Nov 01, 2017
Construction complete at The Lucas, boutique South End condominium building set within restored church
New Boston Ventures has completed construction of The Lucas, a sold-out 33-unit boutique condominium development that has restored and expanded the historic, 1874-built German Trinity Catholic Church. The former church’s facade has been fully reconditioned, and new windows have been installed within its’ original archways. A multi-story addition adorned with a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall has been constructed above the original church, expertly meshing old and new. Luxury condominium residences have been constructed within the resulting structure, all of which sold out months before The Lucas’ completion. Condominiums feature state-of-the-art finishes; within the original church, condominiums feature unique details such as original arched windows. Condominium closings and move-ins will take place this month. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Sep 25, 2017
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:
Aug 15, 2017
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:
Aug 01, 2017
Facade complete at The Lucas, sold-out South End condominiums set within historic church
Restoration of The Lucas' historic church facade and installation of a new glass curtain wall along the building's signature vertical addition are both complete, resulting in a stunning blend of old and new. Along the historic facade, new arched windows have been installed, restoring the former church to its' original glory. Finishing touches to the facade are now underway, in addition to installation of luxurious finishes within the building's common spaces and 33 sold-out condominium residences. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Jul 18, 2017
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:
Jun 04, 2017
Facade nears completion at The Lucas, sold-out South End luxury condominiums
Work on the facade of the signature multi-story vertical addition to The Lucas is well underway, with installation of the addition’s glass curtain wall nearing completion. Windows have been fitted along all sections of the church’s restored historic structure, and weatherproofing is in place along both the historic structure and the new addition to allow for installation of exterior panels on the remainder of the building. The Lucas will feature 33 luxury condominium residences, all of which are reserved. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Apr 13, 2017
Sold-out The Lucas condominiums in South End top off, façade finishing underway
The Lucas’ signature multi-story vertical steel addition has topped off, and installation of the building’s glass curtain wall façade is underway both along the addition and the historic church structure. Along the addition, metal deck and concrete floor slabs have been installed, and scaffolding has been erected in order to install the curtain wall. Inside The Lucas, framing of individual residences is underway. Opening this summer, The Lucas will feature 33 luxury residences, all of which are now sold. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Feb 17, 2017
Exterior finishing underway at the South End's The Lucas luxury condominiums
The steel addition at the centre of The Lucas' original church building has reached its' full height of 8 stories, and exterior finishes are being installed across the facade. The last steel beams are being installed at The Lucas' summit. Panelling has almost been fully installed at The Lucas' rear, and windows have been installed across the original restored church structure. Featuring 33 luxury condominium residences, The Lucas blends historic ecclesiastical architecture with contemporary design to create a unique and striking modern structure in Boston’s South End. 2 residences at The Lucas remain for sale. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Jan 22, 2017
The Lucas vertical addition nears topping off, 2 residences remain
The vertical steel addition to The Lucas’ original church structure is nearing its’ full height of 8 stories tall. The addition will house luxury condominium residences. At the addition’s summit will be a resident roof deck with sweeping Boston skyline views.
The Lucas is 94% pre-sold, with 2 residences remaining for sale. Unit 6, a floor-through 5,295 square foot 4-bedroom/5.5 bathroom residence with floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning 360-degree views, 4 private decks and 4 garage parking spaces, is offered for $6.75 million. Unit 5A, a 2,596 square foot 4-bedrooms/3.5-bathroom residence with private decks, is offered for $3.2 million. The following is a photograph of The Lucas:
Jan 12, 2017
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.
Dec 14, 2016
The Lucas vertical addition takes shape, three condos remain for sale
Interior and exterior structural work is well underway at The Lucas luxury condominiums, and the vertical addition to the existing South End church shell is beginning to take shape. Both of The Lucas’s elevator shafts are about to top off. Glass windows have been installed along much of the original church facade. Inside The Lucas, unit partitions and metal stud framing are taking shape. When complete, The Lucas will uniquely incorporate historic design elements into a striking modern structure. Just three luxury condominiums at The Lucas remain for sale starting at $3.2 million. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Nov 28, 2016
LStar cuts ribbon on new Parkway at Union Point
LStar Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday (November 23rd, 2016) for the new $6.7 million Patriot Parkway at Union Point in South Weymouth. The completion of the Parkway frees hundreds of acres of land at Union Point up for development. The completed Parkway, financed by MassDOT, cuts through the 1,500 acre Union Point site, linking Routes 3 and 18 as well as the South Weymouth commuter rail station and the future Union Point town center district. Town Center Apartments, a new mixed-use development with 265 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail, is already under construction at the end of the Parkway steps to the commuter rail station.
Union Point residents were delighted to welcome the new Parkway and enthusiastically honked their car horns as they drove along the road for the first time. The following are photographs from the ribbon cutting ceremony:
Oct 24, 2016
Union Point plans revealed at BLDUP, Inc.’s Developer’s Agenda
LStar Communities’ Managing Partner Kyle Corkum revealed the latest plans for Union Point, a a 1,500 acre mixed-use development located 12 miles from Boston, at BLDUP, Inc.’s inaugural Developer’s Agenda event last Thursday evening. Corkum, with help from John Tocci Jr., Director of Virtual Design and Construction at Tocci Building Companies, led Developer’s Agenda attendees on a 3D virtual tour of Union Point and revealed new project renderings, which can be found on the Union Point BLDUP page.
