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Rental Buildings at Coppersmith Village Nearing Completion
Construction on the two new multifamily buildings along Border Street is coming to a close with residents expected to move in during the coming months. The 56 apartment units of Coopersmith VIllage will range in size from one to three bedrooms. Along Liverpool Street, exterior work is ongoing for the 15 new townhomes that will be available for purchase. The East Boston development will also feature parking for 37 cars along with ground floor retail space.
The upcoming new rental buildings along Border Street in East Boston.
The townhomes along Liverpool Street of Coppersmith Village.
The Andi at South Bay is now leasing as work is wrapping up on the first building (Building D) in the project. The 475 luxury unit complex, located in the new section of the South Bay Center will offer residents a host of amenities including 2 fitness centers, a private courtyard, salt water pool, and co-working space. Units within the project range in size from 450 sf studios to 1400 sf 3 bed/2bath apartments. The Andi is a key piece of the new 720,000 square foot mixed-use development that has transformed the 10-acre site at the intersection of Dorchester and South Boston.
Framing Reaches Full Height at Seascape in Weymouth
Wood framing has reached the sixth floor on the upcoming luxury condo building Seascape at Weymouth. The project will feature 50 units, a mix of one and two bedrooms with sweeping ocean views. The project is located on the tip of Weymouth Neck with easy access to the Hingham Shipyard and Route 3.
Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2019.
WaterMark Development has refinanced their development at 1785 Columbus Ave in Roxbury for $34.61 million via Eastern Bank and private lenders.
The approved 7-story, 139,200 square foot office building with ground-floor retail which will be located on Columbus Avenue in Roxbury steps to Egleston Square and the MBTA Orange Line. Approximately 48,000 square feet of office space across the 2nd and 3rd floors will be used by Horizons for Homeless Children for childcare and administration. An additional 87,500 square feet of office space will be designed for social service programs.
Framing Underway at 206 West Broadway in South Boston
Framing is underway for the upcoming mixed-use building located at 206 West Broadway in South Boston. The project is set to include 16 rental units, all designated as affordable. The units will be a mix of studios and one bedrooms. The ground floor of the building will include around 1000 sf of commercial space.
Nova Residences in Quincy Prepping for Modular Box Delivery
Construction continues in the heart of Quincy Center for the upcoming Nova Residences. The project will feature modular box design, with boxes set to arrive in October, according to Jonathan Miller, VP of Development and Acquisitions at LBC Boston. The 171 unit project will also feature 15,000 sf commercial space and is expected to be complete in July 2019.
Exterior Work Progresses on The Artists for Humanity Expansion
Work continues on the exterior of the 30,000 square foot expansion of The Artists for Humanity's headquarters in South Boston. The expansion facility will be Boston's first energy-positive building, producing more energy than it uses. The new space will also allow the organization to provide additional space for events, programming, education, and creativity and increase the number of young people the organization can employ to over 500.
Once complete the Artists for Humanity will launch the Liberty Mutual Career Center which will train youth in skills necessary for building trades success and support youth in union apprenticeships.
Interior Finishing Wrapping Up as 31 Orleans expects to Open in Late August
With opening expected in late August, interior working is nearing completion at 31 Orleans Street in East Boston. Luxury units at The Orleans will include 1 beds, duplexes or three bedroom homes with private entrances. The property will also offer a roof deck with Boston views.
Work continues at South Bay town center as an interior fit-out of 5,000 square feet of space to accommodate a new restaurant is underway. The work includes new mechanicals (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems). Additionally, a new kitchen, dining room, interior petitions, and drywall interior finishes are being completed.
When complete, the project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. A total of five new buildings will be built. South Bay Town Center will be pedestrian-oriented, with active ground-floor uses and open spaces.
Exterior Work Underway at Melnea Hotel and Residences
Exterior work is well underway, at the corner of Washington & Melnea Cass Blvd in Roxbury, on the new Melnea Hotel & Residences. This upcoming 126,400 square-foot development project will feature two new buildings, a 6-story Marriott Residence Inn hotel, and a 50-unit residential apartment building. Retail space totaling 8,000 square-feet will be located on the first floor of each building.
Callahan Construction Managers has completed construction on Phase II of AVA North Point in Cambridge. The 265 total unit luxury buildings (2), developed by AvalonBay Communities, features a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom residences. Resident amenities include a 24hr fitness center, gaming lounge, pool, elevated courtyard, pet spa, and a bike workshop with a unique DIY space.
The distinct apartments exterior was designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. with CUBE 3 Studio designing the interior units. Most feature sliding barn doors, gear walls, utility charging stations, and chalkboard walls. In addition, the apartments include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, in-unit laundry, and are designed for LEED Silver sustainability.
Callahan's work on the six-story, wood framed building also includes 3,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor and three levels of underground parking. AVA North Point is ideally situated less than a 5 minute walk from the Lechmere MBTA station and just one mile from Boston.
Callahan completes 20-story Montaje luxury apartment tower at Assembly Row in Somerville
Callahan Construction Managers has completed Montaje for Federal Realty Investment Trust. The 768,000-square-foot luxury apartment and retail development, located at the heart of Assembly Row in Somerville, features a landmark 20-story, 236-foot-tall tower and a 77-foot-tall, six-story, wood framed building. Designed by Stantec, Montaje features 447 studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences that are outfitted with luxurious finishes, including quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.
At Montaje’s summit is a top-floor Sky Lounge featuring striking views of Boston and the nearby Mystic River. The Sky Lounge includes an outdoor roof deck, a chef’s kitchen, a dining area and a media/living room. A second, lower level courtyard features grilling stations, a bocce court and an outdoor fireplace. Additional Montaje amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, a fitness center with a yoga studio, artist space, a resident lounge featuring a billiards table and a meeting room. A seven-story precast parking garage with space for 650 cars has also been constructed on site.
On Montaje’s ground floor is 40,000 square feet of retail, home to multiple shops, restaurants and bars including MidiCi Pizza, Ann Taylor Factory Shop, Yankee Candle, Fragrance Outlet, Columbia Sportswear Company, Mass General Hospital and American Fresh Brewhouse. Montaje is located next to the Assembly MBTA Orange Line station and minutes from Interstate 93, offering a short commute to Downtown Boston and Cambridge by transit or car.
Delphi Construction Celebrates Ground Breaking at Seascape at Weymouth
Representatives of Delphi Construction joined project owner, key stakeholders and government representatives at the official groundbreaking of Seascape at Weymouth, a new 6-story, $30 million luxury waterfront condominium project under construction at Weymouth Neck overlooking the mouth of the Fore River, Hingham Bay and the Hingham Shipyard.
The official ceremony marking the start of construction featured remarks from Mayor of Weymouth, Robert Hedlund, Project Owners David and Joseph Iantosca of Seascape Development, LLC, Architect Ken Hagan of Sheskey Architects, Weymouth Planning Board Director Robert Luongo and Delphi’s Director of Business Development, Tom Howes.
Following the brief speeches, honored guests participated in a symbolic dirt moving ceremony and were presented with engraved commemorative shovels to mark the occasion.
“We are excited to have begun construction of this long awaited project. We know that with the scenic beauty of this location, the outstanding design work provided by Sheskey Architects and the quality construction being provided by Delphi, this building will emerge as a gem on the waterfront here in Weymouth. We wish to express our appreciation to the entire team, the office of the Mayor as well as the Weymouth Planning Board not only for coming out to celebrate this milestone but for both their diligence and vision throughout the planning process. It is a special honor for my brother and myself to be completing this project on the same parcel of land first developed by our father a generation ago. We look forward to watching this project take shape over the next several months and gathering again for a ribbon cutting in the Spring.” Said Joseph Iantosca of Seascape Development, LLC, the project owner.
When finished, Seascape at Weymouth will be a luxury waterfront residential community with a mix of one and two bedroom units offering panoramic and unobstructed ocean views of Hingham Bay. Units will be brokered by Amy Toth, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing at Real Living Coastal Real Estate
A certificate of occupancy has been issued at PORT45 in South Boston. The new-construction mixed-use LEED Silver-certifiable building features 105 contemporary residential condominiums ranging from one to three-plus bedrooms.
Condominiums at PORT45 are now for sale starting at $599,000 and continuing to $1.5 million. Amenities at PORT45 will include concierge service, a gym, common spaces, private outdoor spaces and a bicycle sharing program.
Construction ongoing at 480 Rutherford in Charlestown
Construction is ongoing at 480 Rutherford Avenue - named “The Harvey” - in Charlestown. The development is an approved 177-unit residential apartment building with 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail located in Charlestown's Sullivan Square steps to the MBTA Orange Line and is slated for completion in 2019.
The building will include 67 studios, 81 one-bedrooms and 29 two-bedrooms. Resident amenities will include an outdoor courtyard with city views, a fitness/yoga studio, a social lounge and a dog wash station. A 90-space vehicle parking garage will be located at-grade and underneath the building. The garage will also contain 172 bicycle parking spaces. 480 Rutherford Avenue will be LEED Platinum-certifiable.
Gate Residential Mortgages 500 Ocean Ave Development
Boston based, Gate Residential, has mortgaged the property at 500 Ocean Ave in Revere for $65 million. The group has received the funds for the beachfront development from PNC Bank.
The current project at 500 Ocean Ave is a mixed-use development that consists of an apartment building with shared amenities and retail on a 2.4-acre parcel. The parcel is part of the master-planned Waterfront Square district, which will also include hotel and retail programming.
Dallas-based Invesco Real Estate has acquired the property at 75 Moulton Street in Cambridge for $17.95 million. The site features a newly renovated 37,500-square-foot lab and R&D building with state of the art lab infrastructure. The building is located within Fresh Pond Technology Park near the Alewife MBTA Red Line station.
Exterior framing and drywall are going up at South Bay Town Center as they aim for a summer 2018 opening. The project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. A total of five new buildings will be built. South Bay Town Center will be pedestrian-oriented, with active ground-floor uses and open spaces.
Callahan Inc. has been selected as the General Contractor for 500 Ocean Ave - Waterfront Square Project, a new apartment development located in Revere, MA.
When completed in the winter of 2020 the project will consist of one apartment building, seven stories tall, inclusive of two courtyards, a lap style pool and (2) retail areas. There will be 305 residential units.
The amenities are located throughout the building on the first and third levels. The first level houses a reception area, cardio room, strength training room, on demand room, dog wash, package room and (3) offices. The third level includes an extensive lounge with an outdoor deck along with a pool and lounge area.
The unit mix consists of lofts and studios along with one, two, and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 441 square feet to 1,430 square feet. There are two levels of parking under podium including 203 spaces on the lower level, 206 spaces on the upper and electric car charging stations.
Underground Site Utilities are in progress and are currently 25% complete.
Finishing touches underway at AVA North Point luxury apartments in East Cambridge, built by Callahan Construction Managers
The exterior facade of AVA North Point, a new six-story, wood framed, 265-unit luxury apartment community, has been completed. The complex, developed by AvalonBay Communities and built by Callahan Construction Managers, is set to open this summer. In addition to the façade completion, finishes are currently being installed within apartments that include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hard surface flooring and in-unit washers and dryers. Common spaces, including lounges, a fitness center, landscaped elevated courtyards and a swimming pool are also being fit out.
AVA North Point will feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, efficiently designed to LEED Silver sustainability specifications. The community will also include a 3,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space and three levels of underground parking. AVA North Point is located steps from the Lechmere MBTA Green Line station, Kendall Square and the 45-acre, 4.5-million-square-foot Cambridge Crossing development, soon to be home to the North American headquarters of global healthcare technology leader Philips. The following is a photograph of AVA North Point:
Foundation construction of Quincy Center mixed-use development underway
The foundation of Nova Residences at Quincy, a 171-unit apartment development with over 15,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space located in burgeoning Quincy Center, is now being constructed. The project site has been graded, and concrete is being poured in order to construct the foundation's deep footings. In the coming months, vertical construction of the seven-story building will begin.
Nova Residences at Quincy is expected to open in 2019 and will encompass 153,000 square feet. The building will include a new public ground-floor, all-weather galleria linking Hancock Street to a new 650-to-700-space public parking garage that will be built by the City of Quincy. The following is a photograph of Nova Residences of Quincy:
50 seaside condominiums breaking ground on Weymouth waterfront
Seascape at Weymouth, a 50-unit luxury condominium development located at Weymouth Neck overlooking Boston Harbor, is set to break ground this month. Initial site work is expected to begin this month, and construction of the six-story building is expected to last just over one year. Seascape at Weymouth is anticipated to be delivered in Spring 2019. The $20 million building will feature 14 one-bedroom and 36 two-bedroom residences, with luxurious finishes and sweeping ocean views throughout.
Facade finishing underway at 31 Orleans Street apartments in East Boston’s Jeffries Point
The four-story structure of 31 Orleans Street, a new-construction 14-unit apartment development located in East Boston’s Jeffries Point neighborhood steps from the East Boston Waterfront, has been fully sealed. All windows have been installed, and the wood-framed structure has been enclosed with moisture-resistant cladding.
Finishing of 31 Orleans Street’s facade with red bricks and installation of interior finishes are both now underway. 31 Orleans Street is located a short walk from Maverick Square and the MBTA Blue Line, minutes from Downtown Boston, and is expected to open to residents in 2018. The building will be LEED Gold-certified, and will include amenities such as a roof deck and on-site garage parking. The following are photographs of 31 Orleans Street:
Callahan completes Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartments on Quincy waterfront
Callahan Construction Managers has completed Meriel Marina Bay, a 352-unit luxury apartment community located on the Quincy waterfront overlooking Boston Harbor. Meriel Marina Bay, developed by Hines, features studio to three-bedroom apartments available for immediate lease, and also includes a new extension of the Marina Bay public waterfront with 20,000 square feet of retail space.
Residences at Meriel Marina Bay feature open layouts and luxurious finishes such as oversized windows, wide plank flooring and kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, center islands with breakfast bars, quartz countertops and European-style soft-close cabinets. Many apartments are equipped with oversized balconies or private patios. Resident amenities at Meriel Marina Bay include four elevated courtyards featuring fire pits, barbeque grills, wet bars and deck swings, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a club room with lounge seating, a catering kitchen and a fitness center.
Sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline are visible throughout Meriel Marina Bay. Both of the developments’ buildings structural frames include five stories of wood above a base two-level steel podium that contains a total of 500 garage parking spaces, in addition to indoor storage for bikes, paddle boards and kayaks. Meriel Marina Bay is conveniently located near Downtown Boston and Interstate 93. The community is also adjacent to Squantum Point Park, which features a two-mile Riverwalk trail and beaches. The following is a photograph of Meriel Marina Bay:
Coppersmith Village apartments on East Boston Waterfront top off, condominium foundation work underway
Coppersmith Village’s two multifamily buildings along Border Street, which will feature 56 rental apartments located steps from the East Boston Waterfront, have topped off at five stories tall. Along Liverpool Street, the foundation of 15 ownership condominium townhouses are being constructed. Green Zip R sheathing has been fully installed along the multifamily buildings’ facades, and exterior balconies have been framed. Installation of the multifamily buildings’ windows is expected to begin imminently, and roofing work is nearing completion. Once the multifamily buildings are sealed, interior finishing work will be able to commence. Construction of the townhouses’ wooden structural frames is expected to begin later this month. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village:
New-construction Peterborough Apartments in Fenway open to residents
Peterborough Apartments, a new-construction Fenway residential building featuring 20 apartments, has opened to residents. The building’s apartments feature luxurious finishes such as hardwood flooring, granite kitchen and bath countertops, stainless steel appliances and video intercom systems. A total of 12 garage parking spaces are located on site. Peterborough Apartments is located steps from the Emerald Necklace park, Fenway Park and the shops and restaurants of the Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods. The following are photographs of Peterborough Apartments:
The Pioneer, upcoming 286-unit luxury apartment development in Everett, secures joint venture equity and construction financing
Joint venture equity and $57.45 million in construction financing have been secured for The Pioneer, an upcoming 286-unit luxury apartment development located in Everett steps from the new MBTA Silver Line Extension and Commuter Rail stations at Mystic Mall in Chelsea. Working on behalf of The Pioneer developer Post Road Residential, Colliers International’s Boston Capital Markets Group arranged a joint venture partnership for the project with CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC, as well as construction financing through TD Bank N.A. and People’s United Bank. Upon its’ completion in Fall 2018, The Pioneer, which has begun construction, will offer desirable amenities including a landscaped courtyard with a heated pool, a rooftop lounge and a two-level fitness center. Per Post Road, apartments at The Pioneer will be offered at rents significantly lower than comparable buildings closer to Downtown Boston.
Callahan completes new-construction RE150 apartments along Mystic River in Medford
Callahan Construction Managers has completed RE150, a 282-unit new-construction luxury apartment complex along the Mystic River in Medford, the latest residential building at the 30-acre Rivers Edge mixed-use development. Located at 150 Rivers Edge Drive, RE150 features desirable amenities including a clubhouse, a fitness center, a swimming pool and outdoor entertainment areas such as two private courtyards and green space overlooking the Mystic River. On RE150’s ground floor is 18,200 square feet of retail and restaurant space, which could soon be home to a full-service bar/restaurant and specialty/convenience retailers, as well as vehicle parking.
RE150 features two five-story buildings constructed with four-stories of wood framing above one-story steel podiums. The buildings are wrapped around an above-grade precast concrete parking garage, with a total of 1,042 parking spaces.
RE150 is located across from 100 Rivers Edge Drive, the first residential building at Rivers Edge, which features 222 apartments and was completed in 2009. RE150 is located a short distance from the Wellington MBTA Orange Line station and Interstate 93, minutes from Downtown Boston and Cambridge. Apartments and retail space at RE150 are now available for lease. The following are photographs of RE150:
KEMS Corporation completes 170 West Broadway luxury residences, now on sale in South Boston
KEMS Corporation has completed installation of high-end finishes throughout 170 West Broadway's facade and 33 one- and two-bedroom luxury condominium residences, a few of which remain for sale, and the building is now ready to welcome its’ first residents. The building’s 5,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space, which is available for lease, is now fully glassed in.
Located in the heart of South Boston steps from the South End, the Seaport District and Downtown Boston, 170 West Broadway's exclusive, new-construction residences feature amenities including top-grade appliances, hardwood floors, high ceilings, an intercom service and secure garage parking on site. Eight penthouse residences at 170 West Broadway feature private rooftop decks.
Please click Contact Broker above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about available residences and retail space at 170 West Broadway. The following are photographs of 170 West Broadway:
Harvard proposes new ArtLab arts collaboration space along Western Avenue Corridor in Allston
Harvard has unveiled plans to construct ArtLab, a new arts collaboration space within the University’s growing Allston campus along the booming Western Avenue Corridor. The 9,000-square-foot space would nurture arts including film, theater, dance and media, with spaces including sound editing stations, an audio recording studio and space for rehearsal, improvisation and informal performance. “The ArtLab will be more than just a space — it will be an important addition to Harvard’s burgeoning arts environment, a home where faculty, staff and students can engage in the kinds of interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the curriculum that is a hallmark of Harvard’s strong and diverse arts community,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in a prepared statement.
