Mar 18, 2018
NEW OMNI HOTEL WILL GET BCEC ‘PAST THE TIPPING POINT,’ DAVID GIBBONS SAYS
Mass Convention Center Authority Executive Director Addresses MassEcon Members Meeting
WESTBOROUGH, MA – Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director David Gibbons told
MassEcon members today that the Omni hotel now under construction, with 1,050 rooms, will get the Boston
Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) “past the tipping point” toward the estimated 3,500 nearby hotel rooms that were forecast as needed when the convention facility was planned in the 1990s. About 2,000 rooms had been built toward that goal, but many of them were limited service hotels, which are not as helpful to convention center business as big groups work to book blocks of rooms several years ahead, Gibbons said.
The new hotel is scheduled to open in 2021. Having enough hotel rooms within a nearby walk of the exhibition space is critical to the success of the venue, Gibbons reported. Gibbons outlined an increasingly positive financial picture of the BCEC, which he said functions as an economic engine for the region’s hospitality industry and larger economy and has been statutorily allowed to run an operating deficit of up to $26 million a year. Gibbons, who has been executive director for two years after serving as general manager of hotels in Boston for more than two decades, said that deficit is being steadily reduced. “We are now
“Our financial performance gives comfort to people on the Hill that we know what we’re doing and we’re not out wasting money,” Gibbons said. He addressed a breakfast meeting of MassEcon, which is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year as it works with public and private sectors to assist companies in locating or expanding in Massachusetts.
Asked about the recently announced proposal to help reduce Seaport transportation congestion with a gondola transportation system from South Station to the Boston Marine Industrial Park and eastern neighborhood of the South Boston Waterfront, Gibbons called it “intriguing... an interesting idea.”
Gibbons said the convention center authority has “a huge transportation profile” in managing several private
transportation initiatives from North Station to the Seaport and is also involved in planned water transportation from the North Station area. “They have to go through a public process,” Gibbons said of Millennium Partners, which has Seaport plans for about two million square feet of development and has put forward the gondola concept. “There are some aesthetic issues. We are in need of solutions. The gondola may be one of them.”
Gibbons said the recent annual impact of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority amounts to a total of $775 million in economic activity, 336 events, 665,965 hotel room nights, and 732,587 attendees. The authority spends $115 million a year for operations and has 300 direct employees. It owns three facilities: the BCEC, the Hynes Memorial Convention Center in the Back Bay, and the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
The authority is embarking now on a $2 million study to determine future needs, what they will cost, and how to pay for them. Gibbons said the BCEC has been handicapped by having been scaled back from its original size in exhibition space and parking, as well as having only one large ballroom instead of two.
He said the current order of priorities is to see the Omni hotel, which is being developed with no public subsidy, finished, to add meeting space, and later to expand the BCEC’s 516,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Mar 12, 2018
Updated renderings of Exchange South End from Stantec, the architectural firm on the project. The $600 million commercial development is aiming to begin construction in the fall of 2018, transforming 5.6 acres of South End real estate into a massive mixed-use opportunity for the neighborhood.
Mar 08, 2018
Demolition of the Ho Kong Bean Sprouts and Quinzani’s Bakery factory buildings are complete to make way for 370-380 Harrison Avenue, an upcoming 14-story, 356,500-square-foot apartment and condominium building.
A new construction permit has been issued to begin the building which will feature 273 residences, including 172 rental apartments and 101 ownership condominiums, and approximately 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project is expected to take two years to complete.
Mar 07, 2018
The W.ave is well underway at 530 western ave Boston,MA. Framing is up to the 4th floor and progressing. This mixed project will have an active bright lobby space that will bring street level activity to the corner of Western Avenue and Leo M Birmingham Parkway. Glass paneling allows light to spill out on the street – activating the façade. The ground floor will be home to various retail spaces, activating a dynamic public realm for both building residents and community members.
The building will focus on resident wellness, providing amenities that compliment an active lifestyle. By providing active uses for the ground floor and adding tree lined sidewalks and retail, the project will make the pedestrian feel welcome and connected in an area currently dominated by vehicular traffic.
Mar 04, 2018
178 residences proposed at site of Brighton motel
A newly proposed development would replace the existing Hotel Boston motel at 40 Mount Hood Road in Brighton with 178 residences. The proposed five-to-seven-story building, which would be located just off of Commonwealth Avenue steps from the MBTA Green Line, would contain 64 apartments and 114 condominiums. Amenities would include lounges, fitness space and an outdoor courtyard with a pool.
142 garage parking spaces would be located on site, including 114 for condominiums and 28 for apartments. Construction of the 40 Mount Hood Road development is expected to start in Spring 2019 and last approximately 24 months. Proponent 1650 Commonwealth LLC has filed plans for 40 Mount Hood Road with the City of Boston, who is now reviewing the proposed development.
Mar 02, 2018
Phase One of Whitter Choice public housing redevelopment in Roxbury breaks ground
The first phase of the $44 million redevelopment of the Whittier Choice public housing complex in Roxbury Crossing has broken ground. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday (March 1st), during which a building was ceremonially demolished to make way for a new five-story building containing 83 residential units, which will be the redevelopment's first building. In total, the redevelopment will create approximately 387 affordable and market-rate apartment and condominium residential units, 187 more than are currently located at the development, as well as a new 7,680-square-foot retail component. A total of three new buildings will be constructed. The following are photographs from the groundbreaking ceremony:
Mar 01, 2018
Pre-leasing of Lantera residential tower at Boston Landing to begin this month
Lantera, the new 17-story, 295-unit luxury apartment tower at Boston Landing, will begin pre-leasing of residences in mid-March and is expected to open to residents this May. Formerly known as The Residences at Boston Landing, the tower will feature studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences along with 16,500 square feet of ground-floor retail featuring restaurants and specialty shops.
Amenities at Lantera will include the “Loft18” lounge and rooftop terrace, a “Tech bar” work from home space, a Zen garden dubbed “The Grounds”, a fitness studio, an outdoor pool deck, an indoor/outdoor dog park and pet spa and an open gathering space dubbed “The Veranda” with a fireplace lounge, a demonstration kitchen, a bar and a gaming area.
Lantera is located steps from the new Boston Landing commuter rail station and just off of the Massachusetts Turnpike, in the heart of the dynamic new Boston Landing neighborhood minutes from Downtown Boston. 155 above-grade garage parking spaces and bicycle parking will be located on site.
Feb 23, 2018
Shuttered South End factories demolished to make way for 370-380 Harrison Avenue residences
The former Ho Kong Bean Sprouts and Quinzani’s Bakery factory buildings in the Upper South End have been fully demolished to make way for 370-380 Harrison Avenue, an upcoming 14-story, 356,500-square-foot apartment and condominium building. In the coming weeks, demolition rubble will be cleared, and pre-trenching and excavation of the building’s foundation and three-level, 180-space underground parking garage will commence.
Construction of 370-380 Harrison Avenue is expected to take approximately two years. The building will feature 273 residences, including 172 rental apartments and 101 ownership condominiums, and approximately 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a photograph of the 370-380 Harrison Avenue site:
Feb 21, 2018
Shore Leave tiki bar coming to 345 Harrison in South End
The proponents of the Upper South End’s successful Bar Mezzana Italian restaurant will open Shore Leave, a tiki bar and restaurant, on the ground floor of the neighborhood’s new-construction 345 Harrison apartment development. The island-inspired Shore Leave will be located across from Ink Block, home of Bar Mezzana, and is expected to open later this year. Details of Shore Leave’s menu have not yet been revealed. The Shore Leave space will be designed by Hacin + Associates, and fit out by Cafco Construction. Opening this Spring, 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences, as well as 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that will also be home to CVS/Pharmacy.
Feb 11, 2018
Construction of 370-380 Harrison Avenue residences in South End to start imminently
Fencing has been erected around the perimeter of 370-380 Harrison Avenue in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood, future site of a 14-story, 356,500-square-foot apartment and condominium building, and demolition of existing buildings is expected to commence this week. The existing Ho Kong Bean Sprouts and Quinzani’s Bakery buildings will be fully demolished over the next four weeks. Pre-trenching and excavation of the future building’s foundation is expected to commence in early March, and continue through late July. Overall, construction of the building is expected to last approximately two years, with completion expected in 2020. 370-380 Harrison Avenue will feature 273 residences, including 172 rental apartments and 101 ownership condominiums, and approximately 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Feb 06, 2018
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums in Financial District top off
The 12-story concrete superstructure of Boulevard on the Greenway, a new-construction luxury condominium building located in the heart of the Financial District overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, has topped off. With concrete pouring complete, installation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s panelized facade system has begun, with tan brick exterior finish panels already reaching the building’s second floor. The facade will integrate an existing historic brick facade designed by acclaimed architect Charles Bulfinch, which dates back to the early 1800s. Inside the building, steel framing is being erected in order to partition individual residences.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Underneath the building will be a two-level Park Plus underground automated parking garage, a first for Boston. The following is a photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
Feb 06, 2018
Finishing touches underway at South End’s new-construction 345 Harrison luxury apartments
The multifaceted facades of both buildings of 345 Harrison, a 14-story, 535,900-square-foot mixed-use development located in the burgeoning Upper South End, have been just about fully installed, bringing a bright new multicolored array of red, yellow, orange, grey and white exterior finishes, in addition to blue floor-to-ceiling windows, to the growing neighborhood. Inside the buildings, luxurious finishes including California Closets, Italian cabinetry, quartz and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, USB outlets and wood plank flooring are being installed within residences.
Finishing touches are also being put upon 345 Harrison’s amenity spaces, including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. On the development’s ground floor, glass is being fit along retail spaces, which will total 40,000 square feet and include a 10,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. In the coming weeks, landscaping of 345 Harrison’s central pedestrian plaza will begin. 345 Harrison is expected to open early this year. The following is a photograph of 345 Harrison:
Feb 02, 2018
The BEAT to provide Dorchester with creative office and industrial hub
Nordblom Company and Alcion Ventures, who acquired the former Boston Globe property in Dorchester for $81 million in December 2017, propose to transform the property into The BEAT, a $200 million office and industrial innovation hub that would bring over 3,000 new jobs to the Dorchester economy. The BEAT would repurpose the existing building on site, creating a total of 695,000 square feet including 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space.
At The BEAT’s center would be a natural light-laden atrium open to the public during working hours, including a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces. The BEAT would also include a 10,000-square-foot fitness space, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden.
Nordblom and Alcion hope to start construction of The BEAT in the third quarter of 2018; construction would last 12 to 14 months. The City of Boston is now reviewing the proposed project plans.
Jan 25, 2018
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:
Meriel Marina Bay Aerial
Jan 25, 2018
Finishing touches underway at The Residences at Boston Landing, luxury apartments opening this Summer in Brighton
The 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing, a 295-unit luxury apartment community opening this Summer at the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton, has been completed, with all windows and exterior finish panels installed. Inside the building, luxurious finishes are being installed within residences, common areas and amenity spaces, which will include a fitness center, multiple roof decks, an active lounge with a pool table and a 20,000-square-foot landscaped patio with a swimming pool and cabanas. On The Residences at Boston Landing’s ground floor, glass has been installed along the facade of the building’s 16,400 square feet of retail space. Residences at the building will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, which will be located across from the new Boston Landing MBTA commuter rail station with direct service to Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Jan 18, 2018
Structural framing underway at W. Ave apartments along Charles River in Allston
The one-to-two-story steel base podium of W. Ave, an upcoming six-story, 132-unit market-rate apartment development located along the Charles River in Brighton minutes from Boston Landing, has topped off. Wooden framing panels are being erected above the podium to frame floors two through six of the development, and have already reached the third floor. W. Ave’s elevator core has topped off at six stories.
W. Ave will feature residences including studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, with amenities including a rooftop common room, fitness center and outdoor deck as well as 108 on-site parking spaces. The development is located at the key intersection of Soldiers Field Road and Leo M. Birmingham Parkway, minutes from Soldiers Field Road and the Massachusetts Turnpike. W. Ave is expected to open in November 2018. The following is a photograph of W. Ave:
Jan 18, 2018
Co-working space and software company lease space at expanded Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point
Co-working space provider Industrious and insurance software company Duck Creek Technologies have each leased approximately 30,000 square feet at the newly expanded Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point. Each tenant will occupy a full floor of the building; approximately 60,000 square feet of office space across floors eight and nine remain for lease.
Industrious' space will be its' first co-working space in Boston, and is expected to open this Winter. The space, located on floor seven, will feature amenities including a coffee bar and lounge, conference rooms and relaxation areas, as well as a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views. Duck Creek's space will be located on floor 10; the company is currently a tenant at nearby 51 Sleeper Street, also located in Fort Point.
