Nov 06, 2019
Building Permit Granted for 37 N. Beacon St.
A building permit has been pulled to construct the two-building project at 37 North Beacon Street in Allston. The project will consist of a five-story building to feature 74 apartments plus a smaller 4-story building to include 9 condos. Amenities at 37 North Beacon Street would include a rooftop terrace with Boston skyline views, a fitness center, and a street-level art gallery. 42 parking spaces would be located on-site, in addition to storage for 83 bicycles.
Nov 06, 2019
Brookline Development Secures $29.6 Million in Construction Financing
The Harold and Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline, MA has secured 29.6 million in construction financing with $17 million coming from local lender Citizens Bank.
The developer, 2Life is erecting 62 units of senior housing called the Harold and Ronald Brown Family House. The 65,000 square foot building will be physically and programmatically connected with Congregation Kehillath Israel. Along with a variety of campus partners, it will offer social, wellness, and educational programming to the wider community, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds.
Oct 24, 2019
Arsenal Yards Debuts New Public Art featuring Watertown-Inspired Murals to Celebrate Phase One Retail Openings
Arsenal Yards is installing three large-scale murals at various locations around the property, coinciding with the Fall 2019 debut of its first round of restaurants and retailers. Inspired in part by the lush natural beauty of Arsenal Park, the Charles River, and the history of its distinctive East End Watertown location, the mural artworks are currently being created by locally and nationally recognized artists commissioned by Arsenal Yards.
Creating a vibrant and eclectic environment, one that includes one-of-a-kind public artworks, is part of the plan to make Arsenal Yards a new and unique urban village. “From day one, we envisioned Arsenal Yards as a destination offering engaging experiences, stimulating design elements and visually interesting buildings,” said Bill McQuillan, Principal at Boylston Properties, co-developer with Wilder of Arsenal Yards. “These large-scale, captivating murals promote the work of local and national artists, enhance Arsenal Yard’s unique character, and, we hope, stimulate the daily experience for the people who live, work and visit here.”
Arsenal Yards’ approach to public art was curated to reflect the property’s inclusive and eclectic style, including works from international artists alongside regional and hyper-local art installations. These large-scale murals bring bold nature elements to the historic site and will be joined by event activations and future programs this spring for ongoing community involvement.
The Mural Artists
Born and raised in Los Angeles to Shanghainese parents, nationally recognized artist Louise “Ouizi” Jones is best known for her large-scale floral mural installations which can be seen in public spaces internationally, from museums to public parks. Her signature floral style will cascade across the loading dock doors and beyond the frame near The Majestic 7, and a smaller wall between Old Navy and Ulta, both of which are located in the newly-restored arsenal buildings. The mural will include vibrant, bright colors, presenting visitors with a larger-than-life floral arrangement.
Massachusetts resident and painter Kim Carlino’s interpretation of Arsenal Yards brings a fresh energy to the historical site, translated through bold colors and wide line work. Visitors will find Kim’s colorful abstract mural upon the main entrance to the right of Marshalls. Kim is a mixed media abstract painter who teaches adult workshops in watercolor, abstract painting and color theory. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also studied at the New School and the Drawing Room in New York City.
Weaving modern urban scenes into his art, Felipe Ortiz is a Boston-based artist, originally from Colombia. His love of the Boston landscape, paired with his nostalgia for his Colombian heritage, inspires him to create visual eye-stimulating scenes that he characterizes as “explosive nature.” Felipe’s mural will live in stairwell A of the parking garage next to Marshalls, which exits directly onto Bond St.
All murals will be completed by mid-November.
Arsenal Yards Phase 1 Store Openings
A thriving new urban village is coming to life at Arsenal Yards with 250,000 sq. ft. dedicated to retail, dining, fitness, and entertainment. Joining already-open Marshalls, Arsenal Yards retailers and popular fast-casual restaurants’ Shake Shack, Chipotle, Gap and Old Navy are all expected to open in November. SQZ Biotech, the first of multiple life science companies, will be moving into Arsenal Yards’ state-of-the-art biotech lab space by the end of the year.
Arsenal Yards' upcoming lineup of restaurants include City Works Eatery and Pour House, The Gallows, Kura Sushi, Pokeworks, Tori Jiro, and local family-owned restaurant Condesa Restaurante Mexicano. The upcoming retail and entertainment roster includes The Majestic 7, a seven-screen entertainment venue, Roche Bros., Ulta Beauty, European Wax Center and more. Kymera Therapeutics is also slated to move into Arsenal Yards’ life science lab space, with additional leases to be announced soon.
"After years of planning, it’s exciting to see our vision to create a true destination with a fantastic mix of tenants and experiences begin to settle at Arsenal Yards,” said Tom Wilder, Principal at Wilder. "The diverse and eclectic offerings that makeup Arsenal Yards, including art, fulfills our vision of turning a dynamic multi-use development into a vibrant, new neighborhood experience.”
