Jul 16, 2019
Site Work Underway for Kendall East
With demo complete, site work is now underway for the upcoming mixed-use project Kendall East. The 211,000 square foot two-building development will include 136 residential units along with retail space and parking for 142 cars.. An expansive half-acre courtyard will connect the parcels along First, Hurley, and Charles Street providing green space for residents and the neighborhood. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.
Jun 06, 2019
Tocci Selected by Urban Spaces as Builder for Kendall East
Tocci is teaming up with Urban Spaces and Perkins Eastman Architects to build a mixed-used development in Cambridge, MA. Following the demolition of several connected commercial buildings, construction has officially begun on Kendall East, the 211,000 SF, two-building development featuring both residential units and retail space. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.
When completed, the development will be comprised of two wood frame buildings: one four-story and one six-story, constructed over steel and concrete podium. This tight urban worksite, which encompasses 97-111 First Street, 18 Hurley Street, and 21-29 Charles Street, is a short walk to Kendall Square, Lechmere Station, and Cambridge Crossing. The cumulative 136 apartments will be a mix of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units, with 16 designated as affordable. The residential structure on First Street will feature five levels of housing, 118 luxury apartment units, and a rooftop deck. Balconies will be included on 28 of the units and two units will also feature patio spaces. The second structure at 22 Hurley Street will include 18 residential units over four stories. Eight units will have balconies and outdoor patio space will be available to all tenants. The buildings will share two levels of below-grade parking consisting of 142 spaces and an additional 159 bicycle spaces. An expansive half acre courtyard will join the parcels, providing green space and stadium seating for the neighborhood. The development will also include a bike and pedestrian mid-block connector linking Charles and Hurley Street.
“We’re pleased to build this great project on a demanding site with an excellent architect and engineering team. Kendall East is the centerpiece of Urban Spaces’s First Street Corridor development and sets the benchmark for Cambridge’s renewal of First Street. Tocci is honored to be building with Urban Spaces,” said John Tocci, CEO of Tocci Construction Corporation.
“With office and lab space in Kendall Square and East Cambridge nearly at full occupancy, the demand for apartments in East Cambridge has never been greater,” said Paul Ognibene, CEO of Urban Spaces. “In addition to the housing and retail, Kendall East will be providing beautiful green space to the evolving First Street Corridor.”
With a blend of residential, retail, and open space, this development is adding vitality to the one mile stretch between the Lechmere MBTA station and Kendall Square, the heart of the Cambridge life science market.
Apr 24, 2019
Demo Wrapping Up to Make Way for Kendall East
Demolition is nearly complete on Parcel B of the First Street development in East Cambridge. Once demo is complete, a new mixed-use complex, Kendall East is set to be constructed on the site. In total Kendall East will include 136 units along with 14,800 square feet of retail space between two buildings. The larger of the two buildings will include 118 luxury apartments and the 14,800 square feet of ground-floor retail. A smaller 18 unit building will be built on the adjacent parcel. The two buildings will share a two-level underground garage with 142 parking and 159 bicycle spaces that will be built underneath a half acre open-air green space. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
Kendall East is a vital component of the First Street Corridor, a $275 million development that along with the proposed redevelopment of Cambridgeside will enhance the streetscape between Kendall Square, Lechmere, and Cambridge Crossing.
Apr 08, 2019
Framing Has Reached Full Height for Park 77 in Cambridge
Wood Framing is in place for Park 77 at 77 New Street in Cambridge. The project will feature a mix of one and two bedroom rental units, 97 in total. Resident amenities will include a roof deck, fitness center, and pet wash station. The building will also feature underground car and bike parking.
Apr 08, 2019
Foundation Work Begins for St. James Place in Cambridge
Foundation work has started for the new addition to the St. James Church in Porter Square, Cambridge. The redevelopment will preserve the historic church and it's sanctuary while creating 46 new luxury apartments and around 2,000 square feet of retail space. Residences will feature granite countertops, fireplaces, and Juliet balconies. A restored church garden will be free and open to residents and the community.
Apr 02, 2019
Construction Continues on All 3 Buildings for The Bradford in Belmont
Various stages of construction continue for The Bradford in Belmont, the communities largest mixed-use project to date. The first building that will be completed, The Winslow (built on the site of the former municipal parking lot) is seeing interior work wrapping up with an expected opening in May. Fit out is also underway for a Starbucks within the ground floor retail space of this building.
