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Boston West End Located just north of Beacon Hill and west of the North End is Bostons West end. Initially settled in the late 18th and early 19th century after the neighboring North End and Beacon Hill began to get crowded, the West End eventually became home to many immigrants. Today the West End is best known for the controversial urban renewal plan that was implemented in the 1950s which resulted in over half of the neighborhood being completely leveled and rebuilt with residential high rises, shopping centers and parking lots. The central square at the time, Scollay Square, was leveled and became Government Center, home of Bostons architecturally controversial City Hall. There were some buildings that escaped the demolition including Massachusetts General Hospital, the Charles Street Jail which has since been repurposed into the Liberty Hotel, and the Bulfinch Triangle which is the section of older buildings located roughly by Canal, Market, Merrimac, and Causeway Streets. This neighborhood is also home to North Station, the train station that serves the suburbs north of Boston, and the TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Over the last 20 years this area has again changed dramatically with the removal of the elevated trolley lines which ran over Causeway Street, as well as the completion of the The Central Artery/Tunnel Project (The Big Dig) in which Interstate 93 was rerouted underground and then over the Zakim Bridge.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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