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$70 Million Makeover Announced for Boston’s TD Garden

18 Apr 2014, 2:36 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Now that the Boston Celtics wrapped the 2013-2014 season with a 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards at TD Garden and the Boston Bruins have only a few more games to play before concluding their 90thseason for the National Hockey League, their home TD Garden is set to undergo a comprehensive, fan experience-oriented facelift over the next two years.

TD Garden - rendering of renovated ProShop area

TD Garden – rendering of renovated ProShop area

Delaware North Companies, which owns and operates the multi-purpose arena, announced that the $70 million privately financed renovation will begin this summer.

“The Jacobs family is committed to providing the people of Boston with an arena that sets the industry standard,” Charlie Jacobs, principal Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins, said in a press statement. “With the TD Garden being nearly 20 years old, we recognize that these renovations are necessary and we are confident that they will transform the fan experience from the moment a patron enters the building.”

The multimillion makeover calls for redesigned loge and concourses and renovated gathering areas, a new ProShop, a completely renovated Legends Club restaurant, as well as upgraded technology infrastructure. According to TD Garden’s owner, the loge concourse is slated for this June, while construction at the balcony concourse is set to begin next summer.

The ProShop, TD Garden’s store that sells Celtics and Bruins memorabilia, will be relocated from the North Station concourse to the building’s second floor turnstile area so that fans will have easier access from the arena’s new entryway before, during and after games. According to the Boston Globe, the redesigned ProShop will more than double its size reaching well over 6,000 square feet and will operate in a “Powered by Reebok/Adidas” three-year partnership with the Bruins and Celtics.

Legends Club, the largest private hospitality space at TD Garden, will undergo a complex renovation as well, but further details will be revealed in the following months.

Designed by Ellerbe Becket Architecture of Kansas City to replace the outdated Boston Garden, the 755,000-square-foot arena sits at 100 Legends Way. During the planning and construction phases the venue was known as the Shawmut Center, but eventually it was named after its sponsor, TD Bank, a subsidiary of the Canada-based Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Rendering of the renovated TD Garden ProShop area courtesy of Delaware North Companies

Colliers Retained as Exclusive Leasing Agent for 156,000 Sq.Ft. Office Building in Quincy

14 Apr 2014, 3:18 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Marina Bay Management Services, LLC has retained Colliers International to serve as the exclusive leasing agent for a premier office property in suburban Boston.

500 Victory Road Quincy, MA

500 Victory Road Quincy, MA

The four-story building is located at 500 Victory Road in Marina Bay in North Quincy, less than 10 miles south of Boston. The 156,000-square-foot property, which was built in 1987 according to data from PropertyShark.com, offers the combined benefits of a live-work-play environment and spectacular views thanks to its attractive setting in a growing neighborhood and its proximity to New England’s premier marina facility.

“Over the past several years, Marina Bay has developed and transformed into a first-class destination,” said Tom O’Connell of Marina Bay Management Services. “It offers city proximity, skyline views, and a lively atmosphere, all with value and conveniences of a suburban setting.”

For more than six years, 500 Victory Road has been occupied by media and information giant Thompson Reuters. Starting January 1, 2015, when the company’s lease agreement is set to expire, the building will offer 69,000 square feet of office space along with other amenities such a full-service cafeteria, fitness center, day care center and hair salon.

Over the past decades Quincy has become one of Boston’s top performing office submarkets. As previously reported in a Boston Business Journal special outlook, this was possible thanks to a wave of financial service and insurance companies that chose to relocate back-office functions to the suburbs. Colliers points out that the Quincy office market, which comprises 5.4 million square feet of office space, posts a vacancy rate of 13.5%, compared to the overall Route 128 South office submarket that reaches 18.4%.

The Colliers team representing Marina Bay Management Services includes Colliers Vice President David Goodhue, Executive Vice President James Elcock, Vice President Caleb Hudak, Assistant Vice President Timothy Lahey and Associate PJ Foster.

Image via Colliers International

Developers Break Ground on $185 Million Residential and Retail Project in Boston’s South End

8 Apr 2014, 2:12 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A joint venture between Morristown, NJ-based Normandy Real Estate Partners and Gerding Edlen of Portland, OR, officially broke ground on the newest residential community in Boston’s booming South End neighborhood.

