May 02, 2019
Next Section of Government Center Garage Demo Moves Forward to Make Way for One Congress
As the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing continues to rise, demolition of the helix on the other side of the garage is wrapping up to make way for the next phase of this massive development project, One Congress. One Congress will feature 1 million square feet of Class A office space, a large portion of which will be the new home to State Street, who announced in January that they will be moving their global headquarters here in 2023.
One Congress, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, will offer unrivaled views and unparalleled visibility across the Boston skyline. A focus on hospitality will also be paramount at One Congress with tenant amenities including a fitness center, grand three-story lobby, and one-acre landscaped terrace.
Feb 22, 2019
Facade Install Begins for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Facade install has started for the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The elegant and unique "pin-striped" design for the tower was created by CBT Architects.
The 45 story tower will include 486 luxury homes, 368 rental apartments, and 55 condominiums. Resident amenities will include a rooftop garden, sky lounge, a terrace with panoramic city views along with a fitness center and yoga studio.
The first units at Bulfinch Crossing are expected to welcome residents in Spring 2020.
Jan 23, 2019
State Street Announces New Boston Flagship Headquarters
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today that in 2023, its new global headquarters in Boston will be One Congress Tower. To be located at Bulfinch Crossing – a major redevelopment project in downtown Boston which will create six new high-rise and mid-rise buildings – One Congress will break ground in the summer of 2019.
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, One Congress will have many attractive design and infrastructure features and will enable State Street to lower overall operating and occupancy costs and offer employees a working environment that will foster increased collaboration and productivity. As with State Street’s Channel Center offices, the building will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold® certified – an independent standard that verifies sustainable building design.
“State Street has called Boston home for 226 years, and today’s announcement reinforces our continued commitment to this thriving and distinctive city,” said Ron O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street. “The workforce of the future is pushing us to rethink how and where we operate. Employees in today’s highly digitized world need space to collaborate and access state-of-the-art technology that supports flexible working and connectivity to support our clients. We have seen great success with our Channel Center building in the Seaport that was designed for this purpose, and we are confident that One Congress will deliver an equally productive and successful environment.”
State Street’s building at One Channel Center in Boston’s Seaport, opened in 2014, is not impacted by this relocation with a long-term lease until 2030.
Dec 07, 2018
Permit Pulled for Additional Demo of Government Center Garage
As construction continues on the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing a new permit has been issued for further demolition of the garage. This next phase will demo an 8-story parking ramp and also 2 floors of office space that sit on top of the garage.
When all phases of Bulfinch Crossing are complete the project will total 2.9-million-square-foot of mixed-use space spread over six buildings. All the buildings will be situated around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Construction on the first phase, the residential tower is set to be complete in spring 2020.
Nov 16, 2018
Plumbing Permit Issued for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
A plumbing permit has been issued for the Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The 45 story tower will feature 423 unit residential units ( a mix of apartments and condos). Luxury resident amenities will include a 9th-floor outdoor pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge, and top floor roof deck. First units at the project are set to be available in spring 2020.
Nov 06, 2018
Framing Begins for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Framing has started for the 480-foot Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. This first phase of the development will feature 368 rental apartments and 55 condominiums. The luxury building will offer resident amenities including a rooftop lounge and gardens. The first units are expected to be available in Spring 2020.
The second phase of the project a 1-million-square-foot Class A office building known as One Congress is expected to be complete in 2023.
Aug 30, 2018
Interior Core Climbing for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Foundation work is wrapping up on the upcoming 423 unit residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The core of the structure is rising for what will consist of 368 apartment units and 55 for-sale condominiums on the top eleven floors. Amenities at this luxury building will include a state-of-the-art fitness facility, 9th-floor outdoor pool and pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge with sky terrace, 45th-floor roof deck, chef demonstration kitchen & dining room, children’s playroom, golf simulator, resident lounge/game room and dog spa. Representatives at HYM confirmed the building is on track for delivery of first units in spring 2020 with condo units to follow in early fall of that year.
Jun 20, 2018
Electrical Permit Issued For Bulfinch Crossing Development
An electrical permit has been issued for 100 Sudbury Street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This is the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences.
