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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:23 AM   #141
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Hayward Place condo tower breaks ground downtown

By Greg Turner
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - Updated 1 day ago





Millennium Partners kicked off construction of a $220 million residential tower near Downtown Crossing today with a ground-breaking trumpeted by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The New York City-based developer and its Boston partners started work on the 15-story Hayward Place that will open in about two years with 256 condominiums and street-level shops. The project will create 450 construction jobs.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:25 AM   #142
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Rent Check! Boston Apartment Construction Booming

Thursday, November 17, 2011, by Tom Acitelli

Wowza! It seems the only job around here busier than Red Sox scout is apartment-building developer (hey, it's early). Due to laughably low financing rates and historically high returns—not to mention Boston's perennial popularity with the young and the restless—apartment construction in the city, from the Seaport District to Back Bay to Chinatown to Fenway, is cresting a wave that shows little sign of crashing. Per Casey Ross in The Globe:

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"There has never been a better time in the last 40 years to develop a multifamily project in Boston,’’ said George Fantini, chairman of the mortgage banking firm Fantini & Gorga. “The capital markets are awash in interest for this type of development.’’
Fantini said investor returns on rental housing projects in Boston are now promising about 5.5 percent, compared with between 3 and 4.5 percent over the past several decades.

Indeed, this very evening five new projects will go before the city for the green light to build another 1,400 apartments-plus, almost all of them rentals.


· National rental developer AvalonBay Communities wants to build 404 apartments for $125 million at 45 Stuart Street in Chinatown near Bay Village.


45 Stuart St.


· Mega-mall developer Simon Property Group wants to put up 318 condos at Copley Place in Back Bay for $500 million (it would be called Copley Place Tower and would include an expanded Neiman Marcus at the base).

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· Hudson Group North American wants to build 240 apartments and condos at 120 Kingston Street in Chinatown.


120 Kingston St.

· Local developer the Drew Company wants to put up a 236-apartment tower called Waterside Place at Congress Street and World Trade Center Avenue in the Seaport District.


Waterside Place

· The Abbey Group, another local company, wants to build 210 apartments at 1282 Boylston Street (along with office and retail) in Fenway.


1282 Boylston St

These 1,400 are among the 5,000 apartments either proposed or under way since the start of 2011.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:26 AM   #143
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Hamilton Co. apartments on way to Downtown Crossing

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011



The Hamilton Co. has started converting a Downtown Crossing office building into apartments.

The Allston real estate company said today that it expects to start renting its “moderately priced” units in July, following an interior renovation of the 12-story building at 8 Winter St.

The 50,000-square-foot property is located at one of the four corners of Downtown Crossing.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:27 AM   #144
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Liberty Mutual Tower rising:

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:29 AM   #145
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Pier 4 residential development in the approval pocess right now:

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Waterfront in bloom

Developers are set to begin construction on Pier 4, one of several projects gaining traction

August 11, 2011|By Casey Ross, Globe Staff


Pier 4 development plans consist of 3 buildings the tallest of which would be 21 stories.

After years of delay, the developer of Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport District will build a $170 million apartment and retail tower, adding to a burst of development activity that is rapidly transforming the city’s waterfront.

Executives with property owner New England Development of Newton and its partner on the project, Hanover Co. of Houston, said they expect to begin construction next spring on a 21-story tower that would include 357 apartments, retail stores, and an underground parking garage next to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:30 AM   #146
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47-story Copley tower gets go-ahead

Chinatown, Fenway projects also OK’d

By Casey Ross | Globe Staff | November 18, 2011



City officials last night approved construction of what would be Boston’s tallest residential building, a 47-story tower at Copley Place with 318 condominiums above a retail base that houses an expanded Neiman Marcus store and other shops.

The board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority OK’d the $500 million project by Simon Property Group, of Indianapolis, after a long debate involving residents, union laborers, and public officials.

Supporters said the tower will be a striking addition to the skyline and will create jobs and improve the neighborhood. Opponents argued it won’t provide enough affordable housing and will worsen traffic and cast shadows on nearby Copley Square. In the end, however, the board voted that the project should move forward. Simon Property Group hopes to begin construction early next year.

