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Faneuil Hall Marketplace Redevelopment

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Residing in the very heart of Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has served as the central tourist destination of the city since its first major renovation in the 1970s. With an estimated 20 million visitors a year, it is one of the most visited sites in the United States. Many Bostonians view Faneuil Hall Marketplace in the way that New Yorkers view Times Square. Now a proposal has been made to renovate Faneuil Hall and bring it into more modern times.

Not much has changed in the Faneuil Hall area since the 1970s. From its iconic bubble lights to the cobblestone walkways, many people have been waiting for Faneuil Hall to catch up with the rest of the city that has grown around it. The goal of the redevelopment is to make the marketplace appeal more to locals and not just tourists. Many Bostonians have learned to avoid Faneuil Hall, especially on the weekends. The hope is that the new developments will draw back in many of the locals and make the area feel less like a tourist destination

Proposed renovations would include replacing the crumbling cobblestone and brick walkways with a new flat stone walkway and replacing all of the dark windows in the buildings with modern clear glass that would help conserve energy. The major renovation would be on the central food court located in the central Quincy Market building. It is currently home to around 70 very crowded small vendors adorning a narrow path. The new renovation would upgrade the food court with larger sit-down restaurants and bars. Other renovations would include building a 180 room hotel in the South Market building, replanting new trees and replacing the outdated glass building with a new modern class structure more capable of sustaining diverse businesses.

Because the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is designated as a Historic site, approval for the project will have to go through both the BRA and the citys Landmarks Commission.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/realestate/restoration-in-store-for-bostons-faneuil-hall-marketplace-.html?_r=2

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/09/09/overhaul-planned-for-faneuil-hall-marketplace/KH5QlqWjpdISz3MYuqINwI/story.html

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Government Center Garage Redevelopment

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After years of planning and months of debate, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved the redevelopment of the Government Center Parking Garage.

Built during the 1960s as part of the original Government Center Redevelopment project, the garage was designed in the brutalist architecture style matching the City Hall as well as several other prominent buildings around Boston at the time. The garage has been criticized by many as a giant eyesore and has been dubbed by many locals as the Berlin Wall of the West End. Due to its central location and massive size, the current garage straddles Congress Street, creating a dimly lit underpass connecting the popular Faneuil Hall area with the West End neighborhood.

Now a developer has stepped forward with a massive plan to tear down the existing garage and replace it with a sweeping new development. The project will replace the garage with six new buildings including two high-rises. The centerpiece of the development will be a 528-foot office tower along with a 480-foot residence tower that will transform the skyline of central Boston. According to the Boston Globe, the development will create 812 new residences, 1.1 million square foot of office space, 196 hotel rooms, and several new stores and restaurants.

Most importantly, part of Congress Street currently passing under the garage will be liberated once the garaged has been torn down. Many residents and business owners feel that this will breath new life into the West End and re-connect the TD Garden sports bar district with the rest of the Faneuil Hall area. Currently, the garage completely blocks any view of the TD Garden from pedestrians in Faneuil Hall or Government Center. Opening the area above Congress Street will allow the lights of Bostons major sports arena to be seen by people in both of Bostons two most popular locations in central Boston.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/11/15/bra-approves-master-plan-for-government-center-garage-redevelopment/YnTyWVF7jjzJHBOtSTSQSJ/story.html

http://www.governmentcentergarageredevelopment.com

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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TD Garden Development

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As one of the last acts during the Menino administration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved a massive development project on the doorstep of the TD Garden sports arena. As Bostons longest serving Mayor, Menino played an active role in the BRA and worked hard to advocate for projects that he personally approved. This development was one of the last major projects that his administration had been working to get approval for.

The development is expected to cost up to 1 billion dollars and consists of three high-rise buildings that will transform the skyline of Bostons West End neighborhood. The tallest building will be 600 feet, which will make it the tallest building in central Boston. According to the Boston Business Journal, the development will create over 1.7 million square feet, which will include a 20-story hotel, a 25-story office tower and the 600-foot residential building equipped with 500 units and up to 376,000 square feet of retail space.

The centerpiece of the project will be a covered boulevard for pedestrians that will serve as the main entrance to the sports arena. This entrance will be adorned with restaurants and shops and will serve as a shrine, highlighting the success and accomplishments of the Boston Celtics and the Bruins.

Currently, the area in front of the TD Garden where the project is to be built, is a fenced parking lot that separates the Garden from the sports bars and restaurants on surrounding streets. Also, the current main entrance to the Garden is located around the side of the complex and has been criticized by some as too boring for a building that has otherwise been praised for its architectural design. The new development will transform the area around the Garden and will help better integrate the sports arena into the neighborhood.

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2013/12/menino-boston-properties-reach-deal.html?page=all

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Millennium Tower

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One of the most anticipated high-rise buildings coming to central Boston is the Millennium Tower. This development was one of the first major projects to get approval in Bostons recent building boom.

Located in Downtown Crossing, this area of Boston has been an up-and-coming hotspot in recent years. In 2005, Emerson College purchased the aging Paramount Theater and completely refurbished it. In 2010, Suffolk University followed suit with the historic Modern Theater. Both developments have been credited with breathing new life into Downtown Crossing. Now, the Millennium Tower is set to become the crown jewel of the neighborhood when it is completed in 2016. The project is currently under construction on the site of the old Filenes building, which had been knocked down in 2008 for another development. That development had been stalled due to the economic crisis and left a giant hole lingering in the middle of the neighborhood. With approval of the Millennium Tower in 2012, the unsightly hole will be filled in with one of Bostons greatest architectural marvels.

At 685 feet, the Millennium Tower will be the tallest residential building in Boston and the third tallest building in the city overall. According to the Boston Business Journal, the development will cost over $680 million to build and will create over 1.2 million square-feet of commercial and residential space.

The tower will hold over 400 luxury residential units ranging from 759 to 12,846 square feet. Residential units will start around $850,000 and the top floor will be graced with a $37.5 million penthouse. At 60 stories high, the penthouse will take up the entire top floor of the tower and is rumored to have a 2,500 square foot roof deck.

The lower floors will consists of retail and office space, along with a restaurant, a health club and a spa.

Link 1: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2014/10/details-of-millennium-tower-boston-emerging.html

Link 2: http://boston.curbed.com/places/millennium-tower

Link 3: http://millenniumtowerboston.com

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Haymarket Square Hotel

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When the Big Dig project moved the central artery running through Boston underground and created the Greenway, several parcels of land were set aside for development. One of the most coveted of these has been parcel 9, a triangular shaped plot near Faneuil Hall, currently making up a significant part of Haymarket Square.

With its ideal central location, Haymarket Square has been home to one of Bostons major farmers markets since the 1830s. Today, residents of the North End, West End, and other parts of central Boston flock to Haymarket for fresh fruits and vegetables every week.

Last year, a competition was held with several different proposals made to determine the future of parcel 9. The victory design chosen was a hotel proposed by Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle. The original plans consisted of an 8-story hotel with 180 rooms and a first-floor market hall, which would have retail space and a restaurant. The modern design would have a unique look and would include a rooftop garden.

After winning the competition, plans were changed to a 10-story hotel with 225 rooms. To compensate, developers added a two-story market hall. While many residents are excited for the development, there has been some pushback. Some feel that the hotel is too tall for the area. Parcel 9 runs parallel with Blackstone Street, a road lined with some of Bostons oldest buildings and a protected historical district.

Currently, the farmers market based there uses an assortment of stands, tents and tarps, creating a maze for pedestrians to navigate through. Local residents also point out the weekly mess left over from the market due to the lack of waste facilities. The new development would solve this by providing permanent storage space for the farmers, appropriate waste facilities, public restrooms and matching covered food stands which wood give the market a more organized look and a cleaner feel.

Once the details of the hotel can be hashed through, the developmentshould transform the farmers market and have a positive effect on the entire area.

http://northendwaterfront.com/2015/02/historical-commission-rejects-haymarket-hotel-parcel-9-design-as-too-high-for-blackstone-block/

https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/portals/0/docs/infoCenter/realEstate_assetDev/parcel9_normandy_presentation.pdf Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Charlestown Bridge Redevelopment

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Officially named the North Washington Street Bridge, it is known by most Bostonians as the Charlestown Bridge. Made popular for its role during a car chase in The Town, the bridge has connected Charlestown with the rest of Boston since it was built in 1900.

In November, the Boston Public Works announced plans to reconstruct the bridge with a completely new modern design. Now over 100 years old, the current bridge is crumbling and is in a state of disrepair. The middle traffic lane has been closed due to structural issues and the rusting iron covering the central span of the bridge has created an eyesore for residents. The narrow pedestrian sidewalks were not designed to withstand the foot-traffic of the Freedom Trail and the unsightly bridge has become an obstacle, deterring many tourists from pursuing the Freedom Trail into Charlestown.

The new bridge seeks to solve these issues and will completely transform the connection between Charlestown and the rest of Boston. The new design is based slightly off the design of the popular Zakim Bridge, which runs parallel to the Charlestown Bridge. Therefore, the look of the two bridges will complement each other and will be aesthetically pleasing to residents and visitors.

Aside from visual appeal, the new bridge will be designed to accommodate the needs of a growing and diverse city. The bridge will be expanded so there will be two lanes of traffic going in both directions. Plant beds will adorn both sides of the main road, separating it from the expanded pedestrian walkways. According to the renderings, the walkways will be complete with benches to sit on and trees going across both sides of the bridge. Also, there will be set bike lanes in both directions to ensure safety.

With a $100 million estimated price tag, the new bridge will set the standard for modern bridge design. Construction is scheduled to start around 2017 and should be completed by 2020.

http://northendwaterfront.com/2014/11/design-renderings-for-reconstructed-north-washington-street-bridge/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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Fan Pier Development

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Described as one of the most significant and coveted waterfront sites on the East Coast, Bostons Fan Pier has been a driving force behind the massive change that has swept through the Seaport District.

No area of Boston has been more affected by the citys recent building boom than the Seaport District. Once a huge swath of land, filled with loading docks and parking lots, many local Bostonians once considered this neighborhood to be an industrial wasteland. That all changed in 1998 with the construction of the Moakley Courthouse. Since then, the Seaport District has been transformed into one of Bostons biggest up-and-coming hot spots. Home to Bostons World Trade Center and the new Convention Center, the district features wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, new parks and a harbor walk. New buildings are springing up in the Seaport District more than in any other part of the city. These new buildings are home to hotels, luxury apartments and five-star restaurants.

The Fan Pier is a multi-million dollar development in the heart of it all, featuring restaurants, shops and office space with views of Boston Harbor. The 21-acre project spans nine blocks of the Seaport District. Built on old parking lots, the modern buildings are surrounded by beautiful landscaping and well-lit walkways. There is also a new cove marina equipped with docks to accommodate boat owners.

With most of the development finished, the final two buildings are currently under construction. Named Twenty Two Liberty, these two 14-story residential buildings will be made entirely out of glass and consist of luxury condos. Built on the waterfront, the condo units will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private decks overlooking the harbor.

The complex will offer studios and 1-3 bedroom condos. The price range per unit is said to be between $900,000 to $4 million.

http://www.fanpierboston.com

http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/twenty-two-liberty-toppingoff.php

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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Avalon North Station Tower

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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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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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