ArtLab would be located at Barry’s Corner, the intersection of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue in Allston, steps from Harvard’s under-construction $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex and recently completed 15,000-square-foot Life Lab, as well as multiple new development projects. The building would be located across from the recently completed $150 million, 350,000-square-foot Continuum development, home to a newly opened Trader Joe’s supermarket, and just down the street from Telford 180, a recently completed 85-unit condominium building that sold out pre-completion.
In the coming months, Harvard will file plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing ArtLab. if approved, construction of ArtLab could begin as early as summer 2018, with completion in early 2019.
BPDA approves switch from apartments to condominiums for 99 Tremont Street
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has given Saracen Properties approval to market 62 newly constructed residences at 99 Tremont Street in Brighton as condominiums, as opposed to apartments as originally approved. Eight condominiums at 99 Tremont Street will be designated affordable. Saracen’s decision to switch 99 Tremont Street to condominiums from apartments comes in light of the Allston-Brighton condominium market’s strong recent performance, including the 85-unit Telford 180 new-construction condominiums selling out pre-completion. A number of new condominium buildings have since been proposed for Allston-Brighton, including 46 units at 46 Hichborn Street and 82 units at 70 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway.
Ground broken on 177 apartments in Sullivan Square
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for 480 Rutherford Avenue, an upcoming 177-unit apartment building located in Charlestown’s Sullivan Square. 480 Rutherford Avenue will contain studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences, 23 of which will be affordable. The LEED Platinum-certifiable 480 Rutherford Avenue will be the first residential building at Hood Park, a 20-acre development permitted for over 1.1 million square feet of new construction. “Expanding upon the success of the commercial redevelopment of Hood Park, we are excited to bring a residential component to the project,” said Chris Kaneb, manager of project developer Hood Park LLC. “It will undoubtedly bring a 24/7 vibrancy to the park, achieving our organization’s long-range vision for a complete, mixed use transformation." Completion of 480 Rutherford Avenue is anticipated in 2019. The building is located steps from the MBTA Orange Line and a short drive to Downtown Boston.
Pre-leasing underway at Boston East apartments on East Boston Waterfront, opening this Fall
Pre-leasing has begun at the 200-unit Boston East new-construction apartment development opening this Fall on the East Boston Waterfront, which will feature studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with rents starting at $1,950/month. Studios at Boston East range from $1,950 to $2,250 per month, 1-bedrooms begin at around $2,200 and cap out at about $2,800 per month, 2-bedrooms range from just under $3,100 to about $3,700 per month and 3-bedrooms can be rented starting at $4,800 per month. 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom loft-style apartments range from about $2,400 to just over $5,000 per month. Boston East apartments feature luxurious amenities including patios and balconies in select apartments, quartz countertops, hardwood flooring and oversized windows, with sweeping views of Boston Harbor throughout. Communal amenities include a top floor lounge and terrace, a courtyard with a fire pit and lounge areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center and on-site parking. The latest renderings of Boston East are posted above.
Edens acquires junk company site at gateway to South Bay Town Center development for $3.6 million
Edens, developer of the $200 million, 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center project in Dorchester, has acquired the 0.2-acre site of the Lenox Junk Company, located at the future gateway to South Bay Town Center, for $3.6 million. The parcel, located at 1170 Massachusetts Avenue at the corner of Allstate Road, presents an unprecedented opportunity for Edens to construct an engaging, appropriate gateway for South Bay Town Center, a pedestrian-oriented development which will feature approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. 1170 Massachusetts Avenue’s seller is Core Investments, who acquired the site for $900,000 in May 2013. Core Investments is currently developing the nearby $400 million, 735,000-square-foot Washington Village mixed-use development in South Boston’s Andrew Square.
Helical Drilling provides ground improvement solution at South Bay Town Center development in Dorchester
Helical Drilling has completed ground improvement at the 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center mixed-use development in Dorchester. Ground improvement was necessitated by South Bay's geotechnical composition of unstable urban fill, including up to 15 feet of loose-to-medium dense granular fill with ash, slag, cinders, and brick underlain by up to 10 feet of soft organic silt and followed by medium dense sand and gravel. In order to strengthen the soil, Helical Drilling installed Geopier® Rammed Aggregate Pier® Elements (RAPs), providing both spread footing support and slab-on-grade support. GeoConcrete® Column Rigid Inclusions (GCCs) were used in areas with thicker organic deposits and high footing bearing pressures.
Upon completion in 2018, the 10-acre South Bay Town Center will feature 475 apartment residences, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000-square-foot AMC cinema, a 130-room addition to the existing Holiday Inn Express hotel and three precast concrete parking garages. The following are photographs of ground improvement underway at South Bay Town Center, courtesy Helical Drilling:
Foundation work nearing completion at East Boston’s Coppersmith Village, featuring rammed aggregate piers installed by Helical Drilling
The foundation of Coppersmith Village, a $33 million mixed-use development in East Boston featuring 71 residences and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is nearing completion, with Helical Drilling about to complete installation of Geopier® Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) elements in the development’s soil. RAP elements reinforce unsuitable soils, providing an improved subgrade in order to support conventional shallow footings and slab-on-grade floor loads. RAPs are particularly suitable for sites with caving soils, contaminated soils and/or shallow groundwater and provide enhanced stiffness of relatively soft soil layers, making RAPs an optimal choice to reinforce foundations of development projects built on sections of Boston, for instance the East Boston Waterfront, which were constructed through land-making with urban fill. RAP installation also generates little to no excess spoils and eliminates the need for casing or dewatering.
The foundation of Coppersmith Village’s south mixed-use building is complete; the building’s first-floor steel podium has been erected, and elevator shafts are about to top off at five stories tall. The south building’s concrete foundation base slab will be poured in mid-September, after which the top four floors will be framed with wood. Coppersmith Village's north mixed-use building’s foundation has been 80%-installed, and elevator shaft erection has begun. The north building’s steel podium will be erected starting the first week of September. Helical Drilling has completed installation of RAPs in the foundations of both mixed-use buildings, which are located along Border Street, and will install RAPs in the future foundation of Coppersmith Village’s 15 townhouse residences, which will be located along Liverpool Street, starting the first week of September. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village, courtesy Tocci Building Corporation:
Boston East apartments facade nears completion, interior finishing underway
Nearly all brick and metal panel exterior finishes have been installed along the six-story facade of Boston East,
an upcoming 200-unit luxury apartment building situated on the East Boston Waterfront. Boston East's exterior has been fully fireproofed, and all windows are in place. Inside the building, installation of luxurious reisdence and common space finishes is well underway. Boston East is expected to open this Fall. As part of the project, a new Harborwalk extension and public open space will be constructed along the waterfront. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Ribbon cut on newly completed Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartments, and Marina Bay boardwalk expansion, on Quincy waterfront
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, August 12th for the newly completed Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartments on the Quincy waterfront, and the associated expansion of the Marina Bay boardwalk. The boardwalk’s size has been nearly doubled as part of Meriel Marina Bay’s development, creating new publicly-accessibly waterfront space and retail. Meriel Marina Bay features two five-story buildings featuring 352 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, with resident amenities including a fitness center, three elevated courtyards, a swimming pool and on-site garage parking. Breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline are visible throughout Meriel Marina Bay. Over 25% of apartments at Meriel Marina Bay are leased following the launch of leasing last Spring; apartments are now available for lease.
Meriel Marina Bay is the latest addition to Quincy’s thriving Marina Bay neighborhood, located a short drive, transit trip or boat ride to Downtown Boston. “The expansion of the Marina Bay boardwalk is a truly meaningful milestone in our work to complete the Meriel Marina Bay community and further enhance the many wonderful aspects of this neighborhood,” said Hines Managing Director Michael Francis in a prepared statement. “The new boardwalk and new retail spaces will provide additional opportunities to complement the already thriving mix of retail offerings along the waterfront and provide both locals and visitors with added space to enjoy the unique benefits of this waterfront neighborhood.”
Meriel Marina Bay complements Quincy’s recent resurgence, with hundreds of thousands of square feet of new housing and commercial space currently under development and recently completed. “Our city has experienced an ongoing positive evolution across all neighborhoods over the last number of years with the steady addition of new businesses and residents proud to call Quincy home,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch in a prepared statement. “Marina Bay has particularly continued to thrive as a destination where residents and visitors alike come to live, work and play, and I’m thrilled to see the continued growth of this community with the expansion of the boardwalk through the construction of Meriel Marina Bay.”
Helical Drilling completes ground improvement at future site of Holiday Inn along Mill Creek in Chelsea
Helical Drilling has completed installation of Geopier GeoConcrete Columns (GCCs), rigid inclusion ground improvement elements that enhance unsuitable soil conditions, at the future site of a Holiday Inn hotel opening in late 2018 along Mill Creek in Chelsea. The high-stiffness columns were installed to depths of 60 feet, strengthening the site’s soil in order to allow for conventional shallow footing and slab-on-grade foundation construction.
Use of GCCs is ideal for sites such as Mill Creek and its’ surroundings, which have underwent significant decontamination and have been vastly improved in recent years. GCCs, combined with engineered footing pads installed atop the columns, provide a significantly strengthened subgrade, allowing for traditional shallow footing support on sites with softer, weaker soil or shallow groundwater. The columns work together with surrounding soil to transfer heavy loads below soil down to suitable geotechnical bearing.
GCC installation is clean and efficient, generating little to no spoils without the need for casing or dewatering. GCCs are also a cost-effective alternative to traditional driven piles, allowing for rapid installation on shorter construction schedules.
