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:
Amherst mixed-use development will move forward following tax credit and funding approval
Beacon Communities plans to break ground on its' North Square at The Mill District mixed-use and mixed-income development in North Amherst, MA this Spring following state approval of tax credits and funding that will allow the project to proceed. The tax credits will yield Beacon an overall tax benefit of $2.7 million, and funding will be provided by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The awards will allow for the creation of 26 new affordable apartment residences (20% of total apartment count) on site. Affordable apartments will be rented to households earning up to 50% of area median income (AMI). The $47.5 million North Square at The Mill District will construct a total of 130 apartments and 22,000 square feet of retail.
83 apartments and condominiums proposed in Allston’s Union Square
The Mount Vernon Company proposes to construct two buildings at 37 North Beacon Street in Allston’s Union Square containing a total of 83 residences. At the intersection of North Beacon and Everett Streets would be a five-story building featuring 74 apartment residences, and next door on Sinclair Road would be a four-story building featuring nine condominium residences. An art gallery would be located at street level, and resident amenities would include a rooftop terrace and a fitness center. A total of 42 parking spaces would be located on site, in addition to storage for 83 bicycles. The proponent has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the project and will reveal additional details in the coming months.
Construction start imminent on 198 Hanover retail development overlooking North End Greenway
Construction is expected to start imminently on a retail development in the North End overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, located at 198 Hanover Street. The development will replace a dated single-story retail structure with a modern two-story, 5,500-square-foot building featuring a sweeping floor-to-ceiling glass facade and outdoor seating patios. The City of Boston has issued developer Charter Realty & Development a permit to construct the 198 Hanover Street development, allowing the project to proceed.
Trillium to open winter beer garden in historic Roslindale Village substation building
Trillium Brewing Company, proponent of last summer’s wildly successful Greenway beer garden, will open a winter seasonal beer garden in the renovated and restored Roslindale Substation in Roslindale Village. The indoor garden will open later this month and remain open through the winter season. Open five days a week, the garden will serve a variety of rotating draft beer options, accommodating open seating, community space and limited private events.
Boston-based Trillium will be the first occupant of the high-ceilinged main floor of the redeveloped Substation, a former MBTA electrical power facility that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Beer aficionados will have the unique opportunity to drink Trillium’s award-winning beer in the Substation’s awe-inspiring space, with its 34-foot ceilings, 18-foot copper clad doors, 250-ton capacity gantry crane, and six two-story windows,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street, in a prepared statement. The Substation’s lower level is home to a Craft Beer Cellar high-end liquor store, which opened in January 2017.
The Substation restoration project, dubbed Parkside on Adams and also including a new-construction building with 43 residential rental units, fully restored a building that was vacant since the 1970’s and has been key to the revitalization of Roslindale Village. “The Substation is such a unique and iconic space, in a welcoming neighborhood, making Roslindale a perfect winter home for the Trillium Garden,” said Trillium co-owner Esther Tetreault in a prepared statement. “We had a killer time with the Garden on the Greenway this summer, so we jumped at the chance to bring Trillium to another Boston neighborhood.” Trillium will also open a new two-story, 16,000-square-foot flagship brewery in mid-to-late 2018 at 47 Farnsworth Street, one of three historic Fort Point warehouses being repositioned to include new retail and office space.
Work starts on transformative Washington Village mixed-use development in South Boston’s Andrew Square
Demolition of existing, low-slung buildings has begun at the future site of Washington Village, a $400 million, 735,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will transform South Boston’s Andrew Square, constructing eight buildings as high as 22 stories. Washington Village is one of the first key developments of the South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative (PLAN Dot Ave), a municipal up-zoning effort that will transform the Dorchester Avenue corridor, currently a sleepy industrial strip, into a vibrant mixed-use corridor. Washington Village will construct a total of 656 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 98,600 square feet of retail space, with a 1.5-acre public plaza and green at the development’s center. The development will span five acres and six city blocks. The following are photographs of demolition underway at Washington Village:
49 affordable housing units break ground in Egleston Square
Urban Edge broke ground Saturday (October 28th) on Walker Park, a two-building development that will provide Egleston Square with 49 affordable apartment residences. The development will replace a blighted building and two vacant lots with much-needed affordable housing. 41 apartments will be rented to households earning no more than 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) (40,000 to to $72,000 annually). Eight apartments will be rented to households earning no more than 30% of AMI (under $36,000 annually), including five apartments for homeless individuals and families.
