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Electrical Permit Issued for The Archer Residences
An electrical permit has been issued for The Archer Residences in Beacon Hill. The luxury condo development along Temple Street will feature 67 condo units in two restored historical buildings. Resident amenities will include concierge service, a fitness center, a children's room, and a roof terrace.
Certificate of Occupancy Issued for First Sections of The Hub on Causeway
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the new parking garage at The Hub on Causeway along with other sections of Champions Row. The new parking garage brings 540 new parking spaces to the existing garage. This first phase of the project also includes the new entrance to TD Garden along with North Station and 64,000 sf of expansion space for the arena. Expected to open soon are additional sections of Phase One including the Start Market and ArcLight Cinemas.
As framing continues exterior work has also begun for NEMA Boston at 399 Congress Street in the Seaport. The new 414 unit luxury building will include a suite of resident amenities housed on the 21st floor with stunning downtown Boston Views. The project will also include around 2,500 sf of retail and a three-level parking garage with 144 spaces. Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.
Phase One of the Hub on Causeway Set to Open November 1st
With construction rapidly progressing, Chris Maher, VP Development at Deleware North, told the audience at ULI's fall meeting that Phase One of The Hub on Causeway will open on November 1st. The new entrance to the TD Garden and North Station is the centerpiece of this design and offers a striking impression from Causeway Street.
This first phase will also include a 60,000sf Star Market, 15 screen ArcLight Cinema along with 540 parking spaces and 64,000sf of the TD Garden expansion space. Phase Two of the project will consist of a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units and a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms. Phase Three will consist of a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet.
Matt Edlen of Gerdling Edlen tells BLDUP via email that they have completed earthwork on the site and have started working on the garage foundation. The $240 million Phase 1 of the project will feature 2 residential buildings totaling around 340,000 sf. The underground garage now in process will include 200 parking spaces. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to be complete in early 2020.
In total, the Fenway Center development will cost around $600 million and contain 1.1-million-square-foot of mixed-use space including approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail.
Construction is quickly moving forward at Parcel K with beams in place and work on the underground parking garage ongoing. The upcoming mixed-use development, totaling around 500,000 sf, will feature a Hyatt Place hotel and a 12-story, 304 unit residential building. A central, shared courtyard will connect the hotel, housing, and retail spaces.
Exterior Work Progresses on Phase One of the Hub on Causeway
Exterior work on the first phase of the Hub on Causeway is rapidly progressing with expected opening later this year. Phase one of the project includes 175,000 square feet of creative office space and 210,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. Last month Boston Properties & Delaware North announced 75% of space is already leased. Phase One also includes a new grand entrance to the TD Garden and entry for North Station.
Phase Two of the project, the 38-story residential tower set to include around 440 units and a 10-story citizenM hotel is expected to be complete in late 2019.
Baystone Development has refinanced their property known as Beach House on Revere Beach, MA for $63.01 million via KeyBank.
The six-story residential building along beautiful Revere Beach features 234 luxury apartment residences ranging from studio to two-bedroom configurations. Resident amenities at Beach House include a rooftop pool and terrace featuring scenic ocean views, a 2,000-square-foot gym, and a movie room.
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.
UMass Boston celebrated the opening of their first-ever residence hall with a ribbon cutting earlier this week (Tuesday, 8/28). The $120 million project will house 1077 students, who will start moving in this weekend. The 260,000-square-foot complex also features study lounges, a dining commons and seminar rooms.
Construction Continues on The Archer Residences at Beacon Hill
Construction is well underway on this upcoming luxury condominium development featuring 67 residences. The Archer Residences will restore two historic buildings and construct a new penthouse level. The penthouse unit, at nearly 6,000 sf is currently listed for $18 million and features a 2,300 sf terrace with an infinity edge pool. Amenities at The Archer Residences will include concierge service, a fitness center, a kids room and a common roof deck. An underground parking garage will contain 54 spaces. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
With expected opening in late September, interior finishing is wrapping up at Boulevard on the Greenway. The 36 unit luxury building, overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway is already 75% sold according to Sales Manager, Josh Carr. Resident amenities on the project are set to include concierge service, a club room, fitness center, pet spa and state-of-the art automated parking.
The framing for NEMA Boston, 399 Congress Street, is rising in the Seaport district. The upcoming, 414 unit luxury building will include residences ranging from "micro" innovation units to three-bedrooms. Luxury resident amenities at NEMA Boston will be housed on the 21st floor of the building, framed by stunning views of the Boston skyline. Around 2,500 square feet of retail, innovation and lobby space will be located across NEMA Boston's ground floor. A three-level parking garage will sit underneath the tower containing 144 parking spaces.
Hotel to Residential Conversion Approved in Brighton
The 40 Mount Road project will transform an existing hotel into 151 homeownership residential units. The project will be a mix of studios, one, two and three-bedroom residential units, and is located in proximity to the B Branch of the MBTA Green Line.
The public realm surrounding the project will be improved with approximately 10,000 square feet of landscaped space lining the property on both Mount Hood and Egremont Roads, creating an active edge along a corridor that connects the residential neighborhood to Commonwealth Avenue. The area will be enhanced for pedestrians with new street furniture, trees, plantings, lighting and path patterning.
40 Mount Hood Road exceeds the required IDP and will have 16 percent of units as income-restricted. This means 24 of the total units will be income-restricted, of which 10 will be made affordable to households earning no more than 80 percent AMI.
Included in the project is a robust transportation mitigation package, consisting of $75,000 toward the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study, $20/month per unit for five years for a shuttle service, MBTA, or other transit measure deemed appropriate by BPDA, and the installation of a Blue Bike Station on the project site or in close proximity.
The developer will also contribute $75,000 toward public realm improvements along Commonwealth Avenue, including necessary upgrades to the pedestrian signals and accessible ramps at the Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Hood Road intersection. In addition, the developer will contribute $25,000 to the City of Boston's Parks and Recreation.
The building boom in Boston's Seaport continues as site work is not underway at Parcel K, at the corner of Northern Avenue & Congress Street. The upcoming project feature 2 buildings, a 304 unit residential building and a 293 room Hyatt Place Hotel. There will also be 12,000 sf flex/innovation space and 18,000 sf of retail on site.
Site work is underway on Phase 1 of the Fenway Center in Kenmore Square. This first phase of the $600 million project is set to include two residential buildings containing 312 units and around 37,000 sf of retail space. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to be complete in early 2020. Three additinoal buildings will then be constructed for phase 2 including a 27 story mixed-use building, a 111K sf residential building and a parking garage. In total the Fenway Center project will bring around 550 residential units, 160,000 sf of office space, and 50,000 sf of retail to the neighborhood.
XSS Hotels Acquires Boutique Hotel Within Alloy at Assembly Row
New Hampshire-based, XSS Hotels has acquired the hotel portion of Alloy at Assembly Row for $37.29 million. The hotel is a 159-key Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel on levels two through five.
The property features a 13-story mixed-use building featuring 122 condominium residences on levels six through 13, the hotel on levels two through five and approximately 21,000 square feet of first-floor restaurant and retail space. Residences at Alloy range from studios to three-bedrooms; the building's 107 luxury residences are sold out. 15 residences at Alloy are designated affordable and will be offered through a lottery.
The Davis Companies have mortgaged their development at 99 Sumner Street in East Boston for $48 million via Salem Five Savings Bank
The project is an approved waterfront mixed-use development featuring 119 condominium residences with over 7,200 square feet of ground-floor publicly-accessible waterfront work share space. Resident amenities at Hodge Boiler Works will include a 5,045 square foot private elevated courtyard with grilling areas, fitness and wellness spaces, lounge areas and small, programmable function spaces.
Delaware North and Boston Properties have announced that with the signing of a lease with Verizon for 440,000 square feet of space, The Hub on Causeway project is more than 75 percent leased.
The 1.87 million square foot mixed-use development will feature three towers with retail, office, hotel, and residential uses. Completion of Phase One of The Hub on Causeway is expected in late 2018. Phase Two will consist of a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units and a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms. Phase Three will consist of a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet.
Callahan Continues Foundation Work at 249 Third Street
Callahan Construction Managers continues foundation and site work at 249 Third Street in Cambridge. Block 1 and Block 2 foundation walls are now complete and 50 % of the Level 1 concrete slab is complete. The upcoming mixed-use building, located in Kendall Square, is being developed by Equity Residential and designed by ICON Architecture. When complete the building will feature 84 apartments and a ground floor retail space. Residents will have access to a private roof deck, landscaped courtyard, and ample on-site bicycle parking.
Construction continues on the East Half of Myles Proper and the Annex at Boston University’s Myles Standish Hall. With expected completion in August, the current work includes Interior demo and exterior work of the Annex.
The project will maximize bed count and private bedrooms with an energy efficient, LEED certified design that provides the type of modern amenities and common spaces needed to retain undergraduate students on campus. The renovation of Myles Standish Hall is designed to improve the undergraduate residential life experience for 730 students. Leveraging BU’s previous investment in the Yawkey Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road, the goal is to create an East Campus undergraduate community space that activates the Beacon Street streetscape.
The project remains on schedule 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.
Approval of Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block in South End to create 536 residential units
The Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block project will include three new buildings and represents a collaborative effort between the developer and two Chinatown community organizations, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) and Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC).
The first building, 112 Shawmut Avenue, will be a maximum of 13 stories and consist of 139 residential units, associated residential amenity spaces, and a three-level enclosed garage containing 110 parking spaces, as well as related site and landscape improvements.
The second building, 120 Shawmut Avenue, will include the expansion of the BCEC building to consolidate BCEC’s services onto one site. The improvements at 120 Shawmut Avenue will consist of either the demolition of a portion of the existing facility and the construction of a vertical addition, or the new construction of up to a 12-story structure to house two religious sanctuaries with combined seating for 1,130 people, a gymnasium, fitness rooms, offices, classrooms and meeting spaces for religious education, recreational and social services uses, a small ground floor commercial space, and 84 residential units on the upper floors of the building.
The third building, 50 Herald Street, is currently owned by the CCBA. The 50 Herald Street building will be nine stories and set back at the corner of Herald and Washington Streets, rising to 14 stories further south along Washington Street. The building will contain 313 residential units with ground floor retail, commercial, cultural, and/or community space along Washington Street. In addition, there will be an underground garage with 120 parking spaces.
Facade Work Starting at 399 Binney Street in Kendall Square
With framing in place facade work is starting at 399 Binney Street in the very busy Kendall Square, Cambridge. This mixed-use building will featuring 164,000 sf of office, lab and retail space. 75% of the space is already leased to three drug specialists, Rubius Therapeutics, Relay Therapeutics and Celsius Therapeutics. A green roof deck will provide open space for tenants of the building.
Callahan Construction Managers has completed construction on Phase II of AVA North Point in Cambridge. The 265 total unit luxury buildings (2), developed by AvalonBay Communities, features a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom residences. Resident amenities include a 24hr fitness center, gaming lounge, pool, elevated courtyard, pet spa, and a bike workshop with a unique DIY space.
The distinct apartments exterior was designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. with CUBE 3 Studio designing the interior units. Most feature sliding barn doors, gear walls, utility charging stations, and chalkboard walls. In addition, the apartments include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, in-unit laundry, and are designed for LEED Silver sustainability.
Callahan's work on the six-story, wood framed building also includes 3,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor and three levels of underground parking. AVA North Point is ideally situated less than a 5 minute walk from the Lechmere MBTA station and just one mile from Boston.
Dinosaur Capital Files Demolition Permit for 1550 Soldiers Field Road
Dinosaur 1550 LLC has filed a demolition permit request with the Boston Landmarks Commission to demolish the existing commercial building at 1550 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. The demolition will make way for a new two-building residential project overlooking the Charles River that was approved by the Boston Planning Board in May 2018. A six-story building at 1550 Soldiers Field Road will contain 211 market-rate apartments, and a four-story building at 21 Soldiers Field Place will contain 38 affordable condominiums. A rendering of the new project is below.
Callahan completes 20-story Montaje luxury apartment tower at Assembly Row in Somerville
Callahan Construction Managers has completed Montaje for Federal Realty Investment Trust. The 768,000-square-foot luxury apartment and retail development, located at the heart of Assembly Row in Somerville, features a landmark 20-story, 236-foot-tall tower and a 77-foot-tall, six-story, wood framed building. Designed by Stantec, Montaje features 447 studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences that are outfitted with luxurious finishes, including quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.
At Montaje’s summit is a top-floor Sky Lounge featuring striking views of Boston and the nearby Mystic River. The Sky Lounge includes an outdoor roof deck, a chef’s kitchen, a dining area and a media/living room. A second, lower level courtyard features grilling stations, a bocce court and an outdoor fireplace. Additional Montaje amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, a fitness center with a yoga studio, artist space, a resident lounge featuring a billiards table and a meeting room. A seven-story precast parking garage with space for 650 cars has also been constructed on site.
On Montaje’s ground floor is 40,000 square feet of retail, home to multiple shops, restaurants and bars including MidiCi Pizza, Ann Taylor Factory Shop, Yankee Candle, Fragrance Outlet, Columbia Sportswear Company, Mass General Hospital and American Fresh Brewhouse. Montaje is located next to the Assembly MBTA Orange Line station and minutes from Interstate 93, offering a short commute to Downtown Boston and Cambridge by transit or car.
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.
With every passing day, The Hub on Causeway continues to rise uo into the Boston skyline. The 1.87 million square-foot mixed use development is transforming the rapidly changing Bulfinch Triangle surrounding the TD Garden. Glass installation is underway as the building's exterior begins to take shape.
Phase I of the three phase project is expected to be complete in late 2018 and will consist of 459,000 square-feet of office, retail, restaurant, and outdoor space.
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).
Development Looks to Add to Boston's Roaring South End
The proposed development at 112 Shawmut Ave in Boston's South End is still under review but looks to add to the roaring Boston neighborhood that shows no signs of slowing down.
112 Shawmut Ave would total 192,568 square feet and would include 124 parking spaces provided across three levels, including one below grade. Bicycle storage space would be provided on site. 112 Shawmut Avenue is located steps from The Lucas, an upcoming luxury condominium development set in a historic church, and near multiple recently completed, under construction and approved mixed-use developments including National Development’s Ink Block, Related Beal’s 370-380 Harrison Avenue and UDR’s 345 Harrison.
The project remains on schedule 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.
Notice of Project Change for Phase III of The Hub on Causeway
Phase III of Hub on Causeway, is moving forward with a Notice of Project Change (NPC) that will update the office design, responding to a new generation of office and workforce needs. The updates include the flexibility to accommodate future changes of the building’s tenants.
The project, located on 80 Causeway, was originally approved in 2013 and is currently under construction at the former site of the Boston Garden, adjacent to TD North and North Station.
The approved changes include: higher floor to floor heights, floors with increased ceiling heights, enclosed two story balconies in certain portions of the office tower, outdoor terraces on specific levels of the office tower, a higher occupiable floor above the project’s podium and larger maximum floor plates and office height tower from grade.
New Boston Ventures Continues Redevelopment of Boulevard on the Greenway
Developer New Boston Ventures - alongside construction teams Commodore Builders and Walsh Brothers - is currently redeveloping Boulevard on Greenway, a four-story building & 19th-century warehouse with 36-condo residential complex. Finegold Alexander Architects is the lead architect and LDa Architecture & Interiors is handling the interior design. The building is located at 110 Broad Street beside the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. The Boulevard’s amenities will include concierge service, a club room, a fitness center, a pet spa, and an underground parking garage with room for 48 vehicles. Renovations are currently ongoing, with the project slated for completion by August 2018.
SGA, a local architecture firm with offices in Boston and New York envisions Xmbly as an opportunity to fully connect Somerville as a city and to its neighbor, Boston. The master plan of the 9-acre parcel focuses on creating a vibrant mixed-use destination which links East Somerville to the Assembly Row Development, Somerville’s waterfront and the MBTA orange line. The site is organized to accommodate a mix of office, residential, hospitality, entertainment and retail uses to create an active setting for its users.
The project is a 1.9 million square foot development of a 9.4-acre Assembly Row parcel largely comprised of surface parking into a mixed-use complex with a hotel, lab, office, residential and retail uses. Xmbly would consist of 814,000 square-feet office/R&D space, 489 housing units, renovation of an existing building with 162,000 square feet of office space, and 21,000 square-feet of retail space.
The Skylounge rooftop is now open at Siena at Ink Block. Reserved for residents of Siena, the Skylounge is tailor-made for entertaining needs, from special occasions to mid-week gatherings. Head to the Skylounge for an after-work cocktail. Unwind by the sparkling fireplace in the lounge. Get the party started by the outdoor fire pit. Or treat guests to dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection on the gas grill.
This Boston roof deck is like no other. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, every detail is thought through. Take the large garage-style door that lets light pour in and air flow freely between the lounge and the deck during mild summer nights. Or consider the surprising pops of color and refined millwork throughout the rooftop Skylounge, a nod to the fashion-forward styles and tailored lines of Siena, Italy.
Exterior illumination lends a tranquil feel to the space and creates an intriguing crisscross pattern on the façade, just enough for passersby below to notice. Even as you take a seat in one of the elegant sectionals on the deck, glass railings provide unobstructed views of the city.
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.
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.
Cresset Development and Novaya Real Estate Ventures have released renderings for their planned four-phase, 1.9 million square foot development of a 9.4-acre Assembly Row parcel largely comprised of surface parking into a mixed-use complex with a hotel, lab, office, residential and retail uses. Xmbly would consist of 814,000 square-feet office/R&D space, 489 housing units, renovation of an existing building with 162,000 square feet of office space, and 21,000 square-feet of retail space.
1550 Soldiers Field Road and 21 Soldiers Field Place to create 249 new units, act as a gateway location on the Charles River in Brighton
As proposed, this Brighton project will result in the construction of 211 market-rate units in a six-story building, located at 1550 Soldiers Field Road. In addition, the project will generate 38 income-restricted homeownership units at 21 Soldiers Field Place in a five-story building. There will be approximately 175 on-site parking spaces for both building components, including 148 spaces in an underground garage at 1550 Soldiers Field Road, and 27 ground-floor garage spaces at 21 Soldiers Field Place.
