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Old November 3rd, 2012, 11:38 PM   #241
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40 Trinity Plans: 33 Floors of Four-Star Hotel Rooms, Apts.



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'Tis official: the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center at 40 Trinity Place will likely be redeveloped into a 33-story building with both hotel rooms and apartments. The 220 hotel rooms will be complemented by all the whiz-bang of a four-star hotel, according to a release from the developers Jordan Warshaw, Gary Saunders and Jeffrey Saunders, including conference rooms and a gym. More importantly for an apartment-starved Boston, the building's 142 apartments (update: a rep for the developers says they will be condos) will range from studios all the way to family-friendly three-bedrooms (and will have access to the hotel's amenities and there will be 100 parking spaces for residents to fight over).

Rumors of a 40 Trinity redevelopment first broke nine months ago. The city still needs to sign off on the plans, but the developers so far are doing everything right: they're touting the development as "transit-oriented" and "consistent with smart-growth." The redevelopment also allows for the expansion of the University Club (and Mayor Menino himself has voiced support). And, as we noted, the apartments are not all cubbyholes for techies. The building, too, instantly becomes one of the tallest new ones to go up in a Boston that suddenly seems enamored of spires.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 11:41 PM   #242
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Old November 8th, 2012, 05:05 AM   #243
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Clarendon Developer Has 14-Story Plans for Lovejoy Wharf



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Time to update our New-Development Heatmap! The details are out on what's in store for Lovejoy Wharf under new developers the Beal Companies and the Related Companies. The duo plans a 14-story condo tower at a redeveloped 131 Beverly Street, near North Station, as part of its plans for the site. Also in store is a commercial development at 160 Washington Street, where Converse is reportedly in talks for 187,000 square feet.

Lovejoy Wharf, recall, was supposed to be entirely condos, with the previous developer earning an O.K. for 240 units in 2008. Then, 21 residents of Strada234 next-door sued, and, though the suit was settled for an undisclosed sum, the Great Recession had intervened to make condo financing that much more difficult. Enter Related and Beal and the commercial part of the project. Related in particular has the sort of track record to make us believe this latest version of Lovejoy Wharf is the final one.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #244
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Fenway Triangle: Offices, Apartments, Target, Oh My!



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Work has started on the planned project bounded by Brookline Avenue, Yawkey Way and Boylston Street called Fenway Triangle. Casey Ross of The Globe deep-dives into the details of a project that will produce 172 apartments, 230,000 square feet of office space, plenty of underground parking, and, easily most importantly, the first Target in downtown Boston. Fenway Triangle is brought to you by the producers of the neighboring Trilogy complex, which includes nearly 600 apartments, and the 140-unit 1330 Boylston Street, where studios run $2,200. Samuels & Associates is just generally a catalyst for the whole rebirth of Fenway and it's not afraid to make metaphors.

The retail component is expected to be anchored by Target, with smaller shops and restaurants in storefronts along Boylston and Van Ness, which will be connected via a new street. That block currently serves as an alley between Fenway Park and Boylston Street. Executives with Samuels note that the street sits on the same axis as Newbury Street and could develop a similar ambiance.

The site work under way now includes the demolition preparation for the former Goodyear garage and two other smaller buildings, with construction expected on the complex itself in 2013. It will soon thereafter be joined by 132 Brookline Avenue next-door. That 17-story building is expected to have between 150 and 200 apartments.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #245
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38-Story Plan Latest Twist in West End Garden Party




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The only constant is change at the proposed Nashua Street Residences near TD Garden. Recall that the tower at one point was to be 375 apartments in a building of around 40 floors; then it was 363 condos in a 37-story building; then, in a $50 million deal involving the air rights over the North Station parking garage, new plans emerged for around 500 apartments in a building of similar size, with the number of parking spaces being cut from 270 to 219. Got that?

Well, according to plans revealed on Tuesday, the tower is slated to, in fact, be 38 stories of 503 apartments... that may become condos. Developer AvalonBay isn't so sure and awaits the free market's verdict (the $200 million tower is not expected to be completed until 2016). Whatever the type of residences, the building's a corker (and a perfect excuse to update our Boston Towers Heatmap!). The first six floors will include not only parking, but a two-story retail arcade connecting the Nashua Street Residences to both North Station and TD Garden. Then there will be 32 floors of apartments above. Or condos.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:43 AM   #246
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Suffolk University is shifting its locus a little bit to the right, away from Beacon Hill and more toward downtown Boston proper. In the process, the university's constructing a new building at 20 Somerset Street (creating a public park in the process, too). It's also selling a couple of buildings, on Derne and Cambridge streets, and converting a couple of others into administrative offices from their current classroom use.