Walker Park will cost $17.5 million to develop, and has received funding from the City of Boston, the State of Massachusetts, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds. Completion of the two buildings, located at 67 and 80 Walker Park, is expected in mid-2018. Urban Edge has also proposed to construct 42 affordable apartment residences at 41-51 Walker Park, steps from the Walker Park development. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is currently reviewing 41-51 Walker Park.
Updated renderings revealed of North End gateway retail development, initial demolition starts this Summer
Charter Realty & Development has revealed new renderings of 198 Hanover Street, its’ upcoming two-story, 5,500-square-foot retail development that will stand at the gateway to the North End overlooking the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The latest project renderings are posted above. Retail space at 198 Hanover Street is currently leasing; demolition of existing buildings on site is expected to commence this Summer. Retail spaces would be state-of-the-art, featuring desirable amenities such as an interior mezzanine level and outdoor seating patios, and would be located in the heart of Downtown Boston steps to all rapid transit lines.
New retail and public space proposed overlooking NorthPoint Common
DivcoWest proposes to construct two new retail buildings totaling nearly 15,000 square feet of space overlooking NorthPoint Common. The two-story buildings would be surrounded by public open space and outdoor seating, serving as an extension of NorthPoint Common. DivcoWest acquired 42 acres of land in East Cambridge’s NorthPoint district for $291 million in August 2015, including Parcel W, the parcel on which the retail buildings would be built. The City of Cambridge is currently reviewing the proposed project.
Construction complete at Serenity Apartments, new Mission Hill luxury residences now leasing
Construction is complete at Serenity Apartments, a new 15-story luxury tower in Mission Hill featuring 195 distinctive residences now leasing. Move-ins at Serenity began earlier this month; the building was 40% pre-leased prior to opening. Churchill Corporate Housing, a short-term corporate housing provider, has leased 24 apartments at Serenity, which is managed by Greystar. Serenity is located steps to Brookline Village and the Longwood Medical Area and features the latest in-demand amenities, including Wi-Fi enabled common areas, a billiard room, meeting and collaborative areas, a private courtyard, a rooftop pool and lounge deck, a barbecue deck and a green roof. Direct-access garage parking with electric car charging stations is available on-site, in addition to Zipcars and bicycle storage. Serenity presents an unprecedented green living option, with LEED Gold energy-efficiency certification and direct access to the MBTA Green Line.
“As we designed the community, we knew we needed to create something special to draw tenants to this corridor from Fenway and other nearby neighborhoods,” said Anthony Nader, Vice President of Serenity developer Longwood Group. “The rooftop pool and amenity area are really something to be seen.” Serenity residents will be located in an area seeing tremendous growth, with a number of development projects planned, under construction and recently completed. “The leasing demand is showing that with a destination asset, that provides a great living experience, prospective residents are willing to move to this side of the Longwood Medical Area,” said Nader. “The growth coming down the Brookline Avenue corridor, with the Children’s Hospital expansion at Brookline Place, Homewood Suites and potentially an additional hotel at Brookline Avenue, has created an exciting area of the city to be in. More restaurants will activate the streetscape, but the neighborhood is already beginning to come alive.”
$16 million construction financing obtained for 839 Beacon Street, 45-unit apartment development in Fenway
Developer Miner Realty, Inc. has obtained $16 million of construction financing for 839 Beacon Street, a 45-unit apartment development with 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail in the Fenway, allowing for demolition of the existing long-shuttered two-story commercial building to begin. The construction team is now actively demolishing the existing building in preparation for commencement of construction of the five-story building’s foundation. Construction financing for 839 Beacon Street was provided by Northern Bank & Trust Company and arranged by Cornerstone Realty Capital. The $16 million loan is provided with a 10-year fixed rate and a 30-year amortization.
