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Old August 20th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #121
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Ok here are some Boston updates, all as of August 19th.

First off Boston has a brand new trio of 300 footers.

We have 45 Province Street...







looks nice until you see the abomination facing the common...





Then there is the W Hotel finishing up









Also The Clarendon, 336 feet, just basically waiting to unveil the crown at this point









Next there is the first Fan Pier building finishing up





and the addition to the Tufts Medical Center also finishing up







Then Mass General has a new building, probably about topped off





Last but not least is a new ~400 foot tower being built over Russia Wharf, on top of an old Warehouse style building











Oh and for those of you wondering about the status of the 495 foot tower at Filenes in Downtown Crossing... it's still a giant hole in the ground!!!



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Old September 12th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #122
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Boston is considered beautiful? by whom? I lived in Boston for years and it is basically one of the oldest and ugliest cities in North America.
And this is bad?? What a ridiculous argument! So you think Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Sant Petersburg, London, Stockholm, Wien, Berlin or Amsterdam, for example, are ugly cities because they are all old cities. Come on please...
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Old September 12th, 2009, 07:09 PM   #123
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And this is bad?? What a ridiculous argument! So you think Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Sant Petersburg, London, Stockholm, Wien, Berlin or Amsterdam, for example, are ugly cities because they are all old cities. Come on please...
Had the opportunity to go to Boston for some time for school purposes. A very disappointing city for what is supposed to be america's greatest. Do not get me wrong, they are some nice areas, let's say harvard square, but all the nice areas are surrounded by ugly wasted land, instead of flowing naturally throughout the city. Example, ICA is surrounded by parking lots, it seems like a great place for the terminator to come from the future (terminator two scene?) . Harvard, central, coolidge corner, brigham, same theme in all of them. Nice by local standards, but someone who comes from another place easly realises how constriced and small these spaces are, and how if you are to go one block parallel of the main street in this sqaures, you find parking lots and open space. South end, north end, back bay kind of different but still too expensive, and in the highway areas pretty bad. Indeed, it seems Boston loves putting highway buffers between neighborhoods, it is a pain walking from South Boston accross to South End.
No offense, Boston is not bad, by far one of the best in the US, but in terms of urban environment it needs a lot of work. THe prudential is great and everything, but this areas are very restricted.
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Old September 12th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #124
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Old September 12th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #125
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it is a pain walking from South Boston accross to South End.
Err, Train/or Bus?

Prices aren't that bad.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 02:22 AM   #126
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Old November 9th, 2009, 01:12 AM   #127
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Err, Train/or Bus?

Prices aren't that bad.
But you see, I do not think you should take a bus or a train for areas that are less than half a mile away. South End borders South Boston! I am saying and I fully stand by my words, that while there is a lot of potential in the city, it does not do quite enough about homogenizing its areas. You go to fast from a super-maintained area, to a trash filled parking lot. There is also a Boston architecture forum, where specifically deal with the city problems, mostly maintained by locals, and the same issues come all the time.



Surprised by this addition by the way; pretty nice in a street that in my opinion remains the most interesting in Boston (well not once you leave Kenmore).
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Old November 9th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #128
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They really should renovate the black building on the left. It is by far the ugliest office building I've ever seen in a US city, and it is very visible in Boston's skyline.

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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #129
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I didn't realize that Harvard Square or Coolidge Corner or those other places were surrounded by vast wastelands of trash filled parking lots. I guess it's because it's not true. The area around the ICA is a former seaport that is being redeveloped. It's not going to be empty for long.

The gaps in Boston are being filled in. The last project you just posted is an example. Where the Prudential Center is was originally a swamp. First they built rail yards there, which were replaced by the Mass Pike highway which was covered over by the Prudential Center. The Prudential Center has been gradually filling in over the years. The Mass Pike will eventually be built over from Kenmore Square all the way to Chinatown, but it takes time. If you just build without demand you end up like Dubai with shiny brand new mothballed sky scrapers.

Also the gap between the South End and South Boston is there because there was a bay there. South Boston was a peninsula accessible by land through Dorchester, just as Boston was originally a tiny Peninsula linked to Roxbury. Walking across the Broadway bridge really isn't a big deal. I used to do it almost everyday. Lots of people do.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:52 AM   #130
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Filling In

