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Old March 7th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #161
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FENWAY CENTER LANDS!

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Fenway Center hits home run

Court victory moves $450M plan forward

By Greg Turner
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - Updated 1 hour ago





Developer John Rosenthal said he’s primed to secure financing on his $450 million Fenway Center project, after a state court tossed out a lawsuit blocking the five-building complex near the ballpark.

Land Court Judge Harry Grossman rejected a 2009 challenge of Boston zoning approvals by HRPT Medical Buildings Realty Trust, saying in a ruling Monday that the company “can have no expectation of proving its case at trial.”

“It means our project can go forward,” said Rosenthal, president of Meredith Management Corp. in Newton. “It’s been three long years waiting for a decision, and now it’s a race to the finish to complete our negotiations with equity partners.”

HRPT claimed that public street extensions — connecting to the MBTA’s new Yawkey Station at Fenway Center — would slice across its adjacent property, a large office building at 109 Brookline Ave.

Tim Bonang, spokesman for HRPT parent CommonWealth REIT, said the Newton company has not yet determined whether it will appeal. He added the real estate investment trust could still be in line for a payout if any of its land is taken by eminent domain.

“The decision doesn’t deny HRPT’s damages claims, which we think are substantial,” Bonang said.

Rosenthal said he expects to start construction by early next year on Fenway Center’s first phase: a 102-unit apartment building along Brookline Avenue, a 750-space parking garage on a deck over the Mass Pike, and a pair of apartment buildings with 316 units along Beacon Street, where organic grocer Harvest Co-op has signed a letter of intent to open a store.

“We’re going to create a neighborhood out of surface parking lots and windswept bridges,” he said.

Work continues on the state-funded, $13.5 million reconstruction of Yawkey Station, which started in November 2010. The 1.3-million-square-foot Fenway Center’s final piece, a striking 27-story office and residential tower over the Pike, would be done by 2016.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino lauded the Land Court ruling. “It is great news that this lawsuit has been decided,” he said. “I am pleased that the $450 million Fenway Center can now move forward and put 1,700 construction workers back on the job.”

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Old March 7th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #163
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Pier 4 residential tower renders:

Hanover Pier 4


http://hanoverco.com/capital-markets/hanover-pier-4

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BRA Board Approves Pier 4

Private investment / project cost, phase I: $150 million

Total square footage, phase I: 373,000 square feet

Construction jobs, phase I: 400

Housing, phase I: 383 residential units, 35 on site affordable housing units in phase 1, and 50 on site innovation units


The Innovation District’s momentum continues with the BRA Board’s unanimous approval of phase 1 of the Pier 4 project, a three phase project located at 136-146 Northern Avenue on 9.5 acres. Phase 2 and 3 will be approved as specific projects are submitted to the BRA Board for review. The approval of Pier 4 just one month after the approval of 319 A Street answers the call for housing in the area.

Phase 1 is a $150 million project that will transform an existing restaurant, patio, surface parking, and deteriorating pier into a vibrant, waterfront mixed-use complex with 625,000 square feet of residential space, 20,000 square feet of public civic space, and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Thirty-five of the residential units created in phase 1 will be affordable, and 50 of the residential units will be innovation housing. When phases 2 and 3 are submitted to the BRA for review, there will be additional affordable housing.

Pier 4 will enhance the public’s interaction with the harbor by creating new waterfront open space areas, including a one-acre Waterfront Park, Waterfront Plaza, 1,800 feet of Harborwalk, the Water Commons consisting of a water taxi landing area and covered waiting area, public restrooms, and the All-Seasons Gathering Area linking to the civic space. The deteriorating pier will undergo significant repairs, and the area will house a “touch and go” dock, fish cleaning station and bait and tackle shop. Additionally, approximately $2 million will be contributed to improved water transportation services in the District.

As part of the District’s development into a 24-hour neighborhood, Pier 4 will bring residential, hotel, retail/restaurant, civic, and commercial uses to the waterfront. Boston’s waterfront economy will be strengthened, and the Pier 4 project will create a new community on Boston’s waterfront. Parking will move below ground opening surface area space for pedestrian use. Community activities in new, open waterfront space will be created, and a pedestrian and vehicular network across the 9.5 acres will be built improving the physical and visual access of the public to the harbor.