Eden and Samuels close on Goddard House property acquisition for $8.05 million, secure $43.25 million construction financing
Eden Properties and Samuels & Associates, developers of the 149-unit Goddard House apartment development in Jamaica Plain, have closed on the acquisition of the two-acre project site at 201-205 South Huntington Avenue for $8.05 million and have secured $43.25 million of construction financing for the project through Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. An existing 114,004-square-foot historic building which will be incorporated into the development stands on the site; the sale amounts to $70.61 per existing building square foot and $4.025 million per acre. The Goddard House project will now proceed with construction.
Zoning Board approves BLDG 89 workforce housing development in Allston
The BLDG 89 workforce housing development in Allston, which will feature 129 apartment residences and 7,500 square feet of retail space, was approved by the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) today. The building has now received all necessary approvals and can proceed with construction. The ZBA rejected BLDG 89 last year, citing concerns including parking and potential undergraduate student tenants. In response, on-site parking has been increased to 79 spaces from previously approved 69, and no more than one third of apartments at BLDG 89 will be leased to undergraduate students at once.
Landwer Cafe, prominent Mediterranean cafe chain, opening this Fall at Gateway Boston in Fenway
Landwer Cafe, a prominent Mediterranean cafe chain with 65 locations in Israel, will open its’ first United States location this Fall at the new Gateway Boston building in the Fenway. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Landwer will feature traditional Mediterranean cuisine including muesli, salads, sandwiches and shakshuka. Both beer and wine will be served. The Fenway cafe will be open from 7 AM to 11 PM daily, with outdoor seating from April to October. 80 seats will be located inside the 3,200 square foot space, with 40 seats on an outdoor patio. Landwer recently opened a new cafe in Toronto, its’ first Canadian location.
Hotel added to Arsenal Yards development in Watertown
Boylston Properties, in a joint venture with Stonebridge Companies, will build a 145-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton hotel as part of the upcoming $400 million Arsenal Yards mixed-use development in Watertown. The hotel will replace a previously planned residential apartment building along Arsenal Street, reducing total residences at Arsenal Yards to 425 from 500. Retail will be located on the hotel’s ground floor. Boylston hopes to begin construction later this year on Arsenal Yards; the project’s first phase, which will include the hotel, is expected to open in Spring 2019. Boylston and Stonebridge recently completed Residence Inn Boston Watertown, a 150-room hotel located across from the Arsenal Yards site, which is Watertown’s first new hotel in over 50 years. The following is a rendering of the Arsenal Yards hotel:
Finishing touches underway at Serenity Apartments, opening this Spring in Mission Hill
Serenity Apartments’ 15-story facade is nearly fully installed, and interior fit-out of luxury apartments and common spaces is nearly complete. Just about all exterior finish panels and windows have been installed, and nearly the entire interior has been plastered. State-of-the-art finishes and appliances are now being installed in apartments and common spaces. Opening this Spring, Serenity Apartments will feature 195 apartments including studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms and amenities including a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. The following are photographs of Serenity Apartments:
Minor changes approved to Goddard House development in Jamaica Plain
Minor changes to the Goddard House development plan were approved at last Thursday (March 16th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. In light of the area’s geological constraints, the development’s footprint has been decreased slightly, decreasing the total residence count by 18 units; the development will now include 149 residences, down from 167. Likewise, total project square footage will decrease by 15,000 square feet, to 150,000 from 165,000. The Goddard House development was originally approved last year.
New Cambridge luxury condominiums completed at The Rand at Porter
Construction of The Rand at Porter, a new mixed-use building in Porter Square featuring 20 luxury condominiums, is now complete. The first resident move-ins are scheduled for the coming months. The Rand’s 5,000 square foot ground-floor retail space is now for lease. The following are photographs of The Rand at Porter:
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:
Minor changes proposed to approved Goddard House development in Jamaica Plain
Goddard House developer Eden Properties proposes minor changes to the approved development plan in light of the area’s geological constraints. Given the costs of excavation and shoring through rocks along South Huntington Avenue and required deep foundations at the site’s sloped rear, the developer proposes a slightly smaller footprint and increased setback from the Jamaicaway for the new building portion of the project. The adaptive reuse of the historic Goddard House building would remain unchanged.