Troy Boston

Troy Boston

Troy Boston is better known as 275 Albany Street, a project that suffered several changes since the initial proposal. According to Curbed Boston’s archives from 2012, the original 275 Albany Street plans called for a two-building hotel with 408 guest rooms on the 10-block lot on the northeastern corner of South End, but the joint venture was forced to redesign everything because of National Development’s highly anticipated Ink Block building that was underway at the corner of Herald Street and Harrison Avenue. Consequently, the revised project included an apartment building with 220 units and a standalone hotel facility with 325 rooms.

Troy Boston is the final version of the Normandy/Gerding partnership and is estimated to cost $185 million. Described as a sustainable “smart growth development” and expected to obtain a LEED Gold certification, this state-of-the-art mixed-use development will revitalize a key corridor in South End and reconnect the neighborhood with Chinatown, the Theater District and South Boston. As unveiled in an official statement from the developers, the mixed-use project will be built on a 1.27-acre site between Traveler and Berkeley Streets that used to be part of the original rail system from the Boston and Albany Railroad.

The plans designed by ADD Inc. architects include two residential towers totaling a mix of 340 market rate apartments and 38 affordable units, while the 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space will accommodate restaurants, cafes and boutique stores that are expected to create a new vibrant community for residents and visitors alike. The new development will also feature a surface parking garage for 180 cars and premier amenities including a fitness center, pool deck, and common space lounges. According to the developers, construction at Troy Boston is slated for completion in early 2015.

Renderings courtesy of Gerding Edlen & Normandy Partners

DoReMi Karaoke Studio in Allston to be Replaced by Apartments

31 Mar 2014, 7:06 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate editor

The owners of the popular DoReMi Karaoke Studio located at 442 Cambridge Street in Allston plan to tear down the longstanding venue to make room for a small mixed-use building.

450 Cambridge Street - Allston

450 Cambridge Street – Allston

According to plans recently filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), The Arcand Family/Allston LLC wants to replace the 17-year-old karaoke studio and an adjacent small house currently serving as an office with a 50,000-square-foot building that would reconfigure the existing lot lines of 442 Cambridge Street, 450 Cambridge Street and the abutting 7-9 Craftsman Street. The developer will keep the two-story mixed-use building with four residential units at 7-9 Craftsman and an existing surface parking lot at 450 Cambridge that provides parking for 17 cars.

If approved by the BRA, 450 Cambridge Street will offer 40 rental apartments (including five affordable units and two handicapped accessible units), a fitness center, a small management office and 1630 square feet of ground floor retail space. The plans also call for an underground parking garage with access off Cambridge Street big enough for 40 vehicles and 40 bike racks to accommodate the parking demand generated by the new residential units. In addition, the space between the proposed residential development and the existing two-story building will be filled with a new green space with bench seating for the residents.

The development team behind the $7 million project consists of Neshamkin French Architects, Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc. as traffic consultants and T.F. Moran, Inc. Structural Engineers.

Rendering credits: Neshamkin French Architects via BRA

Boston Selected to Receive Support for New Protected Bike Lanes

16 Mar 2014, 4:40 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

One of the largest non-profits that supports and encourages bicycling in the country announced it has chosen Boston and five other major cities to enter a two-year program to build protected bike lanes in city streets.

Rendering of a potential two-way bike lane in Boston

Rendering of a potential two-way bike lane in Boston

After several appearances as one of the worst cities for cycling in the country, Boston worked its way up to an honorable 26th place in America’s Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities list that was published last month by Bicycling Magazine. With former Olympic cyclist Nicole Freedman running the “Boston Bikes” initiative since 2007, the city has its own bike sharing program that now provides more than 1,100 bikes at 130 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Sommerville. The program is called Hubway and was launched in July 2011 with 600 bicycles and 60 stations in Boston.

According to an official statement issued by the Mayor’s Office, Boston—along with Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle—was picked from a list of more than 100 U.S. cities that applied for this year’s Green Lane Project. An initiative run by The PeopleForBikes non-profit organization, the six-city collaboration project is now entering its third year with 142 bike lanes nationwide, almost double the number of cycle tracks it started with back in 2012.

“Boston has ambitious goals and a strong vision supported by the elected officials and the community. They are poised to get projects on the ground quickly and will serve as an excellent example for other interested cities,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation.

