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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:19 AM   #261
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Two towers to rise next to Christian Science site

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A prominent local developer will build two towers next to Boston’s Christian Science Plaza, shaking up a signature open space with what will be one of the tallest buildings to hit the city skyline in years.

One tower will rise up to 50 stories, containing a hotel, condominiums, stores, and restaurants. The other will be about 20 stories and include apartments and additional retail space. The city has already approved the broad outlines of the project, and construction could begin by the end of this year.

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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #262
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Filene’s leasing deal, restart of project nearing



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In downtown Boston, it is simply known as the hole.

The former Filene’s property, with a construction crater two stories deep, has been a scourge on the city’s central shopping area for five years, defying the wave of recovery that has sprayed the city with new towers and renovated buildings.

But now its developer has a real sign of progress — an emerging deal with a promising tenant that will enable construction to resume on the $620 million project as early as April.

The advertising firm Arnold Worldwide is negotiating a lease to occupy most of the original Filene’s department store, a commitment that in turn would unlock funding for construction, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. This individual was not *authorized to speak publicly because the deal is not yet final.

More than any other project, the Filene’s redevelopment is crucial to the broader campaign of revitalizing downtown Boston and its shopping district. Positioned at the center of Downtown Crossing, it would bring an influx of new residents and stores to an area that has just begun to shrug off a reputation as a *second-rate retail destination. “Starting construction on Filene’s is going to be like a heart transplant for Downtown Crossing,” said Greg Vasil, chief executive of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. “It will pump life and energy back into the whole area.”

The redevelopment of the Filene’s block would proceed in phases. The first is the renovation of the original Filene’s store into an office and retail complex, to be followed months later by construction of a 625-foot tower over the site of the crater, with residences and *additional stores. Due to its size and marquee location, the project is enormously complex in terms of financing and logistics, requiring the developers to break it into phases.

An executive leading the project for developer Millennium Partners could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Executives with Arnold Worldwide also could not be reached, and a spokesperson for its real estate representative, Cassidy Turley, declined to comment.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:46 AM   #263
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Hotel On Albany St. Scotched, Replaced By Two Apartment Towers



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The lot at 275 Albany Street in the northeast corner of the South End began its developmental life as a plan for a 408-room hotel over two buildings. Then developer Normandy Real Estate Partners said the market couldn't support one of that size. So it kind of disappeared into a haze of rumors and expectations, overshadowed by its more ambitious neighbor, the Ink Block, what with its 470-plus apartments and 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods. Then! The project re-emerged as two buildings, one with 220 apartments and one with 325 hotel rooms.

Now! Per Greg Turner at The Herald, the hotel portion is out and 275 Albany is to be (pending city approval) a twin-building project of up to 380 apartments with a parking garage in between. The buildings will be 11 and 19 stories, with restaurants a real possibility on the ground floors.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #264
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"The Point"

Samuels pitches ‘gateway’ residential project in Fenway



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Developer Samuels & Associates has filed detailed plans for a 22-story residential building called the Point at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street.



“This counts as among the most exciting of our projects in the Fenway,” said Peter Sougarides, Samuels & Associates, in a statement today. “In the almost 15 years that we have been working with the neighborhood in the Fenway, this property has always been thought of as a gateway into the Fenway and a key element of the redevelopment of Boylston Street into an urban village,” he said.

The masonry building will include 320 residential units ranging from studios to three-bedroom units. A two-story retail base will bring more dining and shopping options. And the renderings in the filing show a rooftop pool.

Samuels first floated the Point back in April and fine-tuned its plan in today’s filing with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The developer recently started construction of the $325 million Fenway Triangle project that will bring a Target store to 1325 Boylston St., where a Goodyear tire shop once operated.

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Old February 16th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #265
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Boston officials OK AvalonBay tower near Garden



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The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved construction of 38-story residential tower behind the TD Garden that will include more than 500 apartments, restaurants and stores.

AvalonBay Communities Inc. will build the tower on Nashua Street, filling in empty space between the Garden and the Charles River. The $200 million project, approved by the BRA board Thursday night, also includes construction of a two-story retail arcade that will connect the new tower to Causeway Street and North Station.

Executives with AvalonBay have said they hope to start construction this fall. “We believe the West End neighborhood and, in particular, North Station has tremendous potential to become a true nexus within the city for residents, commuters, and others,” said Scott Dale, AvalonBay’s senior vice president of development.

The project is one of several large developments expected to transform the area around the Garden in coming years with more than 1,800 new residences, hotels, office buildings, stores and restaurants.

Converse Inc. recently committed to move its corporate offices into a large new development at nearby Lovejoy Wharf, and Stop & Shop and Target are considering new stores in a pair of towers being planned in front of the Garden by Boston Properties and Delaware North Cos.

The AvalonBay project, called the Nashua Street Residences, will include a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and 32 three-bedroom units. The development also includes 219 parking spaces and a terrace on the 35th floor with views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline.

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 01:17 AM   #266
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The Victor


http://boston.curbed.com/archives/20...d-counting.php

The Victor will have 44 studios; 170 one-bedrooms; and 72 two-bedrooms as well as 17,000 square feet of retail space and 121 garaged parking spaces. It's due to open this summer.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 01:14 PM   #267
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Innovation Center at Fan Pier

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:31 PM   #268
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No link yet to the new tower proposed for Dartmouth and Stuart? lol. To much to keep up with right now.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:41 PM   #269
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No link yet to the new tower proposed for Dartmouth and Stuart? lol. To much to keep up with right now.
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Boston properties Considering New Back Bay Tower Above Garage

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Boston Properties, owner of the John Hancock and Prudential towers, is floating a proposal for a skyscraper to be built on air rights atop its garage near Back Bay Station, sources told the Boston Business Journal.

