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Jun 26, 2020
Construction Continues on Phase 2 of Packard Crossing
Foundation work is now advancing for Phase Two of Packard Crossing in Allston, metal framing is being laid for cement pouring. The two-building project will include a total of 114 apartments along with 3,050 square feet of retail space. Resident amenities will include a landscaped roof deck and a fitness center.
Jun 11, 2020
NPC FIled for Winthrop Center Cuts Number of Residential Units
In a Notice of Project Change filed with the BPDA on June 10th, Millennium Partners has proposed additional changes to the Winthrop Center Tower which is under construction now. The changes include the elimination of the residential portion of the east tower (see rendering below). This cuts the number of residential units from 387 to 321 and these units will now initially be apartments instead of condos. The total building size will go down to 1.447M square feet with the office, and retail/connector space remaining the same. Per the letter, these changes are based on the "impacts to the project, the condominium market, capital markets, and the construction process caused by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic."
May 01, 2020
CO Issued for First Phase of Packard Crossing
A temp. certificate of occupancy has been issued for the first phase of Packard Crossing in Allston. The new building, which has restored and integrated the existing Victorian house on the site, includes 38 apartments along with 39 parking spaces. Phase Two of the project, for which foundation was underway before the construction pause will include another 76 apartments, along with 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 175 space parking garage.
Apr 21, 2020
$1.3M In Affordable Housing Financing Finalized for 28 Austin St. in Newton
MassHousing has closed on $1.3 million in affordable workforce housing financing to Austin Street Partners LLC, for the new, 68-unit 28 Austin Street in Newton, which offers 23 workforce housing apartments for lower- and moderate-income households. The building features 33 one-bedroom apartments and 35 two-bedroom apartments along with a 90 space parking garage and amenities including a fitness center, and resident lounge.
"MassHousing was pleased to be a partner with the development team and the City of Newton in this transformative project that turned a city parking lot into a new community with 68 units of mixed-income rental housing with retail and public space," said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. "We applaud the City of Newton’s commitment to housing the Commonwealth’s workforce and congratulate Dinosaur Capital Partners and Oaktree Development on a job well done."
Mar 08, 2020
Foundation Work Underway for Phase Two at Packard Crossing
Foundation work is now underway for Phase Two of Packard Crossing in Allston. Leasing has also kicked off for the first phase of the project, along Gardner Street. Phase one includes 38 apartments. Phase two, along Brighton Avenue, will include below-grade parking for 175 cars plus 76 apartments & 3,050 square feet of retail space.
Feb 24, 2020
Framing & Core Work Underway at Winthrop Center
A massive core is under construction plus steel framing has started for Winthrop Center in the heart of Downtown Boston. The upcoming 53-story will feature 387 condominium residences, along with approximately 772,422 square feet of commercial office space designed to Passive House standards. Connecting the through-block site will be The Connector, a distinctive gathering place full of restaurants and vendors, and a continually changing program of performance activity and public events.
Feb 19, 2020
NPC/DPIR Filed for 2,699 Unit Redevelopment of Bunker Hill Public Housing Development
Leggat McCall Properties and Joseph J. Corcoran Company have filed a DPIR along with a Notice of Project Change for the massive, 3+ million square foot redevelopment of the Bunker Hill housing development in Charlestown. The 28.29-acre site is currently home to BHA’s largest housing community and features 1,100 federally subsidized units originally constructed in 1942. These existing buildings would be replaced with 16 new buildings featuring 2,699 new residential units in a phased project over approximately eight to ten years. The project plans also include approximately 70,000 square feet of retail and community space plus around 6.74 acres of landscaped open space will be provided.
The development team is requesting a waiver to begin immediate construction on the first two buildings within the project. In order to conduct the tenant relocation process in a timely fashion, demolition is slated to begin in early October 2020. Postponing enabling activities and construction for the Phase 1 Project until the conclusion of the MEPA review would result in undue and unnecessary hardship to the current tenants, City of Boston, and development team. Phase 1 of the project includes the construction of approximately 376,400 between two buildings. The first would be 10 stories and feature 256 mixed-income units with 86 parking spaces. The second, at 4-6 stories would include 102 units.
Feb 14, 2020
BPDA Approves 290 Tremont Street
The Boston Planning Board has approved the mixed-use project on Parcel P-12C in Chinatown. The Tremont Street project will include a total of 168 affordable units, 63 condos & 105 apartments and 200 hotel rooms. The project will also include 2,500 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet of community space, that will be used for a branch of the public library. Currently, Chinatown is the only neighborhood in Boston that does not have a permanent branch of BPL. Numerous members of the community came out in support of the project and the approval vote was met with a round of applause from the crowd.
Jan 12, 2020
$700M Building Permit Pulled for Winthrop Center
Although the project officially broke ground in October 2018, the actual building permit for Winthrop Center has now been pulled. The permit pulled by Suffolk Construction is valued at $700M. The 53 story tower will feature over 770,000 square feet of Class A office space plus around 387 condos. At the base of the building a multi-floor public gathering space and thruway, the Connector, will offer a restaurant, retail, and community space. Construction is expected to wrap up in early 2022.
Jan 10, 2020
Site Clear for 2nd Phase of Packard Crossing
Demo of a commercial building at 45-55 Brighton Ave. is complete and the site is now clear for Phase 2 of Packard Crossing. This new building will feature a below-grade parking garage with 175 spaces, 3,050 square feet of retail space, plus 76 apartments. The first phase of the project, along Gardner Street, features 38 apartments and parking for 39 cars.
Dec 22, 2019
$33.75M Electrical Permit Pulled for Winthrop Center
An electrical permit valued at $33.75M has been pulled for the upcoming Winthrop Center Tower. The 53 story tower will feature approximately 387 condo units plus over 770,000 square feet of office space. At the base of the building a multi-floor public gathering space and thruway, the Connector will offer restaurant, retail, and community space.
Nov 25, 2019
Foundation Work Continues for Winthrop Center
Foundation work continues at Winthrop Center, set to be the largest Passive House office building in the world. The 53-story tower is designed to surpass LEED Platinum status. Along with a leading-edge building envelope, the project team is working with Eversource to maximize energy efficiency. Eversource is advising on the optimization of the chiller and boiler plants and is also providing incentives to support the highly efficient envelope, lighting, and HVAC equipment. In addition to the customer incentives, Eversource will also provide design team incentives to support the advanced design practices associated with this project.
Other best in class features of the Winthrop Center office component will include a Passive House ventilation system that will provide higher levels of fresh air, shown to enhance creativity and productivity. The tower will also be wired platinum, offering the best in digital infrastructure. Tenants of the 750,000 square feet of office space will also have access to The Collective, a 35,000 square foot club that features a fitness center, game room, coworking space, and coffee bar. Atop the office space, Winthrop Center will also feature around 500 luxury condo homes. Construction is expected to last through the first quarter of 2022.
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