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BOSTON LANDING DEVELOPMENT

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Anyone driving into Boston from the South will have noticed the major construction along the highway outside the city that has been going on for over a year. Since its approval in 2013, a major develop in Bostons Brighton neighborhood has been underway.

Boston Landing is a massive development along the Massachusetts Turnpike spanning over 15 acres. Located in Brighton, it stands out as a recent major development project that is not located Downtown or in the Seaport District. The project will bring several modern office buildings, restaurants, shops, a new commuter rail station, a park and an ice rink that will serve as the official new practice facility for the Boston Bruins.

At the heart of the development will be a massive 250,000 square foot complex which will serve as the new world headquarters for New Balance. The buildings unique architecture and futuristic look has already garnered attention from architects and local residents. The building will be part of over 650,000 square feet of new office space that will be created as part of the development.

While the office space will give room to Bostons expanding economy, residents are most excited about the new park and shopping district that will make this development a destination for locals who may not want to spend the time and high cost to travel into Downtown Boston. There will be up to 80,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space along with a 175 room boutique hotel.

The ice rink will be a state of the art training and practice facility that will be named the Warrior Ice Arena. As the new practice facility for the Bruins, the arena will be open to the public and offer programs for youth and local residents.

For more information please see:

http://bostonlandingdevelopment.com

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2014/12/check-out-the-boston-bruins-new-practice-facility.html

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/05/12/mbta-commuter-rail-boston-allston-brighton-boston-landing-station/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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West End Tower

WEST END TOWER

A proposal has been submitted for a high-rise residential tower to be built on the site of the West End Garage. Located near the TD Garden, the West End Garage is a four-story concrete structure that was built along with many other unsightly garages in Boston during the 1960s.

The current garage has over 650 parking spaces for West End residents and people attending sports events or concerts at the TD Garden. The proposal calls for demolishing the existing structure in order to build a 46-story residential tower. The parking garage would be moved underground and would be expanded to 850 parking spaces. The new tower would hold over 480 luxury apartments with sweeping views of the city. The lower floors of the tower would be used for retail space. Along with the construction of the building, the developer has promised to redesign and landscape the area surrounding the tower.

This project should not be confused with the 38-story Avalon Tower, which is across the street from the West End Garage and is currently under construction. This should also not be confused with the Government Center Garage Redevelopment; another redevelopment project in the West End that has already been approved.

If the West End Tower receives approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, it will become one of five new high-rise towers that will be constructed around the TD Garden. Furthermore, it will be one of seven new high-rise towers that will be built in the West End.

For more information please see:

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2015/03/first-look-46-story-garden-garage-residential.html

http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2015/03/new-garden-residential-tower-big-reveal.php

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Lovejoy Wharf

Lovejoy wharf rendering

Lovejoy Wharf

Located between the TD Garden and the Charlestown Bridge, the Lovejoy Wharf Development is part of several new projects located in an area known as the Bulfinch Triangle. Nestled between the West End and the North End, the Bulfinch Triangle has been long overdue for a makeover since the completion of the Big Dig.

The Lovejoy Wharf Development has three major stages. The first stage consists of the construction of a new headquarters for Converse. The new headquarters will be located in the historic Hoffman Building, which will be completely renovated on the inside while the outside is preserved.

The second stage consists of the reconstruction of a new and updated harbor walk, which will once again link the North End and the West End. The current harbor walk through the wharf was crumbling and was constantly flooding over making it difficult for pedestrians to pass after storms. The new harbor walk through the wharf is up to safety standards with modern lighting and is now accessible for boats and water taxis. The space has been branded as a Public Waterfront Pavilion and will offer seating and landscaping with views of the Zakim Bridge.

The first two stages have already been completed and now construction has begun on the third stage. This final stage will consist of a modern 14-story tower that will be connected to the historic Hoffman Building. The new addition will have retail and restaurant space on the ground level while the upper floors will have up to 175 new condo units.

For more information please see:

Link 1: http://www.clproperties.com/condo/lovejoy-wharf/

Link 2: http://northendwaterfront.com/tag/lovejoy-wharf/

Link 3: http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/04/27/boston-north-end-condos-175-units-at-131-beverly-street/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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SOUTH STATION EXPANSION

SOUTH STATION EXPANSION

Over the past two years, a proposal has been in the works for a major expansion of Bostons South Station. Lawmakers in support of the project point out that this expansion would have benefits for the entire State.

Originally built in 1899, South Station had over 28 tracks to bring people into Boston. After the turn of the century and the rise of the automobile, public transit fell out of favor for many and South Station was sized down to its current state of only 13 tracks. While South Station had remained a landmark in Boston, the station has been overwhelmed in recent years with the growing population and the rising use of public transportation.

The proposed expansion would be an $850 million project that would nearly double South Stations capacity from 13 tracks to 20. It would be financed with a combination of State and Federal grants, along with revenue generated from a high-rise tower that would be built over part of the station to hold offices.

A major component of the plan would be the relocation of the U.S. Postal Service General Mail Facility. This massive mail facility spans almost the entire length of South Station as an unsightly building filled with loading docks. A new mail facility would be built near by in the Seaport District while the freed up space would be used for the expansion and new apartment buildings overlooking the Fort Point Channel.

Dorchester Avenue, which currently serves as a stretch of asphalt to accommodate the mail facility loading docks would be transformed into and pedestrian friendly boulevard. The new walkway would be lined with trees and new streetlights to accommodate the new apartments built next to South Station.

The biggest incentive for the project will be for the thousands of commuters who use South Station every day to get to work in the city. The addition 7 tracks would help eliminate long waits during rush hour.

For more information please see:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/02/23/south-station-critical-component-patrick-transportation-plan/0fl7cDPw6XAq0vJNYi5zAP/story.html

https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/southstationexpansion/Home.aspx

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Four Seasons Tower

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Construction has started on another new high-rise building in Boston. The Four Seasons Tower will be a mixed-use building with a hotel on the lower floors and luxury condos on the upper floors. At 700 feet tall, it will become the tallest residential building in the city and the third tallest building in Boston overall.

Located in Bostons Back Bay neighborhood, this triangular shaped high-rise will be the tallest building constructed in Boston since the 1970s. Its official address is One Dalton Street, right next to the Christian Science Plaza. At 60 stories high, the first 20 floors will be occupied by a Four Seasons Hotel. The current Four Seasons Hotel located near the Boston Common will remain open, making Boston one of the few cities to have two Four Seasons Hotels.

As part of the hotel, the lower floors will offer over 200 new luxury hotel rooms, two restaurants, two lounges and a spa. The remaining floors on the upper level will offer 180 new luxury condos and a private restaurant club on the 50th floor. The residential portion of the building will have its own separate entrance for people living in the condos.

According to Boston Magazine, the new luxury condos will have 11-foot ceilings and large bay windows as well as concierge and doorman services. At the base of the tower, a new public park will be created with landscaping to complement the surrounding area. In addition there will also be another 26-story apartment building constructed on the parcel right next to the tower.

Pricing for the condo units has not been announced yet. Construction on the development is set to be completed sometime in 2017.

For more information, please see:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/06/10/new-residential-tower-will-join-offices-boston-skyline/WVLKv4IqrgfCgq8ldup1kJ/story.html

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2015/01/15/bostons-tallest-new-skyscraper-breaks-ground/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Landmark Center

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The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved a major redevelopment for the Landmark Center. Located near Fenway Park, the new plan will transform the shopping center from a neighborhood enclave to an iconic residential and commercial destination.

Built in 1928, the Landmark Centers iconic Art Deco style architecture stands apart from most of the much older and traditional looking brick buildings around Boston. Art Deco became popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Therefore, this style of architecture is much more prevalent in cities that were rapidly expanding during those time periods such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Landmark Center was vacant for many years before it was originally developed into a shopping center in 2000. Its strategic location near a major intersection and iconic look have contributed to its success over the past 15 years. Developers will build off of this success with a major expansion and redevelopment.

According to the plan, three new residential buildings will hold over 500 new apartments. The massive 1,400-space parking garage will be demolished and rebuilt underground to make space for the new buildings. On top of the 100,000 square-feet of new retail space that will be created, there will be a modern food hall that will feature outdoor seating. The food hall will be anchored by a 75,000 square-foot supermarket that will serve the entire neighborhood and surrounding area. The cramped parking lot that currently spans the front of the building will be replaced by a new landscaped park that will integrate pedestrian-friendly access to the shopping center.

The plan will preserve the architecture of the original building, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So far, this project has garnered a lot of positive support.

For more information please see:

Link 1: http://www.weinerventures.com/project/landmark-center

Link 2: http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/projects/development-projects/landmark-center-2013

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Fenway Center Development

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Since 2007, plans have been in the works for a major development project near Fenway Park. The Fenway Center is a 1.3 million square-foot development project that would be constructed in the open space above the Massachusetts Pike.

In 2014, the newly elected Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, was able to negotiate a $4 million tax break as an incentive for the developers of the project to move forward. If constructed, the project would stretch across an 8-lane highway and a commuter rail, making it the first Mass. Pike air-rights development since the 1980s. The Walsh administration has pointed out to skeptics of the tax break that the project will create up to 1,800 construction jobs and raise millions of dollars in yearly tax revenue from a currently non-utilized space.

The mixed-use development will be comprised of apartments, retail stores, restaurants and a parking garage. At the heart of the development will be a 27-story tower that will house new luxury apartments. According to the Boston Globe, the complex will contain up to 550 new apartments and over 1,200 new parking spaces.

Residents of the new development will be conveniently located between the Fenway District and Kenmore Square. Known as the Cathedral of Boston, Fenway Park is one of the oldest ballparks in the country and is surrounded by a neighborhood of shops, restaurants and sports bars. Many of the new apartments will feature views of the ballpark and quick access to one of Bostons top nightlife districts.

The development will also be located next to the recently built Yawkey Commuter Rail Station, giving residents immediate access to public transportation. Once completed, much of the new space will be powered by solar energy making it one of Bostons most environment-friendly developments.

