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Mar 27, 2020
Amended Plans Filed for Xmbly in Somerville
Changes have been proposed for the 9+ acre Xmbly development in Somerville. Currently, on the project, construction has kicked off for the 329 unit Alta XMBLY which would now be the only residential building within the project. New plans call for the elimination of the 190,000 square foot residential tower on Block 25. This change allows for an increase in publicly accessible open space and an increase in office/lab/R&D space by approximately 272,000 square feet, inclusive of approximately 80,000 square feet of innovative space. A total of 1,220,000 square feet of office/lab/R+D space would now be provided within 3 buildings. Plans also call for a reduction in retail/restaurant space to 24,500 square feet but an increase in parking from 1696 spaces to 1899 in total.
Mar 24, 2020
Framing Nearly Complete for Assembly Row Block 8
Framing is nearly complete for the 525,000 square foot mixed-use property on Assembly Row Block 8. The property will include 500 new residences and approximately 26,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space, adding to Assembly Row's busy streetscape. Amenities for residents will include a 4th-floor courtyard with a pool & private patios and a rooftop outdoor terrace. Select residences would feature private terraces with sweeping views of Boston. 500 vehicle parking spaces, in addition to bicycle storage, would also be provided within the building for residents. Construction on the project will pause as of 3/27 per the City of Somerville's directive. Patrick McMahon, Senior VP, Regional Development at Federal Realty Investment Trust tells BLDUP, "we are fully complying with the city’s mandate and will continue to look for ways to support our community, including our residents, retailers, workers and neighbors."
Mar 23, 2020
Site & Foundation Work Underway for Alta Xmbly
Site & foundation work is underway for Alta Xmbly in Somerville. The next addition to Assembly Row will feature 329 residential units along with over 10,000 square feet of retail space. The project will also include a 188 car parking garage.
Mar 19, 2020
Framing Underway for Broadstone Middlesex
Structural steel framing is ongoing for the lower floors of Broadstone Middlesex in Billerica. The new building is set to include 211 modern apartments along with 2,750 square feet of commercial space. The luxury project is also set to offer residents amenities such as a resort-inspired pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, bike repair station, and large exterior courtyard.
Mar 18, 2020
Plans for New WBZ-TV Studio Now Under Review
Plans have been filed for the replacement television station for WBZ-TV along Soldiers Field Road in Allston. The new 3-story building will feature around 63,000 square feet of commercial/office space, production space and parking. The project would also include 124 secure parking spaces and 16 visitor spaces.
Mar 17, 2020
CO Issued for Hub Hall at The Hub on Causeway
On Monday, March 16th a temporary certificate of occupancy was issued for the 16,000 square-foot food hall, Hub Hall, at The Hub on Causeway. Curated by the Patina Restaurant Group the hall will feature 18 diverse food and drink options. A wide mix of vendors, including renowned chefs, local spots, health-conscious and indulgent offerings can all be found at Hub Hall. Notable offerings include Lily P's Fried Chicken, Mike's Pastry, Momosan Ramen, Monica’s Mercato, Sauce Burgers, Sullivan's, The Smoke Shop, and Taco Dumbo. For those looking for a drink, Hub Hall will feature The Draft by Banners, offering regularly rotating craft beer offerings, and Now Pouring Wine Bar, featuring a selection of regularly-changing wine offerings by the glass & bottle. We will be anxiously awaiting the Hub Hall's official opening.
Mar 15, 2020
First Building Complete at Copperworks in Canton
The first building at Copperworks Canton is complete with framing going up next door for the second in the development. The project will offer 212 modern condos ranging in size from 1 through 2+ bedrooms. Resident amenities will include a roof deck with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and fire pit, a clubhouse with pool, and a 9-acre public park built along the banks of the Neponset River Tributary. The original copper foundry on the site will be transformed into a farm to table restaurant and landmark museum.
Mar 13, 2020
$5.8M Permit Pulled for Addition/Renovation at 650 Pleasant St. in Watertown
DC Beane & Associates has pulled a permit valued at $5,873,078 to kick off construction at 650 Pleasant Street in Watertown. The project calls for the demo of the 1-story portion of the existing building and the construction of a 2-story approximately 15,700 square foot addition in its place. Arranta Bio will occupy the building as an office and lab/ manufacturing space.
Mar 12, 2020
Renovation of Lenox Apartments Approved
The rehabilitation of the Boston Housing Authority’s Lenox Apartments housing development located at 136 Lenox Street in Lower Roxbury has been approved by the BDPA. The Lenox Apartments features 285 units across twelve (12) three-story walk-up buildings, originally built in 1939. The renovations project will include both interior and exterior renovations to all buildings along with the management office space.
Mar 05, 2020
Site Clear at for BLDG 89 in Allston
Demo is complete and site work is now underway at 89 Brighton Ave. in Allston. The upcoming mixed-use project will feature 129 apartments with 7,500 square feet of retail space. The project will also include 79 parking spaces and storage space for 138 bicycles along with a transit screen in the lobby.
Mar 05, 2020
Demolition Ongoing for MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Demolition of a parking lot and part of the parking garage along Ipswich Street next to Fenway Park is ongoing to make way for the MGM Music Hall. The upcoming state-of-the-art performing arts center The project will occupy roughly 91,500 square feet on four levels, and accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons. Construction is expected to last through fall 2021.
Mar 04, 2020
Newton Residents Vote YES on Northland's 22+ Acre Development
Newton residents voted in favor of the Northland Newton project Tuesday night, with 58% of voters supporting the mixed-use development. As approved by the city council in December 2019, the project will include 800 housing units (140 of which will be affordable), 180,000 square feet of office space and 115,000 square feet of commercial space. Plans also call for 10 acres of open space including 8 new parks plus a mobility hub that will offer free electric shuttle service to the Newton Highlands MBTA Station.
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