start pre-construction in the same month. [Block M] is Cottonwood’s first Boston project to break ground, and we look forward to expanding in Boston along with our other activities on the East Coast,” says Alexander Shing, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cottonwood. Full completion of Block M is expected in early 2020.
Harrison Albany Block, 700,000 square foot mixed-use development, approved in South End
Harrison Albany Block, a new 4-building mixed-use development featuring approximately 650 residential units and 80,000 square feet of office space in addition to ground-floor retail, was approved at last Thursday (March 2nd)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The development team anticipates to start construction of the project in the second quarter of this year.
Developer HYM buying 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston
The HYM Investment Group, the developer behind Bulfinch Crossing and other major Boston development projects, reportedly has a deal to acquire the 161-acre Suffolk Downs horse racing track site in East Boston. The Boston Globe reports that HYM could close on the acquisition by this summer. A sale price for the site has not yet been revealed.
Framing of 345 Harrison's 14-story steel superstructure has reached the mixed-use development's 10th floor and is rising rapidly. Both of 345 Harrison's elevator cores have now reached their full height. Pouring of concrete floors has commenced at 345 Harrison's base. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 residential apartments with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Avalon North Station, a new 38-story luxury residential tower in Bulfinch Triangle, is now open and leasing apartments. The newly-built building features luxurious finishes and unparalleled amenities including a sky pavilion and rooftop deck with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. Rents at Avalon North Station start at just under $2,300/month for a studio apartment. The following are photographs of Avalon North Station:
Façade installation underway at POST, new Waltham office space now leasing
Weatherproofing is well underway along the façade of POST, an upcoming 395,000 square foot state-of-the-art office building in Waltham just off of Route 128 being built by Callahan Construction Managers. The façade is being enclosed with metal framing as well as air and vapor barriers. Brick finishes have also been installed in a number of locations, and installation of curtain wall glass is beginning.
Pouring of concrete to construct POST’s 44,000 square foot cast-in-place interior mezzanine is over halfway complete and will be finished by the end of this month. Along POST’s exterior, concrete is being poured to construct hardscaping. A 16,000 square foot outdoor courtyard is also being constructed in the middle of the building.
Opening this summer and now leasing, POST will renovate and restore a historic postal service distribution center, preserving the authentic exposed ceiling beams and other original features of the building while converting the building into new Class A office, lab and research & development (R&D) space. The following are photographs of POST:
Updated plans revealed for proposed Chestnut Hill mixed-use building
Plans for the proposed mixed-use building at 1180 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill have been updated to include new resident amenities. Plans now call for new private outdoor terraces along apartments on upper floors. These terraces would be incorporated into the building’s façade. Approximately 1,000 square feet of additional tenant amenity space are also now proposed. Ground-floor retail space has been reduced by 1,490 square feet to 5,560 square feet, down from 7,050 square feet as originally proposed. The proposed building’s height has also been reduced by 4 feet, and on-site parking spaces have been reduced to 69 from 80. The updated plans are now being reviewed by Brookline’s Planning and Zoning Boards.
Facade installation underway at Parcel 1B in Bulfinch Triangle
The 14-story Parcel 1B hotel, retail and affordable housing building in Bulfinch Triangle is nearly fully sealed. Exterior weatherproofing has reached the building's top floor, brick finishes have reached the 12th floor and the glass curtain wall has reached the 10th floor. Parcel 1B is expected to open within the next year and will feature 239 affordable residential apartments, a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Parcel 1B:
121 Seaport elliptical office building nearing top off
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly 11 floors, and the Class A office and retail building’s signature elliptical shape is now prominently pronounced. Following pouring of interior concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling high-performance glass will be installed across 121 Seaport’s sweeping façade, providing panoramic 360 degree views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s distinctive aerodynamic design will provide a 15 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in wind loads. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Pouring of 10 Farnsworth's six-story cast-in-place concrete superstructure has reached the Fort Point luxury condominium building's future third floor. 10 Farnsworth's superstructure is anticipated to top off in February, after which weatherproofing and exterior finishing will commence. 10 Farnsworth is expected to open within the next year and will feature 9 luxury condominium residences with 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 10 Farnsworth:
The elevator core of the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building
has reached nine full stories in height and will top off imminently. Steel construction has begun at the office building's base and is pushing upwards towards the building's full height of 13 stories. Preparations are also underway to construct the foundation of the future nine-story, 100-residence Pier 4 condominium building facing the Atlantic Ocean. The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Curtain wall and interior fit out underway at Pierce Boston, condos now available
Exterior and interior finishing are well underway at the recently topped-out, 30-story luxury tower Pierce Boston. This architectural standout, designed by Arquitectonica, will serve as the gateway into the Fenway neighborhood. Pierce Boston will take its' place in the Boston skyline as the neighborhood's tallest luxury residential tower, offering a unique vantage point of the city and its' landmarks.
Unitized glass curtain wall panels are rising rapidly along Pierce Boston's façade and have already reached the 16th floor. Inside, metal stud walls are being framed to construct individual units on Pierce Boston’s lower floors (1-18). These levels, beautifully designed by CBT Architects, will house 20,000 square feet of retail, impressive amenity spaces and 240 residential apartments. All floors of Pierce Boston are now being outfitted with plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
Pierce Boston’s 109 condominiums, located on floors 19-29, are now on sale and have breathtaking 360-degree uninterrupted views of the city, the Charles River, the Emerald Necklace and the Longwood Medical Area. Unique to new development in the city is Pierce Boston's condominiums' top floor amenity space, the Levity Lounge, featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase.
For more details and to schedule a private showing, visit the Pierce Boston website or click Contact Broker above. Pierce Boston is on track to be completed within the next year. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
Cambridge's Mass + Main approved, construction starting this summer
The City of Cambridge's Planning Board approved the 280,000 square foot Mass + Main mixed-use development in Central Square for construction on Wednesday (January 25th, 2016). Mass + Main will be transit-oriented and is targeting an LEED Gold sustainability certification. Construction of Mass + Main is expected to commence this summer.
