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NEW LISTING - 102 River Street, Unit 3, Cambridge

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Great open floor plan condo in a grand Victorian at the corner of Cottage and River Street. Property was renovated in 2002 and includes all the extras: 2 deeded parking spaces, storage in basement, in unit washer/dryer, private deck off kitchen and exclusive private garden. This condo also features beautiful hardwood floors on main level with high ceilings and large windows that provide exceptional natural light. Short walk to Central Square, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Some updates needed.

http://bostoniaproperties.com/homes-for-sale-details/102-RIVER-ST-3-CAMBRIDGE-MA-02139/72077371/52/

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THE VIOLA

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Since 2014, a massive development project has been in the works near the Hynes Convention Center in Bostons Back Bay neighborhood. The mixed-use development is one of several projects around Boston to be constructed above a portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike that runs through the city.

In recent years, developers have been purchasing the air rights over different portions of the turnpike from the State of Massachusetts. Because of the way that the Pike was built, it runs directly through the middle of the city, leaving a large sunken gap. State officials have divided these gaps into parcels that they have been selling in order completely build over the Mass Pike gap that runs through Boston.

This project is slated for parcel 13, an open gap on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street. Right on the corner of this busy intersection, an unsightly chain-link fence divides the sidewalks from the large gap overlooking the rumbling pike below. The sound of the traffic below mixed with the traffic of the intersection makes this one of the loudest and most unpleasant spots in all of Boston.

That will all change if the developers of this new project are able to win approval from city officials. Known as the Viola, this mixed-use project calls for a new building to completely cover over the parcel 13 gap. The building would feature and 156-key boutique hotel, 88 condos and 85 apartments for rent. In addition, the ground level would open up 20,000 square-feet of new retail space and would create two large pedestrian plazas.

In addition, developers have agreed to completely renovate the Hynes Convention Center T Station, which has been is a state of disrepair for several years. They would add two brand new entrances in concert with the pedestrian plazas to help accommodate all of the pedestrian traffic in the area.

Many have also commented on the unique design of the building. Images released by the architects show an S-shaped building with a modern exterior and curvy look. This would certainly stand out from much of the more traditional architecture in the Back Bay neighborhood. While some worry that the design could draw resistance from those who live near by, few can argue the benefits of covering up that large gap, expanding sidewalk space and building a new T station.

For more information please see:

http://peeblescorp.com/portfolio/viola-back-bay-boston/

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/01/05/developer-selected-for-million-back-bay-project/U80ejGuiz56Els4h3jKHJN/story.html

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Washington Village

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A massive development has been proposed in South Boston. Developers have been working on detailed plans to transform a 4.8-acre area into one of Bostons largest residential development projects.

Washington Village is set to be built on an area that is currently filled with crumbling and abandoned buildings. The site is located on the corner of Damrell Street, Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street. The proposal calls for a massive 894,000 square-foot development that will include residential units, shops, restaurants and parking. The development will have park-like landscaping throughout the entire complex. There will be new pedestrian paths and plazas for people to walk in while the surrounding streets will get new sidewalks, new street lamps, benches and trees.

The development will create 656 residential units, 98,600 square-feet of retail space and over 500 new parking spaces. Early reports indicate that developers are looking for a grocery store to fill one of the spots as well as a pharmacy. Many of the restaurants and caf spaces will have the option for outdoor seating. The developers are not just looking to build a project but are aspiring to build a neighborhood within a neighborhood.

Many of the residents in the surrounding areas have praised the project for the much need retail space that it will provide to the entire neighborhood. Many people are also happy with the wide range of housing options that will be provided. Unlike many of the developments around Boston that have been approved in recent years, Washington Village will not just serve the wealthy with luxury condo units. While there will be many high-end units, there will also be a range of housing options of all different sizes geared towards people of all different incomes.

For more information, please see:

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2015/10/first-look-massive-mixed-use-residential-village.html

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2015/10/21/south-boston-washington-village/

http://www.prellwitzchilinski.com/projects/washington-village/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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40 Trinity Place

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For the last few years, developers have been working with the city to construct a midsized high-rise building in Back Bay near Copley Square. After several delays, construction is finally scheduled to start on 40 Trinity Place in 2017.

40 Trinity Place will be a 31-story building with a four-star hotel on the lower floors and luxury condo units on the upper floors. The building will be replacing the 11-story Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, which is adjacent to the Hancock Tower. The Hotel will have over 150 rooms while the upper floors will consist of 146 luxury condo units. Amenities for those who live in the future units are said to include concierge service, valet parking, a movie theater and a spa.

The look of the building has been designed to minimize visual impact on the Boston skyline. Many architects have praised the buildings sculpture-like design. According to the architectural team that designed the building, it was explicitly designed to distinguish itself from adjacent buildings nearby. They also pointed out that shadow and wind impacts on the surrounding area were carefully considered.

