Jan 10, 2018
Coppersmith Village apartments on East Boston Waterfront top off, condominium foundation work underway
Coppersmith Village’s two multifamily buildings along Border Street, which will feature 56 rental apartments located steps from the East Boston Waterfront, have topped off at five stories tall. Along Liverpool Street, the foundation of 15 ownership condominium townhouses are being constructed. Green Zip R sheathing has been fully installed along the multifamily buildings’ facades, and exterior balconies have been framed. Installation of the multifamily buildings’ windows is expected to begin imminently, and roofing work is nearing completion. Once the multifamily buildings are sealed, interior finishing work will be able to commence. Construction of the townhouses’ wooden structural frames is expected to begin later this month. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village:
Nov 09, 2017
Construction of South End mixed-use development’s second phase begins
Construction of 88 Wareham Street, the second phase of Cresset Development’s The 1850 mixed-use development at the corner of Wareham and Albany Streets in the South End, has begun. Excavation of 88 Wareham Street’s foundation is nearing completion, and concrete pouring will soon begin in order to construct the building’s underground parking garage. 88 Wareham Street will feature 27 residences with ground-floor restaurant/retail space; it has not been announced whether residences will be apartments or condominiums. The first phase of The 1850 was completed in June 2009 and entailed the conversion of the adjacent 90,000-square-foot warehouse at 90 Wareham Street into 60 condominium residences with 25,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
Aug 28, 2017
Foundation work nearing completion at East Boston’s Coppersmith Village, featuring rammed aggregate piers installed by Helical Drilling
The foundation of Coppersmith Village, a $33 million mixed-use development in East Boston featuring 71 residences and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is nearing completion, with Helical Drilling about to complete installation of Geopier® Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) elements in the development’s soil. RAP elements reinforce unsuitable soils, providing an improved subgrade in order to support conventional shallow footings and slab-on-grade floor loads. RAPs are particularly suitable for sites with caving soils, contaminated soils and/or shallow groundwater and provide enhanced stiffness of relatively soft soil layers, making RAPs an optimal choice to reinforce foundations of development projects built on sections of Boston, for instance the East Boston Waterfront, which were constructed through land-making with urban fill. RAP installation also generates little to no excess spoils and eliminates the need for casing or dewatering.
The foundation of Coppersmith Village’s south mixed-use building is complete; the building’s first-floor steel podium has been erected, and elevator shafts are about to top off at five stories tall. The south building’s concrete foundation base slab will be poured in mid-September, after which the top four floors will be framed with wood. Coppersmith Village's north mixed-use building’s foundation has been 80%-installed, and elevator shaft erection has begun. The north building’s steel podium will be erected starting the first week of September. Helical Drilling has completed installation of RAPs in the foundations of both mixed-use buildings, which are located along Border Street, and will install RAPs in the future foundation of Coppersmith Village’s 15 townhouse residences, which will be located along Liverpool Street, starting the first week of September. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village, courtesy Tocci Building Corporation:
Jun 08, 2017
Initial demolition nears completion at East Boston’s Coppersmith Village mixed-use development
Initial demolition work is just about complete at Coppersmith Village, with only one partially-demolished structure left to clear. Following completion of demolition, work to construct foundations for Coppersmith Village’s two rental apartment buildings and 15 individually-owned townhouses will commence. In total, Coppersmith Village will feature 71 residences and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Coppersmith Village:
Jun 08, 2017
Steel structural framing commences at Downtown Providence’s The Commons at Providence Station apartments
With concrete foundation pouring complete, framing of The Commons at Providence Station’s six-story steel structural frame has commenced. Steel framing has risen up to the building’s first floor, and additional steel has been delivered onto the site to construct the rest of the frame. Scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, The Commons at Providence Station will feature 169 apartment residences conveniently positioned steps to Downtown Providence and MBTA commuter rail service to Boston. The following is a photograph of The Commons at Providence Station:
Feb 22, 2017
Demolition underway to make way for East Boston's Coppersmith Village
Demolition of existing buildings has commenced at the future site of East Boston's 71-unit mixed-income Coppersmith Village residential development. Once the buildings are cleared, foundation work will begin for Coppersmith Village's 2 main rental apartment buildings and 15 individual ownership townhouses. In addition to residences, Coppersmith Village will include approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Coppersmith Village:
Dec 18, 2016
East Boston’s Coppersmith Village development closes financing, site work starts
Coppersmith Village developer Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH) closed Friday (December 16th) on over $26 million of funding, allowing the 71-unit mixed-income East Boston Waterfront development to proceed. Financing for Coppersmith Village is provided by the State of Massachusetts and East Boston Savings Bank. Site work at the Coppersmith Village site is now underway following completion of the project’s construction agreement earlier this month. Construction will last 18 to 24 months and will replace a vacant, deteriorating industrial site with housing and retail. Demolition of the industrial building will commence later this month or in early January. Tocci Building Companies is the project’s general contractor.