Bulfinch Crossing construction launches officially, new video released
An official construction launch was held Tuesday (January 24th, 2017) to kick off construction of Bulfinch Crossing's first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. At the launch, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials and members of the Bulfinch Crossing development team ceremonially swung sledgehammers to officially mark commencement of the Government Center Garage's demolition to make way for the Phase 1 tower. A new video of Bulfinch Crossing, which is posted above, was also released at the launch.
Initial demolition work at Bulfinch Crossing commenced in December 2016. Vertical construction of the Phase 1 tower is expected to start in late Spring 2017, with completion expected in late Spring 2020. Upon completion, the tower will be Boston's tallest rental apartment building. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Demolition of the Government Center Garage is well underway in preparation for construction of Bulfinch Crossing’s 45-story Phase One residential apartment tower. The construction team is hard at work using a Brokk machine to demolish interior precast concrete beams, then using a concrete processor to break the concrete into smaller pieces for removal. The garage has been structurally enabled and reconfigured to allow for demolition to construct Bulfinch Crossing. Upon completion of Bulfinch Crossing, a small retained section of the garage will be surrounded by three new towers. A total of six new buildings will be constructed at Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a video of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Waterside Place Phase 1B approaches Spring 2017 construction start
The Drew Company intends to commence construction of the $157 million, 23-story Waterside Place Phase 1B tower in the Seaport District in Spring 2017. The proponent has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the Waterside Place project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency to temporarily fit out and allocate 3,593 square feet of unfinished innovation space in the adjacent Waterside Place Phase 1A tower as construction office space for the Phase 1B project team. The Phase 1A innovation space would be marketed as such following completion of Phase 1B.
Construction of 345 Harrison’s 14-story superstructure is well underway for both of the mixed-use development’s buildings. The northeast concrete elevator core has topped off, and the final story of the northwest core nears completion. Steel framing has reached 345 Harrison’s second floor and continues to progress quickly across the development site. 345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Retail space at 345 Harrison is now leasing. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
A topping-off ceremony was held last Friday (December 2nd, 2016) for Pierce Boston, a 30-story mixed-use tower opening Winter 2018 in the Fenway. Concrete construction at Pierce Boston is now complete, with concrete poured on all floors. Pierce Boston will soon be weather tight; glass has been installed on over 10 stories, giving Pierce Boston a striking presence. HVAC construction at Pierce Boston including electrical, mechanical and plumbing utilities is well underway. Interior framing of Pierce Boston’s units and common spaces has also begun. The following are photographs from the Pierce Boston groundbreaking:
Exterior finish installation underway at Waltham’s POST, new 128 office space opening Summer 2017
New hardscaping and brick exterior finishes are being installed at POST, a new 395,000 square foot state-of-the-art office building opening Summer 2017 in Waltham along Route 128. Finish installation systems are also being installed along the facade to install new wood finishes. Installation of floor-to-ceiling windows will soon follow. The following are photographs of POST:
480 Rutherford Avenue, 177 new Sullivan Square apartments, approved
At Thursday (November 17th, 2016)'s board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved 480 Rutherford Avenue. Located in Charlestown's Sullivan Square, the $45 million project will construct a new building containing 177 apartments. Completion of 480 Rutherford Avenue is anticipated in 2019.
Twining Properties has unveiled the latest plans for Mass + Main, a proposed approximately 280,000 square foot mixed-use development in Cambridge's Central Square. Approximately 306 residential units and 17,000 square feet of retail are now proposed across three new buildings. Twining Properties hopes to start construction of Mass + Main, which would last approximately two years, in mid-2017. The Cambridge Planning Board is currently reviewing Mass + Main. The following are links to the Mass + Main Project Overview and Design Presentation.
A topping off ceremony was held yesterday (November 10th, 2016) for Related Beal’s 14-story Parcel 1B apartment and hotel building in Bulfinch Triangle, which has reached its’ full height after just 23 weeks of construction. A large section of the Parcel 1B building’s facade, which includes precast brick panels, has been installed.
The Parcel 1B building will feature 239 affordable apartments targeted to upper-middle, moderate and low-income households. The hotel component will be a Courtyard Marriott and will feature 220 rooms. The Parcel 1B building is scheduled for completion in early 2018; Related Beal will open the housing inquiry list in early 2017. The following are photographs of the Parcel 1B building:
Bulfinch Crossing existing garage enabling and re-ramping underway
The Bulfinch Crossing construction team is at work enabling and re-ramping the existing Government Center Garage in preparation for the $2.2 billion, 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development project. As part of the project, the garage will be reconfigured, partially demolished and enclosed on its three principal sides by three new buildings. The following is a photograph of garage enabling and re-ramping underway at Bulfinch Crossing, courtesy the development team on Twitter:
The HYM Investment Group has released a drone view panorama of the view from the top floors of the future 45-story Bullfinch Crossing apartment tower. The tower will feature stunning views of the Downtown Boston skyline, the Charles River and Boston Harbor. The following is a tweet with the view panorama:
Pierce Boston nears topping off, condos listed for sale
Pierce Boston has risen to nearly its’ full height, currently standing at about 28 stories tall. Pierce Boston will be a 30-story mixed-use tower. Glass has been installed along the first five stories of Pierce Boston’s facade.