The rental units currently planned for 1550 Soldiers Field Road include 68 studios, 87 one-bedroom units, and 56 two-bedroom units for a total of 211 units. Garage and service vehicle access will be provided from Soldiers Field Place. The income-restricted homeownership units planned for 21 Soldiers Field Place include four studios, 24 one-bedroom units, eight two-bedroom units, and two three-bedroom units for a total of 38 units.
The project will contribute $10,000 to the City of Boston's Parks and Recreation Department Fund for Parks.
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.
citizenM Leases Space for $45 Million at The Hub On Causeway
Dutch boutique hotel chain citizenM has officially leased space for the upcoming 10-story, 260-room hotel at The Hub on Causeway for $45 million. citizenM operates nine hotels worldwide in Europe and New York City featuring trendy, stylish rooms and common spaces. Key amenities at citizenM hotels include free Wi-Fi throughout, designer furniture and ultra-comfortable beds.
Work continues at 399 Congress, an upcoming 22-story mixed-use tower featuring 414 apartment residences ranging from innovation units to three-bedrooms. Current work on structural steel and metal decking in garage levels is underway
The property, formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Boston, is home to St. Therese Church. The development will include a new building on Broadway with 77 affordable rental homes for seniors aged 62 and older, with a new health center on the ground floor to serve building residents and members of the broader community.
The proposed project consists of the renovation and reuse of the approximately 695,000 square foot building located at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester (the former Boston Globe Headquarters).
Live: A contribution of $4,772,723 in Housing Linkage to the Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT), public community space Work: 3,000 full-time jobs, STEM-focused campus, on-site career center Connect: 275 bike storage spaces, building wifi, LEED Silver Certified Size: 695,000 square feet
The 135 Morrissey Boulevard project is located in Dorchester at the former Boston Globe Headquarters building. The project includes a comprehensive renovation of both the inside and outside of the former Boston Globe Headquarters building. In addition, the project will include landscaping improvements throughout the project site.
Overall, the improvements will result in 695,000 square feet of refurbished space meant to attract creative office, technology, light manufacturing, warehouse, retail, and life science tenants, with approximately 868 off-street parking spaces and approximately 209 bicycle storage spaces. The envisioned building program is made up of the following uses: office/business, tech flex/light industrial, retail/restaurant, food service and fitness space.
In addition, the proposed 135 Morrissey Boulevard project will provide community benefits to Dorchester and Boston as a whole. These benefits include 2,500 square feet of space located at the project site to be programmed and utilized as a community job training/employment center, open to the public. This space will be provided at no cost to a local non-profit organization. In addition, a contribution of $4,772,723 in housing linkage will be made to the Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT), along with a commitment to adopt the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)-owned public open space known as Patten’s Cove for no less than 10 years.
With an expected opening in late August 2018, the Penthouse Unit in the new luxury condo building has just hit the market for $5.75 million. The building is located at the heart of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, directly across from Rowes Wharf in Boston's legendary Waterfront, The Boulevard on the Greenway is the newest residential addition to this quintessential Boston neighborhood.
Comprised of a collection of 36 stunning new construction homes sprouting from a beautifully restored historic Charles Bullfinch building, nestled between Boston’s Downtown and Waterfront neighborhoods.
Building & unit amenities include a state-of-the-art automated parking system, private fitness center, concierge services, resident's club room, private outdoor spaces, duplex penthouse residences, pet spa, bike Storage, and private resident storage.
Trammel Crow Residential ("TCR"), America's premier multi-family real estate company and the only national group with nearly 40 years of experience in apartment development, today announced that it has broken ground on Alexan Wrentham, a 240-unit project in Wrentham, MA.
Phase I of the Hub on Causeway continues as construction stays on pace for completion in 2018. The first phase of construction consists of 210,000 total square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, including the city of Boston’s largest supermarket, a 60,000 square foot Star Market, and the Northeast’s first ArcLight Cinema, ArcLight Boston, a 60,000 square foot theater with 15 screens.
Rebar and plumbing placement ongoing on upcoming 22-story mixed-use tower featuring 414 apartment residences ranging from innovation units to three-bedrooms. Additional work to include mud mat and foundation slab pours.
599 Housing units move forward in Jamaica Plain, including preservation of 199 income restricted units
Live: 559 housing units, preservation of 199 affordable housing units, 145 new affordable housing units, transit oriented Work: 364 construction jobs, 15 permanent operations, management and maintenance staff jobs Connect: 260,000 square feet of site improvements, new pedestrian and bicycle path, central connecting green, play area, accessible connections Size: 320,000 square feet
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) issued a request for proposals for the 125 Amory Street property in July 2015 in an effort to preserve the existing 199 units at 125 Amory Street, and provide new housing on the adjacent vacant land. The project, the result of a partnership between the Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, will preserve the 199 existing affordable units, and build 145 new affordable units and 215 market rate units.
125 Amory Street is an approximately six acre site owned by the BHA. The renovation portion of the preservation of the existing Amory Street Apartments, including new windows, high-efficiency mechanical systems, accessibility improvements, reprogrammed and improved common spaces for 4 residents, facade repairs, and interior unit upgrades. Existing additions to the building will be demolished, and improvements will be made for parking and open space around the site. The building will include up to 209 units of affordable senior housing, including an additional ten units that will be constructed in areas currently used by the BHA, which will be relocated offsite. Common program spaces will be upgraded within the building, and residential parking will be re-organized with replacement spaces adjacent to the building.
The project includes construction of three new residential buildings totaling approximately 308,950 square feet. Building A will be a six story building over parking with approximately 147 rental apartments, including approximately 37 apartments affordable to households earning up to 70 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Approximately 25 percent of the units will be two-bedroom or larger units sized for families. The building will include approximately 57 below grade parking spaces. Building B will be a six story building over parking with approximately 140 rental apartments, including approximately 35 apartments affordable to households earning up to 70 percent of the AMI. Approximately 25 percent of the units will be two-bedroom or larger units sized for families. The building will include approximately 58 below-grade parking spaces. Building C will be a four and five story building with approximately 62 affordable rental apartments, with approximately 76 percent sized for families. At least eight units will be set aside for residents earning under 30 percent of the AMI, with the remainder for residents up to 60 percent of the AMI.
The Hub on Causeway is progressing nicely and getting taller. Boston Properties recently submitted to the city that they would like to change the height of one of the towers from 420 feet to 495 feet to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.
This transformative mixed use project will be adding to the already changing neighborhood. Rising from a lively podium, office, residential and hotel towers will house premium entertainment venues, specialty retailers, high-concept dining and loft-style office space to result in a work/live/play “city within a city.” A steel-and-glass structure reminiscent of the district’s original railways forms the façade of the eight-story gateway, which connects directly to the North Station transportation hub.
It is also rumored that Verizon's new brand Oath will be an anchor tenant as reported by major news outlets recently.
A newly proposed development would replace the existing Hotel Boston motel at 40 Mount Hood Road in Brighton with 178 residences. The proposed five-to-seven-story building, which would be located just off of Commonwealth Avenue steps from the MBTA Green Line, would contain 64 apartments and 114 condominiums. Amenities would include lounges, fitness space and an outdoor courtyard with a pool.
142 garage parking spaces would be located on site, including 114 for condominiums and 28 for apartments. Construction of the 40 Mount Hood Road development is expected to start in Spring 2019 and last approximately 24 months. Proponent 1650 Commonwealth LLC has filed plans for 40 Mount Hood Road with the City of Boston, who is now reviewing the proposed development.
Finishing touches underway at AVA North Point luxury apartments in East Cambridge, built by Callahan Construction Managers
The exterior facade of AVA North Point, a new six-story, wood framed, 265-unit luxury apartment community, has been completed. The complex, developed by AvalonBay Communities and built by Callahan Construction Managers, is set to open this summer. In addition to the façade completion, finishes are currently being installed within apartments that include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hard surface flooring and in-unit washers and dryers. Common spaces, including lounges, a fitness center, landscaped elevated courtyards and a swimming pool are also being fit out.
AVA North Point will feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, efficiently designed to LEED Silver sustainability specifications. The community will also include a 3,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space and three levels of underground parking. AVA North Point is located steps from the Lechmere MBTA Green Line station, Kendall Square and the 45-acre, 4.5-million-square-foot Cambridge Crossing development, soon to be home to the North American headquarters of global healthcare technology leader Philips. The following is a photograph of AVA North Point:
Renderings revealed of proposed 249-unit residential development along Charles River in Brighton
Dinosaur Capital Partners has revealed renderings of its’ proposed two-building, 223,000-square-foot development along the Charles River in Brighton, which would construct 249 apartments and condominiums. Buildings would include 1550 Soldiers Field Road, a 211-unit market-rate apartment building, and 21 Soldiers Field Place, a 38-unit affordable condominium building. Both buildings would feature contemporary design, with unique touches such as angled windows on upper floors to capture river views. Construction of the development is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018, and last approximately 18 months. The latest renderings of the development are posted above.
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.
Rubius Therapeutics to anchor 75%-leased 399 Binney lab development in Kendall Square
Cancer drug specialist Rubius Therapeutics has leased 45,000 square feet at Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ new 164,000-square-foot 399 Binney Street development in Kendall Square, becoming the property’s anchor tenant. Per Alexandria, 399 Binney Street is 75%-leased, with other committed tenants including Relay Therapeutics and Celsius Therapeutics. 41,000 square feet remain for lease at 399 Binney Street, which is expected to open beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. 399 Binney Street is part of the nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus, and will be built to LEED Gold efficiency certifiable standards. The new-construction building also includes a 1,500-square-foot ground-floor retail space.
$160 million construction financing secured for The Archer Residences luxury condominiums on Beacon Hill
The Archer Residences, an upcoming luxury condominium building located on Beacon Hill at 33-61 Temple Street, has secured $160 million in construction financing, allowing the project to proceed. Financing has been provided by a joint venture of GTIS Partners, Golden Tree Asset Management and The Union Labor Life Company. “We were attracted to this investment principally because The Archer Residences Beacon Hill is destined to become a much sought-after development in one of Boston’s most elite areas,” said Herb Kolben, Senior Vice President of Union Labor Life's Real Estate Investment Group, in a prepared statement. “There’s nothing else comparable to it in the neighborhood.”
The Archer Residences is Beacon Hill’s largest luxury condominium development currently under construction. Developed by Center Court Partners, the building will feature 70 residences anticipated to be available for sale by the end of this month. Amenities at The Archer Residences will include on-site parking, concierge service, a fitness center, a kids room and a common roof deck.
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums in Financial District top off
The 12-story concrete superstructure of Boulevard on the Greenway, a new-construction luxury condominium building located in the heart of the Financial District overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, has topped off. With concrete pouring complete, installation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s panelized facade system has begun, with tan brick exterior finish panels already reaching the building’s second floor. The facade will integrate an existing historic brick facade designed by acclaimed architect Charles Bulfinch, which dates back to the early 1800s. Inside the building, steel framing is being erected in order to partition individual residences.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Underneath the building will be a two-level Park Plus underground automated parking garage, a first for Boston. The following is a photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
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:
Finishing touches underway at South End’s Siena at Ink Block new-construction luxury condominiums
The stunning facade of the South End’s eight-story, 76-unit Siena at Ink Block new-construction condominium building, featuring black and white exterior finish panels meshed with floor-to-ceiling glass, has been just about fully installed. Luxurious interior finishes are now being installed inside the building, including quartz countertops, stainless steel Bosch appliances, hardwood flooring, bathroom tiling and wool carpets in bedrooms, ahead of Siena at Ink Block’s anticipated opening early this year.
Finishing touches are also being put upon Siena at Ink Block’s amenity spaces, including a fully equipped fitness center and an indoor-outdoor rooftop sky lounge with sweeping views. Siena at Ink Block is located in the burgeoning Upper South End, steps from conveniences including a Whole Foods Market and multiple retail options, restaurants and bars. The following is a photograph of Siena at Ink Block:
The BEAT to provide Dorchester with creative office and industrial hub
Nordblom Company and Alcion Ventures, who acquired the former Boston Globe property in Dorchester for $81 million in December 2017, propose to transform the property into The BEAT, a $200 million office and industrial innovation hub that would bring over 3,000 new jobs to the Dorchester economy. The BEAT would repurpose the existing building on site, creating a total of 695,000 square feet including 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space.
At The BEAT’s center would be a natural light-laden atrium open to the public during working hours, including a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces. The BEAT would also include a 10,000-square-foot fitness space, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden.
Nordblom and Alcion hope to start construction of The BEAT in the third quarter of 2018; construction would last 12 to 14 months. The City of Boston is now reviewing the proposed project plans.
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:
The $950 million, 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development, which is transforming the long-vacant former site of the storied Boston Garden arena into a 21st century mixed-use development, celebrated a major milestone yesterday with the topping off of its’ Phase One podium. A 39-foot steel beam, the final piece of the podium, was signed by project team and community members and placed at the top of the future entrance to The Hub on Causeway. Standing 100 feet in the air, the beam will be located at the top of the podium’s future 15-screen ArcLight Cinemas movie theater, set to open in late 2019 along with a 60,000-square-foot Star Market, which will become Boston’s largest grocery store, a 31,680-square-foot entertainment venue by Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England and cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider Rapid7’s new 147,000-square-foot headquarters.
Phase One of The Hub on Causeway will feature a total of 175,000 square feet of office space and 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, along with a new glass-topped atrium entry for TD Garden and a new entrance and underground connector tunnel for North Station that are due to open in October 2018. Over 11,000 tons of steel have been erected in order to construct the Phase One podium. “Thanks to the hard work of so many people, The Hub on Causeway will soon be the new gateway to Boston, forever changing the landscape of this neighborhood for the better,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings, in a prepared statement. The Hub on Causeway is now visible from Interstate 93 approaching Boston from the north.
“The topping off of the steel podium of The Hub on Causeway represents the next milestone in creating an exciting destination at the northern gateway to the City of Boston,” said Bryan Koop, Boston Properties’ Boston Region Executive Vice President, in a prepared statement. “The Hub will bring Bostonians, visitors, commuters, and fans together to share an experience that will include unmatched entertainment options, great food, and modern conveniences, creating a dynamic heart of the neighborhood.” Upon the project’s completion, three towers will be constructed atop The Hub on Causeway including a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units, a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms and a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet. The following are photographs of the topped-off podium:
Plans for 1.9-million-square-foot Allston Yards development revealed
The proponents of Allston Yards, the proposed 1.9-million-square-foot redevelopment of the 11-acre Stop & Shop supermarket property located next to Boston Landing in Allston, have revealed preliminary project plans. Developed by Stop & Shop and New England Development in partnership with The Bozzuto Group and Southside Investment Partners, the project as proposed would consist of four buildings constructed across several phases and feature up to 1,050 apartment and condominium residences, 300,000 square feet of Class-A office space, 50,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space and a new 67,000-square-foot flagship Stop & Shop supermarket.
The first phase of Allston Yards would contain 360 apartment residences with ground-floor retail and the flagship supermarket, and is expected to start construction in the second quarter of 2019. The current supermarket would remain open throughout Phase One, which would also construct a a 24,000-square-foot community green with a restaurant. The proponents have filed plans for Allston Yards with the City of Boston, who is now reviewing the project. The latest project renderings are posted above.
270-unit East Boston apartment development could break ground late 2018
A proposed 270-unit multifamily development at 144 Addison Street in East Boston, located minutes from the Orient Heights MBTA Blue Line station and Route 1A, is expected to break ground by the end of the year per newly revealed project plans. The project would feature two new-construction buildings containing apartments including 59 studios, 149 one-bedrooms and 62 two-bedrooms, with 179 on-site vehicle garage parking spaces.
144 Addison Street would be built in two phases, with construction expected to last approximately 24 months and the first apartments expected to open December 2020. Project proponents Gate Residential and Bulgroup Properties have filed plans for 144 Addison Street with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed development.
Cresset acquires Assembly Row development site for $35 million
Cresset Development has acquired 5 Middlesex Avenue, the site of a proposed 1.9-million-square-foot mixed-use development on which the proponent plans to break ground in 2019, for $35 million. An existing 195,000 square foot office building stands on the property. Cresset plans to complete permitting for the proposed development, which was originally proposed by seller RD Management and would retain the existing building, this year.
The 5 Middlesex Avenue development was a key component of the City of Somerville’s recent submission to Amazon’s headquarters request for proposals (RFP), and would include approximately 1.7 million square feet of office/lab space in addition to residences, retail and hotel rooms. East Boston Savings Bank provided $31 million in mortgage financing towards Cresset’s acquisition of the development site, which is located steps from the recently opened Assembly MBTA Orange Line station and minutes from Interstate 93.
249 residences proposed overlooking Charles River in Brighton
Dinosaur Capital Partners proposes to construct two buildings at 1550 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton, located along the Charles River minutes from the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development and its’ new MBTA commuter rail station, featuring a total of 249 apartment and condominium residences. The development’s main six-story building along Soldiers Field Road would contain 211 market-rate apartments, and a smaller four-story building with the address of 21 Soldiers Field Place would contain 38 affordable condominiums.
The development would replace a two-story, 44,800-square-foot office building with surface parking, and is located just down Soldiers Field Road from Telford 180, an 85-unit market-rate condominium building that sold out prior to its’ completion last Fall. Dinosaur Capital Partners has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency formally proposing the 1550 Soldiers Field Road development, commencing its’ official review process. The proponent will break ground this spring on 28 Austin Street, a four-story building in Newtonville developed in partnership with Oaktree Development featuring 68 apartment residences and 5,000 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.
Skanska sells ownership stake in Watermark Seaport luxury apartments for about $60 million
Skanska, in partnership with project co-developer Twining Properties, has announced the sale of its’ Watermark Seaport luxury apartment tower in the Seaport District to CLPF Residences at Seaport LLC. The sale of Skanska’s equity ownership in the development, 42.75%, will reportedly amount to about $60 million. The transfer of ownership of Watermark Seaport to CLPF will reportedly occur in the first quarter of 2018.
The 17-story Watermark Seaport was completed in the first quarter of 2016 and features 346 luxurious apartment residences, including 65 lofts in a six-story building adjacent to the main tower. Watermark Seaport, which is LEED Gold sustainability certified, also includes 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, including an 11,590-square-foot CVS Pharmacy and multiple dining options. Resident amenities at Watermark Seaport include a roof deck with views of the Financial District and Boston Harbor, a wellness studio, a resident lounge, an innovation lab and underground parking.