Oct 04, 2019
Notice of Project Change Filed for Washington Village
Samuels & Associates and DJ Properties have filed a notice of project change for Washington Village in South Boston. The change would result in an additional 90 residential units and around 15 parking spaces while retail space would be reduced by approximately 16,600 square feet.
New plans would replace approved Buildings A & B with one single building to include 214 residential units, 20,500 square feet of retail space and around 58 parking spaces. An increase in ground floor ceiling height and addition of one partial residential floor would increase the building height for this new building by around 15 feet. The project change also proposed to move "The Green" to the west of the new building. The relocation of The Green will result in more activation of the streetscape along Damrell Street.
The filing also notes changes to construction phasing on the project. According to the document, the first phase will include only this new building plus around 115 temporary surface parking spaces on the Buildings E and G sites. The development team now expects construction to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2020 with the remaining buildings to be constructed in future phases depending on market conditions.
Oct 01, 2019
35 Unit Residential Project Under Review in Brighton
The development project proposed for 249 Corey Road at the border of Brighton and Brookline is now under review. The project site sits in both the City of Boston and the Town of Brookline, including a parcel of approximately 16,685 square feet in Brighton neighborhood and approximately 1,265 square feet in Brookline.
On the Boston parcel, the plans call for a new 4-story 35 unit building to include parking for 34 cars. The Brookline site would be sub-divided into two separate lots and redeveloped with two new single-family homes.
Sep 30, 2019
Gallows-Blackbird Doughnuts Hybrid Restaurant Coming to Arsenal Yards
Boylston Properties and Wilder have announced that The Gallows restaurant, which has been a popular South End favorite since 2010, will open its second location in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards neighborhood. The 4,000 square foot space will be The Gallows’ very first hybrid restaurant featuring cult-favorite doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts, new food and beverage concepts, and outdoor dining on its patio overlooking Arsenal Park on the Charles River.
Arsenal Yards is anticipated to be Greater Boston's coolest new neighborhood, due in part by its mix of local, national and international cult-favorites set to open -- and The Gallows is a great example. With over one million sq. ft. of development, Arsenal Yards will include 250,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining, local grocery chain, Roche Bros. and entertainment, including a seven-screen Majestic Cinema movie theater. Arsenal Yards will also include 108,000 sq. ft. of life science lab space, a 146-room Hampton Inn by Hilton and over 300 contemporary apartments.
The Gallows in Arsenal Yards will offer families and friends a modern and comfortable space to break bread and unwind with a drink or two selected from a carefully crafted cocktail menu either inside the spacious dining room or on the patio outside. The cuisine features New American fare using classical French techniques, putting a new twist on familiar dishes.
"Arsenal Yards is the ideal next location for The Gallows and is perfectly timed for us to create a unique hybrid concept with Blackbird Donuts in the expansive space," said Elena Todisco, Managing Director at The Gallows Group. "The Gallows has a unique personality and we were immediately drawn to the neighborhood feel that Arsenal Yards will foster their approach to hospitality, community, and being uniquely experiential. We’re excited to bring our good food and good vibes to Watertown next year."
Similar to its South End location, The Gallows menu will include the Our Way Burger, a flat top meat patty topped with American cheese, iceberg lettuce, caramelized onion, pickles and paired with hand-cut fries; the Scotch Egg, a panko-dipped pork sausage wrapped around a fried soft boiled egg; and an indulgent crowd favorite--the Poutine, hand-cut fries smothered in house-made gravy and ricotta cheese. The cocktail menu will feature original Gallows drinks including a few tasty staples like the jalapeno vodka and lime drink known as the Brazen Bull and Skin & Bones, a Thai basil tequila with watermelon, lime and mezcal.
"The Gallows is the perfect complement to the mix of restaurants and retailers we are cultivating at Arsenal Yards,” said Bill McQuillan, Principal at Boylston Properties. "Rebecca Roth Gullo’s spirited take on hospitality and conviviality has made The Gallows a local institution and we look forward to incorporating that same energy into the Arsenal Yards experience."
With over 4,000 sq. ft., The Gallows will also offer private space for groups who would like a more exclusive and intimate dining experience. Famous for its unique style and unusual flavors of doughnuts, the Blackbird Donuts signature touches will be incorporated into The Gallows beyond menu items.
"We’re continuing to attract businesses who want to be part of the Arsenal Yards neighborhood experience, including a commitment to the future with a connection to its heritage," said Kerry Dowling, Senior Vice President, Leasing at Wilder. "The Gallows/Blackbird hybrid hospitality concept is a reflection of that new energy and innovation, and we are excited to welcome them to Arsenal Yards."
The Gallows joins Arsenal Yards' upcoming lineup of restaurants including Shake Shack, City Works Eatery and Pour House, Pokeworks, Tori Jiro, and local family-owned restaurant Condesa Restaurante Mexicano. The upcoming retail roster includes: Majestic Cinemas, Roche Bros., Marshalls, Ulta Beauty, European Wax Center, Gap Factory Store, Old Navy, Santander, T-Mobile, The Home Depot, and more. Additionally, Kymera Therapeutics and SQZ Biotech are two of several life science companies slated to move into Arsenal Yards’ state-of-the-art biotech lab space, with additional leases to be announced soon.
Sep 26, 2019
Kymera Therapeutics to Relocate from Cambridge to Watertown Biotech Cluster
Boylston Properties, a Boston-based real estate developer of distinctive places, today announced that Kymera Therapeutics has signed a lease for approximately 34,500 square feet at Arsenal Yards' new state-of-the-art life science lab space. With the Charles River and Arsenal Park on its south side and energized shops and restaurants on its north side, the life science lab space is set within an original 1800s Arsenal historic building, offering a number of amenities and a private shuttle to the Harvard Square red line T stop.
Life science companies are flocking to Watertown to secure space in the town’s booming biotech scene. Kymera Therapeutics continues this trend, joining SQZ Biotech in moving to Arsenal Yards' life science lab space. The new development is located across the street from LINX, 185,000 square feet of currently fully leased lab space, also developed by Boylston Properties.
“Given the state-of-the-art amenities and proximity to life science’s biggest names and talent, Watertown is now a first choice for life science companies," said Bill McQuillan, Principal of Boylston Properties. “We’re proud to welcome Kymera Therapeutics to the Watertown life science cluster and look forward to supporting their continued growth. We are thankful to have worked alongside the great commercial real estate professionals at Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark to be able to welcome another cutting-edge life science company to Arsenal Yards."
Kymera Therapeutics will relocate from Cambridge to East End Watertown in the first half of 2020. Founded in 2016, Kymera Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company pioneering the field of targeted protein degradation, a transformative new approach to develop medicines for diseases with limited or no treatment options.
"Kymera is developing a company for the future. We were interested in a work environment that could grow with us and support our mission, fostering collaboration and productivity as we expand our programs and team. Arsenal Yards checked all of those boxes and has demonstrated a commitment to supporting a thriving and growing life sciences community,” said Nello Mainolfi, PhD, Founder, President & Chief Scientific Officer at Kymera Therapeutics. “We’re thrilled to start our next chapter in Watertown.”
Kymera Therapeutics was represented by Juliette Reiter and Mark Winters of Newmark. Boylston Properties was represented by Duncan Gratton and Elizabeth Donatoni of Cushman & Wakefield.
"Boylston Properties is paving the way for a booming life science and healthcare cluster in Watertown with the development of Arsenal Yards, and this is apparent as we've now closed deals with eight life science companies in Watertown, totaling approximately 300,000 square feet," said Duncan Gratton, Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield. "Watertown is more than Kendall Square overflow, it's becoming its own urban neighborhood that attracts top talent with its amenities, proximity to Boston and Cambridge, and its best-in-class life science lab development.”
With initial openings planned for late 2019 and throughout 2020, Arsenal Yards will be a thriving new neighborhood comprised of over one million sq. ft. of development by 2021. The mixed used development will include 250,000 sq. ft. of shopping, dining and fitness, a seven-screen cinema, The Majestic at Arsenal Yards, fresh groceries from local grocer Roche Bros., 300 contemporary apartments and a 146-room Hampton Inn by Hilton. Learn more at www.arsenalyards.com.
Sep 17, 2019
2Life Communities Breaks Ground on 62 Unit Senior Housing Development in Brookline
Late last week, 9/13, 2Life Communities officially broke ground on The Harold & Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline. The 62 unit senior housing project will be added to the Congregation Kehillath Israel (KI) campus. The state-of-the-art building will feature a mix of one and two bedrooms along with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and a new pocket park on Harvard Street.
Sep 09, 2019
Exterior Work Ongoing on Parcel W at Cambridge Crossing
Exterior work is ongoing at Cambridge Crossing's Parcel W for The Shed, what will be the neighborhood's dining destination. The Shed will include a full-service restaurant, cocktail bar, and outdoor space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
Sep 06, 2019
51 Unit Condo Project Proposed in Roxbury
A 51 unit condo project has been proposed for the vacant sites at 25 Fountain and 50 Regent Streets in Roxbury. The project will feature 2 distinct buildings along with 41 off-street parking spaces. 26 units within the project would be deed-restricted units for qualified buyers earning at or below 100% of the area median income.
Aug 19, 2019
Steel Framing Kicks Off for Blvd and Bond Apts at Arsenal Yards
Steel framing is now underway for the first building of three that will house the BLVD and Bond apartments at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The building will also include additional parking, the Roche Brothers Market, and retail space. In total there will be 425 apartments within the site.
Elsewhere on the project, the new parking garage is now open and within the historic Arsenal building work remains on track for tenants to take occupancy for the end of this year. First units at BLVD and Bond are expected to open in Fall 2020.
Aug 12, 2019
Washington Place in Newton Taking Shape
Framing is in place and sheathing is going up for the mixed-use project, Washington Place in the heart of Newton. The new building will include 140 residential units, 26 of which are designated affordable, along with nearly 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A below-grade garage will include 236 parking spaces for residents and there will also be 110 surface spots for commercial patrons.