The new, full-service Holiday Inn will open in late 2018 and feature 124 rooms, as well as a restaurant with waterside outdoor seating. As part of the project, a new public pedestrian path will be created along Mill Creek. The following is a video of Helical Drilling installing GCCs at the future site of Holiday Inn Chelsea:
Interior finishing nearing completion at 170 West Broadway luxury residences, now on sale in South Boston
Installation of high-end finishes throughout 170 West Broadway's 33 one- and two-bedroom luxury condominium residences, located in the heart of South Boston steps from the South End, the Seaport District and Downtown Boston, is nearing completion ahead of the premier, professionally-managed building's opening this Fall. 170 West Broadway's exclusive, newly built residences will feature top-grade appliances, hardwood floors, high ceilings, intercom service and the latest luxury finishes. Eight penthouses at 170 West Broadway will feature private rooftop decks. Secure garage parking will be located on site.
170 West Broadway condominium residences are now available for sale, with the unprecedented opportunity to customize finishes. Ground-floor retail space at 170 West Broadway is also available for lease. Click Contact Broker above for more information about available residences and retail space at 170 West Broadway. The following are photographs of 170 West Broadway:
Watermark Development acquires 0.69 acres in Roxbury for $4 million, allowing approved office development to proceed
Watermark Development has acquired a 0.69-acre property in Roxbury for $4 million, allowing the developer to proceed with construction of the approved 139,200-square-foot 1785 Columbus Avenue office building. Two single-story commercial buildings stand on the property, located at 0 Dimcock Avenue and 1837 Columbus Avenue; both buildings will be demolished. Watermark received approval from the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in May to construct 1785 Columbus Avenue. The building will be built on a total of 0.91 acres, 0.22 of which were owned by Watermark prior to the development’s approval. 1785 Columbus Avenue will feature office space for Horizons for Homeless Children and other social service programs, in addition to ground-floor retail. Construction of 1785 Columbus Avenue is anticipated to commence in the 4th quarter of 2017, with completion expected in the 2nd quarter of 2019.
Structural framing nearing completion, weatherproofing underway at PORT 45 luxury condos in South Boston
Framing of PORT 45’s five-story structure is nearing completion, and the first windows and weatherproofing sections have been installed. PORT 45’s first balconies have been fitted along the building’s facade. Inside the building, framing of individual residences is underway, and concrete is being poured to construct floors. PORT 45’s 105 one-to-three-bedroom luxury condominiums are 65%-reserved and will feature desirable amenities including concierge service, a gym and private indoor and outdoor common spaces. PORT 45 residences are on sale ranging from $599,000 to $1.5 million; approximately 3,400 square feet of ground-floor retail at the building will be available as well. The following are photographs of PORT 45:
475 new residences break ground at South Bay Town Center in Dorchester
Two new buildings featuring 475 residences have broken ground at the 720,000-square-foot South Bay Town Center mixed-use development in Dorchester. Initial site work for a 45,000-square-foot addition to the existing Holiday Inn Express hotel on site is underway as well. A 602-space precast concrete parking garage is nearing completion at South Bay Town Center, and interior and exterior finishing are underway at the development’s new AMC movie theater. The 10-acre South Bay Town Center is expected to open in 2018 and will feature approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel, all oriented about an active pedestrian streetscape. The following is an aerial photograph of South Bay Town Center, courtesy Lee Kennedy Company:
Artists for Humanity breaks ground on South Boston headquarters expansion
A groundbreaking ceremony for Artists for Humanity’s 30,000-square-foot expansion of its’ South Boston headquarters was held last Thursday (July 13th). The expansion will allow Artists for Humanity, a national leader in youth arts enterprise whose mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design, to employ over 500 teens yearly, doubling the organization's current employment capability. Boston's first energy-positive building, Artists for Humanity’s expansion wing will be located adjacent to its’ existing 23,500-square-foot South Boston headquarters and will feature new studio, gallery and event space. The expansion will also contain the Liberty Mutual Career Center, a new initiative that will provide youth with skills necessary to succeed in building trades. The expansion will also allow Artists for Humanity to open a new community maker space and store. The following is a photograph from Artists for Humanity’s groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday:
BLDUP’s Building of the Week: 170 West Broadway luxury condominiums in South Boston
Opening this Fall in South Boston, 170 West Broadway will feature 33 luxurious condominium residences now on sale in addition to 5,170 square feet of ground-floor retail space now leasing. The following is a video exhibiting 170 West Broadway and its’ multiple desirable amenities:
Dellbrook | JKS completes Phase I of 99 Tremont Street, new Brighton luxury apartments now leasing
Dellbrook | JKS has completed Phase I of the 62-residence 99 Tremont Street luxury apartment development in Brighton, with studio, one and two-bedroom residences now available for lease. Luxurious finishes have been installed throughout the Phase I building’s residences and amenity spaces, which include a fitness area and a common room. Construction of Phase II is nearing completion and will feature additional residences, along with a landscaped courtyard. 99 Tremont Street is located steps from Brighton’s Oak Square, a short drive or express bus ride to Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of 99 Tremont Street, courtesy Dellbrook | JKS:
Finishing touches underway at 170 West Broadway luxury condominiums, now on sale in South Boston
Brick finishes and windows have been fully installed along the facade of 170 West Broadway, a luxurious new residential building in South Boston featuring 33 distinctive one- and two-bedroom condominium residences now on sale. Inside the professionally-managed, state-of-the-art building built by KEMS Corporation, finishing touches to residences and common amenity spaces are nearing completion. Residences will feature modern amenities, top-grade appliances, high ceilings and the latest luxury finishes, in addition to secure garage parking. Eight penthouses at 170 West Broadway will feature private rooftop decks.
170 West Broadway condominium residences are now available for sale, with the unprecedented opportunity to customize finishes. Ground-floor retail space at 170 West Broadway is available for lease as well. Click Contact Broker above for more information about available residences and retail space at 170 West Broadway; the building is expected to open this Fall. 170 West Broadway is located steps to the Broadway MBTA Red Line station, surrounded by desirable restaurants and shops. The Seaport District, the South End and Downtown Boston are all located a short walk away. The following are photographs of 170 West Broadway:
Renovations complete at 75 Moulton lab and R&D building in Alewife, Helical Drilling provides geotechnical design/build solution
Renovations are complete at 75 Moulton Street, a newly renovated 37,500-square-foot lab and R&D building in Cambridge located a short distance to Alewife Station and now leasing. Renovation work included reinforcement of the building’s pile-supported foundation and columns in order to support a higher roof load given 75 Moulton Street’s state-of-the-art HVAC, roofing and facade upgrades; Helical Drilling installed high-capacity STELCOR® micropiles, an optimal solution for achieving high axial load capacity in limited access and overhead clearance applications such as existing buildings.
STELCOR® micropiles can be efficiently installed with no vibration or spoils, ideal for repositioning of existing buildings. The piles are smaller and more space-efficient than traditional piles, and offer a lower overall cost per kip of support. Helical’s innovative approach was instrumental towards the creation of the state-of-the-art 75 Moulton Street, which features top-quality infrastructure and a sleek new insulated metal panel facade. Lab and R&D space at 75 Moulton Street is now available for lease. The following is a photograph of STELCOR® micropile installation at 75 Moulton Street:
Sephora opens in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, Helical Drilling provides helical pile geotechnical design/build solution
The replacement of an aging 1970s retail structure at Faneuil Hall Marketplace downtown with a gleaming new pavilion featuring a sweeping glass curtain wall is now complete, with a new Sephora high-end cosmetics store now open. The project presented a unique construction challenge given its’ small footprint and location in a popular historic neighborhood constantly bustling with tourists and office workers. Furthermore, the site is located in an area of Boston created with urban fill, which can be unstable if not properly reinforced. The associated transportation needs to replace existing urban fill would have been unsuitable for Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s tight, busy urban location. Accordingly, it was deemed necessary to install piles on the site in order to strengthen the soil.
Traditional pile driving, which is very loud and requires large equipment to perform, not to mention very long individual piles, would not have been ideal for Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Accordingly, geotechnical design/build specialist Helical Drilling was brought in to install helical piles, smaller, more space-efficient foundation elements that can be very cost-effective in a tight urban environment such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Helical Drilling performed the helical pile installation in just eight days, allowing the project to proceed quickly, on budget and on schedule. The result is a new modern landmark for Quincy Market that will serve the district for years to come. The following is a photograph of the new Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, courtesy Helical Drilling:
The following are photographs of helical pile installation underway at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, courtesy Helical Drilling:
Facade and interior finishing underway at Walter Huntington Apartments, luxury apartments opening September in Mission Hill
Windows are now fully installed at Walter Huntington Apartments, a new luxury apartment building in Mission Hill located steps to the Longwood Medical Area featuring 38 residences with 7,080 square feet of ground-floor retail, and exterior weatherproofing is complete. Clapboard siding exterior finishes have been installed along a large section of Walter Huntington Apartments’ facade. Inside the building, luxurious finishes are being installed in residences and common spaces. Walter Huntington Apartments will open this September, with studio, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences now available for lease. The following are photographs of Walter Huntington Apartments:
112 Rantoul Street new mixed-use transit-oriented development in Downtown Beverly, breaks ground
112 Rantoul Street, a new $20 million, 70,000-square-foot mixed-use development located next to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station in Downtown Beverly, has broken ground. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for 112 Rantoul Street this past Wednesday (June 14th, 2017) on the project site, where initial site preparations to construct the six-story building’s foundation have begun. 112 Rantoul Street will feature 67 market-rate apartment residences with approximately 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail/commercial space. Given the building’s location adjacent to a commuter rail station in the heart of Downtown Beverly, no new vehicle parking will be built on site; parking will be available in the station’s existing garage. 112 Rantoul Street’s structural frame will be comprised primarily of wood framing, which will be constructed above a steel podium. The following is a photograph from the 112 Rantoul Street groundbreaking ceremony:
Foundation pouring underway at 31 Orleans Street apartments in East Boston
With demolition of pre-existing structures complete, foundation concrete pouring has commenced at 31 Orleans Street, a new 4-story building featuring 14 apartment residences located steps to the East Boston Waterfront. 31 Orleans Street's underground parking garage has been excavated, and large sections of the building's concrete foundation have been poured. Formwork is in place to frame the pouring of additional foundation sections. The following are photographs of 31 Orleans Street:
Brick finish installation underway at Boston East waterfront apartments in East Boston, artist residence applications begin
Brickwork has been installed along a large section of Boston East’s six-story facade facing Border Street. The building is fully framed, and fireproofing, weatherproofing and windows have all been installed along Boston East’s facade. Inside the building, fit-out of residences and common spaces has begun.