Sale of Boston Globe’s former Dorchester headquarters closes for $81 million
Nordblom Company and Alcion Ventures, who propose to develop The Boston Globe’s former headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester into a hub for high-tech jobs, have acquired the property for $81 million. The sale of the 815,000-square-foot office and industrial building, which stands on 16.5 acres located just off of Interstate 93, amounts to about $99 per square foot. Acore Capital Mortgage LP provided $75 million in financing towards the acquisition.
Nordblom and Alcion plan to construct an urban innovation campus on the property, renovating and reusing the existing building to create 690,000 square feet of creative office space for technology and life sciences companies, light industrial space and food & beverage-oriented retail including a craft brewery. The adjacent Patten’s Cove public park would also be overhauled, and improvements would be made to the connectivity of the Savin Hill neighborhood to the nearby JFK/UMass MBTA Red Line station. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing Nordblom and Alcion’s proposed plans for 135 Morrissey Boulevard.
Developer acquires site of approved 250-unit Forest Hills apartment development for $11.75 million
Criterion Development Partners has acquired the 2.2-acre site of its' approved 250-unit Residences at Forest Hills development, located across from Forest Hills Station, for $11.75 million. Criterion received approval from the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to construct the $101 million, 235,000-square-foot project last summer. The project site is currently used as a surface commuter parking lot. The Residences at Forest Hills will also include 4,070 square feet of ground-floor retail and will be composed of three new buildings.
Fenway Center secures ground lease and construction financing, groundbreaking planned mid-January
Fenway Center joint venture partners Gerding Edlen, TH Real Estate and Meredith Management have signed a $21 million long-term ground lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for Phase I of the project and secured over $136.5 million in construction financing through The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, allowing construction of the project to begin after years of delays. Construction of the $240 million Phase I is scheduled to begin immediately, with a groundbreaking ceremony planned for mid-January. Starting the week of Monday December 11th, logistics for Phase I’s construction will begin to be put in place on site.
Phase I of Fenway Center will take two years to construct, with completion expected in early 2020. Phase I will feature two buildings with 312 apartments, 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 200 underground parking spaces. A 12,000-square-foot air rights deck and landscaped pedestrian walkway will also be constructed over Yawkey Station as part of the project.
Fenway Center’s much-anticipated groundbreaking represents the culmination of years of work. The project was first proposed in 2002 by Meredith Management. “We are very pleased that this important project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston will finally be realized,” said Kelly Saito, a Partner at Gerding Edlen, in a prepared statement. “Fenway Center’s phenomenal location, the vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood and the continued demand for housing in the Boston market make this a great time to start construction.” “It is extremely gratifying to achieve this milestone for the project,” said co-developer John Rosenthal of Meredith Management in a prepared statement. “I could not have asked for better partners than Gerding Edlen and TH Real Estate to bring Fenway Center to life.” “Boston is thriving and remains a target for institutional investors around the globe,” said Pamela West, TH Real Estate’s Regional Head of Multifamily Transactions, Northeast, in a prepared statement. “The city’s live/work environment has attracted companies from the suburbs and increased demand for housing and mixed-use properties, and we are pleased to join our partners on this project.”
Upon full completion, Fenway Center will represent a $600 million investment in the Fenway neighborhood, generating $5.7 million in property taxes per year. The project will feature a total of approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail, in addition to over 30,000 square feet of park and green space. Discussions are ongoing between Fenway Center's developers and MassDOT regarding the lease agreement for Phase II of the project. The developers are required to close the Phase II lease by December 2020.
W. L. French completes mass excavation at 399 Binney, upcoming lab and office building in Kendall Square
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has completed the mass and footing excavations for 399 Binney Street, an upcoming 172,500-square-foot lab and office building located in Kendall Square, one of the United States’ strongest life sciences real estate markets. W. L. French has hauled and disposed of over 60,000 tons of soil, and is currently preparing and installing basement slab subbase materials. As part of W. L. French’s contract to install site utilities at 399 Binney, work has begun to connect water services to the project site. W. L. French will install water infiltration, drainage and sanitary sewer systems throughout the site in Spring 2018. 399 Binney’s excavation is supported by an internally braced support of excavation system, which was installed between May and July 2017.
Completion of 399 Binney is expected by the end of 2018. The building will be built to LEED Gold efficiency certifiable standards and will also include a 1,500-square-foot ground-floor retail space. 399 Binney is part of the existing nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus, which 399 Binney developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities acquired in November 2016 from DivcoWest for $725 million, or $1,124 per square foot, one of 2016’s most significant real estate sales. Space at 399 Binney is now available for lease, with demand reportedly strong; overall, the Cambridge lab real estate market has a microscopic vacancy rate below 1% per Lincoln Property Company's latest Cambridge Office & Lab Market Report. The following are photographs of work underway at 399 Binney:
First luxury condominiums at Somerville’s Assembly Row sell out pre-completion
The 107 luxury condominium residences at Alloy at Assembly Row, a new-construction building opening early 2018 that is the first homeownership option at Somerville’s booming Assembly Row mixed-use transit-oriented development, have sold out 100% prior to construction completion. Construction of Alloy began Winter 2016, and condominium sales began about 16 months ago. Condominiums reportedly sold at an average of $800,000 each, with select penthouses topping $1 million; sales of Alloy condominiums have not yet closed.
Alloy will feature amenities for condominium owners including an exclusive rooftop deck and club room, a swimming pool, a fitness center and concierge service. An additional 15 condominiums at Alloy are designated affordable; a lottery for these residences will be held in the coming months. On the 13-story Alloy’s lower floors will be a 159-key Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and approximately 21,000 square feet of first-floor restaurant and retail space. Alloy is located steps from the new Assembly MBTA Orange Line station, minutes from Downtown Boston by transit or car.
W. L. French begins site work at 249 Third Street, upcoming 84-unit apartment building in Kendall Square
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has begun soil remediation at 249 Third Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, the future site of an 84-unit apartment building. W. L. French’s scope of work at 249 Third Street includes an extensive health and safety plan that requires workers to wear Level C personal protective equipment (PPE), installation of steel sheet piles for support of excavation (SOE), drilled deep wells for construction dewatering, extensive groundwater treatment and, ultimately, excavation and disposal of 6,000 tons of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) waste and 15,000 tons of Non-TSCA waste. W. L. French will continue work at 249 Third Street into the 1st quarter of 2018. Upon completion, 249 Third Street will feature 84 apartment residences ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and 1,540 square feet of ground-floor retail located in the heart of Kendall Square, the United States’ hottest life sciences market, steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The following are photographs of 249 Third Street:
Construction of exclusive Archer Residences condominium development on Beacon Hill begins
Work has begun on The Archer Residences, an exclusive 71-unit luxury condominium development on Beacon Hill. Set within two historic buildings, The Archer Residences will be located across from the State House and steps from the Financial District. Demolition of existing finishes within the two buildings, former Suffolk University academic buildings located at 33-61 Temple Street, is now underway. The buildings will be improved with state-of-the-art luxury finishes, a new penthouse level, a renovated facade and underground garage parking. Sales of condominiums at The Archer Residences are expected to begin before the end of 2017. The following are photographs of work underway on The Archer Residences:
Ground lease approval moves 500,000-square-foot Seaport District development into construction phase
Massport has approved a long-term ground lease for the 2.5-acre Parcel K in the Seaport District, allowing a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development to proceed with construction next month. The development, developed by Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company, will feature 304 residential apartments, a 294-room Hyatt Place boutique hotel, approximately 12,000 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space across two new-construction 12-story buildings. Construction is now expected to commence in December and last approximately two years. Parcel K is owned by Massport and located at 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.
Leading cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider Rapid7 has announced it will relocate its global headquarters from 100 Summer Street in the Financial District to the first phase of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Rapid7 will occupy 147,000 square feet at The Hub on Causeway, also relocating its’ Cambridge team at 1 Main Street. Rapid7 expects to move to The Hub on Causeway in the second half of 2019, following the first phase’s completion in late 2018. Rapid7 will be the first phase’s anchor tenant; a total of 175,000 square feet of creative office space will be built as part of the first phase, in addition to 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Future phases of The Hub on Causeway call for a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units, a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms and a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet.
Rapid7 is the latest addition to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood’s growing technology presence. “We believe that The Hub will allow us to capitalize on the momentum we’ve built as a leading global technology company and expect to see increased productivity through the joining of our Boston-area offices,” said Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7, in a prepared statement. “We believe The Hub will offer us the room we need to grow and help spur a new innovation center in Boston amid the escalating costs of the Seaport and Cambridge. For us, the decision to move our headquarters is about creating a phenomenal work experience for our Boston-area employees while continuing to invest in the Boston community and the exceptional talent pool it develops.” Rapid7 employs over 1,000 people globally, with nearly 500 Boston-area employees.
Renderings revealed of 125 Amory Street mixed-income development in Jamaica Plain
The proponents of the $150 million 125 Amory Street mixed-income development in Jamaica Plain have revealed renderings of the project’s three proposed new-construction buildings, as well as a site plan for the overall project. The new-construction buildings are designed to relate to the materials of adjacent warehouse buildings, the existing housing complex on site which would be renovated and overall neighborhood scale. Renderings of the buildings show large scale windows and bays, with stepped volumes to resonate with neighboring two- and three-family homes. The overall 125 Amory Street site plan calls for a new linear park along the MBTA Orange Line, with new community spaces and roadways throughout the six-acre site.
125 Amory Street would construct a total of 353 new apartments, 135 of which would be designated affordable, across the three new buildings. The existing 199-unit complex on site would be fully renovated, and ten new affordable senior housing units would be constructed within. 125 Amory Street’s proponents anticipate to commence renovation of the existing building in the second quarter of 2018, and construction of the three new buildings by the end of 2018. The latest renderings of 125 Amory Street are posted above. The project is now undergoing design review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Nordblom begins city review process for 135 Morrissey commercial development in Dorchester
Nordblom Company has submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for 135 Morrissey, the proposed redevelopment of the former Boston Globe Headquarters in Dorchester into a hub for high-tech jobs, kicking off the project’s official review process. As previously reported, the existing building would be renovated and reused, resulting in approximately 690,000 square feet of uses including creative office space for technology and life sciences companies, light industrial space and food & beverage-oriented retail. Significant landscaping and pedestrian realm improvements would be made to the 16.61-acre site, including an overhaul of the adjacent Patten’s Cove public park and increased connectivity of the Savin Hill neighborhood to the nearby JFK/UMass MBTA Red Line station. Nordblom will reveal additional details of the 135 Morrissey proposal in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filing in the coming months.
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.
Plans unveiled for former Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Developer Nordblom Company, who has an agreement in place to acquire the 16.5-acre former Boston Globe headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, plans to transform the existing three-story building into a hub for high-tech jobs. Existing structures would be retrofitted for new uses including large labs and offices for robotics, life sciences and high tech manufacturing. Per a Dorchester Reporter report, MassRobotics and Cambridge Innovation Center are interested in opening a joint workspace at 135 Morrissey Boulevard.
Some smaller outbuildings would be removed from the existing 815,000-square-foot 135 Morrissey Boulevard building, resulting in 690,000 square feet of available space. A portion of the property would become a micro craft brewery with a food component. As part of the project, a multi-use path would be created around the site, renovating the underutilized adjacent Patten’s Cove park. Nordblom’s deal to acquire 135 Morrissey Boulevard is expected to close in mid-November. The latest details and renderings of the proposed project are posted above.
Pre-leasing underway at Boston East apartments on East Boston Waterfront, opening this Fall
Pre-leasing has begun at the 200-unit Boston East new-construction apartment development opening this Fall on the East Boston Waterfront, which will feature studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with rents starting at $1,950/month. Studios at Boston East range from $1,950 to $2,250 per month, 1-bedrooms begin at around $2,200 and cap out at about $2,800 per month, 2-bedrooms range from just under $3,100 to about $3,700 per month and 3-bedrooms can be rented starting at $4,800 per month. 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom loft-style apartments range from about $2,400 to just over $5,000 per month. Boston East apartments feature luxurious amenities including patios and balconies in select apartments, quartz countertops, hardwood flooring and oversized windows, with sweeping views of Boston Harbor throughout. Communal amenities include a top floor lounge and terrace, a courtyard with a fire pit and lounge areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center and on-site parking. The latest renderings of Boston East are posted above.
Boulevard on the Greenway concrete superstructure construction underway
Pouring of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story concrete superstructure overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Downtown Boston and Boston Harbor is now underway following completion of the building’s slurry wall foundation by Treviicos. The concrete base slab and columns of the superstructure’s first floor have been poured, as well as the first level of Boulevard on the Greenway’s concrete elevator core. The superstructure’s second floor concrete base slab is now being poured, and a network of cables is being set into the concrete and hydraulically tensioned prior to the concrete's full curing in order to fully strengthen the concrete.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A two-level Park Plus automated parking garage with room for 35 cars will be located underneath the building, set within the building’s 53-foot-deep slurry wall built by Treviicos. An existing Charles Bulfinch designed historic brick facade on site, which is over 200 years old, will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story facade. The following is an aerial photograph of superstructure construction underway at Boulevard on the Greenway:
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.
South End proposal would yield up to 517 housing units, including newly revealed 143-unit development
A 1.9-acre Planned Development Area (PDA) proposal by The Davis Companies (TDC), Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC) and Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) could yield 517 new residential units in the South End’s rapidly developing New York Streets neighborhood. With the proposed PDA, the three proponents would be able to construct buildings up to 150 feet tall, superseding existing zoning. The three proponents would also collaborate to construct streetscape improvements such as a new east-west pedestrian connection providing through-block pedestrian connectivity between Washington Street and Shawmut Avenue. The PDA is now under review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Per the PDA proposal, TDC would construct a new 13-story building at 112 Shawmut Avenue featuring 143 apartments and a 980-square-foot ground-floor cafe. TDC’s building, which is now under review by the BPDA, would be prominently located at the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue, incorporating the historic facade of an existing six-story, 70,000-square-foot brick-and-beam building. TDC anticipates to start construction of 112 Shawmut Avenue in the first quarter of 2018, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2019. The latest 112 Shawmut Avenue renderings and information are posted above.
BCEC, owner of the existing three-story building at 120 Shawmut Avenue, would construct an 11-story building with 72 residences, religious space and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and CCBA, owner of the existing one-story supermarket at 50 Herald Street, would construct a 14-story building featuring 302 residences and 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail. BCEC and CCBA will file plans with the BPDA formally proposing their respective projects when they are ready to move forward with construction.
Boston East apartments facade nears completion, interior finishing underway
Nearly all brick and metal panel exterior finishes have been installed along the six-story facade of Boston East,
an upcoming 200-unit luxury apartment building situated on the East Boston Waterfront. Boston East's exterior has been fully fireproofed, and all windows are in place. Inside the building, installation of luxurious reisdence and common space finishes is well underway. Boston East is expected to open this Fall. As part of the project, a new Harborwalk extension and public open space will be constructed along the waterfront. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England ink lease for entertainment venue at The Hub on Causeway
Renowned entertainment venue proponents Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England have secured a lease of 31,680 square feet at the upcoming Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle, in which the proponents will open a new entertainment venue. Big Night and Live Nation’s new venue will be part of The Hub on Causeway’s first phase, which is on schedule for completion in late 2018, and will be located primarily on the development’s second floor, with a 1,324-square-foot lobby on the ground floor.
In a January 2016 interview with the Boston Herald, at which time the lease was still being negotiated, Live Nation President Don Law saidthe venue will be “a nightclub, restaurant, concert venue and bowling facility combination”. Law also revealed that “[Big Night founder] Ed [Kane] is going to run [the venue], and … [Live Nation will do] the music”. Per Law’s interview, the venue’s name “will include ‘rock’ and ‘bowl’”.
The Hub on Causeway’s first phase will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet in The Hub of Causeway’s first phase for a new collaborative workspace. Subsequent phases of The Hub on Causeway will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The $950 million development will span a total of 1.87 million square feet.
$1.6 billion redevelopment set for McCormack public housing development in South Boston
WinnDevelopment has been selected by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) to redevelop the 1,000-unit, 27-acre Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston into a 3,000-unit mixed-income residential community, an initiative estimated to cost $1.6 billion. All existing buildings, which date back to the 1930s, will be demolished, and new buildings will be built in their place; all units will be of identical quality and integrated evenly throughout the development. All 1,000 existing public housing units will be rebuilt, and 2,000 new middle-income apartments and market-rate apartments and condominiums will be introduced throughout four phases. All existing McCormack residents will have the right to return to the development following its’ redevelopment, and will be offered relocation options including housing at other BHA properties and Housing Choice/Section 8 vouchers.
WinnDevelopment was one of five development companies who responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the BHA for the redevelopment; the RFP selection committee consisted of both existing McCormack residents and BHA staff. The McCormack redevelopment will now undergo standard development review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). ”We are grateful for the chance to partner with the McCormack residents, the BHA and the City of Boston to redevelop this community into a first class mixed-income neighborhood," said WinnCompanies CEO Gilbert Winn in a prepared statement. "We recognize the property is old and therefore requires a major redevelopment effort. Our goal then, is to move through the formal approval process as quickly as possible while paying close attention to resident and community input." Preserving housing developments by creating partnerships with developers who understand the value of community is key to maintaining our housing stock in this city,” said BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle in a prepared statement. “I am pleased with the selection of Winn and look forward to working with the residents and the development team."
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:
Treviicos completes slurry wall of Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condos
Treviicos has completed construction of the slurry wall foundation of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story, 36-unit luxury condominium building overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The slurry wall has a maximum depth of 53 feet below the Greenway, with an average depth of 47 feet, and has a concrete surface area of 15,500 square feet. Concrete for the 353-linear-foot-long, 30-foot-thick slurry wall was poured from January to March.
Excavation of slurry wall panels at Boulevard on the Greenway hit rock bottom in June, at which point Treviicos installed a two-level internal horizontal bracing system to retain the slurry wall throughout construction. Treviicos will remove the bracing once Boulevard on the Greenway’s foundation is fully constructed and the superstructure has begun to rise in mid-September. A concrete cap beam has been nearly fully installed along the top perimeter of Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall, and concrete is being chipped back from the slurry wall in order to give the wall a uniform shape. The slurry wall will enclose a Park Plus automated parking garage, a first for Boston, featuring room for 35 cars.