Office space at the Stillings Street Garage has been expanded to about 110,000 total square feet with a new two-story addition totaling approximately 55,000 square feet, doubling available office space. Additionally, approximately 3,000 square feet of retail have been added along the garage's ground floor. Over 550 parking spaces are located at the garage following its' expansion.
Dec 31, 2017
321 Harrison office development in South End could break ground by March
The 321 Harrison office development in the South End will reportedly move forward on a speculative basis, with developers Nordblom Company and CIM Group seeking to start foundation work by March. Per an update by The Boston Sun, the proponents have sought their building permit for the approved eight-story, 232,500-square-foot project and, pending the permit’s issuing, could complete the building by summer 2019. 321 Harrison will be built using a pile system that screws into the building’s foundation, as opposed to noisier pile driving.
321 Harrison will be constructed atop the three-story parking garage of the existing 11-story, 235,000-square-foot 1000 Washington Street office building. CIM Group acquired the 1000 Washington Street property for $114.2 million in cash in September 2017 from a partnership of Nordblom Company and Rubinstein Partners. Nordblom remains a stakeholder in 321 Harrison Avenue and will remain involved with developing 321 Harrison and managing the property.
Dec 31, 2017
CVS Pharmacy coming to ground floor of 345 Harrison development across from Ink Block in South End
CVS Pharmacy will reportedly open a 10,000-square-foot store within the 40,000-square-foot retail component of 345 Harrison, a nearly-complete mixed-use development opening early 2018 across from Ink Block in the South End. Per an update by The Boston Sun, the CVS lease is finalized, and developer UDR is also in discussions with retail tenants including a bar and restaurant concept. UDR is also considering opening a dog day care at 345 Harrison given neighborhood demand. 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room.
Dec 21, 2017
Sale of Boston Globe’s former Dorchester headquarters closes for $81 million
Nordblom Company and Alcion Ventures, who propose to develop The Boston Globe’s former headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester into a hub for high-tech jobs, have acquired the property for $81 million. The sale of the 815,000-square-foot office and industrial building, which stands on 16.5 acres located just off of Interstate 93, amounts to about $99 per square foot. Acore Capital Mortgage LP provided $75 million in financing towards the acquisition.
Nordblom and Alcion plan to construct an urban innovation campus on the property, renovating and reusing the existing building to create 690,000 square feet of creative office space for technology and life sciences companies, light industrial space and food & beverage-oriented retail including a craft brewery. The adjacent Patten’s Cove public park would also be overhauled, and improvements would be made to the connectivity of the Savin Hill neighborhood to the nearby JFK/UMass MBTA Red Line station. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing Nordblom and Alcion’s proposed plans for 135 Morrissey Boulevard.
Nov 14, 2017
Nordblom begins city review process for 135 Morrissey commercial development in Dorchester
Nordblom Company has submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for 135 Morrissey, the proposed redevelopment of the former Boston Globe Headquarters in Dorchester into a hub for high-tech jobs, kicking off the project’s official review process. As previously reported, the existing building would be renovated and reused, resulting in approximately 690,000 square feet of uses including creative office space for technology and life sciences companies, light industrial space and food & beverage-oriented retail. Significant landscaping and pedestrian realm improvements would be made to the 16.61-acre site, including an overhaul of the adjacent Patten’s Cove public park and increased connectivity of the Savin Hill neighborhood to the nearby JFK/UMass MBTA Red Line station. Nordblom will reveal additional details of the 135 Morrissey proposal in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filing in the coming months.
Nov 13, 2017
Interior renderings of 345 Harrison luxury apartments in South End, opening early 2018, revealed
Developer UDR has revealed renderings of residences and amenity spaces at 345 Harrison, a new 585-unit South End luxury apartment community with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail slated to open in early 2018. 345 Harrison will offer residents exclusive amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping views of the Boston skyline featuring an indoor lounge and an outdoor roof deck with a fireplace and sweeping views; an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool; and a 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. Residences at 345 Harrison will feature custom finishes with “sleek, contemporary designs and cinematic views” per UDR. The latest renderings of 345 Harrison are posted above.
Nov 11, 2017
Widett Circle seafood vendors propose new South Boston Waterfront facility
After listing their longtime home at Widett Circle in South Boston for sale, the seafood vendors of New Boston Food Market, in conjunction with Boston Global Investors, propose to construct a new 79,000-square-foot multi-tenant facility for seafood processing, storage and refrigeration on the South Boston Waterfront. The proposed building would be a two-story, light industrial building of approximately 56,000 gross square feet on the first floor, with an office mezzanine area on the second floor of approximately 23,000 gross square feet. The building would be constructed on the vacant Parcel M of the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, located at 3 Dolphin Way. The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) to construct the proposed facility and anticipate filing a Project Notification Form (PNF) for the project upon completion of negotiations with the BPDA, Parcel M’s owner, for a ground lease.
Oct 04, 2017
Plans unveiled for former Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Developer Nordblom Company, who has an agreement in place to acquire the 16.5-acre former Boston Globe headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, plans to transform the existing three-story building into a hub for high-tech jobs. Existing structures would be retrofitted for new uses including large labs and offices for robotics, life sciences and high tech manufacturing. Per a Dorchester Reporter report, MassRobotics and Cambridge Innovation Center are interested in opening a joint workspace at 135 Morrissey Boulevard.
Some smaller outbuildings would be removed from the existing 815,000-square-foot 135 Morrissey Boulevard building, resulting in 690,000 square feet of available space. A portion of the property would become a micro craft brewery with a food component. As part of the project, a multi-use path would be created around the site, renovating the underutilized adjacent Patten’s Cove park. Nordblom’s deal to acquire 135 Morrissey Boulevard is expected to close in mid-November. The latest details and renderings of the proposed project are posted above.
Oct 04, 2017
Renderings revealed of proposed South Boston boutique hotel near Broadway Station
Renderings of a proposed eight-story boutique hotel at 248 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, located steps from Broadway Station, have been revealed. The hotel would feature a main six-story section containing 159 rooms and ground-floor retail space, topped off by two set-back stories containing amenities including event space and a publicly accessible restaurant/lounge connected to an outdoor rooftop deck with a swimming pool. The latest renderings of the hotel are posted above.
Construction of the hotel, which replaces proponent Evergreen Property Group’s approved plans for a 33-unit residential building with 4,440 square feet of ground-floor retail at 248 Dorchester Avenue, is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018, with completion anticipated in the third quarter of 2020. The proponent has filed plans for the proposed hotel with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Sep 25, 2017
Boulevard on the Greenway concrete superstructure construction underway
Pouring of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story concrete superstructure overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Downtown Boston and Boston Harbor is now underway following completion of the building’s slurry wall foundation by Treviicos. The concrete base slab and columns of the superstructure’s first floor have been poured, as well as the first level of Boulevard on the Greenway’s concrete elevator core. The superstructure’s second floor concrete base slab is now being poured, and a network of cables is being set into the concrete and hydraulically tensioned prior to the concrete's full curing in order to fully strengthen the concrete.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A two-level Park Plus automated parking garage with room for 35 cars will be located underneath the building, set within the building’s 53-foot-deep slurry wall built by Treviicos. An existing Charles Bulfinch designed historic brick facade on site, which is over 200 years old, will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story facade. The following is an aerial photograph of superstructure construction underway at Boulevard on the Greenway:
Sep 20, 2017
Abbey Group reveals plans for 1.6-million-square-foot Exchange South End commercial development
The Abbey Group has revealed its’ plans to redevelop the 5.6-acre Boston Flower Exchange site in the South End into Exchange South End, a commercial, technology, and life science research hub totaling nearly 1.6 million square feet. Pegged at $600 million and representing an over $1 billion total investment in the South End neighborhood, The Abbey Group’s proposed development would feature four new buildings up to 20 stories and 282 feet tall, featuring 1,481,350 square feet of commercial space in addition to 42,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 30,000 square feet of civic and incubator space.
Over one acre of public open space would be constructed at Exchange South End. Construction of the Exchange South End’s first phase, which would construct two buildings, would start in Fall 2018 and last approximately two years. Additional buildings would be constructed based upon demand. The Abbey Group has filed plans for Exchange South End with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Sep 18, 2017
CIM Group acquires 321 Harrison Avenue in South End, site of approved office development, for $114.2 million
Los Angeles, CA-based CIM Group has acquired 321 Harrison Avenue in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood, site of an existing 11-story, 235,000-square-foot office building and three-story, 300-car garage as well as an approved eight-story, 232,500 square foot office development, for $114.2 million in cash. 321 Harrison Avenue’s seller is a partnership of Nordblom Company and Rubinstein Partners, who received approval in 2016 to construct the eight-story office development atop the garage as well as 2,500 square feet of retail or gallery space along the garage's ground floor. Nordblom remains a stakeholder in 321 Harrison Avenue and will continue to manage the property.
CIM Group has made a series of major acquisitions in Boston since 2016, most recently acquiring the 826-space 200 Stuart Street Garage in Bay Village, which serves the Revere Hotel, for $95 million and jointly acquiring 2.16 acres of developable land in the Fenway neighborhood with Cabot, Cabot & Forbes for $51 million. CIM Group also acquired the 1,037-space Motor Mart Garage, located across from the 200 Stuart Street Garage, for $162.5 million in October 2016, and 95 Berkeley Street, a 114,000-square-foot South End office building, for $43 million in March 2016.
Sep 14, 2017
Concrete foundation nearing completion at 1235 VFW Parkway, 80 upcoming West Roxbury apartments
Dellbrook | JKS is preparing to form and pour the last phase of the concrete foundation and underground parking structure of 1235 VFW Parkway, an upcoming 80-unit new-construction apartment building in West Roxbury. Following completion of below-grade construction, 1235 VFW Parkway's structural frame, featuring a combination of wood framing above a concrete and steel podium, will begin to rise. 1235 VFW Parkway is expected to open in December 2018 and will feature amenities including outdoor terraces, community meeting rooms, a children’s play area, a fitness center and yoga studio, a dog wash and tenant storage areas. The following are photographs of 1235 VFW Parkway, courtesy Dellbrook | JKS:
Sep 11, 2017
New Boston Ventures acquires site of approved Jamaica Plain luxury condominium development
New Boston Ventures has closed on the acquisition of the future site of its’ 44-unit Burnett Street luxury condominium development in Jamaica Plain, allowing construction of the project to proceed. The proponent acquired the 0.7-acre site for $850,000 with all necessary development approvals. Hingham Institution for Savings provided $550,000 of mortgage financing towards New Boston's acquisition.
The Burnett Street condominium development is a component of the approved 313,050-square-foot 3521-3529 Washington Street mixed-use development, which was proposed by New Boston along with SSG Development. As part of the development, SSG will construct a four-story, 132,000-square-foot self-storage facility along McBride Street. A five-story mixed-use building featuring 88 residential units and 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail at the corner of McBride and Washington Streets is also approved for construction; New Boston and SSG have listed this component of the approved development for sale through Colliers International.
Sep 08, 2017
W. L. French excavates underground parking and foundation of Phase I of Packard Crossing in Brighton
W. L. French Excavating Corporation is hard at work excavating the 39-car underground parking garage of Phase I of the $45 million, 147,438-square-foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development in Brighton. Soil is rapidly being removed from the project site, and soldier piles with lagging have been installed along the sides of the garage to maintain the 12 foot deep excavation. Following completion of the excavation, concrete will be poured in order to construct the Phase I building’s garage and foundation.
Phase I of Packard Crossing will construct a four-story, 47,736-square-foot building containing 38 apartment residences which will integrate and restore an existing Victorian house on site. Following completion of Phase II, Packard Crossing will feature 114 apartment residences and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of W. L. French at work at Packard Crossing:
Sep 03, 2017
Omni Hotel Seaport proponents kick off city review process, Q3 2018 groundbreaking anticipated
The Davis Companies and Omni Hotel Management Corporation, developers of an upcoming 1,054-key luxury hotel located on a 2.1-acre Massport-owned parcel across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the Seaport District, have filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), kicking off the hotel’s city review process. Though projects constructed on Massport-owned land are exempt from the City of Boston’s Zoning Code, both Massport and the proponents have agreed that the project will voluntarily undergo city review.
The Omni Hotel will feature amenities including 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space with two large 25,000 square foot and 15,500 square foot ballrooms, 40,000 square feet of retail space, an 8,500 square foot spa and fitness center and a rooftop pool. The hotel could also feature an above-ground skating rink. The Omni Hotel will provide the Seaport District and the BCEC with much-needed hotel rooms; per a report released by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) in 2016, the BCEC has the fewest hotel rooms available within walking distance in comparison to convention centers in major US cities. Meanwhile, in 2016, Boston placed among the cities with the highest hotel rates in the country. Construction of the Omni Hotel is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018, with completion expected in 2021.