Developer Trinity Financial has begun accepting applications for Boston East’s six artist live-work residences, which will be rented to households earning no more than 70% of Area Media Income (AMI); Boston East will include a ground-floor local artwork gallery. Artist residences will be available for $1,450 per month; rents for market-rate residences at Boston East will range from $2,000 to $4,700 per month, averaging $2,900 per month. Opening in September, Boston East will feature 200 apartment residences along with a new Harborwalk extension and public waterfront space. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Initial demolition nears completion at East Boston’s Coppersmith Village mixed-use development
Initial demolition work is just about complete at Coppersmith Village, with only one partially-demolished structure left to clear. Following completion of demolition, work to construct foundations for Coppersmith Village’s two rental apartment buildings and 15 individually-owned townhouses will commence. In total, Coppersmith Village will feature 71 residences and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village:
Wood framing underway at PORT45, new South Boston luxury condos now on sale
Framing of PORT45’s five-story superstructure is well underway and has reached full height along A Street. The building's steel base has been fully framed, with the concrete foundation fully poured. Installation of prefabricated wood panels is underway above the base in order to frame PORT45's 105 contemporary luxury condominium residences, which are on sale and 60%-reserved. Located in South Boston steps to Broadway Station, the South End, the Seaport District and Downtown Boston, PORT45 will feature residences ranging from one to three-plus bedrooms, in addition to 3,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of PORT45:
Zoning Board approves 1785 Columbus Avenue, 139,200-square-foot social services office building in Egleston Square
1785 Columbus Avenue, a new 139,200-square-foot building featuring office space for Horizons for Homeless Children and other social service programs in addition to ground-floor retail, was approved by the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) today. The building has now received all necessary approvals and can proceed with construction, which is anticipated to start in the 4th quarter of 2017. Completion of 1785 Columbus Avenue is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2019.
Groundbreaking held for 171-unit apartment development in Quincy Center
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for Nova Residences of Quincy, a 171-unit apartment development with over 15,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space located in the heart of Quincy Center. Previously proposed as a 171-room hotel, the 153,000-square-foot building, located at 1500 Hancock Street, is expected to open in 2019 and will include 36 second-floor apartments that could be converted into hotel rooms should demand arise.
Foundation construction underway at Dudley Square’s Melnea Hotel and Residences
Excavation and concrete pouring are underway at the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site in Roxbury’s Dudley Square in order to construct the foundations of two new buildings. The Melnea Hotel and Residences project will construct a six-story, 108-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and a six-story, 50-unit apartment building on a long-vacant parcel at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street. The following are photographs of Melnea Hotel and Residences:
1785 Columbus Avenue, 139,200-square-foot social services office building, approved in Egleston Square
1785 Columbus Avenue, a new 139,200-square-foot building featuring office space for Horizons for Homeless Children and other social service programs in addition to ground-floor retail, was approved at today’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building will require additional approval from the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals in order to proceed with construction. 1785 Washington Street is anticipated to start construction in the 4th quarter of 2017 and open in the 2nd quarter of 2019.
75 Moulton Street, new Alewife lab and R&D space, set for completion this June
75 Moulton Street, a newly renovated 37,500-square-foot lab and R&D building located in Cambridge near Alewife Station, is set for completion this June. Located within Fresh Pond Technology Park, 75 Moulton Street offers a top-quality, well-located, lower-cost alternative to lab and R&D space in Kendall Square and the Seaport District and is now leasing. The Davis Companies, developer of 75 Moulton Street, broke ground in February on Alewife Research Center, a 223,000-square-foot lab and R&D building located across from Alewife Station.
TA Realty acquires newly-built, 180-unit Deco luxury apartments in Quincy for $68.5 million
Real estate investor TA Realty of Boston has acquired Deco, a 180-unit luxury apartment development completed in 2016 located across from the Quincy Adams MBTA Red Line station, for $68.5 million, or $380,556 per unit. Developer Cabot, Cabot & Forbes acquired the 2.3-acre parcel on which Deco is built for nearly $10.4 million ($10,391,456), or $4,518,024 per acre, in May 2014 and paid around $36 million to develop the building. Lincoln Property Company will take over as Deco's property manager; Deco was previously managed by The Bozzuto Group.
Demolition commences at 31 Orleans Street, 14 upcoming East Boston residences
The former auto body shop at 31 Orleans Street in East Boston has been demolished, clearing the way for construction of 14 new apartment residences. Excavation will now commence for an underground parking garage, which will contain 14 parking spaces. The following are photographs of 31 Orleans Street:
Fireproofing underway at Boston East, framing just about complete
Fireproofing and windows have been installed along a large section of Boston East’s topped-off north wing, and moisture-resistant cladding is in place along large sections of both the north and south wings. Wood framing of the south wing is just about topped off. Interior metal framing of individual apartment residences is underway across Boston East. Opening this Fall, the mixed-use development will feature 200 apartment residences with a Harborwalk extension and public waterfront amenities including art galleries, historic exhibits and a boat launch. The following are photographs of Boston East:
262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway condominiums in Cambridge top off, interior concrete pouring and framing underway
262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway’s 7-story steel frame has topped off, and concrete pouring and framing of individual units are both underway inside. The building perimeter is entirely wrapped with a protective weather barrier, which is essential to allow interior work to continue throughout cold New England winters. Metal balcony frames have been installed along 262 Monsignor O'Brien's facade. Located a short walk from the Lechmere MBTA Green Line station, 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway will feature 55 luxurious condominiums opening this Fall. The following are photographs of 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway:
Wood superstructure framing underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two in Cambridge
Construction of wood superstructure framing is well underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two, a new mixed-use building located across from the Lechmere MBTA Green Line station, and will soon reach its’ full height of six stories. The first section of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s post tensioned concrete podium structure, which will house the building’s ground floor lobby and retail space and is serving as the wood framing’s base, is complete. Underneath Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two are three completed levels of below-grade parking. Upon completion, Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two will feature 285 apartment residences with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two:
35 South Huntington Avenue in Mission Hill nears weather tightening
35 South Huntington Avenue, a new apartment and retail building in Mission Hill, is nearly fully weather tight, with windows and moisture-resistant cladding installed along over half of the topped-off building’s facade. Exterior facade finishes will soon be installed, and plastering of interior units will soon commence. 35 South Huntington Avenue will feature 38 residential units and 7,080 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The development is located near the Longwood Medical Area and next to Riverway Station on the MBTA Green Line. The following are photographs of 35 South Huntington Avenue:
Interior and exterior finishing touches are well underway at Meriel Marina Bay, a waterfront luxury apartment community opening Phase 1 this Spring in Quincy. Callahan Construction Managers is building this mixed-use property in Quincy’s thriving Marina Bay neighborhood in partnership with client Hines. The construction team is installing luxurious features including stainless steel appliances, porcelain backsplash kitchen tiles, solid quartz countertops, Kronoswiss® hardwood flooring and plush bedroom carpeting in Meriel Marina Bay’s 352 apartments.
Windows have been fully installed across both of Meriel Marina Bay’s buildings, and exterior finish panel installation is just about complete. The construction team is also installing railings and finishes along communal elevated courtyards and apartments’ private balconies. Along Meriel Marina Bay’s ground floor, a public waterfront boardwalk is being constructed overlooking Boston Harbor. The property will also include approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space that will line the boardwalk. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay:
Facade finish installation underway at Peterborough Apartments in Fenway
Brickwork is currently being installed along the facade of Peterborough Apartments, with the building fully weatherproofed. When complete, Peterborough Apartments will feature 20 apartment residences. The following are photographs of Peterborough Apartments:
Facade nearly complete at 99 Tremont Street Apartments in Brighton
Exterior finishes have been fully installed along the 4-story front section of 99 Tremont Street Apartments, a luxury apartment development built by Dellbrook | JKS. Finishes are now being installed along the facade of 99 Tremont’s 5-story rear section, in addition to windows and moisture-resistant sheathing. Interior finishes are being installed in front section residences, and interior framing is underway within the rear section. When complete, 99 Tremont will feature 62 luxury apartment residences located convenient to Brighton’s Oak Square and the Massachusetts Turnpike. The following are photographs of 99 Tremont Street Apartments:
Exterior finish installation underway at 170 West Broadway luxury condominiums in South Boston
Installation of brickwork and finish panels is well underway at 170 West Broadway, with a full brick wall installed along the building’s west side. Bricks and finish panels are now being installed along the building’s front facade facing West Broadway. Windows have been fully installed at 170 West Broadway, and interior finishing of the building’s 33 luxury condominium residences is also underway. 170 West Broadway is expected to open in Spring 2017. The following are photographs of 170 West Broadway:
Demolition underway to make way for East Boston's Coppersmith Village
Demolition of existing buildings has commenced at the future site of East Boston's 71-unit mixed-income Coppersmith Village residential development. Once the buildings are cleared, foundation work will begin for Coppersmith Village's 2 main rental apartment buildings and 15 individual ownership townhouses. In addition to residences, Coppersmith Village will include approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Coppersmith Village:
The demolition of rundown buildings on Border St. is making progress. Coppersmith Village, with 49 affordable units, will take its place! pic.twitter.com/fmTXuQuV7K
New social services office building proposed in Egleston Square
Watermark Development is proposing to construct a 7-story, 139,200 square foot building at 1785 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury's Egleston Square with office space occupied by Horizons for Homeless Children and other social service programs. Construction of 1785 Columbus Avenue is anticipated to commence in the 4th quarter of 2017, with anticipated completion in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Watermark has filed plans for 1785 Columbus Avenue with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing these plans.
