Notice of Project Change Filed for Washington Village
Samuels & Associates and DJ Properties have filed a notice of project change for Washington Village in South Boston. The change would result in an additional 90 residential units and around 15 parking spaces while retail space would be reduced by approximately 16,600 square feet.
New plans would replace approved Buildings A & B with one single building to include 214 residential units, 20,500 square feet of retail space and around 58 parking spaces. An increase in ground floor ceiling height and addition of one partial residential floor would increase the building height for this new building by around 15 feet. The project change also proposed to move "The Green" to the west of the new building. The relocation of The Green will result in more activation of the streetscape along Damrell Street.
The filing also notes changes to construction phasing on the project. According to the document, the first phase will include only this new building plus around 115 temporary surface parking spaces on the Buildings E and G sites. The development team now expects construction to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2020 with the remaining buildings to be constructed in future phases depending on market conditions.
35 Unit Residential Project Under Review in Brighton
The development project proposed for 249 Corey Road at the border of Brighton and Brookline is now under review. The project site sits in both the City of Boston and the Town of Brookline, including a parcel of approximately 16,685 square feet in Brighton neighborhood and approximately 1,265 square feet in Brookline.
On the Boston parcel, the plans call for a new 4-story 35 unit building to include parking for 34 cars. The Brookline site would be sub-divided into two separate lots and redeveloped with two new single-family homes.
Gallows-Blackbird Doughnuts Hybrid Restaurant Coming to Arsenal Yards
Boylston Properties and Wilder have announced that The Gallows restaurant, which has been a popular South End favorite since 2010, will open its second location in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards neighborhood. The 4,000 square foot space will be The Gallows’ very first hybrid restaurant featuring cult-favorite doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts, new food and beverage concepts, and outdoor dining on its patio overlooking Arsenal Park on the Charles River.
Arsenal Yards is anticipated to be Greater Boston's coolest new neighborhood, due in part by its mix of local, national and international cult-favorites set to open -- and The Gallows is a great example. With over one million sq. ft. of development, Arsenal Yards will include 250,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining, local grocery chain, Roche Bros. and entertainment, including a seven-screen Majestic Cinema movie theater. Arsenal Yards will also include 108,000 sq. ft. of life science lab space, a 146-room Hampton Inn by Hilton and over 300 contemporary apartments.
The Gallows in Arsenal Yards will offer families and friends a modern and comfortable space to break bread and unwind with a drink or two selected from a carefully crafted cocktail menu either inside the spacious dining room or on the patio outside. The cuisine features New American fare using classical French techniques, putting a new twist on familiar dishes.
"Arsenal Yards is the ideal next location for The Gallows and is perfectly timed for us to create a unique hybrid concept with Blackbird Donuts in the expansive space," said Elena Todisco, Managing Director at The Gallows Group. "The Gallows has a unique personality and we were immediately drawn to the neighborhood feel that Arsenal Yards will foster their approach to hospitality, community, and being uniquely experiential. We’re excited to bring our good food and good vibes to Watertown next year."
Similar to its South End location, The Gallows menu will include the Our Way Burger, a flat top meat patty topped with American cheese, iceberg lettuce, caramelized onion, pickles and paired with hand-cut fries; the Scotch Egg, a panko-dipped pork sausage wrapped around a fried soft boiled egg; and an indulgent crowd favorite--the Poutine, hand-cut fries smothered in house-made gravy and ricotta cheese. The cocktail menu will feature original Gallows drinks including a few tasty staples like the jalapeno vodka and lime drink known as the Brazen Bull and Skin & Bones, a Thai basil tequila with watermelon, lime and mezcal.
"The Gallows is the perfect complement to the mix of restaurants and retailers we are cultivating at Arsenal Yards,” said Bill McQuillan, Principal at Boylston Properties. "Rebecca Roth Gullo’s spirited take on hospitality and conviviality has made The Gallows a local institution and we look forward to incorporating that same energy into the Arsenal Yards experience."
With over 4,000 sq. ft., The Gallows will also offer private space for groups who would like a more exclusive and intimate dining experience. Famous for its unique style and unusual flavors of doughnuts, the Blackbird Donuts signature touches will be incorporated into The Gallows beyond menu items.
"We’re continuing to attract businesses who want to be part of the Arsenal Yards neighborhood experience, including a commitment to the future with a connection to its heritage," said Kerry Dowling, Senior Vice President, Leasing at Wilder. "The Gallows/Blackbird hybrid hospitality concept is a reflection of that new energy and innovation, and we are excited to welcome them to Arsenal Yards."
The Gallows joins Arsenal Yards' upcoming lineup of restaurants including Shake Shack, City Works Eatery and Pour House, Pokeworks, Tori Jiro, and local family-owned restaurant Condesa Restaurante Mexicano. The upcoming retail roster includes: Majestic Cinemas, Roche Bros., Marshalls, Ulta Beauty, European Wax Center, Gap Factory Store, Old Navy, Santander, T-Mobile, The Home Depot, and more. Additionally, Kymera Therapeutics and SQZ Biotech are two of several life science companies slated to move into Arsenal Yards’ state-of-the-art biotech lab space, with additional leases to be announced soon.
