Window and Facade Install Nearly Complete for Waterside Place Phase 1B
Just last month the project topped off and now window install has already reached the top floors for Waterside Place Phase 1B. The new luxury apartment tower will feature 307 apartments and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Located directly next to the MBTA Silver Line the transit-oriented development does include parking for just 84 cars. The building expects to welcome first residents in winter 2020.
Construction Continues for Somerville's New High School
With school out for summer, construction is rapidly moving forward for Somerville's new high school project. Currently, an existing portion of the building is being demolished and structural steel is being erected for at western new building. When complete the in May 2021 the new $256M school campus will provide a state-of-the-art, innovative learning environment for nearly 1,600 students.
Raffles Boston Financed for $314 Million
New York-based Madison Realty Capital has financed the Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences project for $314 million.
The tower will feature 146 luxurious condominium residences atop 154 hotel rooms, expansion space for the adjacent University Club and ground-floor restaurant space.
Amenities at Raffles Boston will include lounges, conference/ballroom areas and a pool/fitness center available to both building residents and guests. Parking will be provided at area garages.
The tower will replace the existing Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, an eight-story, 84,200-square-foot building featuring 64 hotel rooms and a 13,650-square-foot conference facility. 40 Trinity Place will be located steps from the South End, Newbury Street and Downtown Boston, convenient to rapid transit and commuter rail lines.
Wood Framing Going Up for Orient Heights Phase II
Wood framing is in progress for the second phase of the Orient Heights redevelopment project. All existing buildings, dating back to 1951, will be demolished and replaced with new townhouse and mid-rise buildings. The new buildings will contain a total of 331 public housing units ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. This phase will include two new townhomes and one midrise building, totaling 88 units.
Marine Wharf Hotel Refinanced for $105.63 Million
The hotel development at 660 Summer Street has been refinanced via Santander Bank for $105.63 million.
The upcoming 14-story, 320,000 square foot dual-branded hotel will include a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites, providing a total of 411 new Seaport District hotel rooms.
Approximately 19,300 square feet of amenities will be located at Marine Wharf Hotel including an exterior terrace, a fitness center, an indoor pool, meeting spaces, and a 500-seat restaurant. Approximately 3,500 square feet of retail will be located on the hotel's ground floor.
Time Out Market Fenway Now Open
The 25,000 square foot Time Out Market is now open as part of the revamp on The Landmark Center in Fenway. The food hall, located in the former Best Buy location features 15 eateries by local chefs and 2 full-service bars. The next phase of the Landmark Center renovation call, now under review, would construct a new 14-story, 506,000-square-foot office and lab building at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Fullerton Street with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and renovate Landmark Center’s existing 978,200-square-foot office and retail component.
Steel Framing Nearly Complete for Marine Wharf Hotel
Steel framing is nearly complete for the upcoming dual-branded Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton in the Seaport. The 411 room hotel will include 7,400 square feet of prime restaurant and retail space, a fitness center, a heated pool, a business center, an outdoor terrace and valet parking for around 75 cars. The hotel is located just steps from the Flynn Cruise Terminal.
ICYMI Encore Boston Harbor is Now Open
In case you had skipped town for a weekend break or may be living under a rock, Encore Boston Harbor is now open. The massive, 3 million square foot project which officially broke ground in early August of 2016 welcomed large crowds on opening day June 23rd. Around 7,400 construction workers helped build the $2.6B project. The Encore features...
- 671 guest rooms ranging in size from 650 - 5800 square feet- 210,000 square foot of casino space including 3158 slot machines & 231 table games- 15 restaurants & 5 shops- 50,000 square feet of meeting space- 26,000 square foot spa- Public waterfront park with boat dock
The Smith South End Has Topped Off
The Smith in Boston's South End has topped off, reaching its 11th floor. Facade install has also started on the project. When complete, The Smith will feature a total of 650 apartments, 80,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The existing buildings at 575 Albany Street and 660 Harrison Ave. are being retained and renovated as part of the development. First units in the project are expected to be complete in Spring 2020.
Inside One Dalton
On our previous visit to One Dalton this past fall, Boston’s newest skyscraper was still very much a construction site. Now with the Four Seasons open the property has been transformed into the 5-star, luxurious yet subtle retreat synonymous with the brand. During a tour hosted by the developer, Richard Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter and Company, we got a look inside Boston’s second Four Seasons.
The One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel Entrance. Residents will enter through a separate entrance to the property around the corner.
Developer Richard Friedman, President & CEO of Carpenter and Company, in one of the three duplex penthouses at One Dalton
After buying the land 7 years ago, One Dalton has been a long time in the making for Friedman and his team. Friedman, who will live at the property himself, mentioned it has been an “amazing experience to change the skyline” and he expects when fully complete One Dalton will be the “social hub of the city”.
