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 21, 2019
Construction Complete for The Graphic Lofts in Charlestown
Charlestown's newest luxury residential project, The Graphic Lofts, is now open. The project features a total of 171 rental units, a mix of studios through three bedrooms with prices ranging from $2071 up to $6365 per month. Amenities at The Graphic include a game room, fitness center, and concierge service. The ground floor of the project also includes a 5,000 square foot commercial space.
Jun 20, 2019
Tocci Selected as Builder for Worcester Courthouse Redevelopment
Tocci Building Corporation has been named Construction Manager for the historic restoration of the former Worcester County Courthouse in Worcester, MA. Tocci is joining Trinity Financial and The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT) to deliver this multi-family, residential, preservation, and adaptive reuse effort. The 202,000 square-foot building will be converted into 117 market-rate and affordable apartment units. The amenities will premier a museum dedicated to “American bicycle racer Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (1878-1932), the world’s first African-American sports-superstar, who became known as “the Worcester Whirlwind” after his adopted hometown.” (Major Taylor Association, Inc.) Additionally, the historic courtrooms in both the majestic 1800s building and 1955 mid-century modern Annex will be restored to their previous grandeur and used for apartments and amenity space. The courthouse has been vacant since 2007 awaiting this transformation.
Cooperation between the City of Worcester and Trinity Financial has been impressive, as the City helped the development process with their abatement and building stabilization efforts. The construction team is excited about bringing an A+ work/live/play environment to this vibrant city with the support of local, minority and female labor. All in all, this project is a powerful example of Public-Private partnership.
This pivotal urban site is ideally nestled between Main Street, Highland St., Harvard St., Court St. and in close walking distance to Downtown Worcester and the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The historic restoration scope of work includes masonry restoration on the exterior façade as well as historic plaster restoration, millwork restoration, and window replication. The grounds surrounding the Courthouse will be restored and will feature tenant gathering spaces, green-life, trees, and re-imagined parking. The interior space will be transformed as three enormous courtyards (one is 74’ x 20’) spanning multiple floor levels, will bring natural light throughout the interior of the building and to adjacent apartments.
“It is an honor to work on a project of this scale, imagination and potential civic impact. The City has rightfully long-awaited the right team to take on the challenge of transforming a gorgeous and iconic building in the heart of their city. Trinity Financial, TAT, and Tocci is that right team. This promises to be another key piece in the on-going transformation of the City of Worcester. Tocci is proud to be a part of this effort.” -- Valentino Tocci
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.
May 07, 2019
Washington Capital Retains Tocci For Union Point
Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects
Washington Capital Management, Inc., on behalf of one or more investment management clients, has retained Tocci Building Corporation to provide development support services for Union Point. The property is the 1400 acre redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station formerly known as Southfield. Tocci will assist Washington Capital with land use documentation and selection of a new Master Developer. Services include liaison with the Southfield Redevelopment Authority and landowner responsibilities. Tocci was the former Program Manager for Union Point through 2017 and provided a broad range of planning and construction services.
May 01, 2019
88 Wareham Facade in Place
Facade work is wrapping up and window install is nearly complete for the new luxury condo project, 88 Wareham in the South End. The development will include 27 units, a mix of one and two bedrooms, along with a 2,000 square foot roof terrace. Units will feature custom finishes including Baltic Wood Elite oak flooring and Caesarstone countertops with waterfall edges. A fully automated, valet parking garage will round out the amenities.
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 19, 2019
Trinity Financial Secures $54.45 Million in Financing for Courthouse Redevelopment
Trinity Financial has secured $54,452,500 in financing via Mass Housing and New Garden Park, Inc. for the redevelopment project at 2 Main Street in Worcester.
The redeveloped courthouse will feature apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, with amenities including a resident club room, a fitness center, gallery and work spaces for artists and programming space. Half of the residences will be offered at market rates, and half will be designated affordable.
Mar 29, 2019
Construction Wrapping up For the Graphic in Charlestown: First Residents Expected to Move in May 1st
Construction is nearly complete for the Graphic Lofts in Charlestown, with first units expected to welcome residents on May 1st. This unique project combines the renovation of the existing Graphic Arts Building and a new construction four-story modular building. In total the building will include 171 apartments, ranging in size from studios up through 3 bedrooms. The project also includes around 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The Charlestown location offers easy access to the MBTA Orange Line and is also next to the Hood Business Park undergoing its own redevelopment.
Mar 27, 2019
Construction Nearly Complete for Coppersmith Village in East Boston
Construction is wrapping up and leasing has started for Coppersmith Village in East Boston. The development includes two new apartment buildings along Border Street featuring 56 units and 15 condo townhomes on Liverpool Street. The site is located just a few minutes from the Maverick Square MBTA Station. A total of 37 parking spaces are included under the rental buildings and each townhome includes a one car garage. Coppersmith Village also features a 3,000 square foot ground floor retail/restaurant space.
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 27, 2019
Construction Set to Begin Next Month on Worcester Courthouse Redevelopment
After sitting vacant for more than 10 years, Trinity Financial tells BLDUP they expect to begin construction on the redevelopment of the Worcester County Courthouse sometime in March. The historic building, originally built in 1843 was purchased by Trinity in December 2017 and will be converted to 117 mixed-income apartments. Resident amenities within the building are set to include a clubroom, fitness center, and gallery workspace. The project has already received two rounds of historic tax credits worth $800,000 each and is awaiting an additional grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Once underway, construction is set to last around 16 months with occupancy expected in Summer 2020.