Condominiums are now on sale at Pierce Boston. A 22nd Floor one-bedroom is listed for $924,500, and a 19th Floor three-bedroom is listed for $2,913,700. New interior renderings of Pierce Boston have been revealed, including renderings of units; these can be found above. The following is a Tweet by Boston Tweet showing Pierce Boston:
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly five full stories, including the future two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium base. The building’s distinctive elliptical design is beginning to take shape, with uniquely rounded steel beams installed. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
A tower crane has been installed at Pier 4, signaling the impending start of superstructure construction for the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building. Construction of the building's concrete elevator core will commence imminently, followed by the building's steel frame. Vertical metal formwork has been installed alongside the crane to frame concrete pouring to construct the elevator core. Excavation of the Pier 4 office building's foundation is complete. The following are photographs of the Pier 4 site:
Treviicos preparing to commence Seaport Square Block M slurry wall construction
Treviicos has staged drill rigs on the Seaport Square Block M construction site in preparation for the project’s imminent groundbreaking. Treviicos will construct the Block M project’s slurry wall. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Block M in Late Fall 2016. The $850 million-plus mixed-use project will construct three mixed-use towers featuring approximately 733 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 125,000 square feet of retail located in the heart of the Seaport District on what is now a surface parking lot. The following are photographs of Treviicos’ staging at Block M:
AvalonBay proposes 250 residential units on Washington Street in Brighton
AvalonBay Communities has filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) proposing to construct 250 residential units, including 220 apartments and 30 condominiums, on Washington Street in Brighton located steps to the MBTA Green Line and Brighton Center; the following is a link to the PNF. AvalonBay anticipates to start construction by the end of 2017; construction would last
approximately 24 months. Two large development projects, 101-105 Washington Street and the Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment, are proposed next to the AvalonBay site. The following are renderings of Avalon Brighton:
The HYM Investment Group reports that it has started demolishing a section of the existing Government Center Garage to make way for a 45-story high-rise luxury apartment tower along New Sudbury Street. The tower is the first component of the 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development:
Approximately 50 micropiles have been drilled into the ground across the 10 Farnsworth site, enabling foundation concrete pouring to begin. These micropiles will provide structural support for the six-story 10 Farnsworth building. Excavation is now underway at 10 Farnsworth, after which formwork will be laid to shape concrete pouring to construct the building’s foundation. The following are photographs of the 10 Farnsworth site:
CIM closes on Motor Mart Garage acquisition for $162.5 million
CIM Group closed yesterday (October 24th, 2016) on its' acquisition of the Motor Mart Garage in Bay Village for $162.5 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Citibank provided $90,135,000 of financing towards CIM Group's acquisition.
CIM Group is based in Los Angeles and invests in parking garages as well as hotel, industrial and office space. The firm acquired 95 Berkeley in the South End in March 2016 for $43 million. The following is the deed for CIM Group's acquisition of the Motor Mart Garage:
New details and renderings have been released of Pierce Boston's penthouse suites and amenities. A total of 10 penthouses will be located at Pierce Boston enhanced with top-of-the-line appliances and finishes. The 30th-story Levity Lounge will feature a Dining Room atop a glass floor, a library well-suited for intimate gatherings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views. Premium services at Pierce Boston will include in-house car detailing. Visit the Penthouse and Amenities pages on the Pierce Boston website for more information. The following are new renderings of Pierce Boston:
Pier 4 office building foundation excavated, concrete pouring underway
The foundation of the Pier 4 office building has been excavated, making way for a future two-level underground parking garage. A horizontal foundation support system has been installed to support the foundation throughout construction. Metal formwork is being installed at the foundation's base in preparation for concrete pouring. The 13-story Pier 4 office building will contain 353,000 square feet of office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a photograph of the Pier 4 office building foundation:
Pierce Boston, a 30-story luxury residential tower under construction in the Fenway, is over halfway to topping off. The tower's concrete structural frame currently stands at 18 stories tall. A PERI Skydeck system is being used to frame concrete pouring. Per an update from the Pierce Boston team, the tower will soon receive its "brilliant costume" as exterior finishes, comprised of a "glimmering curtain wall made of metal and glass," are installed. Completion of Pierce Boston's facade is anticipated in Spring 2017; the tower is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.
Pierce Boston will feature a mix of 240 rental apartments and 109 condominiums with 20,000 square feet of retail across the tower's first two floors. Resident amenities will include a rooftop pool and a Level 30 Levity Lounge featuring a private dining room with a glass floor. Visit PierceBoston.com for sales and leasing information. The following is a aerial photograph of Pierce Boston, courtesy the Pierce Boston team:
The following is an Instagram post showing Pierce Boston along Boylston Street:
Micropile drilling has commenced at 10 Farnsworth in order to construct the six-story building's foundation. About 50 micropiles will be drilled into the ground to support 10 Farnsworth. Construction of 10 Farnsworth's superstructure is expected to commence this fall; the superstructure is anticipated to top off in early 2017. 10 Farnsworth will be a a nine-unit luxury condominium building with 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. Condominium prices will start at $2.5 million. Visit 10farnsworth.com for condominium sales information. The following is a tweet by Justin Dziama showing micropile drilling underway at 10 Farnsworth:
The 17-story concrete elevator core of 121 Seaport has topped off, and a new project banner has been hung along the core. Construction of 121 Seaport's elliptical structural steel frame will follow imminently. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is targeting LEED Platinum efficiency certification; the building's elliptical design will result in 15 percent energy savings due to less direct solar exposure. The following is a tweet by Skanska showing 121 Seaport's topped-off elevator core:
New interactive website and renderings for 121 Seaport
Skanska has released a new interactive website, 121seaport.com, with leasing information for 121 Seaport, a state-of-the-art 17-story, 450,000 square foot tower under construction in the Seaport District. Additionally, new interior and exterior renderings have been released; these renderings can be found above. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium.
Residential apartments at Avalon North Station, a new 38-story mixed-use tower in Bulfinch Triangle, are now leasing. Rents and floor plans have been posted on the Avalon North Station website; rents will start at $2,270/month for studios, $2,595/month for one-bedrooms, $3,750/month for two-bedrooms and $5,435/month for three-bedrooms. Renters who sign a lease by September 30th will receive one month of rent free. An Avalon North Station leasing representative confirmed that the first move in at Avalon North Station is tentatively scheduled for November 3rd.
AvalonBay has also released photographs of a completed unit at Avalon North Station as well as a video and photographs showing Avalon North Station's sweeping Boston skyline views; both the photographs and video can be found below:
Harrison Albany Block proposed height decreases, massing increases
The Harrison Albany Block development team has submitted a Draft Project Impact Report (DPIR) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for the proposed Harrison Albany Block mixed-use development project in Boston's South End with a revised development program and updated renderings; the following is a link to the DPIR. Most notably, the peak height of Harrison Albany Block, which would have been the tallest development in Boston's South End, has been reduced from 200 feet to 120 feet. The total development has increased from approximately 710,500 square feet to 722,000 square feet. Residential units have decreased from approximately 710 units to 687 units. Office space has increased from approximately 40,100 square feet to 76,800 square feet. Retail space has increased from approximately 14,100 square feet to 19,700 square feet. The number of proposed spaces in Harrison Albany Block's underground parking garage has decreased from approximately 745 spaces to 703 spaces.
The existing five-story 575 Albany Street, previously proposed to be renovated to include office space, would now include residential units along with a new five-story vertical addition. The existing three-story 660 Harrison Avenue (Gambro Building), previously proposed to be retained as is, would now be renovated and improved with an addition on the building's east side and a two-story vertical addition; 660 Harrison Avenue would continue to contain office space. Associated adjustments have also been made to the project's open space plan; proposed open space has increased from approximately 41,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.
The development team anticipates that construction of Harrison Albany Block will commence in the second quarter of 2017. Improvement of 660 Harrison Avenue would occur in no less than seven years following expiration of existing leases. The following are renderings of Harrison Albany Block:
The following are elevations, sections and aerial views of Harrison Albany Block:
Catamount Management Corporation, owner of Hood Business Park in Charlestown's Sullivan Square, has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) and a Planned Development Area Development Plan (PDA) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) proposing to construct a six-story mixed-use building at 480 Rutherford Avenue in Sullivan Square containing 177 residential apartments and 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. An unbuilt 143,255 square foot office building was approved at 480 Rutherford Avenue in 2008. The developer anticipates completion of the proposed mixed-use building in 2019. Additional information about the proposed building can be found above.
Tishman Speyer has released a new Pier 4 video showing the latest renderings of the future office and condominium buildings. A 13-story office building containing 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a nine-story residential building containing 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail are under construction at Pier 4. Premier management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will be the office building's anchor tenant, occupying 202,000 square feet across seven floors. Visit Pier4Boston.com for information about buying and leasing space at Pier 4. Additional information about and renderings of Pier 4 can be found above. The following is the new Pier 4 video:
345 Harrison elevator core rising, tower crane installed
345 Harrison’s one-level, 275-car underground parking garage along William Mullins Way has been fully excavated. A concrete elevator core is under construction at the garage’s base; the core has risen two stories above grade. A PERI Skydeck system is being used to frame concrete pouring to construct the core. A tower crane has been installed on site in anticipation of impending steel superstructure construction. Mockup finishes have been posted along Traveler Street as a preview of 345 Harrison’s future exterior.
A sheet pile wall has been driven along the garage’s perimeter, and concrete piles have been driven into the garage’s base for structural support. Concrete piles have also been driven at the Traveler Street end of the project site. Large concrete footings are being poured above concrete pile caps at the garage’s base.
345 Harrison will feature two buildings containing approximately 585 residential units and 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include a 14th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping skyline views, a resort-style pool and a fully-equipped fitness center. Retail space at 345 Harrison is currently for lease, and residential unit pre-leasing is underway. Visit developer UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information about residential unit pre-leasing. The following are photographs of the 345 Harrison site:
Two new Senior Vice Presidents join Seaport Square Block M development team, project groundbreaking imminent
In an official press release, developer Cottonwood Management announced Thursday that it has appointed Edward Vydra to Senior Vice President and Mike Schumacher to Senior Vice President of Development. Vydra and Schumacher will join Rebecca Mattson, Head of East Coast Development, in developing the $850 million-plus mixed-use Seaport Square Block M project, which is expected to break ground this fall. Vyrda will be the leading senior project executive for Seaport Square Block M, and Schumacher will oversee the successful implementation of all construction activities for the project.
The Seaport Square Block M project will entail the construction of three mixed-use towers featuring approximately 733 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 125,000 square feet of retail located in the heart of the Seaport District on what is now a surface parking lot. “Cottonwood is preparing for a momentous few months with the groundbreaking of our first development project in Boston. Ed and Mike’s expertise is invaluable as we look to create a state-of-the-art residential community experience reflective of the Seaport District’s dynamic, innovative spirit,” says Alexander Shing, Chairman and CEO of Cottonwood Management Group.
Vydra and Schumacher have extensive backgrounds in commercial real estate (CRE). Vyrda previously served as a Managing Director at Taurus Investment Holdings and has also worked with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, WS Development and CareMatrix. Schumacher previously held a 19-year tenure at Boston Properties, most recently serving as Vice President of Construction.
The Boston Business Journal reports that electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors will open a new showroom on the ground floor of 888 Boylston. Tesla will reportedly relocate to 888 Boylston by the end of this year from its' existing Prudential Center showroom. 888 Boylston, a 17-story, 425,000 square foot office tower containing 365,000 square feet of office space and 60,000 square feet of retail, is approximately 80% pre-leased according to The Boston Globe. Committed office tenants include Natixis Global Asset Mangement, who will occupy approximately 128,000 square feet across five floors, as well as SSC Financial, private equity investment firm Abry Partners and hedge fund manager Bracebridge Capital according to an Office Insight Report by JLL. Under Armour will open a retail location on 888 Boylston's ground floor according to a Boston Herald report.
