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Work Continues on Slurry Walls for Winthrop Center
Construction continues on the slurry walls for the $1.3B Winthrop Center project in Downtown, Boston. The 53 story tower will include 500 condominium residences, with approximately 750,000 square feet of commercial office. The entire tower is designed to meet LEED Platinum standards with the office portion striving to become the world's largest Passive House office. Office tenants will also have access to a full floor of amenities including a fitness center, coffee bar, and game area. The most unique amenity, however, will be an electromagnetic-free zen room which will block cell phone service with a radiation-blocking grid built into the walls. Residential and office tenants will also have access to a proprietary app, ConnexIQ, which will allow them to access information on energy efficiency, request services, or order coffee.
Construction on Winthrop Center is expected to be complete in 2022.
Early Stages of Construction Continue at Winthrop Center as The Great Hall is Renamed The Connector
As site and slurry wall work continues for Winthrop Center the development team has announced a shift in the plans for the common space at the bottom of the project. What was originally dubbed The Great Hall, 12,000 square feet of public space over three floors has been revamped and renamed "The Connector". The update calls for a long lobby across the base of the tower, "connecting" Federal Street and Devonshire, still open to the public and programmed with year-round events.
Construction on the 691' tower is expected to be complete in 2022.
Foundation work has started for Winthrop Center, the 53-story tower coming to Boston's downtown. The massive project will feature around 500 condo residences along with 750,000 square feet of commercial space. At the base of the tower will be a Great Hall that will create a new connection between Winthrop Square and Federal Street. The Great Hall will offer retail and restaurant options along with 21,000 square feet of shared meeting space.
With an investigation by the Gaming Commission putting the gaming license of the Encore Boston Harbor in question work still continues on the 3 million square foot project. Steve Wynn has filed a lawsuit to block the release of the report, claiming it will violate his privacy rights. Amidst these questions, The Encore marquee has been put in place that will welcome guests this coming June.
The $2.5 billion project will feature over 600 luxury hotel rooms along with 210,000sf of gaming area. A public waterfront park is also being constructed along the Mystic River. Along with interior work, road improvement work has also started around the development.
After an official groundbreaking complete with fireworks was celebrated about 1 month ago site work is in full swing for Winthrop Center in downtown Boston. The $1.3 billion project will be Boston's 4th tallest building at 691 feet when complete. The top 26 floors of the tower will contain around 500 condo residences with around 750,000 square feet of office space below. At the base of the project will site three floors of public space dubbed The Great Hall to include a restaurant and retail space along with shared meeting space. There will also be 5 levels of parking underneath the tower with space for 550 cars.
First occupancy at The Winthrop center is expected in early 2022.
Winthrop Square Tower to Officially Break Ground Next Week
After years of planning the Winthrop Square Tower, now called Winthrop Center, will finally be moving forward with a groundbreaking set for next week. While demolition of the abandoned garage has been ongoing Millenium Partners finally gets the go-ahead to break ground as the City Council voted to appropriate the funds from the sale of the garage earlier this week.
The $102 million sale of the property was finalized earlier this month. Funds from the sale will go toward funding open spaces including $23 million to The Boston Common & Franklin Park and $11 million for completion of the Emerald Necklace.
The $1.35 billion tower will be Boston's 4th tallest building when complete at 691 feet and will include around 500 condominiums and around 750,000sf of office space.
Big Night Entertainment Group Confirms Restaurant and Nightclub
Back in March BLDUP reported that a lease had been signed by Big Night Entertainment Group for 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Encore Boston Harbor casino and hotel. The New England based entertainment group has formally announced plans for the space within the $2.5 billion casino this week.
The group said that the restaurant will be called Mystique, and the nightclub will be called Memoire. The restaurant will feature an Asian-fusion menu and will seat more than 530, including a 94-seat lounge with wraparound bar. The nightclub will overlook the resort’s casino floor and will accommodate up to 600 people.