Dec 06, 2016
169 new apartments coming to Providence, RI commuter rail station
A groundbreaking ceremony is being held today (Wednesday, December 7th) for The Commons at Providence Station, a new transit-oriented 169-unit apartment community that will be located next to the Providence, RI commuter rail station with direct train service to Boston. The new building, developed by John M. Corcoran and Company & Trilogy Development, will be located on a currently-vacant parcel in Downtown Providence along the Moshassuck River across from the Rhode Island State House. Woburn, MA-based Tocci Building Companies is the building’s general contractor.
Nov 28, 2016
LStar cuts ribbon on new Parkway at Union Point
LStar Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday (November 23rd, 2016) for the new $6.7 million Patriot Parkway at Union Point in South Weymouth. The completion of the Parkway frees hundreds of acres of land at Union Point up for development. The completed Parkway, financed by MassDOT, cuts through the 1,500 acre Union Point site, linking Routes 3 and 18 as well as the South Weymouth commuter rail station and the future Union Point town center district. Town Center Apartments, a new mixed-use development with 265 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail, is already under construction at the end of the Parkway steps to the commuter rail station.
Union Point residents were delighted to welcome the new Parkway and enthusiastically honked their car horns as they drove along the road for the first time. The following are photographs from the ribbon cutting ceremony:
Oct 24, 2016
Union Point plans revealed at BLDUP, Inc.’s Developer’s Agenda
LStar Communities’ Managing Partner Kyle Corkum revealed the latest plans for Union Point, a a 1,500 acre mixed-use development located 12 miles from Boston, at BLDUP, Inc.’s inaugural Developer’s Agenda event last Thursday evening. Corkum, with help from John Tocci Jr., Director of Virtual Design and Construction at Tocci Building Companies, led Developer’s Agenda attendees on a 3D virtual tour of Union Point and revealed new project renderings, which can be found on the Union Point BLDUP page.
Corkum spoke of the “unprecedented opportunity to build something spectacular” at Union Point, namely a “new transit-oriented city.” The State of Massachusetts has invested $53 million into a new 2.5-mile parkway at Union Point that leads to a new MBTA Commuter Rail Station; the State also invested $23 million into the MBTA Station.
Corkum unveiled plans for a “tremendous concentration of restaurants in an urban environment” that will be centered around a new man-made lake. These restaurants will surround new professional athletic facilities, activating the restaurant district. At game times, streets will be closed off “like Yawkey Way” in Boston. According to Corkum, professional sports teams have already committed to playing at Union Point.
Ultimately, over 100 commercial buildings will be constructed at Union Point; Union Point will feature up to 4,000 homes and up to 6 million square feet of commercial. Construction recently began on Town Center Apartments, a mixed-use development at Union Point with 14,000 square feet of retail and 265 units of rental housing. Six major projects at Union Point are now underway; up to 20 major projects will be underway by Spring 2017.
Sep 16, 2016
32 Cambridge Street approved, construction could commence Q4 2016
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved 32 Cambridge Street for construction. Located in Charlestown’s Sullivan Square steps to the MBTA Orange Line, 32 Cambridge Street will feature 171 new residential apartments and approximately 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Initial site preparation work is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2016, with occupancy anticipated in the second quarter of 2018. Additional information about 32 Cambridge Street can be found above.
Sep 02, 2016
New 130-room hotel completed in Brookline Village
The new 130-room Homewood Suites Brookline hotel, located in Brookline Village on Route 9 steps to the MBTA Green Line, is now open and complete; the following is a link to the official press release announcing the building's completion. Built by Tocci Building Companies, the hotel features 130 upscale suites with amenities including a swimming pool, a fitness center, outdoor terraces and gardens and meeting spaces. Homewood Suites Brookline opened to guests in summer 2016 and broke ground in July 2014; the hotel’s developer is Claremont Companies, who is now proposing a second Brookline Village hotel at 25 Washington Street. Developer The Fallon Company recently acquired 20 Boylston Street, a 12,125 square foot parcel located steps from Homewood Suites Brookline. The following are photographs of the completed Homewood Suites Brookline, courtesy Nickerson PR:
Aug 05, 2016
Waltham Landing, newly opened 34-unit apartment complex in Downtown Waltham, sells for $17.5 million
On Thursday (August 4th, 2016), developer Charles River Place LLC sold the newly opened 34-unit Waltham Landing apartment complex, located in Downtown Waltham, to local restaurateur and real estate investor Dennis A. Dyer of Watertown, MA for $17.5 million as recorded in the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. Dyer secured a $13.125 mortgage for Waltham Landing on Thursday through East Boston Savings Bank.