Sep 03, 2017
South End proposal would yield up to 517 housing units, including newly revealed 143-unit development
A 1.9-acre Planned Development Area (PDA) proposal by The Davis Companies (TDC), Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC) and Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) could yield 517 new residential units in the South End’s rapidly developing New York Streets neighborhood. With the proposed PDA, the three proponents would be able to construct buildings up to 150 feet tall, superseding existing zoning. The three proponents would also collaborate to construct streetscape improvements such as a new east-west pedestrian connection providing through-block pedestrian connectivity between Washington Street and Shawmut Avenue. The PDA is now under review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Per the PDA proposal, TDC would construct a new 13-story building at 112 Shawmut Avenue featuring 143 apartments and a 980-square-foot ground-floor cafe. TDC’s building, which is now under review by the BPDA, would be prominently located at the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue, incorporating the historic facade of an existing six-story, 70,000-square-foot brick-and-beam building. TDC anticipates to start construction of 112 Shawmut Avenue in the first quarter of 2018, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2019. The latest 112 Shawmut Avenue renderings and information are posted above.
BCEC, owner of the existing three-story building at 120 Shawmut Avenue, would construct an 11-story building with 72 residences, religious space and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and CCBA, owner of the existing one-story supermarket at 50 Herald Street, would construct a 14-story building featuring 302 residences and 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail. BCEC and CCBA will file plans with the BPDA formally proposing their respective projects when they are ready to move forward with construction.
Aug 22, 2017
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.”
Aug 20, 2017
New England Conservatory completes $85 million Student Life and Performance Center
New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) has completed its’ new $85 million, 135,000-square-foot Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), located on St. Botolph Street in the Fenway. The building will be fully occupied starting this Fall, and will feature educational and theatrical space along with housing for approximately 252 students, doubling NEC’s on-campus housing capacity. The SLPC’s opening marks NEC’s 150th anniversary; the building will be officially dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 14th at 11 AM. The contemporary 10-story building features terra cotta tile with broad expanses of glass, showcasing NEC’s programs and performances. The SLPC is designed to foster collaboration, spark creativity and nurture a student community, featuring multiple new common spaces including a raised stage to support student-led ensemble performances, a two-level library consolidating NEC’s print material and audio resources collection in a central, accessible location and a new black box theater. The following are photographs of the SLPC:
Aug 16, 2017
Weatherproofing and utility installation underway at Stillings Street Garage rooftop addition, office space now leasing
Weatherproofing of the facade of the two-story, 54,712-square-foot steel addition to the existing eight-story Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point is now underway, with moisture-resistant cladding installation beginning and steel infill wall installation complete. Moisture-resistant cladding will be installed along the infill walls in the coming weeks, after which silver exterior finish panels and windows will be installed. Parallel to Boston Wharf Road, the addition will feature a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall. Inside the addition, pouring of concrete floors is complete, and HVAC utility installation is beginning. HVAC systems are ready for installation on the addition’s roof and will be installed in the coming weeks. The Stillings Garage Expansion Project will expand rentable office space at the Stillings Street parking garage to 109,807 square feet from 55,095 and convert a section of the building's ground floor along Boston Wharf Road into 3,000 square feet of retail. The following are photographs of the Stillings Street Garage Expansion:
Aug 15, 2017
Treviicos completes slurry wall of Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condos
Treviicos has completed construction of the slurry wall foundation of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story, 36-unit luxury condominium building overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The slurry wall has a maximum depth of 53 feet below the Greenway, with an average depth of 47 feet, and has a concrete surface area of 15,500 square feet. Concrete for the 353-linear-foot-long, 30-foot-thick slurry wall was poured from January to March.
Excavation of slurry wall panels at Boulevard on the Greenway hit rock bottom in June, at which point Treviicos installed a two-level internal horizontal bracing system to retain the slurry wall throughout construction. Treviicos will remove the bracing once Boulevard on the Greenway’s foundation is fully constructed and the superstructure has begun to rise in mid-September. A concrete cap beam has been nearly fully installed along the top perimeter of Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall, and concrete is being chipped back from the slurry wall in order to give the wall a uniform shape. The slurry wall will enclose a Park Plus automated parking garage, a first for Boston, featuring room for 35 cars.
Located on a small, angled site in the heart of Downtown Boston parallel to the Central Artery highway tunnel, Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall presented numerous design and construction challenges for the Treviicos team. With thousands of cars passing by the foundation daily, excessive vibration and prevention of wall movement were both design concerns. Thanks to the Treviicos team’s expert engineering, both of these issues have been resolved. Another challenge posed was the existing Charles Bulfinch designed facade on site, which is over 200 years old and will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. In order to retain the facade throughout foundation construction, an elaborate joint system was installed. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
Aug 11, 2017
Interior and exterior finishing underway at 450 Cambridge Street apartments in Allston
Facade work is nearing completion at 450 Cambridge Street, with all bricks and windows installed and affixing of the last exterior finishing panels underway. Inside the building, fit out of residences and common spaces is well underway. 450 Cambridge Street will feature 40 apartment residences and 1,630 square feet of ground-floor retail. Leasing of residences at 450 Cambridge Street will commence in the coming months. The following are photographs of 450 Cambridge Street:
Aug 06, 2017
Facade finish installation complete, interior finishing underway at The Residences at Boston Landing
All exterior finish panels have been installed along the 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing,
the residential component of the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton. Window installation along the facade is nearing completion, and installation of metal stud framing has begun inside the building in order to partition The Residences at Boston Landing's 295 luxury apartment residences. On The Residences at Boston Landing's ground floor will be 16,400 square feet of retail space; the building will also feature premier common spaces such as a fitness center, multiple roof decks, an active lounge with a pool table and a 20,000 square foot landscaped patio with a swimming pool and cabanas. The Residences at Boston Landing is expected to open in June 2018. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Aug 03, 2017
Nordblom acquiring 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Local real estate developer Nordblom Company will reportedly acquire the 16.5-acre former Boston Globe headquarters site at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. The Boston Globe and Nordblom reportedly signed an agreement for the acquisition this past Tuesday, August 1st; the deal will likely close this Fall. Development plans for the site have not yet been revealed. A vacant three-story, 815,000-square-foot building currently stands on the site, with the site's remainder comprised of surface parking. The Boston Globe has moved its' operations to a 75,000-square-foot office at Exchange Place in the Financial District, and its' printing and distribution to a 330,000-square-foot industrial building in Taunton.
Aug 01, 2017
Facade installation underway at 345 Harrison apartments in South End
The multifaceted brick, metal panel and glass curtain wall facade of 345 Harrison's east tower has been nearly fully installed. Inside the building, metal studs have been erected to partition individual apartment residences, allowing for interior finishing to begin in the coming months. Throughout the recently topped off west tower, concrete floors are being poured on upper floors and fireproofing is being sprayed on completed lower levels. Installation of the west tower's facade will begin in the coming months. 345 Harrison will open in early 2018 and will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Jul 25, 2017
Construction starts on 3200 Washington Street mixed-use development in Jamaica Plain
Berkeley Investments has confirmed that construction of the 100,000-square-foot 3200 Washington Street mixed-use development in Jamaica Plain in now underway. 3200 Washington Street will feature 73 apartment residences and approximately 4,500 square feet of new ground-floor commercial space in two main mixed-use buildings joined by a common lobby, as well as three condominium residences in a separate triple-decker home. Demolition of existing buildings on site is nearing completion, after which construction of the buildings' foundations will begin. Financing for 3200 Washington Street is provided by Santander.
3200 Washington Street is expected to open in early Fall 2018. Residences will range in size from 450 square feet to 1,300 square feet, with rents ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 per month. A total of 12 residences at 3200 Washington Street will be designated affordable, including nine apartments for households at 70% and 100% of area median income (AMI) and three 3-bedroom condominiums for households at 70% and 100% AMI.
3200 Washington Street will be located in Jamaica Plain’s vibrant, culturally-diverse Egleston Square neighborhood, steps from the MBTA Orange Line and Southwest Corridor Park. “[We’re] thrilled that 3200 Washington is part of such an exciting neighborhood,” says Berkeley Investments President Young Park. “Access to the MBTA Orange Line and the Southwest Corridor Park for biking, walking and running make this a highly desirable location for renters who want a tremendous value so close to the city of Boston, in a neighborhood that’s becoming more vibrant each day with new restaurants, stores and cafes. We’re delighted that our future retail spaces will add to this growing synergy.”
3200 Washington Street will strengthen the growing Egleston Square community with new mixed-income housing options and street-level retail. “It’s exciting to be a part of the energy here on Washington Street, and we look forward to working with community leaders to enrich this neighborhood,” says Berkeley Investments Development Project Manager Esther Byun. “[We are] proud to support this development project. Not only will it add new businesses to the area’s commercial mix, but it also incorporates affordable rental and home ownership options while activating a site that’s been vacant for years,” says Egleston Square Main Street Executive Director Luis Edgardo Cotto.
Jul 18, 2017
Excavation complete at Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums, foundation concrete pouring underway
Boulevard on the Greenway’s underground parking structure has been fully excavated, and pouring of the structure’s concrete base slab is well underway. The historic, Charles Bulfinch-designed facade on site has been reinforced in anticipation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story structure’s rise into the Boston skyline; the facade will be incorporated into the new structure. Condominium residences at Boulevard on the Greenway are now on sale; 31 condominiums are available ranging from one to three bedrooms and including penthouse duplexes. Five artist lofts are also available at Boulevard on the Greenway, in addition to approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The following is an aerial photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
Jul 14, 2017
Revised Hodge Boiler Works development, featuring 119 new condominiums, approved on East Boston Waterfront
Revisions to the Hodge Boiler Works development on the East Boston Waterfront were approved at yesterday’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The development will now feature 119 condominium residences overlooking the Boston skyline, in addition to 7,200 square feet of shared-work space and a Harborwalk extension. The development’s change from apartments to condominiums signifies the growing strength of the East Boston Waterfront condominium market. The nearby under-construction Slip65 development, the East Boston Waterfront’s first condominium offering, has been seeing very strong demand, with 50% of residences reserved for prices ranging from $700- to over $1200 per square foot; some residences at Slip65 are under agreement for over $1.5 million. The Hodge Boiler Works development will now go before the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; ZBA approval will be required in order for the building to proceed with construction.
Jul 13, 2017
345 Harrison mixed-use development in South End tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held last Wednesday (July 12th) for 345 Harrison, an upcoming mixed-use development in the South End featuring 585 apartment residences and 40,000 square feet of retail. The two-building development has topped off at 14 stories tall and is on schedule to open in early 2018. Located across from the Ink Block development and steps from multiple new and planned buildings, 345 Harrison is set to further activate a rapidly-growing corner of the South End with increased residential presence and a walkable, engaging streetscape. “The owner and architect took an innovative approach to this ultra-urban site by creating ground level open spaces that extend under building elements many floors above and connect to the public streets,” said Mark Junghans, Principal and Managing Director of the Boston office of 345 Harrison engineer VHB. “It gives it the feeling of a village space and creates the perfect spot for restaurants, sidewalk cafes and passive spaces for the residents and public alike.” The following is a photograph from the 345 Harrison topping-off ceremony, courtesy VHB:
Jul 04, 2017
New eight-story hotel proposed at site of approved South Boston residential development
Developer Evergreen Property Group proposes to construct a new eight-story, 159-room boutique hotel at 248 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, the site of an approved six-story, 33-unit residential building the developer had previously planned to construct. The new hotel would contain 86,000 square feet of space, in contrast to the residential building’s 43,650; the hotel, like the residential building, would also feature ground-floor retail.
Evergreen reportedly was prompted to change its’ project plans by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)’s South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative, whose revised zoning allows for additional density and height along Dorchester Avenue, as well as market trends and community input. “The proposed project will provide a distinct hospitality use at a design-forward development that better activates the street frontage along Dorchester Avenue,” said Evergreen Attorney Joseph Hanley in a prepared statement.
An Enterprise Rent-A-Car location is currently located at the proposed project site. Evergreen has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the hotel with the BPDA, who is now reviewing the project. A rendering of the approved residential building is posted above; renderings of the proposed hotel have not yet been revealed.