The building will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square-feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Mar 18, 2018
Building permits have been filed for 100 Sudbury street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This will be the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. The structure will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Mar 14, 2018
Phase I of Suffolk Downs redevelopment moves forward, bringing 520,000 square feet of office space to East Boston
Live: 1.4 acres of open space, 2,500 square foot community space in building/plaza
Work: 2,500 office jobs, 400 construction jobs
Connect: 100 low-emission parking spaces, 19-dock bikeshare station
Size: 520,000 square feet
Suffolk Downs Phase I represents a 1,092,655 square-foot portion of the larger 4,756,315 square foot parcel known as Suffolk Downs. Phase I includes 520,000 square feet of office space, in two approximately 260,000 square foot buildings, with supporting corporate space on the ground floor. Both buildings will be approximately 124 feet tall, and will include terraced outdoor spaces with a landscaped, open-air walkway between the two buildings. The two buildings will share approximately 500 parking spaces. Approximately 12 acres of existing open space will remain as-is, and approximately 1.4 acres of new open space will be developed, including pedestrian access to the adjacent Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line station.
The buildings will be designed with energy conservation measures to achieve an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 44 compared to 59 for conventional buildings, resulting in an approximate 24 percent energy usage savings and an approximate 22 percent reduction in stationary source greenhouse gas emissions. The project will integrate the stormwater management system into the open space network, to address potential increases in storm intensity due to anticipated climate change, in accordance with recent Boston Water and Sewer Commission guidance.
The project will include approximately 2,500 square feet of community space for use by the East Boston community, as well as a historical display commemorating the history of Suffolk Downs.
To increase safety at the vehicular entrance to the site, the site entrance at Route 1A and Tomasello Drive (a private onsite drive) will be improved to physically deter illegal left turns from the site onto Route 1A headed southbound, through construction of a barrier/extension of the existing Route 1A median, in partnership with MassDOT.
The project will result in a payment of nearly $3.5M in linkage funds for the Neighborhood Housing Trust, and nearly $700,000 for the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, to create affordable housing and workforce development opportunities.
Jan 09, 2018
$250 million construction loan secured for Bulfinch Crossing Phase I residential tower
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured $250 million in construction financing for 100 Sudbury Street, an under-construction 46-story residential tower that is the first phase of Downtown Boston’s $2 billion, 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing development. The 15-year loan was arranged by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) through Pacific Life Insurance Company and will allow the 480-foot-tall tower, which will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums, to rise. The loan follows a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan secured for the Government Center Garage property, which Bulfinch Crossing will replace, last summer. The $180 million loan was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF.
Demolition of the garage section located at 100 Sudbury Street, which the tower will replace, was recently completed. Work on the tower’s foundation is now underway. The tower will feature amenities including an outdoor pool, three roof decks, a fitness center and yoga studio, a clubroom, a children’s playroom, a golf simulator room, a full chef’s kitchen and an outdoor dog run and dog spa. The tower is expected to open in 2020.
Dec 03, 2017
16.5 million square feet of development envisioned at Suffolk Downs
A total of 16.5 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space would be constructed at the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston and Revere per newly revealed project plans. Approximately 11 million square feet of development would be located in Boston, with 5.5 million square feet located in Revere. New buildings up to 220 feet high would be constructed over a 15 to 20 year period, with construction of the first phase, two 260,000-square-foot office buildings located adjacent to the Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line station with up to 520 parking spaces, potentially starting as soon as early 2018 if Amazon chooses Suffolk Downs as the site for its’ second headquarters.
If Amazon selects Suffolk Downs, the only Boston-area site under single ownership that could accommodate Amazon’s desire for up to eight million square feet of office space with direct access to public transportation and proximity to an international airport, a total of eight million square feet of office space would be constructed at Suffolk Downs, in addition to 7,500 residential units, 830 hotel rooms and 550,000 square feet of retail likely including Whole Foods, Amazon Go, Amazon Books and other Amazon retail lines. A second, more residential-centric proposed development program would construct 5.25 million square feet of office space, 10,000 residential units, 670 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail. Under both project plans, 40 acres of Suffolk Downs, approximately 25% of the site, would be comprised of open space, with elements including an approximately 15-acre central common, a landscaped amphitheater and active and passive recreation areas scattered throughout.
Newly revealed renderings of the Suffolk Downs development are posted above. Suffolk Downs developer The HYM Investment Group has filed plans for Suffolk Downs with the Cities of Boston and Revere, who are now reviewing the proposed project.
