May 15, 2019
Site Work Ongoing for The Track at New Balance
After officially breaking ground last month site work is ongoing for the next phase of development at Boston Landing, The Track at New Balance. The TRACK will feature an indoor track as well as regulation hard court and turf field space and a separate warm-up track along with seating capacity for up to 5,000 spectators. Ground floor retail and foodservice will also be part of the project along with a 3,500 capacity music venue in partnership with The Bowery Presents. Construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2021.
May 14, 2019
Work Continues on Slurry Walls for Winthrop Center
Construction continues on the slurry walls for the $1.3B Winthrop Center project in Downtown, Boston. The 53 story tower will include 500 condominium residences, with approximately 750,000 square feet of commercial office. The entire tower is designed to meet LEED Platinum standards with the office portion striving to become the world's largest Passive House office. Office tenants will also have access to a full floor of amenities including a fitness center, coffee bar, and game area. The most unique amenity, however, will be an electromagnetic-free zen room which will block cell phone service with a radiation-blocking grid built into the walls. Residential and office tenants will also have access to a proprietary app, ConnexIQ, which will allow them to access information on energy efficiency, request services, or order coffee.
Construction on Winthrop Center is expected to be complete in 2022.
May 01, 2019
Steel Framing Started for Marine Wharf Hotel
Work on steel framing has kicked off for the Marine Wharf Hotel along Summer Street in Boston's Seaport. The upcoming dual-branded Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites will feature a total of 411 hotel rooms. Just under 20,000 square feet of amenities will be included in the project including an exterior terrace, fitness center, indoor pool, and 500-seat restaurant.
May 01, 2019
Early Stage Construction Continues for The St. Regis Residences, Boston: Sales Gallery Will Open in June
Early stage construction continues along Boston's waterfront for The St. Regis Residences, Boston. The upcoming 22-story-tower will contain 114 high-end residential condominiums along with a two-level signature restaurant. As Boston's first St. Regis, this project will offer residents access to a suite of signature amenities and personalized butler service. While luxurious, the design also takes into account the importance of climate resiliency with deployable flood barriers and other allowances for possible rising sea levels.
The sales gallery for this much-anticipated development is set to open in June and will offer buyers and agents a first look at these world-class homes.
Apr 29, 2019
Windows Going in at Two Drydock
Construction on Skanska's newest office project, Two Drydock is advancing with windows being installed. The upcoming 250,000 square foot mixed-use office building captures the industrial look of the neighborhood while offering modern office amenities like a rooftop terrace, fitness center, and open workspaces with abundant natural light. The building is targetting LEED Gold Certification and will feature an energy recovery system and high-performance curtain wall facade.
Apr 29, 2019
Exterior Work Progressing Quickly at Parcel K
The mixed-use hotel and rental project on the Seaport's Parcel K are rapidly moving forward with window and exterior install ongoing. The project will include a 304 unit rental building and a 12-story Hyatt Place hotel with 294 rooms. The hotel has been designed to reflect the nautical history of its location with a refined sense of style and is set to open in March 2020. The apartment building will feature a rooftop pool, clubroom, and a terrace. A one-level underground parking garage on the site will have space for 420 cars.
Apr 04, 2019
Early Stages of Construction Continue at Winthrop Center as The Great Hall is Renamed The Connector
As site and slurry wall work continues for Winthrop Center the development team has announced a shift in the plans for the common space at the bottom of the project. What was originally dubbed The Great Hall, 12,000 square feet of public space over three floors has been revamped and renamed "The Connector". The update calls for a long lobby across the base of the tower, "connecting" Federal Street and Devonshire, still open to the public and programmed with year-round events.
Construction on the 691' tower is expected to be complete in 2022.
Apr 01, 2019
NB Development Group Breaks Ground on The TRACK at New Balance
The first day of April marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the TRACK at New Balance. The community and project officials were in attendance including Mayor Marty Walsh. The TRACK is the next phase of the Boston Landing Development and will offer a pinnacle sports experience for athletes, as well as a concert venue with The Bowery Presents and a New Balance Athletics Sports Research Lab.
The TRACK at new balance will feature a fast hydraulically-banked 200-meter indoor track as well as regulation hard court and turf field space and a separate warm-up track along with seating capacity for up to 5,000 spectators. Ground floor retail and foodservice will also be part of the project. The music venue, developed in partnership with The Bowery Presents will have a 3,500 capacity.
The TRACK at new balance is being designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and will be constructed by John Moriarty Associates. Construction is expected to be complete by late summer 2021.
Mar 13, 2019
The Bowery Presents Announces New Live Music Venue at Boston Landing
The Bowery Presents, the leading concert promotion and venue management company in the Northeast, announced today its plans for a new 3,500 capacity concert venue to be developed at Boston Landing, a mixed-use development in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood. Set to be an anchor of “The TRACK at new balance” development, the general admission venue will break ground on April 1 with an anticipated opening in Fall 2021. The venue’s name and further details will be announced at a later date.
“We are proud to be part of the fabric of the Boston music community, and we are excited to continue our growth as part of New Balance’s new development at Boston Landing,” said Jim Glancy and John Moore, partners at The Bowery Presents. “We take great pride in the business our team has developed in Boston, and this new venue will be an exciting new addition to the Bowery Boston family.”
“We are excited to be working with The Bowery Presents as they bring their culture of nurturing and presenting the best musical acts to enhance Allston-Brighton’s rich music performance history at Boston Landing,” said Jim Halliday, Managing Director of New Balance Development Group. “The Bowery Presents’ music venue at Boston Landing will complement the district’s retail and restaurant offerings to truly provide an exciting 18-Hour/7-Day experience on Brighton’s Guest Street corridor.”
Once open, the music venue at Boston Landing will expand The Bowery Presents’ venue ownership and booking footprint within the Boston area, joining Royale (1,200 capacity), The Sinclair in Cambridge (525 capacity), Great Scott (220 capacity), in addition to dozens of concert bookings in theaters and arenas in the region.
“The Bowery Presents has a rich history of developing artists and offering fans great live music experiences from small to large venues,” said Josh Bhatti, Vice President, Boston at The Bowery Presents. “We are excited to bring our passion for developing the best venues for artists and fans alike to Boston Landing.”
For a full calendar of The Bowery Presents’ events in Boston, visit BoweryBoston.com.
Feb 25, 2019
Two Drydock Tops Off
With over 1750 steel beams in place, the 12-story tower at Two Drydock has topped off. The project will feature 225,000 square feet of office space, 9,500 square-feet of ground-floor retail as well as a 12,000 square-foot public plaza. Building amenities will include a rich first-level experience to include a cafe and craft brewing space, along with rooftop yoga area, and terrace with sweeping Boston and water views.
Feb 12, 2019
Framing Nearly Complete for Parcel K as Exterior Work Kicks Off
Structural framing for the upcoming mixed-use project at Parcel K in the Seaport is nearly complete and exterior work has started. The 500,000 square foot project is comprised of two buildings, both 12 stories, one a Hyatt Place hotel, the other a rental project. The hotel will feature 294 rooms while the rental building will include 304 apartments. The buildings will also contain around 12,000 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. A one-level underground parking garage will have the capacity for approximately 450 cars.
Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.
Feb 11, 2019
Work Begins on Concrete Cores for Marine Wharf Hotel
Suffolk Construction has started work on 2 concrete cores for the Marine Wharf Hotel project near Boston's cruise terminal on Summer Street. The project will include a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites. On-site amenities will include a fitness center, indoor pool, a 500 seat restaurant. The hotel’s first floor and has been raised 3’ above the current road grades to accommodate potential future sea level rise.
Jan 30, 2019
Foundation Work Begins for Winthrop Center
Foundation work has started for Winthrop Center, the 53-story tower coming to Boston's downtown. The massive project will feature around 500 condo residences along with 750,000 square feet of commercial space. At the base of the tower will be a Great Hall that will create a new connection between Winthrop Square and Federal Street. The Great Hall will offer retail and restaurant options along with 21,000 square feet of shared meeting space.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2022.
Jan 25, 2019
Site Work Underway for St. Regis Residences, Boston
With demolition complete site work has started for the St. Regis Residences, Boston. The upcoming 22-story tower which sits directly on the waterfront in Boston's Seaport will feature 114 luxurious residences. The building's exterior and interior designs are inspired by this waterfront location. The St. Regis Residences, Boston will also feature a two-level signature restaurant and a new section of the Harborwalk around the property.
Jan 10, 2019
Cronin Development Brings BAMO on Board to Design Interiors for the St. Regis Residences, Boston
Cronin Development has hired BAMO of San Francisco to design interiors for The St. Regis Residences, Boston. The team, led by principal Billy Quimby, is developing the design for the kitchens, bathrooms, and finishes and fixtures throughout the individual units, as well as creating the full interior vision for the lobby and amenity spaces.
Located at 150 Seaport Boulevard, the residence-only tower will be BAMO’s first ground-up development in the Boston area. Initial designs of the interior spaces show reflections of Boston’s history, culture and maritime heritage with a sail-inspired carved feature wall, nautical reception desk, and the use of hand-forged bronze, barnacle textures, and a palette colored by the tones at water’s edge.
Well-known for both hospitality and residential designs, BAMO is an ideal partner for The Residences. The firm’s residential experience positions it well for interpreting the St. Regis brand for the Boston luxury condominium market.
”In the spirit of the building’s iconic design, the interiors take inspiration from maritime, complementing the forward-thinking vision of Elkus Manfredi Architects and owner Jon Cronin,” said BAMO Principal, Billy Quimby. “Throughout the residential lobby and amenity spaces, subtle nautical nods and material elements connect the interiors to Boston and the Seaport district, with a level of detail and sophistication for which the St. Regis Brand has come to be known.”
In addition to the maritime influence, BAMO is taking inspiration from a number of local references. The influence of Boston Common’s lush greenery and dappled light reveals itself in the tranquil spa, while materiality in the amenity lounge references the Seaport district during the industrial revolution with detailed stitching, bronze fluting, and decorative blown glass lighting. Drawing on the yachting lifestyle, The St. Regis Residences, Boston inspire an air of East Coast luxury, offering a unique sense of privacy and exclusivity, while locating owners at the heart of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhood. The interiors will reflect all of these qualities, as well as the exquisite living experience that the St. Regis brand delivers.
“BAMO’s creative spirit and exceptional design talent makes them a terrific partner for us at The St. Regis Residences, Boston,” said Cronin Development CEO Jon Cronin. “With their international hospitality experience, we’re confident their work for us will deliver the most beautiful, luxury experience for our residents.”
Dec 27, 2018
Building Permit Granted for St. Regis Residences, Boston
A building permit has been granted for the upcoming development at 150 Seaport Boulevard in Boston's Seaport District.
The Upcoming 22-story mixed-use waterfront building is the future home of The St. Regis Residences, Boston. The building will contain 114 residential condominiums, 10,700 square feet of ground and second level retail space, and three levels of underground parking. The ground floor space will feature a signature restaurant.