Jun 28, 2017
32-story tower proposed at Huntington Theater site in Fenway, existing theater would be retained and expanded
QMG Huntington LLC proposes to construct an iconic 32-story, 405,500-square-foot mixed-use tower at the 0.76-acre Huntington Theater site in the Fenway, creating new residential and retail space while expanding and preserving the Huntington Theater Company (HTC)’s existing 890-seat, 35,654-square-foot theater. The theater would be gifted to HTC, allowing the company to keep its’ prime location on Boston’s Avenue of the Arts for the foreseeable future. 14,000 square feet of new theater space would be constructed across the first two floors of the proposed tower; the space, which would be leased to HTC at a nominal rent, would be connected to the existing theater and would include a new accessible entrance.
The proposed tower would serve as a symbol of pride for the Avenue of the Arts, with a facade inspired by Greek drama masks. The tower would feature 426 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment residences and approximately 7,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space across the first and second floors. QMG aims to start construction of the proposed project in the fourth quarter of 2018; construction would last approximately 26 months. A Project Notification Form (PNF) formally proposing the project has been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project plans.
Jun 19, 2017
Financing secured for 3200 Washington Street mixed-use development in Jamaica Plain, new renderings revealed
Berkeley Investments has secured $21.5 million in construction financing for the approved 100,000-square-foot 3200 Washington Street mixed-use development in Jamaica Plain, allowing construction of the project to proceed. Santander Bank is providing financing for the project; demolition of three existing abandoned one-to-story commercial buildings is now underway. 3200 Washington Street will feature 73 apartment residences with ground-floor retail and is located steps to Egleston Square. New renderings of 3200 Washington Street have been revealed depicting the project’s modern aesthetic and amenities including multiple resident lounges and a rooftop terrace; these renderings are posted above.
Jun 19, 2017
Rooftop office addition tops off at Stillings Garage in Fort Point, concrete floor construction underway
The steel frame of the two-story rooftop addition to the Stillings Street parking garage in Fort Point has been fully erected, with the final steel beam now installed. Steel decking is nearly fully installed at the bases of the addition's two office levels and roof, as well as the base of the addition's mechanical penthouse. Concrete will be poured atop the decking in the coming weeks in order to construct the addition's floors. Floor construction will be followed by installation of exterior finish panels along the addition's facade. The Stillings Garage Expansion Project will expand rentable office space at the Stillings Street parking garage to 109,807 square feet from 55,095 and convert a section of the building's ground floor along Boston Wharf Road into 3,000 square feet of retail. The following are photographs of the Stillings Garage Expansion project:
Jun 15, 2017
47-55 LaGrange Street, new mixed-use tower in Downtown Crossing, approved
47-55 LaGrange Street, a new 21-story mixed-use tower in the heart of Downtown Crossing featuring 176 residences, was approved at last night (June 15th, 2017)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Construction of the 47-55 LaGrange Street tower is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. 47-55 LaGrange Street will require additional approval by the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in order to proceed with construction.
Jun 15, 2017
212 Stuart Street, 19-story tower featuring 133 apartments and ground-floor retail, approved in Bay Village
212 Stuart Street, a new mixed-use tower located in Bay Village featuring 133 apartment residences and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, was approved at last night (June 15th, 2017)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Resident amenities at 212 Stuart Street will include an outdoor landscaped rooftop deck with a southern exposure and sweeping city views, in addition to common space. 11 residences at 212 Stuart Street will be designated affordable; developer Transom Real Estate will also make a $3,309,507 contribution towards the creation of affordable housing in Boston. As part of the 212 Stuart Street project, public realm improvements will be made to the adjacent Church Street public plaza. 212 Stuart Street will require additional approval by the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in order to proceed with construction.
Jun 04, 2017
Exterior finishing underway at 345 Harrison, upcoming South End luxury apartments
The east building at 345 Harrison has topped off at 14 stories tall, and installation of the building’s exterior facade is well underway. Brick and metal exterior finish panels have been installed up to the east building’s top floor at sections. Finishes, in addition to windows, are nearly fully installed along the east building's base facing Harrison Avenue. Remaining sections of the east building are now being weatherproofed. Construction of the steel frame of 345 Harrison’s west building along Washington Street is well underway, and has risen to as high as seven stories at sections. Opening in early 2018, 343 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
May 26, 2017
13-story, 155-residence development proposed in busy South End district
The Davis Companies proposes to construct a 7-story addition to 112 Shawmut Avenue, a six-story, 70,000-square-foot brick-and-beam South End office building located in the rapidly-developing New York Streets neighborhood, creating a 13-story, 155-residence development with a 975-square-foot ground-floor cafe. Davis has not yet disclosed whether residences would be apartments or condominiums. Davis acquired 112 Shawmut Avenue in July 2015 for $26.2 million, or $374.29 per square foot; the building last sold in 1996 for $2.2 million, or $31.43 per square foot. Davis has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to construct the 112 Shawmut Avenue project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project. Additional project details will be revealed in the coming months.
May 18, 2017
Developer backs out of deal to acquire 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester
Center Court Properties has reportedly backed out of a deal to acquire the 16.5-acre Boston Globe headquarters in Dorchester for over $80 million. “We’re enthusiastic about exploring other possibilities,” said Globe Chief Operating Officer Sean Keohan in the Globe's report. Center Court's abandonment of the deal follows Winstanley Enterprises pulling out of its' agreement to acquire the Globe property in 2015. The Globe will still move forward with its' move to a new 75,000-square-foot office at Exchange Place in the Financial District this June.
May 15, 2017
The Residences at Boston Landing tops off at 17 stories tall
The Residences at Boston Landing, a 311,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Brighton featuring 295 luxury apartment residences and 16,400 square feet of ground-floor retail, has topped off at 17 stories tall. A topping-off ceremony was held at The Residences at Boston Landing last Tuesday (May 9th, 2017), with speakers including Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner and Managing Director of The HYM Investment Group, Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance Athletics, Inc, Kevin Adolphe, President and CEO of John Hancock Real Estate and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Residences at Boston Landing project team, construction workers and community members all gathered on the project site to formally hoist the final steel beam of the development’s 17-story frame into the sky and install the beam at the frame’s summit.
The Residences at Boston Landing’s residents will be situated steps to multiple amenities and direct commuter rail service to Downtown Boston. It was recently announced that dining options Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, Kohi Coffee Company and Flatbread Pizza Company will all open at Boston Landing; the Boston Landing commuter rail station is expected to open this month. “The Residences at Boston Landing provides residents the opportunity to have access to spectacular amenities within the building, access to the new retail shops on Guest Street, and will benefit from being across the street from the new MBTA commuter rail station," said O’Brien at the topping-off ceremony. The following are photographs of the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of speakers at the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
May 07, 2017
Facade installation underway at 450 Cambridge Street apartments in Allston
450 Cambridge Street’s classic brick facade has been installed across large sections of the building’s topped-off four-story frame, and windows and weatherproofing are in place throughout. The facade will also consist of sections of silver metal panels, which will be installed shortly. Inside the building, finishing of apartments and common spaces is underway. 450 Cambridge Street will feature 40 apartment residences with 1,630 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 450 Cambridge Street:
Apr 30, 2017
Finishing touches underway at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center
Finishing touches are being made to the interior and exterior of the New England Conservatory (NEC)’s new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC) in the Fenway in anticipation of the building’s opening in time for the start of the Fall term. The SLPC will provide the NEC with new state-of-the-art educational and theatrical space and housing for approximately 252 students. The following are photographs of New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center:
Apr 19, 2017
1,054-room Omni Hotel coming to Seaport District
Massport has selected Omni Resorts and Hotels and New Boston Hospitality LLC, a conglomerate of real estate firms and investors including The Davis Companies, to develop a 1,054-room hotel on a 2.1-acre parcel located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. The new hotel, which will be the largest in the Seaport District and the fourth-largest in Boston and all of Massachusetts, will feature two new 21-story towers and will also include 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and an 8,500 square foot spa. Construction of the hotel is anticipated to start in summer 2018, with completion expected in early 2021. Omni Resorts and Hotel is the owner and operator of the Omni Parker House hotel in Downtown Crossing. The following are renderings of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
The following is a site plan of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
Apr 14, 2017
Revised plans filed for long-stalled Hodge Boiler Works development on East Boston Waterfront
The Davis Companies, who acquired the approved 2.5-acre Hodge Boiler Works development site on the East Boston Waterfront for $5 million in March 2015, proposes to revise the project plans to include additional residences, a new public work share space component and expanded public waterfront open space. Davis proposes to construct 119 rental apartment residences at Hodge Boiler Works in addition to 7,200 square feet of public waterfront work share space. The previous project plan, approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in 2012, consisted of 95 apartments, six bed-and-breakfast hotel rooms and a 576 square foot cafe. The new project plan includes a total of 34,500 square feet of public open space. A 42 boat slip marina, included in the approved plan, has been eliminated. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing the revised Hodge Boiler Works plans. The latest Hodge Boiler Works renderings are posted above.
Apr 13, 2017
345 Harrison apartments in South End reach full height
345 Harrison’s east tower along Harrison Avenue has reached its’ full height of 14 stories and will soon top off in full. The concrete elevator core of the west tower along Washington Street has reached its’ full height; construction of the west tower’s steel frame will commence imminently. Two active tower cranes now stand in place over the 345 Harrison site. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Mar 23, 2017
Luxury apartments now leasing at The Tremont in Mission Hill
The Tremont, a new luxury apartment building in Mission Hill, is now open, and apartment residences and retail space are now leasing. Available residences include studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms starting at $2,365 per month. The Tremont is conveniently located a short walk to Brigham Circle, the Longwood Medical Area and the MBTA Orange Line. The following are photographs of The Tremont:
Mar 21, 2017
Meriel Marina Bay nears opening
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:
Mar 16, 2017
1.6 million square foot office and retail hub envisioned at South End's Boston Flower Exchange
Developer The Abbey Group has unveiled preliminary development plans for the 5.5-acre Boston Flower Exchange site in the South End. Per a Boston Globe report, The Abbey Group presented a vision for four lab and office buildings with ground-floor retail and restaurant space oriented about "Albany Green", a 1-acre "European [public] plaza", at a Wednesday night community meeting this week; a newly revealed rendering is posted above.
The Boston Flower Exchange project, which would total approximately 1.6 million square feet and rise about 200 feet, would also construct a new cultural center and improve the nearby South Bay Harbor Trail. “We want to extend public space across the entire ground floor of the project”, said Abbey Group Managing Partner Bill Keravuori. The Abbey Group has not yet filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Mar 07, 2017
New renderings revealed of planned Huntington Theater tower in Fenway
New renderings have been released of the tower planned at the site of the Huntington Theater in the Fenway. The latest renderings, which are posted above, show a 32-story structure with floor-to-ceiling windows on all floors as well as a large communal rooftop outdoor space. A fitness center is shown on the tower's 3rd floor, and a lounge area is shown on the tower's 4th floor. Current plans for the tower call for 350 to 400 residences above 2 stories of retail. The Huntington Theater building is planned to be retained and restored; two additional existing buildings would be demolished. Plans for the tower have not yet been filed with the City of Boston.
Mar 05, 2017
370-380 Harrison Avenue, 356,500 square foot mixed-use development, approved in South End
370-380 Harrison Avenue, a new 14-story building featuring 218 rental apartments, 96 ownership condominiums and approximately 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, was approved at last Thursday (March 2nd)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Developer Related Beal anticipates to start construction of the project in the second quarter of this year, with completion expected by the second quarter of 2019.
Mar 02, 2017
Initial demolition complete at future site of The Icon mixed-use development in Allston
The former single-story commercial building at the future site of The Icon has been fully demolished, clearing the way for foundation construction to commence. The Icon will be a new 6-story mixed-use building opening Spring 2018 featuring 132 apartment residences and 5,000 square feet of retail. The following is a photograph of the future site of The Icon:
Feb 17, 2017
Facade complete, interior finishing underway at New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center
All facade finishes and windows have been installed at the New England Conservatory (NEC)'s new 135,000 square foot Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC) in the Fenway, and fit out of interior spaces is underway. The SLPC is expected to open in the coming months and will feature new educational and theatrical space as well as housing for approximately 252 students. The following is a photograph of the SLPC:
Feb 16, 2017
345 Harrison in South End nears topping off
Framing of 345 Harrison's 14-story steel superstructure has reached the mixed-use development's 10th floor and is rising rapidly. Both of 345 Harrison's elevator cores have now reached their full height. Pouring of concrete floors has commenced at 345 Harrison's base. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 residential apartments with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Feb 16, 2017
Work begins at The Icon in Allston
Demolition is underway at the future site of The Icon, an upcoming $51 million mixed-use development in Allston. An existing single-story commercial building is being demolished to make way for The Icon's future 6-story building. Slated for completion in Spring 2018, The Icon will feature 132 apartment residences and 5,000 square feet of retail. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at The Icon:
Jan 31, 2017
John Hancock takes major equity stake in The Residences at Boston Landing
John Hancock Financial has taken a major equity stake in the under-construction Residences at Boston Landing residential and retail development in Brighton. John Hancock joins New Balance and The HYM Investment Group in developing the 17-story building, which will feature 295 residential apartments and 16,400 square feet of retail. Terms of John Hancock's deal with New Balance and HYM were not disclosed. The Residences at Boston Landing is scheduled to open in June 2018.
Jan 26, 2017
Steel frame rising at The Residences at Boston Landing
The Residences at Boston Landing's 17-story steel frame is rapidly rising and has reached 4 stories in height. The building's concrete elevator core has topped off, and foundation work is complete. The Residences at Boston Landing will feature 295 apartments with 16,000 square feet of retail space located across from New Balance's new headquarters and the new Boston Landing commuter rail station. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Jan 19, 2017
Plans filed for 21-story luxury residential tower in Downtown Crossing
Plans for a 21-story luxury residential tower proposed at 47-55 LaGrange Street in the heart of Downtown Crossing, first preliminarily revealed in Fall 2016, have been officially filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The tower would feature 176 luxury residences. Owing to the tower's walkable location and the close proximity of public transit, only 20 vehicle parking spaces would be constructed on site. Construction of the tower is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Plans for the tower are now under official review.
Jan 12, 2017
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residences hit market
The first condominiums at the 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residential building in Downtown Boston have been listed for sale. Condominiums listed range from a 1,392 square foot eighth floor one-bedroom/two-bathroom unit offered at $1.695 million ($1,218 per square foot) to a 2,362 square foot tenth floor three-bedroom/four-bathroom unit offered at $3.835 million ($1,624 per square foot). A total of five condominiums have been listed for sale. Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 total residences, including 31 market-rate condominiums and five artist lofts.
Jan 08, 2017
Revised renderings revealed of 321 Harrison Avenue office building in South End
The facade of the approved 321 Harrison Avenue office development in the South End has been revised to incorporate a striking glass curtain wall. The curtain wall subtly nods to the building’s address, featuring the Roman numerals “III II I” shaped in glass facing the Massachusetts Turnpike. 321 Harrison Avenue presents the opportunity for prime visibility for an office tenant and is located in the heart of the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood across from the Ink Block development. Construction of 321 Harrison Avenue is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2017. The latest 321 Harrison Avenue renderings can be found above.
Jan 03, 2017
Dorchester’s DotBlock obtains financial backing, could break ground this summer
Investment group Wintergold LLC is financially backing the approved 388,400 square foot DotBlock mixed-use development in Dorchester. Wintergold has acquired the approximately 4-acre DotBlock site at the corner of Hancock and Pleasant Streets for $19.1 million and also acquired an adjacent 1/4-acre parcel for $1.9 million. DotBlock developer Atlas Investment Group will remain involved with the project’s design and construction. The development team is reportedly in conversations with the owners of adjacent parcels to acquire the properties and expand DotBlock. The team hopes to start construction of DotBlock in Summer 2017.
Dec 29, 2016
New luxurious residences now leasing at Jamaica Plain's MetroMark Apartments
Residences are now leasing at MetroMark Apartments, a newly opened luxury apartment community located in Jamaica Plain steps to multiple parks, a variety of retail options and the Forest Hills rapid transit station. The first phase of MetroMark, a new building at 3615 Washington Street, opened this fall. The next building at MetroMark, 3611 Washington Street, will open in early 2017. In total, MetroMark will feature approximately 283 rental residential units and 5,000 square feet of retail space. Residents at MetroMark have access to multiple amenities including a roof terrace with sweeping Boston skyline views and multiple indoor and outdoor resident lounges. The following are photographs of MetroMark:
Dec 29, 2016
New Bay Village residential tower renderings released
Developer Transom Real Estate has released new renderings of the proposed 19-story 212 Stuart Street apartment tower in Bay Village. The new renderings released provide perspectives of the tower’s ground floor and massing along Stuart Street. The latest 212 Stuart Street renderings are posted above.
Dec 19, 2016
Related Beal proposes revised development at 370-380 Harrison Avenue in South End
Related Beal is proposing a revised development at 370-380 Harrison Avenue in the South End's New York Streets neighborhood. The design of the original development, proposed in March 2016 and not approved, has been revised in response to design feedback from officials and the surrounding community. With the revised design, Related Beal aims to better relate with the existing surrounding building context. Related Beal has submitted a Draft Project Impact Report (DPIR) to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) with the revised development plan for 370-380 Harrison Avenue. The plan will now undergo official review.
Dec 14, 2016
Superstructure rising at South End’s 345 Harrison
Construction of 345 Harrison’s 14-story superstructure is well underway for both of the mixed-use development’s buildings. The northeast concrete elevator core has topped off, and the final story of the northwest core nears completion. Steel framing has reached 345 Harrison’s second floor and continues to progress quickly across the development site. 345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Retail space at 345 Harrison is now leasing. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Dec 13, 2016
$30 million grant awarded to redevelop Whittier Choice public housing in Roxbury
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to help fund the approved $44 million Whitter Choice public housing redevelopment in Roxbury. The redevelopment will include both affordable and market-rate housing units, creating new affordable units and introducing new market-rate units. Construction of the first phase of the project could commence in September 2017.
"As we shape Boston's growth, we must make sure our progress benefits everyone, especially long-term residents of the City," said Mayor Walsh at a ceremony held Monday to announce the grant. "I'm extraordinarily proud of the dedication of our partners who have come together to create a brighter future for the residents of Whittier Street and the surrounding neighborhood." "These game-changing investments will breathe new life into our neighborhoods and offer real opportunities for the families who call these communities home," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro at the ceremony. "What we do today will leverage private investment and bear fruit for generations of families looking for an opportunity to thrive in neighborhoods that are connected to the economic and social fabric of their communities." "This is great news for the City of Boston and the Lower Roxbury neighborhood," stated Congressman Mike Capuano at the ceremony. "The Choice Neighborhoods federal grant will help transform the Whittier Street Housing Development by renovating existing affordable housing units and creating additional housing opportunities." The following is a photograph from Monday's ceremony:
Dec 11, 2016
Former Related Beal executives propose 19-story Bay Village apartment tower
Transom Real Estate, a newly formed real estate development entity comprised of three former Related Beal executives, proposes to construct a 19-story apartment tower in Bay Village. The tower, 212 Stuart Street, would feature 131 residential apartments with 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The development team has submitted a Project Notification Form (PNF) for 212 Stuart Street to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). 212 Stuart Street is now under official review.
Nov 17, 2016
Residential tower planned at Huntington Theater site
The Matteson Companies, a member of the investment group who acquired the Huntington Theater property in the Fenway, has released preliminary renderings of a 350 to 400-unit residential tower planned at the Theater site. Two existing buildings on site would be demolished to construct the tower. The theater building is currently planned to be retained. The following are renderings of the tower:
Nov 17, 2016
152-unit luxury residential tower planned in Downtown Crossing
Development partner The Matteson Companies has released preliminary renderings of a 152-unit luxury residential tower planned for the 7,500 square foot parcel at 47-55 Lagrange Street in Downtown Crossing. Retail space would be located on the tower’s first floor. The tower would be constructed on a 7,500 square foot parcel currently used as a surface parking lot.
Nov 08, 2016
Meriel Marina Bay reaches full height
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:
Oct 21, 2016
Boulevard on the Greenway condos priced from $1.46 million, slurry wall pre-trenching underway
J. Derenzo Companies is hard at work preparing the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site for Treviicos to install the building’s slurry wall foundation. Derenzo is pre-trenching the slurry wall, excavating deep trenches along the slurry wall’s perimeter down to glacial till and refilling the trenches with flowable fill. The fill will serve as the base for Treviicos’ installation of guide walls for the slurry wall. The guide walls will in turn frame pouring of concrete to construct the slurry wall.
Derenzo is also relocating existing utilities to outside the perimeter of the slurry wall to make way for slurry wall construction. A concrete duct bank was poured today to contain relocated water piping, and a second duct bank will soon be poured for relocated television transmission lines and electrical wiring. An existing elevator core that extends deep into the construction site will also soon be pulled out of the ground to make way for the slurry wall.
The existing Charles Bullfinch-designed facade that will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway is being fully reinforced in anticipation of start of foundation construction. The facade will be reinforced with concrete columns on Saturday (October 22nd, 2016) and further reinforced with steel beams on Monday (October 24th, 2016), at which point a concrete grade beam will be poured.
A sales gallery for Boulevard on the Greenway is now open at 88 Broad Street in Downtown Boston. One, two and three-bedroom condominiums are for sale priced from $1.46 million. An expanded website, TheBoulevardBoston.com, has been released with more information about Boulevard on the Greenway. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
The following is the latest Boulevard on the Greenway sales brochure:
Oct 07, 2016
Boulevard on the Greenway excavation underway
Excavation of Boulevard on the Greenway's underground parking structure is well underway. J. Derenzo Companies has cleared all debris from the construction site and is now excavating 29 vertical feet of soil. Boulevard on the Greenway's parking structure will be mechanically operated and will contain 48 stacked parking spaces. The 12-story, $58.7 million building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail located in the heart of Downtown Boston on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The following is an Instagram post by Kelly Roche showing an aerial view of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
Sep 30, 2016
1235 VFW Parkway developer closes on acquisition of project site
Developer SOVAD LLC closed yesterday (September 29th, 2016) on the acquisition of the 1.8-acre 1235 VFW Parkway project site in West Roxbury for $3 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deed. SOVAD LLC also secured $3.25 million of mortgage financing for 1235 VFW Parkway yesterday through Rockland Trust Company. SOVAD LLC received approval from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in January 2016 to construct an 80-unit four-story residential building at 1235 VFW Parkway. Additional information about the approved building can be found above. The following is the deed for SOVAD LLC's acquisition of the 1235 VFW Parkway project site:
Sep 23, 2016
Boulevard on the Greenway site work commences
Initial site work has commenced at Boulevard on the Greenway to prepare for the 29-foot-deep excavation of the building’s 48-space mechanically-operated underground parking structure. J. Derenzo Companies is clearing the construction site of debris from demolition of a pre-existing building and preparing for the upcoming excavation. Drilling is underway to install a temporary underground electrical conduit system to power the construction site. Treviicos will install a slurry wall foundation system for the underground garage and expects to start work in December.
A pre-existing historic Charles Bulfinch designed facade has been firmly secured and will be integrated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. The 12-story, $58.7 million Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
Sep 16, 2016
Packard Crossing approved, construction could commence Q1 2017
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Packard Crossing for construction. Located in Allston’s Packards Corner steps to the MBTA Green Line, Packard Crossing will contain a total of 114 rental residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail across two new buildings constructed over two phases. Construction of Phase One is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2017. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Sep 16, 2016
321 Harrison Avenue approved, construction could commence Q1 2017
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved 321 Harrison Avenue for construction. Located in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood across from Ink Block, 321 Harrison will be a new eight-story, 230,000 square foot office building that will be constructed above an existing three-story, 300 car garage, creating a new 11-story building. Retail or gallery space will be added to the ground floor of the existing garage. The garage's capacity will be reduced to 240 cars. Construction is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2017. Additional information about 321 Harrison Avenue can be found above.
Sep 12, 2016
345 Harrison elevator core rising, tower crane installed
345 Harrison’s one-level, 275-car underground parking garage along William Mullins Way has been fully excavated. A concrete elevator core is under construction at the garage’s base; the core has risen two stories above grade. A PERI Skydeck system is being used to frame concrete pouring to construct the core. A tower crane has been installed on site in anticipation of impending steel superstructure construction. Mockup finishes have been posted along Traveler Street as a preview of 345 Harrison’s future exterior.
A sheet pile wall has been driven along the garage’s perimeter, and concrete piles have been driven into the garage’s base for structural support. Concrete piles have also been driven at the Traveler Street end of the project site. Large concrete footings are being poured above concrete pile caps at the garage’s base.
345 Harrison will feature two buildings containing approximately 585 residential units and 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include a 14th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping skyline views, a resort-style pool and a fully-equipped fitness center. Retail space at 345 Harrison is currently for lease, and residential unit pre-leasing is underway. Visit developer UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information about residential unit pre-leasing. The following are photographs of the 345 Harrison site:
Sep 09, 2016
New details and renderings for proposed 29-story Fenway tower, construction could start mid-2017
Developer Trans National Properties today filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to construct 2 Charlesgate West, a 29-story, 340 foot tall mixed-use tower in the Fenway neighborhood that would include approximately 295 residential units, 10,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space and 7,500 square feet of office space; the following is a link to the PNF. Trans National Properties anticipates to start construction of 2 Charlesgate West in the second quarter of 2017; construction would take approximately 24-30 months. Additional information about the 2 Charlesgate West proposal can be found above.
