Development

Development

By - 3/24/15 - 3:13 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a 124-unit residential project along Hyde Park Avenue across Ukraine Way from the T stop.

The BRA gave its OK in December to the proposal, which will include 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on what is now a tree-lined grass field that stretches to the Tollgate Cemetery.

Some 39 apartments and 6 of the condos will be marketed as affordable, well above the minimums required by the city.

Several city officials backed the plan at a hearing today. Nobody spoke in opposition.

By - 3/24/15 - 12:12 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning unanimously approved a proposed 27-unit apartment building next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station.

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. plan to spend $7 million to build 24 units for people making up to 60% of the area's median income and 3 apartments for people making between 60% and 80% of that amount. It will be built on a derelict piece of former industrial land.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

By - 3/20/15 - 3:17 pm
Duplex ready for the 2024 Olympics?

Zippy noticed this sign on the fence in front of a duplex under construction on Centre Street, across from Holy Name in West Roxbury, this morning.

By - 3/19/15 - 9:11 am

The Bay State Banner reports the owner of the buildings that now house the One United and Citizen’s Bank branches is working with a team of developers to transform the site into a new complex featuring residential units, office space and stores.

By - 3/14/15 - 5:44 pm
Proposed JCHE senior housing on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton

Architect's rendering.

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly this week submitted a formal proposal to the BRA to build a 61 apartments for the elderly and some developmentally disabled adults at 132 Chestnut Hill Ave., next to the fire station.

The proposed six-story building would be connected by a second-story pedestrian bridge to the existing JCHE campus behind the property.

In December, the BRA tentatively designated the non-profit group as the developer of the land.

The first floor of the proposed building would include space for retail stores. JCHE is proposing 21 new parking spaces, 6 for those stores.

By - 3/14/15 - 12:24 pm
Proposed Clarion building on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury

A developer has proposed a 40-unit apartment development on Blue Hill Avenue between Quincy and Holborn streets that would include 27 affordable units and 5 apartments for people who make just a bit too much too qualify for those.

In addition to a four-story apartment building, the Community Builders, Inc. is proposing a two-family house as part of the construction, which would replace a series of city-owned lots that have been vacant for decades.

In a filing with the BRA, the developer is proposing 32 parking spaces and bicycle storage, as well as first-floor retail space.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:58 pm

The BRA today approved a $23-million proposal by the Boston Teachers Union to replace its current headquarters next to the old Bayside Expo Center with a more modern structure and a parking garage.

In its initial proposal for an Olympic village, Boston 2024 proposed taking the land, along with neighboring offices and hotel, for construction of towers to house athletes - some of which would later be turned over to UMass Boston for dormitories.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in 2017 whether Boston gets the Olympics.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:23 pm
Chain Forge hotel proposal in Charlestown Navy Yar

Architect's rendering.

The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.

Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.

Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.

By - 3/10/15 - 7:34 pm
Proposed Porter Street hotel

Architect's rendering.

Heath Management Co. is seeking BRA approval to convert a decaying old factory at 151 Porter St. at Orleans Street into a hotel that would feature 127 "industrial loft-style hotel guestrooms with high ceilings, exposed structure and oversized windows to optimize natural light and dramatic city views."

In its filings with the BRA, Heath is also seeking permission to add a new sixth floor to the top to house fitness and business centers and rooftop gardens.

By - 3/8/15 - 10:19 pm
Proposed Garden Garage tower in the West End of Boston

Architect's rendering of proposed tower, in the middle.

A Chicago developer will try again to win city approval to replace an old garage at the If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now complex with several hundred new residential units.

Equity Residential wants to replace a 650-unit garage and small one-story building next to it with a 46-story tower housing 482 apartments or condos - its application doesn't say which - and an 842-space underground garage. In 2011, the BRA basically rejected plans for two smaller towers with 500 units.

The new building, designed, of course, by Elkus Manfredi, would would add an extra acre of open space to the parcel.

By - 2/27/15 - 8:20 am
The Point proposed tower in the Fenway

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board yesterday approved a revised plan to build a $290-million tower of both condos and apartments at the intersection of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, replacing an old D'Angelo sub shop.

Samuels and Associates says its Point project will include a mix of condos and apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units and with two floors of retail space. Some 15 floors of apartments will be topped by 11 floors of condos. The BRA had already approved an earlier version of the plan, which had 30 fewer residential units.

By - 2/26/15 - 7:45 pm

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – Despite the freezing temperatures and mountains of snow, since early January residents have been trudging to meetings about the future of Union Square in the old Post Office.

The gatherings are hosted by City officials and by representatives of US2 (Union Square Station Associates), the master developer for the 12 acres on seven blocks of property in and around the square that are slated to be redeveloped.

By - 2/26/15 - 6:14 pm
Ashmont project approved

The BRA board of directors today approved a six-story esidential building with 81 units on Dorchester Avenue, across from the Carruth and the Ashmont T station.

The building, which will also have ground-level retail space, will have 53 units marketed as affordable on what is now the home of Ashmont Tire, under plans by developer Trinity Financial. The project will have 44 parking spaces and storage space for 81 bicycles.

By - 2/26/15 - 10:36 am
Proposed rendering of Washington Street project in Jamaica Plain

Architect's rendering: Permanently circling Hood Blimp as project amenity?

Developers hope to break ground this fall on a residential complex in Egleston Square that could also bring a new restaurant to the neighborhood - and more affordable housing than required by city code.

By - 2/2/15 - 10:25 am
Proposed AC Hotel in the South End

The rendering above shows the AC Hotel by Marriott planned for the former Boston Herald site now occupied by the Ink Block development of residential units and a Whole Foods. According to a press release from the developers, National Development:

By - 1/17/15 - 9:55 am

The Globe reports New England Baptist has started planning to decamp from its longtime perch atop Mission Hill, as a cheaper option to fixing up all the old buildings there - in part because of all the money it'd make by selling the land.

By - 1/16/15 - 11:30 am
3385 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain

Architect's rendering.

The BRA yesterday gave Boston Property Development permission to tear down the old fried-chicken place at 3385 Washington St. and replace it with a four-story building with 21 residential units and ground-floor commercial space.

The $3.5-million project will include four "affordable" units. One of the units will have three-bedrooms; the rest one or two. The developer plans 23 parking spaces for the building, which it says will "contribute to the much needed revitalization of Washington Street."

By - 1/16/15 - 9:49 am
Proposed new entrance to Boston Garden

Proposed new entrance to the Garden from developer's BRA filing.

The Herald reports Star Market has agreed to build a mega-market in the $1-billion mixed-use development planned for that vacant space in front of the Garden and the train station.

By - 1/15/15 - 4:09 pm
815 E. 5 Street proposal in South Boston

Architect's rendering.

A 19-unit condo development proposed to replace an old horse-trolley barn between E. 5 and E. 6 streets in South Boston would come with a 33-lot parking garage, according to the developers' filing with the BRA.

Aidan Gregory Feeney and Brendan Feeney of Feeney Brothers Excavation want to replace commercial buildings at 815 E. 5 and 812 E. 6 streets with ten-unit and a nine-unit buildings - 17 to be sold at market rates and two at "affordable" rates.

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