Nov 28, 2018
Foundation Work Ongoing for Marine Wharf Hotel
Foundation work is ongoing with piles in place for the Marine Wharf Hotel along Summer Street in the Seaport. The dual-branded hotel will include a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites with a total of 411 rooms. The 14-story building will also feature 19,000sf of amenities including an indoor pool, restaurant, and retail space.
Nov 24, 2018
Demo Underway for St. Regis Residences
Demolition of Whiskey Priest & The Atlantic Beer Garden along Boston's waterfront has begun to make way for the upcoming St. Regis Residences. Once the bars have been cleared work will start on the 22 story tower that will hold 114 luxury residences. The project also calls for around 10,000 sf retail space and three levels of underground parking.
Construction is expected to be complete in around 2 years.
Nov 20, 2018
Site Work Continues for Winthrop Center
After an official groundbreaking complete with fireworks was celebrated about 1 month ago site work is in full swing for Winthrop Center in downtown Boston. The $1.3 billion project will be Boston's 4th tallest building at 691 feet when complete. The top 26 floors of the tower will contain around 500 condo residences with around 750,000 square feet of office space below. At the base of the project will site three floors of public space dubbed The Great Hall to include a restaurant and retail space along with shared meeting space. There will also be 5 levels of parking underneath the tower with space for 550 cars.
First occupancy at The Winthrop center is expected in early 2022.
Oct 30, 2018
Electrical Permit Issued for Two Drydock
An electrical permit has been issued for the upcoming 13-story building on Parcel Q1 in the Seaport. The building is set to contain 225,000 square feet of office space with 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A 12,000 square foot public plaza will be constructed at the building's ground level fronting Drydock Avenue. Office workers will have access to an 11th-floor roof terrace facing the Boston skyline and a rooftop terrace at the penthouse level.
Oct 19, 2018
Winthrop Square Tower to Officially Break Ground Next Week
After years of planning the Winthrop Square Tower, now called Winthrop Center, will finally be moving forward with a groundbreaking set for next week. While demolition of the abandoned garage has been ongoing Millenium Partners finally gets the go-ahead to break ground as the City Council voted to appropriate the funds from the sale of the garage earlier this week.
The $102 million sale of the property was finalized earlier this month. Funds from the sale will go toward funding open spaces including $23 million to The Boston Common & Franklin Park and $11 million for completion of the Emerald Necklace.
The $1.35 billion tower will be Boston's 4th tallest building when complete at 691 feet and will include around 500 condominiums and around 750,000sf of office space.
Oct 03, 2018
Seaport Development Financed for $341 Million
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced $341 million in construction financing and joint venture equity for the development of The St. Regis Residences, Boston, an iconic, luxury waterfront condominium tower located on one of the last remaining developable waterfront parcels in downtown Boston.
The HFF team worked as an exclusive advisor to the developer, Cronin Development, to secure $306.5 million in construction financing from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Additionally, HFF advised Cronin Development in structuring a joint venture equity partnership for $34.5 million with a private equity partner, the JCM Opportunity Fund I, LLC, a subsidiary holding of Joyal Capital Management led by Gary F. Joyal, CEO and managing partner.
With 114 units spread over 22 stories, The St. Regis Residences, Boston features a twisting and angular contemporary design evoking billowing sails in a nod to its nautical location. Every single residence in this architecturally significant building offers sweeping views of Boston or Boston Harbor as well as extensive access to outdoor space. The Residences will also include underground parking, a two-story signature restaurant, five-star amenities and customized services for owners.
Oct 02, 2018
Millennium Partners Officially Acquires Winthrop Square Garage Site for $102 Million
New York-based, Millennium Partners has officially acquired the property at 115 Federal Street in Boston, the site of the Winthrop Square Garage, for $102 million.
The property was acquired from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and is planned for an upcoming 53-story, 691-foot-tall tower that would replace a decrepit City-owned parking garage located in Winthrop Square in the heart of Downtown Boston. Across the $1.3 billion, 1.592-million-square-foot tower’s top 26 floors would be approximately 500 condominium residences, with approximately 750,000 square feet of commercial office space across 20 floors below.
Oct 02, 2018
Boston's First St. Regis Breaks Ground
Yesterday’s groundbreaking for the St. Regis Residences on Boston’s waterfront gave a glimpse into the luxury that residents will enjoy from one of the top luxury brands in the world. Guests to the groundbreaking were greeted by a string quartet and the Boston Police Galic Column and Drums bagpipe band. Instead of the ceremonial shoveling of dirt, the team opted for the sabering of champagne!
Jon Cronin, Founder of the Cronin Group, spoke about 12-year journey of the project and the importance of the site. He commended the late Howard Elkus on his visionary and beautiful design that mimics a billowing sail and will act as a gateway to Boston Harbor. The design is also on the cutting edge of climate resiliency with deployable flood barriers and other allowances for possible rising sea levels. The project will also provide for public waterfront access in an area where it does not currently exist.
The site at 150 Seaport Blvd, soon to the home of the St. Regis Residences
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was on hand for the ceremony along with Congressman Stephen Lynch and Mayor Marty Walsh. All spoke of The Cronin family's commitment to the City of Boston and Jon Cronin’s active participation in various local charities including his contribution to the Martin Richard Park, just a few blocks from the St. Regis.
The upcoming St. Regis Residences will feature 114 luxury condominiums ranging from one-bedroom units to penthouse homes. All residents will have access to the brand’s renowned signature services and amenities, including concierge and butler service. The project will also feature a pool, spa, health club, library and golf simulation room.
The Cronin Group hopes to be cutting the ribbon on the luxurious waterfront residences in just under 2 years.
Sep 25, 2018
Foundation Work Underway at Parcel Q1
Foundation work is underway for new office space coming to the corner of Drydock Avenue & Harbor Street in the Seaport. The building is set to include over 211,000 sf of office space along with 8,400 sf of ground floor retail. A new public plaza will also be built along Drydock Avenue.
The $128 million project is expected to be complete in December 2019.
Sep 23, 2018
Site Work Underway for Marine Wharf Hotel
Site work has started along Summer Street in the Seaport District for the upcoming Marine Wharf Hotel. The dual-branded hotel will include a 245 Hampton Inn and a 166 room Homewood Suites. In total, the project will be around 320,000 sf and include a 75 car parking garage. Construction is expected to last 24 months.
Aug 17, 2018
Redgate and Hilco Submit Updated Plans for South Boston Power Plant
Redgate and Hilco have submitted updated plans to the city for their redevelopment of the South Boston Power Plant site. The new plans call for reduced square footage and building height, along with a more advanced design of pedestrian walkways, and innovative transportation options. The developers will also now preserve the 1898 Building.
Total square footage has been reduced from 2.1 million to 1.93 with unit count coming down to 1,344, from 1,588 in the original plan. Building height is also being reduced, the tallest part of the project would now stand at 200 ft instead of 206 ft.
The developers are also exploring a partnership with the MBTA to bring supplemental bus service to the area. The proposal calls for a gradual build-out of the project over 12-15 years.
Aug 16, 2018
BPDA Approves Exchange South End
In a meeting held on August 16th, 2018 the BPDA approved the massive, 1.6 million square foot development in the South End along Albany Street. Positive comments regarding the project came from numerous sources including neighborhood associations, unions, and the board itself. The head of the South End Forum, a collection of the various South End neighborhood associations, applauded the development team for their community engagement throughout the past year and no opposition to the project was voiced at the public hearing.
The development of the 5.6-acre site will include four new buildings of commercial, technology, and life science space with ground floor retail. The front door to the site will be the 1-acre park, Albany Green. While questions around transportation remain, The Abbey Group hopes to start construction this coming spring, 2019.
Aug 16, 2018
Site work Begins at Parcel K in Seaport
The building boom in Boston's Seaport continues as site work is not underway at Parcel K, at the corner of Northern Avenue & Congress Street. The upcoming project feature 2 buildings, a 304 unit residential building and a 293 room Hyatt Place Hotel. There will also be 12,000 sf flex/innovation space and 18,000 sf of retail on site.
Jul 19, 2018
St. Regis-branded Residences Coming to Boston
Cronin Development today announced plans to debut The St. Regis Residences, Boston in 2020 within a luxury residential-only tower set to become a recognizable landmark on the city’s skyline. The St. Regis Residences, Boston will rise at 150 Seaport Boulevard and feature expansive views of Boston Harbor.
“The St. Regis brand evokes the highest level of luxury and we are thrilled to bring this iconic brand to Boston’s residents for the first time,” said Cronin Development Founder Jon Cronin. “Our team is incredibly inspired to deliver this building, which will offer exceptional privacy in addition to exemplary services, amenities and benefits – and at an extraordinary location, resting directly on Boston’s waterfront.”
The St. Regis Residences, Boston, will feature 114 luxury condominiums ranging from one-bedroom units to penthouse homes with access to the brand’s renowned signature services and amenities, including concierge and butler service. Amenities will also include a swimming pool, spa, health club library and golf simulation room - all exclusive to owners.
The building will be known for its unique architecture and exquisite design. Legendary Boston architect Howard Elkus of Elkus Manfredi designed 150 Seaport Boulevard with a billowing style specifically to mimic the curvilinear shape of a tall ship at sail. It will stand 22 stories tall at the gateway to Boston Harbor. On the ground and second level, owners and their guests will also be able to enjoy a signature restaurant experience that will also cater to area visitors, neighbors, and office workers.
“Boston is a dynamic residential market and perfect for the modern glamour of St. Regis-branded residences,” said Dana Jacobsohn, Global Mixed Use Development, Marriott International. “We’re excited to add The St. Regis Residences Boston, to our growing portfolio of branded residential projects around the world.”
Jul 16, 2018
50/60 Binney: The Gateway to Kendall Square
The iconic towers of 50 + 60 Binney Street serve as a gateway to the Alexandria Center at Kendall Square. Standing adjacent to the Charles River, the buildings house of 10 stories of mixed-use lab, office and retail space, a mechanical penthouse, and six levels of below-grade parking for innovative technology and life science users, while simultaneously supporting public and retail functions at the ground level.
The project, completed by Turner Construction, is part of an eight-building, 2.6 million rentable square-foot campus featuring four ground-up developments and two residential developments. The new amenity-rich Alexandria Center at Kendall Square (ACKS) retail corridor is lined with shops, restaurants, and meeting/event spaces.
The project was completed on schedule using Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Jul 05, 2018
Exchange South End Awaits Approval
With the Exchange South End proposal under board review, the $600 million commercial development is still aiming to begin construction in the fall of 2018. The development would transform 5.6 acres of South End real estate into a massive mixed-use opportunity for the neighborhood.
The nearly 1.6 million square foot project would include four new buildings featuring approximately 1,481,350 square feet of commercial, technology, and life science research space with 42,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 30,000 square feet of civic and incubator space oriented about a new public park.
Over one acre of new pedestrian-friendly public open space, known as Albany Green, would be constructed on site. Exchange South End would host 4,000 to 7,000 new jobs, and represent a total investment of over $1 billion in the South End neighborhood.
