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Old July 15th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #201
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Back to court for Fenway Center: Construction Could Begin This Fall


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A long court fight to delay construction of the $450 million Fenway Center could be settled this fall.

The Massachusetts State Appeals Court has agreed to an expedited hearing on September 7 to settle a suit against John Rosenthal, president of Meredith Management and the city of Boston.

“We feel very good that the outcome will be in our favor,” said Rosentthal.

In March, Massachusetts Land Court Judge Harry Grossman dismissed a zoning challenge by an abutter, HRPT Medical Buildings Realty Trust. The Newton company argued that a planned road into Fenway Center, a mixed-use development planned for Kenmore Square, would limit the firm's access to its parking and restrict development of its property. But in April, the company filed an appeal.

While construction of the $14.9 million Yawkey Commuter Rail Station is underway with state funds, Fenway Center, to be built next to the station, has yet to break ground. Real estate experts say the lawsuit has hurt Rosenthal’s ability to secure financing for the project.

But Rosenthal, who has remained optimistic despite the obstacles, said a financial partner that brings 100 percent of the capital, is doing their due diligence and he could have a financial commitment by fall.
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275 Albany Back As Rentals



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Habemus details! The 10-block lot at 275 Albany Street in the northeast corner of the South End began its developmental life as a plan for a 408-unit hotel. Then developer Normandy Real Estate Partners of the so-so State of New Jersey said the market couldn't support an inn of that size. So it kind of disappeared into a haze of rumors and expectations, overshadowed by its ambitious neighbor, the Ink Block, which will bring not only 475 luxury rentals to the old Herald site but also a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods. Well, now, thanks to The Globe's Casey Ross, we know that 275 Albany is back—and with the potential to be just as transformative for the grittiest area of the Hub's No. 1 neighborhood.
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Mass. Approves Seven New Hotels Around Convention Center


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The state Legislature has paved the way for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to begin the first phase of a $2 billion expansion plan by authorizing construction of up to seven hotels around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District.

The new hotels can have a maximum of 2,700 rooms, including a 1,200-room headquarters hotel that convention center authorities have acknowledged may need to be subsidized by up to $200 million in public funds. The Legislature did not include any funding for the hotel developments, but is allowing the convention authority to spend some of the tax money it receives for prep work, such as clearing land and building parking lots, that is necessary for the new hotels.

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The authority is planning to spend $33 million to buy a 5.5-acre vacant lot on D Street, across the street from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, where it will seek development of hundreds of new hotel rooms, likely in the mid-price range. The current headquarters hotel for the exhibition hall, the 800-room Westin Boston Waterfront, already has city approval for a 320-room expansion.
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A Chicago developer is planning to build a 240-room hotel in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, one of several projects that will help revitalize the time-worn shopping district.

59 Temple place will be renovated into a boutique hotel by the Chicago investment firm Oxford Capital Group.Oxford Capital Group plans to build the hotel on Temple Place, one of the small side streets in the so-called Ladder District that has attracted a rush of redevelopment proposals in recent months. The company purchased 59 Temple Place for $23.2 million earlier this year after a bidding war with more than 100 would-be buyers, and now intends to renovate the existing building.

City officials outlined Oxford’s hotel plan on Tuesday. The boutique hotel would have entrances on Washington Street and Temple Place. It is situated near three other major projects downtown -- a 600-foot apartment and retail tower at the former Filene’s property; a condominium building across from the Ritz Carlton, and an apartment tower at the intersection of Chinatown and Downtown Crossing.

The city is also spending $13.2 million to rebuild streets and sidewalks in the area.
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Rumble in the Fenway: Who Will Remake Its Back Bay Border?


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With new apartment towers rising almost as quickly as rents, Back Bay and the Fenway are perhaps the hottest real estate submarkets in Boston. But the biggest transformation yet could be on the horizon, as MassDOT moves toward the selection of a developer for key air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Since the opening of the Boston Extension of the Pike in 1965, the area around the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street has been characterized by a physical and psychological barrier that separates Bay Bay and the Fenway. Despite these conditions both neighborhoods have flourished. In fact, the area around Fenway Park has been transformed in recent years from a wasteland of gas stations, fast food restaurants and parking lots into a luxurious mixed-use neighborhood that attracts residents and visitors year-round even when the Red Sox aren't at home. But the best is yet to come.