Weatherproofing underway at East Boston's Boston East development
The 6-story Boston East superstructure on the East Boston Waterfront is being weatherproofed and prepared for installation of windows. Boston East’s north wing has topped off, and wood framing of the south wing has reached the third floor. Hardscaping has been installed at Boston East’s ground level for the public pedestrian atrium that will connect Border Street to the East Boston Waterfront. Opening this fall, Boston East will feature 200 apartment residences, a Harborwalk extension and public waterfront amenities including art galleries, historic exhibits and a boat launch. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Structural framing for the cinema and precast parking garages at the upcoming 720,000 square foot mixed-use South Bay Town Center, opening 2018 in Dorchester, is rapidly rising. A new parking garage is 25% erected, and interior structural framing is being installed to construct individual cinema screening halls. Site work is underway to construct the project's residential component, with the construction team at work installing site utilities and removing excess soils in order to commence foundation work. The following is an aerial photograph of the South Bay Town Center site:
Developer LBC Partners proposes to construct a 171-room hotel in the heart of Quincy Center at 1500 Hancock Street. The hotel is now under review by the City of Quincy and would be built on the site of an existing vacant retail strip owned by LBC and a portion of an adjacent city-owned parking lot, the same lot on which the 15-story Chestnut Place tower is proposed. The city is considering a land swap agreement in which the city would provide LBC with 10,196 square feet of the lot in exchange for a 2,535 square foot strip of land located in front of the existing retail buildings and 3,122 square feet of land behind the buildings. Per the agreement, LBC would also have the option to construct residential apartments at 1500 Hancock Street instead of a hotel.
Wood framing of Boston East’s six-story superstructure is well underway and has reached as high as the fifth story at the north wing of the East Boston Waterfront development and the second story at the south. Steel erection of Boston East’s ground-floor podium and center pedestrian atrium is complete. Masonry elevator cores have topped off for both building wings. Opening in Fall 2017, Boston East will feature 200 residential apartments and will activate the East Boston Waterfront with a Harborwalk extension, a boat launch and exhibition space. The following are photographs of Boston East:
Melnea Hotel and Residences developer obtains Roxbury hotel development site and financing
The Melnea Hotel and Residences development team has closed on the long-term lease of the city-owned Roxbury site on which the $38 million mixed-use project will be built. The team also closed on nearly $30 million of financing, allowing construction of the project to proceed in earnest. Initial site work is now underway at the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site on Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood. Urbanica will develop the property, and Colwen Management will manage the hotel.
New Mission Hill mixed-use building, 35 South Huntington Avenue, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held for 35 South Huntington Avenue, a new 38-unit residential building with 7,080 square feet of ground-floor retail in Mission Hill, last Friday. 35 South Huntington Avenue has reached its’ full height of six stories tall, and concrete is now being poured on the building’s deck slabs to construct interior flooring. 35 South Huntington Avenue will bring a fresh modern feel to the intersection of Huntington and South Huntington Avenues, one of Mission Hill’s gateway intersections. The following are photographs from the 35 South Huntington Avenue topping off:
Foundation work underway at South Boston's Port 45 condominiums
Foundation work is well underway at South Boston’s Port 45 condominium and retail building, with concrete poured along large excavated sections of the foundation wall. Steel grating has been loaded on site for additional concrete pouring to complete the foundation. Excavation is also underway to prepare for construction of Port 45’s below-grade parking structure. The following are photographs of the Port 45 site:
Facade work underway at South Boston's 170 West Broadway condos
Window installation is nearing completion, and exterior finish work is well underway at the new 170 West Broadway condominium and retail building in South Boston. Rigid insulation panels have been installed around the building's exterior in anticipation of installation of exterior finishes. Interior finishing work is also underway on 170 West Broadway's 33 luxury condominiums. Opening Spring 2017, pre-sales of 170 West Broadway condominiums are now underway. The following are photographs of 170 West Broadway:
East Boston’s Coppersmith Village development closes financing, site work starts
Coppersmith Village developer Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH) closed Friday (December 16th) on over $26 million of funding, allowing the 71-unit mixed-income East Boston Waterfront development to proceed. Financing for Coppersmith Village is provided by the State of Massachusetts and East Boston Savings Bank. Site work at the Coppersmith Village site is now underway following completion of the project’s construction agreement earlier this month. Construction will last 18 to 24 months and will replace a vacant, deteriorating industrial site with housing and retail. Demolition of the industrial building will commence later this month or in early January. Tocci Building Companies is the project’s general contractor.
Montaje, Assembly Row’s next luxury apartment community, opening mid-2017
Montaje, 447 luxury residential apartments at Somerville’s Assembly Row, will begin leasing in Spring 2017 in anticipation of a mid-2017 opening. Formerly known as Block 6 at Assembly Row, Montaje’s 20-story tower topped off last month. Exterior and interior finishing are now underway at Montaje in anticipation of leasing.
Concrete foundations are being installed for the future cinema and parking garages at the 720,000 square foot South Bay Town Center development in Dorchester. Across the South Bay Town Center site, which will host five new buildings on former surface parking lots, site work and utility installation are also underway. The 720,000 square foot mixed-use South Bay Town Center is expected to open in 2018. The following is an aerial photograph of the South Bay Town Center site:
35 South Huntington Avenue structural frame construction underway
Superstructure steel has risen four stories out of the ground at 35 South Huntington Avenue, an upcoming six-story mixed-use building in Mission Hill, following successful completion of the building's foundation and precise installation of helical structural piles by Helical Drilling. Helical Drilling's innovative foundation installation methods allowed the construction team to build 35 South Huntington Avenue's foundation, located on a tight lot in dense Mission Hill, while causing little to no vibration.
Composite steel deck slabs are now being installed along the base of the 35 South Huntington Avenue’s first story. Concrete will soon be poured atop the deck slabs to construct the building's floors. The following are photographs of 35 South Huntington Avenue:
480 Rutherford Avenue, 177 new Sullivan Square apartments, approved
At Thursday (November 17th, 2016)'s board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved 480 Rutherford Avenue. Located in Charlestown's Sullivan Square, the $45 million project will construct a new building containing 177 apartments. Completion of 480 Rutherford Avenue is anticipated in 2019.
A topping off ceremony was held Monday (November 14th, 2016) for Block 6 at Assembly Row, a 20-story development with 447 residential apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail opening in Early 2018 in Somerville’s rapidly growing Assembly Row neighborhood. Representatives of the Block 6 development and construction team gathered to sign the 20-story Block 6 tower’s final steel beam then lifted the beam and connected it to the tower’s top floor.
Block 6, along with neighboring Alloy, will bring increased vitality to Assembly Row. “We are honored to play a role in the advancement of one of the region’s most exciting new neighborhoods in collaboration with such valued partners,” said Patrick Callahan, President of Block 6 General Contractor Callahan Construction Managers. Both Block 6 and Alloy are developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust. Upon completion, Assembly Row will include over 600,000 square feet of retail, 1,800 residential units and 2.8 million square feet of office space. The following are photographs from the Block 6 topping off ceremony, courtesy the Block 6 team:
Over 40% of Port 45 condos reserved pre-construction
Over 40% of future condominiums at Port 45, a 105-unit condominium development in South Boston featuring “sleek and contemporary homes,” have been reserved pre-construction per an update from the sales team. Initial site work is now underway at Port 45; the building is anticipated to open in Late Fall 2017:
Dellbrook | JKS installs finishes at 99 Tremont Street Apartments in Brighton
Dellbrook | JKS has installed exterior finishes along 99 Tremont Street Apartments’ facade fronting Tremont Street. The four-story building section along Tremont Street is topped off and fully sealed with windows and moisture-resistant sheathing. The five-story section at the property’s rear is just about topped off, with installation of the last wood framing sections underway. Framing of interior apartments and installation of electrical, HVAC and plumbing utilities is underway. 99 Tremont Street Apartments will open to residents in Spring 2017. The following are photographs of the 99 Tremont Street Apartments site:
Meriel Marina Bay’s Building Two has reached six stories tall, the building’s full height. The frames of both buildings at Meriel Marina Bay are now being prepared for installation of exterior finishes. Windows have been installed along large sections of both buildings. Meriel Marina Bay will open in Spring 2017 and will feature 352 luxurious residential apartments overlooking Boston Harbor with sweeping views of the Boston skyline.
Geotechnical design/build contractor Helical Drilling prepared the Meriel Marina Bay construction site, which overlooks scenic waterfront Squantum Point Park, for development of the two new Meriel Marina Bay buildings. The existing urban fill on which the Park and its’ surroundings are built was deemed unsuitable for traditional foundation support methods such as over-excavate/replace and deep pile foundations. Accordingly, Helical Drilling installed several hundred Geopeir grouted rammed aggregate pier elements in the Meriel Marina Bay site’s soil. These elements extend 9 to 16 feet below grade and support the footings of Meriel Marina Bay. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay, courtesy the development team on Twitter:
Port 45 condos hit market starting at $599K, new renderings released
Condominiums at Port 45, a 105-unit condominium development in South Boston, have been listed for sale pre-construction starting at $599,000 for a 658 square foot one-bedroom/one-bathroom unit. Prices will continue to $1.5 million for a three-plus bedroom unit. Six condominiums are currently listed for sale.