Jun 29, 2018
Site Work Underway at Winthrop Square
Site work is in full swing at Winthrop Square in Downtown Boston. Now that the old Winthrop Garage has been removed and approval for the project received in May, work on the 53 story tower is moving forward. This $1.3 billion project will include approximately 500 condos on the upper floors and 750,000 sf of commercial space below.
The tower’s first three floors would contain a 12,000-square-foot Great Hall public space set to include restaurant, retail, and public meeting space.
Jun 20, 2018
Building Permit Issued for Marine Wharf Hotel
A building permit has been issued for the upcoming Marine Wharf Hotel in Boston's Seaport District.
The 14-story, 320,000 square foot dual-branded hotel will include a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites, providing a total of 411 new Seaport District hotel rooms.
Approximately 19,300 square feet of amenities will be located at Marine Wharf Hotel including an exterior terrace, a fitness center, an indoor pool, meeting spaces and a 500-seat restaurant. Approximately 3,500 square feet of retail will be located on the hotel's ground floor.
Jun 20, 2018
Boston Celtics and New Balance Open “The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters"
The 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics together with New Balance Athletics and NB Development opened the Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters on June 19th as the team’s official practice facility. The 70,000 square foot structure at Boston Landing boasts best-in-class technology and equipment across strength and conditioning, recovery, sports science, and nutrition - each geared towards optimizing athlete performance.
The Auerbach Center, or “Red’s House,” is the centerpiece of the wide-ranging initiative between the Boston Celtics and New Balance. The relationship includes a shared focus on performance, innovation and community give-back, and has its origins in a little-known but formative friendship between the patriarchs of the two Boston institutions.
The bond dates back to the late 1970s, when Arnold “Red” Auerbach, then the President and General Manager of the Boston Celtics, served as a mentor to current New Balance Chairman, Jim Davis. The two entrepreneurial minds met regularly to share thinking on establishing winning cultures for their respective organizations. That spirit remains intact and informed every aspect of this collaboration.
“The Auerbach Center will be the foundation on which future great Celtics teams will be built,” said Wyc Grousbeck, Boston Celtics Governor, and Managing Partner. “We are so glad to honor Red, the architect of Celtic Pride, in this way, and to work with New Balance to build this stunning facility.”
“New Balance is extremely proud to join with the Boston Celtics in honoring Red Auerbach’s professional achievements and personal values of teamwork and integrity through the opening of ‘Red’s House’ at Boston Landing,” said Jim Davis, Chairman at New Balance. “Red Auerbach was a true entrepreneur whose passion for winning and dedication to the sport of basketball and the Boston Celtics was equally matched with his commitment to people and the Boston community.”
“Boston Landing is a great example of successful collaboration between the private and public sector to expand development opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community,” said Governor Baker. “Our administration has been pleased to play a role in this area’s expansion and we look forward to seeing the Boston Celtics and New Balance open the Auerbach Center to honor Red Auerbach’s legacy and use the space to build leaders on the court and in the community.”
“Red Auerbach’s legacy burns bright in Boston, and nowhere is that more evident than right at Red’s House,” said Mayor Walsh. “This new facility brings our Celtics home, so they won’t just be winning in Boston, but they’ll be training in Boston as well. I thank the Celtics and New Balance for making Boston a championship city, for earning the banners, for honoring Red’s legacy and putting an emphasis on community, making sure the spirit of the team also extends into Boston’s neighborhoods.”
The 70,000 square-foot Auerbach Center is a striking addition to Boston Landing, cantilevered 55 feet in the air out to the edge of the Mass Pike and its hundreds of thousands of weekly commuters. It features a forty-foot glass wall that overlooks the practice courts and replicas of the team’s 17 NBA Championship banners. The comprehensive training facility has a wide range of features to optimize player performance, health, and recovery, as well as build team camaraderie, through the integration of:
Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities, including a 40-foot exercise pool, hydrotherapy pools, and a float tank
Best-in-class players’ locker rooms, auxiliary men’s and women’s locker rooms, players’ lounge, and nap room
Expanded media workroom, press conference, and broadcast facilities
Flexible hospitality area designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings and other guest events
Enhanced workspace for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs
Commitment to Community
One of the many shared values between the Boston Celtics and New Balance is a commitment to the community. In keeping with this joint mission, the Celtics worked with New Balance Foundation to renovate the basketball court at the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston. Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens will lead a basketball clinic at the Club this Thursday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the renovation. This is one of several community initiatives on which the organizations will collaborate.
World Class Collaboration
A project of such scale and significance can only be completed by a world-class team working in perfect collaboration. The following vendors made valuable contributions as part of this team:
NB Development Group
Elkus Manfredi Architects
John Moriarty & Associates General Contractors
Lucinda Loya Interiors
Erik Rueda Design
Connor Sports Flooring
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
CBRE (fka Transwestern)
Jun 08, 2018
Mainely Burgers to Open a Second Brick and Mortar Location at Boston Landing
NB Development Group announced the signing of Mainely Burgers as the most recent retail lease at Boston Landing. The Mainely signing will kick off the retail leasing in the residential building, Lantera by taking 2,134 square-feet on the ground floor.
Mainely Burgers, now in its seventh year, started with a summer food truck in Maine. Since 2012, the Maine business has grown to two burger trucks and one ice cream truck, aptly named Mainely Treats. In September of 2016, the company opened its first brick and mortar restaurant in Central Square, Cambridge. Mainely Burgers is owned and operated by brothers Jack and Max Barber, 2016 and 2017 graduates of Babson College.
“Mainely Burgers at Boston Landing will be a welcome addition to our growing group of retailers. There is a demand in this area for quick grab and go options of delicious food, and Mainely will most certainly fulfill that need,” says Erin Harvey, Senior Leasing and Marketing Manager, NB Development Group
“Jack and I are wicked excited for Mainely Burgers at Boston Landing. It feels great to join the community of like-minded companies and partner with NBDG and Graffito, who understand the value of local business. We are super stoked to share our Maine roots and recipes with Boston Landing.” – Max Barber, co-owner
“Mainely Burgers is a beloved local, independent, family-run restaurant in Cambridge. They serve-up delicious comfort food in a warm and inviting atmosphere; a place everyone will enjoy. The Graffito team is excited to welcome Mainely Burgers to Boston Landing this fall and continue to build on the strong mix of retail on site.” David Downing, Graffito SP, representing retail broker.
Boston Landing is currently marketing its second phase of retail that includes approximately 14,000 square-feet on the ground floor of the Lantera residential building and an additional 5,600 square-feet on the ground floor of 40 Guest Street, home of the Boston Celtics practice and training facility opening Summer 2018.
Mainely Burgers joins a growing group of retailers at Boston Landing including the New Balance Flagship store, Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar, NB Fitness Club, Kohi Coffee Co., Flatbread Brighton and the recently announced Cambridge Naturals. For more information about Mainely Burgers please visit mainelyburgers.com.
Jun 06, 2018
Grand Opening Ceremony for The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters
On Tuesday, June 19th, the Boston Celtics will unveil their new practice facility, The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters. The Auerbach Center is the latest dramatic element at Boston Landing — at 55 feet in the air cantilevered out to the edge of the Mass Pike. The Celtics’ new 70,000 square foot practice home is highly visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike with a forty-foot glass wall enclosing the practice courts that face the approximately 130,000 daily commuters.
Wyc Grousbeck and Rich Gotham of the Boston Celtics, Jim Davis of New Balance Athletics, Jim Halliday, of NB Development Group, Governor Charlie Baker, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh will all be in attendance.
May 18, 2018
115 Winthrop Square moves forward, paving way for affordable housing and parks investments
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved a total of nine development projects representing $1.6 billion in investments at the May Board meeting. Altogether, the projects will generate 1,171 residential units and 2,306 jobs once construction is complete.
Following a comprehensive public process, the Board approved the 115 Winthrop Square project, paving the way for a $163 million payment to the City of Boston that will be invested in affordable housing and open space. Mayor Martin J. Walsh has committed funds to the Boston Common ($28 million), Franklin Park ($28 million), the Emerald Necklace ($11 million), Boston Housing Authority's Old Colony development in South Boston ($25 million) Orient Heights development in East Boston ($10 million), and $5 million for a City-held fund to benefit the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The project is expected to generate over $15 million a year in property tax revenue and make significant investments in affordable housing and workforce training programs.
Apr 04, 2018
A look at Facebook's New Boston Office
Facebook is planning to hire more than 500 employees for its new office in Cambridge, according to Ryan Mack, Facebook Boston site lead, who discussed more the move and the company’s hiring plans.
“We’re always hiring,” Mack said in an interview. “We’re actively recruiting and I’d be happy to talk with people.”
Here’s what we know so far about the new Facebook office (and the types of jobs it’s looking to hire).
The new office
The company moved from its current location at One Broadway to 100 Binney St. The two locations are less than a 10-minute walking distance from each other in the Kendall Square area. Mack said that the new space is around 130,000 square feet, so six times the size of the current space.
How many positions?
Mack estimates that the new space has a capacity of 650 employees. Currently, over 100 people work in the Boston office.
What profiles is Facebook Boston looking for?
Primarily, technical and engineers. “We are hiring software engineers focusing on infrastructure, mobile application development, networking, compilers, data warehouses, machine learning experts and data scientists,” Mack said. In the Facebook Boston location, employees focus on machine learning and how to scale machine learning efficiently, among other things.
How to apply?
Currently, the Facebook careers page lists 20 openings for Boston. The company is looking for software engineers with different specializations, including machine learning, traffic infrastructure, iOS and Android. Minimum qualifications include bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or related fields and at least one year of software development experience (but requirements may vary). There are also tech openings for university grads, interns and Ph.D. university grads.
The construction of 100 Binney Street remains on schedule using Touchplan
, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan
has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Mar 30, 2018
ABC IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED ALEWIFE MORATORIUM
A statement written by a committee of ABC members
A moratorium on all development at Alewife is a moratorium on affordable housing, a moratorium on transit-oriented development, and a moratorium on an ecologically responsible future. It is fundamentally out of step with Cambridge values. Proposals for housing moratoria are often discussed or adopted in surrounding suburban cities and towns, and for the same reasons forwarded in this letter. We now join Brookline, Newton, Marlborough, Pembroke, among many others, as part of the moratorium discussion. Cambridge has been a leader in progressive solutions to affordable housing, the environment, and transit, and we cannot set a precedent by turning our backs on that legacy.
Most importantly, this moratorium would have immediate and drastic impacts on affordable housing in Cambridge, aggravating issues of income inequality and social equity we pride ourselves in tackling as a community.
- Homeowners Rehab Inc.(HRI), a Cambridge non-profit affordable housing developer will provide 98 low to middle-income homes right on Concord Ave.
- 55 Wheeler Street could be impacted. This project will be the first private development to be built under our new 20% inclusionary zoning rules and will provide over 100 affordable homes. Not only would a moratorium prevent much-needed housing, but would also block many of the goals outlined by the moratorium petition.