Charles River Place LLC acquired the Waltham Landing site in October 2014 for $2.308 million and secured a total of $10.1 million in financing including an initial mortgage of $1.5 million in October 2014 through Somerset Ventures LLC and a second mortgage in December 2014 through East Boston Savings Bank for $8.6 million. Waltham Landing broke ground in December 2014 and opened in January 2016. The building contains approximately 41,460 rentable square feet (RSF) including 33,200 RSF of residential space and 8,260 RSF of ground-floor retail. The following is the deed for the sale of Waltham Landing to Dennis A. Dyer:
Apr 03, 2016
Finishing touches underway as Homewood Suites Brookline nears June 2016 opening
Exterior finishes have been installed throughout Homewood Suites Brookline's facade. The building now has a strong presence along Route 9 in Brookline Village. Official Homewood Suites signage has been installed along the building's facade. Finishing touches are now underway along the facade and the ground floor targeting Homewood Suites Brookline's scheduled June 2016 opening. Per an update posted on Homewood Suites Brookline's website, the hotel will open to guests in June 2016. Homewood Suites Brookline is currently accepting reservations for arrivals starting June 6th, 2016.
Homewood Suites Brookline is the first of what could be a wave of development projects coming to Brookline Village. Claremont Companies, who is Homewood Suites Brookline's developer, proposes to build a second Brookline Village hotel at 25 Washington Street. The Fallon Company, developer of Fan Pier in Boston's Seaport District, recently bought a 12,125 square foot Brookline Village parcel at 20 Boylston Street. The following are photographs of Homewood Suites Brookline:
More information about Homewood Suites Brookline is posted below.
Mar 01, 2016
Ground was broken Monday (February 29th) on a new 118-room Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Worcester's Washington Square. The hotel site is located in downtown Worcester across from Worcester Union Station. Visible from train lines and Interstate 290, Homewood Suites Worcester will serve as a key gateway to downtown Worcester. The hotel will cater to longer-term visitors; rooms will feature kitchen and living spaces.
Feb 23, 2016
Berkeley Investments has submitted a Project Notification Form to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for 32 Cambridge Street, a proposed mixed-use project in Sullivan Square in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. Berkeley Investments is proposing to build 171 new apartments and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Project site would be located steps to Sullivan Square Station on the MBTA Orange Line.
Berkeley Investments is also the developer of 625 McGrath and Millbrook Lofts, located in Somerville near proposed 32 Cambridge Street. 625 McGrath is complete and occupied; Millbrook Lofts is nearly complete and now leasing. This past Wednesday, February 17th, Berkeley Investments sold 625 McGrath to Jones Street Investment Partners for $14,200,000.
Feb 04, 2016
Congratulations to Tocci Building Company on Rock Chapel Marine's completion! The result is a beautiful building designed to take full advantage of its unique position on the Chelsea Creek waterfront.
Tocci Completes Rock Chapel Marine HQ in Chelsea, MA https://t.co/WJuRj7ziuu pic.twitter.com/HYXAjYeuOH— Tocci Building Co (@TocciBuildingCo) February 3, 2016
Nov 25, 2015
We visited the Rock Chapel Marine construction site on the Chelsea Creek waterfront. Tocci Building Companies has done a great job; the building's exterior finishes look attractive and solid. Tenant Eastern Salt Company will surely enjoy the beautiful views of East Boston, the downtown Boston skyline, Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Creek.
View our photographs above, and stay tuned for further progress! Also, check out Tocci's recent construction update at http://www.tocci.com/2015/10/the-scoop-the-chapel-takes-shape/.
Nov 08, 2015
We stopped by under-construction Homewood Suites Brookline, where construction is progressing in earnest! Installation of brick exterior finishes has begun, and windows are just about fully installed. Fireproofing is installed throughout the building's facade.
More information about the project is posted below.
Oct 04, 2015
Installation of windows is beginning at Homewood Suites Brookline. Fireproofing has been installed along much of the building's topped-off frame, and sheathing has been installed throughout.