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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:04 PM   #341
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This whole complex looks like medical labratories not like a hot new neighborhood. This just looks like it will be complete failure in that regard.
No way is this going to attract the hip people that make neighborhoods awesome.
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Old June 4th, 2013, 03:33 AM   #342
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NorthPoint's First Phase Breaks Ground



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Today's the official groundbreaking for a big, new tower at Cambridge's NorthPoint.

The 20-story tower with 355 luxury apartments is part of a much wider project that will encompass the largest slice of land left for development in Cambridge. Planned by a partnership that includes Magic Johnson's development firm and HYM, the concern behind the Waterside Place apartment tower in the Seaport District, NorthPoint is expected to grow to 5 million square feet of residential, office and retail over 45 acres.



This first tower, moreover, will feature a 17,000-square-foot, elevated park and a staircase providing pedestrian access between the Gilmore Bridge, which runs to the Orange Line stop in Charlestown, and the tower about two stories below. All total residential-wise, NorthPoint is expected to birth 2,900 housing units.

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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #343
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Developer unveils revised Government Center Garage project



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Three years after HYM Investment Group took over as developer of the stalled Government Center Garage project, the Boston company has filed plans for a 2.9 million-square-foot mixed use, transit oriented development at the downtown site.

In a filing today with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, HYM said they plan to replace the 11-story garage with 771 apartments and condominiums, a 204-bed hotel and 1.3 million square feet of office space.

Much of the garage at New Sudbury and New Chardon streets would be replaced with a 45-story apartment building and a 48-story office tower, a 24-story apartment building, a 23-story hotel and condominium building, a nine-story office building and a four story retail property.

The redevelopment project would reconnect divided neighborhoods including the Bulfinch Triangle, the North End, Government Center, Beacon Hill, and West End, and would open Congress Street to sunlight for the first time in nearly 50 years. Redevelopment of the 2,300-space garage on the 4.8-acre site would also include 85,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. In addition, it would create a new public square and pedestrian promenade that will connect the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Market District along Congress Street through to Canal Street.

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Old June 7th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #344
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #345
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Yes - it certainly is massive.

I suppose it will be very good for the economy - but based on the plans it will completely transform and overwhelm that whole area.

I am not opposed to progress on principle, but I love Boston's unique neighborhoods and the slightly seedy, gentle and charming rhythm of that part of the city.

It will also be an absolute mess for as long as it takes to build, which can't be helped. Boston is an old city filled with the spirit of old New England, even now. It does not adjust easily to change or massive development.

But I will learn to look at it from a more optimistic perspective.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 11:38 PM   #346
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Yes - it certainly is massive.

I suppose it will be very good for the economy - but based on the plans it will completely transform and overwhelm that whole area.

I am not opposed to progress on principle, but I love Boston's unique neighborhoods and the slightly seedy, gentle and charming rhythm of that part of the city.

It will also be an absolute mess for as long as it takes to build, which can't be helped. Boston is an old city filled with the spirit of old New England, even now. It does not adjust easily to change or massive development.

But I will learn to look at it from a more optimistic perspective.
After dealing with the Big Dig close to this area for over 15 years, you can look it it as they are hardened group of people.
The location is perfect, and given that it steps up as you move away from the Greenway, it will be a great addition to the city and not overwhelm. That garage is a massive obstruction that divides that part of the city. Even as a kid I remember walking near it, and under it, and thinking it was a little creepy. This is a win-win for the city.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #347
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New Apartment Complex Slated For Jamaica Plain



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South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain has seen its fair share of development—and development controversy—in recent times. There was the drawn-out battle for Olmsted Place, the nearly 200-unit apartment complex now slated for 161 South Huntington; and there is the potential for a similarly contentious battle at 201 South Huntington, the old Goddard House nursing home, which is up for sale, likely for redevelopment.

The city late last week O.K.'d a new development called Serenity at 105 South Huntington. It will rise out of a 1-acre lot all the way to 13 stories at some points; and will house 195 apartments (time to update our Rental Heatmap again!). Thirty-two of those apartments will be designated as affordable; and the complex will only reach five stories on the Jamaicaway side toward Olmsted Park.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #348
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Boston's Tallest Apartment Tower Takes Shape



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Back in early March, we broke the news that the 47-story tower atop Copley Place appeared to be back on as rentals rather than condos. Recall that the city O.K.'d the tower 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. About a year later, the plans went poof, as the developer, mall-making giant Simon Property Group, suspended its development plans.

The Boston Courant's Zack Huffman reports that Simon will unveil detailed plans for what would be the tallest apartment tower in Boston at a community meeting on Wednesday (ostensibly, the developer took to heart the concerns of area residents and are trying to incorporate those concerns in any changes). What the Copley Place tower looks like now, before those detailed plans are out: a 625 feet high; 318 apartments, 48 of which designated as affordable; and 115,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. That puts it at the same height as the Millennium Tower, which is to be the city's tallest condo spire.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #349
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The Magic of the Copley Place Tower: More Units, Same Height

Going from condos to rentals will increase scale of housing.



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Developer Simon Property Group unveiled its revised plans for the on-again, off-again tower atop Copley Place. Contrary to earlier reports, it will not, in fact, technically tie the Millennium Tower for tallest residential spire in Boston.

The addition will instead be 569 feet (to Millennium's 625). Most significantly, the Copley Place Tower will have far more residential units than originally thought: 433 apartments and 109 condos vs. 318 apartments. But! The building's height remains unchanged as the boost in units comes from reconfiguring interiors (though it's not clear from the plans unveiled today, we think that means more studios and one-bedrooms). Even at 569 feet, we're fairly certain that that would make the Copley Place Tower the tallest majority-apartment tower in Boston. Below, too, is a rendering of the retail base, which, instead of the fortress-like podium approach of yore, will be more integrated with the tower above and the pedestrian traffic below.