-In total this moratorium could directly stop 500+ desperately needed units of Cambridge housing. This includes 100+ affordable units and a mix of 1,2,3 bedrooms with homeownership opportunities that will allow families and young people alike to remain in Cambridge.
Secondly, this moratorium will put a halt on ecologically friendly, transit-oriented development in Cambridge, and cause us to lose much-needed state funding to fix this congested part of our city.
-The Wheeler St development will provide a landing space for a much-needed potential bridge that will connect the quadrangle to Alewife T station. This bridge could complete and connect many biking and pedestrian routes in Cambridge. The developer has proposed infrastructure improvements, as well as greater connectivity through the creation of a completed street grid to alleviate congestion and traffic.
- Cambridge has an opportunity to secure state funding as well as priority funding through the MA Department of Housing & Community Development’s Housing Choices Initiative. This important funding could be used to help pay for a bridge connecting the quadrangle to the Alewife T station. The state will reject applications from cities and towns that have a moratorium on housing. We cannot miss this opportunity for increased mobility and connectivity in the Alewife area.
- Some have argued that this area is too congested for new development. However, it is estimated over 80% of the traffic in this area originates outside of Cambridge. This development is close to multimodal transport options, and could even lessen traffic as people move in closer to jobs and transit options. Residential development causes much less congestion that commercial development this partially replaces.
Lastly, this moratorium would fail to set the highest standard for climate preparedness in Cambridge development and miss opportunities to remediate severely polluted sites.
- The Wheeler development will provide significant flood mitigation and new open space for flood and stormwater runoff. Higher standards could even be proposed without scuttling the entire development
- HRI is keeping all units and building resources above the 2070 flood elevation, as recommended by the City of Cambridge’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment.
- The area being developed is currently contaminated soils and unused pavement. Development work would require remediation, rather than these toxins remaining free to infiltrate the floodplain.
A moratorium on development in Alewife does nothing but prevent this community from confronting our housing, climate, and mobility challenges. We need investment in housing and mixed-use development to tear up pavement, insert green space, provide infrastructure, and build a resilient, diverse, and well-connected neighborhood. A moratorium is a step backward and does nothing but hurt our progress on some of the most important issues facing our city.
Mar 12, 2018
Updated renderings of Exchange South End from Stantec, the architectural firm on the project. The $600 million commercial development is aiming to begin construction in the fall of 2018, transforming 5.6 acres of South End real estate into a massive mixed-use opportunity for the neighborhood.
Mar 08, 2018
Bose beginning tenant fit-out of newly leased space at Boston Landing. Consisting of 98,000 square footage on levels 7-8-9 & 10 in the building, new lighting and lighting control is being completed. Installation of new electric rooms on each level and new general purpose power wiring. All heating and cooling equipment is already in place.
Mar 01, 2018
Pre-leasing of Lantera residential tower at Boston Landing to begin this month
Lantera, the new 17-story, 295-unit luxury apartment tower at Boston Landing, will begin pre-leasing of residences in mid-March and is expected to open to residents this May. Formerly known as The Residences at Boston Landing, the tower will feature studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences along with 16,500 square feet of ground-floor retail featuring restaurants and specialty shops.
Amenities at Lantera will include the “Loft18” lounge and rooftop terrace, a “Tech bar” work from home space, a Zen garden dubbed “The Grounds”, a fitness studio, an outdoor pool deck, an indoor/outdoor dog park and pet spa and an open gathering space dubbed “The Veranda” with a fireplace lounge, a demonstration kitchen, a bar and a gaming area.
Lantera is located steps from the new Boston Landing commuter rail station and just off of the Massachusetts Turnpike, in the heart of the dynamic new Boston Landing neighborhood minutes from Downtown Boston. 155 above-grade garage parking spaces and bicycle parking will be located on site.
Jan 28, 2018
150 Seaport waterfront condominium tower breaking ground this Spring
The 22-story 150 Seaport waterfront condominium tower in the Seaport District is expected to break ground this Spring, following a deal to create more on-site public space. Environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) had previously sued developer Cronin Holdings on the grounds of limiting public access to the waterfront with the approved tower.
In exchange for CLF dropping the lawsuit, allowing construction of the tower to move forward, Cronin will provide $13.1 million towards a new waterfront park and $5.4 million towards waterfront programming for children. Cronin will also build a public dock on the 150 Seaport site and increase the portion to the project footprint dedicated to public use by 60%.
The $260 million 150 Seaport will contain 124 luxurious condominium residences with sweeping views, as well as 10,700 square feet of ground and second level retail/restaurant space and three levels of underground parking. The tower will replace the existing Atlantic Beer Garden and Whiskey Priest bars.
Jan 25, 2018
Finishing touches underway at The Residences at Boston Landing, luxury apartments opening this Summer in Brighton
The 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing, a 295-unit luxury apartment community opening this Summer at the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton, has been completed, with all windows and exterior finish panels installed. Inside the building, luxurious finishes are being installed within residences, common areas and amenity spaces, which will include a fitness center, multiple roof decks, an active lounge with a pool table and a 20,000-square-foot landscaped patio with a swimming pool and cabanas. On The Residences at Boston Landing’s ground floor, glass has been installed along the facade of the building’s 16,400 square feet of retail space. Residences at the building will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, which will be located across from the new Boston Landing MBTA commuter rail station with direct service to Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Jan 10, 2018
New-construction Class A office space completed at Two Wells Avenue in Newton
Newton’s Wells Avenue premier office district has received 135,000 square feet of new Class A office space with the completion of Two Wells Avenue, a new-construction office building featuring a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall facade and a modern amenity package. Two Wells Avenue was constructed off of the bones of a single-story, 69,000-square-foot office building constructed over 40 years ago. About 20,000 square feet of the original building were preserved.
The original Two Wells Avenue was partially demolished and expanded to three stories in height, nearly doubling the property’s square footage. New utilities and underground storm water filtration were added, and the building was outfitted with exquisite finishes such as stone interior floors and wood exterior accents. A new grand lobby featuring a two-story waterfall and a cafe was constructed at the building’s entrance.
Office space at Two Wells Avenue is now available for lease. The building is located minutes from the new Kendrick Street exit on Interstate 95/128, as well as the Needham Street retail corridor. Downtown Boston and Cambridge are located a short drive away as well. The following are photographs of Two Wells Avenue:
Jan 04, 2018
Revamped Winthrop Square tower would start construction Q2 2018
Millennium Partners has thoroughly redesigned its’ proposed $1.3 billion Winthrop Square tower, shrinking its’ height to 53 stories and 691 feet from 775 feet as originally proposed. Under the new proposal, upper condominium residences have increased from 460 to approximately 500, and office space has increased from 635,000 square feet to approximately 750,000. The tower would also include approximately 31,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 21,000 square feet of public meeting space centered about the previously proposed three-story ground-floor Great Hall public space. A previously proposed 14,620 square foot startup accelerator on the tower's second floor has eliminated, though Millennium may consider a similar concept for the project’s final design. A rendering of the project’s latest design is posted above.
Given the increase in condominium count, the Winthrop Square tower would generate up to $166 million in payments to the City of Boston, more than the nearly $153 million the original tower would have generated. Millennium’s deal to acquire and develop the City-owned Winthrop Square Garage, which the tower will replace, consists of a $102 million upfront payment and $100 per sold condominium square foot. Millennium will also create 115,000 square feet of new affordable housing as part of the project, most likely in Boston’s Chinatown in collaboration with the Asian Community Development Corporation. Additionally, Millennium has agreed to pay the Friends of the Public Garden $125,000 per year for 40 years following the project’s completion in order to maintain and enhance Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden.
Millennium began demolishing the dilapidated Winthrop Square Garage in Fall 2017 in order to make way for the proposed tower, and aims to start construction of the tower in the second quarter of 2018 targeting initial occupancy by the first quarter of 2022. Millennium has filed plans for the revised tower with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposal.
Dec 13, 2017
Winthrop Square Garage demolition underway to make way for 700+ foot tower
After standing vacant and decrepit in the heart of Downtown Boston since 2013, the Winthrop Square Garage is coming down to make way for Millennium Partners’ proposed 700+ foot tall tower. Significant portions of the garage have been demolished, allowing passersby to see directly between Winthrop Square and Federal Street. With the garage demolished, excavation of the proposed tower’s three-level underground parking garage and construction of the tower's foundation will be able to begin.
Millennium will file detailed plans for the proposed tower with the City of Boston in the coming months to begin the tower’s official review process. The tower’s proposed height was recently reduced to 702 feet from 775 in light of concerns regarding flight paths to and from Logan Airport. The tower will contain luxury condominium residences on upper floors, with office space below and a 65-foot-tall ground-level public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. Millennium will pay the City of Boston $153 million to acquire the Winthrop Square Garage site. The following are photographs of the Winthrop Square Garage's demolition:
Dec 08, 2017
First plans for development of 140-acre Allston Landing revealed
Harvard University, owner of the 140-acre former rail yard known as Allston Landing, proposes to construct a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use development along the yard’s frontage on Western Avenue, which would be the first phase of the yard’s development. Dubbed the Harvard Enterprise Research Campus, the development would span 14.1 acres, featuring 400,000 square feet of office/lab space, 250,000 square feet of hotel/conference center space with 200 rooms and 250,000 square feet of residential space containing 250 units. A total of 800 to 900 parking spaces would be provided, and two public spaces would be created.
The proposed campus would be the latest expansion of Harvard’s growing Allston campus, located steps from Harvard’s upcoming $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex, which just topped off. As part of the campus, a new road, Cattle Drive, would be constructed. Cattle Drive would ultimately connect Western Avenue, Cambridge Street and the future West Station MBTA Commuter Rail stop. Harvard has filed plans for the proposed Enterprise Research Campus with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Nov 30, 2017
150 Seaport waterfront condominium developer paying nearly $2 million for sliver of Seaport sidewalk
Cronin Holdings has reached an agreement with the City of Boston to buy 3,290 square feet of Seaport District sidewalk adjacent to 150 Seaport Boulevard, a site which Cronin will develop into a $260 million, 22-story, 124-unit luxury condominium tower, for $1.95 million. The sale will amount to about $593 per square foot, a far cry from the land’s original appraisal of $55,000. The site was ultimately reappraised based upon its’ value to Cronin’s project, as opposed to comparisons to similar unusable lots across Boston. The 3,290-square-foot site will give Cronin the space needed to construct the 283,700-square-foot tower; Cronin will pay the City for the site over 10 years with interest. Pending State environmental approvals and resolution of a lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation regarding public access to the waterfront, Cronin plans to break ground on 150 Seaport in Fall 2018.
Nov 18, 2017
Ground lease approval moves 500,000-square-foot Seaport District development into construction phase
Massport has approved a long-term ground lease for the 2.5-acre Parcel K in the Seaport District, allowing a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development to proceed with construction next month. The development, developed by Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company, will feature 304 residential apartments, a 294-room Hyatt Place boutique hotel, approximately 12,000 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space across two new-construction 12-story buildings. Construction is now expected to commence in December and last approximately two years. Parcel K is owned by Massport and located at 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.