With the proposed changes, the total apartment residence count at Goddard House would decrease by 18 units, to 149 from 167. Total project square footage would likewise decrease by 15,000 square feet, to 150,000 from 165,000. Vehicle parking would decrease by 18 parking spaces, to 65 from 83. Bicycle storage would decrease by 18 racks, to 149 from 167. The previous Goddard House development plan was approved last year.
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:
Serenity Apartments facade nearly complete, new drone footage released
Serenity Apartments’ facade is nearly fully fit out with exterior finish panels and windows in advance of the 15-story Mission Hill building’s opening this spring. Bricks are fully installed along the building’s base. Interior fit out of Serenity’s common spaces and 195 apartments and common spaces is well underway. New aerial drone footage of Serenity has been released:
Watertown unanimously approves Arsenal Yards development, construction start imminent
The City of Watertown’s Planning Board has unanimously approved Arsenal Yards, the mixed-use redevelopment and expansion of the former Arsenal Mall. Developers Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies intend to start construction of Arsenal Yards in six to eight months. “This new community in Watertown’s East End will bring vibrancy of the city and an urban energy along with the convenience and green spaces of a suburb,” says Boylston Properties Principal Bill McQuillan. “We’ve worked with Watertown residents and officials to bring a unique constellation of uses with today’s busy families and individuals in mind.”
Revisions approved to BLDG 89 workforce housing development in Allston
Changes to the approved BLDG 89 workforce housing and retail development in Allston near Packard’s Corner were approved at last Thursday (January 12th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. In response to official feedback, the revised project will move forward with 129 residential apartments and approximately 7,500 square feet of retail. On-site parking has been increased to 79 spaces from previously approved 69, and the building’s sixth floor will be set back 10 feet from Brighton Avenue in response to height concerns. No more than one third of apartments at BLDG 89 will be leased to undergraduate students at once.
Revisions proposed to BLDG 89 workforce housing development in Allston
Eden Properties is proposing to revise the BLDG 89 workforce housing development plan in response to official feedback. The proponent has agreed not to market the project to undergraduate students and that no more than one third of apartments will be leased to undergraduates at once. The revised project would feature 129 residential apartments (one less than previously approved) and 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail (as previously approved). 79 vehicle parking spaces would now be constructed on site, up from 69 as previously approved. The building’s sixth floor would be set back 10 feet from Brighton Avenue in response to height concerns. A Notice of Project Change (NPC) for BLDG 89 has been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and is now under official review.
Serenity Apartments nearly fully sealed, new aerial footage released
Windows and exterior finish panels have been installed along a large section of Serenity Apartments’ facade as the building nears its’ Spring 2017 opening. At Serenity’s base, brick finishes have been just about fully installed. The construction team is now plastering Serenity’s apartments and installing interior finishes. HVAC utilities have been installed on Serenity’s roof and throughout the building. Serenity General Contractor Suffolk Construction has released two new aerial videos of Serenity, a new drone flyover and a time-lapse showing Serenity’s progression since the start of construction in Winter 2015:
New renderings revealed for Newton’s Washington Place
Mark Development has released new renderings of the proposed 238,075 square foot Washington Place mixed-use development in Newtonville. The latest renderings of Washington Place can be found above. The Washington Place project will construct three five-story buildings with over 9,000 square feet of public outdoor space. A new website, wpnewton.com, has been released for the project.
Ribbon cut on Port Landing, 100% affordable Kendall Square apartments
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday (November 14th, 2016) for Port Landing, a new-construction 100% affordable 20-unit residential apartment building located in Cambridge steps to Kendall Square. Rents at comparable Kendall Square market-rate apartment buildings are four to six times higher than at Port Landing. “Cambridge is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and to have 20 brand new apartments for low and moderate-income families in Kendall Square is great news for those residents as well as the city,’’ said MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan. “We were very pleased to partner on Port Landing with Capstone Communities and Hope Real Estate Enterprises and commend their commitment to creating affordable housing opportunities for working families and young professionals so they can afford to live and work in a high-priced market like Cambridge.’’ The following is a photograph of Port Landing, courtesy Patrick Rogers Photography:
The following is a photograph of the ribbon cutting, courtesy Patrick Rogers Photography:
Two condos remain at Cambridge’s The Rand at Porter
18 of 20 condominiums have been sold at The Rand at Porter, a four-story luxury condominium building opening in December located in Cambridge’s Porter Square. Prices for Rand condominiums started at $600,000 for a one-bedroom unit. Condominiums remaining for sale include a second-floor one-bedroom/one-bathroom unit listed for $665,000 and a fourth floor two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit listed for $810,000. New interior photographs of Rand condominiums can be found above.