In talking with Darren Messina, Executive VP Design and Construction at Carpenter and Company, we learned of some of the challenges the construction team faced while bringing the 742-foot tower to life on this postage stamp site. To mitigate movement, the team installed a giant belt truss around the 24th floor of the building, something that had never been done before in Boston. Messina credits Rachel Parks, at Suffolk Construction, with making this happen by creating the BIM modeling for this complex piece of the puzzle. The logistics of delivering the tons of concrete necessary for the poured-in-place reinforced concrete columns, core walls, and slabs and ensuring the proper strength also kept the construction team on their toes.
The view from the last remaining penthouse home at One Dalton
Up in the last available penthouse (a steal at around $40M) work still remains to be finished however the scale of the 7,500 square foot, duplex unit is impressive and the views of course amazing. Last time we visited we took the hoist elevator to the top of the tower. Luckily this time the permanent elevators were in place and when moving at top speed will transport residents to the 61st floor in under a minute.
Down a few levels, interior finishing is a bit further along for the other condo residences. These homes come with a choice of 3 kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring options. Wolf and sub-zero appliances are of course included. While the team won't tell us how many of the 160 condo units have been sold, they did comment that One Dalton is the fastest selling Four Seasons project to date.
Interior finishing is still wrapping up for the condo residences at One Dalton.
On the Wellness Floor (the 7th floor) the 2,500 square foot fitness center, offers an array of equipment selected by renowned celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak. Also on this level is the gorgeous, curved lap pool and the spa. All amenities on the Wellness Floor are available for both residents and guests to utilize. Condo owners will also have access to their own private amenities including the 24th floor Entertainment Gallery featuring a golf simulator, private theater, and family activity center. On the 50th floor, the 50/50 Club designed by the interior designer and architect Thierry Despont offers residences an exclusive club and lounge featuring more of those wonderful views of the Charles River and Boston skyline.
The Wellness Floor at One Dalton features a fully equipped fitness center, lap pool, and spa.
Within the hotel's, 215 guest rooms, no detail has been left ignored including 6 different types of wallpaper in a deluxe guest room, a tv in the bathroom mirror, voice-activated remotes along with fine crystal for the bar and herringbone china for your morning coffee. The property also boasts 2GB internet, the fastest network in Boston (right behind MIT).
Guests rooms at One Dalton feature a mix of modern & classic finishes.
A key piece of the One Dalton finishing is the art curated by Kate Chertavian. Chertavian, who has over 25 years of experience curating independent projects, traveled the world finding unique and fitting pieces for the project with Friedman. While we are certainly not art critics, the pieces chosen throughout the lobby and hotel space are all unique and beautiful but not stuffy or pretentious.
A sampling of the art specially curated for One Dalton.
Our final stop of the tour was the globally renowned Zuma restaurant. The restaurant space, designed by Studio Glitz, features a variety of textures, including wood, stone, glass, and metal to offer the visitor hidden pockets of discovery throughout the space. The restaurant is definitely eye-catching and the cocktails and food we sampled were delicious. Zuma's GM says business has been busy with bookings being made 3 weeks in advance.
Along with final finishing on the condos, yet to come at One Dalton is the Trifecta Bar, named for the soft triangle design of the building. Currently blocked by the crane, future guests of the hotel will walk through this bar to access the elevators. A small park across from the hotel entrance is also now underway, adding some green space to the project site. The development team expects construction to be 100% complete sometime in September.
The Davis Companies Celebrate Groundbreaking at 100 Shawmut
The Davis Companies held a groundbreaking celebration for the launch of 100 Shawmut in Boston's South End. The development will feature a 13-story, 138-unit residential project with a 980-square-foot ground-floor cafe which would be located at the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue in the South End’s rapidly developing New York Streets neighborhood.
“Today, we celebrate the groundbreaking of 100 Shawmut – a project realized through a unique partnership between The Davis Companies, the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association,” said Jonathan Davis, Founder & CEO of The Davis Companies. “Our collaboration has yielded a dynamic development for the historic South End and this innovative property will ensure that our Chinatown-based non-profit partners will be able to serve the community for years to come, in addition to bringing new housing and jobs to our city.”
Amenities at 100 Shawmut would include a 13th-floor rooftop deck and amenity space and a 9th-floor rooftop terrace, both offering sweeping views of the Boston skyline. Select 7th-floor residences would have private balconies and rooftop terraces.
Waterside Place Phase 1B Tops Off
The 23-story tower at 501 Congress Street next to the MBTA Silver Line station has topped off. Waterside Place Phase 1B will include 307 apartments along with 3,500 square feet of retail space. Resident amenities will include a resort style pool, fitness center, pet spa, and an outdoor lounge. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.