Sep 20, 2017
Abbey Group reveals plans for 1.6-million-square-foot Exchange South End commercial development
The Abbey Group has revealed its’ plans to redevelop the 5.6-acre Boston Flower Exchange site in the South End into Exchange South End, a commercial, technology, and life science research hub totaling nearly 1.6 million square feet. Pegged at $600 million and representing an over $1 billion total investment in the South End neighborhood, The Abbey Group’s proposed development would feature four new buildings up to 20 stories and 282 feet tall, featuring 1,481,350 square feet of commercial space in addition to 42,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 30,000 square feet of civic and incubator space.
Over one acre of public open space would be constructed at Exchange South End. Construction of the Exchange South End’s first phase, which would construct two buildings, would start in Fall 2018 and last approximately two years. Additional buildings would be constructed based upon demand. The Abbey Group has filed plans for Exchange South End with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Sep 12, 2017
Millennium drops proposed Winthrop Square tower height due to flight path concerns
In light of concerns regarding flight paths to and from Logan Airport, Millennium Partners has dropped the height of its' proposed Winthrop Square tower from 775 feet to 702. The 775-foot-tall tower would have stood in the path of a major airport runway, diverting planes to other runways and decreasing Logan Airport's efficiency. “We will not be proposing a building that has any impact on flight paths in or out of Logan International Airport,” said Millennium Partners Principal Joe Larkin in a Boston Globe interview.
The height reduction, likely five to seven floors, will likely be taken from the tower's office component as opposed to condominiums; Millennium Partners' $153 million payment to the City of Boston to acquire the Winthrop Square Garage site is partly contingent upon condominium sales. The tower could be made wider in order to compensate for the height loss. With the decreased height, the proposed tower would likely cause shorter shadows upon Boston Common and the Public Garden, a controversial consequence of the previously proposed 775-foot tower. However, added tower width could result in its' own shadow impact. Millennium Partners plans to reveal updated tower plans this Fall.
Sep 06, 2017
New 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square now fully leased
Ahead of construction completion this Fall, Alexandria Real Estate Equities has fully leased the 431,500-square-foot 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square. In addition to anchor tenant Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased 208,000 square feet across floors one to five, and Facebook, who has leased 129,636 square feet across the building's top three floors, venture-backed biotech startups Foghorn Therapeutics, Sigilon Therapeutics, Tango Therapeutics and TCR2 Therapeutics will each lease approximately 22,000 square feet at 100 Binney. Alexandria will now shift its' focus towards pre-leasing its' new 172,500-square-foot 399 Binney Street speculative lab and office building in Kendall Square; with foundation construction now underway, 399 Binney Street is expected to open in late Fall 2018.
Aug 30, 2017
Facebook leasing top three floors of new 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square
Facebook has reportedly leased the top three floors of the newly built 10-story 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square, amounting to 129,636 square feet. Facebook will open a new office at 100 Binney in 2018 with capacity for up to 650 employees. The company will hire more than 500 new employees, becoming one of Cambridge’s largest employers. Facebook currently occupies an 18,500-square-foot office at One Broadway in Kendall Square, with capacity for up to 150 employees.
Per a Boston Globe report, Facebook’s new office will focus on providing mobile and data center support to Facebook’s 2 billion users, as well as serve as a hub for machine learning. The office will also focus upon building more efficient networks with telecom companies and partnering with hardware manufacturers for new product development. A new Connectivity Lab striving to provide internet and technology access to the 4 billion people worldwide who lack internet access will also be located at the office.
Facebook will share 100 Binney with global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased approximately 208,000 square feet across floors one through five through at least 2030. A total of 300 employees will work at Bristol-Myers Squibb’s new office. Just floors six and seven remain for lease at 100 Binney, amounting to approximately 80,000 square feet. 100 Binney totals approximately 431,500 rentable square feet and is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year.
Aug 24, 2017
Over 500 apartments proposed at 55 Wheeler Street in Cambridge, minutes from Alewife Station
Redgate and Westbrook Partners propose to construct three new buildings containing 526 apartment residences across six acres located minutes from Alewife Station in Cambridge. Residences would include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms; 111 residences would be designated affordable. 55 Wheeler Street would be built to LEED v4 Silver sustainability specifications and include amenities such as two on-grade courtyards, one of which would feature a pool deck, and a third elevated courtyard. A new 30,000-square-foot public park would be constructed as part of the project. The City of Cambridge is now reviewing Redgate and Westbrook’s proposed project plans.
Aug 06, 2017
Facade finish installation complete, interior finishing underway at The Residences at Boston Landing
All exterior finish panels have been installed along the 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing,
the residential component of the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton. Window installation along the facade is nearing completion, and installation of metal stud framing has begun inside the building in order to partition The Residences at Boston Landing's 295 luxury apartment residences. On The Residences at Boston Landing's ground floor will be 16,400 square feet of retail space; the building will also feature premier common spaces such as a fitness center, multiple roof decks, an active lounge with a pool table and a 20,000 square foot landscaped patio with a swimming pool and cabanas. The Residences at Boston Landing is expected to open in June 2018. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Jul 31, 2017
Proposed Winthrop Square tower moves forward with Governor’s approval of revised shadow laws
Governor Charlie Baker has approved revisions to state laws that limit casting shadows on Boston Common and the Public Garden, allowing Millennium Partners’ proposed $1.02 billion, 775-foot-tall Winthrop Square tower in the Financial District to move forward with Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) review. Under the revised law, which replaces a law that banned constructing buildings that cast shadows on the parks during the day, Millennium Partners will be able to build the tower pending BPDA approval.
The previous law only allowed new buildings to cast shadows on the parks either during the first hour after sunrise or before 7 AM, whichever was later, or during the last hour before sunset. Under the new law, which makes an exemption for Millennium Partners’ proposed tower, a shadow bank for new buildings in the Midtown Cultural District, which would have allowed for new shadows to be cast on the parks after 10 AM, has been eliminated, limiting height of future buildings in the neighborhood. Millennium Partners’ proposed Winthrop Square tower would cast no more than 90 minutes of shadows across part of Boston Common on the morning of September 10th, and no more than 26 minutes of shadows across the Public Garden on the morning of August 24th, with shorter shadows cast across the parks throughout the rest of the year.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the BPDA both expressed support for the revised law, officially dubbed “An Act protecting sunlight and promoting economic development in the City of Boston.” “This common sense change will better protect the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden for years to come, while allowing a project that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for Boston’s neighborhoods, parks and public housing to move forward. We look forward to continuing to work with the many community stakeholders and local legislators as this project moves through the Article 80 process,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden in a prepared statement. In addition to BPDA approval, the proposed tower will also require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reach its’ proposed height of 775 feet tall.
Millennium Partners would pay the City of Boston a total of $153 million to acquire the Winthrop Square garage site. Mayor Walsh has pledged the money towards public space improvements, including to Boston Common, and creation of new affordable housing. Millennium Partners has also reached an agreement with the Friends of the Public Garden to pay $125,000 per year for 40 years towards parks improvements. Millennium Partners’ 775-foot-tall tower would feature 36 floors of luxury condominium residences above 14 floors of office space and a 65-foot-tall ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. The proponent aims to break ground on the tower in 2018.
Jul 20, 2017
Transformation of vacant East Cambridge municipal tower moves forward with court ruling
The transformation of the vacant Sullivan Courthouse and Middlesex Jail tower in East Cambridge has moved forward with the Massachusetts Appeals Court's upholding of the project's approval, ending a lengthy court battle and allowing developer Leggat McCall to proceed with construction. A group of East Cambridge residents had sued to block the project, citing concerns with the tower's density and height. Construction will now begin imminently on a gut rehabilitation of the tower, located at 40 Thorndike Street in East Cambridge. The tower will be converted into approximately 430,000 square feet of office, research & development space, 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 24 apartment residences, all within the existing structure. Two floors will be removed from the existing 22-story, 282-foot-tall tower, resulting in a 20-story structure that is 24 feet shorter.
May 17, 2017
Detailed South Boston Power Plant redevelopment plans revealed
Developers Redgate and Hilco Global have revealed detailed plans of the proposed 2.1-million-square-foot South Boston Power Plant redevelopment. In total, 1,588 residential units, 339,639 square feet of office space, a 150-key hotel, and 68,077 square feet of retail and restaurant space, in addition to 987 above-and-below-grade parking spaces, are proposed at the site. Eight new buildings would be constructed at the site, and three existing turbine halls would be rehabilitated; building heights would range from 44 to 220 feet. More information about the latest proposed power plant redevelopment plans is posted above. Plans for the proposed project have been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
May 17, 2017
The new Boston Landing commuter rail station.
With a new commuter rail station set to open this morning, Boston Landing, a former vacant brownfield site located just outside of Downtown Boston, has become the next epicenter for transit-oriented development. The opening of the station will serve as the key connecting factor for the thriving, multi-phased 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development, built by NB Development Group and The HYM Investment Group, and the Brighton neighborhood at large, providing a direct rail link to Downtown Boston. New Balance, the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins are just a few of the influential organizations who have already become a part of Boston Landing, with many more sure to come.
Boston Landing Site Plan.
New Balance’s headquarters at Boston Landing.
The first building to unveil at Boston Landing, New Balance’s 250,000-square-foot sneaker-inspired headquarters, opened in 2015. In 2016, the Boston Bruins cut the ribbon on Warrior Ice Arena, the team’s new 500-seat practice facility at Boston Landing. 80 Guest Street, a 10-story commercial building located adjacent to Warrior Ice Arena featuring 220,000 square feet of lab and office space and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, was also completed in 2016 and is currently available for lease.
Boston Landing’s Warrior Ice Arena, the official practice facility of the Boston Bruins, with 80 Guest Street at rear.
The next phases of Boston Landing will include new office, retail and residential space, as well as state-of-the-art sports facilities. The Residences at Boston Landing, a 17-story building featuring 295 modern luxury apartment residences and 16,400 square feet of retail, topped off last week, and the 160,000-square-foot Auerbach Center, which will house the Boston Celtics’ new official practice facility, will soon top off at six stories tall. Both new buildings are expected to open in mid-2018.
The Auerbach Center, future official practice facility of the Boston Celtics.
The Residences at Boston Landing.
Across from the Bruins’ and Celtics’ facilities, 71 Guest Street will provide a state-of-the-art track-and-field complex. Spanning 290,000 square feet, the building’s centerpiece will be a 200-meter hydraulically-operated running track suitable for hosting large-scale athletic events. 71 Guest Street will also include office and laboratory space, as well as ground-floor retail.
71 Guest Street.
Next to New Balance’s headquarters and the commuter rail station will be the new Boston Landing Hotel, which will accommodate up to 175 hotel rooms and meeting space for large groups or events. The hotel will also house a restaurant, as well as a lounge featuring live music and a full bar for socializing and networking.
View from the rooftop bar of the future Boston Landing Hotel.
For companies hoping to become a part of Boston Landing’s burgeoning live, work and play environment, 60 Guest Street presents a unique build-to-suit opportunity. The 350,000-square-foot building will consist of brand-new office and lab space tailored to the pioneering corporate tenant.
