May 14, 2019
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.
Apr 15, 2019
Modular Boxes in Place for 28 Austin Street in Newton
Over 100 modular boxes are in place for the residential portion of the 28 Austin Street development in Newtonville. The development will feature 68 mixed-income residences along with 5,000 square feet of retail space. Unit sizes will range in size from one to two bedrooms and resident amenities will include a common roof terrace and garden. A public plaza will also be built on site along with 123 public parking spaces at ground level and 90 new spaces below grade.
Apr 04, 2019
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.
Mar 01, 2019
Exterior Work Ongoing for Phase One of Packard Crossing
Construction is ongoing with windows in place and exterior work moving forward for Phase One of Packard Crossing in Allston. This first phase of the project will include 38 rental units between the new construction building and the renovated Victorian house on the site. The second phase of Packard Crossing will construct a second new building at 45-55 Brighton Avenue containing 76 residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Feb 20, 2019
With Modular Boxes Set in Place, Austin Street Mixed-Use Development Moves Forward
GreenStaxx’ latest modular building has begun to take shape as the installation of the 102 modular “boxes” that will form the residential portion of 28 Austin Street is well underway.
28 Austin Street is a four-story mixed-use development comprised of 68 one and two-bedroom apartments and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail located in the village of Newtonville. The project is being developed by Austin Street Partners, a joint venture between GreenStaxx (formerly Oaktree Development), an award-winning developer of transit-oriented, mixed-use, multifamily developments, and Dinosaur Capital Partners, the Boston-based real estate developer and investor. The project will also feature a beautifully landscaped public plaza with trees and plantings, a fountain designed by renowned Newton sculptor Nancy Schon and outdoor seating. Twenty-three of the apartments (1/3 of the total project) have been designated as affordable.
Designed by Stantec, the project is being built using GreenStaxx modular building technology, a patented design system that utilizes a digital library of 25 pre-designed and pre-engineered units that are “stacked” in a 3D program, and are designed and engineered to be assembled like Lego blocks to fit any site. The 65’ long x 13’ wide units were built in a climate-controlled factory in Canada, transported to Newton by flatbed truck, and are now being set in place. The GreenStaxx system, designed by founder Arthur Klipfel, has been utilized in a number of transit-oriented, multifamily projects developed by GreenStaxx, including 30 Haven in Reading, MA, a mixed-use 53-unit complex selected as one of five national finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award in 2014.
Austin Street Partners selected Stantec and NEI General Contracting as their development team based in part on their experience with modular construction. “The integral component for the GreenStaxx system is the vertical integration of the developer, architect, general contractor and the modular manufacturer, so that they’re operating as one company, marching to the same drummer, in order to achieve maximum efficiency for a project,” said Klipfel.
Built on a former municipal parking lot in conjunction with the City of Newton, the project will also replace 124 public parking spaces at ground level and add 90 new underground residential and retail employee parking spaces. A rooftop solar array will provide over fifty percent of the building’s electrical needs, and 28 Austin Street will be LEED certifiable, utilizing efficient heating and ventilation systems, fixtures and lighting. Electric car-charging stations are being installed, and all apartments will be equipped with EnergyStar appliances. Resident amenities include a common living room and roof terrace, a fitness center, and a play area for children and dogs. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.
“The development of 28 Austin Street reflects Dinosaur Capital Partners’ philosophy: Invest for the long-term while enhancing the quality of life for our neighbors,” said Scott Oran, principal of Dinosaur Capital Partners. “And 28 Austin Street repurposes an underutilized public parking lot while providing energy-efficient affordable housing options for Newton residents.”
Jan 30, 2019
Foundation Work Begins for Winthrop Center
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.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2022.
Nov 20, 2018
Site Work Continues for Winthrop Center
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.
Oct 29, 2018
Framing Reaches Full Height of Phase One of Packard Crossing
Framing for phase one The Hamilton Company's Packard Crossing development in Allston has reached its fourth floor. The 47,000sf building along Gardner Street will include 38 apartments and incorporate the existing Victorian house on the site. Phase Two of the project will include another 76 units along Brighton Avenue with 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Oct 19, 2018
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.
Oct 02, 2018
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.
Jun 29, 2018
Site Work Underway at Winthrop Square
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.
Jun 15, 2018
Phase One Continues at Packard Crossing
Work continues on the foundation and underground parking at Packard Crossing in Allston. The upcoming four-story building will be integrated to an existing Victorian house on site and contain 38 residential units with 39 underground parking spaces.
Construction is set to begin on Phase Two of the project later this year. Once complete the project will include a total of 114 rental residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include a landscaped roof deck and a fitness center.
May 18, 2018
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.
Mar 14, 2018
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.
Jan 04, 2018
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.
