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Oct 07, 2019
40 Rugg Road Acquired for $17.4 Million
The development site at 40 Rugg Road has been acquired by The Michaels Organization for $17.4 million.
The approved $107 million, 270,170-square-foot mixed-use development located steps from the Boston Landing commuter rail station featuring two 6-story buildings containing 265 rental apartment residences and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space. Residences would include 86 studios averaging 460 square feet, 122 one-bedrooms averaging 640 square feet and 57 two-bedrooms averaging 990 square feet.
Sep 19, 2019
Facade Install Begins for MIT’s Vassar Street Residence Hall
Facade install has kicked off for MIT’s new residence hall located along Vassar Street just outside Central Square in Cambridge. The project will contain 450 beds for undergraduate students along with 16 apartments for graduate resident tutors and faculty members. The 156,000 square foot building will also house shared community space and a dining hall, along with ample bike parking.
The building has been designed to meet LEED Gold standards, and Eversource is providing energy efficiency solutions for the project. Eversource is supporting the construction of this highly efficient student residence hall through incentive payments for beyond-code technologies as well as third-party technical input during the design process. Even though this facility is fed from a central plant, considerable energy savings were achieved through improvements to fenestration selection, the lighting design, HVAC controls, and optimized energy recovery systems. The technical review process uncovered mid-design phase assumptions that would have significantly over-ventilated the residential portions of the facility. Eversource’s feedback led to a simplification of the ventilation systems, a reduction in lifetime energy use, and reduced construction costs. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the Fall 2020 semester.
Aug 26, 2019
Eventide Phase II Assisted Living Taking Shape at Union Point
Framing is nearly complete for Eventide Phase II at Union Point in Weymouth. The 4-story 162,000 square foot building will include a total of 107 units of assisted living. The first phase of the project, Fairing Way features a 104 residential unit senior living community with a clubhouse and a 46 bed, on-site, long term care nursing facility.
Aug 21, 2019
Steel Framing Ongoing for 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Steel framing is rising for the upcoming 6-story residential building at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square. The U-shaped building is set to include 136 apartments along with parking for 102 cars in a below-grade garage. Units will be a mix of studio, 1, and 2 bedrooms. 50 Rogers is expected to welcome first residents next summer.
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Jun 11, 2019
Steel Work Expected to Kick Off Soon for 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Construction on the two-level underground garage at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square is nearly complete and steel erection is expected to start soon. The 6-story project will feature 136 rental units along with parking for 102 cars and 142 bicycles. The building that has been designed with cues from the historic industrial buildings in Kendall Square is expected to be complete in Summer 2020.
May 13, 2019
Construction Continues for MIT's New Residence Hall
Structural steel framing is ongoing for MIT's upcoming Vassar Street Residence Hall. The project will add 450 new dormitory beds. Rooms will be arranged in clusters of 35 students in a mix of singles and doubles with shared open spaces. Outside the building, a tree-filled entry courtyard and a plaza area will provide green space and gathering opportunities. Target completion date is Fall 2020.
May 07, 2019
Washington Capital Retains Tocci For Union Point
Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects
Washington Capital Management, Inc., on behalf of one or more investment management clients, has retained Tocci Building Corporation to provide development support services for Union Point. The property is the 1400 acre redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station formerly known as Southfield. Tocci will assist Washington Capital with land use documentation and selection of a new Master Developer. Services include liaison with the Southfield Redevelopment Authority and landowner responsibilities. Tocci was the former Program Manager for Union Point through 2017 and provided a broad range of planning and construction services.
Mar 13, 2019
Construction is Now Complete at Harmon Apartments
Construction is now complete at the Harmon Apartments at 2045 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester.
The residential building is located steps from Ashmont Station featuring 36 apartments designated for people with significant physical disabilities. 30 apartments are designated affordable, and six are offered at market rate.
All apartments are fully accessible, featuring specialized support technology and services. Apartments include 26 one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedrooms and feature automatic door openers, as well as HVAC and lighting systems controllable by smartphone.
Feb 25, 2019
Framing Ongoing for MIT's Upcoming Undergraduate Dorm
Framing is well underway for MIT's upcoming undergraduate dorm along Vassar Street just a few blocks from Central Square in Cambridge. The 155,000 square foot project will feature 450 new student beds along with a dining hall and varied community spaces. Outside the building, new community and private green space will be created. Construction is set to be complete in Fall 2020.
Feb 25, 2019
Work Ongoing for Below Grade Parking at 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Work is going for the two-level below grade parking garage that will hold just over 100 cars and 142 bikes at 50 Rogers Street. The project in Kendall Square will feature 136 rental units along with a landscaped courtyard and ground floor tenant amenity space. Construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2020.
Jan 18, 2019
Grace Apartments Development Approved
The Grace Apartments at 187 Sumner Street in East Boston have been approved.
The proposed project involves the construction of a new 42-unit seven-story building and the renovation of an existing 26,800 square foot building currently on the same site in Maverick Square, in East Boston.
The existing building includes 17 elderly/disabled subsidized units as well as approximately 3,000 square feet of ground floor commercial. The property consists of a 16,266-square foot parcel of land with 26,800-square foot of mixed-use, residential and commercial building. There will be no changes to the footprint of the existing building.
Nov 20, 2018
Site Work Underway at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square
Site work is underway for the upcoming 6-story residential building just steps from busy Kendall Square. The project is set to include 136 units and two levels of below-grade car and bike parking. The building will also feature a common courtyard in the center of the U-shaped design.
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