The tower was one of several large projects to win approval last night. Others included a 404-unit apartment tower next to the Jacob Wirth Restaurant on Stuart Street near Boston’s Theatre District and a mixed use-project project on Boylston Street that will be developed by Abbey Group. It will have 210 apartments, offices, and stores in a building that will replace a McDonald’s.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #147
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TD Garden owner to sell development rights for apt tower

Boston Business Journal by Thomas Grillo, Real Estate Editor
Date: Monday, December 19, 2011, 3:04pm EST - Last Modified: Monday, December 19, 2011, 3:26pm EST..

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Delaware North .... , TD Garden’s owner, intends to sell its permits for a 37-story residential tower in the West End to Avalon Bay Communities .. , the Arlington, Va.-based developer of apartment communities with offices in Quincy, according to a source familiar with the deal.

Nashua Street Residences, a 375-unit residential community, is to be built on land behind the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. federal building and next to the TD Garden, down the street from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital .. and the Suffolk County Jail. In 2005, the Boston Garden Development Corp. won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority .. for the project.

Scott Dale, vice president of development for Avalon Bay, did not return a call seeking comment. Christopher Maher, Delaware North’s vice president of development, declined to be interviewed.

But a source familiar with the deal, which is expected to close with days, told the Business Journal Delaware North will use the proceeds of the sale to help fund its project slated for Causeway Street. The TD Garden owners have approval for a pair of 400-foot towers with 1 million square feet of apartments, office space, a hotel and ground-floor retail on the site of the former Boston Garden. Boston Properties .. , the developer of the $500 million Atlantic Wharf, is working with TD Garden owner Jeremy Jacobs to get the project started. Bryan Koop at Boston Properties did not return calls seeking comment.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #148
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Liberty Mutual Tower Rising Dec 30:

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Old January 5th, 2012, 01:36 AM   #149
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State hopes to create Southern gateway to Boston
Bids to redevelop Big Dig lots sought



Massachusetts officials are moving ahead on development of a large swath of state-owned property between Chinatown and South Boston in hopes it could eventually become a southern gateway to the city, akin to the Zakim Bridge area to the north.

The development - housing, offices, stores, and public parks - would take place in a 20-acre canyon of weed-strewn lots freed up by the Big Dig, which moved the elevated Interstate 93 expressway underground and created an opportunity to build a new city neighborhood.

Officials stressed that such a massive undertaking is sure to take many years, especially given lingering weakness in the economy. But they are taking the first step by seeking proposals for 1.7 acres along Kneeland Street that are seen as an entry to the rest of the property.

Even before completion of the Big Dig, the land became a magnet for development ideas, including a signature park that would tie into the nearby Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and large buildings with striking architectural features.

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WOW, after I saw those pics I totaly love the city!!
Maby I think so because the architcture is almost the same as in Holland
Most old and than some modern -> LOVE IT
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Revitalized Quincy Center takes a large step forward
January 14, 2012|By Casey Ross



In newly minted blueprints, a revitalized downtown Quincy looks like this: A pair of high-rise office buildings soar above city streets bustling with workers, tourists, and residents. There’s a farmer’s market, 30 new restaurants, and a sweeping public green.

At a cost of $1.6 billion, the project will not be easy to finance and build. But after years of planning, the Quincy Center redevelopment is taking a large step forward - the Beal Cos. is signing on as codeveloper, bringing to Quincy its long experience in building and managing large urban properties in Boston, Cambridge, and other Massachusetts communities.

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Developer plans 600-foot tower for Filene’s site
By Casey Ross | Globe Staff February 03, 2012



The development firm taking control of the former Filene’s property in downtown Boston said it will build a tower of up to 600 feet, rivaling the tallest buildings in the city’s Financial District.

A tower of that height would be roughly the size of the Federal Reserve building or One International Place, creating a new center gravity in the city’s skyline and filling a giant hole in its central shopping district. The new building will be substantially taller than the 39-tower previously proposed for the Filene’s site at Downtown Crossing.

