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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.
Feb 22, 2019
LStar Communities to be Removed from Union Point Development
The board overseeing the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station is putting the project’s master developer on notice of default for failing to attract development, provide necessary infrastructure and meet its financial obligations.
The Southfield Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors on Wednesday determined that LStar has breached the terms of the disposition and development agreement. The board voted unanimously to have Paul Niedzwiecki, executive director of the SouthField Redevelopment Authority, notify the company that it is in default.
“We don’t take this action lightly because it is a big deal, and it’s not a place we wanted to go,” said Lyndsey Kruzer, chairwoman of the authority’s board of directors.
LStar will have at least 30 days to address the deficiencies, after which the board will decide whether to take further action. That could include terminating the master developer agreement, Kruzer said.
The default notice results from mounting legal and financial challenges facing the developer behind the massive redevelopment project, which includes land in Weymouth, Rockland, and Abington.
via The Patriot Ledger
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.
Nov 08, 2018
Foundation Work Underway for New MIT Residence Hall
Foundation work is underway for MIT's upcoming 5-story, residence hall along Vassar Street. The 156K sf building will contain 450 beds for undergraduate students, in addition to 16 apartments for faculty and staff. Student amenities within the building are set to include meeting rooms, lounges, and a dining hall. There will also be ample green space throughout including a public entry courtyard and more private residents only plaza.
Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2020.
Nov 06, 2018
Nexus: 600K SF Mixed-Use Development Proposed in Allston
King Street Properties along with Mugar Enterprises and The DiStefano family have released plans for Nexus at the Allston Innovation Corridor. The three-building project would include over 607K of lab, office, retail, and residential space along Western Avenue in Allston. The plans also call for 5,000sf public park and Artist's Way a public space for art installations.
View of the three proposed new buildings in Nexus
The project is now under review with construction expected to be completed in phases. 250 and 280 Western Avenue would begin first with 305 Western Avenue thereafter. Once permitted the development team would expect construction on the first phase to take 2 years.
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