May 21, 2019
Facade Install Ongoing for A.O. Flats in JP
Facade install is ongoing for A.O. Flats as part of the Parcel U Development just outside Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain. This part of the development will include 78 mixed-income apartments along with 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project will also feature 1,040 square feet of community space, a 42-space underground parking garage, and a fitness center.
May 16, 2019
Framing In Place for JFK Crossing
Wood framing is in place and sheathing is nearly complete for JFK Crossing in Brookline. The 42,000 square foot project will feature 25 residential units and two ground floor retail spaces just minutes from Coolidge Corner. Units will range in size from studios through three bedrooms and residents will have access to a shared landscaped patio.
May 15, 2019
455 Harvard Street in Brookline Takes Shape
Framing is complete and window install is underway for 455 Harvard Street in Brookline. The four-story building will feature 17 apartments, 4 of which will be designated affordable, along with over 1,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Residents will have access to a roof deck and on-site parking.
Mar 07, 2019
Framing Going Up For JFK Crossing in Brookline
Along Harvard Avenue in Brookline, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner framing is going up JFK Crossing. The project is set to include 25 rental units, a mix of studios through three bedrooms, along with ground floor retail space and 24 underground parking spaces. Resident amenities will include bike parking and a shared outdoor patio space. Units are expected to be ready for move in by late summer.
Jan 22, 2019
Core Climbing for 455 Harvard Street in Brookline
The concrete core is climbing for the upcoming four-story, mixed-use project along Harvard Avenue just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner. The project will feature 17 rental units along with 1,735 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The units range in size from one to three bedrooms and a few offer private roof decks. Construction is set to be complete this summer.
Dec 26, 2018
Parcel U Phase B Mortgaged for $10.797 Million
Phase B of Parcel U | Forest Hills has been mortgaged by Urbanica Development for $10.797 Million via Wellesley Bank.
This development will feature 78 apartments along with 1,600 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. Resident amenities at A.O. Flats will include a fitness center, a common lounge and bicycle storage.
Dec 04, 2018
Plumbing Permit Issued for 455 Harvard Street in Brookline
A plumbing permit has been issued for the upcoming mixed-use building along Harvard Street in Brookline. The project will include 17 apartments and 1,735 sf of ground floor retail space. There will also be parking for 12 cars onsite along with a common roof deck. The project is located a few blocks from Coolidge Corner and Allston.
Dec 03, 2018
Exterior Work Ongoing for A.O. Flats at Forest Hills
Exterior work and window install are ongoing for A.O. Flats at Forest Hills, part of the Parcel U development in Jamaica Plain. This development will feature 78 apartments along with 1,600 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. Resident amenities at A.O. Flats will include a fitness center, a common lounge and bicycle storage.
Construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2019.
Oct 29, 2018
Foundation Work Underway for JFK Crossing in Brookline
Foundation work is underway for the upcoming 25 unit building at 420 Harvard Street in Brookline. A one-story commercial building was demolished to make way for this new residential project. JFK Crossing will also feature 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail and parking for 23 cars.
Oct 29, 2018
Site Work Underway at 455 Harvard Street
Site work is underway for the upcoming 17 unit apartment building on Harvard Street in Brookline, just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner. The 4-story building will also include around 1700 sf of ground floor retail and 12 parking spaces.
Aug 17, 2018
Notice of Project Change for Parcel U in Jamaica Plain
Located on an approximately 126,070 square foot former MBTA site in Jamaica Plain and bound by Hyde Park Avenue, Ukraine Way, Tollgate Cemetery, and the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks, Parcel U will create 54 homeownership units, over the course of two phases.
Originally approved in 2014, the approval of this NPC will increase the number of units in Phase B of the project from 24 to 30. The project will also create two new pocket parks for the public.
Aug 10, 2018
Construction Underway at Powder House School Redevelopment in Somerville
Construction is underway on the redevelopment of the Powder House Community School building in Somerville. The redesign will feature 48 apartments, 11,300 square feet of commercial space and over 69,000 square feet of open green space. The development will also feature a lawn and amphitheater, community gardens, mural mall, and athletic courts.
Jul 31, 2018
Framing Started at A.O. Flats in Forest Hills
Framing is underway for the A.O. Flats, phase three of the development at Parcel U in Jamaica Plain. This part of the project will include 78 apartments along with 1600sf of ground floor retail. Resident amenities at A.O. Flats will include a fitness center, a common lounge and bicycle storage.
Feb 09, 2018
Historic Dudley Square building restored into 30 mixed-income residences
A historic building located in Roxbury's Dudley Square originally home to a buggy manufacturing company has been restored and renovated into 30 mixed-income apartment residences, bringing increased residential presence to the growing neighborhood. The building features 21 affordable apartments and nine market-rate apartments, as well as 7,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The historic building, originally built in 1915 and most recently home to the Tropical Foods grocery store, has been outfitted with new, energy-efficient utilities, as well as the latest quality finishes.