Bartlett Station Lot D, a proposed six-story, 41,977 square foot, 52-unit residential building is under official review by the Boston Planning & Development Agency.
The new development is to be situated on Lot D of the master-planned Bartlett Place site. The lot size is approximately 32,600 square feet and is currently cleared and vacant. The larger Bartlett Place site is an 8.6-acre former MBTA bus yard that is being developed in phases by Bartlett Place Land, Inc. Lot D has been programmed and designed as the senior housing component of Bartlett Place. The vision for Bartlett Place is a creative village with over 300 new residential units, commercial and office space, and a public plaza.
Millennium Partners Officially Acquires Winthrop Square Garage Site for $102 Million
New York-based, Millennium Partners has officially acquired the property at 115 Federal Street in Boston, the site of the Winthrop Square Garage, for $102 million.
The property was acquired from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and is planned for an upcoming 53-story, 691-foot-tall tower that would replace a decrepit City-owned parking garage located in Winthrop Square in the heart of Downtown Boston. Across the $1.3 billion, 1.592-million-square-foot tower’s top 26 floors would be approximately 500 condominium residences, with approximately 750,000 square feet of commercial office space across 20 floors below.
Site work is in full swing at Winthrop Square in Downtown Boston. Now that the old Winthrop Garage has been removed and approval for the project received in May, work on the 53 story tower is moving forward. This $1.3 billion project will include approximately 500 condos on the upper floors and 750,000 sf of commercial space below.
The tower’s first three floors would contain a 12,000-square-foot Great Hall public space set to include restaurant, retail, and public meeting space.
Scheduled to open June 2019, construction continues at Encore Boston Harbor. As the project moves along, road improvement work has started in areas around the casino resort including Sullivan Square, Route 99/Broadway, Sweetser Circle and Santilli Circle.
The 34-acre, 3 million square foot five-star casino opening June 2019 will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms with a standard room size of over 600 square feet. When complete, the project will transform Everett, surrounding cities, and impact the other casinos across New England.
115 Winthrop Square moves forward, paving way for affordable housing and parks investments
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved a total of nine development projects representing $1.6 billion in investments at the May Board meeting. Altogether, the projects will generate 1,171 residential units and 2,306 jobs once construction is complete.
Following a comprehensive public process, the Board approved the 115 Winthrop Square project, paving the way for a $163 million payment to the City of Boston that will be invested in affordable housing and open space. Mayor Martin J. Walsh has committed funds to the Boston Common ($28 million), Franklin Park ($28 million), the Emerald Necklace ($11 million), Boston Housing Authority's Old Colony development in South Boston ($25 million) Orient Heights development in East Boston ($10 million), and $5 million for a City-held fund to benefit the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The project is expected to generate over $15 million a year in property tax revenue and make significant investments in affordable housing and workforce training programs.
Big Night Entertainment Group Adds to Growing Portfolio
BNEG has committed to lease approximately 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Wynn Boston Harbor casino and hotel.
The entertainment group, which operates 12 venues in Connecticut (Foxwoods Casino) and Massachusetts is continuing to build off of their success with their most recent Seaport District projects, The Grand and Scorpion Bar.
Wynn Boston Harbor casino staying on target for 2019
Work has begun on the 21st floor of the Everett superstructure casino hotel. The project, which began in August of 2016, is slated for a completion date of June 2019.
In addition to work on the hotel, the state of the art convention center's (above) roof and facade are also nearing completion. The center will rival that of the neighboring Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Interior installation of specialty curved escalators have also begun in the building. Wynn officials are leaving no detail overlooked as this multi-billion dollar development is the most expensive in the history of Massachusetts.
The project timing can be attributed to Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, impliment, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
On Thursday, March 15th at 545 Medford St, Charlestown, Massachusetts at 6 PM there will be a public council hearing regarding the development of One Charlestown.
