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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Feb 19, 2019
Life Sciences Building Planned for Arsenal Yards
Developers Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies have proposed a change of site G within the Arsenal Yards project from a residential building to life sciences. The updated proposal calls for an 8 or 9 story building to include around 155,000 square feet of office/lab space and a parking garage. A path would link to the Charles River with a community park next to the building. The development team hopes to begin construction in spring 2020 with completion in 2022.
Jan 16, 2019
SQZ Biotech Signs 63,477 Square Foot Lease at Arsenal Yards
Boston-based real estate developer Boylston Properties has announced that cell therapy company SQZ Biotech has signed a 63,477 square foot lease at Arsenal Yards. With 200,000 square feet of lab and office space, Arsenal Yards is meeting the demand from the life science community for lab space in the East End of Watertown.
Set within an original 1800’s Arsenal historic building, with soaring 25’ ceilings, multiple boutique fitness operators, dedicated parking, and a private shuttle to Harvard Square, the new lab space is across the street from LINX, 185,000 square feet of new fully leased lab space, completed in 2018, also developed by Boylston Properties.
“When you look at the needs of life science companies and the advantages that the East End of Watertown provides, it’s not surprising to see Arsenal Yards becoming the place to turn to,” said Bill McQuillan, President of Boylston Properties. “We look forward to working with SQZ and seeing the company continue to grow.”
SQZ Biotech recently completed a $72 million Series C and expanded a clinical and commercial development collaboration with Roche. The young life science company will dramatically increase its footprint when it relocates from its current Watertown location to Arsenal Yards later this year. Utilizing the proprietary CellSqueeze® platform to develop a new generation of cell therapies, SQZ currently focuses on the development of novel treatments that leverage targeted immune modulation to impact oncology and autoimmune disease.
“For a young life science company, Arsenal Yards is an ideal location,” said Armon Sharei PhD, CEO and Founder of SQZ Biotech. “Being able to expand our operations while staying in Watertown was win-win for SQZ. We look forward to all the amenities that Arsenal Yards will provide our team.”
“This continues a trend of life science companies choosing to grow in Watertown's booming biotech scene,” said Duncan Gratton, Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield. “This is our 6th new life science space lease in Watertown in the past 18 months.” Gratton and Elizabeth Donatoni of Cushman & Wakefield represented ownership, a joint venture of Boylston Properties, J.P. Morgan and Wilder, while SQZ Biotech was represented by Juliette Reiter and Mark Winters of Newmark Knight Frank.
Located on the Charles River in the dynamic East End neighborhood of Watertown, Arsenal Yards will be a thriving urban village with over 50 retailers & restaurants including Roche Bos. and the seven-screen Majestic Theater, over 300 contemporary residences, a 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, as well as office and life sciences space. The development will also include considerable open spaces throughout, access to a revitalized Arsenal Park, as well as connection to the Watertown-Cambridge multi-use bike path. Arsenal Yards is being developed by Boylston Properties, Wilder, and J.P. Morgan.
Dec 18, 2018
Foundation Work Continues for Hotel/Parking Garage at Arsenal Yards
Foundation work is ongoing for Building B at the Arsenal Yards project. This part of the project is set to include a parking garage and 150 room Hampton Inn.
Across the parking lot, renovations are continuing in Building F future home of the Majestic Cinemas.
When complete in 2020 Arsenal Yards will feature 425 residential units along with 450K sf of office and retail space.
Oct 24, 2018
Arsenal Yards Announces Shake Shack Is Moving To The Neighborhood
Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies proudly announced today that Shake Shack will join Arsenal Yards, which by 2020 will be a thriving new neighborhood comprised of over more than one million square feet of development including 250,000 sq. ft. of curated shops and eclectic eateries, 200,000 sq. ft. of new and existing creative office and life science space, 425 contemporary residences, and a 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. The development will also include dedicated green space, access to a revitalized Arsenal Park, connection to the Watertown-Cambridge multi-use pathway and an accessible pedestrian/bicycle path to the Charles River.
Known as a cult-favorite around the world, Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, a modern-day burger stand praised for its delicious food, including premium burgers, chicken sandwiches, flat-top dogs, frozen custard shakes and crinkle cut fries. As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good®, they source only the highest quality ingredients from the best ranchers, farmers, bakers, and food purveyors. Their beef is 100% all-natural Angus, never frozen, vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. Their chicken is 100% all-natural and their flat-top hot dogs are 100% all-natural Vienna beef. All with no hormones or antibiotics, ever.
"We're excited to add another dynamic gathering place to Arsenal Yards," said Tom Wilder, principal of The Wilder Companies. "Shake Shack’s investment in everything they do from sourcing high-quality ingredients, often from local artisan purveyors, to the investments they make in developing deep ties to their communities is truly unique and we're excited to have them be a part of the Arsenal Yards' experience."
The Shake Shack at Arsenal Yards menu will feature all the Shack classics, including the ShackBurger®, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-spun shakes, plus a selection of frozen custard concretes in collaboration with local food purveyors. Shake Shack will donate a portion of the proceeds from one of the concretes to a local Watertown charity partner. In keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to green architecture and eco-friendly construction, the restaurant will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials. Booths will be made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops will be made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes.
"We’re thrilled to bring Shake Shack to Arsenal Yards," said Andrew McCaughan, Vice President of Development at Shake Shack. "East End Watertown is a unique, culturally rich community that holds tremendous potential for continued growth. We couldn't be more excited to move into the neighborhood."
“When Shake Shack moves to a new neighborhood they always integrate seamlessly into to the community, becoming a part of the dialogue, and working with charity organizations, community centers, and local neighborhood partners, which speaks volume to their overall success as an international cult-favorite," said Mark Deschenes, a Principal of Boylston Properties. “Their confidence in, and commitment to East End Watertown speaks to the excitement around, and reputation of Arsenal Yards as Boston’s next great neighborhood.”
Oct 19, 2018
Watertown's Arsenal Yards Revamp is in Full Swing
Various stages of construction are ongoing at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The project that is being completed in phases through 2020 will include 250,000sf of retail, 200,000sf of office, a 150 room hotel, and 425 residential units.The two historic buildings on the site that will remain have been gutted for renovation. A goal of the project is to maintain their character as a call back to the site's history as the home of the U.S. Army's Watertown Arsenal. When completed these two buildings will hold a Majestic Cinema and various shopping and dining options.
Construction crews are also pouring the foundation for Building B which will house the Hampton Inn and the parking garage for the development. The project is also set to include an outdoor plaza and a park connected to the Charles River.