“We’re thrilled to provide new affordable and energy efficient rental homes for a wide variety of families and individuals drawn to Dudley Square,” said Jeanne Pinado, Chief Executive Officer of project developer Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), in a prepared statement. “The apartments feature huge windows with lots of natural light, high ceilings, hardwood floors, bike storage and community space. This investment will continue to spur economic activity while addressing the need for more quality affordable housing in Boston.” Financing partners for 9 Williams Street include MassDevelopment, The State's MassWorks and Brownsfields grant programs, Eastern Bank, Red Stone Equity Partners, TD Bank and MassHousing.
Dec 10, 2017
Construction of 78 mixed-income apartments begins at Parcel U in Forest Hills
Construction of A.O. Flats, a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and Ukraine Way in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills neighborhood, has begun. Developed by The Community Builders, the LEED Silver-sustainable A.O. Flats will feature 78 mixed-income apartment residences, including 38 designated affordable to middle-income households and 40 designated affordable to low-income households, with 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. Initial site excavation at the A.O. Flats site is now underway in order to construct the building’s 42-car underground parking garage.
A.O. Flats will be the third phase of the Parcel U development; the first phase, 24 energy-efficient townhouse condominium residences known as Tilia, is now complete, and the second phase, 24 additional townhouse condominiums, will soon begin construction. Phases One and Two are developed by Urbanica in partnership with Luzern Associates. The 2.9-acre Parcel U is located steps from the Forest Hills transit station. The following are photographs of work underway at A.O. Flats:
Oct 17, 2017
Tilia condominiums, first phase of Parcel U development in Forest Hills, nearing completion
Construction of Tilia, a 24-unit condominium development across five new-construction buildings that is the first phase of the 200,000-square-foot Parcel U development in Jamaica Plain's Forest Hills neighborhood, is nearing completion. Exterior finishes have been just about fully installed along all five buildings' facades, and finishing touches are being placed upon kitchens, living areas and exterior roof decks and porches.
Completion of Tilia is expected in November 2017. Residences are now on sale starting at $499,000 ranging from 1+bed, 1 bath to 3 bed, 2.5 bath configurations. The development, named after the Jamaica Plain neighborhood's abundance of flowering Tilia trees, is built to top sustainable standards. Each building features double insulated walls, triple pane windows, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.
In total, the Parcel U development will construct 124 residences, including 48 condominiums and 76 apartments, as well as 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. The following is a photograph of Tilia, courtesy project general contractor Kaplan Construction:
Apr 23, 2017
Sales start at Tilia condominiums, first phase of Parcel U development in Forest Hills
Sales have launched at Tilia, a 24-unit sustainable luxury condominium development located in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills neighborhood. Tilia is the first phase of the 200,000 square foot Parcel U development, which will construct 124 residences, including 48 condominiums and 76 apartments, as well as 1,620 square feet of ground-floor retail and 1,040 square feet of community space. Tilia condominiums start at $499,000 for an 828 square foot, 2-bedroom/1-bathroom unit, with units available up to 1,825 square feet in size.
Tilia is developed by a joint venture of Urbanica and Luzern Associates. Eastern Bank is providing $8.545 million of construction financing for Tilia, on which the development team closed in October 2016. Expected completion of Tilia is in late 2017. Renderings of Tilia, as well as more information, are posted above.
Dec 26, 2016
17 new apartments with ground-floor retail proposed on Harvard Street in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner
Local real estate developer and manager The Danesh Group proposes to construct a new four-story mixed-use building on Harvard Street in Brookline located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. A Site Approval Application for the project has been filed with MassHousing and is now under official review.
Nov 27, 2016
Somerville’s Powder House development moves forward as developer acquires site for $2M
Developer MarKa closed last Tuesday (November 22nd, 2016) on the acquisition of the 88,000 square foot Powder House Community School site in Somerville for $2 million. MarKa will construct a vibrant mixed-use development on the site, incorporating the existing school building and adding new adaptive public spaces. The Somerville Planning Board approved MarKa’s project in September 2016. The following is the deed for MarKa’s acquisition:
Mar 09, 2016
Parcel U construction start expected in five months
A deed was recorded today in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds transferring the Parcel U approved development site from JP Parcel U Phase 1, LLC to Parcel U Phase A LLC for $1. Both limited liability companies are registered to Urbanica, who is the developer, design manager and contractor of the Parcel U project.
A representative of Urbanica was available for comment. Today's deed was in order to bring a partnership together for investment and financing; Urbanica is raising capital for the Parcel U project. The project is expected to start construction in five months; shovels should be in the ground by early fall 2016. The project will be built in three phases. Today's deed is posted below: