Foundation Work Ongoing for Building D at Arsenal Yards
The first slab placement is ongoing for building D at Arsenal Yards as part of the blvd & bond apartments. The three buildings will offer a total of 300 luxury residences with first move-ins expected this coming fall. Amenities will include a fitness center, roof deck, and a club room. Elsewhere on the project, the majority of the retail and entertainment spaces including the Majestic 7 Cineman are set to be open by the middle of this year.
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Framing Ongoing for Comm. Ave Jaguar Land Rover Dealership
Steel framing is ongoing for the new Herb Chamber Jaguar Land Rover Dealership along Comm. Ave. in Allston. The 192,000 square foot project will include space for showrooms, offices, service bays, and vehicle storage. The property will also include parking for nearly 600 vehicles.
FinanceBoston Arranges $6.515M Construction Loan for Medfield Meadows
FinanceBoston has arranged senior construction financing for a 24-unit high-end townhome-style rental community in Medfield. The property benefits from its close proximity to the town center of this bedroom community.
“This closing was completed by arranging a highly competitive construction loan for both infrastructure and vertical construction,“ said Doug Landry, Principal at Boston-based FinanceBoston. “I am excited to see the final product and know that my client will create a beautiful community here." Brian Rooney, Associate at FinanceBoston added, “We like that the deal incorporates a release for the 2nd phase of the development while also completing infrastructure for both phases."
FinanceBoston, a real estate capital advisory firm, provides real estate operators & developers with custom capital markets solutions for acquisitions, developments and refinances. Founded in 2004, FinanceBoston has earned a loyal client base that continuously relies on the firm’s creative capital advisory solutions for both debt and equity needs.
Cores Rising For for Hilton Garden Expansion in East Boston
Concrete cores are rising for the expansion of the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston. The upcoming 5-story addition will feature 84 new guest rooms. 25 parking spaces would be eliminated as part of the expansion, leaving a total of 321 on-site. Construction is expected to be complete sometime in 2020.
South Boston Innovation Campus Now Under Review
Millennium Partners has filed a project notification form for the South Boston Innovation Campus. The plans call for the demolition of the existing warehouse on-site and construction of a 10-story, approximately 381,000 square foot building including laboratory, r&d, and office. Parking for 325 vehicles is also proposed in surface lots and a below-grade garage plus a new public plaza that will extend the series of open spaces along Northern Avenue that stretches across the South Boston Waterfront from Seaport Square to the Marine Industrial Park. Per the filing, construction is expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021 and last around 2 years.
Framing Quickly Rising for Blvd and Bond Apts at Arsenal Yards
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the Blvd & Bond Apartments at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The residential portion of the development will feature 425 apartments with a host of resident amenities including a roof deck. Leasing is expected to begin in Summer 2020 with the first move ins Fall 2020.
Elsewhere on the project, the first phase of retail stores are now open including updated Old Navy and Shake Shack. Wood framing also ongoing for the upcoming 145-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton.
Plumbing Permit Pulled for Upcoming Herb Chambers Jaguar/Land Rover Dealership
A plumbing permit has been issued for the upcoming Herb Chambers Jaguar Land Rover Dealership coming to Commonwealth Avenue. The new 3-story building will include showrooms, office space, service bays, and customer amenities. The project will include around 537 off-street parking spaces located within the building and 58 surface spaces.
Allston Square Project Approved
The six-building, mixed-use Allston Square project has been approved by the Boston Planning Board. The design plan will incorporate the preservation of two classic buildings: Allston Hall at 4 Braintree St. and the Allen Building, the former headquarters of Jack Young Auto Parts at 334 Cambridge St along with four new construction buildings. In total, the project will include 348 residential units, over 15,000 square feet of retail space and parking for 158 vehicles.
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.”
Building Permit Issued for Hilton Garden Inn Expansion in East Boston
A building permit has been issued for the expansion of the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston. The project, valued at $13.5M, will add a 5-story addition to the existing hotel to include 84 new rooms. The hotel, just minutes from Logan Airport, offers amenities including an indoor pool, fitness center, and meeting and event space.
New Herb Chambers Dealership Under Review for Morrissey Blvd. Site
Herb Chambers has proposed a new 112,600 square foot car dealership at the 710-720 Morrissey Boulevard Site. Plans call for a contemporary building that will include showrooms, offices, service bays, vehicle storage, and customer amenities, including lounges. The preliminary plans indicate that the Project will be supported by space for approximately 222 automobiles located within the building (including inventory), and approximately 178 surface spaces outside the building.
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.