14-story mixed-use building proposed across from Coolidge Corner MBTA
Developer Raj Dhanda of Brookline, Founder and chief executive of Neena's Lighting, has filed a Site Eligibility Application with MassHousing proposing to construct 1299 Beacon, a 14-story mixed-use building located in the heart of Brookline's Coolidge Corner across from the Coolidge Corner MBTA Green Line station. A two-story retail building home to a Neena's Lighting location and owned by Dhanda would be demolished. 1299 Beacon would contain 108 residential units rented to individuals 55 and older ranging from one to two bedrooms and two stories of retail. 86 units would be market-rate, and 22 units would be rented to households earning 50% of area median income (AMI).
If MassHousing issues a Project Eligibility Letter for 1299 Beacon, the project will be eligible to submit a Comprehensive Permit Application to Brookline's Zoning Board of Appeals for approval. Dhanda is also proposing to construct 1180 Boylston in Chestnut Hill; the project is under review by Brookline's Zoning Board of Appeals. The following is a link to the full application submitted to MassHousing for 1299 Beacon. More information about 1299 Beacon can be found above; the following are renderings of 1299 Beacon:
Waterside Place Phase 1B in Seaport District approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Waterside Place Phase 1B, the next phase of the Waterside Place development project, for construction at last Thursday’s board meeting. Developed by The Drew Company, the $157 million Waterside Place Phase 1B will be a 23-story mixed-use tower featuring 307 new residential rental apartments, including 62 innovation units, and 3,500 square feet of retail. Construction of the tower could start in the first quarter of 2017.
Since the project’s Notice of Project Change (NPC) filing in March, Waterside Place Phase 1B’s residential units have decreased by five, while retail space has increased by 1,500 square feet. "Innovation units" have nearly doubled to 62 from 34 originally proposed. Affordable units have decreased to 15 from 22. The approved tower is 23 stories tall as proposed in March. More information about Waterside Place Phase 1B is posted below.
Superstructure construction is off to a strong start at Pierce Boston. The underground parking structure is complete, and the tower’s 30-story concrete superstructure has risen four floors. The first two floors, which will contain retail space, are fully framed. The construction team is using a Peri Skydeck system to frame concrete construction for each new floor. Pierce Boston will feature 28 stories of residential units, including 240 rental apartments and 109 condominiums, and 20,000 square feet of retail across the first two floors.
CIM Group, recent buyer of 95 Berkeley, reportedly buying Motor Mart Garage for over $160 million
The Real Reporter reports that Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm CIM Group is buying the 1,037-parking-space Motor Mart Garage in Bay Village for upwards of $160 million. CIM Group has an extensive parking garage portfolio stretching across the United States. CIM Group also invests in hotel, industrial and office space and acquired 95 Berkeley in the South End in March 2016 for $43 million.
Bulfinch Crossing: New face for Government Center Garage project
At Bisnow's Future of Downtown Boston panel Tuesday, The HYM Investment Group Managing Director Tom O'Brien announced the Government Center Garage project's rebranding as Bulfinch Crossing. The rebranding pays homage to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood's rich history and speaks to the project's emphasis upon urban connectivity. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the rebranding. The office tower at Bulfinch Crossing will be known as One Congress.
A new website for Bulfinch Crossing with additional information is now live at BulfinchCrossing.com. A new project rendering and logo have been released as follows:
New rendering showing full project buildout
Bisnow reports that traffic flow reconfiguration of the existing garage is underway to prepare for construction of Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a photograph showing associated deconstruction of a garage ramp:
AvalonBay Communities plans new apartment project in Brighton
Universal Hub reports that David Gillespie of AvalonBay Communities presented plans to the Brighton Allston Improvement Association this month for a new 287-unit residential apartment project in Brighton. The proposed project would be located along Washington Street next to the proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment project.
Avalon Bay proposes to construct two new six-story buildings joined by a two-story center structure. 230 resident parking spaces would be located in a new garage underneath the buildings.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony this past Wednesday, May 25th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to UDR on this important milestone. 345 Harrison will further enliven the rapidly developing South End New York Streets neighborhood with hundreds of new residents in addition to new retail space. Above and below are the latest renderings of 345 Harrison.
Nighttime view of 345 Harrison from Traveler Street towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Harrison Avenue (right) and Traveler Street (left)
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Traveler Street (right) and Washington Street (left)
Speakers at the 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony included UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough, UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich, City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith, CBT Architects Principal David Hancock and John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers.
UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough
UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich
City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith
CBT Architects Principal David Hancock
John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers
Speeches were followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking on the construction site.
Shovels about to fly at 345 Harrison
Shovels fly at 345 Harrison
UDR development team
CBT Architects team
View of the ceremonial groundbreaking tent
Pile driving and excavation are underway at 345 Harrison. A large section of the project’s sheet pile wall is in place. The sheet pile wall will reinforce 345 Harrison’s foundation and underground parking garage. Two new buildings will be built at 345 Harrison.
Excavators parked along a section of 345 Harrison's sheet pile wall
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue (right) towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall construction facing Harrison Avenue and Ink Block
Concrete piles are being driven for additional structural support. Approximately 650 concrete piles will be driven at 345 Harrison. A number of H piles will also be driven. A number of piles have been driven along the north side of the project site fronting William Mullins Way. Pre-trenching is underway to remove debris and stone and prepare the south side of the site fronting Traveler Street for pile driving.
Concrete pile driving underway at the corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of pile driving at 345 Harrison including concrete piles, H piles and sheet piles
The 345 Harrison construction team drives concrete piles along Harrison Avenue
Pre-trenching underway at the south side of 345 Harrison
Excavation of 345 Harrison’s underground parking garage is well underway. A one-level underground garage with parking for 275 cars and 325 bicycles will be built along William Mullins Way. Approximately 10 more vertical feet will be excavated prior to the garage’s completion.