The Rand at Porter was constructed using an innovative “modular” approach. Each Rand unit was constructed individually in Maine then transported to Cambridge and stacked above a steel base podium on the Rand construction site in March. The modular approach saved a number of months of construction by allowing foundation and interior work to be performed at the same time. The following is a video of modular construction underway at The Rand:
Gateway Boston, 32 new Fenway luxury apartments, now leasing
Gateway Boston, a new 32-unit luxury apartment building in the Fenway, is now leasing. The building features one and one plus-bedroom units ranging from approximately $2,900 to $3,200 per month. On-site garage parking is offered for an additional $200 per month. Visit GatewayBoston.com for more information.
New Serenity aerial footage released, finish installation underway
Suffolk Construction has released new aerial footage of Serenity, a 195-unit apartment building with 2,100 square feet of retail opening Spring 2017 in Mission Hill. Exterior finish panel installation is well underway, and moisture-resistant cladding is fully installed along the building’s frame. Per an update by Prellwitz Chilinski Architects, interior unit finishing is underway on lower level units. Steel framing is being installed on upper floors to lay out units. The following is the latest aerial footage of Serenity, courtesy Suffolk Construction:
The 167-unit Goddard House adaptive reuse residential apartment development located on South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain has received all necessary approvals to move forward to construction, Prellwitz Chilinski Architects reports. The project has received approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.
Serenity website released with new renderings and drone footage, apartments opening Spring 2017
Developer Longwood Group and Property Manager Greystar have released a new website, TheSerenity.com, for Serenity, a 195-unit residential apartment building with 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail opening Spring 2017 in Mission Hill. Per the website, Serenity will feature studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences. 24 residences overlooking Olmsted Park will feature private elevator access. With the website, new interior renderings of Serenity and a building logo have been released along with drone footage of the under-construction building. Renderings of Serenity and additional information can be found above; the following is the drone footage video:
Exterior finishes have reached the top level of Serenity's 15-story frame and are installed along a large frame section. Concrete has been poured on nearly all floors, and framing of interior units is underway.
Located in Mission Hill overlooking the Emerald Necklace, Serenity will feature 195 rental residential apartments and a 2,100 square foot retail space fronting South Huntington Avenue. Amenities at Serenity will include a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. The following are photographs of Serenity, courtesy Newman Associates:
The Boston Herald reports that Charter Realty & Development is proposing to construct a new two-story building featuring four retail spaces at the gateway to the North End. Three retail spaces would include an interior mezzanine level. Located on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets, the new building would overlook the Rose Kennedy Greenway. An existing single-story building on which stands a billboard and an adjacent four-story apartment building would be demolished.
Arsenal Mall owners propose dynamic mixed-use mall redevelopment
In two recent community meetings, Boylston Properties and Wilder Properties outlined plans for the proposed redevelopment of the existing Arsenal Mall located along the Charles River in Watertown. A formal project application to the City of Watertown's Planning Board is expected this month. Boylston Properties and Wilder Properties acquired the Arsenal Mall in August 2013 for $70.5 million. Plans call for the repositioning of the two existing mall buildings and construction of five additional buildings on the mall's surface parking lot, creating a total of approximately 500 residential units and approximately 350,000 square feet of retail. Additional information about the proposed project, including architectural renderings, can be found above. The following are links to the Project Narrative, Community Outreach Meeting #4 presentation and Community Outreach Meeting #5 presentation for The Arsenal Project.
