Foundation Work Continues for Winthrop Center
Foundation work continues at Winthrop Center, set to be the largest Passive House office building in the world. The 53-story tower is designed to surpass LEED Platinum status. Along with a leading-edge building envelope, the project team is working with Eversource to maximize energy efficiency. Eversource is advising on the optimization of the chiller and boiler plants and is also providing incentives to support the highly efficient envelope, lighting, and HVAC equipment. In addition to the customer incentives, Eversource will also provide design team incentives to support the advanced design practices associated with this project.
Other best in class features of the Winthrop Center office component will include a Passive House ventilation system that will provide higher levels of fresh air, shown to enhance creativity and productivity. The tower will also be wired platinum, offering the best in digital infrastructure. Tenants of the 750,000 square feet of office space will also have access to The Collective, a 35,000 square foot club that features a fitness center, game room, coworking space, and coffee bar. Atop the office space, Winthrop Center will also feature around 500 luxury condo homes. Construction is expected to last through the first quarter of 2022.
Oaktree, Dinosaur Capital Complete Newton Mixed-Use Development
Austin Street Partners, a joint venture between Oaktree Development, an award-winning developer of transit-oriented, mixed-use, multifamily developments, and Dinosaur Capital Partners, a Boston-based real estate developer, and investor, has completed 28 Austin, a mixed-use development that transforms a time-worn municipal parking lot into 68 apartments and 5,000 square feet of retail. Located in the village of Newtonville, 28 Austin is Newton’s first new multi-family housing north of Route 9 in more than a decade and was created via a unique private-public partnership between the City of Newton and Austin Street Partners that designates 23 of the apartments as affordable.
“28 Austin provides much-needed housing options for the region’s thriving workforce as well as for residents wanting to remain in Newton as they downsize from their single-family homes,” said Gwendolen Noyes, COO of GreenStaxx and partner at Oaktree Development. 28 Austin is located directly across from Star Market and within easy walking distance to a host of village shops, service-oriented businesses, and over a dozen restaurants. The commuter rail is located just two blocks away and there is easy access to MBTA bus transportation, including express-bus routes to Downtown Boston.
Designed by Stantec and constructed by NEI General Contracting, 28 Austin was built using GreenStaxx modular building technology, a patented design system designed by Oaktree principal Arthur Klipfel, which uses pre-designed and pre-engineered units that can be assembled like Lego blocks to fit any site. In addition to the apartments and retail space, there are 90 underground parking spaces for residents as well as 123 surface level public parking spaces. A new public plaza and playground improve the former municipal parking lot. A rooftop solar array provides over fifty percent of the building’s electrical needs, and 28 Austin is LEED certifiable, utilizing efficient heating and ventilation systems, fixtures and lighting.
The fully accessible apartments feature 9’ ceilings, oversized high-efficiency windows, and modern kitchens with Energy Star appliances, including Fisher & Paykel refrigerators, Bosch dishwashers and washer/dryers, double bathroom vanities, and luxury plank floors. Resident amenities include a hotel-like lobby with a secure package room, resident fitness room with state of the art LifeFitness exercise equipment, a guest suite, a dog park, and a resident lounge featuring a living room, dining room, library, meeting space, and sky deck with fire pit and pergola.
Residents began moving in in September, and retailers Henry Bear’s Park, a toy store, will open for Christmas and Caffé Nero, the bakery and café, will open in early 2020. The residential portion of 28 Austin is professionally managed and leased by the Nordblom Company, and Avison Young is the exclusive leasing agent for the retail space.
At the grand opening ceremony held in late October, Scott Oran, principal of developer Austin Street Partners, thanked the broad array of Newton civic organizations and residents for their support over the many years it took to bring the project to fruition. “Thank you for showing up, repeatedly and with conviction, for years and years in many cases, to make this building a reality,” said Oran. “If it takes a village to raise a child, it surely took a city to raise this building.”
NPC Approved for Winthrop Center
A notice of project change filed last month for Winthrop Center was approved by the BPDA on 11/14. The changes include the reduction of residential units from around 500 to 387 with an increase in office space from 750,000 square feet to 772,422. While the height of the tower will not change the total square footage has also been reduced from 1,650,000 to approximately 1,545,021. Finally, one level of underground parking has also been eliminated, cutting about 50 spaces from the total.