Under the Green Lane Project, Boston will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create new separate cycle tracks, which will protect cyclists from vehicles and make bicycling an appealing option for more people. The city’s new bike lanes will be separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts in order to reduce pedestrian, bike and auto injuries.

The six-city collaboration Green Lane Project will kick off with a press conference in Indianapolis in late April.


Image via the Boston Cyclists Union

Boston Medical Center to Break Ground on $270 Million Redesign Project

10 Mar 2014, 3:58 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Boston Medical Center (BMC), the largest safety-net hospital in New England, is moving forward with a multi-million-dollar plan to consolidate and renovate its two hospitals in the South End campus over the next three years.

Boston Medical Center

The Boston Globe reports that the envisaged medical facilities—Boston City Hospital and University Hospital which merged 18 years ago to become Boston Medical Center—will be transformed into a “patient-centered clinical campus” that will yield an annual benefit of at least $25 million through energy savings and the elimination of redundant ambulance trips between the medical buildings.

Estimated for completion by the end of 2017, the $270 million campus redesign project will be financed through a combination of private donations, bond financing and proceeds from the sale of the two adjoining buildings that form the Newton Pavilion on the former University Hospital campus. BMC’s overall footprint will shrink by nearly 330,000 square feet under the renovation plan, reaching 2.1 million square feet in 2017, the Globe notes.

The plan, which was approved last year by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, also includes new construction and renovations at the Menino, Yawkey and Moakley pavilions, while the Dowling Amphitheater will be demolished. A new bridge, that will facilitate the patient’s transport from the helipad to the medical center, will replace the yellow utility tube crossing Albany Street.

Under BMC’s redesign plan, the Emergency Department will expand by 30 percent to include new Urgent Care units and a separate behavioral health area, while the Intensive Care Units will be consolidated to one location on campus. Since the cafeterias at Newton and Menino pavilions will be closed, a new one will be created on the mezzanine level of the Yawkey building.


Image of Boston Medical Center via Facebook

Construction Is Underway at Northeastern’s $225 Million Academic Complex

3 Mar 2014, 4:13 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor


Northeastern University – Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Nearly four months after receiving BRA’s unanimous approval for a $1.6 billion master plan for development, Northeastern University officially broke ground last week on its much-anticipated Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) at 795 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury.

This state-of-the-art structure is Northeastern’s first major academic development project in a decade. Designed by Boston-based architecture firm Payette Associates to achieve LEED Gold certification and developed by Suffolk Construction, the $225 million academic facility will replace a 3.5-acre surface parking lot near Melnea Cass Boulevard and the Ruggles MBTA subway station, the Boston Business Journal reports.

Northeastern University - Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex - interior

Northeastern University – Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex – interior

Northeastern’s new development project is expected to create more than 600 jobs during the construction phase and another 700 jobs after the complex opens in 2016, according to the university’s announcement.

The boomerang-shaped facility will provide nearly 220,000 square feet of research and educational space for four academic colleges: College of Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Computer and Information Science. The new building will raise six stories above grade and it will also have a basement and a mechanical penthouse. The conceptual design also includes a suspended footbridge over the MBTA Orange Line, commuter rail and Amtrak tracks. The bridge, called “The Arc”, will serve as a link between two distinct sections of Northeastern’s campus and is expected to consolidate the university’s presence in Roxbury while providing further pedestrian access to Fenway.


Renderings courtesy of Northeastern University

Waypoint Companies Set to Build 80-Unit Multifamily Building in Allston

17 Feb 2014, 5:38 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor


61-83 Braintree Street

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) recently approved a new residential project that will transform a 30,550-square-foot industrial site along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood into a residential property with retail and office space for start ups.

According to the Project Notification Form (PNF) that was submitted for review in November 2013, developer The Waypoint Companies plans to demolish the two dilapidated warehouses at 61-83 Braintree Street that have been operated by plumbing supplier Thompson Durkee Co. for over 100 years and then proceed with an environmental clean up to clear the site for construction, which is set to begin in mid-2014 and be completed after one year.

Designed by Neshamkin French Architects of Charlestown, the 93,000-square-foot residential building will seek LEED Certification for incorporating environmentally sensitive and sustainable design elements. The $17 million building will feature 80 rentals (mostly studios targeting young professionals and couples), including 11 affordable units, and an underground garage with 67 parking spaces.

The project’s commercial component consists of 562 square feet of ground floor retail space, three community rooms, a roof deck, two truck deck parking spaces and 1,715 square feet of commercial space that will be used as short term incubator space for start ups. As detailed in the PNF, the developer will invest $30,000 towards improvements to Penniman Park and another $10,000 to conduct a local bicycle route study.


Rendering courtesy of The Waypoint Companies via BRA



Vertex Pharmaceutical Opens New Headquarters at 11 Fan Pier Boulevard

7 Feb 2014, 3:34 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently marked the formal opening of Vertex Pharmaceutical’s global headquarters building in South Boston’s growing Innovation District. Located at 11 Fan Pier Boulevard in Fort Point, the $800 million complex that broke ground in June 2011 consists of two, 16-story interconnected buildings designed to stimulate collaboration and attract new talented scientists to the 25-year-old biotech company.

Vertex Pharmaceutical HQ

The LEED-certified towers encompass 1.1 million square feet of commercial and retail space and were built by the Fallon Company, the commercial real estate developer behind the 21-acre mixed-use Fan Pier office complex, with Turner Construction as the general contractor of the project. The first building—50 Northern Avenue or Vertex Building A—was designed by the architectural firm Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Cambridge, while design plans for Eleven Fan Pier Boulevard (Vertex Building B) were created by a team of architects from Elkus Manfredi. The two glass-faced towers which are connected by a walkway on the sixth floor include over 75 small informal collaboration spaces, a 500-seat cafeteria, 3,000 square feet of classroom and lab space for use by the Boston Public Schools (including Vertex’s partner schools Excel High School and Boston Green Academy), and ground floor retail space.

According to Boston.com, in May 2011 Vertex signed a lease agreement for the two buildings for a period of 15 years and will be paying the largest commercial rent in Boston (nearly $1.1 billion for the entire period or $72.5 million a year). Vertex hopes to bring all 1,300 of its Massachusetts employees together under the same roof by mid-2014.

“The opening of Vertex’s corporate headquarters in our Innovation District is an exciting day for Boston, for the Commonwealth, and for the millions of people around the world who stand to benefit from Vertex’s amazing work,” said Governor Patrick who attended the event along with Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Vertex has been one of the fastest growing companies focused on research and development of new medicines, creating more than 800 new jobs in Massachusetts alone over the past decade.

Rendering courtesy of Fan Pier Development

BRA Approves160-Unit Rental Building at 600 Harrison Avenue

24 Jan 2014, 7:01 pm

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A development proposal to build an apartment building at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Malden Street in Boston’s South End District has been green lighted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

600 Harrison Avenue, South End

Dubbed 600 Harrison Avenue, the 193,264-square foot project will be constructed by New Atlantic Development Corporation of Boston to address the city’s need for quality, rental housing. According to the Project Notification form that was submitted for review and approval in November 2013, the building will be located on a 25,496-square-foot parcel that is currently occupied by a surface parking lot owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

The $62 million residential building will contain 160 rental apartments ranging from 600 square feet for a studio to 1,600 square feet for a three-bedroom penthouse—with 21 units set aside for low-income families and individuals in compliance with the Mayor’s Inclusionary Development Policy—and around 3,600 square feet of ground floor retail space designed to activate the corner of Harrison Avenue. The six-story building also includes a three-level underground garage with 236 parking spots to be used by the building’s residents and the businesses in the area. The project will accommodate 32 covered bike rack spaces at several points around the building and a covered storage facility for 120 bicycles, all of these meant to encourage the use of bicycles as primary transportation.

Designed by a team of architects from Utile, Inc., 600 Harrison Avenue will feature a range of sustainable amenities that will make the completed project LEED Silver certifiable: proximity to public transit and bicycle storage, recycling collection spots placed in a central closet on each residential floor, high-performance insulation systems meant to control heating and cooling, energy recovery ventilation systems that will improve indoor air quality, low-emitting  paints and floors, as well as rooftop terraces with extensive planted areas.

According to the Project Notification Form, 600 Harrison Avenue is scheduled to start in August and reach completion by spring 2016.

Rendering courtesy of Utile, Inc. Architecture + Planning

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