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Old March 7th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #164
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The Kensington redesigned...again!


http://www.cpexecutive.com/regions/n...dential-tower/

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The Kensington, Boston’s newest residential tower, has found a construction firm. Suffolk Construction was recently awarded the contract for the 27-story, 488,000-square-foot structure from the building’s owners and partners, Kensington Investment Co. and National Development. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. is serving as equity partner.

The multi-housing property will feature 381 luxury rental apartments and 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail in Boston’s Theatre District neighborhood, joining Suffolk’s other projects in the submarket: Archstone Boston Common, Suffolk University Modern Theatre and the Boston Opera House. The property will be designed to LEED Gold standards.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #165
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Fan Pier going gangbusters:

Vertex Pharmaceuticals HQ

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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:13 AM   #166
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Hello! Another Elkus Manfredi classic:

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Tower set to rise in Chinatown
March 10, 2012|By Casey Ross



Developers of a 26-story residential tower at the edge of Chinatown said they will start construction in the next few months, adding to a flurry of apartment buildings getting underway across the city. The project by Hudson Group North America and Forest City Enterprises Inc. will result in 240 apartments and a new restaurant on the site of the vacant Dainty Dot building at 120 Kingston St.

Demolition of the Dainty Dot is scheduled to begin in weeks, with construction of the tower to follow shortly afterward. The developers are hoping to open the building by spring 2014.


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The $130 million project will also add about 2,200 square feet of outdoor space along the Chinatown section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The park will be widened and the new building will feature a large outdoor patio connected to a 5,000-square-foot restaurant.

The 120 Kingston project, delayed for years by the soft economy, was jump-started recently by the entry of Forest City, a Cleveland-based firm that will make its Boston debut with the building. Forest City is a national developer that has been operating in the region since 1984. It built University Park in Cambridge, a 2.3 million-square-foot complex of labs, residences, and stores. It recently partnered in the development of Manhattan’s tallest residential building, a 76-story tower at 8 Spruce St.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 02:07 AM   #167
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The Ink Block Is Going Up

Project at the former Boston Herald Building site approved.


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Old March 14th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #168
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Curbed

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Seaport Developer Woos Google as Facebook Looks in Kendall
Mar. 9 2012




http://seaportinnovationdistrict.com...are-boston-ma/


http://bostonrealestatehub.wordpress...-be-developed/


Googlegate thickens! The search engine giant, stymied in its bid to expand in Cambridge's Kendall Square, is now being aggressively wooed by Boston—and not just by City Hall. Seaport Square developer John Hynes III tells The Herald's Jessica Van Sack that the three commercial buildings there offer more than enough space for, say, a rapacious tech company. The buildings will total nearly 1.5 million square feet, and will eventually be ensconced amid new parks, restaurants, shops and apartment towers. And there will be ferries, probably, maybe, to get everyone to and fro.

Meanwhile! The head of the Kendall Square Association, a nonprofit in the business of boosting the area's business, said that Facebook is shopping for an office there, just as Amazon prepares to open one. The thing he's most worried about? A 19th-century technology. "It's critical for this district that we figure out how to properly fund and sustain the MBTA in the future," Travis McCready told The Herald. "We have 5 million more square feet in the pipeline, so naturally we're nervous about any talk of service cuts.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:46 AM   #169
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YESSSSSSSS thanks so much for posting this. Boston is on fire! I was there less than a week ago and so much is being built! It's fantastic to see such an amazing city on the rise again. And South Boston is basically a completely new city I never knew of until my last trip, and now it's getting developed like crazy too, this is amazing!
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Damn, didn't know Boston had so much construction going on.

And I also never realized until now desertpunk had over 20,000 posts!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #171
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Damn, didn't know Boston had so much construction going on.

And I also never realized until now desertpunk had over 20,000 posts!
I noticed a couple days ago!

