Jun 15, 2020
Framing Underway for 2nd & 3rd Residential Buildings at Arsenal Yards
Framing is now underway for the 2nd and 3rd residential within Arsenal Yards, surrounding what will be Bond Square. In total, the BLVD & Bond apartments will offer 300 units plus a fitness center, clubroom, and roof deck.
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Apr 17, 2020
With Additional Safety Protocols in Place Construction Continues at Arsenal Yards
With additional safety measures in place, construction continues at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The project team has reduced the workforce on-site by around 70% which allows for those at work to maintain social distancing guidelines. Workers must also complete a drive-thru temperature check every morning and supervisors are keeping daily logs to ensure no worker is permitted to work if they are unwell. At the site currently, exterior work is ongoing for the mixed-use building set to include the Roche Brothers, parking, and a portion of the 300+ apartments of Blvd & Bond. Foundation & footing work is also ongoing for the other two apartment buildings toward the center of the site. When open Blvd & Bond will offer modern studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments along with a sleek fitness center, roof deck, and welcoming club room.
Mar 03, 2020
Foundation, Core, Frame, and Renovation Work Continues at Arsenal Yards
Progress continues on the 7-building live, work, play destination, Arsenal Yards along the Charles River in Watertown. Foundation and core work is ongoing for buildings C and D which will be the apartments and retail space surrounding Bond Square. Framework construction continues for buildings B and F which will become residential/mixed-use and the Hampton Inn Suites, respectively. Renovations on the original structures, buildings A and E are finishing as many retail tenants have moved in. The most recent opening being the Majestic 7 movie theater which offers the lovely reclining seats and a full bar.
Jan 24, 2020
Foundation Work Ongoing for Building D at Arsenal Yards
The first slab placement is ongoing for building D at Arsenal Yards as part of the blvd & bond apartments. The three buildings will offer a total of 300 luxury residences with first move-ins expected this coming fall. Amenities will include a fitness center, roof deck, and a club room. Elsewhere on the project, the majority of the retail and entertainment spaces including the Majestic 7 Cineman are set to be open by the middle of this year.
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Nov 24, 2019
Framing Quickly Rising for Blvd and Bond Apts at Arsenal Yards
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the Blvd & Bond Apartments at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The residential portion of the development will feature 425 apartments with a host of resident amenities including a roof deck. Leasing is expected to begin in Summer 2020 with the first move ins Fall 2020.
Elsewhere on the project, the first phase of retail stores are now open including updated Old Navy and Shake Shack. Wood framing also ongoing for the upcoming 145-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton.
Oct 24, 2019
Arsenal Yards Debuts New Public Art featuring Watertown-Inspired Murals to Celebrate Phase One Retail Openings
Arsenal Yards is installing three large-scale murals at various locations around the property, coinciding with the Fall 2019 debut of its first round of restaurants and retailers. Inspired in part by the lush natural beauty of Arsenal Park, the Charles River, and the history of its distinctive East End Watertown location, the mural artworks are currently being created by locally and nationally recognized artists commissioned by Arsenal Yards.
Creating a vibrant and eclectic environment, one that includes one-of-a-kind public artworks, is part of the plan to make Arsenal Yards a new and unique urban village. “From day one, we envisioned Arsenal Yards as a destination offering engaging experiences, stimulating design elements and visually interesting buildings,” said Bill McQuillan, Principal at Boylston Properties, co-developer with Wilder of Arsenal Yards. “These large-scale, captivating murals promote the work of local and national artists, enhance Arsenal Yard’s unique character, and, we hope, stimulate the daily experience for the people who live, work and visit here.”
Arsenal Yards’ approach to public art was curated to reflect the property’s inclusive and eclectic style, including works from international artists alongside regional and hyper-local art installations. These large-scale murals bring bold nature elements to the historic site and will be joined by event activations and future programs this spring for ongoing community involvement.
The Mural Artists
Born and raised in Los Angeles to Shanghainese parents, nationally recognized artist Louise “Ouizi” Jones is best known for her large-scale floral mural installations which can be seen in public spaces internationally, from museums to public parks. Her signature floral style will cascade across the loading dock doors and beyond the frame near The Majestic 7, and a smaller wall between Old Navy and Ulta, both of which are located in the newly-restored arsenal buildings. The mural will include vibrant, bright colors, presenting visitors with a larger-than-life floral arrangement.