The proposed $1 billion development, is a 3.3 million square foot redevelopment of the existing 27.6-acre, 1,100-unit Bunker Hill public housing project into 3,200 mixed-income residential units with a neighborhood retail component. All 42 existing Bunker Hill housing buildings, dating to 1941, would be demolished and replaced with new buildings consisting of apartment and duplex unit formats.
Revamped Winthrop Square tower would start construction Q2 2018
Millennium Partners has thoroughly redesigned its’ proposed $1.3 billion Winthrop Square tower, shrinking its’ height to 53 stories and 691 feet from 775 feet as originally proposed. Under the new proposal, upper condominium residences have increased from 460 to approximately 500, and office space has increased from 635,000 square feet to approximately 750,000. The tower would also include approximately 31,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 21,000 square feet of public meeting space centered about the previously proposed three-story ground-floor Great Hall public space. A previously proposed 14,620 square foot startup accelerator on the tower's second floor has eliminated, though Millennium may consider a similar concept for the project’s final design. A rendering of the project’s latest design is posted above.
Given the increase in condominium count, the Winthrop Square tower would generate up to $166 million in payments to the City of Boston, more than the nearly $153 million the original tower would have generated. Millennium’s deal to acquire and develop the City-owned Winthrop Square Garage, which the tower will replace, consists of a $102 million upfront payment and $100 per sold condominium square foot. Millennium will also create 115,000 square feet of new affordable housing as part of the project, most likely in Boston’s Chinatown in collaboration with the Asian Community Development Corporation. Additionally, Millennium has agreed to pay the Friends of the Public Garden $125,000 per year for 40 years following the project’s completion in order to maintain and enhance Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden.
Millennium began demolishing the dilapidated Winthrop Square Garage in Fall 2017 in order to make way for the proposed tower, and aims to start construction of the tower in the second quarter of 2018 targeting initial occupancy by the first quarter of 2022. Millennium has filed plans for the revised tower with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposal.
Winthrop Square Garage demolition underway to make way for 700+ foot tower
After standing vacant and decrepit in the heart of Downtown Boston since 2013, the Winthrop Square Garage is coming down to make way for Millennium Partners’ proposed 700+ foot tall tower. Significant portions of the garage have been demolished, allowing passersby to see directly between Winthrop Square and Federal Street. With the garage demolished, excavation of the proposed tower’s three-level underground parking garage and construction of the tower's foundation will be able to begin.
Millennium will file detailed plans for the proposed tower with the City of Boston in the coming months to begin the tower’s official review process. The tower’s proposed height was recently reduced to 702 feet from 775 in light of concerns regarding flight paths to and from Logan Airport. The tower will contain luxury condominium residences on upper floors, with office space below and a 65-foot-tall ground-level public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. Millennium will pay the City of Boston $153 million to acquire the Winthrop Square Garage site. The following are photographs of the Winthrop Square Garage's demolition:
Wynn Boston Harbor casino superstructure nearing full height of 24 stories
The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett is nearing its’ full height of 24 stories, on schedule for completion of framing by the end of 2017. A three-story steel section of the casino along the Mystic River has topped off, and concrete pouring of the casino’s 24-story tower has reached approximately the 15th floor. The tower will be 350 feet high and house over 600 luxury hotel rooms.
Following completion of framing, the casino’s facade will be installed. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. Wynn Boston Harbor is on schedule to open in summer 2019 and will be set over 34 scenic waterfront acres with a 210,000 square foot gaming facility featuring approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables, as well as a 24/7 public waterfront park featuring sweeping views of the Boston skyline. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space as well as a spa and health club. The following is a photograph of Wynn Boston Harbor, courtesy Cannistraro:
42 affordable apartments proposed in Roxbury's Egleston Square
Urban Edge proposes to construct a new five-story building in Roxbury's Egleston Square containing 42 affordable apartment residences. Select residences would be reserved for households transitioning from homelessness and people with accessibility and supportive housing needs. Amenities would include a community room, a media room, a patio and a potential green roof. Urban Edge has filed plans for 41-51 Walnut Park with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Millennium drops proposed Winthrop Square tower height due to flight path concerns
In light of concerns regarding flight paths to and from Logan Airport, Millennium Partners has dropped the height of its' proposed Winthrop Square tower from 775 feet to 702. The 775-foot-tall tower would have stood in the path of a major airport runway, diverting planes to other runways and decreasing Logan Airport's efficiency. “We will not be proposing a building that has any impact on flight paths in or out of Logan International Airport,” said Millennium Partners Principal Joe Larkin in a Boston Globe interview.
The height reduction, likely five to seven floors, will likely be taken from the tower's office component as opposed to condominiums; Millennium Partners' $153 million payment to the City of Boston to acquire the Winthrop Square Garage site is partly contingent upon condominium sales. The tower could be made wider in order to compensate for the height loss. With the decreased height, the proposed tower would likely cause shorter shadows upon Boston Common and the Public Garden, a controversial consequence of the previously proposed 775-foot tower. However, added tower width could result in its' own shadow impact. Millennium Partners plans to reveal updated tower plans this Fall.
Proposed Winthrop Square tower moves forward with Governor’s approval of revised shadow laws
Governor Charlie Baker has approved revisions to state laws that limit casting shadows on Boston Common and the Public Garden, allowing Millennium Partners’ proposed $1.02 billion, 775-foot-tall Winthrop Square tower in the Financial District to move forward with Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) review. Under the revised law, which replaces a law that banned constructing buildings that cast shadows on the parks during the day, Millennium Partners will be able to build the tower pending BPDA approval.
The previous law only allowed new buildings to cast shadows on the parks either during the first hour after sunrise or before 7 AM, whichever was later, or during the last hour before sunset. Under the new law, which makes an exemption for Millennium Partners’ proposed tower, a shadow bank for new buildings in the Midtown Cultural District, which would have allowed for new shadows to be cast on the parks after 10 AM, has been eliminated, limiting height of future buildings in the neighborhood. Millennium Partners’ proposed Winthrop Square tower would cast no more than 90 minutes of shadows across part of Boston Common on the morning of September 10th, and no more than 26 minutes of shadows across the Public Garden on the morning of August 24th, with shorter shadows cast across the parks throughout the rest of the year.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the BPDA both expressed support for the revised law, officially dubbed “An Act protecting sunlight and promoting economic development in the City of Boston.” “This common sense change will better protect the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden for years to come, while allowing a project that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for Boston’s neighborhoods, parks and public housing to move forward. We look forward to continuing to work with the many community stakeholders and local legislators as this project moves through the Article 80 process,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden in a prepared statement. In addition to BPDA approval, the proposed tower will also require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reach its’ proposed height of 775 feet tall.
Millennium Partners would pay the City of Boston a total of $153 million to acquire the Winthrop Square garage site. Mayor Walsh has pledged the money towards public space improvements, including to Boston Common, and creation of new affordable housing. Millennium Partners has also reached an agreement with the Friends of the Public Garden to pay $125,000 per year for 40 years towards parks improvements. Millennium Partners’ 775-foot-tall tower would feature 36 floors of luxury condominium residences above 14 floors of office space and a 65-foot-tall ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. The proponent aims to break ground on the tower in 2018.