Nov 09, 2017
HYM begins city review process for Suffolk Downs development in East Boston
The HYM Investment Group has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the City of Boston to develop the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston, which has emerged in recent weeks as a leading potential location for Amazon’s second headquarters, revealing new details of HYM’s vision for the site and formally starting the development’s official review process. HYM intends to construct active uses throughout the site, including residences, retail, office and lab space and hotel space. A 40-acre publicly-accessible open space system would be constructed, as would two new retail squares, Beachmont Square and Belle Isle Square, and a new “Main Street” retail district. The proposed development would create new connections to East Boston and Revere, and encourage use of the adjacent MBTA Blue Line with a walkable fabric. Bicycle paths and Hubway stations would also be created.
The Suffolk Downs development would be constructed in phases over a 15 to 20 year period, likely costing over $1 billion. Approximately 11 million square feet of development would be constructed in Boston alone; approximately 109 acres of the site is in East Boston, with approximately 52 acres in Revere. In the event that Suffolk Downs is chosen by Amazon as the location for its’ second headquarters, a 500,000-square-foot office building with ground-floor retail space, and related infrastructure and open space improvements, would be delivered by the end of 2019. “Redevelopment of the [Suffolk Downs] site provides a unique opportunity to create additional housing, spur economic development and improve connections between several adjoining neighborhoods,” said HYM Managing Director Tom O’Brien in a prepared statement. Through constructing a mixed-use, transit-oriented district at Suffolk Downs, O’Brien aims to make the site “attractive to employers of growing industries, which will enhance and expand job creation and economic opportunity.” The BPDA is now reviewing HYM’s proposed plans for Suffolk Downs. Additional details will be revealed in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filing in the coming months. HYM’s proposed development will also undergo review by the City of Revere.
Aug 11, 2017
HYM receives approval to add condominium component to Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved The HYM Investment Group’s proposal to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM will convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, reducing total residences in the tower to 423 from 486 as originally approved. As part of the change, the tower’s 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space will be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. 63 apartments in the tower will be designated affordable. Demolition of a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is now underway in order to commence construction of the tower, which is expected to open in 2020.
Jul 22, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower adds condominium component
The HYM Investment Group is now proposing to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM proposes to convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, echoing the Boston condominium market's high demand. "It's pretty straightforward. We want to adjust to the market," said HYM Managing Director Thomas O'Brien in an interview with The Boston Globe. The tower, originally planned to feature 486 apartments, would now feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. As part of the proposed change, the building's 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space would be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. HYM has filed revised project plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the change. The tower, which will replace a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street, is expected to open in 2020.
Jun 08, 2017
$180 million loan secured for Boston’s Bulfinch Crossing development
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan for the Government Center Garage property, site of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development project. Financing was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF. “Over the next 10 years, the property will be the location of one of the largest and most exciting mixed-use developments in Boston, while providing unprecedented demand for parking,” said HFF Senior Managing Director Riaz Cassum in a prepared statement. “This financing represents the first step in a long-term development plan and the formation of a strategic lending relationship.”
The Bulfinch Crossing development will construct 800+ residences, 200 hotel rooms, 1.15 million gross square feet of office space and 82,500 gross square feet of retail space at the present garage site. The development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units, is currently under construction. The existing 11-story Government Center Garage, which is actively being dismantled, comprises 1,960 parking space underneath 202,854 square feet of office space. Retail space totaling 23,212 square feet is located on the Garage’s ground floor.
May 30, 2017
HYM closes on Suffolk Downs acquisition for $155 million
The HYM Investment Group has closed on its' acquisition of the 161-acre Suffolk Downs property in East Boston for $155 million. The sale amounts to $962,732.92 per acre. Bank of the Ozarks provided $80 million in financing towards HYM's acquisition. Seller Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC acquired the property in July 1997 for $39,734,500, or $246,798.14 per acre.
Apr 23, 2017
Garage deconstruction underway at Bulfinch Crossing
Dismantling of the west corner of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is well underway to make way for the 2.9 million square foot development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. The top two floors of the existing structure, which consist of steel framed office space, have been been fully dismantled at the west corner, and dismantling of the precast concrete parking levels below has begun. The garage remains in operation during construction. The following are photographs of Bulfinch Crossing:
Mar 05, 2017
Developer HYM buying 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston
The HYM Investment Group, the developer behind Bulfinch Crossing and other major Boston development projects, reportedly has a deal to acquire the 161-acre Suffolk Downs horse racing track site in East Boston. The Boston Globe reports that HYM could close on the acquisition by this summer. A sale price for the site has not yet been revealed.
Jan 24, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing construction launches officially, new video released
An official construction launch was held Tuesday (January 24th, 2017) to kick off construction of Bulfinch Crossing's first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. At the launch, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials and members of the Bulfinch Crossing development team ceremonially swung sledgehammers to officially mark commencement of the Government Center Garage's demolition to make way for the Phase 1 tower. A new video of Bulfinch Crossing, which is posted above, was also released at the launch.