Boston is absolutely roaring right now with over 5,000 apartments under construction, a slew of pharma and other offices as well as some ripe plums that finally cleared the NIMBY gauntlet!
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Hooray! for Big Pharma. It may be killing us. But it's been a boon to Beantown!
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New Balance Sets Foot In Brighton

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The Big Details on Brighton's Big New Balance Project



Details aplenty are out re: the New Balance Landing project in Brighton, thanks to a filing yesterday with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Here's the gist and why it matters:

· There will be four buildings along Guest Street.

· These will include a new, 250,000-square-foot world headquarters and a 175-room hotel rising as high as 20 stories.

· There would be 650,000 square feet of office space on an almost 10-acre site along the Mass Pike.

· And there is supposed be a 345,000-square-foot sports complex with ice rink and track across Guest.

· Amongst it all would be 65,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and service space.

· And, underneath it all, 1,750 parking spaces.

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Cambridge Approves Google Expansion At Kendall Square


http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articl...on_tech_scene/

~ 300,000 additional sq ft + 180 apartments in a 200,000 sq ft building sealed the deal.

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...The City Council voted 7-2 to approve Google's expansion in Kendall Square. The company will grow to 300,000 square feet, mostly from two connectors amid Three, Four and Five Cambridge Center. Its workforce, which numbered 40 five years ago and now totals about 800, will grow along with the expansion.

In exchange! Google and its landlord, Boston Properties, agreed to bump up the amount of new parkland that will replace that which will be lopped off by the expansion. The pair also pledged $2 million toward its design and construction; and Boston Properties said it would come with plans for about 180 apartments in the area after the expansion's done in mid-2013.
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Are those buildings in the picture just a proposal or were they approved? It's going to ruin Boston's skyline!

HAHA just kidding, glad to hear Google is expanding, evidently facebook is too, odd to see these silicon valley companies expanding in Boston. But I guess Boston is akin to an east coast silicon valley, plus Boston has access to arguably a smarter population than San Francisco, just because of the plethora of schools in the area.
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Chanel, $6 Million Condos Going Up On Newbury St.

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The new condos slated for 4-6 Newbury Street, where a garage currently stands and where a 10,000-square-foot Chanel store will stand as well, are expected to ask $3.5 million to $6 million each, depending on their sizes and design requests. That would make them among the most expensive listings in Boston when they come online next winter.

News of the project, which its developers, including Irish investor Aidan Brooks, are calling No. 6 Newbury (but that we will henceforth call Chanel No. 6), emerged last week after its approval by the city. The Chanel store will take up the first two floors. Above that will be the six condos: two 2-BR duplexes and four 3-BR and 4-BR units.

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Google Reveals Kendall Sq Plans

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Google is wasting no time marking its territory in Kendall Square. Details are emerging, along with speculation, as to what the Internet hegemon plans to do with the extra space it got approval for last month after weeks of uncertainty that included a push by Boston to pull it across the Charles. We knew about that Google would nearly double in size to 300,000 square feet with two new glass connectors. It might also have:

· retail and space for the public in those connectors;
· more classes for the public;
· soundproof nap rooms; aquarium relaxation rooms; and on-site doctors for employees;
· 500 more employees, who currently work half a mile away;
· and the largest Google campus outside of Mountain View, Calif.; San Francisco and New York.

Construction is expected to start this year and be done by mid-2013.

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Awakenings

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Here Comes Harvard to Finish Allston Plan—Eventually
April 9,2012



The Harvard Mafia plans to start a capital campaign next year to raise at least $6 billion, some of which will surely be spent to jumpstart construction in Allston that the Great Recession building-blocked. University officials are being coy on the details, with the campaign having entered a so-called quiet phase of reaching out to major benefactors. Once that phase is over, then we'll know more about the money amounts and where they'd go.

One place being bandied about, though, already is Allston. The university had jumped across the Charles from Cambridge into the Boston neighborhood in a big way in 2009, having bought 350 acres and broken ground on a $1 billion science center. The center was to be a linchpin of larger development in Allston, including apartments at Barry's Corner. For now, though, the biggest feature of the development is a 6-acre abandoned construction site.

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Millenium Place III - Hayward Place getting craned up:

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