Sep 02, 2016
Berkeley Investments and Nixdorf Family acquire approved 76-unit Egleston Square project for $6.2 million
In a newly formed partnership (3200 Washington Street LLC), developer Berkeley Investments and the Nixdorf Family of Germany today acquired the approved 3200 Washington development project in Egleston Square for $6.2 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. As approved in August 2015, 3200 Washington Street will feature 76 residential units, including 18 units designated affordable, with 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail across three new buildings situated on a 32,412 square foot site; additional information about the project can be found above. The following is the deed for Berkeley Investments and the Nixdorf Family's acquisition of 3200 Washington:
Aug 29, 2016
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:
Aug 24, 2016
MetroMark Apartments now leasing and occupied, nearing full completion
Residents have moved into the first building at MetroMark Apartments, now leasing in Jamaica Plain steps to the Forest Hills rapid transit station. Visit MetroMarkApts.com for additional leasing information. The $95 million, 300,000 square foot MetroMark Apartments will feature 283 rental residential units and 5,000 square feet of retail space across four new buildings. Exterior finishes are just about fully installed at the second building at MetroMark Apartments, and installation of finishes is well underway along the third and fourth buildings' facades. Fireproofing and windows have been installed along the exteriors of all four buildings; MetroMark Apartments is fully topped off. The following are photographs of MetroMark Apartments:
Aug 10, 2016
Summer Olympics slow Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Banker & Tradesman reports that construction of Boulevard on the Greenway has been put on pause due to required utility work coinciding with the 2016 Summer Olympics underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to commence work on Boulevard on the Greenway's foundation, a major Comcast transmission line that traverses the construction site must be relocated. Comcast reportedly requested that developer New Boston Ventures hold off on relocating the cable until after the Olympics' closing ceremonies on August 21st, 2016. “They didn’t want any chance of interrupting service, so we’re not relocating the line until after the Olympics,” says Jim Alexander, a principal of Boulevard on the Greenway architect Finegold Alexander Architects. Following the Olympics, construction will commence on the foundation of the $58.7 million, 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway. The building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Aug 02, 2016
The Hamilton Company releases renderings and details for Packard Crossing in Allston
In a Project Notification Form (PNF) submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last Friday (July 29th, 2016), developer The Hamilton Company released renderings and details for the proposed 147,438 square foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development project in Allston’s Packards Corner; the following is a link to the PNF. A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project was submitted to the BRA on June 24th, 2016; the following is a link to the LOI. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Jul 26, 2016
New details and renderings for proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment in Brighton
Developers Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Peak Campus have submitted an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with new details and renderings for the proposed 663,000 square foot redevelopment of the 11.6-acre Saint Gabriel's Monastery site in Brighton. The following is a link to the EPNF. Per the EPNF, approximately 679 rental residential apartments marketed to "graduate students, young professionals and other university affiliates such as residents, faculty and staff" would be constructed on site. The developers anticipate to start construction in mid-2017; construction would last approximately 24 months.
Apartments would range from studios to three-bedrooms and would be constructed across five buildings. The existing monastery building would be restored, and four new buildings would be constructed ranging from one to seven stories tall. The existing Pierce House fronting Washington Street would be restored and would contain one residential unit. A new building would also be constructed on site for the active Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima. The existing Saint Gabriel’s Church and dormitory structures would be demolished. The following is a site plan of the proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment:
Resident amenities could include "a fitness
center, indoor basketball court, common lounges, kitchens, games room, café, outdoor
pool, outdoor grills, and a generous amount of hard and soft landscaped areas." A new public courtyard would be constructed on site providing "vistas of Boston and Cambridge." A total of approximately 7.3 acres of open space would be constructed, representing 62% of
the Saint Gabriel's Monastery site. A total of approximately 395 parking spaces would be constructed on site. The following are renderings of the Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment; the project's architects are Cube3 Studio and Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype:
View of Building 2 and Public Plaza
View from Washington Street
Jul 26, 2016
Ribbon cut on One Canal in Bulfinch Triangle
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday, July 13th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Aimco and Trinity Financial on this important milestone. The 12-story, 435,000 square foot One Canal will further enliven Bulfinch Triangle with 310 new luxurious residential rental apartments, including 20 affordable units, as well as approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space located steps to Downtown Boston, the North End and multiple transportation options. Upcoming retail options at One Canal include Boston’s first City Winery, a specialty culinary and cultural destination opening in early 2017. Apartments at One Canal are now leasing, visit LiveOneCanal.com for more information. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the ribbon cutting, and the following are photographs of the ribbon cutting:
Ribbon about to be cut
Ribbon is cut
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb following ribbon cutting
The following are photographs of the completed One Canal:
View of One Canal from Rose Kennedy Greenway
One Canal rooftop pool
One Canal roof deck
Speakers at the One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony included Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association, Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb and Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler. The following are photographs of the speakers:
Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association
Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb
Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler
Following speeches and the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were given tours of One Canal’s units and amenities. One Canal includes an expansive roof deck featuring a heated pool, an outdoor cinema and a fire pit in addition to 360-degree Boston skyline views. One Canal also includes a 2,000 square foot fitness center and a Canal Club resident lounge. The following are photographs of units and amenities at One Canal:
Open floor plan unit
Third floor terrace
Jul 21, 2016
Center Court Properties acquiring Boston Globe’s Dorchester headquarters
Banker & Tradesman reports that David Ridini of Center Court Properties, based in New York, will acquire The Boston Globe’s 16.5-acre Dorchester headquarters facility for approximately $80 million. The sale price would top the $70 million that John Henry paid to acquire The Boston Globe in 2013.
Ridini is a partner in JDMD Owner LLC, developer of the 71-unit Archer | Donahue condominium project on Beacon Hill approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for construction this month. Ridini is also a partner in 171 Tremont LLC, developer of the 18-unit 171 Tremont Street condominium project in Downtown Crossing. Ridini is also a partner in CC Bunker Hill Owner LLC, who acquired the 52,944 square foot Bunker Hill Business Center at 440 Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown for $14.725 million in September 2015.
Jul 20, 2016
$58.7 million financing secured for Boulevard on the Greenway
Commercial real estate capital intermediary Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) reports
that it has secured $58.7 million in financing for Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building under construction in Boston's Financial District. A $46 million fixed-rate construction loan has been secured through East Boston Savings Bank, and $12.7 million in subordinate financing has been secured through Canyon Partners Real Estate. Currently under construction, Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Jul 18, 2016
Boston Globe reaches agreement to sell 16.5-acre Dorchester headquarters
The Boston Globe reports that it has reached an agreement to sell its 16.5-acre headquarters facility located along Morrissey Boulevard and Interstate 93 in Dorchester. A locus map of the facility is posted above. The 16.5-acre facility includes the 815,000 square foot Boston Globe headquarters building in addition to surface parking lots.
Citing a confidentiality agreement, The Boston Globe has not disclosed the facility's buyer. The Boston Globe's headquarters will move to Exchange Place (53 State Street) in Downtown Boston, and printing and delivery operations will move to a new facility in Taunton, MA. This page will be updated with additional details as they become available.
Jul 13, 2016
Whittier Choice redevelopment team seeks federal funding for 387-unit project
The Bay State Banner reports that the Whittier Choice redevelopment team has applied for a $30 million Department of Housing and Urban Development federal funding grant that, if awarded, will help the team realize full buildout of the approved $44 million Whittier Choice public housing redevelopment project. The team was one of 34 applicants for the grant last year and made it to the final contestant round but did not secure a grant. Funding has been secured for Phase One of the project, which could start construction in September 2017.
Approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for construction in October 2015, the project will replace the existing Whittier Choice public housing development in Roxbury with three new buildings. Approximately 387 mixed-use residential units and 7,680 square feet of retail will be constructed across three phases. The following is a link to the Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) for the Whittier Choice redevelopment project. The following is a landscape plan showing the project's full buildout:
More information about the Whittier Choice redevelopment project is posted below.
Jul 13, 2016
New Boston Ventures acquires air rights for Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Last Monday, July 11th, 2016, developer New Boston Ventures acquired air rights for construction of Boulevard on the Greenway for $594,000 from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The Boston Business Journal reports that the air rights acquisition was necessary as a number of the units at Boulevard on the Greenway’s edges will extend into public right-of-way, namely the surrounding streets. According to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin, air rights takings are rather frequent for buildings with overhangs that extend into city property, and “a larger taking than you might normally see” was required for Boulevard on the Greenway. Boulevard on the Greenway will be a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The following is the deed for New Boston Ventures’ air rights acquisition at 110 Broad Street, the future site of Boulevard on the Greenway:
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Jul 12, 2016
Meriel Marina Bay on Quincy waterfront tops off
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.
Initial occupancy of Meriel Marina Bay is expected in Spring 2017. Bozzuto will be Meriel Marina Bay's property manager. The following are links to pre-leasing information and to the Meriel Marina Bay website.
The following are photographs from the Meriel Marina Bay topping-off ceremony, courtesy Nickerson PR:
The final beam is lifted into place
The final beam is installed
A worker signs the final beam
A worker signs the final beam
Wood framing of units underway at Building One
The following is a rendering of Meriel Marina Bay, courtesy Elkus Manfredi Architects:
The following are aerial photographs of the Meriel Marina Bay project site taken in early June, courtesy Nickerson PR:
Aerial view of Building One
Aerial view of Building One (background) and Building Two (foreground)
Jun 29, 2016
Letter of Intent filed for Packard Crossing, new rendering released
The Boston Business Journal reports that The Hamilton Company has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct Packard Crossing, a proposed two-building mixed-use development project including approximately 114 rental residential apartments in addition to street level retail, at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. Project architect Hacin + Associates reports that a new six-story building containing 75+ apartments would front Brighton Avenue, replacing an existing single-story retail building home to an AutoZone auto repair shop. A second four-story building containing 35+ apartments would front Gardner Street. An existing historic Victorian home on site would be restored and incorporated into the lobby of the Gardner Street building.
The following is Hacin + Associates' latest rendering of Packard Crossing:
Proposed view of Packard Crossing along Brighton Avenue
The Boston Globe reports that apartments at Packard Crossing would be primarily two-bedrooms and that rents would be "well below downtown prices." The development team anticipates to start construction of the Gardner Street building in 2018, with the Brighton Avenue building to follow. A total of approximately 215 parking spaces would be located on site. Universal Hub reports that approximately 114 parking spaces would be reserved for apartment tenants. The remaining parking spaces would be used for the new retail space at Packard Crossing and by employees at The Hamilton Company's nearby offices.
Jun 27, 2016
New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center topped off, fireproofing underway
Construction of interior and exterior finishes is underway at the New England Conservatory (NEC) Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC). The building is topped off, and installation of fireproofing and sheathing along the facade is underway.
View from Gainsborough Street
View from Columbus Avenue parking garage
Second floor structural elements
East corner of SLPC
View along Saint Botolph Street
With the building topped off, the construction team is at work framing interior spaces and roughing in mechanical and electrical systems. Central air units are visible on the roof of the SLPC.
View of mechanical systems
View of roof from the north
USG Securock Sheathing (green) is being installed along the SLPC’s facade to provide a moisture and mold resistant air/water barrier system. Carlisle fire resistant sheets (silver) are being installed atop the green sheathing to fireproof the building.
View from Huntington Avenue
Carlisle fire resistant sheets (silver)
More information about the New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center is posted below.
Jun 24, 2016
Demolition by J. Derenzo Companies nearly complete at Boulevard on the Greenway
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has just about fully demolished the former building at 110 Broad Street and the interior of 102 Broad Street. The historic facade of 102 Broad Street, designed by Charles Bulfinch, will be preserved and incorporated into the future facade of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
JDC Demolition excavator with demolition rubble
View along Broad Street
Metal bracing has been installed surrounding the historic Bulfinch facade to support and reinforce the facade throughout construction of Boulevard on the Greenway.
View of metal bracing from Broad Street
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior
View of metal bracing through Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along interior of Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior and fastened to ground
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Jun 20, 2016
Finishing touches underway at The Tremont, now leasing
Finishing touches are underway at The Tremont, new-construction residential apartments now leasing in Mission Hill. Both interior and exterior finishes are fully installed.
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
View of The Tremont looking towards Brigham Circle
The Tremont’s parking area
View of The Tremont along Tremont Street
A kitchen at The Tremont
With completion of site work, landscaping is underway. The construction team is installing burlapped trees and small shrubs surrounding The Tremont.