Superstructure construction underway at Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett
Construction of the superstructure of the 24-story Wynn Boston Harbor casino, opening June 2019 over 34 waterfront acres overlooking the Mystic River, is well underway. Multiple tower cranes have been installed throughout the site, and are being used to lift the tower’s multiple structural steel girders for installation along the tower’s frame. Concrete pouring has also begun in order to construct the casino's main 24-story tower. The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot casino has already reached four stories high, with the building’s foundation and 3,000-car underground parking structure complete. The long-contaminated site has been fully cleaned, ending the leaching of contaminants into the Mystic River and allowing for the eventual opening of the waterfront site to the public. The following are aerial drone views of Wynn Boston Harbor:
Kensington expands 45 Townsend development site with acquisition of adjacent parcel
Kensington Investment Corporation, developer of the proposed 380,000-square-foot 45 Townsend mixed-use development in Roxbury, has acquired an adjacent home at 33-35 Townsend Street, expanding the development site to over five acres. The adjacent 3,432-square-foot home stands on a 0.08-acre lot and was acquired by Kensington for $750,000, or $218.53 per square foot. The home is one of several along Townsend Street located adjacent to the 4.96-acre former Jewish Memorial Hospital site, on which 45 Townsend is proposed to be built. 45 Townsend would feature 322 market-rate apartment residences with desirable modern amenities including an outdoor pool with grills, a yoga studio and a business center.
2451 Washington Street, 16 new condominiums, approved in Dudley Square
2451 Washington Street, a new building featuring 16 condominiums, was approved at today’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building can now proceed with construction, which is anticipated to commence this Fall and last 14 to 18 months.
322 market-rate apartments proposed at shuttered Roxbury hospital site
Kensington Investment Company, developer of the Kensington luxury apartment tower in Downtown Crossing, has filed a Letter of Intent with the City of Boston to build 322 market-rate apartments at the site of the shuttered former Jewish Memorial Hospital on Townsend Street in Roxbury. The proposed development would also include a co-working center, community gathering space and a cafe. The project team includes many minority and women-owned businesses, including DREAM Collaborative, Studio G Architects, Ground Inc, Janey Construction Management and Consulting, Legacy Consultants and BevCo Associates, whose principal Beverly Johnson is also the Project Manager for the recently proposed 25-story Rio Grande tower in Dudley Square.
Kensington acquired the 4.96-acre hospital site for $5 million in 2015. “Our commitment to local contractors, vendors and jobs is strong, and it is our firm belief that both our on-site market rate housing and off-site affordable home ownership will benefit the neighborhood and will generate long-term wealth creation for residents in Roxbury,” said Kensington Senior Vice President Charlotte Lewis in a statement.
15 condominium residences proposed near Dudley Square in Roxbury
Developers Catalyst Ventures and Janey Construction propose to construct Tommy’s Rock Residences, a new four-story building located steps to Roxbury’s Dudley Square featuring 15 condominium residences targeted towards middle-income buyers. Catalyst and Janey were the lone respondent to a bid issued by the City of Boston to develop the contiguous city-owned parcels at 41 Regent Street and 64 Alpine Street in Roxbury, which are located within the Washington Park Urban Renewal Area. The City of Boston is now reviewing the proposal; the developers hope to break ground on Tommy’s Rock Residences in Fall 2017, with expected completion in Fall 2018.
City Council approves 775-foot-tall Winthrop Square tower
Boston’s City Council voted Wednesday to approve Millennium Partners’ proposal to build a $1.02 billion, 775-foot-tall tower on the site of the shuttered Winthrop Square Garage in the heart of the Financial District. The tower, which would be Boston’s third-tallest, was approved by a 10-3 margin.
Because the proposed tower would cast a new shadow on Boston Common and the Public Garden, the tower will also require approval from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the State Legislature and Governor Charlie Baker. Mayor Walsh has expressed support for Millennium’s proposal. Shadow coverage would be no more than 90 minutes across part of Boston Common on the morning of September 10th, and no more than 26 minutes across the Public Garden on the morning of August 24th; shorter shadows would be cast across the parks the rest of the year.
Millennium’s proposal calls for 36 floors of luxury condominium residences above 14 floors of office space and a 65-foot-tall ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. Millennium would pay the City of Boston a total of $153 million to acquire the garage site.
16 ownership condominiums proposed in Dudley Square
Madison Park Development Corporation proposes to construct 16 new ownership condominiums at 2451 Washington Street in Roxbury's Dudley Square. The proponent has filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA); the BPDA is now reviewing these plans. Construction of the project is anticipated to commence in Late Fall 2017 and last 14 to 18 months.
