Aug 17, 2018
Notice of Project Change for Parcel U in Jamaica Plain
Located on an approximately 126,070 square foot former MBTA site in Jamaica Plain and bound by Hyde Park Avenue, Ukraine Way, Tollgate Cemetery, and the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks, Parcel U will create 54 homeownership units, over the course of two phases.
Originally approved in 2014, the approval of this NPC will increase the number of units in Phase B of the project from 24 to 30. The project will also create two new pocket parks for the public.
Aug 17, 2018
90 Antwerp Street to Create 20 New Units and Open Space in Brighton
The 90 Antwerp project consists of 20 homeownership units, including 12 income-restricted units. The project will create over 10,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space to benefit the neighborhood.
This mixed-income residential project in Brighton was proposed in response to the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the parcel, donated by Harvard University, with the goal of creating affordable homeownership opportunities and publicly accessible open space.
The project will include 20 on-site parking spaces for residents, two visitor parking spaces, bicycle parking, community amenity space, and other support spaces.
Sixty percent of all units will be income restricted units affordable to families earning 80 percent or 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). The unit types will be a varied mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units.
Jul 31, 2018
Framing Started at A.O. Flats in Forest Hills
Framing is underway for the A.O. Flats, phase three of the development at Parcel U in Jamaica Plain. This part of the project will include 78 apartments along with 1600sf of ground floor retail. Resident amenities at A.O. Flats will include a fitness center, a common lounge and bicycle storage.
Jul 20, 2018
Exterior Work Underway at Melnea Hotel and Residences
Exterior work is well underway, at the corner of Washington & Melnea Cass Blvd in Roxbury, on the new Melnea Hotel & Residences. This upcoming 126,400 square-foot development project will feature two new buildings, a 6-story Marriott Residence Inn hotel, and a 50-unit residential apartment building. Retail space totaling 8,000 square-feet will be located on the first floor of each building.
Jun 25, 2018
The Henry Over 60% Sold
The Henry, an upcoming 20-unit condo project located in the heart of the Fenway has already sold over 60% of the units during the pre-construction stage.
The residential development features modern-contextual design and is inspired by the historic bow-front townhouses located on Symphony Road; 50 Symphony Road’s double bow-front design sensitively captures the rhythm of the neighborhood while providing an attractive new modern point-of-view. First-floor residential space will be positioned 6 feet above grade, providing additional privacy for residents.
The development will include 17 market-rate condominiums and 3 on-site affordable condominiums offered to buyers earning 80-to-100% of Area Media Income (AMI). In 50 Symphony Road’s basement will be parking for 11 vehicles, accessed from Public Alley 810 at the rear of the building. All floors of the building will be elevator accessible.
Dec 10, 2017
Construction of 78 mixed-income apartments begins at Parcel U in Forest Hills
Construction of A.O. Flats, a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and Ukraine Way in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills neighborhood, has begun. Developed by The Community Builders, the LEED Silver-sustainable A.O. Flats will feature 78 mixed-income apartment residences, including 38 designated affordable to middle-income households and 40 designated affordable to low-income households, with 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. Initial site excavation at the A.O. Flats site is now underway in order to construct the building’s 42-car underground parking garage.
A.O. Flats will be the third phase of the Parcel U development; the first phase, 24 energy-efficient townhouse condominium residences known as Tilia, is now complete, and the second phase, 24 additional townhouse condominiums, will soon begin construction. Phases One and Two are developed by Urbanica in partnership with Luzern Associates. The 2.9-acre Parcel U is located steps from the Forest Hills transit station. The following are photographs of work underway at A.O. Flats:
Oct 17, 2017
Tilia condominiums, first phase of Parcel U development in Forest Hills, nearing completion
Construction of Tilia, a 24-unit condominium development across five new-construction buildings that is the first phase of the 200,000-square-foot Parcel U development in Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills neighborhood, is nearing completion. Exterior finishes have been just about fully installed along all five buildings' facades, and finishing touches are being placed upon kitchens, living areas and exterior roof decks and porches.
Completion of Tilia is expected in November 2017. Residences are now on sale starting at $499,000 ranging from 1+bed, 1 bath to 3 bed, 2.5 bath configurations. The development, named after the Jamaica Plain neighborhood's abundance of flowering Tilia trees, is built to top sustainable standards. Each building features double insulated walls, triple pane windows, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.
In total, the Parcel U development will construct 124 residences, including 48 condominiums and 76 apartments, as well as 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. The following is a photograph of Tilia, courtesy project general contractor Kaplan Construction:
May 26, 2017
GFC acquires approved 20-unit Fenway condominium development for $4.2 million
Luxury residential developer GFC Development of Somerville has acquired 50 Symphony Road, a 6,000-square-foot (0.14-acre) development site approved for construction of a 20-unit condominium building, for $4.2 million. The sale amounts to $30 million per acre; the site's seller is Boston Union Realty, who acquired the site for $3 million, or $21,428,571.40 per acre, in June 2011 and received approval to construct the building in 2013. The 5-story approved building is designed by local developer, architect and general contractor Urbanica. 1010 Holdings LLC, a Las Vegas limited-liability company managed by Lance Kurness, provided $1.6 million of mortgage financing for GFC's acquisition of 50 Symphony Road. GFC is currently building Arya, a 32-unit luxury condominium building in South Boston.
May 11, 2017
Foundation construction underway at Dudley Square’s Melnea Hotel and Residences
Excavation and concrete pouring are underway at the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site in Roxbury’s Dudley Square in order to construct the foundations of two new buildings. The Melnea Hotel and Residences project will construct a six-story, 108-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and a six-story, 50-unit apartment building on a long-vacant parcel at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street. The following are photographs of Melnea Hotel and Residences:
Apr 23, 2017
Sales start at Tilia condominiums, first phase of Parcel U development in Forest Hills
Sales have launched at Tilia, a 24-unit sustainable luxury condominium development located in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills neighborhood. Tilia is the first phase of the 200,000 square foot Parcel U development, which will construct 124 residences, including 48 condominiums and 76 apartments, as well as 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. Tilia condominiums start at $499,000 for an 828 square foot, 2-bedroom/1-bathroom unit, with units available up to 1,825 square feet in size.
Tilia is developed by a joint venture of Urbanica and Luzern Associates. Eastern Bank is providing $8.545 million of construction financing for Tilia, on which the development team closed in October 2016. Expected completion of Tilia is in late 2017. Renderings of Tilia, as well as more information, are posted above.
Dec 29, 2016
Melnea Hotel and Residences developer obtains Roxbury hotel development site and financing
The Melnea Hotel and Residences development team has closed on the long-term lease of the city-owned Roxbury site on which the $38 million mixed-use project will be built. The team also closed on nearly $30 million of financing, allowing construction of the project to proceed in earnest. Initial site work is now underway at the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site on Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood. Urbanica will develop the property, and Colwen Management will manage the hotel.
Aug 15, 2016
Melnea Hotel and Residences site and utility work expected this fall
Banker & Tradesman reports that site and utility work at the Melnea Hotel and Residences site is expected to commence this fall, enabled by a $1.6 million MassWorks infrastructure grant awarded to the project, according to Urbanica President Kamran Zahedi. Urbanica is reportedly in talks with lenders to secure additional financing for the project and is in ground lease negotiations with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for the 1.3-acre Melnea Hotel and Residences site located at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street, which is owned by the city and state. A six-story, 108-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and a six-story, 50-unit residential rental apartment building with a total of 8,000 square feet of retail will be constructed as part of the Melnea Hotel and Residences project. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. The following are renderings of Melena Hotel & Residences:
View from Melnea Cass Boulevard with residential building at left and hotel at right
View of hotel at corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street
Mar 09, 2016
Parcel U construction start expected in five months
A deed was recorded today in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds transferring the Parcel U approved development site from JP Parcel U Phase 1, LLC to Parcel U Phase A LLC for $1. Both limited liability companies are registered to Urbanica, who is the developer, design manager and contractor of the Parcel U project.
A representative of Urbanica was available for comment. Today's deed was in order to bring a partnership together for investment and financing; Urbanica is raising capital for the Parcel U project. The project is expected to start construction in five months; shovels should be in the ground by early fall 2016. The project will be built in three phases. Today's deed is posted below: