Jan 23, 2020
The Pinnacle at Central Wharf, Chiofaro's Harbor Tower, Now Under Review
The Chiofaro Company has filed the project notification form for the Harbor Garage Tower, now dubbed The Pinnacle at Central Wharf. Plans call for a 600-foot tower to feature 865,00 square feet of mixed-use space. The project would include approximately 200 rental units on the highest floors over 538,000 square feet of office space. The first 2 floors of the building would also offer 42,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. Finally, a below-grade garage would include space for 1,100 vehicles.
Another key piece of the development is the 28,000 square feet of waterfront public space. The space is designed as an outdoor gathering space that would seamlessly integrate into the New England Aquarium's "Blueway".
Jan 17, 2020
3368 Washington St. Project Will Get $5M in Linkage Payments
At the January BPDA meeting, the board voted to approve $5M in housing linkage payments from One Congress at Bulfinch Crossing toward the approved development at 3368 Washington St. project. 3368 Washington will include 202 income-restricted apartments, 140 of which would be housing units with support services for men and women moving out of homelessness. The project will also 18,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor and community space and amenities for residents.
Jan 16, 2020
Celtics & Bruins Lease Space At The Hub On Causeway
Both the Celtics & Bruins have signed leases on new office space at 100 Causeway, the third and final phase of The Hub on Causeway. Delaware North has leased 34,068 square feet on the 14th floor of the tower while Banner Seventeen LLC has leased a total of 71,154 square feet, the full 13th floor and part of the 12th floor. On a recent trip to the project for the topping off ceremony, BLDUP got an inside look at the open floor plate office space which takes full advantage of the stunning wrap-around views.
“We’re thrilled that the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Delaware North have chosen The Hub on Causeway as home to their front office operations. The foundation of The Hub, literally and figuratively, was built on Boston sports and has helped in solidifying this neighborhood as the sports, entertainment, and creative district for the City of Boston" Bryan Koop of Boston Properties said in a statement. Verizon will be the anchor tenant of the tower already leasing 440,000 square feet of space. Construction on 100 Causeway is expected to wrap up in mid-2021.
Jan 03, 2020
Facade Install Continues for Omni Seaport
Framing is ongoing and facade install continues for the 1,055 room Omni Boston Seaport. The hotel is set to open in early 2021 and will offer a 24-hour fitness center, 3 dining options, a full-service spa, plus an expansive pool deck with bar. New interior renderings have also popped up on the hotel's website, giving a glimpse of the finishes guests can expect from the high-end property.
Dec 26, 2019
The Hub on Causeway Office Tower Tops Off: Checking in on BLDUP's Most Popular Project
The Hub on Causeway was by far the most visited project page on our site in 2019 with over 32,000 visitors looking to BLDUP for updates on the 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development. With the final piece of the project, the TAMI tower officially topped off on Friday 12/20, let’s check in with one of Boston’s most significant development projects of the decade. As Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President for Boston Properties pointed out at The Hub's official opening ceremony earlier this year “The Hub combines the best of Boston’s sports, dining, and live music as well as provides jobs and housing at the Northern gateway to the city."
The final beam is raised at 100 Causeway Street, the final phase of the Hub on Causeway
To create an "urban village" The Podium at the Hub on Causeway offers a variety of amenities including the massive Banners Kitchen & Tap that we found hopping on a Friday evening before a Celtics home game. For those visitors in the mood for a margarita, Guy Fieri's Tequila Concina is serving up the Food Network star's distinct Latin street food. Arclight Boston, the chain’s first location in the Northeast, is also now open offering specialty popcorn flavors plus limited previews, a major plus for those of us waiting to see the new Star Wars. Arguably the most important feature of the Hub is Boston's largest urban grocery store, the 60,000 square foot Star Market which opened in September.
Big Night Live, an intimate concent venue for up to 1,500 is also now open. Principal Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group told BLDUP they were attracted to the Hub because of "the sense that this area really was going to be the Hub of the Universe. Not only is it rich in sports history, but it is also at the heart of one of the strongest transportation centers in the city. Another true HUB. Additionally, the location felt iconic to us and that was our goal - to build incredible facilities in iconic locations. We started this process way back in 2014, so it was incredible to see the growth we had hoped for happen right before our eyes. The amount of residences, offices and retail businesses that have sprung up in the area is beyond our wildest projections."
Big Night Live has been receiving rave reviews since its opening this fall.
When asked how the reception has been since opening Kane also tells BLDUP "It's been incredible. We believed that Boston needed a better, more experiential music venue that brought the best in hospitality, sound, lighting, and design. The people of Boston immediately gravitated to Big Night Live and the reviews have been off the charts. The room is a unique hybrid - a music hall, supper club, and night club - and it makes use of the best features in each of those genres. The room plays big but feels small and intimate at the same time. Artists and guests have both loved it thus far."
Along with these restaurant and entertainment spaces The Hub also features the European inspired 270 room citizenM hotel complete with rooftop bar and lounge plus the 440 unit residential tower, Hub50House. Hub50 House welcomed first residents this fall to luxurious homes offering amazing views and amenities. Residents at the building have access to a Skypool and Clubroom, a Skyline Deck featuring a fire pit and grills, a Woof deck and spa, and a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge. Hub15, the 15th floor of the tower is also home to a collection of amenities where residents can enjoy incredible views as they work, play, relax and socialize in comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces.
The residences at Hub50 House offer sleek, modern finishes.
Still to come at The Hub on Causeway, Hub Hall expected to open this winter, a food hall showcasing 18 local eateries and food vendors including favorites Sullivan’s Castle Island, Mike’s Pastry, & Monica's Mercato plus momosan ramen by Morimoto. Construction will also continue on the 31-story tower, set to become Verizon’s headquarters for this region. Tech firm Rapid7, who already occupy 145,000 square feet below the new tower will also add additional space above. At the topping off ceremony, Giuliana DiMambro, Senior Project Manager for Boston Properties noted that this was the final structural milestone for the project which broke ground in 2015. The completion of this tower is expected in mid-2021 wrapping up this game-changing project.
Nov 25, 2019
The large building complex is undergoing demolition and construction to create 550 new apartment residences; 1,500 new parking spaces, and new office and retail spaces. The parking garage on the south side of the complex is fenced off and is in the early stages of demolition.
Nov 20, 2019
After Years of Planning, Highly-Anticipated Harbor Garage Project is Launched
After seven years of planning, The Chiofaro Company announced today the filing of a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Boston Planning and Development Agency for the redevelopment of the Harbor Garage. The project will be the first proposed under the state-approved Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP), which was the product of a comprehensive process, culminating in guidelines that last week were codified in the Boston Zoning Code.
The to-be-named Garage redevelopment will serve as an international model for waterfront development in the 21st century, given its unparalleled opportunity to replace an auto-centric obstacle to harbor access with significant new public open space along the waterfront in Boston’s urban core. The transformative project, anchored by an architecturally distinctive tower designed by the world-renowned firm of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, will serve as a gateway to the city, building upon the successes of the Boston Harbor cleanup and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and enabling the execution and seamless integration of the New England Aquarium’s ‘Blueway’ vision.
"We have an enormous responsibility to the City after a lengthy and inclusive MHP process, where a wide range of contributors worked collectively to lay the groundwork for ‘Boston’s next great place.’ This project will be the catalyst for that transformation. It's time to allow residents of – and visitors to – Boston the opportunity to enjoy the full potential of our city’s waterfront," said Don Chiofaro, Founder and President of The Chiofaro Company.
Combining commercial and residential elements, the mixed-use tower will be ringed with multiple stories of public retail amenities, providing seven-day energy that will activate the surrounding open space and amplify the area’s existing and future cultural and educational assets. By removing the seven-story, block-long barrier of the existing garage, the project will open both visual and physical access from the Greenway to the harbor, creating new connections and inviting the diverse cross-section of visitors who enjoy the Greenway’s Rings Fountain across the street to experience the water firsthand.
Reflective of the new reality of coastal cities, climate resiliency is also at the heart of the project, which will be the first designed to incorporate the findings of the City’s “Climate Ready Downtown and North End” plan. While the project itself will be a model of resilience, it will also play a key leadership role in the implementation of district-wide solutions.
Following the appointment of an Impact Advisory Group for the project, the next step in the City’s Article 80 development review process is the filing of a Project Notification Form (PNF), which will provide additional detail about the program, architecture, engineering, and project benefits.
“We are excited about how the design work has progressed and, over the next few months, we’ll be refining our ideas and preparing to shift from talking in the abstract about aspirations to engaging in a robust public discussion of a real design”, said Don Chiofaro, Jr., company Vice President and Project Manager.
Nov 15, 2019
200+ Unit Affordable Building Approved in JP
The Community Builders in partnership with the Pine Street Inn have received approval from the BPDA to move forward with the project at 3368 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The approved project will include 202 income-restricted apartment homes, 140 of which would be housing units with support services for men and women moving out of homelessness. Plans also include 18,000 square feet of PSI office space on the ground floor and community space and amenities for residents. In addition, the project also offers approximately 60 vehicle parking spaces, 85 bicycle storage spaces, and 13,400 square feet of outdoor space.
Oct 22, 2019
Window and Facade Install Ongoing for Phase III at The Hub on Causeway
Window and Facade install continues for Phase III at the Hub on Causeway. The third and final phase of the project will consist of a 21-story 651,500 square foot office tower above the the podium building (Phase I) of the project. Upon completion, Verizon will occupy 440,000 square feet of the tower.
Photo: Bowline Construction
Oct 15, 2019
31 Story Tower Under Review for 290 Tremont St.
The 31-story, 426,500 square foot mixed-use tower proposed at 286-290 Tremont Street in Chinatown is officially under review. Plans call for a 100% income-restricted residential tower with up to 171 affordable units a mix of rentals and condos, a hotel with up to 200 rooms, up to 340 off-street vehicle parking spaces, 2,500 square feet of retail/cafe space, and approximately 8,000 square feet of community space. Approximately 110 units at 290 Tremont are a direct result of the IDP requirements in the Winthrop Center project.
The development team, of Millennium Partners, in partnership with Corcoran Jennison, Asian Community Development Corporation, and Tufts Shared Services, Inc. hopes to commence construction in the second quarter of 2021, with initial occupancy by the second quarter of 2023.
Oct 13, 2019
Framing Progressing for Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Framing continues on the upcoming Omni Seaport Hotel with the first set of windows going in at the corner of Summer & D Streets for what will be one of two towers connected by the three-story podium. The 1,055 room hotel will also include 120,000 square feet of meeting space plus an underground tunnel connecting the hotel to the Convention Center across the street. Construction is expected to last through 2021.
Oct 10, 2019
Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway Taking Shape: Move-Ins Begin at Hub50House
With a flurry of activity below at the podium level, facade install has started on the third and final phase of The Hub on Causeway, the 21-story office tower. At The Hub, the Star Market is now open, construction is nearly complete for Big Night Live with first acts announced, and the 25,000 square foot Banner Kitchen and Tap is also expected to open this month. The office tower above will contain around 650,000 square feet of space, 440,00 of which has already been leased to Verizon. Across the site, Hub50House, the 440 unit residential tower has also welcomed its first group of residents.