May 14, 2019
MBTA Expects Construction on South Station Project to Kick Off This Fall
During a recent recording of The Big Dig Podcast, Peter Paravalos, Director of Transit-Oriented Development for the MBTA told BLDUP he expects construction on the first phase of the South Station project to kick off this fall. This first phase includes the expansion of the bus terminal by 106,000 square feet and the expansion of the existing parking garage by 895 spaces.
The next phases of this much-anticipated development will include a 51-story tower, consisting of office, residential and retail space. This tower will feature 175 condos located above 704,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Two additional towers are also planned, one a 17-story, 438,000 square foot building and the final phase of the project a nine-story, 511,000 square foot building consisting of office space and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Want to hear more on transit-oriented development, check out our most recent episode of The Big Dig.
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.
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.
Nov 19, 2017
$1 billion development atop Back Bay Station wins key approval following shadow compromise
After reaching a compromise with Old South Church regarding shadows cast on the historic building, Boston Properties has received a key city approval for the 1.37-million-square-foot Back Bay/South End Gateway mixed-use development atop Back Bay Station, bringing the $1 billion project one step closer to reality. Boston Properties has agreed to pay $3 million towards a preservation fund for Old South Church, Trinity Church and other surrounding historic buildings, as well as $3 million into the City of Boston’s affordable housing fund. The church had originally sought a $19 million settlement from Boston Properties in light of concerns that shadows from the development would darken the church and exacerbate water damage.
The settlement between Boston Properties and Old South Church came on the eve of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)’s vote to approve the project, which passed with unanimous approval. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will now go before the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; following ZBA approval, Boston Properties will be able to proceed with construction of the project. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will feature approximately 582,500 square feet of office space, approximately 61,800 square feet of retail space and approximately 600 residential units across three new towers and a one-level vertical expansion of Back Bay Station. The existing station will also be modernized as part of the project, and an additional 90 affordable housing units will be developed off site.
Aug 25, 2017
Ashkenazy acquires South Station office and retail leasehold for $119 million
Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, owner of the ground leases of Boston's Faneuil Hall and Washington DC's Union Station, has acquired the 98-year leasehold interest on the 205,165-square-foot office and retail component of Boston's South Station from longtime owner Equity Office Management for $119 million. The sale amounts to approximately $580 per square foot; Citi Real Estate Funding provided $75 million in funding towards Ashkenazy's acquisition. Equity listed the leasehold for sale through Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (“HFF”) in April, expecting to fetch around $100 million ($407.81 per square foot).
South Station’s office and retail component features 117,000 square feet of fully-leased office space across four stories and 59,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space with multiple tenants, including restaurants Au Bon Pain, Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Pret A Manger and Starbucks, and retailers Bank of America, Barbara’s Bookstores, Citizens Bank and CVS/pharmacy. South Station features unparalleled public transportation access and a prime location in the heart of Boston’s Financial District steps to Fort Point and the Seaport District.
South Station is poised for a nearly 2-million-square-foot air rights development, which will be developed by Hines and Gemdale Properties. The development's first phase, a 51-story, 677-foot tall, 1.032-million-square-foot tower featuring 175 condominium residences, 704,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is expected to break ground by the end of this year.
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.
Jul 03, 2017
Ashkenazy acquiring 205,165-square-foot South Station leasehold for nearly $125 million
Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, who owns and operates Faneuil Hall, will acquire the 205,165-square-foot office and retail component of South Station, a central Boston transit hub poised for a nearly 2-million-square-foot air rights development, for nearly $125 million ($609.27 per square foot). Seller Equity Office Management listed the 98-year leasehold interest on South Station for sale through Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (“HFF”) in April, expecting to fetch around $100 million ($407.81 per square foot). Ashkenazy and Equity’s deal will require approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), owner of South Station, to move forward.
South Station’s office and retail component features 117,000 square feet of fully-leased office space across four stories and 59,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space with multiple tenants. The asset benefits from unparalleled public transportation access and a prime location in the heart of Boston’s Financial District steps to Fort Point and the Seaport District. The first phase of the 1.981-million-square-foot South Station Air Rights development, a 51-story, 677-foot tall, 1.032-million-square-foot tower featuring 175 condominium residences, 704,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is expected to break ground by the end of this year.
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 07, 2017
South Station post office relocation takes step forward with proposed Massport land acquisition in Seaport
The relocation of the 14-acre post office distribution facility at South Station, and South Station’s proposed expansion and air rights development, took a step forward last week with Massport’s signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire a 4-acre parcel at 525 E Street in the Seaport District. The parcel is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located adjacent to 12 acres Massport owns. Massport would in turn offer the combined 16 acres to the U.S. Postal Service as a new home for the 14-acre South Station facility.
The relocation of the facility would enable the planned expansion of South Station by seven tracks and four platforms, which would also present new air-rights development opportunities. Hines and Gemdale Properties will construct an approved nearly 2 million square foot air rights development above the existing South Station; the government-imposed deadline for the developers to break ground was recently extended to December 31st, 2017 from April 30th, 2017.