And, boy, is Beacon Hill relieved! "For the residents in the area, it's become the equivalent of living on a college campus," State Representative Martha Walz of Beacon Hill told The Globe's Casey Ross. "Suffolk's decision to pull back from the area will improve the quality of life for residents..."
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:46 AM   #247
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Stalled Lovejoy Wharf project on Boston Harbor could sail in 2013



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The Beal Cos. and the Related Cos. presented plans on Wednesday to jumpstart Lovejoy Wharf in Boston with a combination of condominiums and office space.

But the development is dependent on signing Converse, the North Andover-based sneaker giant, to about 200,000 square feet of space in the waterfront development.

“This project is driven by being able to convert a significant portion of this project to a commercial user,” Beal Cos. senior vice president Peter Spellios told a packed crowd at a Boston Redevelopment Authority hearing Wednesday night, without confirming Converse as the potential tenant. “The reality is the conversion of 160 North Washington St. into a commercial user is what’s allowing this project to happen.”

If approved by the BRA, the development team would transform the vacant, 11-story Hoffman Building at 160 North Washington St. into about 241,000 square feet of offices. A second phase would replace the 9-story building at 131 Beverly St. just to the west, toward North Station, with a 14-story condo tower containing 104 condominiums.

The project has had a number of stops and starts. Approved in 2008, the $200 million proposed development by Lexington, Mass.-based Ajax Management Partners was to contain 240 units in the two buildings. But the housing downturn and a lawsuit by 21 residents of Strada234, an upscale residential development next door, delayed the project. While the suit was settled for an undisclosed amount last year, financing for condos remains difficult and the developer has been shopping the development. Beal and Related have a deal to buy the property.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:49 AM   #248
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #249
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Fresh Fenway Center Drama


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Will Fenway Center ever get built? The epic, five-building, solar-powered mega-development over the Mass. Pike, which will include at least 550 apartments, survived a legal challenge from a neighboring landowner earlier this year and looked all set to go as of early October. Now, the developer, John Rosenthal, is locked in a battle with the state over a long-term lease for the property. He could lose his investment partner in the fracas, derailing the development.

Should Fenway Center, a decade in the planning, disappear, it would not simply be a loss for Rosenthal or the surrounding area (or a booming Boston development scene right now). It would be a further argument against building over the turnpike. Per Casey Ross in The Globe:

That would doom another project involving turnpike air rights to failure, undermining officials' long-held goal of transforming the real estate into a string of tax- and job-producing office, hotel, and residential buildings. The last successful air rights project in Boston was Copley Place, which was built in the early 1980s using $19 million in federal grants.

The state, for its part, denies any impasse, but Ross' source says that it centers around how much money MassDOT should get for the 99-year lease vs. the benefits in permanent jobs, tax revenues, etc. For now, construction's already started on the commuter rail station that's part of Fenway Center
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #252
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Old January 16th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #256
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The deadline for applying for one of the state's coveted casino licenses is 5 p.m. today, though the titanic struggle already seems to be set for the one up for grabs for eastern Mass. (i.e., Greater Boston). The owners of Suffolk Downs in Eastie, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, filed their application way back in August (including the nonrefundable $400,000 application fee). Vegas impresario Steve Wynn on Monday filed his own application for a casino-resort on the Mystic River in Everett.

As of this morning, then, it looked like a Suffolk Downs vs. Everett match-up for eastern Mass.' casino license, with Suffolk Downs the favorite as it has the giggly support of Mayor Menino in Boston. Then, however, Chicago mogul Neil Bluhm, who made his money in real estate and who owns casinos in locations as varied as Vicksburg, Miss., and Niagara Falls, submitted an application for a casino in the Hub.

And here's the plot-thickening part: Bluhm didn't say where he'd build one. The state doesn't require it (all we know is that he picked eastern Mass. to compete in) and a spokesman told The Globe on Monday night that Bluhm's firm, Rush Street Gaming, is "pursuing several very good sites" in the Greater Boston region, but has not yet decided on one. He—and the other contenders—have months to lay down specifics about what they'd build and where exactly.
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TD Garden Project Supermarket Could Free Trinity's One Canal To Get Underway



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The worst kept secret that Boston Properties plans to build a supermarket as part of its proposed development at the TD Garden could free Trinity Financial to break ground on its stalled $175 million residential tower nearby on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

A Boston Globe story said Garden owner Delaware North Cos. and Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) are collaborating on a 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development in front of the arena that would include a 430-foot tower with apartments, hotel and a 45,000-square-foot supermarket. Construction on the project, which still needs city approval, could get underway this year, the Globe reported.

One Canal, Trinity’s project, has been on hold because Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the state’s Department of Transportation and the neighborhood have insisted on a signed lease with a supermarket before construction can commence. If Trinity can secure a market, they can proceed with a 435,000-square-foot development with 320 apartments, 21,000 square feet of retail and 159 indoor parking spaces for residents.
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Work has started on a 20-story apartment tower at NorthPoint, as the massive $2 billion development comes alive in Cambridge.

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