The highlight of the building will be a two-story sky lobby and bar, which will be set on the 15th floor. Developers are planning on having a celebrity chef operate the restaurant and people from all over Boston will be able to come and view the city below from 150 feet in the sky. The restaurant will also feature an outdoor patio, which when completed, will become the highest rooftop bar in the city.

The ground floor of the building will open up retail space allowing for more business in the neighborhood.

For More Information, Please See:

http://boston.curbed.com/2016/3/23/11289824/back-bay-40-trinity-place-development

http://www.tccrealtygroup.com/condo/40-trinity/

http://www.architecturalteam.com/projects/40-trinity-place/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Commonwealth Avenue Redevelopment

St._Paul_Street_MBTA_station,_Boston_MAA major redevelopment plan has been approved for one of Bostons busiest streets, Commonwealth Avenue. The redevelopment is expected to have positive implications for the thousands of people who live near by and the many people who commute to work downtown.

Starting at the Boston Public Garden, Commonwealth Ave. is a massive street that goes from the center of Boston all the way to Boston College at the edge of the city. This street serves as a major transportation conduit with large sidewalks for pedestrians, bike lanes and many bus line stops. Furthermore, the entire B branch of the Green Line runs along the street from beginning to end.

Over a mile of Commonwealth Ave. is flanked by Boston University. The portion of the street running from Kenmore Square to the BU Bridge was redeveloped several years ago and is adorned with benches, trees, fine landscaping and modern iron street lamps. From the BU Bridge to Boston College, Commonwealth Ave. is a very poorly maintained streetscape with cracked sidewalks, broken curbs and outdated cement street lamps. Soon that will all change.

The plan to redevelop the rest of Commonwealth Ave. from the BU Bridge and onward will be broken up into three phases to minimize disruption as much as possible. When completed, the street will be completely repaved and adorned with new sidewalks, landscaping and benches for people to sit. The old cement street lamps will be replaced with the modern iron street lamps, which will help foster a more consistent look for the street. Aside from aesthetic improvements, some of the above-ground stops on the B line will be reconstructed to be more accessible to the elderly and handicapped.

While all of these changes have received full support from the community, the planning process has been held up over the new layout of the street. Several organizations including BU Bikes and Boston Cyclist Union have been advocating for additional protections to make the biking on Commonwealth Ave. safer. With several of the safety measures now approved, construction is scheduled to start this summer.

For more information please see:

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/27/boston-commonwealth-ave-reconstruction-plans-phase-2a-boston-transportation-department/

http://www.bu.edu/today/2015/barriers-cyclists-comm-ave/

http://keepbostonmoving.org/portfolio/commonwealth-avenue-phase-3-and-4/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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COPLEY PLACE TOWER

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Construction has started on a major development project in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Known as the Copley Place Tower, this 52-story high rise will alter Bostons skyline.

Development plans for this project have been in the works since before 2012. After years of community meetings and several changes, the Boston Redevelopment Authority finally granted approval. Located right near the Boston Public Library, this new building will tower over Copley Square.

The tower itself is only the most visible portion of a larger development, which will encompass a massive makeover of the Copley Mall. The base of the tower will be attached to the Mall and will create over 115,000 square-feet of additional retail space, as well as a new grand entrance.

The tower will hold a total of 542 new housing units. There will be 109 luxury condos for sale and 433 luxury apartments to rent. Of the 433 new apartments, 76 of them will be designated as affordable housing in concert with Boston regulations requiring a percentage of new housing to be reserved for middle-income people. Amenities will include; concierge service, underground parking, secure bike storage space and a 7th floor sky lobby and deck which will overlook the surrounding area.

Developers have touted this project as a win-win for all Boston residents. At over 500 feet tall, construction of the tower will create over 1,700 construction jobs as well as 250 permanent new jobs. The tower is also speculated to generate around $7.2 million is new tax revenue for Boston after its completion.

For more information please see:

http://www.universalhub.com/2015/bra-approves-52-story-tower-copley-place

http://www.copleyplacetower.com

http://www.boston.com/realestate/gallery/copley_place_dpir/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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THE PIERCE BOSTON

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The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved a major development project near Fenway Park. Once known as The Fenway Point, the mixed-use project has now been rebranded as The Pierce Boston.

The 30-story tower will be one of the tallest buildings in the Fenway neighborhood. The development will consist of over 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space, with luxury residential units above. When completed, there will be 100 condos for sale and 240 apartments for rent. There will also be underground parking available for residents to use.

While much of the development in Bostons recent building boom has been focused in Downtown and in Back Bay, the Fenway neighborhood has also seen its fair share of new development proposals. The Pierce will be located across the street from the Landmark Center, which is due for a major facelift. Developers have proposed to turn the Landmark Center into a major destination and move the large parking lot under ground, in order to create a new park.

