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Jun 11, 2019
NPC Filed for 270 Baker St. in West Roxbury
The development team behind the 270 Baker Street project in West Roxbury has filed a notice of project change to convert the 60 residential units from ownership to rentals. The project was originally approved in September 2017 however the NPC sites financing and construction cost limitations for this requested update. There would be no changes to the size of the project.
Feb 18, 2019
Certificate of Occupancy Issued for 16 Boardman in East Boston
A Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for the 19 new condos at 16 Boardman Street in East Boston. Residences include European kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, custom vanities, and heated tile floors in the bathrooms. The building is located just a few minutes from the Orient Heights MBTA Station and overlooks Noyes Park which is undergoing a $4M renovation.
Dec 28, 2018
Ropewalk Apartments Financed for $38.52 Million
The development in Charlestown at 317 Fifth Street has been financed via East Boston Savings Bank, The Life Initiative, and Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program for $38.52 million.
The redevelopment of the former ropewalk factory located in the Charlestown Navy Yard will transform into 97 townhouse-style apartment residences including studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. The granite facade of the factory building, which is over 1,300 feet long and has been vacant since 1971, will be fully restored. 20% of residences at Ropewalk Apartments will be designated affordable.
Dec 21, 2018
Building Permit Issued for Conversion of Ropewalk Building in Charlestown to Apartments
A building permit has been issued for the renovation of the ropewalk factory in the Charlestown Navy Yard into 97 apartments. Work will include masonry repairs, new windows, and mechanicals. The project will also include public space dedicated to the history of the building.
Oct 15, 2018
Interior Finishing Underway at 16 Boardman Street
Interior finishing is underway for the 19 new luxury condos located on Boardman Street in East Boston. The development will feature a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units along with parking for 27 cars. Residents will have access to a rooftop meeting room and deck. Construction is expected to be complete within the next few months.
Aug 09, 2018
Trac 75 Sells to Private Group for $42.5 Million
Trac 75, located in Allston has sold to Trac 75 LLC, a private group owned and operated by Zhiqiang Gui and Xiaojie Zhang of Brookline for $42.5 million.
The property features a new construction 4 to 6 story, 93,000-square-foot mixed-use building located steps to Union Square and the Boston Landing development. Trac 75 features 80 rental residential apartments; 11 apartments are designated affordable. Apartments include studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom configurations, ranging from 430 to 1,188 square feet in size.
Dec 30, 2017
Ropewalk Apartments in Charlestown Navy Yard move forward with long-term ground lease closing
The restoration of the Charlestown Navy Yard’s historic ropewalk factory, which spans over 1,300 feet in length and has been vacant since 1971, has taken a step forward with developer Frontier Enterprises’ closing on a long-term ground lease for the City-owned property. With the lease closing, the proponent will be able to move forward with construction of the development, which will feature 97 studio, one- and two-bedroom townhouse-style apartments. As part of the project, public interior and exterior exhibition space dedicated to ropewalk manufacturing history will also be constructed. Construction site preparation work on the Ropewalk Apartments property is expected to begin in the coming months. The Ropewalk Apartments will be located in the heart of Charlestown's historic Navy Yard, minutes from Downtown Boston.
Oct 27, 2017
Owner of recently completed Rutherford Landing apartments in Charlestown proposes condominium conversion
Bennett Development, owner and developer of the recently-completed, 15-unit Rutherford Landing apartments in Charlestown, proposes to sell the building's units as condominiums in response to recent demand. In a Notice of Project Change (NPC) formally submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), the proponent states that there has recently been a "significant change in housing demand in Charlestown from rental housing to home ownership".Bennett's request follows the recent approval of Saracen Properties' request to sell the 62 units of the recently completed 99 Tremont Street apartments in Brighton as condominiums. Across Boston, new-construction condominium buildings have seen a significant rise in demand, with the 85-unit Telford 180 condominiums in Allston selling out pre-completion, and the 80-unit Slip65 condominiums on the East Boston Waterfront selling out in just two months with a year of construction remaining. The BPDA is now reviewing Bennett's proposal.
Sep 27, 2017
Newly built Trac 75 apartments in Allston listed for sale
The 100%-leased, new-construction Trac 75 apartment building in Allston, which contains 80 units located steps from the Boston Landing development and commuter rail station, has been listed for sale by developers The Grossman Companies and The Waypoint Companies through broker Colliers International. Trac 75 was delivered 100%-leased upon its’ opening in August 2017, averaging 22 units per month during lease-up process with average rents exceeding $4.23 per square foot. Professionally managed by The Dolben Company, the building features luxurious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with amenities including a common roof deck with city views, a community room, a fitness center and on-site parking. Trac 75 also contains a 562-square-foot ground-floor retail space and a 1,715-square-foot startup incubator space.
Sep 15, 2017
BPDA approves 270 Baker Street, 60 new condominiums in West Roxbury
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved 270 Baker Street, a development featuring 60 condominium residences across three new multifamily and townhouse buildings, at last night's board meeting. Eight residences at 270 Baker Street will be designated affordable. An existing three-story, 30,000-square-foot commercial building will be retained on site. 270 Baker Street will require zoning relief from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) before moving forward with construction.
Sep 14, 2017
Pre-sales begin for Lumen Charlestown new-construction condominiums
Pre-sales start today for Lumen Charlestown, 30 new-construction condominiums located steps from the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown’s Gas Light District, City Square and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Lumen condominiums feature attractive, top-tier finishes with garage parking, an on-site fitness studio and a common roof terrace with private cabanas for select condominiums. Lumen is located adjacent to the upcoming $1 billion One Charlestown development, presenting unprecedented upside investment potential. Headed by Caleb Manchester, previously Vice President of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, the developer Gansett Ventures specializes in the acquisition and development of middle-market commercial and residential property in east coast metropolitan hubs. Available condominiums include one-bedrooms, priced from $575K, and two-bedrooms, priced from the mid-$600K’s. Click Contact Broker above for more information about Lumen and to schedule a showing.
Aug 11, 2017
Interior and exterior finishing underway at 450 Cambridge Street apartments in Allston
Facade work is nearing completion at 450 Cambridge Street, with all bricks and windows installed and affixing of the last exterior finishing panels underway. Inside the building, fit out of residences and common spaces is well underway. 450 Cambridge Street will feature 40 apartment residences and 1,630 square feet of ground-floor retail. Leasing of residences at 450 Cambridge Street will commence in the coming months. The following are photographs of 450 Cambridge Street:
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