Dec 13, 2017
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:
Nov 24, 2017
Ground lease secured for Newtonville mixed-use development breaking ground Spring 2018
Dinosaur Capital Partners and Oaktree Development have secured a 99-year ground lease for the City of Newton-owned surface parking lot at 28 Austin Street in Newtonville, which the developers will transform into a mixed-use development breaking ground Spring 2018. The 28 Austin Street development will feature 68 apartment residences, including 23 (34%) affordable, with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail including an innovation center. The development will also restore existing public parking and create new public space. Construction completion of the 28 Austin Street development is expected in Summer 2019.
Sep 12, 2017
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.
Sep 08, 2017
W. L. French excavates underground parking and foundation of Phase I of Packard Crossing in Brighton
W. L. French Excavating Corporation is hard at work excavating the 39-car underground parking garage of Phase I of the $45 million, 147,438-square-foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development in Brighton. Soil is rapidly being removed from the project site, and soldier piles with lagging have been installed along the sides of the garage to maintain the 12 foot deep excavation. Following completion of the excavation, concrete will be poured in order to construct the Phase I building’s garage and foundation.
Phase I of Packard Crossing will construct a four-story, 47,736-square-foot building containing 38 apartment residences which will integrate and restore an existing Victorian house on site. Following completion of Phase II, Packard Crossing will feature 114 apartment residences and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of W. L. French at work at Packard Crossing:
Jul 31, 2017
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.
Jul 17, 2017
Spring 2018 groundbreaking anticipated for approved Newtonville mixed-use development
28 Austin Street, a mixed-income housing development with ground-floor retail that will transform an existing surface parking lot in the heart of Newtonville, is set to break ground in Spring 2018. A settlement has been reached with residents who sued to prevent 28 Austin Street’s development, ending over a year of delays. “With this settlement agreement, a major impediment to a timely construction commencement has been resolved,” said 28 Austin Street developer Scott Oran in a letter to Newton city officials. Terms of the settlement are confidential; the residents have agreed to drop all claims against the developers. The developers are now working with MassHousing to finalize financing for the project. 28 Austin Street was originally approved in December 2015 and will feature 68 mixed-income apartment residences with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail; 23 residences at 28 Austin Street will be designated affordable. Completion of 28 Austin Street is expected in 2019.
Jun 20, 2017
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.
May 07, 2017
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.
Apr 27, 2017
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.
Nov 02, 2016
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.
Sep 29, 2016
One Charlestown detailed plans filed with BPDA
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.
Sep 16, 2016
Packard Crossing approved, construction could commence Q1 2017
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Packard Crossing for construction. Located in Allston’s Packards Corner steps to the MBTA Green Line, Packard Crossing will contain a total of 114 rental residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail across two new buildings constructed over two phases. Construction of Phase One is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2017. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Aug 20, 2016
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:
Aug 04, 2016
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
- Partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) for and contribution of $25 million towards creation of new affordable housing in Chinatown.
Aug 02, 2016
The Hamilton Company releases renderings and details for Packard Crossing in Allston
In a Project Notification Form (PNF) submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last Friday (July 29th, 2016), developer The Hamilton Company released renderings and details for the proposed 147,438 square foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development project in Allston’s Packards Corner; the following is a link to the PNF. A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project was submitted to the BRA on June 24th, 2016; the following is a link to the LOI. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Jun 29, 2016
Letter of Intent filed for Packard Crossing, new rendering released
The Boston Business Journal reports that The Hamilton Company has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct Packard Crossing, a proposed two-building mixed-use development project including approximately 114 rental residential apartments in addition to street level retail, at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. Project architect Hacin + Associates reports that a new six-story building containing 75+ apartments would front Brighton Avenue, replacing an existing single-story retail building home to an AutoZone auto repair shop. A second four-story building containing 35+ apartments would front Gardner Street. An existing historic Victorian home on site would be restored and incorporated into the lobby of the Gardner Street building.
The following is Hacin + Associates' latest rendering of Packard Crossing:
Proposed view of Packard Crossing along Brighton Avenue
The Boston Globe reports that apartments at Packard Crossing would be primarily two-bedrooms and that rents would be "well below downtown prices." The development team anticipates to start construction of the Gardner Street building in 2018, with the Brighton Avenue building to follow. A total of approximately 215 parking spaces would be located on site. Universal Hub reports that approximately 114 parking spaces would be reserved for apartment tenants. The remaining parking spaces would be used for the new retail space at Packard Crossing and by employees at The Hamilton Company's nearby offices.
Jun 09, 2016
The Hamilton Company reveals plans for new Allston apartments
Universal Hub reports that The Hamilton Company presented plans to the Brighton Allston Improvement Association this month to construct 114 new residential apartments at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. The existing AutoZone facility at 45-55 Brighton Avenue would be demolished.
Two new buildings would constructed, and an existing victorian house at 75 Gardner Street would be incorporated into the design. New street-level retail space would be built along Brighton Avenue.
The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed project:
Proposed view along Brighton Avenue
Dec 09, 2015
The City of Newton's Board of Aldermen voted last night to approve 28 Austin Street for construction.