The long-term leasehold on South Station itself, a 205,165-square-foot office and retail property, was recently listed for sale by current owner Equity Office Management through HFF. South Station’s sale price is expected to exceed $100 million ($407.81 per square foot); the new owner would assume a 98-year interest in the property from the State of Massachusetts, who owns the property. South Station features 117,000 square feet of fully-leased office space across four stories, and 59,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space with multiple tenants. The property is coveted due to its’ central location and unrivaled access to public transit.
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 13, 2017
Back Bay/South End Gateway project poised to improve public transit experience
By Matthew M. Robare
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) recently held a Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting to present the latest progress on the Back Bay/South End Gateway project, which was first proposed by Boston Properties last March and is undergoing active review by the City of Boston. Article 80 Large Project Review for the project is now underway, and both a Draft Project Impact Report and Draft Environmental Impact Report have been filed. The proponent is also
working to amend the existing Planned Development Area zoning, which currently
includes just sections of the site, to include the entire project site in order
to enable the development of over 1.2 million square feet.
The proposed Back Bay/South End Gateway development
In response to public
comment, developer Boston Properties has increased the size of the proposed public
plaza at the Clarendon Street entrance and removed a two-story addition on the
existing Back Bay Station along Dartmouth Street. In order to accommodate the development, the existing
bus pick-up and drop-off area along Clarendon Street would be converted into an
11,000 square foot public plaza serving as a grand gateway to Back Bay Station and the new 34-story Station East building.
Bus service would be permanently moved to a new Stuart Street entrance to Back
Bay Station, which would be conveniently located in the lobby of the new 26-story Garage West building steps to Copley Square and next to
the upcoming 40 Trinity Place hotel tower. Within the existing station, new
elevators and stairs would be built to access the Orange Line, and new
redundant elevators would be built to access the Amtrak and Commuter Rail
The pick up/drop off area for the route 39 bus will be moved to Stuart Street in order to accommodate the new public plaza on Clarendon Street.
The new Clarendon Street public plaza
The approximately 1.2
million square foot Back Bay/South End Gateway project would construct three
new skyscrapers and expanded retail space at Back Bay Station. At the corner of
Dartmouth and Stuart Streets would be Garage West, a 606,000 to 618,000 square
foot steel and glass retail and office tower that resembles boxes stacked
off-center. On Garage West’s ground floor would be a new entrance to Back Bay Station.
At Clarendon and Stuart Streets would be Garage East, a 220,000 square foot
residential tower with 220 units. Along Clarendon Street would be Station East,
a 387,000 square foot, 360-unit residential building. Adjacent to the existing Back
Bay Station entrance on Dartmouth Street would be Station West, a 30,000 square
foot retail low-rise. The existing Back Bay Station would also be improved and
modernized as part of the project:
The concourse from the new Stuart Street entrance to the main station will be bright and clean-looking.
A view of the Garage West tower from the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart Streets, featuring the new Stuart Street entrance to Back Bay Station.
Mar 12, 2017
South Station Air Rights receives City zoning approval, awaits State approval to start construction
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)'s Zoning Commission approved the nearly 2 million square foot South Station Air Rights development last Wednesday, the final city approval required to start construction. Financing has been secured for construction of the project's first phase, a 677-foot tall mixed-use tower facing Dewey Square. Per developer Hines' agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Hines must now receive State of Massachusetts approval for the project and start construction of the first phase by April 30th. Otherwise, Hines could lose its' right to build the project.
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:
Dec 18, 2016
South Station Air Rights development approved, groundbreaking expected Q2 2017
Modifications to the approved South Station Air Rights development in the Financial District were approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The revised project’s first phase, a 51-story mixed-use office, residential and retail tower, is expected to break ground in the second quarter of 2017 pending final approvals from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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:
Oct 21, 2016
Salesforce Tower becomes San Francisco’s tallest building
Salesforce Tower became San Francisco’s tallest building last Friday (October 14th, 2016), reaching 867 feet tall and surpassing the 853-foot tall Transamerica Pyramid. The 1.4 million square foot tower will continue to grow to a full height of 1,070 feet tall, at which point it will be the tallest office building west of Chicago. Salesforce Tower’s core walls are expected to top off in early November, with structural steel topping off in March 2017. Base core and shell work is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2017, with tenants taking occupancy in the fourth quarter of 2017. Additional information about Salesforce Tower can be found above.
Jul 29, 2016
South Station Air Rights changes proposed, construction could start 2017
Developers Hines and Gemdale Properties today submitted a Notice of Project Change (NPC) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) proposing modifications to the South Station Air Rights project; the following is a link to the NPC. Major changes include up to 589,000 additional square feet of residential space and the associated addition of 140 parking spaces. Three buildings would still be constructed across three phases, including the main 677-foot tall Phase 1 tower atop the historic South Station terminal. Construction of the Phase 1 tower could start in 2017 and would take four years.
