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Blog :: 07-2015

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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