Massachusetts resident and painter Kim Carlino’s interpretation of Arsenal Yards brings a fresh energy to the historical site, translated through bold colors and wide line work. Visitors will find Kim’s colorful abstract mural upon the main entrance to the right of Marshalls. Kim is a mixed media abstract painter who teaches adult workshops in watercolor, abstract painting and color theory. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also studied at the New School and the Drawing Room in New York City.
Weaving modern urban scenes into his art, Felipe Ortiz is a Boston-based artist, originally from Colombia. His love of the Boston landscape, paired with his nostalgia for his Colombian heritage, inspires him to create visual eye-stimulating scenes that he characterizes as “explosive nature.” Felipe’s mural will live in stairwell A of the parking garage next to Marshalls, which exits directly onto Bond St.
All murals will be completed by mid-November.
Arsenal Yards Phase 1 Store Openings
A thriving new urban village is coming to life at Arsenal Yards with 250,000 sq. ft. dedicated to retail, dining, fitness, and entertainment. Joining already-open Marshalls, Arsenal Yards retailers and popular fast-casual restaurants’ Shake Shack, Chipotle, Gap and Old Navy are all expected to open in November. SQZ Biotech, the first of multiple life science companies, will be moving into Arsenal Yards’ state-of-the-art biotech lab space by the end of the year.
Arsenal Yards' upcoming lineup of restaurants include City Works Eatery and Pour House, The Gallows, Kura Sushi, Pokeworks, Tori Jiro, and local family-owned restaurant Condesa Restaurante Mexicano. The upcoming retail and entertainment roster includes The Majestic 7, a seven-screen entertainment venue, Roche Bros., Ulta Beauty, European Wax Center and more. Kymera Therapeutics is also slated to move into Arsenal Yards’ life science lab space, with additional leases to be announced soon.
"After years of planning, it’s exciting to see our vision to create a true destination with a fantastic mix of tenants and experiences begin to settle at Arsenal Yards,” said Tom Wilder, Principal at Wilder. "The diverse and eclectic offerings that makeup Arsenal Yards, including art, fulfills our vision of turning a dynamic multi-use development into a vibrant, new neighborhood experience.”
Sep 30, 2019
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.
Sep 26, 2019
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.
Aug 19, 2019
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.
Jul 02, 2019
Construction Begins for Hampton Inn at Arsenal Yards
Construction is now underway for the Hampton Inn as part of the Arsenal Yards redevelopment in Watertown. The upcoming 6-story hotel will be adjacent to the new parking garage for the project. The hotel will feature 146 rooms in total a mix of traditional guest rooms and suites. Guest amenities will include a bar and lounge, an outdoor terrace, and meeting space. Construction on the hotel is expected to be complete in Fall 2020.
Elsewhere in the project, work also continues on the revamp of the two historic Arsenal buildings to include retail and restaurant space including a Majestic Cinema. Foundation work is also ongoing for the new construction building that will house the Blvd & Bond apartments, Roche Brothers, and additional retail tenants. The first phases of the project are set to open this fall.
Jun 12, 2019
Fit-Out Permit Issued for Arsenal Yards Majestic Theater
An interior fit-out permit has been issued for the upcoming Majestic Theater in the Arsenal Yards redevelopment. The project cost per the permit will be just under $5.8M. The theater will include 7 screens along with concessions and a full bar within building E on the site, one of the historic buildings being renovated as part of the project.
Apr 12, 2019
New Parking Garage at Arsenal Yards Nearing Completion: Expected Opening in June
Construction on the new parking garage at Arsenal Yards is nearly complete with an expected opening in June. Throughout the rest of the project, various phases of construction are ongoing. Restoration of the two historic Arsenal buildings is progressing with new retail, restaurant, and office spaces set to open this fall. Foundation work has also started for one of the new construction buildings that will house Blvd & Bond apartments and a Roche Brothers Grocery Store.
When complete in 2020 Arsenal Yards will include 250,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 300 apartments, 200,000 square feet of office, and a 150 room hotel.