For more information please see:

Link 1: https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/04/17/bra-approves-million-tax-break-for-fenway-center-development/bzOlFtjGm1H8RXAyRE9KiN/story.html

Link 2: http://businessfacilities.com/2013/07/bostons-new-fenway-center-development-to-begin-construction/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Avalon North Station Tower

Suffolk University rendering for Nashua Street Resdience Tower

Construction has started on a new high-rise residential building next to the TD Garden. This project is among several other developments near the TD Garden that were approved in the final days of the Menino administration. Along with the development planned in front the TD Garden, Avalon Tower will be one of four new high-rise buildings to surround the sports arena.

Developed by AvalonBay Communities, the tower next to the Garden is one of several development projects that the company has been working on in Boston. At over 400 feet high and a price tag of 250 million, this is one of their biggest projects in Boston to date.

The 38-story tower will be centrally located next to one of Bostons main sports arenas and North Station. Future residents of the tower will have direct access to a major transportation hub as well as a close proximity to the many sports bars and restaurants surrounding the TD Garden. Among the 500 residential units that will be created, there will be studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments.

Beyond the residential units, the area directly around the tower will be landscaped, creating a park-like feel. Furthermore, there will be a two-story covered passageway through the base of the tower connecting Nashua Street and Causeway Street for pedestrians. The passageway will be lined with retail shops and restaurants to serve all of the general public.

Pricing of the residential units is rumored to be ranging from $2,400 for studios to $7,500 plus for three-bedroom penthouse units. The tower is planned to be finished around 2017.

For more information please see:

Link #1: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/24/construction-underway-for-new-apartment-tower-north-station/L0w0FD74bAem687kM8TSQO/story.html

Link #2: http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/10/27/avalon-north-station-groundbreaking-38-story-avalon-north-station-tower-renderings/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Boston Olympic Bid

stadium Since the announcement of an exploratory committee to analyze the possibility of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Boston, there has been a great divide among supporters of the plan and people who strongly oppose it. Now the city of Boston has won the bid to be the official US city in the final round and is a strong contender to host the 2024 games.

In January, the Boston 2024 Committee released its initial plans to the public, which has triggered and new round of controversy. Many Boston residents who oppose holding the Olympics here, believe that the city does not have the infrastructure to withstand such a massive event and that the price tag would outweigh potential benefits. Supporters of the plan point to the fact that Boston has the ability to utilize the housing and sports facilities of the many major colleges and universities around the city. They also believe that the Olympics would give the city an incentive to overhaul the transportation system and develop parts of Boston. There is no doubt that developments in transportation and real estate would last generations after the Olympic games.

The initial plans released call for the development of the area around the Convention Center in the Seaport District and an Olympic Stadium to be built in the heart of Boston. The location of the stadium would be in Widett Circle, which is currently an industrial park with a consortium of railroads, warehouses and loading docks, surround by an elevated highway. The area surrounding the stadium would be redeveloped into a new neighborhood known as Midtown, complete with parks, athletic fields and housing facilities.

The stadium and surrounding area would be connected to the rest of Boston through the redevelopment of the Fort Point Channel, which would be transformed into an Olympic Boulevard. There would be new walkways, landscaping and lighting along with the construction of new pedestrian bridges across the channel.

For more information, please see:

http://www.wbur.org/2015/01/21/boston-2024-olympics-bid-images

https://www.2024boston.org

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Harbor Garage Proposal

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Recently another proposal was made for the redevelopment of the Harbor Garage. Located on waterfront property between the Greenway and the harbor, this property has been the source of much debate in recent years.

The garage sits right next to the New England Aquarium, making it prime real estate. It was purchased by a well-known developer, named Don Chiofaro, who first came up with a proposal in 2009. His original plan called for the garage to be replaced with two high-rise towers that would be connected with a giant modern arch. The massive size of the development combined with the strange look of the buildings drew massive public outcries. Residents of the neighboring Harbor Towers residential complex are opposed to any high-rise building that would threaten some of their views. Many of them spoke out against the development while other Bostonians described the buildings as unsightly and too big.

The controversy stirred up by the plans eventually led to a public feud between Mayor Menino and Don Chiofaro. It was no secret that the late Boston Mayor along with his administration were closely connected with the BRA. Due to the massive public opposition, the project was shelved.

Now Boston has a new mayor and Chiofaro is looking for a clean slate. He has come forward with a completely new development proposal designed to attract broader public support. The plan consists of two high-rise buildings that still retain the modern edge envisioned by Chiofaro but are much more aesthetically pleasing than the buildings in the previous plan.

The lower floors will be graced with a giant public space that will be used to connect the Greenway with the harbor. Made up entirely of glass, this space will have a retractable roof, which will make it useful for any season. While there is still some push back concerning the height of the towers, this proposal has received much more support than the first.

http://www.harborgarageproject.com

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/01/new-plans-for-harbor-garage-redevelopment-focus-ground-level-amenities/nZrGRwdBGAoBEIioGUFpVN/story.html

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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