Located on a small, angled site in the heart of Downtown Boston parallel to the Central Artery highway tunnel, Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall presented numerous design and construction challenges for the Treviicos team. With thousands of cars passing by the foundation daily, excessive vibration and prevention of wall movement were both design concerns. Thanks to the Treviicos team’s expert engineering, both of these issues have been resolved. Another challenge posed was the existing Charles Bulfinch designed facade on site, which is over 200 years old and will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. In order to retain the facade throughout foundation construction, an elaborate joint system was installed. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
$150 million renovation and mixed-income expansion proposed for Jamaica Plain affordable housing complex
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, The Community Builders and Urban Edge propose to develop a $150 million renovation and expansion of the existing Amory Street Apartments affordable senior housing complex in Jamaica Plain, located steps from Egleston Square and the MBTA Orange Line. The existing 199-unit complex would be fully renovated, and ten new affordable senior housing units would be constructed within the existing building. Throughout the six-acre Amory Street Apartments site, three new buildings would be constructed containing 353 new apartments, 135 of which would be designated affordable.
The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) signaling their intent to develop the project, and will file a Project Notification Form (PNF) with additional details in the coming months. The proponents anticipate to commence renovation of the existing building in the second quarter of 2018, and construction of the three new buildings by the end of 2018.
Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End reach 60% pre-sold benchmark
The upcoming Siena at Ink Block luxury condominiums in the South End, which recently topped off, are already 60% pre-sold. This strong early demand represents the upper South End's recent renaissance, with transformative new developments such as Ink Block bringing new residents and retail options to the area. Siena residents will be located steps from the Whole Foods Market at Ink Block, in addition to multiple desirable restaurants and shops, and a short walk to Downtown Boston, South Boston and the Seaport District. Siena will feature 76 residences, with amenities including a rooftop Sky Lounge and roof deck with sweeping Boston skyline views. Siena is expected to open in early 2018.
UMass Boston's first student residence hall tops off at 12 stories tall
UMass Boston's first-ever on-campus student residence hall, featuring 1,077 beds and a host of amenities, has topped off at 12 stories tall. A topping-off ceremony was held at the $120 million residence hall today, during which the structure's last steel beam was lifted into place. With structural steel construction complete, concrete floor pouring is now underway on the residence hall's upper floors. Concrete floors have been poured on the building's lower floors, along which facade weatherproofing has begun. Opening in time for the Fall 2018 semester, UMass Boston's residence hall will also provide the UMass Boston community with a new ground-floor dining hall. Resident amenities will include a TV lounge, a gaming area and a study lounge. The following are photographs from the residence hall topping-off ceremony, courtesy residence hall architect Elkus Manfredi Architects:
Nordblom acquiring 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Local real estate developer Nordblom Company will reportedly acquire the 16.5-acre former Boston Globe headquarters site at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. The Boston Globe and Nordblom reportedly signed an agreement for the acquisition this past Tuesday, August 1st; the deal will likely close this Fall. Development plans for the site have not yet been revealed. A vacant three-story, 815,000-square-foot building currently stands on the site, with the site's remainder comprised of surface parking. The Boston Globe has moved its' operations to a 75,000-square-foot office at Exchange Place in the Financial District, and its' printing and distribution to a 330,000-square-foot industrial building in Taunton.
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:
300 residences proposed near East Boston's Orient Heights
Gate Residential and Bulgroup Properties propose to construct a new mixed-use development in East Boston featuring 300 residential units and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space a short walk from the Orient Heights MBTA Blue Line station. The development would be constructed on a 3.29-acre surface parking lot currently leased to Avis Car Rental. The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and anticipate to file an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) with additional details within next 60 days.
Facade weatherproofing and interior framing underway at Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End
Large weatherproofing sections have been installed along the facade of Siena at Ink Block, a new luxury condominium building opening next year at Ink Block in the South End. Window and facade finish installation at Siena will begin in the coming weeks. Inside the building, metal stud framing is being installed to partition individual condominiums. Siena will feature 76 new luxury condominiums, which are now on sale, with resident amenities including an indoor-outdoor rooftop sky lounge with sweeping views, a fully equipped fitness center, 24/7 concierge service and on-site parking. The following are photographs of Siena At Ink Block:
W. L. French breaks ground on 399 Binney Street, new Kendall Square research and development building
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has broken ground on 399 Binney Street, an upcoming 172,500-square-foot research and development building that will expand the existing nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus in Kendall Square. W. L. French has successfully completed site demolition and utility relocation and is now at work excavating the building's basement level. A temporary internally-braced sheet pile cofferdam has been installed across the project site to support and retain the basement throughout excavation. 399 Binney Street's basement will be 22 feet deep; W. L. French will also operate dewatering and groundwater treatment systems on site and dispose of upwards of 65,000 tons of soil.
399 Binney Street's developer, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, acquired the 7.88-acre One Kendall Square campus in November 2016 from DivcoWest for $725 million, or $1,124 per square foot. The building will be primarily composed of office and lab space, with approximately 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Expected completion of 399 Binney Street is in late Fall 2018. The following is a photograph of W. L. French at work at 399 Binney Street, courtesy Gaston Electrical:
Underground parking excavation complete at The Hub on Causeway, superstructure construction underway
Excavation of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development's 540-car underground parking garage has hit rock bottom and is now complete. Pouring of the development's concrete foundation is nearing completion, and the development's first elevator core has gone vertical. The first steel girders of The Hub on Causeway's Phase I podium have risen above grade, signaling the start of superstructure construction. Phase I of The Hub on Causeway is expected to open in late 2018 and will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Subsequent phases will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The following is an aerial view of The Hub on Causeway:
The following is a video of the final excavation at The Hub on Causeway:
Excavation complete at Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums, foundation concrete pouring underway
Boulevard on the Greenway’s underground parking structure has been fully excavated, and pouring of the structure’s concrete base slab is well underway. The historic, Charles Bulfinch-designed facade on site has been reinforced in anticipation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story structure’s rise into the Boston skyline; the facade will be incorporated into the new structure. Condominium residences at Boulevard on the Greenway are now on sale; 31 condominiums are available ranging from one to three bedrooms and including penthouse duplexes. Five artist lofts are also available at Boulevard on the Greenway, in addition to approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The following is an aerial photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
Revised Hodge Boiler Works development, featuring 119 new condominiums, approved on East Boston Waterfront
Revisions to the Hodge Boiler Works development on the East Boston Waterfront were approved at yesterday’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The development will now feature 119 condominium residences overlooking the Boston skyline, in addition to 7,200 square feet of shared-work space and a Harborwalk extension. The development’s change from apartments to condominiums signifies the growing strength of the East Boston Waterfront condominium market. The nearby under-construction Slip65 development, the East Boston Waterfront’s first condominium offering, has been seeing very strong demand, with 50% of residences reserved for prices ranging from $700- to over $1200 per square foot; some residences at Slip65 are under agreement for over $1.5 million. The Hodge Boiler Works development will now go before the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; ZBA approval will be required in order for the building to proceed with construction.
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:
Alloy at Assembly Row condos over 90% sold, exterior finish installation underway
Just 10 residences remain for sale at the upcoming 122-residence Alloy at Assembly Row luxury condominium building, located in the heart of Somerville’s new Assembly Row neighborhood. The 13-story building is nearly fully weatherproofed, with moisture-resistant cladding installed along the entire facade and installation of grey brick finishes well underway. Opening in the first quarter of 2018, Alloy at Assembly Row will feature a 159-key Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and approximately 21,000 square feet of first-floor restaurant and retail space, in addition to 122 luxury condominium residences on upper floors. The following is a photograph of Alloy at Assembly Row:
399 Congress mixed-use tower in Seaport District starts foundation work, new rendering revealed
Preparations for foundation work are now underway at the future site of the 22-story 399 Congress mixed-use tower in the Seaport District, which will feature 414 apartment residences and approximately 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, innovation and lobby space. Foundation work, including excavation of the building’s three-level, 144-space underground parking garage, is scheduled to last through next April, at which point structural frame construction will begin.
399 Congress' facade will feature a mix of dark and light grey metal panels with glass curtain wall, as opposed to the originally-proposed tan finish panels; the latest 399 Congress rendering is posted above. The building will be located across from the $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport mixed-use development, which broke ground last month, and steps from the $157 million, 325,000-square-foot Waterside Place Phase 1B mixed-use development, which is expected to start construction this year. Developer Crescent Heights acquired the 0.7-acre 399 Congress Street site for $36 million in January 2016. Crescent Heights recently closed on $157 million of construction financing for 399 Congress provided by The Union Labor Life Insurance Company.
Fenway Center developers finalizing air rights lease, construction launch expected this Fall
Developers John Rosenthal and Gerding Edlen have been granted an extension through the end of September to finalize their 99-year state lease for the Massachusetts Turnpike air rights necessary to build the 1.1-million-square-foot Fenway Center, which is now expected to start construction work this Fall. Initial preparation work could commence as early as September on the $230 million first phase of the $590 million, two-phased project. The first phase will be constructed next to the Massachusetts Turnpike on existing parking lots bounded by Beacon Street, Maitland Street and Yawkey Way.
The developers and the state had originally faced a June 30th deadline to finalize the lease; however, appraisals of the property took longer than expected. In an interview with the Boston Herald, State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the state agreed to extend the deadline to September given that the developers have been “meeting milestones and getting things done,” and that there has been “a lot of progress in recent months.” The developers will pay the state $21 million once the lease is finalized. Fenway Center will feature five buildings containing approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail, in addition to over 30,000 square feet of on-site park and green space and 1,290 parking spaces.
Zoning Board approves The Residences at Forest Hills, 250 new apartments with retail
Last week, the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved The Residences at Forest Hills, a new mixed-use development in Jamaica Plain featuring 250 apartment residences with 4,070 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project has now received all necessary approvals and can proceed with construction. The $101 million Residences at Forest Hills will replace an existing commuter parking lot located across from the Forest Hills rapid transit station with three new buildings.
32-story tower proposed at Huntington Theater site in Fenway, existing theater would be retained and expanded
QMG Huntington LLC proposes to construct an iconic 32-story, 405,500-square-foot mixed-use tower at the 0.76-acre Huntington Theater site in the Fenway, creating new residential and retail space while expanding and preserving the Huntington Theater Company (HTC)’s existing 890-seat, 35,654-square-foot theater. The theater would be gifted to HTC, allowing the company to keep its’ prime location on Boston’s Avenue of the Arts for the foreseeable future. 14,000 square feet of new theater space would be constructed across the first two floors of the proposed tower; the space, which would be leased to HTC at a nominal rent, would be connected to the existing theater and would include a new accessible entrance.
The proposed tower would serve as a symbol of pride for the Avenue of the Arts, with a facade inspired by Greek drama masks. The tower would feature 426 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment residences and approximately 7,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space across the first and second floors. QMG aims to start construction of the proposed project in the fourth quarter of 2018; construction would last approximately 26 months. A Project Notification Form (PNF) formally proposing the project has been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project plans.
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:
47-55 LaGrange Street, new mixed-use tower in Downtown Crossing, approved
47-55 LaGrange Street, a new 21-story mixed-use tower in the heart of Downtown Crossing featuring 176 residences, was approved at last night (June 15th, 2017)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Construction of the 47-55 LaGrange Street tower is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. 47-55 LaGrange Street will require additional approval by the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in order to proceed with construction.
Construction complete at Serenity Apartments, new Mission Hill luxury residences now leasing
Construction is complete at Serenity Apartments, a new 15-story luxury tower in Mission Hill featuring 195 distinctive residences now leasing. Move-ins at Serenity began earlier this month; the building was 40% pre-leased prior to opening. Churchill Corporate Housing, a short-term corporate housing provider, has leased 24 apartments at Serenity, which is managed by Greystar. Serenity is located steps to Brookline Village and the Longwood Medical Area and features the latest in-demand amenities, including Wi-Fi enabled common areas, a billiard room, meeting and collaborative areas, a private courtyard, a rooftop pool and lounge deck, a barbecue deck and a green roof. Direct-access garage parking with electric car charging stations is available on-site, in addition to Zipcars and bicycle storage. Serenity presents an unprecedented green living option, with LEED Gold energy-efficiency certification and direct access to the MBTA Green Line.
“As we designed the community, we knew we needed to create something special to draw tenants to this corridor from Fenway and other nearby neighborhoods,” said Anthony Nader, Vice President of Serenity developer Longwood Group. “The rooftop pool and amenity area are really something to be seen.” Serenity residents will be located in an area seeing tremendous growth, with a number of development projects planned, under construction and recently completed. “The leasing demand is showing that with a destination asset, that provides a great living experience, prospective residents are willing to move to this side of the Longwood Medical Area,” said Nader. “The growth coming down the Brookline Avenue corridor, with the Children’s Hospital expansion at Brookline Place, Homewood Suites and potentially an additional hotel at Brookline Avenue, has created an exciting area of the city to be in. More restaurants will activate the streetscape, but the neighborhood is already beginning to come alive.”
Beach House waterfront luxury apartments in Revere near full framing, exterior finishing begins
The south wing of Beach House, a new 234-unit luxury apartment building overlooking picturesque Revere Beach, has been fully framed, with weatherproofing, windows and balconies all installed. The building's north wing is now being framed with wooden panels and has reached the future six-story building's second floor. Beach House will feature luxurious amenities including a rooftop pool and terrace with scenic ocean views, a state-of-the-art gym and a movie room. The following are photographs of Beach House:
Brick finish installation underway at Boston East waterfront apartments in East Boston, artist residence applications begin
Brickwork has been installed along a large section of Boston East’s six-story facade facing Border Street. The building is fully framed, and fireproofing, weatherproofing and windows have all been installed along Boston East’s facade. Inside the building, fit-out of residences and common spaces has begun.
Developer Trinity Financial has begun accepting applications for Boston East’s six artist live-work residences, which will be rented to households earning no more than 70% of Area Media Income (AMI); Boston East will include a ground-floor local artwork gallery. Artist residences will be available for $1,450 per month; rents for market-rate residences at Boston East will range from $2,000 to $4,700 per month, averaging $2,900 per month. Opening in September, Boston East will feature 200 apartment residences along with a new Harborwalk extension and public waterfront space. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Facade installation preparations underway at Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End
The eight-story facade of the recently-topped-off Siena at Ink Block luxury condominium residences in the South End is being prepared for installation of exterior finishes. Steel infill walls have been installed along Siena's perimeter up to the building's fourth floor; these walls will support and reinforce Siena's facade, which will consist of distinctive brickwork and metal panels. Within the building, concrete has been poured at the bases of nearly all floors, allowing for framing of individual residences to begin. Opening in early 2018, Siena will feature 76 new luxury condominium residences now on sale with state-of-the-art amenities including a rooftop Sky Lounge and a fully-equipped fitness center. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
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:
13-story, 155-residence development proposed in busy South End district
The Davis Companies proposes to construct a 7-story addition to 112 Shawmut Avenue, a six-story, 70,000-square-foot brick-and-beam South End office building located in the rapidly-developing New York Streets neighborhood, creating a 13-story, 155-residence development with a 975-square-foot ground-floor cafe. Davis has not yet disclosed whether residences would be apartments or condominiums. Davis acquired 112 Shawmut Avenue in July 2015 for $26.2 million, or $374.29 per square foot; the building last sold in 1996 for $2.2 million, or $31.43 per square foot. Davis has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the 112 Shawmut Avenue project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project. Additional project details will be revealed in the coming months.
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:
Boston University completes new Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
Work is now complete at Boston University (BU)’s new $150 million Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE), and the brand-new 173,750-square-foot building is ready to host classes and breakthrough research projects. The nine-story, state-of-the-art CILSE features lab spaces, meeting rooms and common areas for BU’s students, researchers and professors, aiming to sustain collaborative, interdisciplinary research. The new building features a distinctive facade comprised of glass unitized curtain wall and glass fiber reinforced concrete fins, giving the building a striking, transparent, 21st-century presence along Commonwealth Avenue while integrating with BU’s surrounding existing limestone buildings. The following are photographs of the CILSE at BU:
Developer backs out of deal to acquire 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Center Court Properties has reportedly backed out of a deal to acquire the 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester for over $80 million. “We’re enthusiastic about exploring other possibilities,” said Globe Chief Operating Officer Sean Keohan in the Globe's report. Center Court's abandonment of the deal follows Winstanley Enterprises pulling out of its' agreement to acquire the Globe property in 2015. The Globe will still move forward with its' move to a new 75,000-square-foot office at Exchange Place in the Financial District this June.
WeWork space and live music venue coming to The Hub on Causeway in Bulfinch Triangle
Collaborative workspace provider WeWork and live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment Group have reportedly leased space at the 1.87 million square foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Developer Boston Properties has announced that Live Nation has leased 32,000 square feet for a new live music venue. Per a tweet by Steve Adams of Banker & Tradesman, WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet for a new collaborative workspace; WeWork spaces include shared co-working space as well as private offices. Both tenants would open within the first phase of The Hub on Causeway, which will open in late 2018.
Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End top off
A topping-off ceremony was recently held for Siena at Ink Block, the South End’s latest luxury condominium building. Hundreds of construction workers and the Siena project team gathered last Friday (April 28th, 2017) to formally hoist the final steel beam of Siena’s 8-story frame into the sky and install the beam at the frame’s summit.
National Development Managing Partner Ted Tye spoke briefly prior to the beam’s installation, thanking the construction and project teams for their hard work. Siena will be located in National Development’s vibrant Ink Block development, which upon Siena’s completion will be home to nearly 500 housing units, the acclaimed Bar Mezzana, Fuji at Ink Block and Lion’s Tail restaurants and top-quality retail including a Whole Foods grocery store.
Completion of Siena is expected in early 2018; with steel frame construction complete, the construction team will commence facade construction and interior finishing. Concrete slabs have been poured at the bases of nearly half of Siena’s floors, allowing for partitioning of individual residences to begin. Siena’s 76 luxury condominium residences, which will feature sweeping skyline views and desirable amenities including a private rooftop bar and lounge, are currently on sale in studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom configurations. The following are photographs from the Siena at Ink Block topping-off ceremony:
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.