View of partially excavated section of 345 Harrison's underground parking garage along William Mullins Way looking towards Harrison Avenue
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345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Pre-leasing of residences at 345 Harrison has begun, visit UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information and to join the interest list. A live camera has been installed showing progress at 345 Harrison. More information about 345 Harrison is posted below.
The following are photographs of 345 Harrison taken earlier in May showing excavation and sheet pile driving underway:
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Washington Street and William Mullins Way
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of excavation underway in background and sheet piles ready for driving in foreground
View of sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue towards SoWA
10 Farnsworth’s design is virtually unchanged following the sale to the new developers. Some minor adjustments have been made, including opening the facade of the retail space at the corner of Farnsworth and Congress streets so as to eliminate blind spots. Retail use is currently undecided; the space could contain a bank.
In order to construct 10 Farnsworth’s foundation, about 50 micropiles will be drilled. Micropile drilling will cause less vibration during construction than pile driving would. Construction at 10 Farnsworth will take place from 7 AM to 6 PM on Monday through Friday; there will be occasional work on Saturdays. 10 Farnsworth will be built using cast-in-place concrete construction. The building’s structure is expected to top off by early 2017, at which point installation of finishes will commence. Construction of 10 Farnsworth is expected to last approximately 15 months, with completion by October 2017.
Additional information about 10 Farnsworth is posted below.
Pierce Boston, named for its architecture that "pierces" the sky, is rising fast! Construction of Pierce Boston’s 30-story frame has begun. A tower crane has been installed; J. Derenzo Companies is at work building the tower crane’s lagging pit to protect the crane and surrounding pipelines. J. Derenzo Companies is also performing excavations for installation of plumbing at Pierce Boston.
J. Derenzo Companies builds crane lagging pit
J. Derenzo Companies performs excavations for plumbing
Pierce Boston’s elevator core has risen two stories. A Peri Skydeck formwork system has been installed along one end of Pierce Boston’s future frame to pour concrete for the building's second story. S&F Concrete is Pierce Boston's concrete contractor; John Moriarty & Associates is Pierce Boston's general contractor.
Pierce Boston with tower crane at left, Peri Skydeck at center and elevator core at right
Pierce Boston with elevator core at left and Peri Skydeck at right
At the frame’s opposite end, a wall is under construction for the Peri system’s second half.
Pierce Boston construction team prepares Peri system wall
A worker prepares the Peri system wall
The Peri system will soon extend all the way to the wall, and concrete for Pierce Boston's second story will be poured.
View of the wall (at left) with respect to the rest of the currently built Peri system
The Peri system will frame the concrete pour for Pierce Boston's second story. Concrete will be poured along the top of the system's decking and along support pillars beneath. The following is an animation showing concrete poured along a Peri system:
Once the concrete has settled, the same Peri system will be used to construct all 30 of Pierce Boston’s stories. Concrete has already been poured along some of Pierce Boston's second story support pillars.
View of Peri system underbody. Note concrete anchors in place for pouring of support pillars.
View of Peri system underbody. Concrete has been poured along some second story support pillars.
We got to climb to the top of the Peri system's decking, where we saw the construction team preparing concrete anchors in anticipation of pouring concrete to construct Pierce Boston’s second story. These anchors will frame third story support pillars.
Construction team prepares concrete anchors for the next story's concrete pour
Another angle of concrete anchor preparation atop the Peri system's decking
At the top, we found more Peri system decking panels that will be used to construct the full Peri system decking for Pierce Boston’s second story concrete pour.
Peri system decking panels ready for full system construction
The following is a video in which Joel Hagan of S&F Concrete explains the Peri system:
From the top of the Peri system decking, we saw freshly poured concrete along what will be a loading dock for Pierce Boston. Pierce Boston's underground parking structure, partially located beneath the future loading lock, is complete.
Aerial view of freshly poured loading dock concrete
Straight-on view of freshly poured loading dock concrete
The Pierce Boston construction team is hard at work building a game-changing tower that will set a new standard for Boston luxury living.
A worker prepares to install a new Peri system decking panel and extend the Peri system along Pierce Boston's full dimensions
A worker constructs Pierce Boston's future loading dock
Additional information about Pierce Boston is posted below.
Feb 20, 2016
Pierce Boston frame about to rise
J. Derenzo Companies is performing excavations in preparation for construction of the first story of Pierce Boston’s 30-story frame. Concrete is just about to be poured at the base of Pierce Boston’s future elevator core. A tower crane is now being installed, signaling the impending start of frame construction.
Pierce Boston's future elevator core ready for a concrete pour. In the background is the base of Pierce Boston's tower crane.
A full view of the Pierce Boston construction site with the future elevator core at center. At right is J. Derenzo Companies preparing for Pierce Boston's frame construction
Pierce Boston's underground parking structure is just about complete and will soon be sealed from above. Accordingly, construction of Pierce Boston's sheet pile wall is complete. The parking structure is connected underground to the existing parking structure of neighboring Fenway Triangle.
View of Pierce Boston sheet pile wall above underground parking structure
Pile driving is complete at Pierce Boston. Pile drivers have been moved off site, making way for construction of Pierce Boston's frame.
Pile drivers are no longer located on the Pierce Boston construction site
Demolition of the original Anthony’s Pier Four restaurant building commenced Tuesday. A new waterfront park will be constructed at the building’s former location. The following are photographs of the demolition taken Thursday:
The following are photographs of the demolition taken Tuesday:
The slurry wall foundation for the two new Pier Four buildings is currently being excavated:
Reinforcement cages are being lowered into the excavated slurry wall trenches. Concrete will soon be poured into the reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall foundation:
New Pier Four renderings, Anthony's restaurant demolition next week
The Boston Herald reports new renderings have been released for the under-construction Pier Four project in Boston's Seaport District. The project will consist of a 13-story office building (Phase Two) and a 100-unit, nine-story luxury condominium building (Phase Three). The following are the latest renderings:
The Boston Herald also reports that the existing Anthony's Pier Four restaurant building on site will be demolished next week. A waterfront park and plaza will be built at the restaurant's current location.