New Harvard Square retail and commercial mall proposed
Developer Equity One has filed plans with the Cambridge Historical Commission (CHC) to redevelop three existing Harvard Square buildings located in a key location across from Out of Town News and the Harvard MBTA Red Line station into The Harvard Collection, a new mall containing 63,400 square feet of "contiguous retail and commercial floors;" the following is a link to the plans filed. Equity One acquired the three buildings in October 2015 for $85 million. Two new glass-enclosed floors would be constructed atop the buildings; existing facades would be preserved. The CHC will hold a public hearing to review Equity One's plans this Thursday (September 8th, 2016). Universal Hub reports that all existing leases in the three buildings expire before the end of 2017, clearing the way for redevelopment thereafter. Additional information about the proposed Harvard Collection can be found above.
Washington Village, 656 new residential units and nearly 100,000 square feet of retail in South Boston, approved for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Washington Village for construction. Located in South Boston steps to Andrew Square and the MBTA Red Line, Washington Village will construct eight new buildings ranging from three to 24 levels high. A total of 656 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and approximately 98,600 square feet of retail will be located at Washington Village. More information about Washington Village is posted below and at the Washington Village website.
Port Landing topped off, exterior finishes nearly complete
The exterior shell at Port Landing is topped off at three stories tall, and installation of exterior finishes is nearly complete. Located in Kendall Square, Port Landing will contain 20 affordable residential units ranging from one to three bedrooms rented to households earning 30% to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). Visit PortLandingApts.com for rental applications and more information.
Port Landing’s exterior finishes, which consist of bricks, clapboard siding panels and metal panels, are being installed over Dow Styrofoam Square Edge insulation panels (blue) and GP DensGlass sheathing (yellow), which is providing a moisture and mold-resistant barrier. Installation of Paradigm Windows is nearly complete. Roughing in of mechanical and electrical systems is underway along Port Landing’s interior spaces, and framing of residential units is underway. Port Landing’s 16-car underground parking garage is nearly complete, and horizontal wooden slat finishes are being installed surrounding the parking garage entrance ramp on Moore Street. The following are photographs of Port Landing:
View from the corner of Harvard Street and Moore Street
View from Harvard Street
View from Moore Street
Entrance to 16-car parking garage
Dow Styrofoam Square Edge Insulation (blue) and GP DensGlass Sheathing (yellow)
Material staged for installation of mechanical system
View from rear of building
View from Harvard Street
More information about Port Landing can be found below.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official Serenity topping off ceremony this past Monday, July 11th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Longwood Group on this important milestone. Serenity will further enliven Mission Hill with 195 new residential rental apartments and approximately 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Amenities at Serenity will include a swimming pool, a fitness center and a green roof deck. Serenity will be LEED Silver certified and is anticipated to open in Spring 2017. Greystar will be Serenity's property manager.
View of Serenity from Emerald Necklace (Courtesy Prellwitz Chilinski Associates/Longwood Group)
Serenity common space (Courtesy RD Jones + Associates/Longwood Group)
Serenity common space (Courtesy RD Jones + Associates/Longwood Group)
Prior to speeches, ceremony attendees were given the opportunity to sign the final steel beam of Serenity’s frame.
Construction team members sign final steel beam
Signed final beam
Members of the Nader family of Longwood Group
Ceremony prior to speeches
Speakers at the Serenity topping-off ceremony included Serenity Project Manager Ralph Cole, Mission Hill Main Streets Executive Director Richard Rouse, Longwood Group Principal Tony Nader, Suffolk Construction Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Grossman and Boston Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Brian Golden.
Serenity Project Manager Ralph Cole
Mission Hill Main Streets Executive Director Richard Rouse
Longwood Group Principal Tony Nader
Suffolk Construction Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Grossman
Boston Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Brian Golden
Speeches were followed by the raising and installation of the final steel beam of Serenity’s frame.
Construction workers prepare to raise the final steel beam
Final steel beam prior to raising
Raising of final steel beam
Raising of final steel beam
Installation of final steel beam
Installation of final steel beam
Installed final steel beam
Frame prior to final steel beam installation
A drone monitors final steel beam raising
Work will now commence upon installation of Serenity’s exterior and interior finishes. A construction elevator is being installed to lift workers, equipment and materials throughout Serenity’s frame. Framing for installation of insulation and moisture-resistant cladding is being installed along the frame's exterior.