Federal Realty proposes to construct a new 525,300 square foot building at Assembly Row featuring 500 residences and approximately 26,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The building would be located on Assembly Row’s Block 8, next to the Assembly Square MBTA Orange Line station. Federal will open Montaje, another luxury residential and retail tower at Assembly Row located next to the proposed building, this Spring. The proposed building would be located between Montaje and a recently completed 825,000 square foot office and retail development home to the headquarters of Partners Healthcare. Plans for the proposed building have been filed with the City of Somerville, who is now reviewing the project.
267,387 square feet of new commercial space proposed at Assembly Row
Federal Realty proposes to construct a new 267,387 square foot commercial building at Assembly Row featuring office and retail space. The building would be located on Assembly Row’s Block 5B, next to the Alloy mixed-use development steps to the MBTA Orange Line. Federal completed a 13-story, 825,000 square foot commercial building at 399 Revolution Drive, home to the headquarters of Partners Healthcare, at Assembly Row last June. Plans for the proposed building have been filed with the City of Somerville, who is now reviewing the project.
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:
Underground parking excavation nears completion at The Hub on Causeway
Excavation of The Hub on Causeway’s 540-car underground parking garage and foundation is nearing completion. A sea of massive steel members spans across the project site, temporarily bracing the newly excavated hole immediately adjacent to the TD Garden and Causeway Street. The final underground parking structure will brace the development’s permanent foundation wall, allowing for the removal of the temporary steel bracing. Completion of Phase One of the three-phase, 1.87 million square foot development is expected in late 2018 and will include office space, retail/restaurant space and an expansion of TD Garden. The following are photographs of The Hub on Causeway:
Revised plans filed for long-stalled Hodge Boiler Works development on East Boston Waterfront
The Davis Companies, who acquired the approved 2.5-acre Hodge Boiler Works development site on the East Boston Waterfront for $5 million in March 2015, proposes to revise the project plans to include additional residences, a new public work share space component and expanded public waterfront open space. Davis proposes to construct 119 rental apartment residences at Hodge Boiler Works in addition to 7,200 square feet of public waterfront work share space. The previous project plan, approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in 2012, consisted of 95 apartments, six bed-and-breakfast hotel rooms and a 576 square foot cafe. The new project plan includes a total of 34,500 square feet of public open space. A 42 boat slip marina, included in the approved plan, has been eliminated. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing the revised Hodge Boiler Works plans. The latest Hodge Boiler Works renderings are posted above.
320 apartments approved at site of West Cambridge bowling alley and motel
The City of Cambridge's Planning Board has approved The Residences at Alewife Station, a 320-unit apartment development that will replace the Lanes and Games bowling alley and Cambridge Gateway Inn motel along Route 2 in West Cambridge. Lanes and Games will remain open through this summer, after which construction of the development is anticipated to commence.
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:
Siena at Ink Block condominiums in South End near topping off
Siena at Ink Block’s eight-story frame has reached the building’s seventh floor and will soon top off. On completed floors, metal floor decks have been installed to support Siena at Ink Block’s future concrete floor slabs, and perimeter relieving angles have been installed to support the building’s future exterior brick façade. Opening in 2018, Siena at Ink Block will feature 76 luxury residences now on sale. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
Fireproofing underway at Boston East, framing just about complete
Fireproofing and windows have been installed along a large section of Boston East’s topped-off north wing, and moisture-resistant cladding is in place along large sections of both the north and south wings. Wood framing of the south wing is just about topped off. Interior metal framing of individual apartment residences is underway across Boston East. Opening this Fall, the mixed-use development will feature 200 apartment residences with a Harborwalk extension and public waterfront amenities including art galleries, historic exhibits and a boat launch. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Ink Underground, eight-acre cultural playground, opening at Ink Block in South End this June
National Development, developer of Ink Block in the South End, will open Ink Underground, an 8-acre urban park and cultural playground, in a currently underutilized space underneath the Southeast Expressway (I-93) adjacent to Ink Block. Ink Underground will extend east from Albany Street to Fort Point Channel under I-93 and will also feature pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along Fort Point Channel, creating a new, active connection between the rapidly-developing South End and South Boston neighborhoods.
Amenities at Ink Underground will include 24-hour security, a dog park, a curated series of pop-up food and beverage experiences, public art walls, sculpture exhibitions and a diverse program of special events including a graffiti art festival, an artisan night market and fitness classes. Additionally, a bike storage facility and 175 parking spaces will be located at Ink Underground. National Development has entered into a long-term lease as Ink Underground's operator in a public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The following is a rendering of Ink Underground:
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:
Wood superstructure framing underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two in Cambridge
Construction of wood superstructure framing is well underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two, a new mixed-use building located across from the Lechmere MBTA Green Line station, and will soon reach its’ full height of six stories. The first section of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s post tensioned concrete podium structure, which will house the building’s ground floor lobby and retail space and is serving as the wood framing’s base, is complete. Underneath Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two are three completed levels of below-grade parking. Upon completion, Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two will feature 285 apartment residences with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two:
Mosaic at the Riverway residences in Mission Hill now open
Mosaic at the Riverway, a 145-unit mixed-income residential building in Mission Hill, is now complete and open, with all condominiums sold and affordable apartments now leasing. Located steps to the Longwood Medical Area, Mosaic on the Riverway features 42 market-rate condominiums, 43 affordable condominiums and 60 affordable apartments. The following are photographs of Mosaic at the Riverway:
Finishing touches underway at Serenity Apartments, opening this Spring in Mission Hill
Serenity Apartments’ 15-story facade is nearly fully installed, and interior fit-out of luxury apartments and common spaces is nearly complete. Just about all exterior finish panels and windows have been installed, and nearly the entire interior has been plastered. State-of-the-art finishes and appliances are now being installed in apartments and common spaces. Opening this Spring, Serenity Apartments will feature 195 apartments including studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms and amenities including a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. The following are photographs of Serenity Apartments:
Facade installation underway at Alloy at Assembly Row, luxury residences now on sale
Installation of Alloy at Assembly Row’s facade along the building’s topped-off 13-story steel frame is underway, with moisture-resistant cladding nearly fully installed and brick finishes installed along a large section of the building’s base. Windows will soon be installed along the facade to fully weatherproof the frame. Private balconies, which will be features of a number of residences, are also being installed along the facade. Residences at Alloy at Assembly Row, located minutes from Downtown Boston, will be graced with sweeping, tranquil views of the Mystic River and its’ surroundings.
A total of 122 luxurious residences including studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms are now on sale at Alloy at Assembly Row. Residences will be located on the building’s upper levels and will be graced with top-quality finishes and distinguished amenities including a resident clubroom, roof deck, and a swimming pool and a fitness center (which are located in the hotel downstairs). Alloy at Assembly Row is located steps to the Assembly Row MBTA Orange Line station and right on Interstate 93N/S, allowing for an easy commute to Downtown Boston, Cambridge and Route 128. Both a Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located on Alloy at Assembly Row’s lower floors, conveniently allowing residents to enjoy a live, work and play lifestyle. Assembly Row’s multiple exquisite shops and restaurants are also located just an elevator ride away.
For more details and to schedule a private showing, visit the Alloy at Assembly Row website or click Contact Broker above. A sales center for Alloy at Assembly Row with a model kitchen and bathroom is now open at the sales gallery, located at 275 Foley Street in Assembly Row. Alloy at Assembly Row is on track to be complete in the first quarter of 2018. The following are photographs of Alloy at Assembly Row:
Waterfront restaurant nears completion at East Boston’s The Eddy, luxury apartments now leasing
Interior fit out of Reel House, the upcoming 5,000 square foot waterfront seafood restaurant at The Eddy in East Boston, is nearly complete in advance of Reel House’s opening this Spring. Reel House will serve a “globally coastal seafood menu” and will feature a dining area with seating for over 200 people, two mahogany bars and a large outdoor patio. Sweeping views of the Boston skyline will be visible throughout the Reel House space.
Luxury apartment residences are now leasing at The Eddy. With unparalleled resident amenities including a top-floor roof deck with sweeping views, a second-floor pool deck with a fire pit and barbecues, a fitness center and a communal lounge space as well as the upcoming Reel House restaurant, The Eddy will conveniently enable a live, work and play lifestyle. For more information about leasing apartments at The Eddy and to schedule a private showing, please call 866-318-2748 or click Contact Broker above. The following are photographs of The Eddy and the upcoming Reel House restaurant:
SoulCycle and Tikkaway Grill now open at 101 Seaport
Both full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle studio SoulCycle and Indian-inspired restaurant Tikkaway Grill have opened new locations at the new 440,000 square foot 101 Seaport Class A office and retail building in the Seaport District. SoulCycle is the Seaport's first fitness studio and features 57 bikes as well as a lifestyle boutique featuring SoulCycle performance and leisure clothing. Tikkaway Grill is a "self-directed journey through the traditional tastes and flavors of India," featuring build-it-yourself rice bowls, salad bowls and whole-wheat Roti wraps. Opening this month at 101 Seaport will be Juice Press and Yoki Express, at which point 101 Seaport's 25,000 square feet of street-level retail will be fully occupied. Also open at 101 Seaport are Aceituna Grill, by CHLOE., Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks.
Modern supermarket, multi-story buildings envisioned at Allston Yards
Stop & Shop has released a new rendering of what the 1.9 million square foot Allston Yards development, which will replace the grocery chain’s existing Allston supermarket, would look like. This rendering is posted above. The rendering shows a modern, distinctive 2-story supermarket building topped off with what appear to be large skylights. Surrounding Stop & Shop’s new supermarket are multiple multi-story buildings which appear to rise as high as 16 stories. Stop & Shop has not yet filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The PNF, which is expected to be filed within the coming months, will include a timeline and detailed plans for the project.
Restoration underway at BU's Myles Standish Hall in Fenway
Renovations are well underway to restore Boston University’s Myles Standish Hall student residence, set in a 203,000 square foot historic hotel building in the heart of Kenmore Square. Work is nearing completion at the west end of the building, with new windows installed and interior fit out underway. Myles Standish Hall will be renovated in phases, with full completion expected in Fall 2018. The following are photographs of the Myles Standish Hall Renovation:
Finishing touches underway at BU's Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
Interior fit-out is nearing completion at Boston University (BU)’s new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE), which will open this spring. Both the CILSE's glass curtain wall and exterior finish panels are fully installed. The CILSE will provide the BU community with a state-of-the-art research facility featuring shared, flexible lab spaces epitomizing 21st century collaborative workspace design. The following are photographs of the BU CILSE:
Allston Yards development moves forward with Letter of Intent filing
Stop & Shop has filed an official Letter of Intent (LOI) with the City of Boston to construct Allston Yards, a mixed-use redevelopment of the existing 11-acre Allston Stop & Shop supermarket property. Per the LOI, Stop & Shop would construct a total of 1,010 residential units along with retail, Class A office space and open public space across two phases. A new Stop & Shop supermarket would be constructed as part of the project’s first phase, allowing the supermarket to remain open throughout construction. Allston Yards will be located adjacent to upcoming Boston Landing commuter rail station, which is expected to open this May. Stop & Shop will file formal plans for Allston Yards with the City of Boston in the coming months.
New renderings revealed of planned Huntington Theater tower in Fenway
New renderings have been released of the tower planned at the site of the Huntington Theater in the Fenway. The latest renderings, which are posted above, show a 32-story structure with floor-to-ceiling windows on all floors as well as a large communal rooftop outdoor space. A fitness center is shown on the tower's 3rd floor, and a lounge area is shown on the tower's 4th floor. Current plans for the tower call for 350 to 400 residences above 2 stories of retail. The Huntington Theater building is planned to be retained and restored; two additional existing buildings would be demolished. Plans for the tower have not yet been filed with the City of Boston.
Wood framing underway at Revere Beach's Beach House luxury apartments
Wood framing of Beach House's 6-story structure has begun, with the building's first floor concrete base nearly fully poured. At Beach House's south end, wood framing has reached the building's 5th floor, and the base is fully poured. Concrete pouring is wrapping up at Beach House's north end, and wood framing will begin thereafter. When complete, Beach House will feature 234 luxury apartment residences fronting Revere Beach featuring sweeping ocean views. The following is a photograph of Beach House:
Vegan dining sensation by CHLOE. opens Thursday at 101 Seaport
by CHLOE., a plant-based, fast casual restaurant with locations in New York City and Los Angeles, will open this Thursday (February 23rd, 2017) at the recently completed 101 Seaport office and retail building in the Seaport District. by CHLOE. will front onto the upcoming Harbor Way pedestrian passage, which will ultimately link Summer and Congress Streets and future development to the waterfront.
by CHLOE. will feature creative, fully vegan recipes free of meat, dairy, and egg products as well as of saturated animal fat, added preservatives, and artificial flavors. by CHLOE.'s menu will include 4 exclusive Boston-themed vegan items: Clam Chowder, Lobster Roll, Boston Cream Whoopie Pie and Boston Cream Pie Chill. Beer and wine will be served in addition to fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
by CHLOE. will be open 7 days a week, from 11am to 10pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday, at 107 Seaport Boulevard. The 2,400 square foot Seaport location will seat 43 people; outdoor seating will be added as well. A second Massachusetts location of by CHLOE. will open this Spring at the recently completed Van Ness mixed-use development in the Fenway.
by CHLOE. is the latest addition to 101 Seaport's 25,000 square feet of retail space, which includes the now-open Aceituna Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks and will soon also include SoulCycle, Juice Press, Tikkaway Grill and Yoki Express. The following is a photograph of by CHLOE.:
Reel House, globally-inspired waterfront seafood restaurant, opening at The Eddy in East Boston this spring
Reel House, a new waterfront restaurant featuring a "globally coastal seafood menu," will open this spring at The Eddy, the East Boston Waterfront's newest luxury building. Led by award-winning Executive Chef Marc Orfaly and owned by Navy Yard Hospitality Group, Reel House will serve a distinctive seafood menu with "a fusion of flavors" and "approachable plates" inspired by worldwide waterfront cuisines.
Designed by Sousa Design Architects, Reel House's 5,000 square foot waterfront space overlooking Boston Harbor will be open 7 days a week for lunch, brunch and dinner. The space will accommodate over 200 seated diners across a main dining room, 2 mahogany bars and a large outdoor patio facing the Boston skyline. A complimentary boat shuttle will connect Reel House and The Eddy to the Charlestown Navy Yard and Navy Yard Hospitality Group's Pier 6 waterfront restaurant. Visit ReelHouseBoston.com for more information about Reel House.
Luxury apartment residences are now leasing at The Eddy. In addition to the upcoming Reel House restaurant, Eddy residents have access to amenities including a top-floor roof deck with unparalleled views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, a second-floor pool deck and more. Click "Contact Broker" above or call 617-561-9600 for more information about leasing apartments at The Eddy. The following are renderings of the Reel House restaurant space:
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:
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:
Vertical steel construction starts at Siena at Ink Block condominiums
The first vertical steel columns have been erected to construct Siena at Ink Block's structural frame, bringing the future 8-story South End luxury condominium building above ground level. Frame construction is now underway in earnest. Siena is scheduled to open in 2018 and will feature 76 luxury condominium residences now on sale. The following is a photograph of frame construction underway at Siena:
WS Development has announced that Kendall Square-based Mediterranean food restaurant Aceituna Grill will open its' second location at 101 Seaport in the Seaport District on Thursday (February 9th), becoming one of 101 Seaport's 8 confirmed retail offerings. Aceituna's 2,500 square foot space will seat 49 people and will be open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Aceituna is the latest retail offering to open in 101 Seaport's 25,000 square foot ground-floor retail component. Other offerings include the now-open Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks, with SoulCycle, By Chloe, Juice Press, Tikkaway Grill and Yoki Express also opening in the coming months.
Weatherproofing underway at East Boston's Boston East development
The 6-story Boston East superstructure on the East Boston Waterfront is being weatherproofed and prepared for installation of windows. Boston East’s north wing has topped off, and wood framing of the south wing has reached the third floor. Hardscaping has been installed at Boston East’s ground level for the public pedestrian atrium that will connect Border Street to the East Boston Waterfront. Opening this fall, Boston East will feature 200 apartment residences, a Harborwalk extension and public waterfront amenities including art galleries, historic exhibits and a boat launch. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Alloy at Assembly Row tops off, residences now on sale
Alloy at Assembly Row’s 13-story steel superstructure, which will feature distinctive new luxury residences with sweeping views of the Mystic River, has topped off. With steel framing complete, weatherproofing of the superstructure has begun. Moisture-resistant cladding has been installed along a large section of Alloy at Assembly Row, and brick finishes are beginning to be installed. Alloy at Assembly Row is now a prominent feature of Assembly Row’s growing skyline and will further activate the bustling shopping and entertainment district with new housing, a Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
A total of 122 residences including studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms are now on sale at Alloy at Assembly Row. Condominiums will be located on the building’s upper levels and will be graced with top-quality finishes and distinguished amenities including a clubroom and roof deck. Alloy at Assembly Row is located steps to the Assembly Row MBTA Orange Line station and right on Interstate 93N/S, allowing for an easy commute to Downtown Boston.
For more details and to schedule a private showing, visit the Alloy at Assembly Row website or click Contact Broker above. A sales center for Alloy at Assembly Row with a model kitchen and bathroom is now open at the sales gallery, located at 275 Foley Street in Assembly Row. Alloy at Assembly Row is on track to be complete first quarter 2018. The following are photographs of Alloy at Assembly Row:
The following are photographs of the sales center:
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:
Serenity Apartments facade nearly complete, new drone footage released
Serenity Apartments’ facade is nearly fully fit out with exterior finish panels and windows in advance of the 15-story Mission Hill building’s opening this spring. Bricks are fully installed along the building’s base. Interior fit out of Serenity’s common spaces and 195 apartments and common spaces is well underway. New aerial drone footage of Serenity has been released:
Plans filed for 21-story luxury residential tower in Downtown Crossing
Plans for a 21-story luxury residential tower proposed at 47-55 LaGrange Street in the heart of Downtown Crossing, first preliminarily revealed in Fall 2016, have been officially filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The tower would feature 176 luxury residences. Owing to the tower's walkable location and the close proximity of public transit, only 20 vehicle parking spaces would be constructed on site. Construction of the tower is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Plans for the tower are now under official review.