In regards to the space between the Hancock Tower and Downtown "filling in" it is slowly doing so, most recently with the W Hotel. The parking garage at 45 Eliot Street (between Boylston and Stuart St.) would be a perfect place for a "super tall". But it will never happen due to the hypersensitive Boston public and the fact that a tall building would bathe the Common in shadow all day long. The Back Bay and Downtown will always have a space between them
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:15 AM   #131
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They really should renovate the black building on the left. It is by far the ugliest office building I've ever seen in a US city, and it is very visible in Boston's skyline.
im from boston and id have to say 45 providence right next to it with its black wall is one the ugliest in america. The one your talking about is ugly in an old and dirty type of way, the new one is ugly in a wtf were they thinking building that type of way.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #132
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You think boston is ugly? I live and Baltimore and I think boston is incredibly beautiful compared to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. In my opinion it's comparable to washingtonDC. It's very different than DC, but comparable. I would rate the NE
1. NYC
2. BOS or DC
3. HARTFORD
4. PHILA
5. BMORE
6. PROVIDENCE
Most people from Boston that I meet like Baltimore. Maybe they are feeling good because they just watched the Red Sox play the Orioles! Baltimore has great historic architecture and smaller scale neighborhoods. I like all the views of the working port and skyline from all the rooftop decks in the B-more harbor neighborhoods. Baltimore has a little more urban grit than some other cities, but I think it gives the city character, but that is just me. Any Boston developers who want to do infill projects or historic renovations please come to Baltimore. We are a little slow on construction right now, but we are still 38 miles and a short train ride from DC so demand can come from two places.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #133
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Chinatown tower plan moves ahead
Dainty Dot building to make way for housing, restaurant, parking


A rendering of a 26-story business and residential tower to be built at Kingston and Essex streets


After years of delay, the developer of a 26-story tower at the edge of Chinatown said he will begin construction next year, replacing the vacant Dainty Dot building between Chinatown and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Developer Ori Ron said the new complex will transform the gateway to Chinatown and enliven a corner of the neighborhood that is largely devoid of activity after 5 p.m. His glass and stone tower will have 100 rental apartments and 100 condominiums, as well as four levels of parking and a restaurant on the ground floor.

“We want to bring people to this area and remove a building that’s been a blight on the neighborhood for 55 years,’’ said Ron, principal of Hudson Group North America, a Swampscott development firm. “This is another piece of the economic engine that serves Chinatown.’’

The $105 million project, at Kingston and Essex streets, was initially approved in the spring of 2008, but had been on hold because of funding difficulties and concerns about its design. Some neighbors also fought for preservation of the 121-year-old textile building that stands on the site.

The ornate structure, occupied in recent decades by the Dainty Dot Hosiery Co., was built in 1889 after the Boston fire of 1872 destroyed residences and many businesses. The nonprofit group Preservation Massachusetts has put the building on its most endangered list because of its location in a once-significant textile district.

However, it was denied landmark status in 2007 by the Boston Landmarks Commission, which noted its historic value was diminished when a portion of the building was lopped off in the 1950s to make way for the old elevated Central Artery.

During a meeting last month, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved an array of changes to Ron’s proposal for the site, including the addition of 50 rental units, which will help make it more attractive to lenders. The project will also result in the development of 38 units of affordable housing elsewhere in Chinatown.

“The new housing in this project will serve as a fulcrum we can use to bring more development to this neighborhood,’’ said John Palmieri, BRA director. “It’s a very important location in the city, and this will help improve its appearance and vitality.’’

City officials have encouraged dense development in the area to turn it into a livelier, 24-hour neighborhood that will attract new residents and businesses. The project was hotly debated during community meetings, with some neighbors arguing the tower would be too tall for the neighborhood. Ron, who purchased the building for $9 million in 2006, initially proposed a 300-foot tower but agreed to reduce its height due to 270 feet.

Much of the debate focused on the project’s impact on the adjacent Greenway. But directors of the park system said it will add a 2,000-square-foot section to the park, and will also offer outdoor seating for restaurant patrons and park visitors. Ron will devote space for a Greenway maintenance room on the site and install laser-etched glass fins that will be accented with LED strips.

Ron said he intends to begin construction in the spring or summer of next year. The residences will range from studios to three-bedroom units, but he has not decided on rents or prices for the condominiums in the complex.

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:49 PM   #134
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Does anyone know anything about the huge building going up at Wentworth University? Is it a residential building?

I drove by and saw they were installing steel at least 250' above ground.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #135
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1450661

http://www.boston.com/business/artic...ures_underway/

Towering hopes for downtown

By Casey Ross Globe Staff / October 14, 2011





Boston’s Downtown Crossing district, long one of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s priorities, is finally seeing development after years of inactivity.







The construction, however, will not be part of the stalled redevelopment project at the former Filene’s site, a blighted block that has become the bane of the mayor’s effort to revitalize the shopping district.

Instead, it will be a few blocks down Washington Street, where developers today will begin construction on The Kensington, a 381-unit apartment building.

The 27-story glass-and-stone tower will rise on a vacant lot at LaGrange and Washington streets that once hosted the Gaiety Theater. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013, it will also include two or three small retail shops.

The $170 million project is expected to provide a boost to Menino’s effort to enliven Washington Street with stores, refurbished theaters, and hundreds of new homes. The start of construction follows other positive developments in the area, including the sale of several commercial buildings. In addition, leases have been signed with Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Back Deck Grill, the Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle, Capital One bank, and the yogurt shop Fresh Mango, among others.

The neighborhood has also recently gotten a Business Improvement District, which is using fees collected from owners of commercial property to pay for stepped-up cleaning services and uniformed guides to assist tourists and shoppers.

While the efforts have improved the district’s appearance, some real estate specialists say, a revival won’t be complete until work resumes at the old Filene’s property, which had anchored the district from the corner of Washington and Franklin streets. Construction on a 39-story tower there stalled in 2008.