View of Serenity along Huntington Avenue
Construction elevator installation underway
A worker installs framing along Serenity's frame's exterior
Construction materials staged inside Serenity's frame
Serenity’s concrete foundation is complete, and construction of the building’s steel frame is well underway. The construction team is using a tower crane to raise and install the frame’s structural elements. The section of Serenity bordering Jamaicaway has risen to the fifth floor, which will be the top floor for that section. Along South Huntington Avenue, frame construction will continue until the frame tops off at 15 stories tall. Serenity will be a 195-unit residential apartment tower with 2,100 square feet of retail.
The Boston Globe reports that the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals has rejected the Boston Redevelopment Authority-approved BLDG 89 project in Allston. Concerns cited include parking, potential undergraduate student tenants and labor union opposition. The development team will now return to the drawing board to modify the current plans. The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved BLDG 89 for construction in February 2016.
Renderings of the current plans for BLDG 89 are posted above. More information about the current plans for BLDG 89 is posted below.
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.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved 839 Beacon Street for construction at last night's board meeting. Located in the Fenway neighborhood, the new building at 839 Beacon Street will contain 45 rental residential units, six of which will be designated affordable, and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Construction of 839 Beacon Street could start in the fourth quarter of 2016.
A rendering of 839 Beacon Street is posted above. More information about 839 Beacon Street is posted below.
Developer buys 119,034 square foot Hyde Park parcel next to Readville transit station for $2.1 million
Local developer Ad Meliora has acquired 1717 Hyde Park Avenue, a 119,034 square foot parcel in Hyde Park located next to the Readville transit station on the MBTA Fairmount Line. Sale price was $2.1 million.
UPDATE: Universal Hub reports that Ad Meloria recently held an informal community meeting in which preliminary plans were presented for a 240-unit apartment building at 1717 Hyde Park Avenue. 31 units would be designated affordable and rented to households making no more than 70% of area median income (AMI).
Three buildings rising up to five stories are currently proposed along with a five-deck parking garage with 400 parking spaces. The buildings would have special insulation to buffer noise from passing trains. A formal Letter of Intent has not yet been filed for the project. The following is a preliminary rendering by project architect Prellwitz Chilinski:
Ad Meliora is currently co-developing Washington Village, a major proposed South Boston development project that would bring approximately 650 residential units and 98,600 square feet of retail space to Andrew Square across 217,800 square feet of land. The following is an aerial view of the proposed Washington Village:
New mixed-use building proposed near Audubon Circle in Fenway
A Small Project Review Application has been filed to construct a new mixed-use building at 839 Beacon Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. The proposed building would contain 45 rental residential units, six of which would be designated affordable, and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The development team hopes to commence construction of the proposed building in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Goddard House project for construction at last night's board meeting. According to project principal Peter Sougarides, the project will break ground in early 2017 after securing additional permits, The Boston Globe reports.
The Goddard House project joins a wave of new development along South Huntington Avenue in Boston's Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill neighborhoods. A mixed-use building at 35 South Huntington Avenue with 38 residential units and 7,080 square feet of retail was also approved for construction last night. Olmsted Place, a 196-unit residential building located next door to the Goddard House project, opened on November 1st. Serenity, a mixed-use building with 195 apartments and 2,100 square feet of retail, is currently under construction at 105 South Huntington Avenue.
Excavation and foundation work underway at Serenity
J. Derenzo Companies is at work performing excavation and foundation work to prepare the Serenity site for tower construction. Much of the tower's foundation has already been excavated; S&F Concrete is pouring concrete along the excavated foundation. Suffolk Construction is managing Serenity's construction. Serenity will feature 195 apartments and a 2,100 square foot retail space in the heart of Mission Hill along the Emerald Necklace park.
View of Serenity construction site
View of foundation construction and concrete pouring underway
Start of construction imminent at 105A South Huntington
Start of construction at 105A South Huntington appears imminent as the project's official status was changed yesterday, 10/23/2015, to "Under Construction" on the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)'s website. The status change is shown on the BRA's project page for 105A South Huntington.