Work Underway on Cast-In-Place Podium at The Mark in East Boston
Work is now underway for the cast-in-place podium for the upcoming 107 unit luxury condo project, The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf. The 6-story building will also feature 6,500 square feet of shared workspace plus parking for 80 cars. Residents will have access to a private fitness center with several immersive entertainment lounges.
$8M Tenant Fit-up Permit Pulled for Two Drydock
A permit valued at $8M has been pulled for tenant fit-up on floors 7-10 at Two Drydock Avenue. The project will include new finishes along with mechanical and electrical. When complete in the first quarter of 2020, Two Drydock will feature 225,000 square feet of office space with 9,500 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Tenants at the project will include MullenLowe and Mediahub who have leased 114,620 square feet plus Shell TechWorks who committed to 43,821 square feet. Local brewery Lord Hobo will occupy the 9,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor.
Structural Steel Work Underway for The New Boston Arts Academy
Structural steel work is now underway for the New Boston Arts Academy along Ipswich Street in Fenway. The new building will offer classroom and performance space for students specializing in music, theater, fashion design, art, and dance. Additional amenities at the school will include a learning commons area, a computer listening lab, a steam lab, two biology labs, two chemistry labs, a fitness room, private locker/changing rooms, a half-court basketball gymnasium, and a roof terrace.
Permit Pulled for Fire Alarm Install at 45 on Burnett
A permit has been pulled for fire alarm install at 45 on Burnett in Jamaica Plain. The project features 44 luxury condos ranging in size from 1 through 3 bedrooms. The homes feature European style kitchens, Bosch and Thermador appliances, Italian marble baths. The building will also offer a state-of-the-art onsite gym and dog spa.
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.
Framing Rising for 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Framing continues at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square. The project will include a two-level below-grade parking garage that will hold more than 100 cars and 142 bikes. This project will also feature 136 rental units along with a landscaped courtyard and ground floor tenant amenity space. The building that has been designed with cues from the historic industrial buildings in Kendall Square is expected to be complete in Summer 2020.
Construction Continues for Park 77 in Cambridge
Construction continues for Park 77 in Cambridge at 75 New Street. Park 77 is a new apartment development and is scheduled for completion in 2020. Park 77 will include 93 apartments featuring hardwood floors, stainless appliances, and granite countertops. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, media room, and pet grooming area.
Construction Continues for MIT's Upcoming Vassar Street Residence Hall
Construction is ongoing for MIT's upcoming residence hall at 121-169 Vassar Street in Cambridge. The project will contain 450 new dormitory beds for undergraduate students with 16 apartments for graduate resident tutors and faculty members. The 156,000 square feet building will also house shared community space and a dining hall, along with ample bike parking. Outside the building, a tree-filled entry courtyard and a plaza area will provide green space and gathering opportunities. Target completion data is Fall 2020.
Work Continues on Assembly Row Block 8
Construction is ongoing for Assembly Row Block 8 in Somerville. Assembly Row Block 8 is a 24-story building featuring 500 new apartments, and approximately 26,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. Multiple amenities will be located on site for residents, including a 4th floor courtyard with a pool & private patios, a rooftop terrace, almost 300 parking spaces and bike storage.
Fire Alarm and Electrical Permits Pulled for Everlane Coming to 121 Seaport
Fire alarm and electrical permits have been pulled for the fit-out of a new Everlane Store coming to 121 Seaport. The 50,000 square feet of retail space at the base of the Class A office project is quickly filling up with permits pulled for a Helly Hansen outpost last month. While primarily an online retailer Everlane has been expanding it's brick and mortar presence with the Seaport location expected to open next year.
Fire Alarm Permit Pulled for Children's Hospital Hale Family Building
A permit valued at $2.5M has been pulled for the install of the fire alarm system at the Hale Family Building. The 11-story building will feature a 30-bed state of the art NICU, a comprehensive Heart Center, plus a clinical lab and expanded indoor and outdoor green space. Children's Hospital expects to open the new facility in the third quarter of 2021.
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.”