Framing is ongoing for the Hyland and Pomona buildings. Hyland is expected to be complete later this year with Pomona the last building to come online in 2020.
When complete The Bradford will include around 38,000 square feet of commercial space, 115 residential units (60 two bedroom units and 55 one bedroom units) and 225 parking spaces (including 50 municipal spaces provided as a result of the sale of the municipal parking lot).
Mar 25, 2019
Urban Spaces Set to Break Ground on Kendall East Mixed-Use Apartment Complex
Urban Spaces, a Cambridge-based commercial real estate development company that focuses on mid-sized, transit-oriented projects, will begin demolition next week on its former headquarters to make way for Kendall East, a mixed-use apartment complex comprised of 136 units and 14,800 square feet of retail.
The site, which encompasses 99-119 First Street, 18 Hurley Street, and 29 Charles Street, is located across from CambridgeSide, a mixed-use one million square foot shopping center, located within a short walking distance to Kendall Square, Lechmere Station, and Cambridge Crossing.
Designed by award-winning architectural firm Perkins Eastman, Kendall East is set to begin demolition next week and begin construction of the new buildings in April. The larger of the two pet-friendly buildings in the complex will include 118 luxury apartments above 14,800 square feet of ground floor retail and 23 surface parking spaces to support retail.
This parcel was once home to interconnected office and retail buildings (including the Urban Spaces headquarters and Petco). An additional 18 residential units will be built on the adjacent parcel. The two buildings will share a two-level underground garage with 142 parking and 159 bicycle spaces that will be built underneath a half acre open-air green space. The space will include a bike and pedestrian path that will connect Charles and Hurley Street. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
“With office and lab space in Kendall Square and the First Street Corridor nearly at full occupancy and Cambridge Crossing signing leases with Sanofi and Phillips for over a million square feet, the demand for luxury apartments in East Cambridge has never been greater,” said Paul Ognibene, CEO of Urban Spaces. “In addition to the housing and neighborhood retail, Kendall East will be providing beautiful green space to the evolving First Street Corridor.”
The complex will be comprised of a four-story and a six-story wood frame building constructed over steel and concrete podium. The 136 apartments will be a mix of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units, with 16 designated as affordable. Apartment rental service Zumper’s Boston Metro Report for January 2019 rated Cambridge as the most expensive Massachusetts city to rent in, affirming the high demand of the Cambridge rental market.
Kendall East is an integral component of the First Street Corridor, a $275 million development that is adding much-needed vitality to the approximately one mile stretch between the Lechmere MBTA station and Kendall Square – the heart of the Cambridge life science and technology hub – with a blend of residential, retail, office, and open space. When completed, the development will add 53,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail, 250 parking spaces, and over 250 housing units to supply-constrained East Cambridge.
Feb 08, 2019
Construction Underway at The Postmark in Reading
Construction is now underway at The Postmark in Reading, MA. The redevelopment of the Reading Post Office property will take a landmark structure which has long been part of the fabric of Reading’s downtown and create a vibrant mixed-use building with space for commercial tenants (3 spaces totaling 8,309 square feet) to engage the street and provide 50 new units of housing (40 market rate, 10 affordable rate).
The new addition will be 5 stories with setbacks at the 4th and 5th floors forming roof terraces for residents to enjoy (the 5th story is a penthouse level with 5 units). A mix of one and two-bedroom condominium homes are designed for today’s lifestyle with open floor plans, abundant light, and energy efficient features.
Jan 08, 2019
Nauset Construction recently completed the renovation and addition of 150 State Street. The historic five-story English Tudor-style building was transformed into four floors of first-class office and three floors of restaurant space for Kamakura, a Japanese dining experience that introduces Boston to contemporary kaiseki cuisine. Located in the heart of Boston’s Financial District, a few minutes’ walk to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Faneuil Hall as well as the MBTA Blue, Orange and Green Lines, 150 State Street has a Walk Score of 97 and a perfect Transit Score of 100.
“With office space at a premium in the Financial District and an increased focus on unique dining options in the City of Boston, we were confident about the building’s prospects,” said Robert Weintraub, principal of LDJ Development, the owner and developer of 150 State Street. “The office space has been fully leased and the restaurant has received outstanding reviews.”
Originally constructed in 1899 and once home to the British Consulate, the building has been re-imagined by Quincy-based architectural firm Choo & Company, Inc. The new design includes an additional floor as well as an enclosed roof deck featuring a 400 square-foot aluminum and clear glass retractable skylight overlooking Boston’s iconic Custom House. This top floor houses Kamakura’s skybar and lounge, Kumo – which means “cloud” in Japanese. The restaurant also occupies the first and second floors, with the kitchen located in the basement. Four floors of office space totaling 3,760 square feet – each with a private bathroom and shower – comprise floors three through six.
The Elizabethan façade was replaced with copper panels to create a more modern look while retaining the outline of the historic gable roof as an architectural feature. Folding glass partitions, which open to the sidewalk, line the ground floor, and large, energy-efficient windows provide an abundance of natural light for the restaurant and office space. Following a complete interior renovation, Nauset replaced the existing walls with brick veneer with moisture resistant CMU backing and installed entirely new MEP systems.
“Our extensive experience building on tight urban infill sites served us well on this project,” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis, whose firm also converted another historic structure in the district, 175 Purchase Street – home to the Brazilian Consulate – in 2013. “While working in a highly trafficked area, safety and logistics is paramount. We also had the additional challenge of ensuring that the construction was not disruptive to the surrounding retailers, residents and office occupants in this extremely dense neighborhood.”
Jan 02, 2019
Excavation Ongoing for Redevelopment of St. James Church in Porter Square
Crews are working on site excavation along Mass. Ave in Cambridge for the redevelopment of the historic St. James Church. Work is also underway to underpin the church as the sanctuary of the building will be preserved as part of the project. When complete St. James Place will feature 46 luxury apartments along with around 2,000 sf of retail space. There will also be 64 parking spaces on-site.
Dec 31, 2018
Framing Ongoing for Park 77
Framing is ongoing for Park 77, an upcoming 97 unit residential project along New Street in Cambridge. The 4-story project will feature a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom units along with garage parking. Park 77 is located next to Park 87, a recently completed project by the same development team. The buildings are located just minutes from Danehy Park, Cambridge's largest park.
Dec 17, 2018
Urban Spaces Secures $44 Million in Financing for Cambridge Office Building from People’s United Bank
Urban Spaces, a Cambridge-based commercial real estate development company which focuses on mid-sized, transit-oriented projects, announced today that it has finalized $44 million in permanent financing from People’s United Bank for 121 First, a 60,000 SF mixed-use office property fully preleased to CarGurus, the largest automotive shopping site in the US. The fixed-rate, long-term financing was arranged by Mike Surprenant, Principal at Goedecke & Co.
“Urban Spaces and People’s United have been working together for several years and this loan expands and strengthens our relationship. 121 First’s prime location in Cambridge’s First Street Corridor, coupled with a long-term lease from CarGurus, enabled us to secure favorable terms and position the building for long-term success,” said Paul Ognibene, CEO of Urban Spaces.
Designed by global architectural firm Perkins Eastman and built by Nauset Construction, 121 First is comprised of 53,000 square feet of office, 7,000 square feet of retail, and 50 parking spaces. The building’s interior fit-up is nearly complete and CarGurus is scheduled to move into their new 50,000 square-foot office space in January 2019. Urban Spaces will also establish its new headquarters at the location by in Q1-2019.
Situated across from the CambridgeSide shopping center and between the MBTA’s Kendall Square Red Line and Lechmere Green Line stations, 121 First is an integral component of the First Street Corridor, a $250 million development being constructed by Urban Spaces. Upon completion, First Street Corridor will include approximately 250 apartments, 53,000 SF of office space, 50,000 SF of retail, and 250 parking spaces, as well as a half-acre of open-air green space.
“We are pleased to expand our existing relationship with Urban Spaces to support their ongoing efforts in transforming the local business community and economy,” said Michael Doody, SVP, Commercial Real Estate, People’s United Bank. “The Greater Boston area continues to see a high demand for office space, particularly in East Cambridge. We are committed to understanding our clients’ unique needs and the local market dynamic, allowing us to act as advisors, facilitating sustainable growth.”