60 Guest Street.
Boston Landing’s newly unparalleled access to public transit and profound real estate development success has spurred additional large-scale mixed-use development in the surrounding Brighton neighborhood. Plans call for the replacement of the existing Stop & Shop supermarket, located next to Boston Landing, with Allston Yards, a two-phased, 1.9-million-square-foot development built by Stop & Shop which would feature 1,010 residential units along with a new grocery store on the first floor, retail and Class A office space.
A preliminary rendering of Stop & Shop’s proposed development.
On nearby North Beacon Street, the owners of Boston Volvo Village, an automotive dealership in operation since 1957, have begun a multi-phased redevelopment of 5.3-acre dealership property. The first phase, the restoration of the historic 5-story, 71,000-square-foot office building at 61 North Beacon Street, broke ground earlier this month and will feature a new dealership and offices for Boston Volvo Village, in addition to ground-floor retail and 28,000 square feet of available office space on upper floors. Future phases call for three new buildings, which could include multifamily housing.
61 North Beacon Street, the first phase of the Boston Volvo Village property redevelopment.
May 15, 2017
The Residences at Boston Landing tops off at 17 stories tall
The Residences at Boston Landing, a 311,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Brighton featuring 295 luxury apartment residences and 16,400 square feet of ground-floor retail, has topped off at 17 stories tall. A topping-off ceremony was held at The Residences at Boston Landing last Tuesday (May 9th, 2017), with speakers including Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner and Managing Director of The HYM Investment Group, Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance Athletics, Inc, Kevin Adolphe, President and CEO of John Hancock Real Estate and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Residences at Boston Landing project team, construction workers and community members all gathered on the project site to formally hoist the final steel beam of the development’s 17-story frame into the sky and install the beam at the frame’s summit.
The Residences at Boston Landing’s residents will be situated steps to multiple amenities and direct commuter rail service to Downtown Boston. It was recently announced that dining options Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, Kohi Coffee Company and Flatbread Pizza Company will all open at Boston Landing; the Boston Landing commuter rail station is expected to open this month. “The Residences at Boston Landing provides residents the opportunity to have access to spectacular amenities within the building, access to the new retail shops on Guest Street, and will benefit from being across the street from the new MBTA commuter rail station," said O’Brien at the topping-off ceremony. The following are photographs of the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of speakers at the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Apr 27, 2017
City Council approves 775-foot-tall Winthrop Square tower
Boston’s City Council voted Wednesday to approve Millennium Partners’ proposal to build a $1.02 billion, 775-foot-tall tower on the site of the shuttered Winthrop Square Garage in the heart of the Financial District. The tower, which would be Boston’s third-tallest, was approved by a 10-3 margin.
Because the proposed tower would cast a new shadow on Boston Common and the Public Garden, the tower will also require approval from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the State Legislature and Governor Charlie Baker. Mayor Walsh has expressed support for Millennium’s proposal. Shadow coverage would be no more than 90 minutes across part of Boston Common on the morning of September 10th, and no more than 26 minutes across the Public Garden on the morning of August 24th; shorter shadows would be cast across the parks the rest of the year.
Millennium’s proposal calls for 36 floors of luxury condominium residences above 14 floors of office space and a 65-foot-tall ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. Millennium would pay the City of Boston a total of $153 million to acquire the garage site.
Apr 27, 2017
Bluebird Bio moves into newly built headquarters at 50/60 Binney in Kendall Square
50/60 Binney, a new 541,000 square foot Class A lab and office building in Kendall Square, has been fully constructed, with anchor tenant Bluebird Bio’s 253,000 square foot headquarters now open. Bluebird has completed a state-of-the-art tenant fit out featuring top-tier finishes, lab equipment and amenities. Bluebird is paying $72.50 per square foot, or $18.4 million, per year in rent, with a scheduled annual rent increase of 1.75% in addition to operating expenses and taxes. Genzyme Corporation, a 50/60 Binney anchor tenant who has leased 251,000 square feet for a new headquarters, will commence occupancy in 2018 following the expiration of the company’s existing lease of its' current headquarters at nearby 500 Kendall Square. The following are photographs of 50/60 Binney:
Apr 27, 2017
Interior fit out underway at 100 Binney, new Kendall Square Class A lab and office building
Interior fit out is well underway at 100 Binney, an upcoming 431,500 square foot Class A lab and office building in Kendall Square. Tenants at 100 Binney will include global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased 208,000 square feet. Glass has been installed along 100 Binney’s ground-floor storefronts, and finishing touches are underway along the essentially complete facade. 100 Binney is scheduled for completion this Fall. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
Apr 25, 2017
2.1 million square foot development envisioned at South Boston power plant site
Proponents Redgate and Hilco Global have revealed new details of the upcoming development of the 15.2-acre Edison power plant site on Summer Street in South Boston. In total, per a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), 2.1 million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail and restaurant space would be developed, along with parking.
The proposed project would provide South Boston with an inviting new gateway. Eight new multi-story buildings would be constructed, and three architecturally-significant turbine halls, which run end-to-end through the site’s center, would be rehabilitated. The turbine hall would become the project’s “heart and soul.”
The proposed development would be constructed over the next 10 to 15 years. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing the proposal. Additional information and newly revealed renderings are posted above.
Mar 16, 2017
1.6 million square foot office and retail hub envisioned at South End's Boston Flower Exchange
Developer The Abbey Group has unveiled preliminary development plans for the 5.5-acre Boston Flower Exchange site in the South End. Per a Boston Globe report, The Abbey Group presented a vision for four lab and office buildings with ground-floor retail and restaurant space oriented about "Albany Green", a 1-acre "European [public] plaza", at a Wednesday night community meeting this week; a newly revealed rendering is posted above.
The Boston Flower Exchange project, which would total approximately 1.6 million square feet and rise about 200 feet, would also construct a new cultural center and improve the nearby South Bay Harbor Trail. “We want to extend public space across the entire ground floor of the project”, said Abbey Group Managing Partner Bill Keravuori. The Abbey Group has not yet filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Mar 12, 2017
150 Seaport luxury condominium development receives City zoning approval, could break ground this Fall
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)'s Zoning Commission approved the 124-residence 150 Seaport luxury condominium development in the Seaport District last Wednesday, the final official approval required to start construction. Developer The Cronin Group hopes to start construction of the project, which will overlook Boston Harbor, this Fall. The zoning approval follows a lawsuit filed last month by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) against the State of Massachusetts, who approved the project last December, and developer The Cronin Group on the grounds of restricting public access to the waterfront. 150 Seaport will include onsite public amenities including a Harborwalk extension and upgrades to Seaport Wharf, an adjacent water taxi and ferry terminal.
Feb 23, 2017
Full completion nearing at 50/60 Binney Class A offices in Kendall Square
Façade installation along the entire building perimeter at 50/60 Binney is complete, and interior fit-out work is wrapping up in preparation for Genzyme Corporation and Bluebird Bio to move in. Full completion of 50/60 Binney is expected within the first half of this year. The 10-story building features 541,000 rentable square feet (RSF) of Class A lab and office. The following are photographs of 50/60 Binney:
Feb 22, 2017
Façade complete at 100 Binney Class A offices in Kendall Square
Façade installation along all sides of 100 Binney’s 10-story facade is essentially complete, as the signature curved curtain wall has reached its’ final height. The construction crew is now focused on completing interior fit-out for upcoming tenants, who will include global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, and installing the building’s ground-floor glass storefronts and lobby entry canopy. Final enclosure panels are also being installed along 100 Binney’s rooftop dunnage steel to screen the building’s large rooftop mechanical units. Scheduled for completion this Fall, 100 Binney will bring over 431,500 square feet of Class A office and lab space to Kendall Square’s booming Binney Street corridor. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
Jan 31, 2017
John Hancock takes major equity stake in The Residences at Boston Landing
John Hancock Financial has taken a major equity stake in the under-construction Residences at Boston Landing residential and retail development in Brighton. John Hancock joins New Balance and The HYM Investment Group in developing the 17-story building, which will feature 295 residential apartments and 16,400 square feet of retail. Terms of John Hancock's deal with New Balance and HYM were not disclosed. The Residences at Boston Landing is scheduled to open in June 2018.
Jan 26, 2017
Steel frame rising at The Residences at Boston Landing
The Residences at Boston Landing's 17-story steel frame is rapidly rising and has reached 4 stories in height. The building's concrete elevator core has topped off, and foundation work is complete. The Residences at Boston Landing will feature 295 apartments with 16,000 square feet of retail space located across from New Balance's new headquarters and the new Boston Landing commuter rail station. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
Dec 18, 2016
Parcel Q1 office and retail development in Seaport District approved
The Parcel Q1 office and retail development was approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Located in the Seaport District’s Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP), the $110 million project will construct a 13-story, 298,700 square foot building featuring 211,700 square feet of office space with 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019.
Dec 18, 2016
Revisions approved to Parcel K mixed-use development in Seaport District
Minor changes to the approved Parcel K development in the Seaport District were approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The revised project will move forward with 304 residential apartments, a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. New rooftop amenities have also been added, including a small fitness room and pool at the hotel building and a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck at the residential building. On-site parking capacity will also be reduced slightly, to 420 from previously approved 640. Phoenix Property Company (PPC) and Lincoln Property Company (LPC), who are taking over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
Dec 07, 2016
Two Wells Avenue, new Newton office space now leasing, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held yesterday (December 6th) for Two Wells Avenue, a new state-of-the-art office building now leasing in Newton. Two Wells Avenue is expected to open in 2017 and will feature contemporary interior design with amenities including a "grab and go" lobby cafe. The following is a photograph from the Two Wells Avenue topping-off ceremony:
Dec 01, 2016
50/60 Binney facade installed, interior tenant fit out underway
50/60 Binney’s distinctive façade has been fully installed. Interior fit out is now underway for tenants of the Kendall Square Class A lab and office building as its’ opening in the first half of 2017 nears. 50/60 Binney tenants will include Genzyme Corporation, who will occupy 251,000 square feet, and Bluebird Bio, who will occupy 253,000 square feet. The 50/60 Binney construction team is also performing exterior finishing touches along ground floor retail spaces. A stacked three-stone granite sculpture has been installed along Binney Street. The following are photographs of 50/60 Binney:
Dec 01, 2016
100 Binney facade nearing completion
100 Binney’s signature curved glass curtain wall along Binney Street is nearing completion, with glass installed over halfway to the top of the upcoming Kendall Square Class A lab and office building. Along Linskey Way, all precast brick panels and nearly all windows have been installed. All concrete floor slabs have been poured, and all steel framing is fireproofed. The 100 Binney construction team is now shifting from structural work to interior fit out. Scheduled for completion in Fall 2017, 100 Binney will bring over 431,500 rentable square feet (RSF) of Class A lab and office space to Kendall Square’s booming Binney Street corridor. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
Nov 20, 2016
Marine Wharf Hotel, new 411-room Seaport District hotel, approved
At Thursday (November 17th, 2016)'s board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved the Marine Wharf Hotel. Located in the Seaport District near the Innovation and Design Building, the $160 million hotel will contain 411 rooms as well as restaurant and amenity space. Construction of the Marine Wharf Hotel is anticipated to commence in mid-2017.
Nov 16, 2016
South Boston Power Plant development preparations underway
Preparations are underway for the development of the 18-acre South Boston Power Plant site, located at the intersection of Summer and First streets in South Boston. The last remaining electricity generator has been lifted out of the power plant building, bringing 120 years of electricity generation to a close and allowing development to proceed:
Nov 02, 2016
BPDA designates Millennium Partners as Winthrop Square Garage developer
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) officially tentatively designated Millennium Partners as the developer of the Winthrop Square Garage in the Financial District. Millennium Partners will pay the BPDA about $153 million for the Winthrop Square site, including $10 million upfront for the site, $92 million when a building permit is obtained and approximately $51 million when condominium closings commence.
Millennium Partners expects to break ground at Winthrop Square by September or October 2017, The Boston Globe reports. “We’re eager to get going,” says Millennium Partners executive Joe Larkin. The BPDA selected Millennium Partners as the Garage's developer in August 2016 from a pool of six contestants. Millennium Partners' proposal will now undergo official review for construction approval.
Oct 02, 2016
Parcel K project changes proposed, developer partner joins team
Per a Notice of Project Change (NPC) submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) last Thursday (September 29th, 2016), Phoenix Property Company (PPC) will partner with Lincoln Property Company (LPC) to develop Parcel K in the Seaport District; the following is a link to the NPC. It was announced earlier this month that LPC would take over the Parcel K project from Conroy Development, who was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009. LPC and PPC anticipate to start construction of the Parcel K project in March 2017, with completion anticipated in July 2019.
LPC and PPC propose minor changes to the Parcel K project plan approved by the BPDA in 2009. The revised project would feature 304 residential apartments a 293-room boutique hotel, approximately 14,400 square feet of office space and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant. As previously approved, two buildings, one with a hotel and one with residential units, would be constructed at Parcel K.
Proposed hotel rooms have increased by 46, from 247 rooms to 293 rooms; the number of proposed residential units has not changed. Interior layouts of both proposed buildings have been modified to enable occupancy of the 12th floor; the 12th floor was previously proposed to contain mechanical space. As a result of the interior layout modification, the hotel's 12th floor would now feature a small fitness room and pool, and the residential building's 12th floor will now feature a pool, a clubroom and an outdoor roof deck.
The previously approved building massing has not been altered with the proposed 12th floor modifications; total building square feet would increase by approximately 19,397 square feet to 499,500 square feet from previously approved 479,678 square feet. Parcel K’s underground parking garage would be reduced to one level and a maximum of 420 spaces from three levels and 640 spaces; 197 spaces would initially be striped.
Oct 02, 2016
Mixed-use development envisioned for South Boston Power Plant site
Developers Hilco Global and Redgate, who acquired the 18-acre South Boston Power Plant site in April 2016 for $24.25 million, envision developing housing, office space, retail and a possible hotel at the site according to a Banker & Tradesman report. The developers are studying how to lay out new buildings on the site and are looking to preserve some historic buildings; the main power plant building will likely not be preserved. “We’re definitely looking to keep some buildings or at least a building, but probably not the big one,” said Redgate principal Ralph Cox. “To our knowledge it has no redeeming value, but there are a building or two that if structural or marketplace conditions dictate, we’re looking to assess that and see if it’s possible.”
The developers have hired SGA as a land planner and Geosyntec as an environmental consultant. One of the primary goals of the developers is to encourage public access to the Boston Harbor waterfront. “We have to find the right balance to connect to the neighborhood and really open up the waterfront that hasn’t been open for the last 100 years,” said Cox. The development team hopes to file formal plans for the South Boston Power Plant project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in Early 2017.
Sep 25, 2016
100 Binney, new Kendall Square lab and office space, tops off
A topping off ceremony was held for 100 Binney on Friday, September 16th, 2016 to celebrate the installation of the last steel beam of 100 Binney's 10-story structural frame. Concrete pouring is underway on levels one through five of 100 Binney. Orange vertical nets have been installed along the levels' exterior to contain debris from blowing to street level while concrete is poured.
Scheduled for substantial completion in October 2017, 100 Binney will be a 431,500 rentable square foot (RSF) Class A lab and office building in Kendall Square. The following is a photograph from the 100 Binney topping off ceremony, courtesy project engineer McNamara Salvia:
Sep 11, 2016
New developer taking over Parcel K project in Seaport, breaking ground early 2017
Banker & Tradesman reports that Lincoln Property Company of Boston will take over the approved Parcel K development project in the Seaport District and hopes to break ground in early 2017. Lincoln Property Company Executive Vice President John Miller confirmed the news; Lincoln Property Company will self-manage the property. Conroy Development of Stoughton, MA was designated by Massport, the site's owner, as Parcel K's developer in 2009; Conroy Development's project plan received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in May 2014. The approved Parcel K plan will construct an 11-story residential building containing 304 rental apartments and a 10-story hotel building containing 250 rooms. Approximately 16,000 square feet of innovative office space and 25,000 square feet of retail will be located at the project's ground floor.
Aug 29, 2016
Skanska releases new details and renderings for proposed Seaport office building
Skanska has released new details and renderings for the proposed Seaport District office building at Parcel Q1, located in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) across from the proposed Marine Wharf Hotel steps to the Innovation and Design Building, in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today; the following is a link to the PNF. Designed by SGA, the proposed building would be 13 stories tall with 211,700 square feet of office space, 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and a new 12,900 square foot public plaza fronting Drydock Avenue. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019. Additional information about the proposed building can be found above.
Aug 12, 2016
150 Seaport, 124 new condominiums in the Seaport District, approved for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved 150 Seaport, a new 22-story glass waterfront tower, for construction. Located in the Seaport District next to recently opened 100 Pier 4, 150 Seaport will contain 124 residential condominiums and 10,700 square feet of retail. 150 Seaport will be located on the present site of the Atlantic Beer Garden and Whiskey Priest bars, both of which will be demolished. Construction of 150 Seaport could commence in the second quarter of 2017. More information about 150 Seaport is posted below.
Aug 10, 2016
Harbinger Development submits detailed plans for proposed Seaport hotel
Harbinger Development submitted a Project Notification Form (PNF) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) yesterday (August 9th, 2016) with detailed plans for the proposed 15-story, 320,000 square foot Marine Wharf Hotel at 660 Summer Street in the Seaport District. The dual-branded hotel would include a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites for a total of 411 new Seaport District hotel rooms. Approximately 19,300 square feet of amenities would be located at Marine Wharf Hotel including an exterior terrace, a fitness center, an indoor pool, meeting spaces and a 500-seat restaurant. Approximately 3,500 square feet of retail would be located on the hotel's ground floor. Construction is expected to commence in mid-2017 and would last approximately 24 months. The following is a link to the PNF for Marine Wharf Hotel, and the following are renderings of Marine Wharf Hotel:
Aerial View Northwest along Summer Street
Aerial View Southeast along Summer Street
Street Level View Southeast along Summer Street
Aug 04, 2016
Millennium Partners selected to construct Winthrop Square tower
In an official release today, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the City of Boston announced that Millennium Partners has been selected as the developer of the 115 Winthrop Square site and that negotiations for sale of the site will commence imminently; the following is a link to the release. Millennium Partners proposes to construct a 55-story, 750-foot tall tower containing 36 upper floors of condominiums across 612,000 square feet, 14 floors of office space across 442,400 square feet and a 65-foot high, 13,000 square foot ground-floor public "Great Hall" lined with three levels of retail. A 14,620 square foot startup accelerator would be built on the tower's second floor. Millennium Partners' tower would cost a total of approximately $1.02 billion to build. Per Millennium Partners' proposal submission, the firm has access to the approximately $331 million of equity required to develop the tower without a financial partner; the following is a link to the proposal submission. Construction of the tower could commence in summer of 2017, with initial occupancy in summer of 2020.
Millennium Partners was one of six contestants who vied to develop 115 Winthrop Square, the site of the long-shuttered Winthrop Square Garage, in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in March 2016; the following is a link to more information about the RFP and the six proposals submitted. Millennium Partners submitted a purchase price offer of approximately $150.8 million paid to the city to acquire the 115 Winthrop Square site, the highest offer received. The next highest offer was for $100 million; the following is a link to all six price offers for site acquisition. Per the BRA and the City of Boston's official release, Millennium Partners was selected based upon the following factors:
- Longstanding collaboration between the firm and Handel Architects, who designed Millennium Partners' RFP submission in addition to Millennium Tower and multiple other Millennium Partners projects
- Sustainable and environmentally-friendly design, as evidenced by the submission's targeted LEED Platinum certification. If achieved, Millennium Partners' tower at 115 Winthrop Square would be Boston's second LEED Platinum residential tower, the first being Atlantic Wharf.
- Public space improvements anchored by the ground-floor "Great Hall," which would host arts performances and community events and would be lined with multiple retail options.
- Dynamic uses in Downtown Boston including residential units, retail, office space and a startup accelerator.
- Benefits to the local economy including:
- Nearly 3,000 construction jobs
- Capacity for approximately 2,200 office workers and 390 retail and restaurant jobs
- Creation of approximately 82 building management and operations jobs
- Partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) for and contribution of $25 million towards creation of new affordable housing in Chinatown.
Aug 03, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
Two Wells Avenue modernization and expansion underway
Work is underway on the modernization and expansion of Two Wells Avenue, an existing single-story, 69,000 square foot office building constructed over 40 years ago located in Newton's Wells Avenue Office Park convenient to Route 128. The project will construct two new floors and expand the building's size to 135,000 square feet with expected completion in December 2016. The modernized Two Wells Avenue will feature contemporary interior design with abundant natural light owing to the building's reflective glass exterior. New utilities, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, and an underground storm water infiltration system will also be constructed.