250 new Forest Hills residential apartments approved
The Residences at Forest Hills, a 235,000 square foot mixed-use development located across from Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain, was approved at last Thursday (January 12th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The $101 million project will construct three new buildings containing 250 residential apartments and 4,070 square feet of ground-floor retail on an existing commuter surface parking lot. The Residences at Forest Hills will now go before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review. Approval by the ZBA is required in order for the project to proceed.
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residences hit market
The first condominiums at the 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residential building in Downtown Boston have been listed for sale. Condominiums listed range from a 1,392 square foot eighth floor one-bedroom/two-bathroom unit offered at $1.695 million ($1,218 per square foot) to a 2,362 square foot tenth floor three-bedroom/four-bathroom unit offered at $3.835 million ($1,624 per square foot). A total of five condominiums have been listed for sale. Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 total residences, including 31 market-rate condominiums and five artist lofts.
Fit out underway for waterfront restaurant opening Spring 2017 at The Eddy
Interior fit out work is underway for Navy Yard Hospitality Group and Chef Marc Orfaly’s waterfront destination restaurant opening Spring 2017 at the iconic new Eddy apartment building in East Boston. The restaurant will be located on The Eddy’s ground floor and will feature sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. Open since Fall 2016, The Eddy features 258 luxury residential apartments with picturesque views. Call 855-534-3833 for information about leasing apartments at The Eddy. The following are photographs of The Eddy:
Wood framing of Boston East’s six-story superstructure is well underway and has reached as high as the fifth story at the north wing of the East Boston Waterfront development and the second story at the south. Steel erection of Boston East’s ground-floor podium and center pedestrian atrium is complete. Masonry elevator cores have topped off for both building wings. Opening in Fall 2017, Boston East will feature 200 residential apartments and will activate the East Boston Waterfront with a Harborwalk extension, a boat launch and exhibition space. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Revisions approved to Parcel K mixed-use development in Seaport District
Minor changes to the approved Parcel K development in the Seaport District were approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The revised project will move forward with 304 residential apartments, a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. New rooftop amenities have also been added, including a small fitness room and pool at the hotel building and a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck at the residential building. On-site parking capacity will also be reduced slightly, to 420 from previously approved 640. Phoenix Property Company (PPC) and Lincoln Property Company (LPC), who are taking over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
Facade complete at new Boston University life sciences and engineering building, opening Spring 2017
Glass and exterior finishes have been fully installed at Boston University (BU)'s new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE), opening Spring 2017 near Kenmore Square. Interior fit out is now underway to prepare the CILSE's classrooms, lab spaces, meeting rooms and other common areas for the start of the spring academic term. The following are photographs of BU's CILSE:
Montaje, Assembly Row’s next luxury apartment community, opening mid-2017
Montaje, 447 luxury residential apartments at Somerville’s Assembly Row, will begin leasing in Spring 2017 in anticipation of a mid-2017 opening. Formerly known as Block 6 at Assembly Row, Montaje’s 20-story tower topped off last month. Exterior and interior finishing are now underway at Montaje in anticipation of leasing.
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:
1,000 residential units planned for Allston supermarket site
1,000 new residential units could soon be built on the Stop & Shop supermarket site next to Boston Landing in Allston. Banker & Tradesman reports that Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is in the early stages of planning a 1,000-unit residential development that would be constructed on surface parking lots outside the existing Allston supermarket. The project would also include office and retail space.
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground on first-ever UMass Boston student housing
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Thursday (December 1st, 2016) for UMass Boston’s first-ever on-campus student housing facility, which will open in Fall 2018. The J. Derenzo Companies team is hard at work performing initial site work to prepare for pre-cast structural pile driving. Following pile driving, the residence hall’s pre-cast concrete foundation will be constructed. The following are photographs of the UMass Boston residence hall site:
Dutch boutique hotel chain subleases upcoming Hub on Causeway hotel
Dutch boutique hotel chain citizenM has subleased the upcoming 10-story, 260-room hotel at The Hub on Causeway, a 1.87 million square foot mixed-use development under construction in Bulfinch Triangle adjacent to TD Garden. citizenM’s 99-year lease commenced Monday (November 28th, 2016). citizenM operates nine hotels worldwide in Europe and New York City featuring trendy, stylish rooms and common spaces. Key amenities at citizenM hotels include free Wi-Fi throughout, designer furniture and ultra-comfortable beds. The future Boston citizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is shown at left in the following rendering:
The following is citizenM’s lease for the Hub on Causeway hotel:
Serenity Apartments nearly fully sealed, new aerial footage released
Windows and exterior finish panels have been installed along a large section of Serenity Apartments’ facade as the building nears its’ Spring 2017 opening. At Serenity’s base, brick finishes have been just about fully installed. The construction team is now plastering Serenity’s apartments and installing interior finishes. HVAC utilities have been installed on Serenity’s roof and throughout the building. Serenity General Contractor Suffolk Construction has released two new aerial videos of Serenity, a new drone flyover and a time-lapse showing Serenity’s progression since the start of construction in Winter 2015:
IMP completes $187 million acquisition of Bulfinch Triangle’s The Victor
Institutional Multifamily Partners (IMP), a partnership between CalPERS of California and GID of Boston, has closed on the acquisition of The Victor, a 377,000 square foot Bulfinch Triangle luxury apartment building with ground-floor retail, for $187 million or $496 per square foot. With the acquisition, IMP has assumed the 99-year ground lease of the Victor parcel, which is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). “The Victor represents an opportunity to add to our portfolio in a dynamic location with incredible access to transportation, jobs and entertainment,” says Bill Chiasson, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at GID, in an official release. The acquisition of The Victor is GID’s first in Downtown Boston. The following is the deed for IMP’s acquisition of The Victor:
Renderings unveiled for proposed 320-unit Alewife development
Criterion Development Partners has unveiled the latest renderings of the proposed 320-unit Residences at Alewife Station development in Cambridge. The development would replace the existing Lanes and Games bowling alley and Cambridge Gateway Inn motel. The latest renderings of the proposed development, as well as the latest project details, can be found above. The following is a link to a recent community meeting presentation with more information about the proposed development.
Residential tower planned at Huntington Theater site
The Matteson Companies, a member of the investment group who acquired the Huntington Theater property in the Fenway, has released preliminary renderings of a 350 to 400-unit residential tower planned at the Theater site. Two existing buildings on site would be demolished to construct the tower. The theater building is currently planned to be retained. The following are renderings of the tower:
152-unit luxury residential tower planned in Downtown Crossing
Development partner The Matteson Companies has released preliminary renderings of a 152-unit luxury residential tower planned for the 7,500 square foot parcel at 47-55 Lagrange Street in Downtown Crossing. Retail space would be located on the tower’s first floor. The tower would be constructed on a 7,500 square foot parcel currently used as a surface parking lot.
Sepia at Ink Block attains LEED Gold sustainability certification
National Development's Sepia at Ink Block luxury condominium building, which opened in Fall 2015, has attained a prestigious LEED Gold sustainability certification. Sepia achieved LEED Gold based on the building's innovative energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design. Sepia's efficient use of environmental resources will improve the surrounding environment and result in lower utility bills for residents:
A topping off ceremony was held Monday (November 14th, 2016) for Block 6 at Assembly Row, a 20-story development with 447 residential apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail opening in Early 2018 in Somerville’s rapidly growing Assembly Row neighborhood. Representatives of the Block 6 development and construction team gathered to sign the 20-story Block 6 tower’s final steel beam then lifted the beam and connected it to the tower’s top floor.
Block 6, along with neighboring Alloy, will bring increased vitality to Assembly Row. “We are honored to play a role in the advancement of one of the region’s most exciting new neighborhoods in collaboration with such valued partners,” said Patrick Callahan, President of Block 6 General Contractor Callahan Construction Managers. Both Block 6 and Alloy are developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust. Upon completion, Assembly Row will include over 600,000 square feet of retail, 1,800 residential units and 2.8 million square feet of office space. The following are photographs from the Block 6 topping off ceremony, courtesy the Block 6 team:
Enjoy luxurious waterfront living with sweeping skyline views at The Eddy
The Eddy, a luxurious new 258-unit waterfront apartment tower overlooking the Boston skyline, is now leasing. Eddy residents will enjoy amenities including a waterfront resident lounge graced with exquisite artwork, a panoramic furnished roof deck and sweeping skyline views from every corner. A new waterside restaurant will open at The Eddy in Spring 2017. Call 855-534-3833 for more information about leasing apartments at The Eddy and to schedule a tour of the building. The following are photographs of the Eddy roof deck:
The following are photographs of an apartment at The Eddy:
The following are photographs of amenities at The Eddy:
The following are exterior photographs of The Eddy:
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:
Siena at Ink Block frame construction scheduled for January 2017, building opening 2018
Structural steel erection to construct Siena at Ink Block's frame is scheduled for January 2017 per an Instagram update by the development team. Foundation installation is underway; excavation of Siena's underground parking garage is complete, and all piles have been driven. Siena is scheduled for a 2018 opening, and the building's 76 new luxury residential condominiums are now for sale. Condominiums listings at Siena at Ink Block include a studio for $688,600, a one-bedroom for $957,000 and three two-bedrooms ranging from $1.19 to $1.428 million. The following is the Instagram update:
New Serenity aerial footage released, finish installation underway
Suffolk Construction has released new aerial footage of Serenity, a 195-unit apartment building with 2,100 square feet of retail opening Spring 2017 in Mission Hill. Exterior finish panel installation is well underway, and moisture-resistant cladding is fully installed along the building’s frame. Per an update by Prellwitz Chilinski Architects, interior unit finishing is underway on lower level units. Steel framing is being installed on upper floors to lay out units. The following is the latest aerial footage of Serenity, courtesy Suffolk Construction:
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:
Hub25, 278 transit-oriented apartments, now leasing in Dorchester
Hub25, a 278-apartment residential development located next to the JFK/UMass MBTA rapid transit station a short train ride to Downtown Boston, is now leasing. Rents range from just under $2,000 per month for a 469 square foot studio to just under $5,000 per month for a 1,152 square foot three-bedroom/two-bedroom unit. Studio rents range from roughly $2,000 to $2,300 per month. One-bedroom unit rents range from roughly $2,400 to $3,200 per month. Two-bedroom unit rents range from roughly $3,200 to $4,000 per month. The latest interior photographs of Hub25 can be found above. Visit Hub25Boston.com for more information.
National Development has released a new video presenting the recently opened Ink Block Apartments, now leasing in the South End's New York Streets neighborhood. The video shows the latest perspectives of Ink Block including common spaces, units and the development's signature Skyline Pool.
Condominiums at Siena at Ink Block, a new 76-unit luxury condominium building, are now for sale. The Sweetgreen, Fuji at Ink Block and Bar Mezzana restaurants are now open at Ink Block. Corepower Yoga will open at Ink Block in November, with the Bottled in Bond restaurant soon to follow. The following is the new Ink Block video:
Boulevard on the Greenway condos priced from $1.46 million, slurry wall pre-trenching underway
J. Derenzo Companies is hard at work preparing the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site for Treviicos to install the building’s slurry wall foundation. Derenzo is pre-trenching the slurry wall, excavating deep trenches along the slurry wall’s perimeter down to glacial till and refilling the trenches with flowable fill. The fill will serve as the base for Treviicos’ installation of guide walls for the slurry wall. The guide walls will in turn frame pouring of concrete to construct the slurry wall.
Derenzo is also relocating existing utilities to outside the perimeter of the slurry wall to make way for slurry wall construction. A concrete duct bank was poured today to contain relocated water piping, and a second duct bank will soon be poured for relocated television transmission lines and electrical wiring. An existing elevator core that extends deep into the construction site will also soon be pulled out of the ground to make way for the slurry wall.
The existing Charles Bullfinch-designed facade that will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway is being fully reinforced in anticipation of start of foundation construction. The facade will be reinforced with concrete columns on Saturday (October 22nd, 2016) and further reinforced with steel beams on Monday (October 24th, 2016), at which point a concrete grade beam will be poured.
A sales gallery for Boulevard on the Greenway is now open at 88 Broad Street in Downtown Boston. One, two and three-bedroom condominiums are for sale priced from $1.46 million. An expanded website, TheBoulevardBoston.com, has been released with more information about Boulevard on the Greenway. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
The following is the latest Boulevard on the Greenway sales brochure:
252 apartments proposed across from Forest Hills Station
Criterion Development Partners submitted a Project Notification Form (PNF) to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) yesterday (October 20th, 2016) with new details and renderings for The Residences at Forest Hills, a proposed 280,000 square foot development that would be located across from the Forest Hills rapid transit station; the following is a link to the PNF. The Residences at Forest Hills would construct three new buildings in one phase containing approximately 252 residential rental apartments and 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Additional information about the proposed Residences at Forest Hills can be found above.
BPDA approves minor changes to Fenway Center, Phase 1 financing secured
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved minor changes to the $580 million Fenway Center development project in the Fenway neighborhood. Approved changes include increasing Building 1 by 6,000 square feet, reducing Building 2 by 6,000 square feet and 17 residential units, increasing Building 3 by 58,000 square feet, decreasing Building 4 by 2,000 square feet and decreasing 6,000 square feet of above-ground parking garage space.
Universal Hub reports that the Fenway Center development team has secured financing for the $230 million Phase 1 of Fenway Center, comprised of Buildings 1 and 2, and that the two buildings are expected to start construction in Spring 2017. "We are truly ready to go," said developer John Rosenthal at last night's board meeting.
J. Derenzo Companies excavates Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two foundation
J. Derenzo Companies has excavated Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s three-level underground parking garage. Concrete is now being poured to construct the building’s foundation and the garage. The following is an Instagram photograph by Feldman Land Surveyors of the Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two construction site:
1.9 million square foot development coming to Assembly Row
RD Management has filed an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs with new details of a 1.9 million square foot, four-phase mixed-use development project planned for a 9.4-acre Assembly Row parcel largely comprised of surface parking; the following is a link to the filing. Hotel, lab, office, residential and retail uses would be constructed; an existing 195,000 square foot office building would be retained.
RD Management has not yet filed plans with the Somerville Planning Board for the project. Per the ENF filing, RD Management has contracted with a hotel developer who is ready to begin design and construction of Phase 1, a five-story mixed-use building containing a 188-room hotel, 147 residential units and ground-floor retail. Banker & Tradesman reports that RD Management hopes to start construction of Phase 1 in Spring 2017. Additional information about the proposed project can be found above.
Alloy at Assembly Row nears topping off, new video released
Alloy at Assembly Row's 13-story steel structural frame has nearly reached its full height and is about to top off. A new video has been released on the Alloy website showing renderings of Alloy's condominiums. Condominium move-ins are expected by early 2018. Alloy will feature 122 residential condominiums on levels six through 13, a 159-key Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel on levels two through five and approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a tweet by Girder-Slab showing Alloy's structural frame in the foreground and Block 6 at Assembly Row, a neighboring mixed-use development, in the background:
The 20-story tower at Block 6 at Assembly Row is about to top off. Concrete has been poured on many floors. Exterior finish panels have been installed along a large section of the tower's steel structural frame. Moisture-resistant sheathing and fireproofing are being installed along the adjacent six-story wood-framed structure. A new pre-cast parking garage has been constructed at the project's rear. Block 6 is targeting a January 2018 opening and will contain 447 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail space. Across from Block 6 is Alloy at Assembly Row, a mixed-use hotel, residential and retail building that is about to top off. The following are photographs of Block 6 at Assembly Row:
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Tweet by Girder-Slab with Aerial View. Alloy at Assembly Row is in foreground, Block 6 is in background -
Excavation of Boulevard on the Greenway's underground parking structure is well underway. J. Derenzo Companies has cleared all debris from the construction site and is now excavating 29 vertical feet of soil. Boulevard on the Greenway's parking structure will be mechanically operated and will contain 48 stacked parking spaces. The 12-story, $58.7 million building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail located in the heart of Downtown Boston on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The following is an Instagram post by Kelly Roche showing an aerial view of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
Mosaic on the Riverway condominium closings underway, 100% sold out
Closings of Mosaic on the Riverway’s 85 mixed-income condominiums commenced last Friday (September 30th, 2016). 11 condominiums have closed to date for an average of $928 per square foot. Closing prices to date range from $499,408 for a 569 square foot one-bedroom/one-bathroom unit to $825,300 for an 892 square foot two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit. Mosaic on the Riverway’s condominium component is 100% sold out per the Mosaic on the Riverway condominium sales website. The 145-unit Mosaic on the Riverway contains 42 market rate condominiums, 43 affordable condominiums and 60 affordable rental units.
A 569 square foot sixth floor one-bedroom condominium at Mosaic on the Riverway has been listed for rent for $3,600/month per Trulia. The following are photographs of a completed unit at Mosaic on the Riverway via Trulia:
Parcel K project changes proposed, developer partner joins team
Per a Notice of Project Change (NPC) submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) last Thursday (September 29th, 2016), Phoenix Property Company (PPC) will partner with Lincoln Property Company (LPC) to develop Parcel K in the Seaport District; the following is a link to the NPC. It was announced earlier this month that LPC would take over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, who was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009. LPC and PPC anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
LPC and PPC propose minor changes to the Parcel K project plan approved by the BPDA in 2009. The revised project would feature 304 residential apartments a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant. As previously approved, two buildings, one with a hotel and one with residential units, would be constructed at Parcel K.
Proposed hotel rooms have increased by 46, from 247 rooms to 293 rooms; the number of proposed residential units has not changed. Interior layouts of both proposed buildings have been modified to enable occupancy of the 12th floor; the 12th floor was previously proposed to contain mechanical space. As a result of the interior layout modification, the hotel's 12th floor would now feature a small fitness room and pool, and the residential building's 12th floor will now feature a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck.
The previously approved building massing has not been altered with the proposed 12th floor modifications; total building square feet would increase by approximately 19,397 square feet to 499,500 square feet from previously approved 479,678 square feet. Parcel K’s underground parking garage would be reduced to one level and a maximum of 420 spaces from three levels and 640 spaces; 197 spaces would initially be striped.
Serenity website released with new renderings and drone footage, apartments opening Spring 2017
Developer Longwood Group and Property Manager Greystar have released a new website, TheSerenity.com, for Serenity, a 195-unit residential apartment building with 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail opening Spring 2017 in Mission Hill. Per the website, Serenity will feature studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences. 24 residences overlooking Olmsted Park will feature private elevator access. With the website, new interior renderings of Serenity and a building logo have been released along with drone footage of the under-construction building. Renderings of Serenity and additional information can be found above; the following is the drone footage video:
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:
Baystone Development secures $50 million construction financing for Beach House
Baystone Development has secured $50 million in construction financing through First Niagara Bank for Beach House, an under-construction 234-unit luxury apartment building fronting Revere Beach with sweeping ocean views. John Kelly, Kyle Juszczyszyn, Chris Coutts and Lenny Pierce of CBRE/New England arranged the financing with First Niagara Bank Senior Vice President David Yesue and Market Executive Doug MacLean.
“We are pleased to have assisted Baystone Development with the construction financing and look forward to the grand opening of this exciting new development,” noted Kelly of CBRE/New England in an interview with Boston Real Estate Times. "This new development should provide an attractive option to renters seeking a well-located and well-appointed home with great amenities at a discount to downtown Boston options,” said Yeuse of First Niagara Bank. The following is the mortgage for Beach House's construction financing as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Exterior finishes have reached the top level of Serenity's 15-story frame and are installed along a large frame section. Concrete has been poured on nearly all floors, and framing of interior units is underway.
Located in Mission Hill overlooking the Emerald Necklace, Serenity will feature 195 rental residential apartments and a 2,100 square foot retail space fronting South Huntington Avenue. Amenities at Serenity will include a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. The following are photographs of Serenity, courtesy Newman Associates:
Initial site work has commenced at Boulevard on the Greenway to prepare for the 29-foot-deep excavation of the building’s 48-space mechanically-operated underground parking structure. J. Derenzo Companies is clearing the construction site of debris from demolition of a pre-existing building and preparing for the upcoming excavation. Drilling is underway to install a temporary underground electrical conduit system to power the construction site. Treviicos will install a slurry wall foundation system for the underground garage and expects to start work in December.
A pre-existing historic Charles Bulfinch designed facade has been firmly secured and will be integrated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. The 12-story, $58.7 million Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
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.
Fenway Center moving forward, project changes proposed
Fenway Center developers Meredith Management and Gerding Edlen submitted a Notice of Project Change (NPC) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) earlier this month proposing changes to the approved Fenway Center development plan; the following is a link to the NPC. Fenway Center would now be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 would include two residential buildings (Buildings 1 and 2) of 7 and 13 stories, respectively, containing a total of 339,000 square feet. Phase 2 would include a 27-story, 375,000 square mixed-use office and residential tower (Building 3) and a 7-story, 111,000 square foot residential building (Building 4) that would be built on an air rights deck above the Massachusetts Turnpike. All four buildings at Fenway Center would have ground-floor retail space. Phase 2 would also entail the construction of a 7-story, 274,000 square foot parking garage on the air rights deck.
With the most recent NPC, minor changes in planned square footage have been made since the NPC approved in September 2011; building heights have not changed. Most notably, 58,000 square feet have been added to Building 3 (part of Phase 2), which would be built atop the air rights deck, and Building 2 (part of Phase 1) has been reduced by 56,000 square feet. Altogether, Phase 1 has been decreased by 50,000 square feet, and Phase 2 has been increased by 50,000 square feet. After the proposed changes, the entire project’s proposed square footage remains at 1,099,000 square feet as approved in 2011.
Per the NPC submission, the development team hopes that the proposed square footage changes will make Fenway Center more readily financeable, allowing for the completion of Phase 1 financing and commencement of construction in Spring 2017. The development team hopes that the proposed increase in Phase 2's density will make Phase 2 and the associated air rights deck more financeable and attractive to future equity partners and hopes to commence construction of Phase 2 in 2018-2019. The NPC is currently under review by the BRA.
286-unit Bulfinch Triangle luxury residential building selling for nearly $190 million
The Real Reporter reports that Institutional Multifamily Partners (IMP) of California will acquire The Victor, a 286-unit Bulfinch Triangle luxury residential apartment building with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, from developer Simpson Housing for nearly $190 million. IMP has reportedly submitted a non-refundable deposit for the acquisition. The LEED Gold-certified Victor opened in 2013 and cost $140 million to build; the building is located on a state-owned parking lot. Rents at The Victor range from $2,705/month for a studio to up to $5,250/month for a two-bedroom unit per the Victor leasing website.
Siena at Ink Block underground parking excavation underway, condominiums for sale
Siena at Ink Block’s 31-space underground parking garage is just about fully excavated. A retaining wall consisting of H piles and wooden lagging has been installed along the garage’s perimeter to retain the future building’s foundation. A horizontal foundation support system consisting of large-diameter round steel beams has been installed across the garage to further reinforce the foundation. Concrete piles have been driven into the base of the garage to support the future building. Visit the construction site’s camera for real-time imagery of Siena at Ink Block as well as the neighboring AC Hotel South End project.
Siena at Ink Block, the next phase of National Development’s successful Ink Block development located in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood, will be an eight-story building featuring 76 luxury condominium units. Visit SienaBoston.com for condominium sales information. A number of condominiums will be maisonettes opening directly onto street level, a first for the rapidly-developing neighborhood. Resident amenities will include a rooftop Sky Lounge with both indoor and outdoor spaces featuring sweeping skyline views. Other amenities will include a fitness center, 24/7 concierge service and convenient access to Ink Block’s multiple retail offerings including Whole Foods Market and the recently opened Bar Mezzana, Fuji at Ink Block and Sweetgreen restaurants. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
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:
Alloy at Assembly Row condos 45% pre-sold after under eight weeks of pre-sales
Curbed Boston reports that 45% of the 122 residential condominiums at the under-construction Alloy at Assembly Row mixed-use building located in Somerville's Assembly Row neighborhood are under agreement after under eight weeks of pre-sales, a figure confirmed by Alloy at Assembly Row marketing firm The Collaborative Companies. Some condominiums have traded for over $1,000 per square foot; units at Alloy at Assembly Row will range from studios to three-bedrooms with prices ranging from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Construction of Alloy at Assembly Row commenced in February 2016; completion is anticipated by early 2018. Alloy at Assembly Row will feature 122 residential condominiums on levels six through 13, a 159-key Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel on levels two through five and approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Visit AlloyAtAssembly.com for condominium sales information.
New developer taking over Parcel K project in Seaport, breaking ground early 2017
Banker & Tradesman reports that Lincoln Property Company of Boston will take over the approved Parcel K development project in the Seaport District and hopes to break ground in early 2017. Lincoln Property Company Executive Vice President John Miller confirmed the news; Lincoln Property Company will self-manage the property. Conroy Development of Stoughton, MA was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009; Conroy Development's project plan received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in May 2014. The approved Parcel K plan will construct an 11-story residential building containing 304 rental apartments and a 10-story hotel building containing 250 rooms. Approximately 16,000 square feet of innovative office space and 25,000 square feet of retail will be located at the project's ground floor.
Approved Kendall Square apartment plan revised to include additional amenities
The City of Cambridge's Planning Board will hold a hearing this Tuesday (September 6th, 2016) to review Equity Residential's proposal to add 14,484 additional square feet of basement level amenities and utilities to the approved 249 Third Street apartment project in Kendall Square. The basement level would contain a gym and bike parking in addition to utility spaces and
storage. Under the revised proposal, the height, building footprint and number of dwelling units at 249 Third Street would remain unchanged. 249 Third Street will feature 84 residential apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and 1,540 square feet of ground-floor retail. 249 Third Street was approved for construction by the Planning Board in October 2015; construction has not yet commenced.
Residences proposed at site of Alewife bowling alley and motel
Criterion Development Partners has filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the City of Cambridge to construct The Residences at Alewife Station, two new residential apartment buildings located steps to the Alewife MBTA station. The buildings would be constructed on the site of the existing Lanes and Games bowling alley and Cambridge Gateway Inn motel, both of which would be demolished. The following is a link to the NOI application for The Residences at Alewife Station; a preliminary site plan can be found above. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.
Excavation and foundation work underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
J. Derenzo Companies has nearly fully excavated the underground parking structure of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two, a six-story residential building located steps away from the Lechmere rapid transit station. A total of three levels of underground parking will be excavated. Sheet pile walls reinforced by horizontally-mounted large diameter round steel beams are being used to support the excavated garage. A reinforced concrete foundation is being poured vertically along the garage’s perimeter to support the building’s substructure. Approximately 285 residential rental apartments and 3,000 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two. The following are photographs of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two:
The Eddy, opening September on the East Boston Waterfront, ready to welcome residents
The Eddy, a 16-story, $135 million mixed-use tower on the East Boston Waterfront, is ready to welcome its first residents this coming month. Visit the Eddy website for residential leasing information. The Eddy will feature 258 studio, one and two-bedroom residences with a ground-floor waterfront destination restaurant operated by Navy Yard Hospitality Group and Chef Marc Orfaly. State-of-the-art residential unit finishes are designed in keeping with the building’s waterfront location, with blue kitchen tiles, an open floor plan and oversized windows throughout. With sweeping harbor and skyline views from every corner, and a particularly breathtaking vista from the top-floor communal roof deck, The Eddy is a uniquely positioned offering that is sure to be a great place to call home.
Matt Edlen, Director of Acquisitions and Development at Gerding Edlen, sees being able to invite people to experience the East Boston neighborhood as “a tremendous opportunity.” In addition to “very cool, show-stopping” water views that will be “a huge part” of the Eddy resident experience, explains Edlen in an interview with BLDUP, East Boston is “contextually is not the same [experience] you would find in Back Bay or downtown,” with unique culture, art and food and an inherent sense of community. Kelly Saito, a Partner at Gerding Edlen, notes in an interview with BLDUP that while East Boston “seems distant across [Boston Harbor], it is actually really well connected.” With Downtown Boston one subway stop away, Saito notes, East Boston is a “very viable place to live for downtown workers” that is close to, but outside of, downtown and surrounded by water, parks and beaches. “The most unique thing about [The Eddy] is the views,” explains Saito, but “the biggest surprise will be its’ convenience.”
The following are photographs of views from The Eddy’s top-floor roof deck:
The following are photographs of the Eddy building:
The following are photographs of a unit at The Eddy:
The following are photographs of the pool deck at The Eddy:
The following are photographs of the Harborwalk and waterfront park at The Eddy:
BU’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering nears spring semester opening
The glass facade of Boston University (BU)’s new Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE) is fully installed, and interior and exterior finish installation is well underway in preparation for the building’s opening in time for the spring 2017 semester. Located in a prominent position along Commonwealth Avenue along the MBTA Green Line, steps to Kenmore Square, the facade is a sight to behold with a distinctive mix of award-winning fibreC glass fiber reinforced concrete panels and blue-toned glass:
Sweeping views await at the CILSE’s roof, with unobstructed views of the Charles River Esplanade, Fenway Park, Kendall Square and the Downtown Boston skyline:
Electrical and mechanical utilities are just about fully installed at the CILSE. Albert J. Welch Corporation is at work excavating a trench for installation of a drain pipe for plumbing as well as electrical conduit cables to power the building:
A number of interior spaces at the CILSE are nearly finished, with a layer of plaster painted above USG Sheetrock wallboard panels. Underneath the wallboard panels is moisture and mold-resistant sheathing, which is installed along metal wall framing. Doorframes and glass have been installed at the entrances to a number of classrooms, and doors have been installed at elevator entrances. Electrical wiring and drainage pipes are installed throughout interior spaces.
Along the CILSE’s facade, the last remaining fibreC panels are being installed above fireproofing and moisture-resistant cladding.
Criterion Development Partners releases renderings of The Residences at Forest Hills
Jamaica Plain News reports that Criterion Development Partners has released renderings and site plans of the proposed Residences at Forest Hills, which would be constructed on an existing two-acre surface parking lot located at 3694 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain steps to the Forest Hills MBTA station. A Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the project was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last month; the following is a link to the LOI. Per the LOI, The Residences at Forest Hills would contain 260 residential apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms as well as approximately 5,500 square feet of retail. The following are renderings of The Residences at Forest Hills:
The following is a site plan of The Residences at Forest Hills:
Summer Olympics slow Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Banker & Tradesman reports that construction of Boulevard on the Greenway has been put on pause due to required utility work coinciding with the 2016 Summer Olympics underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to commence work on Boulevard on the Greenway's foundation, a major Comcast transmission line that traverses the construction site must be relocated. Comcast reportedly requested that developer New Boston Ventures hold off on relocating the cable until after the Olympics' closing ceremonies on August 21st, 2016. “They didn’t want any chance of interrupting service, so we’re not relocating the line until after the Olympics,” says Jim Alexander, a principal of Boulevard on the Greenway architect Finegold Alexander Architects. Following the Olympics, construction will commence on the foundation of the $58.7 million, 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway. The building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Letter of Intent filed for mixed-use Forest Hills project
Criterion Development Partners (CDP) has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to construct a mixed-use development project on the existing two-acre parking lot at the corner of Washington Street and Arborway in Jamaica Plain located across from the Forest Hills rapid transit station. The following is a link to the Letter of Intent. As previously reported, the project would include approximately 260 residential apartments. Per the LOI, units would range from studios to three-bedrooms and would also include "three-bedroom townhouse" units. The project would include an affordable housing component "in excess of that required" by the City of Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP).
Per the LOI, approximately 5,500 square feet of retail would be located on site, down from previously reported 6,000 square feet. The project would be constructed across three new wood-frame buildings above a single-level parking garage. A total of approximately 136 parking spaces would be constructed on site, including approximately 10 surface parking spaces. The project would provide Zipcar spaces and a community bike-share facility.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday, July 13th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Aimco and Trinity Financial on this important milestone. The 12-story, 435,000 square foot One Canal will further enliven Bulfinch Triangle with 310 new luxurious residential rental apartments, including 20 affordable units, as well as approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space located steps to Downtown Boston, the North End and multiple transportation options. Upcoming retail options at One Canal include Boston’s first City Winery, a specialty culinary and cultural destination opening in early 2017. Apartments at One Canal are now leasing, visit LiveOneCanal.com for more information. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the ribbon cutting, and the following are photographs of the ribbon cutting:
Ribbon about to be cut
Ribbon is cut
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb following ribbon cutting
The following are photographs of the completed One Canal:
View of One Canal from Rose Kennedy Greenway
One Canal rooftop pool
One Canal roof deck
Speakers at the One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony included Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association, Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb and Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler. The following are photographs of the speakers:
Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association
Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb
Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler
Following speeches and the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were given tours of One Canal’s units and amenities. One Canal includes an expansive roof deck featuring a heated pool, an outdoor cinema and a fire pit in addition to 360-degree Boston skyline views. One Canal also includes a 2,000 square foot fitness center and a Canal Club resident lounge. The following are photographs of units and amenities at One Canal:
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official Serenity topping off ceremony this past Monday, July 11th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Longwood Group on this important milestone. Serenity will further enliven Mission Hill with 195 new residential rental apartments and approximately 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Amenities at Serenity will include a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. Serenity will be LEED Silver certified and is anticipated to open in Spring 2017. Greystar will be Serenity's property manager.
View of Serenity from Emerald Necklace (Courtesy Prellwitz Chilinski Associates/Longwood Group)
Serenity common space (Courtesy RD Jones + Associates/Longwood Group)
Serenity common space (Courtesy RD Jones + Associates/Longwood Group)
Prior to speeches, ceremony attendees were given the opportunity to sign the final steel beam of Serenity’s frame.
Construction team members sign final steel beam
Signed final beam
Members of the Nader family of Longwood Group
Ceremony prior to speeches
Speakers at the Serenity topping-off ceremony included Serenity Project Manager Ralph Cole, Mission Hill Main Streets Executive Director Richard Rouse, Longwood Group Principal Tony Nader, Suffolk Construction Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Grossman and Boston Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Brian Golden.
Serenity Project Manager Ralph Cole
Mission Hill Main Streets Executive Director Richard Rouse
Longwood Group Principal Tony Nader
Suffolk Construction Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Grossman
Boston Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Brian Golden
Speeches were followed by the raising and installation of the final steel beam of Serenity’s frame.
Construction workers prepare to raise the final steel beam
Final steel beam prior to raising
Raising of final steel beam
Raising of final steel beam
Installation of final steel beam
Installation of final steel beam
Installed final steel beam
Frame prior to final steel beam installation
A drone monitors final steel beam raising
Work will now commence upon installation of Serenity’s exterior and interior finishes. A construction elevator is being installed to lift workers, equipment and materials throughout Serenity’s frame. Framing for installation of insulation and moisture-resistant cladding is being installed along the frame's exterior.
View of Serenity along Huntington Avenue
Construction elevator installation underway
A worker installs framing along Serenity's frame's exterior
Construction materials staged inside Serenity's frame
Center Court Properties acquiring Boston Globe’s Dorchester headquarters
Banker & Tradesman reports that David Ridini of Center Court Properties, based in New York, will acquire The Boston Globe’s 16.5-acre Dorchester headquarters facility for approximately $80 million. The sale price would top the $70 million that John Henry paid to acquire The Boston Globe in 2013.
Ridini is a partner in JDMD Owner LLC, developer of the 71-unit Archer | Donahue condominium project on Beacon Hill approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for construction this month. Ridini is also a partner in 171 Tremont LLC, developer of the 18-unit 171 Tremont Street condominium project in Downtown Crossing. Ridini is also a partner in CC Bunker Hill Owner LLC, who acquired the 52,944 square foot Bunker Hill Business Center at 440 Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown for $14.725 million in September 2015.
$58.7 million financing secured for Boulevard on the Greenway
Commercial real estate capital intermediary Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) reports that it has secured $58.7 million in financing for Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building under construction in Boston's Financial District. A $46 million fixed-rate construction loan has been secured through East Boston Savings Bank, and $12.7 million in subordinate financing has been secured through Canyon Partners Real Estate. Currently under construction, Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Boston Globe reaches agreement to sell 16.5-acre Dorchester headquarters
The Boston Globe reports that it has reached an agreement to sell its 16.5-acre headquarters facility located along Morrissey Boulevard and Interstate 93 in Dorchester. A locus map of the facility is posted above. The 16.5-acre facility includes the 815,000 square foot Boston Globe headquarters building in addition to surface parking lots.
