Jun 04, 2019
Details Revealed for City Hall Plaza Redesign
Additional renderings and more details have been presented for the $70M redesign of Boston's City Hall Plaza. The new plans, from Sasaki, will transform the Plaza into a universally accessible civic space with increased environmental sustainability. Highlights of the plan include...
- 3,000 new spaces for residents to sit
- 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families
- 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
- 7 new "plug and play" locations for community groups to utilize, with space for 10,000 - 12,0000 visitors on the main Plaza, and room for a 20,000 - 25,000 person gathering on the entire Plaza
- 100 new trees, improving the shade, scale and air quality of the Plaza. Fifty lights will be replaced with efficient LED technology, and 22,500 feet of granite and brick paving will be reused or recycled.
Feb 01, 2019
New Plans Call for 300' Hotel in Kenmore Square
Mark Development has released updated plans for the Kenmore Hotel at 560 Commonwealth Avenue. The new plans call for a 28 story tower (increased from 24) that would be just under 300 feet tall. The hotel would feature 389 rooms and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The plan also calls for a new street behind the hotel to connect Comm. Avenue to Beacon Street before their current intersection in busy Kenmore Square. The new road would allow for shorter crosswalks and create a public plaza and new bike lanes.
The updated plans are now under official review with the City.
Jul 03, 2018
City Hall Plaza Renovation Moves Forward
After years of planning, the renovation of City Hall Plaza is moving forward according to city officials. The $60 million plan will overhaul City Hall Plaza with construction expected to begin in 2019. As a result of the renovation, Boston Winter will not be open this winter at the plaza.
The new designs plans call for a more accessible plaza, including plans for a seasonal fountain, tree-covered gathering spots and a small park near Cambridge Street. The plans could potentially include a 5,000-square-foot restaurant on City Hall’s third floor.
Dec 08, 2017
First plans for development of 140-acre Allston Landing revealed
Harvard University, owner of the 140-acre former rail yard known as Allston Landing, proposes to construct a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use development along the yard’s frontage on Western Avenue, which would be the first phase of the yard’s development. Dubbed the Harvard Enterprise Research Campus, the development would span 14.1 acres, featuring 400,000 square feet of office/lab space, 250,000 square feet of hotel/conference center space with 200 rooms and 250,000 square feet of residential space containing 250 units. A total of 800 to 900 parking spaces would be provided, and two public spaces would be created.
The proposed campus would be the latest expansion of Harvard’s growing Allston campus, located steps from Harvard’s upcoming $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex, which just topped off. As part of the campus, a new road, Cattle Drive, would be constructed. Cattle Drive would ultimately connect Western Avenue, Cambridge Street and the future West Station MBTA Commuter Rail stop. Harvard has filed plans for the proposed Enterprise Research Campus with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Jun 02, 2017
Two hotel towers proposed in Kenmore Square
Mark Development and Hotel Buckminster-owner Buckminster Annex Corporation propose to jointly develop two hotel towers in the heart of Kenmore Square. Together, the towers would contain 763 hotel rooms and 375,000 square feet of space. On property owned by Mark Development at 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue, a 24-story, 260-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 375 rooms with ground-floor retail. Across Beacon Street, on property owned by Buckminister Annex Corporation at 655-665 Beacon Street, a 19-story, 210-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 390 hotel rooms. Both buildings would feature active ground floors, and as part of the project, pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements would be made. Mark and Buckminster have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop the towers with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and will reveal additional information this Summer. The proponents will also seek to establish a Planned Development Area (PDA) across the sites in order to obtain necessary zoning relief.
Nov 14, 2016
Glass hotel tower with roof deck restaurant proposed for Kenmore Square
Mark Development has released a preliminary rendering of a new glass hotel tower planned for the heart of Kenmore Square. The tower would replace an existing single-story Citizens Bank building and would include ground-floor retail and a roof deck restaurant. Mark Development intends to file plans for the tower with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) this fall. Developer Related Beal recently acquired nine buildings totaling approximately 335,000 square feet located across from Mark Development's proposed tower site for nearly $134 million.
Nov 06, 2016
Ribbon cut on Pagulica Harvard Life Lab, now home to 17 startups
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Thursday (November 3rd, 2016) to mark the opening of the Pagulica Harvard Life Lab in Allston. 17 life science and biotech startups have moved into the completed 15,000 square foot wet lab building. The Lab has been named after donors Steve and Judy Pagliuca. The following are tweets from the ribbon cutting ceremony showing the completed Pagulica Harvard Life Lab:
Jul 10, 2016
Exterior finish installation underway at Harvard Life Lab
The Harvard Life Lab is topped off, and windows are installed. Exterior finishes are now being installed along the building's exterior. The Harvard Life Lab, an affiliate of the Harvard Innovation Lab, is scheduled to open for the upcoming academic year and will nurture life science innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard University. Visit the Harvard Life Lab website for more information. The following is a progress photograph of the Harvard Life Lab, courtesy Gaston Electrical:
Progress shot of the new #Harvard Life Lab facility. We are excited to be part of this #innovative #modular project. pic.twitter.com/PwZ0PYy5vA— Gaston Electrical (@GastonElec) July 8, 2016
(Source: Gaston Electrical/Twitter)
More information about the Harvard Life Lab is posted below.
Mar 18, 2016
Harvard Life Lab approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Harvard Life Lab for construction at last night's board meeting. The Harvard Gazette reports the lab is scheduled to open this fall. Teams can now apply for space and mentorship at the lab on the Harvard Innovation Lab's website.
The Harvard Life Lab will empower science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation, building upon the success of the existing Harvard Innovation Lab by nurturing life science startups. The lab will also sponsor STEM workshops for local residents and contribute funds towards the purchase of Chromebook laptops for Allston-Brighton public school students.
Mar 04, 2016
Seaport Pavilion is now open to the public. The result is a wide outdoor space well suited for public enjoyment. Seaport Pavilion features breathtaking views of Boston Harbor out to the East Boston Waterfront. We are looking forward to Seaport Pavilion's full completion once the Northern Avenue Straightening project is complete. A new photograph of Seaport Pavilion is posted above.
Feb 09, 2016
Harvard University proposes to build new Life Lab in Allston
Harvard University is proposing to build a 15,000 square foot interim facility for a new Life Lab that will help foster scientific innovation and grow Harvard's startup community. The project would be located in Allston and is under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Project details are posted below.