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Boston North EndBostons North End is known for its Italian heritage and its narrow streets and brick buildings. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city, having been continuously inhabited since it was first settled in the 1630s. The North End takes its name from being located at the northern most tip of the Shawmut Peninsula and it was originally much smaller than it is today. As with many of the neighborhoods in Boston, with land at a premium waterways were filled in order to create more habitable space. Along the waterfront of the North End, commercial areas were increased with fill removed from Beacon Hill which at the time was being developed for residential uses. Many of the first residents of the North End were merchants and traders who purchased land close to the water and built houses, warehouses and wharves. As their wealth increased, many of the merchants built large homes in the area as the North End became a very fashionable place to live in the 18th century. After the American Revolution however, many of the wealthier members of society were drawn away from the waterfront and many of the large houses were either turned into multi-unit dwellings or torn down and replaced by row houses. As immigration increased in the 19th century, the North End became a haven for immigrants, and by 1855 almost half of the residents of the North End were Irish. Over the next 20 years as the Irish moved on, more and more Polish and Russian immigrants settled in the area. Then, in the late 1870s Italian immigration began, and by the 1920s an estimated 90% of the residents were Italian. Much of the Italian heritage of the neighborhood remains today, with the numerous Italian street festivals and the restaurants and bakeries being among the citys best. Over the last several years access to the area was difficult and the North End struggled through some of the major construction projects that have recently been completed. Now, the steel beams and girders that held up the Central Artery and separated the North End from the rest of downtown have been removed and replaced with green space known as the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Significant landmarks include Paul Reveres house, the Old North Church and Hanover Street.

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Lovejoy Wharf

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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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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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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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