NPC Filed for Winthrop Center Plus $30M Plumbing Permit Pulled
A notice of project changed has been filed for Millennium Partners Winthrop Center Project. The updated documents call for the following changes to the project.
- Height of the building remains the same however total square footage has been decreased from 1,650,000 to approximately 1,545,021
- The original proposal called for up to 500 residential units, current plans would include 387
- Office square footage has increased from 750,000 square feet to 772,422
- One level of garage parking has been eliminated for a net loss of 50 parking spaces.
While the project change is under review construction is also ongoing on the site and a plumbing permit valued at $30M has been pulled for the project by EM Duggan.
Demo Permit Pulled for Phase II of Packard Crossing
Hamilton Construction Management has pulled a permit to demo the existing 1-story commercial building at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. Removal of the building will make way for phase II of Packard Crossing. The new building will feature 76 units, 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a below-grade parking garage with 175 spaces.
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.
First Units at 28 Austin Street in Newton Expected to Open Next Month
Interior finishing is ongoing and leasing is underway for 28 Austin Street in Newton. First residents are expected to take occupancy in late September with a second and third round of units coming online in October and November. In total, the project will feature 68 one & two-bedroom units ranging in size from around 650 square feet to over 1,200 square feet. Residents will have access to a sky deck with pergola and fire pits. The ground floor of the building will also include 5,000 square feet of retail space.
LOI Filed for Millenium Partners Tremont Street Project
Millennium Partners, Asian Community Development Corporation (CDC), Corcoran Jennison Companies and Tufts Shared Services have officially filed a letter of intent to construct a 31-story, $174 million tower at 286-290 Tremont Street in Chinatown, replacing a City-owned surface parking lot.
The tower would contain 171 affordable apartment and condominium residences, a 140-room expansion of the adjacent Doubletree Hotel, a 264-space expansion of the adjacent Tufts Shared Services parking garage and 8,000 square feet of ground-floor community space.
Residences would include 45 apartments and 126 condominiums, and would represent Millennium’s affordable housing contribution for the upcoming 115 Winthrop Square tower. Corcoran Jennison owns the adjacent hotel, and Tufts owns the adjacent parking garage. Asian CDC recently completed the 21-story One Greenway mixed-income housing tower in partnership with New Boston Fund.
Facade Install Nearly Complete for 1st Phase of Packard Crossing
Facade install is almost complete for the first phase of the Packard Crossing development in Allston. This first phase integrates the new four-story building into the existing Victorian house on the site and will feature 38 apartments. Underneath the building, a parking garage was also constructed with space for 39 cars. The second phase of the project will construction another larger building along Brighton Avenue to feature 76 units and around 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail along with another 175 parking spaces.
Work Continues on Slurry Walls for Winthrop Center
Construction continues on the slurry walls for the $1.3B Winthrop Center project in Downtown, Boston. The 53 story tower will include 500 condominium residences, with approximately 750,000 square feet of commercial office. The entire tower is designed to meet LEED Platinum standards with the office portion striving to become the world's largest Passive House office. Office tenants will also have access to a full floor of amenities including a fitness center, coffee bar, and game area. The most unique amenity, however, will be an electromagnetic-free zen room which will block cell phone service with a radiation-blocking grid built into the walls. Residential and office tenants will also have access to a proprietary app, ConnexIQ, which will allow them to access information on energy efficiency, request services, or order coffee.
Construction on Winthrop Center is expected to be complete in 2022.
Modular Boxes in Place for 28 Austin Street in Newton
Over 100 modular boxes are in place for the residential portion of the 28 Austin Street development in Newtonville. The development will feature 68 mixed-income residences along with 5,000 square feet of retail space. Unit sizes will range in size from one to two bedrooms and resident amenities will include a common roof terrace and garden. A public plaza will also be built on site along with 123 public parking spaces at ground level and 90 new spaces below grade.
Early Stages of Construction Continue at Winthrop Center as The Great Hall is Renamed The Connector
As site and slurry wall work continues for Winthrop Center the development team has announced a shift in the plans for the common space at the bottom of the project. What was originally dubbed The Great Hall, 12,000 square feet of public space over three floors has been revamped and renamed "The Connector". The update calls for a long lobby across the base of the tower, "connecting" Federal Street and Devonshire, still open to the public and programmed with year-round events.
Construction on the 691' tower is expected to be complete in 2022.