Initial demolition work at Bulfinch Crossing commenced in December 2016. Vertical construction of the Phase 1 tower is expected to start in late Spring 2017, with completion expected in late Spring 2020. Upon completion, the tower will be Boston's tallest rental apartment building. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Jan 10, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing garage demolition underway
Demolition of the Government Center Garage is well underway in preparation for construction of Bulfinch Crossing’s 45-story Phase One residential apartment tower. The construction team is hard at work using a Brokk machine to demolish interior precast concrete beams, then using a concrete processor to break the concrete into smaller pieces for removal. The garage has been structurally enabled and reconfigured to allow for demolition to construct Bulfinch Crossing. Upon completion of Bulfinch Crossing, a small retained section of the garage will be surrounded by three new towers. A total of six new buildings will be constructed at Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a video of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Nov 09, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing existing garage enabling and re-ramping underway
The Bulfinch Crossing construction team is at work enabling and re-ramping the existing Government Center Garage in preparation for the $2.2 billion, 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development project. As part of the project, the garage will be reconfigured, partially demolished and enclosed on its three principal sides by three new buildings. The following is a photograph of garage enabling and re-ramping underway at Bulfinch Crossing, courtesy the development team on Twitter:
Nov 06, 2016
HYM releases Bulfinch Crossing apartment tower view panorama
The HYM Investment Group has released a drone view panorama of the view from the top floors of the future 45-story Bullfinch Crossing apartment tower. The tower will feature stunning views of the Downtown Boston skyline, the Charles River and Boston Harbor. The following is a tweet with the view panorama:
Oct 27, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing garage demolition underway
The HYM Investment Group reports that it has started demolishing a section of the existing Government Center Garage to make way for a 45-story high-rise luxury apartment tower along New Sudbury Street. The tower is the first component of the 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development:
Jun 21, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing: New face for Government Center Garage project
At Bisnow's Future of Downtown Boston panel Tuesday, The HYM Investment Group Managing Director Tom O'Brien announced the Government Center Garage project's rebranding as Bulfinch Crossing. The rebranding pays homage to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood's rich history and speaks to the project's emphasis upon urban connectivity. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the rebranding. The office tower at Bulfinch Crossing will be known as One Congress.
A new website for Bulfinch Crossing with additional information is now live at BulfinchCrossing.com. A new project rendering and logo have been released as follows:
New rendering showing full project buildout
Bisnow reports that traffic flow reconfiguration of the existing garage is underway to prepare for construction of Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a photograph showing associated deconstruction of a garage ramp:
Garage ramp deconstruction underway (Source: Bisnow/The HYM Investment Group)
More information about Bulfinch Crossing is posted below.
Jan 15, 2016
Phase One of Government Center Garage project approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Phase One of the Government Center Garage project, developed by The HYM Investment Group, for construction. Phase One consists of two buildings. The first building, a 486-unit high-rise apartment tower along New Sudbury Street, is expected to break ground in spring 2016. A commercial tower, also approved, will commence construction upon commitment by a major tenant. (Source: The HYM Investment Group Press Release)
BRA board approves first phases of Gov't Center Garage redev (residential/office towers). https://t.co/xnAsO0gIU9 pic.twitter.com/Lt91ig8UPu— BRA (@BostonRedevelop) January 15, 2016
With @BostonRevelop approval, we’re ready to start construction on the apartments this spring! pic.twitter.com/N9BufpxsXj— RedevGovGarage (@RedevGovGarage) January 15, 2016
Nov 17, 2015
New renderings released for Phase One of Government Center Garage
New renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project were released today along with Expanded Project Notification Forms (EPNFs) for Phase One's two proposed buildings. Approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2013, the project is currently undergoing design review. The development team hopes to start construction in 2016.
The first building would be a 480-foot tall, 45-story building with 486 residential units, in addition to ground-floor retail, designed by CBT Architects. Next would be a 528-foot tall office tower designed by CBT and Pelli Clarke Pelli. As part of the multi-phased project, six buildings will be built on the site of the existing Government Center Garage. Sections of the parking garage will be demolished to make way for the buildings; part of the garage will be preserved.
The following is a graphic showing full buildout of the Government Center Garage project:
Full multi-phased buildout
The following are renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project:
View of towers along skyline
The following are links to the EPNFs for the residential and office towers.