As previously proposed, the entire project would contain hotel, office, residential and retail space. Total project square feet have increased to 1,981,000 from previously proposed 1,765,000. Residential space has increased significantly to up to 751,000 square feet containing 435-550 condominium or rental units from previously proposed 162,000 square feet containing 127 units. Market conditions would determine whether condominiums or rentals are built and whether some of the space changes to hotel rooms; the project could contain up to 430,000 square feet of hotel space containing 360 rooms. Retail space has also increased to 35,000 square feet from previously proposed 26,000. Office space has decreased by 154,000 square feet to 1,203,000 from 1,357,000.
The Phase 1 tower, previously proposed to only contain office and retail space, would now also include residential units on upper floors. The previous proposal called for a 920,000 square foot tower including 912,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of retail. The Phase 1 tower would now contain a total of 1,032,000 square feet including 175 residential units across 321,000 square feet, 704,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of retail. The 677-foot Phase 1 tower's proposed height has not changed; however, owing to the addition of residential space, two floors have been added to the Phase 1 tower, which would now rise a total of 51 stories.
Phases 2 and 3 would be constructed atop the existing South Station parking garage. Phase 2 would construct a 17-story, 334-foot tall, 438,000 square foot building that could contain hotel space, residential space or both depending upon market conditions. The all-hotel building could contain 360 rooms; the all-residential building could contain 260 condominiums or 375 rental units. All Phase 2 proposals call for 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The previous proposal called for 127 residential units, 200 hotel rooms and 8,000 square feet of retail in the Phase 2 building. Height has increased slightly to 334 feet from 308.
Phase 3 would construct a nine-story, 249-foot tall office building as previously proposed. Square footage has increased slightly to 511,000 square feet (including 12,000 square feet of retail) from previously proposed 455,000 square feet (including 10,000 square feet of retail).
As part of the project, the South Station bus terminal would be expanded by 106,000 square feet, up from previously proposed 70,000. The parking garage would be expanded by 895 spaces, up from previously proposed 755 to accommodate the additional residential space.
The following is the latest rendering of the Phase 1 tower:
The following is an axonometric of the project:
The following is a project section:
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.
May 13, 2016
South Station Air Rights moves forward as China's Gemdale Properties joins project team
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the addition of major real estate developer and investor Gemdale Properties of China to the South Station Air Rights project team. Per The Boston Globe, the proposed project plan could soon be modified to include more housing and less office space. Tim Logan reports that the development team is "actively working on the project" and aims to obtain all necessary permits and start construction as soon as possible.
Update: The Boston Globe now reports that revised South Station Air Rights plans could include 175 condominiums on upper floors, up from proposed 155. The tower could rise 51 stories, up from proposed 49. The tower could contain 530 parking spaces, down from proposed 755.
More information about the South Station Air Rights proposal is posted below.
Mar 29, 2016
A Project Notification Form has been submitted for the Back Bay Station Redevelopment, now known as the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project. Boston Properties hopes to begin construction of the project in mid-2017.
According to today's Boston Globe report, market conditions and demand for office and residential space will dictate the project's groundbreaking date. Likewise, it has not yet been determined whether residential units will be apartments or condominiums, or whether affordable housing requirements will be fulfilled on site or elsewhere.
Additional project information is posted below; the following is a link to the Project Notification Form. The following are additional project architectural renderings:
Mar 27, 2016
South Station Air Rights work could start early 2017
The South Station Air Rights project page on developer Hines' website has been updated with new details, including an anticipated construction commencement date of early 2017. A commencement date was not listed on Hines’ previous website, which was live as recently as last month. The previous website claimed that "market demand will dictate the timing of construction commencement" for the project.
The South Station Air Rights project description on Hines' website has changed as follows:
- 49-story office tower square footage has decreased from 980,000 square feet to 970,000
- In addition to 155 residential condominium units, 200 hotel rooms are now planned for the residential building
- Square footage of a second office building has increased from 500,000 square feet to 520,000 square feet
- Planned parking spaces have increased from 713 to 755
The new details are in line with a project amendment approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in June 2014. With the amendment's approval, the project's land disposition agreement was extended through June 30th, 2016.
Hines' new website has been live since late February 2016. A higher resolution project architectural rendering, posted above, was also posted on Hines' new website as part of the update. The following is a link to an archive of the South Station Air Rights page on Hines' previous website. Additional information about the South Station Air Rights project 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
Jan 07, 2016
Boston Properties has submitted a Letter of Intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct an air rights development over the existing Back Bay Station and neighboring parking garage. Per the letter, the project will be a "mixed-use office, retail, restaurant, commercial and residential development of approximately 1.4 million square feet...in and over the existing Garage and Station." The following is a link to the full Letter of Intent. More information about the proposed project is posted below.
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.