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Aug 12, 2019
First Units at 28 Austin Street in Newton Expected to Open Next Month
Interior finishing is ongoing and leasing is underway for 28 Austin Street in Newton. First residents are expected to take occupancy in late September with a second and third round of units coming online in October and November. In total, the project will feature 68 one & two-bedroom units ranging in size from around 650 square feet to over 1,200 square feet. Residents will have access to a sky deck with pergola and fire pits. The ground floor of the building will also include 5,000 square feet of retail space.
Jul 02, 2019
Facade Install Nearly Complete for 1st Phase of Packard Crossing
Facade install is almost complete for the first phase of the Packard Crossing development in Allston. This first phase integrates the new four-story building into the existing Victorian house on the site and will feature 38 apartments. Underneath the building, a parking garage was also constructed with space for 39 cars. The second phase of the project will construction another larger building along Brighton Avenue to feature 76 units and around 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail along with another 175 parking spaces.
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.
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