MassDOT, the state agency which controls highway air rights, is currently reviewing proposals from three developers, any of which would transform the underutilized Turnpike air rights between the Fenway and Back Bay into a dense, mixed-use neighborhood of hundreds of residences, hotel rooms, dorms, retail space and nearly half a million square feet of office space. Based upon the comments submitted to MassDOT from both the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by Mayor Tom Menino to review the proposals and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the frontrunners are:

· ADG Scotia's proposal for both a mid-rise with more than 100 housing units and 40K square feet of retail space on Parcel 12 (on the west side of Mass. Ave. between Boylston and Newbury streets) and a 32-story high-rise hotel and residential complex on Parcel 15 (on the south side of Boylston between Scotia and Dalton streets) with 111 residential units, 270 hotel rooms, and nearly 10K square feet of retail.

· Trinity Financial's proposal for a mid-rise complex with ground-floor retail, 132 housing units and 97 new dorm rooms for the nearby Boston Architectural College on Parcel 13 (on the northeast side of the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street).

· But, as previously reported right here, Harvard-football-star-turned-developer Don Chiofaro has launched a 273-foot Hail Mary play for Parcel 15, where he has proposed a 29-story office tower that would include 30K square feet of retail space. Chiofaro has site control over a key portion of the air rights that are owned by Prudential Realty Advisers adjacent to Parcel 15 and are required to complete the deck over the Pike at the corner of Dalton and Boylston streets.



If designated, ADG Scotia says that they would move to gain control over the Prudential air rights in order to complete the deck, but that they could complete the development with or without them. This introduces a scenario in which ADG Scotia is designated by MassDOT; is unable to gain control of the Prudential air rights; and is forced to construct a project which leaves a high-profile corner of Back Bay (across from the Hynes Convention Center) exposed to the MassPike.

Alternatively, MassDOT could designate Chiofaro to develop Parcel 15, ensuring that the Turnpike would be completely covered. In this scenario, however, ADG Scotia would withdraw its proposal for the development of Parcel 12, which it has made contingent on its designation as developer of Parcel 15 as well. This would leave Trinity Financial the sole proponent for the development of Parcels 12 and 13. Trinity's Parcel 12 proposal is for a mid-rise residential complex which would include 286 housing units and 75K square feet of retail space. Their project has sparked controversy among locals, drawing opposition from the residents of the neighboring 360 Newbury luxury condo building, where views to the west would be obstructed by the development as proposed.

As MassDOT moves to designate developers for these high-profile air rights parcels, the transformation of an area between Bay Bay and the Fenway is riding on their choice.
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NorthPoint: New Utopia For Cambridge



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It’s another day and we hear about another project that was stalled and is now picking up momentum. NorthPoint in Cambridge is getting another chance at life when construction is planned to start by early next year. This massive project covering 45-acres will begin with a 19-story residential and retail building. Joining it will be a large office building retail, restaurants, shops, and pubs – all the necessary elements for a mini-city. The development will transform a tract of land that was used for railroads between Charlestown, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Thomas N. O’Brien, managing director of HYM Investment Group, which is leading the development team gives us an idea of how big this project is: “This is one of the biggest sites in the Northeast… Our objective is to embrace it as a residential area and layer in retail that really makes it work. That will also¬ help make it a very popular place for technology and life sciences companies.”

But really how big is it? The project will include 2,900 residences, 2 million square feet of laboratory and office buildings, several public parks, and 200,000 square feet of retail space at the tune of a $2 billion dollar investment.
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Millennium details plan as crucial reviews loom


Developer Millennium Partners heads into a key community review next week for its planned 625-foot skyscraper at the Filene’s block in Downtown Crossing. A newly formed Impact Advisory Group of neighbors and community leaders starts its review of the revised project on Monday, followed by a community meeting next Wednesday.