Hearth at Four Corners, 54 new Dorchester affordable senior apartments, approved
At Thursday (November 17th, 2016)'s board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved Hearth at Four Corners. Located in Dorchester steps to the Four Corners/Geneva commuter rail station, the $17.6 million project will construct a new four-story residential building containing 54 affordable senior apartments.
Treviicos completes Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall, new interior renderings revealed
Treviicos has completed the 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor casino’s slurry wall, which will support the 24-story, 3 million square foot casino facility and its’ 3,000 car underground parking garage. The slurry wall spans nearly half a mile at 2,215 linear feet long and consists of 106 30-foot-thick slurry wall panels an average of 85 feet deep. J. Derenzo Companies is now at work excavating the slurry wall panels and Wynn Boston Harbor’s three-level, 3,000 car underground parking garage. The parking garage excavation has reached within 10 feet of the garage’s future bottom.
Approximately 800 tiebacks are being installed along the slurry wall for stability reinforcement; 200 tiebacks have been installed, and 600 remain. Wynn Boston Harbor is on track to open June 3rd, 2019; the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday, October 26th to approve the casino’s final design and opening date. New interior renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor have been revealed; these can be found above. The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall:
The following are photographs of tieback installation underway:
The following are photographs of pile driving underway:
BPDA designates Millennium Partners as Winthrop Square Garage developer
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) officially tentatively designated Millennium Partners as the developer of the Winthrop Square Garage in the Financial District. Millennium Partners will pay the BPDA about $153 million for the Winthrop Square site, including $10 million upfront for the site, $92 million when a building permit is obtained and approximately $51 million when condominium closings commence.
Millennium Partners expects to break ground at Winthrop Square by September or October 2017, The Boston Globe reports. “We’re eager to get going,” says Millennium Partners executive Joe Larkin. The BPDA selected Millennium Partners as the Garage's developer in August 2016 from a pool of six contestants. Millennium Partners' proposal will now undergo official review for construction approval.
Wynn Boston Harbor excavation underway, slurry wall nearing completion
Treviicos has nearly completed Wynn Boston Harbor’s slurry wall. Trenches for the wall’s final sections are being excavated using slurry wall rigs with hydromill and grab excavators. Steel reinforcement cages have been installed in excavated slurry wall trenches that range from 50 to over 120 feet deep. Treviicos is hard at work pouring concrete into installed reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall.
Slurry wall sections have been excavated where concrete has been poured, exposing the hardened concrete. Following excavation, a cap beam, an extra layer of concrete, has been poured above the slurry wall to continue the foundation. J. Derenzo Companies is at work excavating both the slurry wall and Wynn Boston Harbor’s 3,000 car underground parking garage.
Completion of the garage is anticipated before the end of the year, at which point construction of the 3 million square foot casino’s 24-story, 350 foot tall steel frame will begin. Structural pile driving is now underway to support the future casino. The following is a video tour of Wynn Boston Harbor's slurry wall by Treviicos' David Gazda:
The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction site:
Proponents Corcoran Jennison and SunCal have filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning & Development Authority (BPDA) containing detailed plans for One Charlestown, the proposed $1 billion, 3.3 million square foot redevelopment of the existing 27.6-acre, 1,100-unit Bunker Hill public housing project in Charlestown; the following is a link to the PNF. One Charlestown would reconfigure the project site, replacing the existing low-rise buildings with new ones ranging from six to 21 stories tall containing a total of 3,200 mixed-income residential units and approximately 100,000 square feet of civic and retail space. All 1,100 public housing units would be preserved, and all current residents would have the right to return. One Charlestown housing units would include 750 affordable rentals, 350 senior affordable rentals, 1,500 market rate rentals and 600 market rate ownership condominiums ranging from studios to four-bedrooms.
Two new public parks would be constructed at One Charlestown along with streetscape improvements. One Charlestown would be built in three phases over an approximately
ten year period beginning in 2018. Additional information about and renderings of One Charlestown can be found above.
One Charlestown development moving forward, Letter of Intent filed
Proponents Corcoran Jennison Associates and SunCal filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last Tuesday (August 16th, 2016) to construct One Charlestown and anticipate filing an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) with additional information and renderings within the next 30 days. The proposed One Charlestown would revamp the existing 27.6-acre, 1,100-unit Bunker Hill public housing project into 3,200 mixed-income residential units with a neighborhood retail component. The following is a link to the LOI for One Charlestown; additional information about the One Charlestown proposal can be found above and at the One Charlestown website. The following are renderings of One Charlestown:
Wynn Resorts acquires future casino service road from McDonald's for $1 million
Last Thursday (August 11th, 2016), Wynn Resorts acquired a 0.44-acre section of the 1.1-acre McDonald's restaurant property located at 128 Broadway next to the future Wynn Boston Harbor casino site for $1 million as recorded in the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. Wynn Resorts will construct a service road for the future casino across the section acquired. The existing single-story, 3,180 square foot McDonald's building will be demolished; McDonald's will build a new location on the 0.65-acre property section retained. Wynn Resorts also granted an easement to McDonalds last Thursday over and across the future service road to allow access and egress. The terms of the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition include a prohibition from establishing an eating establishment on the property for 20 years. Wynn Resorts acquired Parcel 1 and Lot 2 on the plan below; McDonald's retains ownership of the 0.65-acre Lot 3. The existing McDonald's building, located across Lot 2 and Lot 3, will be demolished.
128 Broadway site plan
The following is the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition of 0.44 acres at 128 Broadway:
In an official ceremony Thursday (August 4th, 2016), Wynn Resorts marked the start of construction at the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. Crews have been on site since last week making preparations for commencement of work. Construction officially kicked off with a celebratory blasting of airhorns led by Mayor Carlo DeMaria of Everett and Bob DeSalvio, Senior Vice President of Development at Wynn Resorts:
Wynn Boston Harbor will be a 3 million square foot five-star casino located on a 34-acre site along the Mystic River in Everett. The casino will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms. An underground parking garage with capacity for approximately 3,000 cars will be constructed on site. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space. A 24/7 public waterfront park, including a boat dock, with sweeping views of the Boston skyline will be constructed along the Mystic River. Renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor are posted above; the following is a photograph of the Boston skyline as seen from Wynn Boston Harbor:
View of Boston skyline from Wynn Boston Harbor
Chris Gordon, President of Wynn Design and Development in Massachusetts, gave a rundown of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction timeline during the ceremony; the casino is expected to open in June 2019. Soil excavation by J. Derenzo Companies and slurry wall construction for Wynn Boston Harbor's foundation by Treviicos is currently underway. A rail line located adjacent to the casino site will be used to remove soil from the Wynn Boston Harbor site. A deal for steel procurement will be signed this week; steel frame construction will begin by the end of this year with completion of framing by the end of 2017. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. The following are photographs of soil excavation and slurry wall construction underway, including detailed construction descriptions:
Soil excavation underway
Soil excavation underway
Freight train along rail line that will be used to remove soil
Excavators and slurry wall rigs at 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor site
Slurry wall grab excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rig with hydromill excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rigs
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages; these will be lowered into excavated slurry wall trenches, and concrete will be poured inside
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages
Concrete is poured into a 100 foot deep steel reinforcement cage; the cage has been lowered into an excavated slurry wall trench
Millennium Partners selected to construct Winthrop Square tower
In an official release today, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the City of Boston announced that Millennium Partners has been selected as the developer of the 115 Winthrop Square site and that negotiations for sale of the site will commence imminently; the following is a link to the release. Millennium Partners proposes to construct a 55-story, 750-foot tall tower containing 36 upper floors of condominiums across 612,000 square feet, 14 floors of office space across 442,400 square feet and a 65-foot high, 13,000 square foot ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. A 14,620 square foot startup accelerator would be built on the tower's second floor. Millennium Partners' tower would cost a total of approximately $1.02 billion to build. Per Millennium Partners' proposal submission, the firm has access to the approximately $331 million of equity required to develop the tower without a financial partner; the following is a link to the proposal submission. Construction of the tower could commence in summer of 2017, with initial occupancy in summer of 2020.