Future residents of The Pierce will have easy access to the shops and restaurants at the Landmark Center as well as close proximity to the sports bars and restaurants surrounding Fenway Park.

The triangular-shaped plot where the tower is to be built is currently filled with a one-story building that has started to decay. The Pierce will revitalize the area with new shops, new sidewalks and new lighting. The unique look of the building was designed by a world famous architecture firm and has already received praise from many in the community.

For more please see:

http://www.universalhub.com/2015/bra-approves-31-story-tower-replace-old-fenway-sub

http://samuelsre.com/property/pierce-boston

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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THE MERANO

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Construction has started on a development project known as the Merano located on the last open parcel of the Bulfinch Triangle. Of the three open parcels created by The Big Dig, the first parcel was developed into an apartment complex called the Victor while the second was developed into a luxury apartment building called One Canal.

When completed, the Merano will mark the full development of the Bulfinch Triangle. This latest development project is part of several massive development projects in the area, including the redevelopment of the TD Garden, the redevelopment of the Government Center Garage, the West End Tower and Avalon Tower.

Originally slated as a 12-story building that would hold two major hotels, the project was recently changed in order to win city approval. Now this $230 million development project has grown to a 14-story building that will have underground parking to accommodate the parking lot, which currently sits on the lot. Half of the building will be a 220-room hotel while the other half will hold 239 apartments.

All of the apartments in the building will be reserved for working class people whose income fall into a certain bracket. With the major building boom in Boston, many neighborhoods around the city have seen a rise in property values and increased rents. Many local politicians have advocated for the creation of price controlled housing so that working people will not be pushed out of Boston by rising rents.

The first floor of the building will be reserved for street level retail space. There is no doubt that the project will have a positive impact on the surrounding area. Many of the projects supporters have pointed out that the new residents and hotel guests will be a boost to shops and restaurants nearby.

For more information please see:

http://northendwaterfront.com/2015/12/affordable-housing-development-moves-forward-at-parcel-1b/

http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/projects/development-projects/parcels-1b-and-1c-bulfinch-triangle

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/07/27/affordable-apartments-downtown-boston-related-beal-proposal-parcel-1b/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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ONE CANAL

One-Canal-3 When the Big Dig was finished, most of the land covered by the massive raised highway was converted into a linear park winding through the city, now known as the Greenway. The few spots of freed up land not included in the new park was broken into parcels and sold to private developers. The largest chunk of these parcels make up an area known as the Bulfinch Triangle.

Located between the West End and the North End, the Bulfinch Triangle has been an awkward undeveloped site between two of Bostons busiest neighborhoods. Two of the parcels were small grassy areas that were un-kept while the third served as a small parking lot. With the explosion of a building boom in Boston, developers have proposed plans for all three parcels.

The first of the three parcels was recently developed into a massive new apartment building called The Victor. This building is anchored by a popular bar and restaurant, Tavern in the Square. Now the second of the three parcels, a triangular shaped plot of land next to The Victor, is being developed into a new apartment building that will be called One Canal.

One Canal has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and is already under construction. When completed it will be 12 stories high and hold over 320 units. Around 20 of the units will be reserved for Boston residents who are classified as middle income, while the rest of the apartments will be luxury units set at market price.

One Canal will feature some of the best views in the City with units looking over the North End, the Greenway and the Zakim Bridge. The most coveted feature of the property will be a massive roof deck complete with a pool, sitting area and a fire place. This roof deck will have 360-degree views of the entire city so that residents can watch the skyline of Boston as they swim in the rooftop pool.

For more information please see:

http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/04/reckoning-coming-for-longstalled-one-canal.php

http://www.liveonecanal.com/apartments/home.do?lid=en_US&pid=3027

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Boston Garden Redevelopment Ground Breaking

TheHubOnCauseway-Rendering-1 Last week Delaware North and Boston Properties announced the groundbreaking of the much anticipated redevelopment of the old Boston Garden site. Known as The Hub on Causeway, the project, which is just beginning Phase I will bring a number of amenities to the West End including:

210,000* square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, including the city of Bostons largest supermarket an approximately 60,000* square foot Star Market,

The Northeasts first ArcLight Cinema, ArcLight Boston, a 60,000* square foot theater with 15 screens.

10,000* square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station. 540 spaces of below grade parking which will be connected to the existing North Station garage.

64,000* square feet of expansion space for TD Garden on floors 3-9.

175,000* square feet of creative office space.

(*square footage is approximate)

Phase II will include a 38 story residential tower (condos or apartments TBD apparently), and a 10 story hotel. Phase III will consist of a 21 story office tower.

For more details including more renderings of the project, please visit the TD Garden site at:

http://www.tdgarden.com/delaware-north-and-boston-properties-celebrate-groundbreaking-of-the-hub-on-causeway/

Mike Duggan

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