More information about the Pier Four project is posted below.
Residential unit layouts in the proposed tower would range from studios to three-bedrooms; 34 units would be "innovation units." 22 of the residential units would be designated affordable and would be rented to households earning less than or equal to 70% of Area Median Income (AMI). 84 parking spaces would be built on the tower's second level.
The proposed tower has changed slightly since a Letter of Intent (LOI) to file the NPC was filed in December 2015. The tower proposed in the LOI would have been 21 stories tall and would have contained 278 residential units. Both a 2,000 square foot ground-floor retail space and the 84-car garage are still proposed. The "innovation units" are a new feature.
The development team hopes to start construction on the Waterside Place Phase 1B project in the fourth quarter of 2016. A new rendering of the proposed project is posted above; additional project information, including more graphics, is posted below. The following is a link to the new Notice of Project Change (NPC).
An official project website has been created for the Harrison Albany Block project with information and renderings. The Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) filed on Monday is also now available. The Bozzuto Group is serving as the project's development advisor; CBT Architects is the project's architect. Construction could commence in the first quarter of 2017. The following are renderings of Harrison Albany Block:
The following are aerial views and site plans of Harrison Albany Block:
The tower crane is down at 888 Boylston Street as the building nears completion. The building's glass facade, a distinguishing feature along Boylston Street, is nearly complete. 888 Boylston Street is prominently visible from Commonwealth Avenue Mall and other Back Bay landmarks. Work is moving forward on the building's interior targeting a summer 2016 completion date. The new entrance to the Prudential Center shopping mall, built as part of the 888 Boylston Street project, is now open to the public.
The Whitwell, under construction on Beacon Hill, features exquisite finishes that pay due attention to the historic building's unique details. The building's stately facade is being restored to period grandeur along with the grand entryway and interior spaces. Units are graced by picture windows overlooking Beacon Hill's legendary streetscape. The Whitwell is located in the heart of Beacon Hill steps to downtown Boston.
The Whitwell's fifteen luxurious condominiums are exclusively marketed by Gibson Sotheby's International Realty. Take a look at the latest renderings of The Whitwell's interior spaces, posted above, and exterior, posted below.
Slurry wall foundation construction is beginning at Pier Four Phases Two and Three. Preparation for demolition of the former Anthony's Pier Four building on the Pier Four Phases Two and Three site has also begun.
Excavation of the Phase Two office building's foundation and construction of the building's slurry wall is expected to take approximately eight months. Afterwards, the office building's mat foundation will be poured, a process that will last under a month.
Pile driving is complete at 121 Seaport, and concrete has been poured on pile caps. Excavation and construction of 121 Seaport's foundation continue in addition to reinforcement installation along the MBTA Silver Line tunnel, which runs underneath the project site. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
January 15, 2016
Pile driving is in progress at 121 Seaport, and excavation of 121 Seaport's foundation has begun. Reinforcements are being installed along the unearthed roof of the MBTA Silver Line tunnel. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
At a public meeting held this evening at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport District, developer Cottonwood Management gave an update on construction progress at Seaport Square Parcels M1 and M2. Boston Global Investors (BGI) Managing Director John Hynes also gave an update on other active Seaport development projects.
Parcels M1 and M2 is Cottonwood Management’s first Boston-area development project. First approved in 2010, the project has been amended five times. Cottonwood Management, who acquired M1 and M2 in October 2015, filed a sixth amendment to the M1 and M2 development plan on December 31st, 2015. The amendment contains minor design changes and will be heard on March 17th, 2016 by the Boston Redevelopment Authority board. (Link to amendment.)
A second developer, Regent Hotels and Resorts, has joined the M1 and M2 development team and will manage the M1 and M2 property. Contrary to prior reports, there will not be a hotel or short-term rental apartments at M1 and M2.
The development team anticipates to file for building permits for M1 and M2 over summer 2016. Foundation work is anticipated to commence in October 2016 with construction of slurry walls. Foundation excavations and site work would be completed by September 2017. Ground floors of M1 and M2 would be completed by February 2018, with full project completion by August 2019.
M1 and M2 is tied with One Seaport Square for largest Seaport development, at 1.1 million square feet. Three towers are currently proposed as part of the M1 and M2 development plan. The towers would contain residential and retail space. The M1 and M2 project is designed to accommodate home ownership. Two of the towers would contain condominium units. The third would contain apartments and could potentially change to condominiums depending upon market conditions. A total of 750 residential units will be built at M1 and M2.
Two parking garages would be built at M1 and M2 with a total of 560 striped spaces. The MBTA Silver Line tunnel cuts directly through the project site and separates the parking garages. Both parking garage entrances will be located off of East Service Road, which will soon be renamed Pier Four Boulevard. The amount of affordable units at M1 and M2 is not yet finalized; there will likely be a balance of on site and off site affordable units to satisfy affordable housing requirements.
M1 and M2 is designed to accommodate and encourage pedestrian use. A new retail-lined pedestrian mall, Autumn Lane, will cut through the project site, leading to a central courtyard space, Harbor Square. There will be a total of four pedestrian connections into the M1 and M2 project.
In other news, CapitalOne 360 Cafe will occupy the ground floor of the under-construction Block H Offices on Seaport Boulevard. At One Seaport Square, The Benjamin (Parcel B) will top off within the next four weeks. Parcel C will follow shortly afterwards, topping off within the next eight weeks. Expected completion of One Seaport Square is in May 2017. 80% of retail space has been pre-leased at One Seaport Square. Across Seaport Boulevard from One Seaport Square, Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel’s shell is anticipated to be complete by July 2016, with the interior complete by November 2016.
Annual real estate taxes upon total buildout of the Seaport Square parcels will be $30M per year. An estimated 50,000 total construction jobs will be created across Seaport Square.