Speaking at a press conference today, principals of Millennium Partners said the tower will cost about $500 million and include a mix of uses, from offices to residences to new shops and restaurants along the street. “It will really target all the potential uses that could add vitality to this critical corner,” said Philip Aarons, a founding partner of Millennium. “It will again become the center of downtown.”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino expressed confidence the firm will begin construction within a year, ending the work stoppage that has left a construction crater on the site for 3 ½ years.

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Filene's Site to Be Filled! Ritz Developer Behind New 39 Story Tower
Friday, February 3, 2012, by Tom Acitelli



Ritz Carlton and Hayward Place developer Millennium Partners will partner with Vornado Realty Trust to build a large mixed-use tower at the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing, thus ending one of the biggest brouhahas in recent city memory and perhaps paving the way for a $1 billion casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. The Globe's Casey Ross has the details on the mother of all recent Boston towers:

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City officials said several retail stores and restaurants will be built at the base of the building, with offices and residences above. The broad outlines suggest a project of similar scale to the original 39-story complex Vornado tried to build, although officials said it will probably be slimmer and taller. ...
With Millennium in charge, city officials said they expect a revised development plan for the property will be submitted for approval within 60 days, and that they hope construction will resume within a year. ...

The new building by Millennium will be designed by architect Gary Handel, who also drafted plans for the Hayward Place building. His firm, Handel Architects LLP of New York, has designed skyscrapers around the globe, including the Aire residential building, a striking 42-story on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, and The Trump Soho Hotel in New York [and the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan].
The Vornado-controlled vacant site has been a pebble in the shoe of Mayor Menino since development there froze amid the credit crisis in 2008, mucking up Hizzoner's touting of the renaissance going on in Downtown Crossing (a renaissance partly due to Hayward Place). Menino has heaped opprobrium upon Vornado chairman Steve Roth, who once bragged to a New York audience that he was letting the site lay fallow to spur public incentives for development. The new deal, set to be announced this morning, puts Millennium Partners clearly in charge, with Vornado in a junior role and its old partner, JPMorgan Chase, getting bought out.

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Seaport District's Big New Apartment Tower Sets a Date
Friday, February 10, 2012, by Tom Acitelli



Construction of the first new apartment building in the Seaport District in years, a 1 million-square-foot tower on Pier 4 that could also include hotel and retail space, is set to start this summer. The lead developer, New England Development, is expected to finalize the deal for the 9.5-acre site (pictured) within weeks so the project, which has planning roots stretching to before the Great Recession, can finally get under way.

It, of course, joins a slew of Boston apartment projects either planned or under construction, including the just-announced mother of all recent Boston towers, the approximately 39-story complex at the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing. Taken together, these new projects will add at least 5,000 new apartments to the city (the Pier 4 project will reportedly have 357). Whether that tampers rents at all is anyone's guess.

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Another One! Jamaica Plain's Big New Apartment Building
Feb. 13 2012



Add another new apartment building to the Boston docket. Developer Boston Residential Group signed a deal today to buy the 3.5-acre site of the Home for Little Wanderers in Jamaica Plain to build a full-service apartment building of around 200 units, plus, of course, underground parking. Whether the 98-year-old special ed building goes to make room for the apartment complex remains to be seen, though the developer's plans call for all-new construction.

The building, at 161 South Huntington Avenue, would be mostly studios and one-bedrooms, with some two-bedrooms scattered about, and there would be some set aside for affordable housing. Construction could start early next year if the Boston Redevelopment Authority signs off, and the architect on the project, local concern ADD Inc., is the same one behind the Goldman Sachs-backed, Portlandia-inspired 319 A Street in South Boston.


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I love Boston. It's tied with DC for my second-favorite US city. Unfortunately, most of these new projects are lame, although some are nice.
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I love Boston. It's tied with DC for my second-favorite US city. Unfortunately, most of these new projects are lame, although some are nice.
Blame the NIMBYs. Everything built there has to look like an oversized brew pub.
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