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By adamg - 5/16/22 - 9:27 am

A pair of developers say they will soon file plans to replace five rundown buildings and a parking lot on Wareham and Plympton streets with a five-story life-sciences building - with ground-floor retail. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 12:01 pm
Rendering of proposed 804-814 Huntington Ave.

Rendering with ghost family by Stantec.

A developer has proposed a two-building project at 804-812 Huntington Ave. that would feature life sciences along Huntington Avenue and 23 residential units in the rear on what now consists of a parking lot, a vacant lot and an unused building where the Red Cross once took blood donations. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/22 - 11:41 pm
Parcel 25

Parcel 25; steam plant and Reggie Wong Park not included.

The MassDOT board today approved a 99-year lease for construction of a new building between Kneeland, Lincoln and Albany streets that would include a deck over a part of I-93. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 3:15 pm
Rendering of Parcel X buildings

Looks just like the Seaport, but inspired by stacked shipping containers: Rendering by SGA.

Marcus Partners has filed plans with the BPDA for a two-building, seven-story life-sciences building in the Raymond Flynn Marine Park that will require the relocation of the seafood companies that now use the site, which will have a raised first floor to deal with rising sea levels and which is supposed to play homage to the stacked shipping containers and cranes across the Reserved Channel at the Conley Terminal. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/22 - 10:58 am

The Globe reports that Eli Lilly, an Indianapolis-based drug company, will establish a $700-million genetic-medicine hub in a 12-story building now under construction on Necco Street - on what was originally supposed to be part of the GE campus. Lilly already has a relatively small outpost in Kendall Square.

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By adamg - 2/9/22 - 11:00 am

A Canadian developer says it will soon file plans with the BPDA to replace a 361-space parking garage on Farnsworth Street with a four-story life-sciences building with no parking whatsoever. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/22 - 10:04 pm
Proposed 80 East Berkeley St.

Bird-enhanced rendering by Elkus Manfredi.

The Druker Co., which won BRA approval for an 11-story office building with retail and cultural space in 2013 on East Berkeley Street at Shawmut Avenue, then never actually started construction, today filed plans with what is now the BPDA to put the building up after all, but as life-sciences space. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/21 - 9:45 am
51 Melcher St.

51 Melcher St., from the filing.

GI Partners, a San Francisco-based equity firm, has filed plans with the BPDA to convert the nine-story 51 Melcher St. into life-sciences space. Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 9:56 pm

Skanska USA told the BPDA today it will soon file plans for a six-acre mixed use development along Brookline Avenue to replace the dorms that Simmons University is planning to move into a new 18-story tower on its main campus a few blocks away. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/21 - 10:11 am
Rendering of proposed Bradston Street building

Rendering by Embarc.

City Realty this week filed its formal plans for an 11-story, $207-million life-sciences building at 17 Bradston St., at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/21 - 10:38 am
Rendering of new Parcel 12 buildings

The view from Boylston Street, as rendered by Elkus Manfredi.

The developer constructing a two-building complex along and atop the turnpike at Mass. Ave. says it wants to outfit roughly 118,000 square feet of space as life-sciences labs and offices - about a quarter of the office space originally planned for the project. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/21 - 10:15 pm

Boston Real Estate Times reports what's going on around here to cause all those developers to propose life-sciences projects:

Capitalizing on limited available space in the near term, property owners continue to seek and achieve record high rents. ... In East Cambridge, where two ground-up projects are underway with availability, asking rents have climbed 23.9% in the last 24 months. Asking rents in Boston have also reached triple digits, ending the quarter at $100 per sq. ft.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 3:25 pm

An educational concern that replaced an old rivet factory on A Street in South Boston with what it hoped would be its new five-story headquarters has sued the Zoning Board of Appeal over its rejection of plans to retrofit the new building with "boutique" biotech lab space now that the pandemic means it no longer needs the space itself. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/21 - 10:36 pm

A joint venture between a New York developer and a Los Angeles biotech venture-capital firm last week paid Gillette $80 million for a 2.4-acre parcel at A and Binford streets that Gillette now uses mainly for parking. Read more.

By adamg - 9/20/21 - 9:16 am
Rendering of proposed 202 W. 1st Street

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Broadway Company of the Back bay has proposed replacing the old blue buildings at 202 West 1st St. at C Street with a "vibrant commercial office, life sciences, research and development project that better serves the needs of the community and its expanding workforce at this industrial section of South Boston’s First Street corridor." Read more.

By adamg - 9/16/21 - 10:11 am

A developer wants to replace a two-story warehouse at 155 North Beacon St. in Brighton, now home to the Sound Museum rehersal studios across from the Tin Tin Buffet, with a four-building complex of research labs and office space. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 11:22 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today unanimously rejected a proposal to convert an unoccupied office building at 69-71 A St. into a "boutique" life-sciences building, because it sits in an area now zoned specifically for residential use - like the condo building next door on West 3rd Street. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:33 am

Oxford Properties, which owns the building across Atlantic Avenue from South Station where WeWork no longer works, says it will soon file plans to replace the co-working space with space aimed at attracting some of those up-and-coming life-science companies that seem to be what's keeping Boston's commercial developers afloat these days - and maybe add a ground-floor restaurant to keep those workers and nearby Leather District residents well fed. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 9:39 am
Chart showing rapid growth in biotech job postings for the Boston area

A new report from the BPDA says that what is already the nation's largest biotech region keeps adding jobs, which is why the industry has exploded out of Kendall Square across the river and down the Charles. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/21 - 12:11 pm
Proposed 24 Drydock Ave.

Rendering by DHK Architects.

Cronin Development has filed plans with the BPDA for an eight-story building on Drydock Avenue at Tide Street in the Raymond Flynn Marine Park that would feature the seemingly now obligatory life-sciences R&D space as well as space for an actual marine-industrial concern - Boston Ship Repair, which runs the large drydock that gave Drydock Avenue its name. Read more.

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