The New England Real Estate Journal reports that partial demolition of the existing building, commenced in June, is just about complete. Preparations have begun for foundation work, which will commence in mid-August. Construction of the expansion's structural steel frame is expected to start in September. The following are links to the Architectural Plans and Civil Drawings for Two Wells Avenue. The following is a rendering of the modernized and expanded Two Wells Avenue:
Aug 02, 2016
50 & 60 Binney exterior finishes nearing completion
50 & 60 Binney’s glass facade along Binney Street, Edwin H. Land Boulevard and Second Street is nearly complete. Almost all glass panels have been installed along with metal panels. The brick facade along Linskey Way is nearly complete as well. Glass is now being installed along 50 & 60 Binney’s ground-floor retail spaces. Located in Cambridge's Kendall Square, 50 & 60 Binney, topped off since September 2015, will be a 10-story Class A lab and office building with a total of approximately 541,000 rentable square feet (RSF) including approximately 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Tenants at 50 & 60 Binney will include Genzyme Corporation and Bluebird Bio, both of whom will relocate their headquarters to the building. Genzyme Corporation will occupy 251,000 square feet, and Blueburd Bio will occupy 253,000 square feet. The following are photographs of 50 & 60 Binney's facade:
View from the corner of First Street (left) and Binney Street (right)
View from Edwin H. Land Boulevard along Binney Street (right)
View from Edwin H Land Boulevard along Linskey Way (left)
View at Binney Street (left) and Second Street (right)
View at Second Street (left) and Linskey Way (right)
View from Linskey Way
View along Binney Street from Second Street
View along Binney Street
HVAC units are installed on 50 & 60 Binney’s roof, and roughing in of interior mechanical and electrical utility systems has begun. Work will soon commence on interior finishes in anticipation of 50 & 60 Binney’s opening in the first half of 2017. The following are photographs of utility installation underway at 50 & 60 Binney:
View of HVAC units along 50 & 60 Binney roofline facing Second Street
HVAC and electrical system under construction
View along Linskey Way
View along Binney Street from Second Street
50 & 60 Binney's workspaces will feature sweeping views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The following is a view from 50 & 60 Binney's top floor, courtesy Concrete Sensors:
Jun 16, 2016
New Balance Headquarters earns LEED Platinum resource efficiency certification
New Balance's new headquarters facility at Boston Landing, completed in 2015, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum resource efficiency certification. This is the highest attainable efficiency honor awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). New Balance's facility is the first in the United States and one of only three worldwide to earn all possible points for Indoor Environmental Quality under the USGBC's rating system.
Source: Commercial Property Executive
May 26, 2016
Abbey Group confirmed as Boston Flower Exchange developer
In today's Boston City Council meeting, Boston Flower Exchange developer The Abbey Group gave a brief overview of the potential redevelopment program. The Abbey Group hopes to construct a commercial component to the project that would include space for technology companies. The project could also include residential and retail components.
The Abbey Group has not yet closed on the acquisition of the 5.5 acre Boston Flower Exchange parcel. This page will be updated with additional details as they become available. A live stream of the Boston City Council meeting is available here.
May 24, 2016
Skanska files Letter of Intent to construct new office building at Boston Marine Industrial Park
Skanska has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority proposing to construct a new eight-story, 230,000 square foot office building with ground-floor retail in Boston's Seaport District; the following is a link to the Letter of Intent. The proposed building would be located at the intersection of Drydock Avenue and Harbor Street on Parcel Q1 of Boston Marine Industrial Park, across from the Innovation and Design Building. The Boston Redevelopment Authority granted Skanska tentative approval to construct an office building on the 36,799 square foot Parcel Q1 in May 2015. The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed office building:
Apr 27, 2016
Parcel K mixed-use project expected to break ground in Q4 2016
At last night’s Fort Point Neighborhood Association meeting, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) gave an update on Parcel K, an approximately 500,000 square foot mixed-use project approved for construction on Massport's Parcel K in the Seaport District. The project is in its final design stage; expected completion of design work is in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016.
The Parcel K project is expected to break ground in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016. Construction of the project will take just over two years, with expected completion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.
The Parcel K project's developer is Conroy Development Corporation, who has entered a long-term lease with Massport to develop the parcel. More information about the Parcel K project is posted below.
Apr 26, 2016
South Boston power plant sale closes for $24.25 million
The sale of the South Boston Power Plant to a development partnership of Redgate and Hilco Global closed today for $24.25 million per a deed recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The following is the recorded deed:
More information about the South Boston Power Plant is posted below.
Apr 12, 2016
Redgate and Hilco Global reach deal to buy South Boston Power Plant
The Boston Globe reports that developers Redgate and Hilco Global are partnering to buy the South Boston Power Plant site. The partners have reached a deal with current owner Exelon Corporation and will close on a sale by the end of June.
According to Hilco Global spokesman Gary Epstein, the development team will strive to preserve historically significant details on the South Boston Power Plant site. A Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection currently prohibits residential construction on part of the site; however, with additional cleanup, residential construction could be permitted. More information about the South Boston Power Plant site is posted below.
Local developer Redgate is developing residential buildings including West of Chestnut in Quincy and One North of Boston in Chelsea. Redgate is also a development partner for pharmaceutical buildings including 75|125 Binney and 610 Main Street in Kendall Square. Hilco Global specializes in redeveloping "obsolete industrial sites" and is currently leading the transformation of a 3,400 acre Baltimore steel plant site into a logistics center.
Mar 30, 2016
An Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) has been submitted for the proposed 22-story waterfront tower at 150 Seaport Boulevard in Boston's Seaport District. The EPNF offers a glimpse at a number of new renderings:
Proposed square footage at 150 Seaport has increased slightly, from 275,000 square feet to 283,700. 124 residential condominium units are now proposed, up from 110. Resident amenities would include a fitness spa and a library.
A total of 273,000 square feet of residential space are proposed at 150 Seaport; on the ground and second floors would be 10,700 square feet of retail and restaurant space. An underground parking garage would be built with 179 spaces.
John Moriarty and Associates, who is also building nearby One Seaport Square, is 150 Seaport's construction manager. Construction is anticipated to commence on 150 Seaport in the second quarter of 2017.
The following is a link to the new Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) for 150 Seaport. Additional project information is posted below.
Mar 18, 2016
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved 125 Guest Street for construction at last night's board meeting. The project will contain 295 residential units; 38 units will be designated affordable in compliance with the City of Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy. Retail spaces will be located on 125 Guest Street's ground floor.
Per 125 Guest Street's expanded project notification form filed in December 2015, construction is expected to commence on 125 Guest Street in the fourth quarter of 2016 and last for
approximately 24 months. 125 Guest Street will be a residential component of the Boston Landing mixed-use development in Allston/Brighton.
Feb 28, 2016
New details of the 150 Seaport project were presented at the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee Meeting on February 17th, 2016. Developer Cronin Holdings LLC filed a Letter of Intent for 150 Seaport on December 21st, 2015.
The proposed project has prompted a review of the Boston Redevelopment Authority's existing South Boston Municipal Harbor Plan, a guideline for planning and development in the Seaport District
and along the South Boston Waterfront. Specifically, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is pursuing an amendment for the 21,000 square foot proposed 150 Seaport site. The Plan, which dates to 2000, does not include the proposed 150 Seaport site. In 2000, the site was one of the few developed sites in the Seaport District
At the February 17th meeting, Cronin Holdings LLC presented new proposal details including harbor setbacks, shadow impacts and building footprints:
Full Cronin Holdings LLC presentation:
Full meeting presentation:
Notice of Plan renewal and amendment:
Feb 23, 2016
Letter of Intent filed for new Seaport District hotel
Harbinger Development of Wellesley has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to file an Expanded Project Notification Form in early March 2016 for review of a proposed hotel in Boston's Seaport District. Harbinger Development proposes to build a 407-room hotel with 20,000 square feet of retail space at 660 Summer Street.
The hotel would be located in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) on Parcel A overlooking the Reserved Channel. The hotel would contain 253 select service hotel rooms and 154 extended stay hotel rooms. Retail space would be built on the hotel's ground and top floors. A parking garage would be built on site with 75 parking spaces.
Letter of Intent:
Harbinger Development is also a development partner of the proposed Haymarket Hotel
in downtown Boston.
Feb 11, 2016
Owner Exelon Corporation has listed South Boston's former Boston Edison power plant site for sale. The site is located at First and Summer streets in South Boston. Sources familiar with the sale report that at least six developers have bid on the site. Furthermore, it is likely the site would be developed into a mixed-use development project with both residential and commercial space.
Exelon Corporation hopes to close a sale for the site this year. More information about the property is posted below.
Feb 08, 2016
The Boston Flower Exchange will likely be sold to local developer The Abbey Group, according to sources familiar with the deal. The Boston Flower Exchange has been told to move out by the end of 2016. Sale of the property has not yet closed.
Feb 01, 2016
Impressive progress is being made at Boston Landing, a transformative multi-phased mixed-use development project in Boston's Allston neighborhood. New Balance's recently-opened headquarters building has a striking presence on both Guest Street, the Boston Landing development's main artery, and the parallel Massachusetts Turnpike, with sweeping curves and an overall distinctive design. New Balance's new headquarters opened for business in September 2015. Next door, an under-construction ice rink and 10-story office building are nearing completion. The ice rink will serve as the Boston Bruins' official practice facility.
On our recent visit, the construction team was hard at work putting finishing touches on the ice rink and office building, both of which are expected to be complete by fall 2016. Take a look at our new construction photographs posted above. More project information, including the full Boston Landing development plan, is posted below. Also check out 125 Guest Street, a residential component of Boston Landing currently under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Jan 21, 2016
Construction was completed at Vivo Apartments in September 2015. Building is now leasing. New photographs posted.
Jan 21, 2016
100 Binney foundation excavation underway
Excavation of 100 Binney’s foundation and underground parking structure is underway. Concrete has been poured along the sides of the foundation. A horizontal foundation support system has been installed to reinforce the foundation during excavation.
View North from Linskey Way
View West from Linskey Way
Jan 21, 2016
Exterior finish installation underway at 50 & 60 Binney
Installation of glass panels and brick finishes is underway at 50 & 60 Binney. Glass has risen three stories along Binney and First streets, and brick has risen nearly 10 stories along Linskey Way.
View from Longfellow Bridge
View at First Street (left) and Binney Street (right)
View along Binney Street
View along Binney Street
View at First Street (left) and Binney Street (right)
View at Linskey Way (left) and First Street (right)
Dec 25, 2015
Cronin Holdings LLC's official Letter of Intent for 150 Seaport is now posted:
Cronin Holdings LLC has also released an official website for the project at 150seaport.com.
Dec 02, 2015
An Expanded Project Notification Form was submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for 125 Guest Street. View the full form at http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/getattachment/4f23f1d9-9f6c-4fde-a27e-1d41077e54ec.
Nov 12, 2015
50 & 60 Binney ready for exterior finishes
We stopped by 50 & 60 Binney in rapidly-developing Kendall Square. Topped off
since September, 50 & 60 Binney's frame is being prepared for installation of exterior finishes. 50 & 60 Binney's facade will consist of glass, metal panels and bricks.
View along Binney Street
View at First Street (left) and Binney Street (right)
View at First Street (left) and Binney Street (right)
View along Binney Street
View along Binney Street
View along Binney Street
Oct 14, 2015
A topping-off ceremony was recently held at Logan Airport's Central Garage West! Check out photos from the ceremony, as well as of the garage, above and below. Photos courtesy Arrowstreet.
Sep 22, 2015
50 & 60 Binney tops off
The topping-off ceremony for 50 & 60 Binney was held today! The following is a link to a video
of the ceremony. 50 & 60 Binney will be a 10-story, 541,000 rentable square foot (RSF) lab and office building.
Jul 5, 2015
50 & 60 Binney steel frame rising
50 & 60 Binney's steel frame has risen six stories and will soon top off! 50 & 60 Binney will be a total of 10 stories tall.
View along Binney Street (left) and Second Street (right)
View along Second Street