Millennium Partners was one of six contestants who vied to develop 115 Winthrop Square, the site of the long-shuttered Winthrop Square Garage, in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in March 2016; the following is a link to more information about the RFP and the six proposals submitted. Millennium Partners submitted a purchase price offer of approximately $150.8 million paid to the city to acquire the 115 Winthrop Square site, the highest offer received. The next highest offer was for $100 million; the following is a link to all six price offers for site acquisition. Per the BRA and the City of Boston's official release, Millennium Partners was selected based upon the following factors:
Longstanding collaboration between the firm and Handel Architects, who designed Millennium Partners' RFP submission in addition to Millennium Tower and multiple other Millennium Partners projects
Sustainable and environmentally-friendly design, as evidenced by the submission's targeted LEED Platinum certification. If achieved, Millennium Partners' tower at 115 Winthrop Square would be Boston's second LEED Platinum residential tower, the first being Atlantic Wharf.
Public space improvements anchored by the ground-floor "Great Hall," which would host arts performances and community events and would be lined with multiple retail options.
Dynamic uses in Downtown Boston including residential units, retail, office space and a startup accelerator.
Benefits to the local economy including:
Nearly 3,000 construction jobs
Capacity for approximately 2,200 office workers and 390 retail and restaurant jobs
Creation of approximately 82 building management and operations jobs
Per an Instagram post today by subcontractor Liberty Construction Services, the Wynn Boston Harbor construction crew was at work today pouring concrete for the casino's construction field office. The field office will serve as the base of operations throughout construction. The Boston Globe announced last Friday that construction of the casino would "commence immediately" following the State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s denial of an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. The following is Liberty Construction Services' Instagram post:
Wynn Boston Harbor casino construction moving forward
The Boston Globe reports that Wynn Resorts will move forward with construction of the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. The State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has denied an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, states that construction crews are being "readied and mobilized" and that "construction of Wynn Boston Harbor and the eventual hiring of 4,000 union workers will commence immediately" now that the state's license has been granted. As part of the license's conditions, Wynn Resorts will increase public open space at the casino site by approximately two acres, creating a total of 6.5 acres of open space. The Wynn Boston Harbor project is on schedule to open early 2019.
More information about Wynn Boston Harbor is posted below.
Wynn Resorts acquires 1.5-acre LTI Limo headquarters, located across from Everett casino site, for $11.3 million
This past Thursday, June 30th, 2016, Wynn Resorts acquired the world headquarters facility of livery company LTI Worldwide Limousine (LTI), located in Everett across Route 99 from the future site of the Wynn Boston Harbor casino, for $11.3 million as recorded in the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds. The acquired LTI headquarters span two parcels totaling approximately 1.5 acres.
It has been previously reported that Wynn Resorts will acquire additional properties surrounding the casino site. Wynn Resorts expects to open the $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino in May 2019 pending an official decision on an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The appeal decision is expected to be issued shortly, and the casino could break ground this month.
LTI's headquarters are located across two parcels, 16/24 Mystic Street and 35 Bow Street. The following is a locus map of the parcels:
Wynn Resorts is reportedly putting groundbreaking on hold for the Wynn Everett Casino following an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The project had been scheduled to break ground in April 2016. Initial site preparation and decontamination work began in September 2015. Suffolk Construction is the project's construction manager.
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