There are only so many residential units you can stuff in the South End, developer says, proposing office space instead

Architect's rendering.

Nordblom has filed formal plans with the BRA to build several floors of offices atop an existing parking garage at Harrison Avenue and Herald Street and to make renovations to the current building next door to create a new matched set of office buildings on the block.

Like most other developers with holdings in the South End these days, Nordblom had originally planned to put apartments or condos - such as the Ink Block project across Harrison. But in its project notification form, filed last week, Nordblom writes:

After several months of study, it was determined that office use would better complement the site, the immediate neighborhood, and the South End due to the abundance of residential units currently being built in the area.

So instead, the company wants to put eight floors of office space, totaling roughly 230,000 square feet. The first floor would include space for an art gallery or cultural space.

This space will help “anchor” the building to the street life and will allow for an active presence facing the Whole Foods Market and the residential entry across Harrison Avenue.

Nordblom hopes to begin 18 months of construction in early 2017.

Proposed 321 Harrison Ave.
Proposed 321 Harrison Ave. map

321 Harrison Ave. project notification form (29M PDF).

Police say Dot rat with a learner's permit couldn't drive 55; they write him up for doing 125+

New Hampshire State Police report arresting Sean Reardon, 36, of Dorchester, after saying they clocked him doing 128 on I-93 in the Lakes Region town of Ashland on a 2013 Suzuki GSXR 600:

Reardon was operating on a motorcycle learner’s permit at the time of the incident. Reardon was subsequently arrested and released and ordered to appear before the Plymouth Circuit Court on July 28, 2016 to answer to the charge of Reckless Operation.

A couple years ago, Reardon was convicted of stealing three handguns, which he used to settle a drug debt, and a semiautomatic rifle, which he buried in some woods in Woburn. He stole the firearms from a locked area on the basement of a South Boston apartment building, where he was doing repair work.

Innocent, etc.

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