New renderings have been released of Port 45, located at 45 West Third Street steps to the Seaport District and Downtown Boston; these renderings can be found above. Expected completion of Port 45 is in Late Fall 2017. Visit Port45Boston.com for more information.
J. Derenzo Companies excavates Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two foundation
J. Derenzo Companies has excavated Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s three-level underground parking garage. Concrete is now being poured to construct the building’s foundation and the garage. The following is an Instagram photograph by Feldman Land Surveyors of the Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two construction site:
The 20-story tower at Block 6 at Assembly Row is about to top off. Concrete has been poured on many floors. Exterior finish panels have been installed along a large section of the tower's steel structural frame. Moisture-resistant sheathing and fireproofing are being installed along the adjacent six-story wood-framed structure. A new pre-cast parking garage has been constructed at the project's rear. Block 6 is targeting a January 2018 opening and will contain 447 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail space. Across from Block 6 is Alloy at Assembly Row, a mixed-use hotel, residential and retail building that is about to top off. The following are photographs of Block 6 at Assembly Row:
View From Wynn Casino Site -
Tweet by Girder-Slab with Aerial View. Alloy at Assembly Row is in foreground, Block 6 is in background -
Plans filed for 67 apartments next to Beverly commuter rail
Proponent Sarah Barnat of Barnat Development has filed plans with the Beverly Planning Board proposing to construct a $20 million six-story building on a Downtown Beverly parcel located adjacent to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station; the following is a link to the filed plans and Site Plan Review Application. The building, located at 112 Rantoul Street, would contain 67 residential rental apartments and approximately 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail/commercial space. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), who owns the 112 Rantoul Street parcel, designated Barnat Development as the parcel's developer in July 2016. Additional information about 112 Rantoul Street can be found above.
Catamount Management Corporation, owner of Hood Business Park in Charlestown's Sullivan Square, has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) and a Planned Development Area Development Plan (PDA) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) proposing to construct a six-story mixed-use building at 480 Rutherford Avenue in Sullivan Square containing 177 residential apartments and 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. An unbuilt 143,255 square foot office building was approved at 480 Rutherford Avenue in 2008. The developer anticipates completion of the proposed mixed-use building in 2019. Additional information about the proposed building can be found above.
Meriel Marina Bay wood framing nearly complete, exterior finishing underway
The wood frame of Meriel Marina Bay's Building One, overlooking Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline, is complete. Windows and moisture-resistant sheathing are now being installed along Building One's exterior. Building Two's five-story frame is just about to top off; exterior finishing of Building Two will commence shortly afterwards. Opening Spring 2017, Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 waterfront luxury rental residential apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms located on the Marina Bay boardwalk steps to beaches, ferry service to Downtown Boston and multiple waterfront dining and entertainment options. Visit MerielMarinaBay.com for apartment leasing information. As part of Meriel Marina Bay, the Marina Bay boardwalk will be extended along Boston Harbor; approximately 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located at Meriel Marina Bay fronting the new boardwalk. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay:
The following is a panoramic view of the Marina Bay boardwalk:
Concrete foundation pouring underway at 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway
262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway’s 55-car underground parking garage has been excavated. Sheet piles have been installed along the garage’s perimeter to reinforce the foundation, and concrete is being poured vertically to construct the garage’s walls. Concrete footings are also being poured above pile caps along the garage’s base. 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway will contain 55 one and two-bedroom residential luxury condominiums. The following are photographs of 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway:
Excavation and foundation work underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
J. Derenzo Companies has nearly fully excavated the underground parking structure of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two, a six-story residential building located steps away from the Lechmere rapid transit station. A total of three levels of underground parking will be excavated. Sheet pile walls reinforced by horizontally-mounted large diameter round steel beams are being used to support the excavated garage. A reinforced concrete foundation is being poured vertically along the garage’s perimeter to support the building’s substructure. Approximately 285 residential rental apartments and 3,000 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two. The following are photographs of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two:
Melnea Hotel and Residences site and utility work expected this fall
Banker & Tradesman reports that site and utility work at the Melnea Hotel and Residences site is expected to commence this fall, enabled by a $1.6 million MassWorks infrastructure grant awarded to the project, according to Urbanica President Kamran Zahedi. Urbanica is reportedly in talks with lenders to secure additional financing for the project and is in ground lease negotiations with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site located at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street, which is owned by the city and state. A six-story, 108-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and a six-story, 50-unit residential rental apartment building with a total of 8,000 square feet of retail will be constructed as part of the Melnea Hotel and Residences project. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. The following are renderings of Melena Hotel & Residences:
View from Melnea Cass Boulevard with residential building at left and hotel at right
View of hotel at corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street
206 West, 16 new affordable apartments in South Boston, approved for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved 206 West for construction. Located at 206 West Broadway steps to the Broadway MBTA Red Line station, 206 West will be a new four-story mixed-use building containing 16 affordable residential apartments and 1,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. 206 West will be constructed on what is currently a vacant lot. More information about 206 West is posted below.
Demolition by J. Derenzo Companies complete at 45 West 3rd Street
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition division has completely demolished the pre-existing industrial building at 45 West 3rd Street in South Boston. The construction team is clearing piles of scrap material and rubble from the construction site to prepare for excavation and foundation work. 45 West 3rd Street will be a four-story mixed-use building with approximately 105 residential units and 3,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Structural steel beams from the pre-existing industrial building have been set aside for salvaging. With the building demolished, J. Derenzo Companies will begin excavation of 45 West 3rd Street’s 109-space underground parking structure. The following are photographs of the 45 West 3rd Street site:
J. Derenzo Companies demolition rig
View from West 3rd Street
J. Derenzo Companies demolition rig
View from A Street
J. Derenzo Companies demolition rig
Salvaged structural steel beams
View from the rear of the site on Athens Street
View from the rear of the site on Athens Street
View from the rear of the site on Athens Street
View from West 3rd Street
More information about 45 West 3rd Street can be found below.
A topping-off ceremony was held for Meriel Marina Bay on June 28th, 2016. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the topping-off. During the ceremony, Meriel Marina Bay's last beam of steel was lifted into place and installed, completing Building Two's structural steel frame. 163 wood-framed residential apartments will now be constructed above Building Two's steel frame. Wood framing is underway on Building One, which will contain 189 apartments.
Located in Quincy's waterfront Marina Bay neighborhood with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline, Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 luxury apartments across two new buildings. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, three elevated courtyards and a swimming pool in addition to sweeping ocean and skyline views. The project will also include a public waterfront boardwalk extension and approximately 20,000 square feet of retail.
New parking-free mixed-use building proposed in South Boston
Developers South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation and Caritas Communities have submitted a Small Project Review Application (SPRA) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) proposing to construct 206 West, a new mixed-use building located at 206 West Broadway in South Boston. The proposed building would contain 16 rental residential units, including 9 studios and 7 one-bedrooms, and a ground-floor retail space intended for a coffee shop or similar use. All residential units would be designated affordable, as follows:
At or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI): 6 units
At or below 60% AMI: 8 units
At or below 30% AMI: 2 units
(Total: 16 units)
No on-site parking spaces would be constructed. Residents would be required to take a "car-free pledge," and discounted public transit passes would be offered. Bicycle racks would be included on site for each unit.
Exterior shell complete at Peterborough Apartments
Peterborough Apartments’ exterior shell is complete and sealed with Pella windows. The building is wrapped on all sides with Carlisle CCW-705 air and vapor-proof coating; exterior finishes will soon be installed. Peterborough Apartments’ 10-car parking area, located underneath the building, is complete and can accessed via the rear alley way. Peterborough Apartments will feature 20 two-bedroom residential rental apartments.
Rear of the building
View from Peterborough Street
Garage accessed via the rear of the building
Pella windows in the rear of building
Window wells in the front of the building
View from Peterborough Street
Rear of the building
View from Peterborough Street
More information about Peterborough Apartments is posted below.
Preparations for foundation construction are underway at 35 South Huntington Avenue in Mission Hill. Excavation of the underground parking structure is nearly complete; the entire site has been excavated and graded. Concrete will soon be poured along the sides and base of the parking structure to construct the foundation of a new six-story building with 38 residential units and 7,080 square feet of ground-floor retail.
View from the northwest corner
View from the rear
View from the southeast corner
View from South Huntington Avenue
More information about 35 South Huntington Avenue is posted below.
Nauset Construction begins work on 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway condos in East Cambridge
Foundation work is underway on the 84,000 square foot condominium project at 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway in East Cambridge located steps to the Lechmere rapid transit station. Nauset Construction, the project’s general contractor, commenced work in June 2016. The project will feature 55 one and two bedroom residential units.
Expected completion of the project is in fall 2017. The following is a link to a press release with more information. Additional information is posted below.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official Boston East groundbreaking ceremony this past Thursday, May 19th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corporation on this important milestone. Boston East will enliven the East Boston Waterfront with public amenities including a Harborwalk, art galleries, historic interpretive exhibits and a boat launch in addition to 200 new residential units. Above and below are the latest renderings of Boston East.
View of Boston East from Boston Harbor
View of Boston Harbor at sunset from Boston East
Speakers at the Boston East groundbreaking ceremony included Trinity Financial Vice President Abby Goldenfarb, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, State Representative Adrian Madaro, City Councillor Sal LaMattina and East Boston Community Development Corporation Executive Director Al Caldarelli.
Trinity Financial Vice President Abby Goldenfarb
Governor Charlie Baker
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
State Representative Adrian Madaro
City Councillor Sal LaMattina
East Boston Community Development Corporation Executive Director Al Caldarelli
Speeches were followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking along the East Boston Waterfront.
Shovels fly at Boston East
View of shovels overlooking Boston Harbor
View from the future Harborwalk at Boston East
Initial site work at Boston East has been underway since February. The six-story building’s sheet pile wall is complete. The sheet pile wall will reinforce the building’s foundation and one-story underground parking structure.
Completed sheet pile wall at Boston East's south side
Completed sheet pile wall at Boston East's north side
The Boston East building’s foundation is nearly fully dug, and final excavations are taking place.
Final excavations underway at Boston East's north side
The construction team is driving concrete piles at the foundation’s base to support the building.
The construction team directs a pile driver onto the construction site
The construction team moves a concrete pile (gray rod at right) to the pile driver (at left)
Base of Boston East's foundation following concrete pile driving. Note bumps in the ground, under which are driven piles.
Concrete will soon be poured along the base and sides of the foundation, enabling construction of the building’s superstructure.
Concrete will be poured along the base and sides of the foundation upon completion of excavation
Boston East is expected to open in fall 2017. Pre-leasing of residences at Boston East has begun, visit bostoneast.com for more information. Below is a video exhibiting Boston East.
Boston East video
More information about Boston East is posted below.
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground on NorthPoint’s next residential development
J. Derenzo Companies has broken ground on Phase Two of the Avalon NorthPoint residential development project and is excavating the project’s foundation and underground parking structure. Two new buildings will be built as part of Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two containing approximately 285 residential units and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
J. Derenzo Companies excavates Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two's foundation and underground parking structure
J. Derenzo Companies excavators at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Excavation at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Driving of sheet piles is underway along the foundation to construct the sheet pile wall. The wall will reinforce Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two’s foundation and three-level underground parking structure.
Sheet piles being driven along Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two's foundation
Allied Pile Driving, Inc. driving sheet piles at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Sheet piles driven at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
Driving of sheet piles underway at Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two
NorthPoint master developer DivcoWest acquired the 42-acre master-planned NorthPoint site for $300 million in August 2015. Upon completion, NorthPoint will contain a mix of residential and commercial uses located near Downtown Boston and Kendall Square. A new 355-unit residential apartment tower at NorthPoint, Twenty|20, opened in summer 2015.
Locus map of NorthPoint site
Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is being developed in partnership with AvalonBay Communities and The McKinnon Company. AvalonBay Communities is building a 38-story mixed-use tower, Avalon North Station, across the Charles River from NorthPoint. Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is located across from both the existing Lechmere rapid transit station and the new relocated Lechmere station planned as part of the Green Line Extension project.
Rendering of future Lechmere station with Avalon North Point (white buildings) and the NorthPoint site in the background
More information about Avalon NorthPoint Phase Two is posted below.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved South Bay Town Center for construction at last night's board meeting. Located in Dorchester at the existing South Bay Center shopping mall, the 720,000 square foot mixed-use development project will include approximately 475 residential units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 60,000 square foot cinema and a 130-room hotel. Construction of South Bay Town Center could start in the third quarter of 2016.
A rendering of South Bay Town Center is posted above. More information about South Bay Town Center is posted below.
Artists for Humanity Expansion moves forward with aerogel donation
The Artists for Humanity Expansion is moving forward with Cabot Corporation's donation of $400,000 worth of insulating aerogel. The donated aerogel will play a important role in making the Artists for Humanity Expansion Boston's first energy-positive building; upon completion, the building will generate more energy than it will use.
The donated aerogel will be used to construct the Artists for Humanity Expansion's insulated glass daylighting system. The aerogel will be used to glaze units of glass which will in turn be installed along the building's facade.
The aerogel-insulated glass will maximize the Artists for Humanity Expansion's thermal performance, contributing positively to the building's energy production. The glass will also help bring increased natural light to the building.
More information about the Artists for Humanity Expansion is posted below.
Sheet pile wall foundation under construction at Boston East on East Boston Waterfront
Construction of Boston East's sheet pile wall is moving forward swiftly. The sheet pile wall will reinforce Boston East's foundation and underground parking structure. A 120-car underground garage will be built at Boston East.
Once the sheet pile wall is complete, the construction team will excavate the project's foundation and underground parking structure. Excavation equipment has been parked at the Boston East site including excavators and a dump truck. The following are photographs of the equipment:
A blue Mantis 15010 crane is being used to drive the wall's sheet piles into the ground. The following are photographs of the crane driving piles at Boston East:
Many sheet piles have already been driven along the Boston East building's future perimeter. The following are photographs of the sheet piles:
As foundation construction progresses at Boston East, timber and earth fill used to originally construct today's East Boston Waterfront is being uncovered. The East Boston Waterfront, like much of Boston, was constructed using land filling techniques to expand the original land area. The following is a photograph of unearthed fill:
Approved South Boston development, first acquired for $7.8M, sold for $17.25M to new developer
Local general contracting and development firm Metric Corporation has acquired the approved development site at 45 West 3rd Street in South Boston for $17.25 million. Former owner Spaulding & Slye Investments purchased the site for $7.8 million. Spaulding & Slye Investments guided the site through approval of a new-construction mixed-use building. Ground has not yet been broken on the new building, which was approved for construction in July 2015.
Metric Corporation is owned by builder and developer Geoffrey S. Caraboolad. The 45 West 3rd Street site is located steps to the Seaport District and Broadway Station on the MBTA Red Line. The following is the deed for the sale of the site to Metric Corporation (E & T LLC) for $17.25 million on Friday, April 15th, 2016:
Spaulding & Slye Investments also closed on its' acquisition of the 45 West 3rd Street site on Friday, the same day the site was sold to Metric Corporation. The main parcel, 41 West 3rd Street, was acquired for $7 million. An adjacent home at 68 Athens Street was acquired for a total of $800,000. A single deed, posted above, subsequently transferred ownership of both parcels to Metric Corporation. The following are the deeds for former owner Spaulding & Slye Investments' (SSI West Third Boston LLC) acquisition of the site for a total of $7.8 million:
More information about the approved 45 West 3rd Street project is posted below.
Newly opened Fuse Cambridge offers the best of city dwelling and suburban living
The newly-built Fuse Cambridge apartment building has been open to new residents since November 2015. Fuse Cambridge is uniquely positioned along the Alewife Brook Greenway, a great place to walk, run and bike. Fuse Cambridge residents have access to complementary bicycles, ensuring residents can take full advantage of Fuse Cambridge's surroundings.
Units at Fuse Cambridge feature abundant natural light and views of the lush green surroundings. Residents have access to a rooftop terrace with a pool and a panoramic view of Alewife Brook. Fuse Cambridge is a thoughtfully and distinctively designed building that offers the best of city dwelling and suburban living.
New photographs of Fuse Cambridge are posted above. Additional project information is posted below.
Deco's 180 apartments are now leasing targeting a March 15th opening. Finishing touches are being installed along the building's facade. Deco's bright, distinctive finishes and Art Deco architectural inspiration have a strong presence at the gateway to Quincy Center. With a number of resident amenities and a walkable location convenient to rapid transit and highways, Deco is a great choice for those seeking an urban lifestyle.
Construction has commenced at Boston East. LM Heavy Civil Construction is performing initial earthwork to prepare the site for foundation construction. Boston East will be a 200-unit apartment building with ground-floor art gallery space. An extension of the East Boston Harborwalk waterfront park and walking trail will also be built on the Boston East site. The following are photographs of earthwork underway at Boston East:
Foundations are being dug at 99 Tremont Street Apartments by the Dellbrook Construction/JK Scanlan Company team. The team is hard at work transforming a formerly vacant lot into a 62-unit residential development. 99 Tremont Street Apartments will bring an increased residential presence to Oak Square, an eclectic commercial center in Boston's Brighton neighborhood. Expected construction completion is in late 2016. Our latest site photographs are posted above; project renderings and more project information are posted below.
Mixed-use building proposed at 35 South Huntington Avenue
A Small Project Review Application was filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Friday to construct a new mixed-use building at 35 South Huntington Avenue in Mission Hill. The following is a link to the full review application. More project information is posted below.
Boston East parcel transferred to development team for $2 million
A deed was recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds on December 23rd, 2015 transferring the parcel at 102-148 Border Street in East Boston from the City of Boston to Trinity Border Street, LLC for $2 million, clearing the way for construction of Boston East. The following is the recorded deed:
Trinity Border Street, LLC is a partnership of Trinity Financial, Inc. and the East Boston Community Development Corporation. Boston East is fully approved for construction. The following are photographs of the Boston East site:
We visited the One North of Boston—Phase Two construction site in Chelsea. Callahan Construction has done a beautiful job; the building's finishes are attractive, and the structure, designed by Sheskey Architects, fits well within the existing neighborhood fabric.
We look forward to One North of Boston—Phase Two's anticipated opening in April 2016! Residents will be located in a convenient, walkable setting near downtown Chelsea and shopping options. Downtown Boston is also easily accessible by car or MBTA Commuter Rail, and soon by MBTA Silver Line bus service! Judging by One North of Boston—Phase One's success, One North of Boston—Phase Two is sure to be a great place to live.
View our construction site photographs above, and stay tuned for further updates!
Future Automotive, located at 31 Orleans Street in East Boston, is now closed—see our photos above. Construction will start at the site in the near future on 31 Orleans, a 14-unit residential building.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Meriel Marina Bay on September 21st, 2015. Guests included Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, Massachusetts State Senator John F. Keenan, Massachusetts State Representative Bruce J. Ayers and Quincy Planning Board Chairman William Geary. Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 waterfront luxury residential apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail and a public waterfront boardwalk. Occupancy of Meriel Marina Bay is expected in Spring 2017. The following is a link to the official press release for the groundbreaking. The following is a photograph from the groundbreaking, courtesy Hines: