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Jul 02, 2019
Construction Begins for Hampton Inn at Arsenal Yards
Construction is now underway for the Hampton Inn as part of the Arsenal Yards redevelopment in Watertown. The upcoming 6-story hotel will be adjacent to the new parking garage for the project. The hotel will feature 146 rooms in total a mix of traditional guest rooms and suites. Guest amenities will include a bar and lounge, an outdoor terrace, and meeting space. Construction on the hotel is expected to be complete in Fall 2020.
Elsewhere in the project, work also continues on the revamp of the two historic Arsenal buildings to include retail and restaurant space including a Majestic Cinema. Foundation work is also ongoing for the new construction building that will house the Blvd & Bond apartments, Roche Brothers, and additional retail tenants. The first phases of the project are set to open this fall.
Jun 12, 2019
Steel Structure in Place for Restaurant Space at Cambridge Crossing
The steel structure is in place for what will be Cambridge Crossing's dining destination The Shed, to feature cuisine from local chef Will Gilson. The property will feature a full-service restaurant, cocktail bar and outdoor space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
Jun 12, 2019
Fit-Out Permit Issued for Arsenal Yards Majestic Theater
An interior fit-out permit has been issued for the upcoming Majestic Theater in the Arsenal Yards redevelopment. The project cost per the permit will be just under $5.8M. The theater will include 7 screens along with concessions and a full bar within building E on the site, one of the historic buildings being renovated as part of the project.
Jun 11, 2019
Construction Wrapping Up for New Apartments at 839 Beacon Street
Construction is nearly complete for the 45 apartments at 839 Beacon Street as the complex expects to welcome residents in mid-July. The units, ranging in size from studios through 3 bedrooms, feature stainless appliances, quartz countertops and floor to ceiling windows. The ground floor of the project also features 4,500 square feet of retail space.
May 31, 2019
Radius Apartments in Brighton Now Open
Radius Apartments at 530 Western Avenue at the gateway to Brighton is now open. The project features 132 luxury apartments and 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail along with parking 108 cars and 132 bicycles. Units feature stainless appliances, quartz countertops, walk-in closets, and smartphone-enabled keyless entry. Prices range from $2455 for studios to 2 bedroom/2baths at just under $4000 per month.
May 21, 2019
Construction on Washington Village Expected to Kick Off This Year
Since approval nearly 3 years ago, Washington Village has been one of South Boston’s most anticipated projects. With Samuels & Associates joining the development team late last year, it appears the project is finally set to start construction before the end of 2019. Peter Sougarides, Principal at Samuels & Associates discussed the neighborhood changing development at a CREW Boston luncheon last week.
While most recently Samuels success has come in Fenway, their roots can be traced back to Dorchester/South Boston where they undertook their first project, The South Bay Center. Nearly 30 years later they are back in Southie looking to further revitalize this formerly industrial section of the neighborhood that is ideally located just a few minutes from downtown, with easy transit access. Having spent roughly 5 years working on master planning and zoning for their Fenway endeavors along with gathering and addressing neighborhood input, the Samuels team was more than prepared for a project of Washington Village’s size. Sougarides expressed the importance of working with local residents to understand their feedback on development. These discussions led to the creation of an urban village featuring over 1500 residential units with around 80 shops and restaurants. Samuels also just opened a 1-acre park at 401 Park Drive as part of the Fenway Center redevelopment to bring more green space to the neighborhood.
With this thinking in mind, Samuels entered the Washington Village project by first taking a step back and setting out to determine what the area really needs. With almost 700 residential units plus around 100,000 square feet of retail planned the development team wants to look at how they will attract a variety of residents and create a place that others from outside the neighborhood will also want to visit. Sougarides stressed the importance of getting the retail right along with a need for great restaurants and new niche fitness concepts. A final, very important aspect of the development will be a large amount of open and active outdoor space. These programmed spaces will bring the community together and also draw in others from outside South Boston.
When asked about parking for the project, a hot button issue in Southie, Sougarides mentioned this was one of the questions they are still working on resolving. The neighborhood is requesting around .7 or .8 spaces per unit however in their experience they have not seen that high demand in transit-oriented urban developments. Sougarides expects the first stages of the project to come in around this higher ratio with data on decreased demand then used to justify a lower ratio of closer to .4 or .5 spaces by the end of the project.
The big question on everyone's mind is, of course, when will construction kick off. Sougarides told the crowd they expect to begin work on the first building, low-rise residential to include around 200 units of housing, by the end of this year. The rest of the project will then continue along Old Colony Ave. based on market demand. With Boston’s growing population Sougarides and his team see the demand for these new units however they will closely monitor the market to determine size/type of units and what amenities they need to bring in residents/buyers.
May 20, 2019
Construction Nearly Complete for The Brynx: First Units Expected to Open This Month
Final touches are wrapping up for The Brynx in Jamaica Plain as first units in 221 South Huntington Avenue are expected to open by the end of this month. The second stage of the project, 201 South Huntington will follow shortly after and open around July 1st. In total, the project will feature 149 apartments, a mix of studio, 1, and 2 bedrooms ranging in price from $2460 through $3920. Resident amenities will include garage parking with automated car stackers, a fitness center with indoor rocking climbing wall, and a large treetop outdoor patio.
Apr 26, 2019
Framing Reaches Full Height For General Heath Square Development
Framing has reached full height, 4-stories, for the affordable housing development at General Heath Square in Mission Hill. The new building will feature 47 residential units along with 1,000 square feet of commercial/Office space, 20 parking spaces, and 47 bicycles spaces.
Apr 15, 2019
Preleasing Begins for North Square Apartments at The Mill District in Amherst
With the expected opening of first units this summer, preleasing has started for the apartments at North Square at the Mill District. The project will feature 130 apartments, a mix of one, two and three bedrooms with rents ranging from $1950 through $3175. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, outdoor picnic and grilling gardens, and Pooch Park. The building is located near UMass and Amherst Center.
Apr 12, 2019
New Parking Garage at Arsenal Yards Nearing Completion: Expected Opening in June
Construction on the new parking garage at Arsenal Yards is nearly complete with an expected opening in June. Throughout the rest of the project, various phases of construction are ongoing. Restoration of the two historic Arsenal buildings is progressing with new retail, restaurant, and office spaces set to open this fall. Foundation work has also started for one of the new construction buildings that will house Blvd & Bond apartments and a Roche Brothers Grocery Store.
When complete in 2020 Arsenal Yards will include 250,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 300 apartments, 200,000 square feet of office, and a 150 room hotel.
Apr 12, 2019
Steel Framing Going Up for Washington Place in Newton
Structural Steel framing is going up for the Washington Place project in Newtonville. The project will feature 140 residential units along with over 43,000 square feet of commercial space. Resident amenities will include a roof deck and fitness center along with 15,000 square feet of outdoor space. The project is located just steps from the Newtonville Commuter Rail Station.
Mar 08, 2019
Interior Finishing Underway for Radius Apartments as Preleasing Begins
With preleasing underway for an expected summer move in, interior finishing is ongoing for Radius Apartments in Brighton. The project will feature 132 apartments along with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Units range in size from studios through 2 bedrooms. Building amenities will include a penthouse level fitness center, mindfulness meditation room, and a rooftop deck with bbq grills and lawn games. Radius Apartments are located at the intersection of Western Avenue and Leo M. Birmingham Parkway overlooking the Charles River.
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