Kymera Therapeutics to Relocate from Cambridge to Watertown Biotech Cluster
Boylston Properties, a Boston-based real estate developer of distinctive places, today announced that Kymera Therapeutics has signed a lease for approximately 34,500 square feet at Arsenal Yards' new state-of-the-art life science lab space. With the Charles River and Arsenal Park on its south side and energized shops and restaurants on its north side, the life science lab space is set within an original 1800s Arsenal historic building, offering a number of amenities and a private shuttle to the Harvard Square red line T stop.
Life science companies are flocking to Watertown to secure space in the town’s booming biotech scene. Kymera Therapeutics continues this trend, joining SQZ Biotech in moving to Arsenal Yards' life science lab space. The new development is located across the street from LINX, 185,000 square feet of currently fully leased lab space, also developed by Boylston Properties.
“Given the state-of-the-art amenities and proximity to life science’s biggest names and talent, Watertown is now a first choice for life science companies," said Bill McQuillan, Principal of Boylston Properties. “We’re proud to welcome Kymera Therapeutics to the Watertown life science cluster and look forward to supporting their continued growth. We are thankful to have worked alongside the great commercial real estate professionals at Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark to be able to welcome another cutting-edge life science company to Arsenal Yards."
Kymera Therapeutics will relocate from Cambridge to East End Watertown in the first half of 2020. Founded in 2016, Kymera Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company pioneering the field of targeted protein degradation, a transformative new approach to develop medicines for diseases with limited or no treatment options.
"Kymera is developing a company for the future. We were interested in a work environment that could grow with us and support our mission, fostering collaboration and productivity as we expand our programs and team. Arsenal Yards checked all of those boxes and has demonstrated a commitment to supporting a thriving and growing life sciences community,” said Nello Mainolfi, PhD, Founder, President & Chief Scientific Officer at Kymera Therapeutics. “We’re thrilled to start our next chapter in Watertown.”
Kymera Therapeutics was represented by Juliette Reiter and Mark Winters of Newmark. Boylston Properties was represented by Duncan Gratton and Elizabeth Donatoni of Cushman & Wakefield.
"Boylston Properties is paving the way for a booming life science and healthcare cluster in Watertown with the development of Arsenal Yards, and this is apparent as we've now closed deals with eight life science companies in Watertown, totaling approximately 300,000 square feet," said Duncan Gratton, Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield. "Watertown is more than Kendall Square overflow, it's becoming its own urban neighborhood that attracts top talent with its amenities, proximity to Boston and Cambridge, and its best-in-class life science lab development.”
With initial openings planned for late 2019 and throughout 2020, Arsenal Yards will be a thriving new neighborhood comprised of over one million sq. ft. of development by 2021. The mixed used development will include 250,000 sq. ft. of shopping, dining and fitness, a seven-screen cinema, The Majestic at Arsenal Yards, fresh groceries from local grocer Roche Bros., 300 contemporary apartments and a 146-room Hampton Inn by Hilton. Learn more at www.arsenalyards.com.
2Life Communities Breaks Ground on 62 Unit Senior Housing Development in Brookline
Late last week, 9/13, 2Life Communities officially broke ground on The Harold & Ronald Brown Family House in Brookline. The 62 unit senior housing project will be added to the Congregation Kehillath Israel (KI) campus. The state-of-the-art building will feature a mix of one and two bedrooms along with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and a new pocket park on Harvard Street.
Exterior Work Ongoing on Parcel W at Cambridge Crossing
Exterior work is ongoing at Cambridge Crossing's Parcel W for The Shed, what will be the neighborhood's dining destination. The Shed will include a full-service restaurant, cocktail bar, and outdoor space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
51 Unit Condo Project Proposed in Roxbury
A 51 unit condo project has been proposed for the vacant sites at 25 Fountain and 50 Regent Streets in Roxbury. The project will feature 2 distinct buildings along with 41 off-street parking spaces. 26 units within the project would be deed-restricted units for qualified buyers earning at or below 100% of the area median income.
Steel Framing Kicks Off for Blvd and Bond Apts at Arsenal Yards
Steel framing is now underway for the first building of three that will house the BLVD and Bond apartments at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The building will also include additional parking, the Roche Brothers Market, and retail space. In total there will be 425 apartments within the site.
Elsewhere on the project, the new parking garage is now open and within the historic Arsenal building work remains on track for tenants to take occupancy for the end of this year. First units at BLVD and Bond are expected to open in Fall 2020.
Washington Place in Newton Taking Shape
Framing is in place and sheathing is going up for the mixed-use project, Washington Place in the heart of Newton. The new building will include 140 residential units, 26 of which are designated affordable, along with nearly 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A below-grade garage will include 236 parking spaces for residents and there will also be 110 surface spots for commercial patrons.
Construction Complete for The Brynx in JP
The redevelopment of the Goddard House along Huntington Avenue in JP is now complete. The former nursing home has been rehabbed into 110 luxury apartments with 39 additional apartments in a new construction building on the site overlooking the Emerald Necklace. Resident amenities at The Brynx include a terrace, a fitness room, and a resident lounge.
Interior Finishing Wrapping Up for North Square at The Mill District: First Residents to Move in This Month
Final touches are wrapping up for the first units at North Square at The Mill District in Amherst with first residents expected to move in later this month. The two-building project will feature 130 apartments, one, two, and three bedrooms. around a new public square. Community amenities will include a Pooch Park, Zen Den, Fitness center, and outdoor recreation area.
Construction Complete for Walker Park Apartments in Roxbury
Construction is now complete for the Walker Park Apartments on Walnut Street in Roxbury. The two-building project features 49 affordable units, a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. 34 parking spaces are located on-site.