J. Derenzo Companies completes demolition at 345 Harrison
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has demolished the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. In spring 2016, construction will commence of two new mixed-use buildings with approximately 585 residential units and up to 40,000 square feet of retail.
345 Harrison site following demolition of Graybar Electric building
J. Derenzo Company is actively preparing the Parcel 1B construction site for construction of a 14-story building. Formerly known as The Merano, the building at Parcel 1B will include a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 239 affordable workforce apartments. At the Parcel 1B groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, we got to see J. Derenzo Company at work performing excavations and pile driving for the building’s future foundation.
We had the honor and privilege of joining developer Related Beal at Parcel 1B’s official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. We are very excited to watch J. Derenzo Company and Consigli Construction build Parcel 1B, a development project that will create new community-driven housing opportunities in downtown Boston and bring new residents and visitors to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood. Photographs from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony are posted above.
Twenty-Two Liberty is complete and occupied. The result is a striking, beautiful waterfront building situated at the gateway to Boston. Take a look at our new photographs of Twenty-Two Liberty, posted above. Also check out 50 Liberty, The Fallon Company's next waterfront condominium tower. 50 Liberty is currently under construction and is located next door to Twenty-Two Liberty.
Initial site work has begun at Pier Four Phases Two and Three in Boston's Seaport District! The construction team is getting ready to break ground on a 373,000 square foot office building (Phase Two) and 100 luxurious waterfront condominiums (Phase Three). A. A. Will Corporation is performing initial earthwork in preparation for foundation construction. Electric contractor John A. Penney Company is installing an electrical system that will be used to power the busy construction site. Turner Construction Company is Pier Four Phases Two and Three's construction manager. Expected completion of Phase Two is in 2017, with Phase Three following in 2018.
Below is a video showing work taking place at Pier Four Phases Two and Three in Boston's Seaport District:
Phase One of Government Center Garage project approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Phase One of the Government Center Garage project, developed by The HYM Investment Group, for construction. Phase One consists of two buildings. The first building, a 486-unit high-rise apartment tower along New Sudbury Street, is expected to break ground in spring 2016. A commercial tower, also approved, will commence construction upon commitment by a major tenant. (Source: The HYM Investment Group Press Release)
Pile driving and foundation construction underway at Pierce Boston
Pile driving and foundation construction are well underway at Pierce Boston. Steel piles are being driven to provide structural support. Sheet piles are being driven to construct a sheet pile wall. The sheet pile wall will reinforce Pierce Boston's foundation and underground parking structure. A total of 325 piles will be driven at Pierce Boston.
Steel pile driving underway at Pierce Boston
Steel pile about to be loaded into the pile driver
Sheet piles already driven along Pierce Boston's future sheet pile wall. At right are sheet piles about to be driven.
Letter of Intent filed for Waterside Place Phase 1B
A Letter of Intent to File a Notice of Project Change was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for Waterside Place Phase 1B. The developers intend to submit a full Notice of Project Change with additional project details in mid-December 2015. The following is a link to the Letter of Intent.
Skanska is hard at work preparing the 121 Seaport site for construction! When complete, 121 Seaport promises to be "a workplace built on human-centered design," an inspiring layout that will undoubtedly inspire future tenants to "think forward, work forward [and] more forward" together. The Boston Globe's Tim Logan reports that there is strong interest amongst potential office tenants in leasing space at 121 Seaport. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
New renderings released for Phase One of Government Center Garage
New renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project were released today along with Expanded Project Notification Forms (EPNFs) for Phase One's two proposed buildings. Approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2013, the project is currently undergoing design review. The development team hopes to start construction in 2016.
The first building would be a 480-foot tall, 45-story building with 486 residential units, in addition to ground-floor retail, designed by CBT Architects. Next would be a 528-foot tall office tower designed by CBT and Pelli Clarke Pelli. As part of the multi-phased project, six buildings will be built on the site of the existing Government Center Garage. Sections of the parking garage will be demolished to make way for the buildings; part of the garage will be preserved.
The following is a graphic showing full buildout of the Government Center Garage project:
Full multi-phased buildout
The following are renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project:
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division is demolishing the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. Demolition is well underway and will clear the site for construction of two new buildings.
Deeds have been recorded for Seaport Square parcels M1 and M2 transferring ownership of the parcels to Boston Seaport M1&2 Land LLC, a limited liability company comprised of Chinese private equity firm Celona Capital and California-based developer Cottonwood Management. Cottonwood Management will develop parcels M1 and M2.
Below are the deeds recorded today for parcels M1 and M2:
Today, 10/23/2015, Morgan Stanley sold the remaining Seaport Square parcels to developer WS Development of Chestnut Hill, MA. Total sale price was approximately $359M. Parcels sold include D, F, G, H, L3-L6, N and P.
Sale prices (From Suffolk County Deeds Registry):
Parcel D (Includes soon-to-be-demolished Chapel): $53,391,425
Parcel F (Includes District Hall and under-construction Seaport Pavillion): $13,000,000
Parcel G: $131,270,546
Parcel H: $1,000 (New Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel currently under construction on Parcel H)
Parcel H2: $1,000,000
Parcels L3-L6: $137,023,462 (Parcels L1 and L2 owned by Skanska; 101/121 Seaport built on L1/L2)
Parcels N and P: $20,516,567
Parcel Q: $3,000,000 (Includes Q Park)
Fan Pier Boulevard and Seaport Boulevard; Boston Wharf Road: $1,000
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Pierce Boston as foundation construction commences
An official groundbreaking ceremony for Pierce Boston (formerly The Point) will be held this Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Construction of Pierce Boston is moving forward swiftly; pile driving and construction of Pierce Boston's foundation and underground parking structure has begun.
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has completed demolition of the former building located on the Point development site. Construction will soon begin on foundations of a new 30-story tower.