Citing a confidentiality agreement, The Boston Globe has not disclosed the facility's buyer. The Boston Globe's headquarters will move to Exchange Place (53 State Street) in Downtown Boston, and printing and delivery operations will move to a new facility in Taunton, MA. This page will be updated with additional details as they become available.
Archer | Donahue on Beacon Hill approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Archer | Donahue on Beacon Hill for construction at last Thursday’s board meeting. Developed by JDMD Owner, LLC of Dedham, the $162 million Archer | Donahue will feature 71 residential condominiums with approximately 5,700 square feet of undetermined resident amenities. The project will fully restore two existing buildings at 33-61 Temple Street and construct a new penthouse level. Construction of Archer | Donahue could commence this summer. A rendering of Archer | Donahue is posted above.
Since the project's Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) filing, Archer | Donahue's penthouse level height has been reduced and will not exceed the height of the existing structure. Residential unit count has decreased by four; 75 units were originally proposed. Parking space count has been reduced to 54 from 60. More information about Archer | Donahue is posted below.
New Boston Ventures acquires air rights for Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Last Monday, July 11th, 2016, developer New Boston Ventures acquired air rights for construction of Boulevard on the Greenway for $594,000 from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The Boston Business Journal reports that the air rights acquisition was necessary as a number of the units at Boulevard on the Greenway’s edges will extend into public right-of-way, namely the surrounding streets. According to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin, air rights takings are rather frequent for buildings with overhangs that extend into city property, and “a larger taking than you might normally see” was required for Boulevard on the Greenway. Boulevard on the Greenway will be a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The following is the deed for New Boston Ventures’ air rights acquisition at 110 Broad Street, the future site of Boulevard on the Greenway:
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
The proposed project would include approximately 260 residential units and 6,000 square feet of retail. A single-level underground parking garage would be built on site as well as some surface parking spaces. MetroMark Apartments, a mixed-use development project including approximately 283 rental residential units and 5,000 square feet of retail space, is under construction across Arborway from the proposed project site.
Beach House, 234 new Revere Beach apartments, breaks ground
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official Beach House groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 2nd. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Baystone Development on this important milestone. Beach House will further enliven beautiful Revere Beach with hundreds of new residents. Beach House will be a 234-unit luxury apartment building. Resident amenities will include a rooftop pool and terrace with sweeping ocean views, a 2,000 square foot gym, a movie room and on-site vehicle parking. The following are renderings of Beach House:
View along Revere Beach Boulevard
View along Revere Beach Boulevard
View along Revere Beach Boulevard
View along Revere Beach Boulevard
Speakers at the Beach House groundbreaking ceremony included Roy MacDowell Jr. of Baystone Development, Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo, Ward 5 Councillor John Powers and Bob Upton of RevereBeach.com.
Serenity’s concrete foundation is complete, and construction of the building’s steel frame is well underway. The construction team is using a tower crane to raise and install the frame’s structural elements. The section of Serenity bordering Jamaicaway has risen to the fifth floor, which will be the top floor for that section. Along South Huntington Avenue, frame construction will continue until the frame tops off at 15 stories tall. Serenity will be a 195-unit residential apartment tower with 2,100 square feet of retail.
Demolition by J. Derenzo Companies nearly complete at Boulevard on the Greenway
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has just about fully demolished the former building at 110 Broad Street and the interior of 102 Broad Street. The historic facade of 102 Broad Street, designed by Charles Bulfinch, will be preserved and incorporated into the future facade of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
JDC Demolition excavator with demolition rubble
View along Broad Street
Metal bracing has been installed surrounding the historic Bulfinch facade to support and reinforce the facade throughout construction of Boulevard on the Greenway.
View of metal bracing from Broad Street
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior
View of metal bracing through Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along interior of Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior and fastened to ground
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Financing raised to build 313 new residential units at Fenway Center
The Boston Globe reports that the Fenway Center development team has raised funding necessary to construct two new apartment buildings at Fenway Center containing 313 residential units. Financing deals have been signed with two large investors, and a total of $230 million has been raised. Construction of the two buildings could start by the end of 2016. A total of five new buildings are planned for Fenway Center; the project will cost nearly $600 million to build.
The development team is now proposing to construct Fenway Center in two phases. The first phase would include the two new apartment buildings and would be constructed on the existing surface parking lots along Beacon Street. The second phase would include three additional buildings and would be constructed above the Massachusetts Turnpike on a new decking. Construction of the first phase would take approximately two years. The development team hopes to start construction of the decking above the Massachusetts Turnpike towards the end of construction of the first phase.
The new two-phased approach would require approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The current agreement between the development team and MassDOT calls for construction of the decking over the Massachusetts Turnpike as part of the project's first phase. Per project developer John Rosenthal, MassDOT officials have been receptive towards the proposed change. Rosenthal hopes that successful completion of Fenway Center's first phase will raise capital and attract investment necessary to construct the second phase over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
An aerial rendering of Fenway Center is posted above. The following is a rendering of Fenway Center frontage along Beacon Street:
More information about Fenway Center is posted below.
Exterior shell of Mosaic on the Riverway is sealed, condos over 95% sold
Installation of windows at Mosaic on the Riverway is complete, and the exterior of the building is completely sealed from the elements. Exterior finishes are nearly fully installed, and installation of interior finishes is underway. Per the Mosaic on the Riverway project website, condominiums are over 95% sold with one remaining. Mosaic on the Riverway will contain a mix of homeownership condominiums and rental apartments.
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
UDR is looking for suggestions for potential names and building amenities for 345 Harrison. Tweet your suggestions with #Lovefor345Name and #Lovefor345Amenity, respectively, and you could win up to $10,000!
UDR #Lovefor345 graphic
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
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official Boston East groundbreaking ceremony this past Thursday, May 19th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corporation on this important milestone. Boston East will enliven the East Boston Waterfront with public amenities including a Harborwalk, art galleries, historic interpretive exhibits and a boat launch in addition to 200 new residential units. Above and below are the latest renderings of Boston East.
View of Boston East from Boston Harbor
View of Boston Harbor at sunset from Boston East
Speakers at the Boston East groundbreaking ceremony included Trinity Financial Vice President Abby Goldenfarb, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, State Representative Adrian Madaro, City Councillor Sal LaMattina and East Boston Community Development Corporation Executive Director Al Caldarelli.
Trinity Financial Vice President Abby Goldenfarb
Governor Charlie Baker
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
State Representative Adrian Madaro
City Councillor Sal LaMattina
East Boston Community Development Corporation Executive Director Al Caldarelli
Speeches were followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking along the East Boston Waterfront.
Shovels fly at Boston East
View of shovels overlooking Boston Harbor
View from the future Harborwalk at Boston East
Initial site work at Boston East has been underway since February. The six-story building’s sheet pile wall is complete. The sheet pile wall will reinforce the building’s foundation and one-story underground parking structure.
Completed sheet pile wall at Boston East's south side
Completed sheet pile wall at Boston East's north side
The Boston East building’s foundation is nearly fully dug, and final excavations are taking place.
Final excavations underway at Boston East's north side
The construction team is driving concrete piles at the foundation’s base to support the building.
The construction team directs a pile driver onto the construction site
The construction team moves a concrete pile (gray rod at right) to the pile driver (at left)
Base of Boston East's foundation following concrete pile driving. Note bumps in the ground, under which are driven piles.
Concrete will soon be poured along the base and sides of the foundation, enabling construction of the building’s superstructure.
Concrete will be poured along the base and sides of the foundation upon completion of excavation
Boston East is expected to open in fall 2017. Pre-leasing of residences at Boston East has begun, visit bostoneast.com for more information. Below is a video exhibiting Boston East.
Boston East video
More information about Boston East is posted below.
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground on NorthPoint’s next residential development
J. Derenzo Companies has broken ground on Phase Two of the Avalon NorthPoint residential development project and is excavating the project’s foundation and underground parking structure. Two new buildings will be built as part of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two containing approximately 285 residential units and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
J. Derenzo Companies excavates Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two's foundation and underground parking structure
J. Derenzo Companies excavators at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Excavation at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Driving of sheet piles is underway along the foundation to construct the sheet pile wall. The wall will reinforce Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s foundation and three-level underground parking structure.
Sheet piles being driven along Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two's foundation
Allied Pile Driving, Inc. driving sheet piles at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Sheet piles driven at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Driving of sheet piles underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
NorthPoint master developer DivcoWest acquired the 42-acre master-planned NorthPoint site for $300 million in August 2015. Upon completion, NorthPoint will contain a mix of residential and commercial uses located near Downtown Boston and Kendall Square. A new 355-unit residential apartment tower at NorthPoint, Twenty|20, opened in summer 2015.
Locus map of NorthPoint site
Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is being developed in partnership with AvalonBay Communities and The McKinnon Company. AvalonBay Communities is building a 38-story mixed-use tower, Avalon North Station, across the Charles River from NorthPoint. Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is located across from both the existing Lechmere rapid transit station and the new relocated Lechmere station planned as part of the Green Line Extension project.
Rendering of future Lechmere station with Avalon North Point (white buildings) and the NorthPoint site in the background
More information about Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is posted below.
Huntington Avenue theater sale closes for $25 million
The sale of the Huntington Avenue theater property, owned by Boston University for 62 years, to QMG Huntington LLC closed today for $25 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. QMG Huntington LLC is a limited liability company with an address of 133 Pearl Street, home of developer GFI Partners. It was previously reported by BU Today that developer John Matteson, whose firm The Matteson Companies is a development partner of GFI Partners, was involved with the investment group acquiring the theater property. QMG Huntington LLC's registered manager is local real estate investor Fan Du of Qianlong Property Development.
The following is the deed for today's sale of the Huntington Avenue theater property to QMG Huntington LLC:
The Parcel K project is expected to break ground in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016. Construction of the project will take just over two years, with expected completion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.
The Parcel K project's developer is Conroy Development Corporation, who has entered a long-term lease with Massport to develop the parcel. More information about the Parcel K project is posted below.
Sheet pile wall foundation under construction at Boston East on East Boston Waterfront
Construction of Boston East's sheet pile wall is moving forward swiftly. The sheet pile wall will reinforce Boston East's foundation and underground parking structure. A 120-car underground garage will be built at Boston East.
Once the sheet pile wall is complete, the construction team will excavate the project's foundation and underground parking structure. Excavation equipment has been parked at the Boston East site including excavators and a dump truck. The following are photographs of the equipment:
A blue Mantis 15010 crane is being used to drive the wall's sheet piles into the ground. The following are photographs of the crane driving piles at Boston East:
Many sheet piles have already been driven along the Boston East building's future perimeter. The following are photographs of the sheet piles:
As foundation construction progresses at Boston East, timber and earth fill used to originally construct today's East Boston Waterfront is being uncovered. The East Boston Waterfront, like much of Boston, was constructed using land filling techniques to expand the original land area. The following is a photograph of unearthed fill:
101 Seaport sold to Union Investment for $452 million
An official press release from Skanska confirms the sale of 101 Seaport to Union Investment of Germany. Sale price is $452 million. The Boston Globe notes that the sale represents the highest price per square foot ever recorded for a Boston office tower, at $1,027 per square foot. A deed was recorded for the sale at 9:46 AM this morning in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Skanska bought the 101 Seaport parcel in 2013 for $33 million. Union Investment also recently bought the Hoffman Building on Lovejoy Wharf for $150 million. More information about 101 Seaport is posted below.
Following closing of the sale, the Huntington Theater Company will receive rent-free use of the Huntington Avenue property, on which it has operated for 34 years, through June 2017. BU Today reports that Matteson is speaking with the theater company regarding the possibility of continued use of the Huntington Avenue property past June 2017. The sale includes the 890-seat theater building at 264 Huntington Avenue in addition to two adjoining buildings at 252 and 258 Huntington Avenue. The three buildings have been owned by Boston University for 62 years.
A location of salad chain Sweetgreen, who recently opened a location in Fort Point next to soon-to-open Caffe Nero
This spring, the South End Open Market will move across Harrison Avenue from Ink Block. A Harrison Avenue redesign is also in the works with bike lanes, plantings, wider sidewalks and other improvements.
Siena, a 76-unit condominium building, and AC Hotel South End, a 200-room hotel, are currently under construction at Ink Block. This spring, construction will commence at 345 Harrison Avenue, located across Harrison Avenue from Ink Block. 345 Harrison Avenue, a mixed-use development by UDR, will contain approximately 577 residential units and 33,500 square feet of retail. Related Beal has also filed a Letter of Intent to construct a residential development at the former Quinzani's Bakery site located across Traveler Street from Ink Block.
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:
Installation of glass and finishes is starting at Boston University's Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE). The nine-story CILSE topped off on January 12th, 2016. The CILSE will expand Boston University's space dedicated to science and engineering research, facilitating 21st century innovation. Expected completion of the CILSE is in spring 2017.
Baystone Development proposes 234 new luxury apartments along Revere Beach
Weston, MA-based Baystone Development proposes to build a six-story residential building along Revere Beach located steps to the Waterfront Square development and the MBTA Blue Line. The building would contain 234 luxury rental apartments ranging from studio to two-bedroom configurations.
Resident amenities would include a rooftop pool, a 2,000 square foot gym and a movie room. The building would include a 368-space parking garage. Start of construction is anticipated by summer 2016.
Excavation and foundation work underway at Serenity
J. Derenzo Companies is at work performing excavation and foundation work to prepare the Serenity site for tower construction. Much of the tower's foundation has already been excavated; S&F Concrete is pouring concrete along the excavated foundation. Suffolk Construction is managing Serenity's construction. Serenity will feature 195 apartments and a 2,100 square foot retail space in the heart of Mission Hill along the Emerald Necklace park.
View of Serenity construction site
View of foundation construction and concrete pouring underway
Ten New's facade is just about complete. Interior work continues to progress on the 16-story building's apartments, resident amenities and ground-floor commercial space. Located on Boston Harbor, Ten New residents will enjoy sweeping views of the downtown Boston skyline. Ten New's ground floor is anticipated to house a waterfront restaurant.
Construction has commenced at Boston East. LM Heavy Civil Construction is performing initial earthwork to prepare the site for foundation construction. Boston East will be a 200-unit apartment building with ground-floor art gallery space. An extension of the East Boston Harborwalk waterfront park and walking trail will also be built on the Boston East site. The following are photographs of earthwork underway at Boston East:
BREAKING: A deed was recorded in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds transferring ownership of the Downtown Crossing parking lot at 47-55 Lagrange Street to QMG Lagrange LLC, a limited liability company with an address of 49 Melcher Street in Fort Point. 47-55 Lagrange Street is located steps to a number of development projects. Recorded sale price is $3,950,000.
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.
The Seaport District parcel approved for construction of The Residences at 399 Congress Street was sold today by Madison Seaport Holdings LLC to 399 Congress LLC, an affiliate of developer Crescent Heights. Sale price was $36,000,000.
The parcel was last sold in 2006 to Madison Seaport Holdings LLC for $5,650,000.
We had the honor and privilege of joining Boston Properties and Delaware North at the official groundbreaking ceremony today for Phase One of The Hub on Causeway! We are very excited to watch John Moriarty and Associates build this project and cannot wait to experience the energy The Hub on Causeway will bring to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood and downtown Boston. Anticipated completion of Phase One is in late 2018. Learn more about Phase One and see project renderings below. Also take a look at our photographs from today's groundbreaking ceremony, posted above!
Leasing begins at One Canal, building nearing completion
Leasing has begun at One Canal as the building nears completion. Visit LiveOneCanal.com for more leasing information. Exterior finishes are just about fully installed, and glass has been installed along One Canal's future ground-floor retail spaces. The construction elevator system is being dismantled, and windows and finishes are being installed in its' place.
Boston East parcel transferred to development team for $2 million
A deed was recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds on December 23rd, 2015 transferring the parcel at 102-148 Border Street in East Boston from the City of Boston to Trinity Border Street, LLC for $2 million, clearing the way for construction of Boston East. The following is the recorded deed:
Trinity Border Street, LLC is a partnership of Trinity Financial, Inc. and the East Boston Community Development Corporation. Boston East is fully approved for construction. The following are photographs of the Boston East site:
Exterior finish installation underway at One Canal
Exterior finish installation is well underway at One Canal. Windows are installed throughout, and the red and yellow brick facade is just about complete. Blue fireproofing has been set in place for installation of metal panel finishes along the windows.
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:
The TD Garden project is off to a strong start! John Moriarty and Associates is hard at work preparing the former parking lot on Causeway Street for the ultimate construction of a three-tower mixed-use development. View our site photographs above, and stay tuned for further updates!
We stopped by the 6-26 New Street, since officially named Ten New, construction site and were excited to see that installation of finishes had progressed significantly! We were able to gain a closeup view of the finishes as they were delivered on street level; see our photographs above. Ten New was officially topped off on Friday, November 13th; congrats to Gerding Edlen, Suffolk Construction and all involved!
We stopped by 6-26 New Street last week and were thoroughly impressed. The building has grown significantly and appears just about ready to top off. Finishes and windows are also beginning to be installed on the building's ground floors. With its added height, 6-26 New Street is now visible from all around, throughout East Boston as well as from downtown Boston.
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.
Start of construction imminent at 105A South Huntington
Start of construction at 105A South Huntington appears imminent as the project's official status was changed yesterday, 10/23/2015, to "Under Construction" on the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)'s website. The status change is shown on the BRA's project page for 105A South Huntington.
Window and fireproofing installation underway at One Canal
Windows and blue fireproofing are being installed along One Canal's topped-off frame. Purple moisture-resistant cladding has been nearly fully installed. Brick finishes have been installed along the frame fronting Valenti Way.
We stopped by 6-26 New Street recently. Construction appeared to be actively progressing. At the time, demolition of the structurally unsound nine-story building was not yet approved. (The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the new development plans on April 16th, 2015.) The tallest building shown on site is the nine-story building that would have been renovated along with a seven-story height addition. Both buildings shown in our site photos will now be demolished, and new ones will be built in their stead.
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