Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon gaining U.S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston's many firsts include the United States' first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) and first subway system (Tremont Street Subway, 1897).
The Boston area's many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 2,000 startups. Boston's economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology, and government activities. Households in the city claim the highest average rate of philanthropy in the United States; businesses and institutions rank among the top in the country for environmental sustainability and investment. The city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings.
Jun 04, 2020
Framing In Place for New Adams St. Library
Framing is in place for the new Adams Street Public Library in Dorchester. The new nearly 14,000 square-foot structure will allow for easier access to the library's collection and include a new music room, teen space, and community room. Construction is expected to be complete next year.
May 31, 2020
$5.285M Permit Pulled for Expansion of Vertex Manufacturing Facility
Columbia Construction has pulled a permit valued at $5,285,061 for the expansion of the existing Vertex drug production facility at 1 Harbor Street into an existing adjacent 8,000 square foot space. The project will also include the installation of new roof dunnage for a new exhaust fan.
May 19, 2020
Core Construction Resumes at New Boston Arts Academy
The concrete core is rising once again and has grown in stature for the upcoming home of the Boston Arts Academy in Fenway. The building will include a variety of instructional and performance spaces including 4 dance studios, an orchestra hall, recording studios, a clothing construction lab, and a photography room with a darkroom. The 153,500 square feet building is expected to open in 2021.
Apr 09, 2020
Permit Pulled for Site Prep for City Hall Plaza Renovation
Shawmut Design & Construction has pulled a permit valued at $1.3M to start setting up fencing and begin site demolition for the City Hall Plaza Renovation. The upcoming renovations will add updated civic spaces to the plaza and new infrastructure will make the Plaza more sustainable and universally accessible. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Mar 04, 2020
Core Rising for New Boston Arts Academy
The concrete core is rising for the upcoming new home of the Boston Arts Academy in Fenway. The building will include a variety of instructional and performance spaces including 4 dance studios, an orchestra hall, recording studios, a clothing construction lab, and a photography room with a darkroom. The153,500 square feet building is expected to open in 2021.
Jan 06, 2020
Foundation Work Underway for New Adams St. Library
Foundation work is ongoing for the upcoming 13,900 square foot Boston Public Library along Adams Street in Dorchester. The new library, expected to open in early 2021 will feature easier access to the library collections, a music practice room, plus space for teens, "tweens" and kids.
Nov 29, 2019
Structural Steel Work Underway for The New Boston Arts Academy
Structural steel work is now underway for the New Boston Arts Academy along Ipswich Street in Fenway. The new building will offer classroom and performance space for students specializing in music, theater, fashion design, art, and dance. Additional amenities at the school will include a learning commons area, a computer listening lab, a steam lab, two biology labs, two chemistry labs, a fitness room, private locker/changing rooms, a half-court basketball gymnasium, and a roof terrace.
Nov 26, 2019
Permit Pulled for Test Borings at City Hall Plaza
A permit has been pulled for a series of test boring across Boston's City Hall Plaza. Upcoming renovations to the plaza will include updated civic spaces and programming capabilities, as well as added infrastructure that will make the Plaza more sustainable. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Oct 08, 2019
Demo Underway for New Adams St. Public Library in Dorchester
Demolition of the public library at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester is now underway. The demo will make way for a new nearly 14,000 square foot building, almost double the prior branch's size. The new library will include a music practice room, conference room, and community room, teen, tween, and children's space, plus easier access to the library collections.
Sep 16, 2019
City to Issue RFP For Site of Former Charlestown Power Plant
At last week's BPDA meeting the board voted to issue an RFP for the Building 108 site in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The site, home to the Navy Yard Power Plant is currently undergoing environmental cleanup and demolition of the abandoned building. The RFP will seek mixed-use development aimed at matching the historical Navy Yard setting.
Aug 09, 2019
Permit Issued for $4.5M Repairs to Seaport Parking Garage
A building permit has been issued for renovation and maintenance to the public parking garage at 12 Dry Dock in Boston's Seaport. The $4.5M project includes the removal of the existing metal stairs and replacement with pre-cast stairs, replacement of joint sealants, along with structural and concrete repairs.
Jul 03, 2019
City of Boston Acquires Property at 249 Harrison Ave
The City of Boston has purchased the property at 249 Harrison Ave for $9.5 million.
The site will be the future home of the Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS). The 12,193 square foot lot will be transformed into a new school with demolition planned for 2021, in time for the new school to open in 2023.
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