Landscaped pathway at The Tremont
Landscaped pathway at The Tremont
Rear of The Tremont
Trees and shrubs for installation at The Tremont
More information about The Tremont is posted below.
Jun 09, 2016
The Hamilton Company reveals plans for new Allston apartments
Universal Hub reports that The Hamilton Company presented plans to the Brighton Allston Improvement Association this month to construct 114 new residential apartments at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. The existing AutoZone facility at 45-55 Brighton Avenue would be demolished.
Two new buildings would constructed, and an existing victorian house at 75 Gardner Street would be incorporated into the design. New street-level retail space would be built along Brighton Avenue.
The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed project:
Proposed view along Brighton Avenue
May 27, 2016
New details for proposed South End garage redevelopment across from Ink Block
Nordblom Company submitted a Project Notification Form to the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week proposing to construct a new eight-story office building above the existing parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue. Construction could commence in the first quarter of 2017.
A rendering of the proposed building is posted above. The following is a link to the full Project Notification Form.
May 27, 2016
New housing proposed at former Brighton monastery
The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) reports that Cabot, Cabot & Forbes (CC&F) proposes to
construct a 680-unit, 610,000 square foot graduate student housing facility at the 11.6-acre
former Saint Gabriel’s Monastery at 159-201 Washington Street in Brighton. The proposed
project would include four new residential buildings and renovation of the existing monastery
The new residential buildings would be three to seven stories tall. The project would be designed to accommodate over 4,100 residents. The renovated monastery building would house co-working space, a cafe and the project’s leasing office. The project would include approximately 400 parking spaces.
No proposed timeframe for the project has been reported at this time. John Moriarty & Associates would be the project’s general contractor. The new buildings would be built using wood-frame construction, a first for large-scale unionized projects in Boston.
May 27, 2016
345 Harrison officially breaks ground
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony this past Wednesday, May 25th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to UDR on this important milestone. 345 Harrison will further enliven the rapidly developing South End New York Streets neighborhood with hundreds of new residents in addition to new retail space. Above and below are the latest renderings of 345 Harrison.
Nighttime view of 345 Harrison from Traveler Street towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Harrison Avenue (right) and Traveler Street (left)
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Traveler Street (right) and Washington Street (left)
Speakers at the 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony included UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough, UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich, City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith, CBT Architects Principal David Hancock and John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers.
UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough
UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich
City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith
CBT Architects Principal David Hancock
John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers
Speeches were followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking on the construction site.
Shovels about to fly at 345 Harrison
Shovels fly at 345 Harrison
UDR development team
CBT Architects team
View of the ceremonial groundbreaking tent
Pile driving and excavation are underway at 345 Harrison. A large section of the project’s sheet pile wall is in place. The sheet pile wall will reinforce 345 Harrison’s foundation and underground parking garage. Two new buildings will be built at 345 Harrison.
Excavators parked along a section of 345 Harrison's sheet pile wall
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue (right) towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall construction facing Harrison Avenue and Ink Block
Concrete piles are being driven for additional structural support. Approximately 650 concrete piles will be driven at 345 Harrison. A number of H piles will also be driven. A number of piles have been driven along the north side of the project site fronting William Mullins Way. Pre-trenching is underway to remove debris and stone and prepare the south side of the site fronting Traveler Street for pile driving.
Concrete pile driving underway at the corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of pile driving at 345 Harrison including concrete piles, H piles and sheet piles
The 345 Harrison construction team drives concrete piles along Harrison Avenue
Pre-trenching underway at the south side of 345 Harrison
Excavation of 345 Harrison’s underground parking garage is well underway. A one-level underground garage with parking for 275 cars and 325 bicycles will be built along William Mullins Way. Approximately 10 more vertical feet will be excavated prior to the garage’s completion.
View of partially excavated section of 345 Harrison's underground parking garage along William Mullins Way looking towards Harrison Avenue
UDR is looking for suggestions for potential names and building amenities for 345 Harrison. Tweet your suggestions with #Lovefor345Name and #Lovefor345Amenity, respectively, and you could win up to $10,000!
UDR #Lovefor345 graphic
345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Pre-leasing of residences at 345 Harrison has begun, visit UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information and to join the interest list. A live camera has been installed showing progress at 345 Harrison. More information about 345 Harrison is posted below.
The following are photographs of 345 Harrison taken earlier in May showing excavation and sheet pile driving underway:
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Washington Street and William Mullins Way
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of excavation underway in background and sheet piles ready for driving in foreground
View of sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue towards SoWA
May 26, 2016
Abbey Group confirmed as Boston Flower Exchange developer
In today's Boston City Council meeting, Boston Flower Exchange developer The Abbey Group gave a brief overview of the potential redevelopment program. The Abbey Group hopes to construct a commercial component to the project that would include space for technology companies. The project could also include residential and retail components.
The Abbey Group has not yet closed on the acquisition of the 5.5 acre Boston Flower Exchange parcel. This page will be updated with additional details as they become available. A live stream of the Boston City Council meeting is available here.
May 23, 2016
The Icon at 530 Western Avenue approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved The Icon for construction at this month’s board meeting. Located at 530 Western Avenue in Allston, The Icon will contain 132 residential units, 17 of which will be designated affordable, and 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction of The Icon is anticipated to start this summer. Anticipated opening of The Icon is in fall 2017.
A rendering of The Icon is posted above. More information about The Icon is posted below.
May 20, 2016
Letter of Intent filed to construct a 28-story tower at 2 Charlesgate West in the Fenway
A Letter of Intent has been filed by Trans National Properties with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct a 28-story, 340 foot tall tower at 2 Charlesgate West in the Fenway; the following is a link to the Letter of Intent. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the approximately 395,000 square foot tower would contain up to 325 residential units with a mix of rental and ownership units.
The tower would also contain approximately 10,000 square feet of retail and up to 6,000 square feet of office space. The Boston Herald reports that retail at the tower would include a restaurant serving produce and cider made at Natick, MA's Lookout Farm, which is owned by Trans National Properties founder Steven Belkin, and a deli. Office space at the tower would be occupied by Trans National Properties.
In accordance with the City of Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy, Trans National Properties would construct 45 to 50 designated affordable housing units. A least 50% of these units would be included within the tower; the remaining units would be built off site in collaboration with the Fenway Community Development Corporation and Fenway Studios.
The Boston Globe reports that Trans National Properties expects to file more detailed plans for the tower this summer. Trans National Properties hopes to start construction of the tower in spring 2017 and open the tower in 2020. An existing office building at 2 Charlesgate West, which houses Trans National Properties' headquarters, would be demolished to make way for the tower.
The following are new renderings of the proposed tower at 2 Charlesgate West:
View of proposed tower from Emerald Necklace
View of proposed tower frontage along Ipswich Street
May 13, 2016
DotBlock approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved DotBlock for construction at last night's board meeting. Located at the juncture of Dorchester's Meeting House Hill, Savin Hill and Jones Hill neighborhoods, DotBlock will contain approximately 362 residential units and 37,000 square feet of retail space across five new buildings. Construction of DotBlock could start this summer.
Renderings of DotBlock are posted above. More information about DotBlock is posted below.
May 06, 2016
Four contiguous vacant Bay Village parcels sell for $13.5 million
A total of four contiguous vacant parcels located in Bay Village sold today for a combined $13.5 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The parcels sold total approximately 7,736 square feet of land area and include the following:
- 212 Stuart Street (3,183 square feet)
- 222 Stuart Street (3,151 square feet)
- 17 Shawmut Street (702 square feet)
- 19 Shawmut Street (700 square feet)
212 Stuart Street was sold today for $6 million to Stuart Acquisition 12 LLC, a limited liability company (LLC) registered in Massachusetts. The other three parcels were sold today with a separate deed for $7.5 million to Stuart Acquisition 22 LLC, a LLC registered in Massachusetts. The registered agent for both LLCs is law firm Sherin and Lodgen. The official buyer of the four parcels has not been disclosed.
Development has been proposed for the parcels in the past. An eight-story residential building was approved for construction by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for 212 Stuart Street in 2006; the approved building was never built. 212 Stuart Street's then-owner was Metropolitan Housing Partners of New York.
Hera Development Corporation of Brighton, MA acquired the 212 Stuart Street site in 2007 for $6.5 million and had an agreement to buy the other three adjacent parcels. Hera Development Corporation proposed to construct a 10-story office building in 2008; the proposed building was never built. The following is a rendering of the proposed building:
212 Stuart Street was sold in 2012 for $3.3 million by Hera Development Corporation to Northwood Investors, then-owner of Boston's Revere Hotel. A preexisting three-story commercial building at 212 Stuart Street was demolished in summer 2014. 212 Stuart Street changed hands again in December 2014 when it was sold for $5 million to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, who also bought the Revere Hotel around the same time. 222 Stuart Street, 17 Shawmut Street and 19 Shawmut Street were owned by Vasilios Kotzampaltiris since 1983 and have been used as a parking lot.
The following is the deed for today's sale of 212 Stuart Street (sold for $6 million):
The following is the deed for today's sale of 222 Stuart Street, 17 Shawmut Street and 19 Shawmut Street (sold for $7.5 million):
May 02, 2016
Huntington Avenue theater sale closes for $25 million
The sale of the Huntington Avenue theater property, owned by Boston University for 62 years, to QMG Huntington LLC closed today for $25 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. QMG Huntington LLC is a limited liability company with an address of 133 Pearl Street, home of developer GFI Partners. It was previously reported by BU Today that developer John Matteson, whose firm The Matteson Companies is a development partner of GFI Partners, was involved with the investment group acquiring the theater property. QMG Huntington LLC's registered manager is local real estate investor Fan Du of Qianlong Property Development.
The following is the deed for today's sale of the Huntington Avenue theater property to QMG Huntington LLC:
Apr 22, 2016
A new 300-unit residential tower could be built in Fenway
Trans National Properties' latest proposal submission for the Winthrop Square Garage redevelopment offers a glimpse at a potential future redevelopment project located in Boston's rapidly developing Fenway neighborhood next to The Boston Conservatory. Per the submission, Trans National Group is planning a 300 plus unit residential tower at 2 Charlesgate West.
Description of planned tower in Winthrop Square proposal
Trans National Group owns the buildings at both 2 and 6 Charlesgate West as well as the adjacent 1161 Boylston Street and a fourth vacant parcel. The four parcels total 20,325 square feet. Trans National Group is headquartered at 2 Charlesgate West.
Map of four parcels owned by Trans National Properties
A letter of intent to construct the tower has not yet been submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. This page will be updated with any additional details as they become available. The following is a rendering of 2 Charlesgate West:
Apr 20, 2016
Nearly 300 transit-oriented housing units coming to Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills
MetroMark Apartments, a four-building transit-oriented mixed-use development containing approximately 283 rental residential units and 5,000 square feet of retail space, will soon open in Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills neighborhood. The first apartments are set to open in June 2016. MetroMark Apartments is located across from a major rapid transit hub, Forest Hills Station, with multiple public transportation options. The Southwest Corridor bike path and walking trail is also located nearby.
The four buildings at MetroMark Apartments have risen significantly and are now a prominent feature of the Forest Hills streetscape.
Looking up Washington Street from Building A towards Building D
Looking down Washington Street from Building C towards Building A and Forest Hills Station
Building A, the closest building to Forest Hills Station, has fully topped off. Fireproofing and windows have been installed along Building A's facade. Installation of exterior finish panels has begun.
Building A; note ground-floor retail space
Building A finishes (left) and fireproofing (right)
Building A looking towards Forest Hills Station
Building A looking towards Building B
Across from Building A, Building B recently topped off. Windows have been installed along Building B's wooden frame, and installation of fireproofing is off to a strong start.
Building B looking towards Buildings C and D
Further up Washington Street, Buildings C and D's wooden frames will soon top off. Elevator cores for these buildings have already topped off.
Building D looking towards Building A
Building D with Building C at rear
The following is a site plan of MetroMark Apartments showing the locations of the four buildings.
More information about MetroMark Apartments is posted below.
Mar 31, 2016
New details and renderings for Quinzani’s Bakery redevelopment in South End
Related Beal proposes to construct a 14-story mixed-use building with 280 residential units and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space at the former Quinzani’s Bakery site at 370-380 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. Approximately 105 units would be condominiums; approximately 175 would be rentals. Three stories of underground parking would be built with a total of 180 spaces. A Project Notification Form has been submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority with a full development proposal. Related Beal hopes to start construction in the second quarter of 2017.
A rendering of the proposed project is posted above. The following is a second rendering:
Related Beal acquired the former Quinzani's Bakery site for $20,000,000 in November 2015. In October 2015, Related Beal acquired the neighboring former Ho Kong Bean Sprout Company site for $8,000,000. Both sites would be combined to construct the proposed building. The following are deeds for both sales:
Quinzani's Bakery Deed One:
Quinzani's Bakery Deed Two:
Ho Kong Bean Sprout Company:
Related Beal filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on December 31st, 2015 to redevelop the 370-380 Harrison Avenue site. The following is a link to the Letter of Intent.
The 370-380 Harrison Avenue site is located in an area of Boston's South End that is seeing significant development. Ink Block Phase One, Sepia at Ink Block and Troy Boston were recently completed; The Lucas, 345 Harrison, Siena at Ink Block and AC Hotel South End are currently under construction.
Mar 21, 2016
BU Today reports the Huntington Avenue theater property currently owned by Boston University is under agreement for $25 million to an investment group working with Boston-area developer John Matteson. Matteson is currently a partner at Harbinger Development, a Wellesley-based real estate investment firm currently developing the Haymarket Hotel and Parcel A Hotel in Boston. Matteson is also the founder and CEO of real estate investment firm The Matteson Companies.
Following closing of the sale, the Huntington Theater Company will receive rent-free use of the Huntington Avenue property, on which it has operated for 34 years, through June 2017. BU Today reports that Matteson is speaking with the theater company regarding the possibility of continued use of the Huntington Avenue property past June 2017. The sale includes the 890-seat theater building at 264 Huntington Avenue in addition to two adjoining buildings at 252 and 258 Huntington Avenue. The three buildings have been owned by Boston University for 62 years.
Mar 18, 2016
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved 125 Guest Street for construction at last night's board meeting. The project will contain 295 residential units; 38 units will be designated affordable in compliance with the City of Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy. Retail spaces will be located on 125 Guest Street's ground floor.
Per 125 Guest Street's expanded project notification form filed in December 2015, construction is expected to commence on 125 Guest Street in the fourth quarter of 2016 and last for
approximately 24 months. 125 Guest Street will be a residential component of the Boston Landing mixed-use development in Allston/Brighton.
Mar 17, 2016
C9’s facade is nearing completion. Windows have been almost fully installed along the building’s future office and ground-floor retail spaces. New heating and electrical systems have been installed to C9’s rear.
Interior work continues; C9 will contain an open floor plan configured for innovation and collaboration. C9 will be a great addition to Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood and the Seaport Innovation District. New photographs of C9 are posted above.
In other news, The Fort Pointer reports that neighboring 7 Channel Center may soon be redeveloped. Per The Fort Pointer’s tweet, a 23-story, 243 foot tall residential tower will be proposed with 272 units including 20 artist units. The Fort Pointer also reports that the building’s architect might be Handel Architects, who also designed Millennium Tower in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. 7 Channel Center is owned by Berkeley Investments, who is C9's owner and developer. Stay tuned as this exciting Fort Point project evolves.
Feb 24, 2016
Representatives of the DotBlock team gave an update on the $150 million mixed-use project at a public meeting held Tuesday, February 23rd at the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club. A Second Supplemental Filing for DotBlock was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority earlier this month on Wednesday, February 10th. Latest project renderings and plans from the filing were presented at Tuesday’s meeting. DotBlock’s design was approved earlier this month on Tuesday, February 2nd by the Boston Civic Design Commission.
DotBlock will contain 362 residential units and 37,000 square feet of retail space. Maximum building height at DotBlock will be six stories. A parking garage will be built on site containing 450 car spaces. 100 spaces will be designated for retailers; retail-resident parking balance is subject to change depending upon retail demand. Garage parking spaces will be made available to neighborhood residents in the event of a snowstorm or other emergency-related street parking ban.
DotBlock was originally proposed to occupy the entire block bounded by Dorchester Avenue, Hancock Street, Pleasant Street and Greenmount Street. The modified project excludes some parcels that were not acquired by the developer. Project size has accordingly been reduced by approximately 120 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail. A gas station located at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street is currently under agreement for acquisition by the DotBlock team. The gas station parcel may be incorporated into a future phase of DotBlock.
DotBlock will be a middle-income urban housing development. According to Demetri Dasco, CEO of DotBlock developer Atlas Investment Group, market-rate rents at DotBlock will range from $2,100 per month for a one-bedroom unit to the “$2,600 per month to $2,700 per month range” for a two-bedroom unit. Rents have been reduced to “minimum amounts to meet lender requirements for [construction] financing.” 48 units at DotBlock (13%) will be designated affordable at 70% area median income (AMI).
The DotBlock team has consulted with Boston-area general contractor Lee Kennedy Company on DotBlock’s design for over two years. Given that DotBlock has not yet been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for construction, a general contracting deal has not yet been signed.
Overall urban planning of the DotBlock site has been completed. The DotBlock team is now working towards finalizing construction details including lighting, security and sidewalk pavement. Streetscape design will utilize the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s complete streets guidelines, which encourage walkability and accommodations for a variety of street users including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The DotBlock team will contribute $250,000 to a community fund; funds will be made available to community non-profit organizations.
The DotBlock team is also working to lease retail space at DotBlock. The Dartmouth Company is coordinating retail leasing. A 31,500 square foot retail space fronting Dorchester Avenue is being marketed towards a grocery store tenant. According to a Dartmouth Company representative, there are “two or three genuinely interested” grocery store partners. Other envisioned retail options include restaurants, coffee shops and a bank.
Retail will be built along Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street. A public pedestrian-only corridor will be built through DotBlock’s center lined with several retail options. There will be an acre and a half of usable open space, including a playground, located on the DotBlock site. All public space will have 24-hour security monitoring. A representative of RODE Architects spoke for DotBlock’s mission to "knit together [surrounding Dorchester neighborhoods of] Meeting House Hill, Savin Hill and Jones Hill” through open pedestrian space usable by all.
Ground floor plan:
Full Second Supplemental Filing:
Feb 11, 2016
UPDATE: Buyer is Boston developer GFI Partners.
BREAKING: A deed was recorded in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds transferring ownership of the Downtown Crossing parking lot at 47-55 Lagrange Street to QMG Lagrange LLC, a limited liability company with an address of 49 Melcher Street in Fort Point. 47-55 Lagrange Street is located steps to a number of development projects. Recorded sale price is $3,950,000.
Deed for the sale:
Feb 08, 2016
The Boston Flower Exchange will likely be sold to local developer The Abbey Group, according to sources familiar with the deal. The Boston Flower Exchange has been told to move out by the end of 2016. Sale of the property has not yet closed.
Feb 08, 2016
New office building proposed in Boston's South End across the street from Ink Block
Nordblom Company filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on February 3rd, 2016 to construct a vertical addition to the existing South End parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue. The addition would consist of office space. The garage is located across Harrison Avenue from the Ink Block development. The following is a link to the full Letter of Intent.
Feb 08, 2016
J. Derenzo Companies completes demolition at 345 Harrison
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has demolished the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. In spring 2016, construction will commence of two new mixed-use buildings with approximately 585 residential units and up to 40,000 square feet of retail.
345 Harrison site following demolition of Graybar Electric building
Feb 04, 2016
DotBlock's design has been unanimously approved by the Boston Civic Design Commission. The project team is now working towards approval by the Boston Redevelopment Authority board.
Dot Block received approval from Boston's Civic Design Commission! Learn more on our blog https://t.co/SHFmXsidVF pic.twitter.com/GxFEdDabm2— RODE Architects (@RODE_Architects) February 3, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
DotBlock is moving ahead targeting a summer 2016 construction start. DotBlock went before the Boston Civic Design Commission earlier this month; a Boston Civic Design Commission board vote is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, February 2nd. Building permits could be acquired in March; DotBlock will likely go before the Zoning Board of Appeals in spring 2016. Developer Atlas Investment Group is also actively working with the Boston Transportation Department to finalize traffic flow plans.
The developer has received interest from a national grocery chain regarding opening a DotBlock location, according to a report by the Dorchester Reporter. The DotBlock project site totals nearly four acres. DotBlock is sure to be transformative, bringing new residents and retail options to a growing district and activating some long-vacant parcels. DotBlock project renderings are posted above.
DotBlock Site Plan:
Jan 15, 2016
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Stillings Garage Expansion in Fort Point for construction:
BRA board approves 22 Boston Wharf Rd in #Southie, adding office/retail to existing garage. https://t.co/XgMzAXLcJO pic.twitter.com/aNHIafadfl— BRA (@BostonRedevelop) January 15, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
Leasing begins at One Canal, building nearing completion
Leasing has begun at One Canal as the building nears completion. Visit LiveOneCanal.com for more leasing information. Exterior finishes are just about fully installed, and glass has been installed along One Canal's future ground-floor retail spaces. The construction elevator system is being dismantled, and windows and finishes are being installed in its' place.
View of One Canal from New Chardon Street
Future ground-floor retail
Exterior finishes nearly fully installed
Jan 04, 2016
Brick finish installation underway at The Tremont
Exterior brick finishes have been installed along much of The Tremont's facade, and installation of windows is complete. Fireproofing is just about fully installed.
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
Future front courtyard
Brick finish installation underway
Installation of fireproofing underway
Sep 13, 2015
Windows and fireproofing coming in at The Tremont
Windows have been almost fully installed at The Tremont in Mission Hill. Installation of fireproofing and sheathing along the exterior facade is off to a strong start.
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
View of The Tremont looking towards Roxbury Crossing
Installation of fireproofing underway
Installation of fireproofing underway
Installation of windows, sheathing and fireproofing underway
Dec 08, 2015
Significant progress is being made at C9. Restoration work and installation of new windows has given C9's historic facade a new shine and a strong presence on Channel Center Street. Columbia Construction and MacKay Construction Services are doing stellar work at C9, and we look forward to observing the talented team's continued progress.
May 1st, 2015
Construction has started at C9, recently approved for construction.
Dec 06, 2015
MetroMark Apartments rising swiftly
Significant progress is being made at Metromark Apartments in Jamaica Plain. The project's four buildings are rising swiftly and are becoming a prominent feature of the Forest Hills streetscape.
Building A looking towards Building D
Building D looking towards Building A
Building A's wooden frame has topped off. Windows are nearly fully installed, and installation of sheathing and fireproofing has begun.
Building A looking towards Building B
Building A; note retail space
Building A looking towards Forest Hills Station
Building A at left, Buildings B and C at right
Building B's wooden frame is close to topping off.
Building B at left, Building C at right
Building A looking towards Buildings B and C
Building B looking towards Building A
Building C's wooden frame will also top off soon.
Building D's foundation is complete, and the building's frame is starting to rise.
Building D foundation
Building D looking towards Building A
The Metric Corporation
team is hard at work building MetroMark Apartments, and we look forward to watching these exceptional buildings designed by Utile Inc.
continue to progress.
Dec 02, 2015
An Expanded Project Notification Form was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for 125 Guest Street. View the full form at http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/getattachment/4f23f1d9-9f6c-4fde-a27e-1d41077e54ec.
Nov 27, 2015
Exterior finish installation underway at One Canal
Exterior finish installation is well underway at One Canal. Windows are installed throughout, and the red and yellow brick facade is just about complete. Blue fireproofing has been set in place for installation of metal panel finishes along the windows.
View from North End
View from Haymarket Station
View from North Washington Street
View at Canal Street and New Chardon Street
Metal panel installation underway
View from North Washington Street
Nov 25, 2015
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!
Nov 17, 2015
We toured the under-construction Godfrey Hotel! The hotel building is near completion; interior finishes and furnishings are currently being installed, and original historic details are being restored.
Guests will stay in beautiful rooms designed by Gettys Group that are thoughtfully crafted, adorned with enticing artwork and well suited for an urban lifestyle. Also nearing completion are the George Howell Coffee shop and restaurant space on the hotel's ground floor.
Our photographs from the tour are posted above. Take a inside look at Downtown Crossing's latest game-changing development! Expected hotel opening is in late 2015/early 2016.
Nov 08, 2015
Demolition at 345 Harrison underway
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division is demolishing the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. Demolition is well underway and will clear the site for construction of two new buildings.
Demolition of Graybar Electric building underway
Sep 30, 2015
Meriel Marina Bay officially breaks ground
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:
May 28, 2015
Window and fireproofing installation underway at One Canal
Windows and blue fireproofing are being installed along One Canal's topped-off frame. Purple moisture-resistant cladding has been nearly fully installed. Brick finishes have been installed along the frame fronting Valenti Way.
View from Greenway
Corner of Canal Street and New Chardon Street
Corner of Canal Street and New Chardon Street
View along Valenti Way
Apr 30, 2015
The proposed Savin Hill development bordered by Pleasant Street, Hancock Street and Dorchester Avenue has an official name—DotBlock!