Corkum spoke of the “unprecedented opportunity to build something spectacular” at Union Point, namely a “new transit-oriented city.” The State of Massachusetts has invested $53 million into a new 2.5-mile parkway at Union Point that leads to a new MBTA Commuter Rail Station; the State also invested $23 million into the MBTA Station.
Corkum unveiled plans for a “tremendous concentration of restaurants in an urban environment” that will be centered around a new man-made lake. These restaurants will surround new professional athletic facilities, activating the restaurant district. At game times, streets will be closed off “like Yawkey Way” in Boston. According to Corkum, professional sports teams have already committed to playing at Union Point.
Ultimately, over 100 commercial buildings will be constructed at Union Point; Union Point will feature up to 4,000 homes and up to 6 million square feet of commercial. Construction recently began on Town Center Apartments, a mixed-use development at Union Point with 14,000 square feet of retail and 265 units of rental housing. Six major projects at Union Point are now underway; up to 20 major projects will be underway by Spring 2017.
Oct 21, 2016
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:
Oct 07, 2016
Boulevard on the Greenway excavation underway
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:
Sep 23, 2016
Boulevard on the Greenway site work commences
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:
Sep 08, 2016
Interior framing underway at The Lucas, condos over 90% sold
Reinforcement of the The Lucas’ historic Roxbury Puddingstone facade is complete, allowing for commencement of interior framing. The Lucas will feature 33 luxury condominium units; according to The Lucas’ website, over 90% of units are sold with only three remaining. The Lucas’ eight-story frame has risen five floors within the existing facade, with the glass rooftop addition soon to follow. The building’s concrete elevator cores have also risen five stories. Interior walls and floors have been framed within The Lucas’ five-story annex along Washington Street, and new wood roofing has been installed. Additional information about The Lucas can be found above; the following are photographs of The Lucas:
Aug 10, 2016
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.
Jul 20, 2016
$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.
Jul 13, 2016
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.
Jun 24, 2016
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.
Jun 06, 2016
Facade reinforcement work underway at The Lucas, units 80% pre sold
Structural repairs and reinforcements are being made to The Lucas' historic facade in preparation for construction of the vertical glass addition. Foundation work is also underway at The Lucas to ensure structural soundness. Steel reinforcements are being installed on the inside of the historic facade's walls.
Per an update on The Lucas' website
, condominiums at The Lucas are 80% pre sold.
An excavator performs foundation work on The Lucas' historic facade
Steel reinforcements are installed along the historic facade's walls
View of The Lucas post-demolition from Shawmut Avenue
View of The Lucas post-demolition from Washington Street
View of The Lucas' exterior finishes
More information about The Lucas is posted below.
Mar 07, 2016
945 East Broadway is just about complete. All exterior finishes have been installed, and finishing touches are being put on condominium interiors. Landscapes will soon be complete; exterior hardscapes have been installed. New photographs of 945 East Broadway are posted above.
Jan 05, 2016
Demolition complete at The Lucas
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has completed roof and interior demolition at The Lucas. New drone video from J. Derenzo Companies shows load out of wood debris; video embedded below.
Update from J. Derenzo Companies:
136 Shawmut Avenue was the selective interior demolition of the inner wood structure of an 1880's granite block clad church in the heart of Boston's South End. The inner wood structure produced a massive amount of wood debris. A saw cut section of the granite block exterior wall, for future access of underground parking, allowed a skidsteer and small excavator entry to facilitate load out of the materials.
Dec 20, 2015
Demolition in full swing at The Lucas
Demolition is in full swing at The Lucas! J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has removed a significant section of the existing building's finishes while retaining the historic church's facade. The facade will be fully restored as part of the development project.
JDC Demolition performs demolition at The Lucas
View of the church building's partially demolished roof and hollowed interior
View of JDC Demolition at work at The Lucas
View of The Lucas along Shawmut Avenue
View of exterior finishes at The Lucas
Dec 06, 2015
945 East Broadway is nearing completion in South Boston's City Point. Exterior finishes are almost fully installed, and Finegold Alexander's beautiful design work is showing prominently. We are excited to watch installation of landscaping and other finishing touches as 945 East Broadway continues to progress.
September 25, 2015
Exterior finishes have been installed along much of 945 East Broadway. Windows have been fully installed.
Nov 17, 2015
We toured the under-construction Godfrey Hotel! The hotel building is near completion; interior finishes and furnishings are currently being installed, and original historic details are being restored.
Guests will stay in beautiful rooms designed by Gettys Group that are thoughtfully crafted, adorned with enticing artwork and well suited for an urban lifestyle. Also nearing completion are the George Howell Coffee shop and restaurant space on the hotel's ground floor.
Our photographs from the tour are posted above. Take a inside look at Downtown Crossing's latest game-changing development! Expected hotel opening is in late 2015/early 2016.
Aug 11, 2015
945 East Broadway's frame has topped off. We are excited to watch installation of windows and exterior finishes.
April 3, 2015
Excavation of 945 East Broadway's foundation has begun.