“To make the area vibrant you need to tie down the retail at that location,’’ said David Begelfer, chief executive of NAIOP Massachusetts, a commercial real estate association. The Filene’s site, he said, “is just too big a hole in the retail market.’’

Menino’s development chief, Peter Meade, appeared to offer an olive branch of sorts to Vornado Realty Trust by suggesting recently in a speech that the New York developer will be part of the solution to restarting construction at the site. Months ago, the Menino administration revoked Vornado’s building permit and threatened to take the property by eminent domain because of inaction at the site.

Meade said he has met with Vornado’s representatives and is working with them on plans to move forward. “I believe they are serious about doing something with the property,’’ he said.

Vornado did not respond to a request for comment yesterday

Also weighing on Downtown Crossing’s revival are vacancies at several large retail stores, including those that housed two bookstores, a Borders and a Barnes & Noble. The latter is across from the Filene’s site and has been empty for nearly five years, according to city officials. The owner of that building, Robert Posner, declined to comment.

Attracting tenants could be easier in coming years after hundreds of new residents are living at The Kensington and other planned housing developments. An executive leading the Kensington project said it will cater to a younger demographic interested in its urban location near the refurbished performing arts spaces at the Boston Opera House and the Paramount and Modern theaters.

“The area has an excitement about it,’’ said Ralph Cole, executive vice president at Kensington Investment Co. “It’s not staid and stodgy, and that will play well in attracting the demographic we’re talking about.’’

The building, designed by The Architectural Team Inc., of Chelsea will include one- and two-bedroom apartments, with the two-bedrooms renting for $4,000 to $4,500 per month. Its sixth floor will feature an open-air heated pool, a fitness center, recreational lounges, and work spaces.

To obtain city approvals for the project, Kensington Investment agreed to contribute more than $7 million to Hong Lok House, an affordable assisted-living facility in Chinatown that will provide 75 housing units.

Also seeking to move forward in the area is the developer of Hayward Place, a planned tower with 265 rental and ownership units across from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Towers.

A start date has not been set, although the developer, Millennium Partners-Boston, has said it intends to proceed within months.

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October 20, 2011|By Casey Ross, Globe Staff


The 319 A St. project is similar to a Gerding Edlen project in Portland, Ore.,… (Gerding Edlen Cos.)

The West Coast development firm Gerding Edlen Cos. believes something transformational is happening in American cities.

It views the nation’s urban centers as places to live - not just work - and asserts that a large part of the population is dropping the dream of the suburban picket fence to buy or rent homes on streets bustling with stores, restaurants, and people.

After building large projects based on that idea in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, and other cities, Gerding Edlen is undertaking a similar development in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood, where it plans to begin construction next spring on a 20-story tower at 319 A St. that will be the tallest building in the former industrial district.

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Construction has apparently begun on Avalon Exter: http://www.boston.com/business/artic..._get_underway/


Here's the details from a year ago:

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Boston Properties and AvalonBay Communities are scheduled to begin construction on a 27-story apartment tower on the Prudential Plaza in 2011. Guess what? I like it.

Construction of a $129-million, 27-story apartment building on the Prudential Plaza is set to commence in early 2011. Located on Exeter Street at the rear of the existing Lord & Taylor store, it will rise approximately 311 feet in height and include as many as 188 rental units. In my opinion, this is a great project that will be located in the perfect location.

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Mass General Hospital's spiffy new front door:






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More on the Liberty Mutual Expansion:

From: http://bostonredevelopmentauthorityn...proval-to.html

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Liberty Mutual Receives Approval to Expand Boston Headquarters



The BRA Board approved plans for a new $300 million Back Bay office building as part of Liberty Mutual’s expansion of its Boston headquarters. The project will create a new 590,000 square foot, 22-story office building located at 157 Berkeley Street. Additionally, the project includes the renovation of approximately 89,000 square feet of existing space at 330 Stuart Street, which will retain the existing office and restaurant uses at that location. A pedestrian bridge over Stuart Street will link the new building with the existing headquarters buildings across Stuart Street.

The project will result in the creation of at least 600 new full-time jobs by Liberty Mutual and the creation of more than 500 construction jobs. Construction is expected to begin in October of 2010 and be ready for occupancy by the end of 2012.

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Construction is now well underway:




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From: http://bostonredevelopmentauthorityn...en-garage.html

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$300million Residential Garden Garage Project Files Project Notification Form (PNF)

Equity Residential filed a PNF with the BRA for the Garden Garage Project, a $300million, 958,000 sq ft proposed residential project to be built in Boston's West End Neighborhood. The Garden Garage Project will replace the existing Garden Garage with two buildings: the North Tower with appproximately 200 residential units and the South Tower with approximately 300 residential units. 15% of the residential units will be affordable. The proposed project provides approximately 958,000 square feet of development, of which 551,000 square feet is residential, 22,000 square feet is common area and amentiy space for residents and 385,000 square feet is for parking. This project will create 450 construction jobs & is expected to begin in fall 2012.
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