Structure in Place for Car Dealership on Soldier's Field Road
The foundation and walls are finished for the upcoming Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership in Brighton. A new single-story, approximately 27,000-square-foot building is being constructed on the 1.84-acre site to accommodate the dealership’s business. The remainder of the site would be used to provide 102 parking spaces.
Time Out Market Fenway Now Open
The 25,000 square foot Time Out Market is now open as part of the revamp on The Landmark Center in Fenway. The food hall, located in the former Best Buy location features 15 eateries by local chefs and 2 full-service bars. The next phase of the Landmark Center renovation call, now under review, would construct a new 14-story, 506,000-square-foot office and lab building at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Fullerton Street with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and renovate Landmark Center’s existing 978,200-square-foot office and retail component.
Site Work Underway for 1650 Soldiers Field Road
Demolition is complete and site work has started for the upcoming Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership in Brighton. A single-story, approximately 27,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the 1.84-acre site to house the dealership’s sales and service business. The remainder of the site would be used for vehicle parking.
Permit Issued for Fit Out of Star Market at The Hub on Causeway
A building permit has been issued for the fit out of The Star Market at The Hub on Causeway. The supermarket will be the city's largest at 60,000 square feet with fit-out costs estimated at around $20 million. The new grocery store will be completed by Danvers-based company, CM&B.
Portions of Phase 1 of the project, the parking garage, and the new TD Garden/North Station Entrance are now open. The supermarket is set to open later this year. Other commercial tenants moving into the space include a 15 screen ArcLight movie theatre.
Building Permit issued for Alfa Romeo and Maserati Dealership
A building permit has been issued for the upcoming Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership in Brighton, MA.
The project will consist of a single-story, approximately 27,000-square-foot building would be constructed on the 1.84-acre site to house the dealership’s sales and service business. The remainder of the site would be used for vehicle parking.
New windows installed along facade of restored 61 North Beacon Street office building in Brighton
Large, authentic black metal-framed windows have been installed along the fully restored facade of 61 North Beacon Street, a historic five-story, 71,000-square-foot office building that is being fully renovated as the first phase of the redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property in Brighton. The building’s interior is now being improved with new utilities and finishes in order to accommodate a new home for Boston Volvo Village, as well as 28,000 square feet of build-to-suit upper-floor office space and ground-floor retail now available for lease.Boston Volvo Village’s new home at 61 North Beacon Street is expected to open in the coming months. Future plans for the automotive dealership’s currently home call for three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing. The property is located next to the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development and the proposed 11-acre Allston Yards development in an area of Brighton seeing significant development. The following is a photograph of 61 North Beacon Street:
Boston's first Alfa Romeo and Maserati automotive dealership proposed in Brighton
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles proposes to construct a new dealership and service center for its’ Alfa Romeo and Maserati lines, which would be the lines’ first dealership in the City of Boston, at 1650 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. A new 27,000 square foot, single-story building would be constructed on the 1.84-acre site, the remainder of which would be comprised of surface parking. Fiat Chrysler acquired 1650 Commonwealth Avenue for $14 million in March 2017.An existing bank and vacant liquor store at 1650 Commonwealth Avenue would be demolished. Fiat Chrysler aims to start construction of the proposed project in the second quarter of 2018, with completion expected in the first quarter of 2019. Fiat Chrysler has submitted plans for the proposed project to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Samuels shifts focus of Landmark Center redevelopment to offices from residential, renames project 401 Park
Seeking to capitalize upon the Fenway neighborhood’s emergence as a premier office destination, Samuels & Associates proposes to refocus its’ redevelopment plans for Landmark Center, scrapping plans for an addition containing 550 apartments with a 110,000-square-foot retail podium and instead constructing a 506,000-square-foot building featuring office space and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Strong demand for office space at the existing Landmark Center, as well as Samuels’ recently completed 237,000-square-foot Van Ness office building, which has attracted technology, data analytics and lab tenants, prompted Samuels to revise the previously approved project plans.Another factor in the switch to an office focus was Samuels’ decision to preserve Landmark Center’s 1,500-space above-grade parking structure, citing the growing scarcity of parking in the Fenway neighborhood and the high costs of constructing an underground garage. Accordingly, a 110,000-square-foot retail podium that would have been located at the base of the previously approved residential building, which would have replaced the above-grade garage and featured a Wegmans supermarket, has also been eliminated. As part of the currently proposed project, Landmark Center’s existing 978,200-square-foot office and retail component would also be renovated.
Phase One of the Landmark Center redevelopment project, which Samuels has renamed 401 Park, is currently underway with full completion expected in Spring 2019. Phase One will include construction of a new 1.1-acre open space along Park Drive, which is expected to open in mid-2018, as well as creation of new open spaces and public realm improvements throughout the Landmark Center site and a destination food hall featuring local chefs within the existing building.Pending approval by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing Samuels’ revised proposal, construction of Phase Two, which would feature the new 506,000-square-foot office building, would commence in 2019 contingent upon leasing activity. “Bringing office and lab space to [401 Park] not only meets a clear demand for such space – as evidenced by the success of Van Ness and the early stage tech and creative economy companies that are growing out of the space at [startup incubator Hatch Fenway, located at Landmark Center] – but it also adds to the vitality of the neighborhood,” said Erik Grabowski, executive director of 401 Park development partner J.P. Morgan Asset Management, in a prepared statement. The latest 401 Park project information, including renderings, is posted above.
Initial demolition underway at Boston Volvo Village mixed-use redevelopment in Brighton
The interior of 61 North Beacon Street, a historic 5-story, 71,000-square-foot office building, has been nearly fully demolished to make way for renovations that will comprise the first phase of the mixed-use redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property in Brighton. 61 North Beacon Street will be converted into a new dealership and offices for Boston Volvo Village, freeing the existing dealership property up for redevelopment. Preliminary development plans for the site call for three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing. 61 North Beacon Street will also contain ground-floor retail and 28,000 square feet of upper-floor office or R&D space.
At 61 North Beacon Street’s rear, a section of an existing single-story commercial building formerly home to a service center for Charles River Saab has been demolished. Prior to demolition, the Saab building had abutted 61 North Beacon Street; ultimately, the Saab building will likely be fully demolished to make way for further development. A surface parking lot accessible from North Beacon Street that formerly served 61 North Beacon Street has also been demolished; the lot will serve as a staging area for 61 North Beacon Street’s renovation, and will ultimately serve as the new Volvo dealership’s front driveway. The following are photographs of the Boston Volvo Village Redevelopment:
First phase of Boston Volvo Village redevelopment in Brighton breaks ground
Boston Volvo Village, a local automotive dealer in operation since 1957, broke ground Monday (May 8th, 2017) on the restoration of the historic 71,000-square-foot office building at 61 North Beacon Street in Brighton, the first phase of the redevelopment of the 5.3-acre Boston Volvo Village property located steps to Boston Landing and the new commuter rail station. The restored 61 North Beacon Street, which stands on a 1.2-acre parcel, will house the dealership’s new showroom and offices as well as new state-of-the-art tenant office and retail space. Preliminary plans call for the present 4.1-acre car dealership, located at 75 North Beacon Street, to be developed into three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing.
New Fenway green space at Landmark Center moving forward, development plan changes anticipated
Developer Samuels & Associates has revealed a new rendering of the upcoming public green space that will replace the current Landmark Center parking lot in the Fenway; this green space will be the first phase of the approved $650 million Landmark Center Expansion development. This rendering is posted above. Construction of the 1-acre green space, which will include a lawn, walking paths, trees and outdoor seating, is anticipated to commence this summer, with completion expected by next summer.Within the next couple of months, Samuels is expected to reveal proposed changes to the approved Landmark Center Expansion development plan; these changes are reportedly being made primarily in response to changing market conditions since the project's approval in 2014. "There are some physical changes to the building that are changing how we do the retail,” said Samuels Principal Peter Sougarides in an interview with the Boston Herald. Likewise, plans for a 75,000 square foot Wegmans grocery store included in the 2014 development plan may be revised. "We're still working though that," Sougarides told the Herald.