The news comes on the heels of a proposal last fall from the Saunders Hotel Group and Jordan Warshaw, a partner in Trinity Stuart, for a 33-story mixed-use tower at the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center on Stuart Street across from the Hancock building. The $225 million proposal, which still needs approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, would include demolition of the conference center and construction of a 220-room hotel, 142 condominiums, 100 parking spaces and multiple restaurants.

Sources said Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) has a conceptual idea for a building that could include office space and other mixed-uses above the parking garage at the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth streets. The Boston developer has talked to officials at the Boston Redevelopment Authority about the idea, the sources said.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:47 PM   #270
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I knew I could count on you, desertpunk. :-)
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:53 PM   #271
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:03 PM   #272
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:08 PM   #273
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45 Stuart and Its Five-Story Glass Curtain to Start Rising



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Construction on the 29-story apartment tower at 45 Stuart Street that the Menino administration says "will tie together the Downtown, Chinatown, and Theater District neighborhoods" could start before April. Per Greg Turner in The Herald, developer AvalonBay, which just last week won city approval for the Nashua Street Residences behind TD Garden, has gotten a foundation permit for 45 Stuart and could start construction "within the next 30 days or so."

Designed by CBT Architects, 45 Stuart is due to have 404 studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on floors six through 29. And on the first five floors? Well, that's to be a 198-spot parking garage (89 spots for the public at large). The garage will be cloaked in a five-story glass curtain wall fronting Stuart Street that will align with the facade of the neighboring Jacob Wirth's restaurant.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:08 PM   #274
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My hope this year we will see at least Filene's, Christian Science Center, Nashua St and Copley actually start progressing. All add a little height and more residential. I know Copley is a pipe dream, but one can hope.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #275
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I'm impressed with the amount of projects going on in Boston. Did the NIMBYs died or something?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #276
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An $850 million plan to return South Station to bygone glory



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When South Station opened in 1899, it had 28 tracks that sprawled from Atlantic Avenue to Fort Point Channel. Today, with only 13 tracks, trains idle outside the station while they wait for other trains to vacate berths, causing maddening delays.

Governor Deval Patrick wants to change that with an $850 million South Station expansion project, one of the major components of his sweeping transportation plan that includes projects across the state costing billions. Patrick is preparing to brief State House leaders and committee leaders on the plan next Tuesday, as legislators begin to debate the tax increases he has proposed to help pay for it.

There are vocal critics of a South Station expansion. But on the governor’s lengthy list of what many view as pipe dreams and long shots, the South Station expansion is one being pushed hardest — and one that is considered more likely than most to succeed.

Governor Deval Patrick’s South Station plans call for adding new tracks to the station’s existing 13, which would require relocating a US Postal Service facility currently on Dorchester Avenue. “It’s one of the stronger components of the plan,” said state Senator Robert Hedlund, a Weymouth Republican, who takes issue with many components of Patrick’s plan but said he knows that overcrowding at South Station is causing problems.

‘There are major benefits for the long-term competitiveness of the city.’

Richard A. Davey, the state’s transportation secretary, said he believes the South Station project is one of the strongest and most persuasive elements of the plan. “I am confident,” Davey said Friday when asked whether state legislators would support that element of the governor’s plan. “South Station really isn’t a choice.”

The governor’s South Station proposal calls for adding at least seven tracks to the station’s existing 13, requiring relocation of the adjacent US Postal Service’s General Mail Facility along Dorchester Avenue.

The governor’s proposal would reclaim that waterfront property.


Preliminary renderings of anticipated development on Atlantic Avenue and over the existing rail station.

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Old February 26th, 2013, 02:15 AM   #277
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Old February 28th, 2013, 02:39 AM   #278
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ADG Scotia Chosen For Major Back Bay/Fenway Project



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The Herald's reporting that the state has picked a partnership of Samuels & Associates and Weiner Ventures to build big over the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street.

The partnership, called ADG Scotia, would build a mid-rise with more than 100 housing units and 40,000 square feet of retail space on the so-called 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 what's known as 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. ADG Scotia beat out similarly lusty bids from the Chiofaro Company and Trinity Financial.
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About That 47-Story Condo Tower Over Copley Place...




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Remember this one? The city O.K.'d the 47-story, 318-condo addition to Copley Place in November 2011, despite an "Occupy the Mayor's Office" effort by residents concerned about the tower's affordability and the shadows it might cast. It was to be the tallest condo tower in Boston (this was before the Millennium Tower was announced). Then, about a year later, plans for the Copley Place spire went poof, as the developer, mall-making giant Simon Property Group, suspended its development plans. It was cryptic re: the motives for the suspensions.

All Simon said, basically, was that it wanted to reevaluate its plans, and never mind the bafflement of pols who had supported the tower against the local opposition. Now! It looks like the Copley Place tower is back on, but as rentals rather than condos. Here was Simon chairman and C.E.O. David Simon in a February earnings call for the publicly traded company:

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We're still designing the building. And we may need—because of that design, we may need to go back through some administrative approvals that we don't think will be a big deal. But the idea that we're circling right now is to do mostly rentals, though there will be some condo element to it. And so you'd have essentially a hybrid building.
Simon has been otherwise mum on plans for restarting the Copley Place tower (we'll let you know if we hear back from them). But it's likely, given the fertile environment for apartment-building in Boston...
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