Update: The developer tells us that the tower, in fact, will go to 625 feet with "additional items" on top, like antennae and mechanical apparatuses.

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Old June 20th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #350
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Clearing Jail Final Step Towards Sullivan Courthouse Conversion



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A Massachusetts judge has ordered the sheriff of Middlesex County to end unconstitutional overcrowding in the Middlesex County Jail within 30 days, ordering that no more than 230 pretrial detainees be held in a jail that in recent years has frequently housed more than 400 – the last use in a 20-story tower in East Cambridge that was once a bustling Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse.

The jail holds people who are awaiting trial and thus have not been convicted of a crime. The court order was issued in response to lawsuits filed by Prisoners’ Legal Services, the ACLU of Massachusetts and private attorneys.

After the prisoners are moved, the courthouse is to be renovated into an office tower with some residential units by Leggat McCall. The Middlesex Superior Court and Cambridge District Court, which moved out along with related government offices in 2008 and 2009 after the state decided the cost of removing asbestos from the building was too great.

The Leggat McCall deal is expected to close in January and renovation is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, led off by extensive asbestos abatement, and be done in the final quarter of 2015 – clearing the area of prisoners that residents say often yell and call down at them.


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Fenway Center Finally Approved!



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The epic five-building, solar-powered Fenway Center project got its final O.K. on Wednesday. The directors of the state Transportation Department signed off on a 99-year lease for developer John Rosenthal to build over the Mass. Pike the $500 million mixed-use project that will include well over 500 apartments.

Fenway Center was first pitched in 2007. Then, legal challenges from an adjoining landowner (challenges that Rosenthal won) held it up as did a dispute with the state over the 99-year lease. Then, this past March a deal for a parking garage on Lansdowne Street, opposite Fenway Park, seemed to signal that the project was moving forward. Ditto a May deal with the state over air rights and the lease.

However! Just as everything seemed clear and inevitable, a couple of DOT directors requested more information on the project. It was all a matter of mere procedure, we were assured, but there it was: another hold-up on the road to transforming a 4.5-acre site of mostly parking lots and cut-throughs around Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street. Wednesday's O.K. makes everything better. Rosenthal pronounced himself "ecstatic," and the first signs of construction could pop up before the end of the year.
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Monster Convention Center Hotel A Step Closer



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An un-conventional hotel: Massive project will be HQ for Seaport’s BCEC

State officials moved forward on one of the largest hotel projects in the country yesterday — the construction of up to 1,500 rooms across the street from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Southie’s Seaport District.The project would create a “headquarters hotel” for the convention center and is crucial to plans to expand the center by 60 percent, which the state Legislature could consider later this year, said James Rooney of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.“These have to go forward in tandem,” Rooney told the Herald. “If this development doesn’t go forward, even I would be hesitant to expand the BCEC.” The hotel, expected to contain between 1,200 and 1,500 rooms, would be slated for the so-called Core Block site by D and Summer streets on land owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority. Land on the other side of D Street could also be used for hotel amenities such as a ballroom, meeting rooms or spa, said Rooney.

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Groundbreaking set for $150M Chinatown tower



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The Asian Community Development Corp. and New Boston Fund plan to break ground next month on a $150 million mixed-use development in Boston’s Chinatown, a few blocks from South Station.

Dubbed “One Greenway,” on what has been known as Parcel 24, the project is set to rise at the corner of Kneeland and Hudson streets. The first phase includes a 21-story tower that will provide housing while restoring a portion of the neighborhood that existed on Hudson Street before it was razed to make way for the Southeast Expressway more than 50 years ago.

When completed in 2015, the project will offer a total of 362 housing units, including 95 affordable apartments, 50 affordable condominiums and 217 market-rate rental opportunities.
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Ground Breaks On $1.6 Billion Quincy Development

Project will create a ‘dense and vertical’ downtown



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In the annals of downtown redevelopment in Massachusetts, the city of Quincy is striking a dramatically different tone.

A $1.6 billion rebuilding effort that officially began Monday features towering structures that are seldom seen in communities outside Boston. In addition to traditional storefronts and commercial offices, those buildings are designed to bring hundreds of new residents into Quincy Center — a place developers hope will stand on its own as exciting city destination.

“This will be the most urban environment you can find outside of Boston itself,” said Ken Narva, cofounding partner of Street-Works LLC, the project’s lead developer. “There will be a lot of tall buildings. It’s going to be dense and vertical, but it will also be intimate at the street level.”

The first phase of construction will result in a 15-story residential building, the city’s tallest structure. It will also develop a cluster of new stores and restaurants. The restoration of a nine-story commercial building will create new offices and a residential wing with loft-style apartments.

Developers and city officials hope the work will set the tone for a broader transformation of the city’s downtown, bringing 3.5 million square feet of new construction over the next seven years. The project, among the largest proposed in Massachusetts, is expected to include several office buildings, 700,000 square feet of retail stores, two hotels, 1,400 residential units, and multiple parking garages with about 5,000 spaces. Some of the buildings could be as tall as 20 stories.

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Also featured will be a net-zero transit center and solar power plant.



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After dealing with the Big Dig close to this area for over 15 years, you can look it it as they are hardened group of people.
The location is perfect, and given that it steps up as you move away from the Greenway, it will be a great addition to the city and not overwhelm. That garage is a massive obstruction that divides that part of the city. Even as a kid I remember walking near it, and under it, and thinking it was a little creepy. This is a win-win for the city.
I am one of those hardened people.

I am certainly no fan of that ghastly garage. As long as the integrity of the neighborhoods is maintained than I can start to see it as a positive thing. I am rather conservative in my taste is architecture, so I have perhaps been unfairly biased.
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