The ramp-up in the regulatory process comes as the developer unloaded a treasure trove of details about its $615 million Millennium Tower and Burnham Building project in a 400-page filing with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. “This is a terrific milestone for the project,” said BRA spokeswoman Susan Elsbree. “This continues the momentum in Downtown Crossing, and the BRA looks forward to working with the developer and community to move this forward.”

Millennium took control of the project from Vornado Realty Trust in February. Since then, the Boston Civic Design Commission has been scrutinizing the skyscraper’s design by Handel Architects, while the Boston Landmarks Commission looked at a plan to demolish what’s left of a 1905 building on the site. Millennium noted that — unlike the previously approved project that stalled in the Great Recession — its tower will stand apart from the historic Burnham Building, except for two floors of retail space running through the site along Washington Street.

The wedge-shaped tower — replacing an ugly hole in the ground — would contain 600 residential units, while stores and 185,000 square feet of offices would fill up the Burnham. An underground parking garage would fit 550 cars, including 250 for the public.

Millennium said it will create 2,300 jobs and contribute up to $2.8 million for streetscape upgrades. The developer hopes to start construction next spring, with the Burnham Building renovation lasting 18 months and the Millennium Tower taking three years.

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New England Conservatory To Expand Campus



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New England Conservatory, a prestigious center of music performance and education in Boston, wants to make a bold statement with its first major expansion in five decades: a pair of modern glass buildings that would shake up a dated section of the Fenway.

Newly released designs show a striking transformation of the mostly brick campus, adding transparent facades that would put daily music performances on full public display. The centerpiece is an $85 million building on St. Botolph Street that would include student residences, a 200-seat black box theater, a new *library and dining hall, and jazz and orchestral chambers that would be visible from the sidewalk. A classroom building would be built in a second phase of work.
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Northeastern U. Dorm Tower Making Its Way Through The Permitting Process



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Northeastern is making its way through the permitting process as it gets ready to build a 17-story, ~720-bedroom dormitory to rise above the YMCA on Huntington Avenue, in the Fenway. Although a small group of Y members has formed to oppose it, the political will is there to get it done, from Mayor Thomas M Menino down to City Councilor Michael Ross. Existing YMCA buildings will be torn down but they will be replaced with new recreational facilities open to the public, 23,000 square feet of space including a pool, gym, and handball courts. So, basically, people’s complaints have no merit.
The dormitory will take pressure off the local housing stock, meaning that more apartments will be available to professionals, as students eventually move on-campus. This project was originally scheduled to be completed by Fall 2013 but, considering it hasn’t broken ground yet, it seems unlikely.
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Christian Science Church Inks Lease, Prepares For New Towers



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A $59 million lease deal will help the Christian Science Church carry out its plaza revitalization and building plans in the Back Bay during the next few years.

Beacon Capital Partners, a Boston-based real estate investment firm, recently signed a ground lease for 177 Huntington Ave., the church’s 26-story office tower designed by renowned architects I.M. Pei and Araldo Cossutta.

The lease runs for 99 years, and Beacon Capital takes over as landlord to tenants including Carbonite and Wayfair. The Brutalist-style building completed in 1972 is 95 percent leased and is connected to a 550-space underground parking garage. In addition to the upfront payment, the firm will make annual payments to help cover maintenance costs of the 15-acre Christian Science Plaza.

The Mother Church occupied the tower until 2008, when it moved the international headquarters into the renovated Publishing House nearby. The church has been trying to raise its real estate revenues to match property expenses, and put more resources toward its mission.

The next move, led by HFF, is to enlist developers for two building project sites on Belvidere and Dalton streets, across from the Hilton and Sheraton hotels. The church has permits for two towers, one 512 feet tall, the other 251 feet.
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Meet the Hancock's New Neighbor: 33 Stories, 142 Apts.


GOING UP: The Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center would be replaced by a 33-story skyscraper.

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The John Hancock might get a new neighbor (though nowhere near as tall). A letter of intent has been filed with the city by the former owner of the Copley Square and Park Plaza hotels, as well as a developer on the South End's Atelier 505 condo, to build big in place of the current Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center at Stuart Street and Trinity Place. According to Greg Turner at The Herald, the 33-story tower would include "about 220 hotel rooms, 142 residential units, 100 parking spaces, and ground-floor retail or restaurant space."
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