This luxury Boston Hotel Commonwealth has been working on an extensive expansion by adding a new wing to the building that will even exceed their own high standards.

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Hotel Commonwealth Extension

The Hotel Commonwealth extension will include almost 100 additional guest rooms, a designated Fenway Park Suite, double the existing amount of meeting space and include a multi-functional outdoor terrace!

All 149 guest rooms have been redesigned by New York design company, Dash Design. These rooms have been redesigned from head to toe to add more of a luxury feel and a modern twist. They’ve started completely fresh by adding new bedding, custom-designed bedside tables and even a Google Nexus tablet that features a virtual concierge app that provides instant access to hotel amenities and services such as room service or dog walking appointments!

The luxury Boston Hotel Commonwealth will include 3 new suites that are all themed to pay tribute to its home, Kenmore Square. The first themed suite is called The Rathskeller Suite, which is designed after “The Rat” a legendary Kenmore Square music club that use to be in place of the Hotel Commonwealth. “A band on tour” is the inspiration behind this suite’s theme. The second suite will be called The Terrier Suite. This theme was inspired by the rich athletic, academic and cultural legacy of Boston University, a neighbor to Hotel Commonwealth. The last themed suite will be called The Loft. This suite will be inspired by the Boston arts neighborhoods like Fort Point Channel, Reimagining the concept of a “Presidential Suite”.

The expansion of the luxury Hotel Commonwealth will extend the existing building over the parking lot in back of the hotel that’s facing Fenway Park. There will be a footbridge built to connect the current Hotel and the new building that will include:

  •      96 newly built 425 square foot guest rooms
  •      6,000 square feet of meeting space
  •      2,000 square foot outdoor terrace
  •      Fenway Park Suite overlooking the Green Monster
  •      2 additional suites with walk-out balconies facing Fenway Park

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New Tower Planned for Theater District

A development team has filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build a 31 unit, upscale luxury condominium building in Boston’s Midtown Cultural District on Tremont Street. The current building located at 171-172 Tremont Street will be demolished and replaced with the new luxury condo development.
According to the letter of intent, the current office building is located directly across from Boston Common at the corner of Tremont Street and Avery Street. It is also adjacent to the Parkside Condominiums, the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 movie theater and MBTA’s Boylston Green Line stop, making for a “spectacular location” according to the letter of intent. The letter of intent shows the property’s principal owner and developer as Maurice Dabbah, of Switzerland, and joint venture partners being Matthew Snyder and David Ridini, principals of Center Court Boston LLC. David Raftery will be the Boston based architect, with Boston based Elkus Manfredi Architects working as architect and VHB as civil engineering contractor for the new project. The property, located at 171-172 Tremont Street, had been owned for more than 10 years by Millennium Partners. According to a Suffolk County deed, the $16.4 million acquisition closed in June of 2014.

Millenium Partners acquired the property in 1999 for $4 million. The letter of intent did not state any development costs for the new residential tower, nor did it state a time line for the 31 unit condo project. The new owners says it expects to file a project notification form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority in about a month.

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Harmonix Moving From Cambridge to Boston

Video game maker Harmonix announced this week that they are going to move their headquarters from Cambridge to Boston’s F inancial District this summer.

The company has been located at 625 Massachusetts Avenue and has plans to move this August to the seventh floor of an 11 story building at 40 Broad Street in Boston. They have signed a lease for almost 25,000 square feet of office space.

The company will occupy the entire seventh floor at the new location.
“Harmonix is thrilled to be moving across the river to 40 Broad Street. The city of Boston has done a tremendous job revitalizing the downtown area, and the new space will be a major upgrade for us. We are excited to settle in and start enjoying our new surroundings,” said Chris Rigopulos, chief operating officer of Harmonix.

Other tenants in the building include Mullen, Public Consulting Group, Advent Software Inc. and the law firm, Gesmer Updegrove. Harmonix was founded in 1995 and is best known for creating blockbuster franchises like Rock Band and Dance Central.

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Retail and Office Development Planned at 500 Boylston St.

Equity Office Properties of Boston announced their plans for more than 130,000 square feet of additional office, retail and restaurant space at 500 Boylston Street.
Plans call for a conversion of an outdoor courtyard space with a 5 story, 80,000 square foot retail and office facility, and to convert up to 50,000 square feet of the building into retail spaces.

John Conley, senior vice president of Equity Office Properties in Boston, submitted a notice of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on March 13th outlining the company’s goals. The notice of intent also states that Equity plans to add two vestibles at the adjacent 222 Berkeley Street, and convert 8350 square feet of office into space for a new restaurant.

The two properties will span 1.3 million square feet and have a combined value of $904 million. Equity intends to file a project notification form with the Boston Redevelopment Agency in mid April. Conley stated that this reinvestment is a reflection of the company’s belief in the building and the overall strength of the Boston market. No details regarding the project team, anticipated development costs or timeline were disclosed.

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The Belvedere Condominiums

Connected to The Prudential Center and Copley shopping malls, in the heart of Back Bay, The Belvedere Condominiums are considered as one of Boston’s most luxurious properties. The 61 unit upscale building was constructed in 2000. The location of the condominiums allows access to shopping and fine dining at the Prudential Center mall, which is connected to the condo building. There is a landscaped courtyard and reflecting pool directly across the street. Most of the luxurious condos have parking inside of the garage area.

Amenities include: underground garage, rooftop terrace, valet parking, balconies, in-room laundry and 24 hour concierge. In addition, the residents have access to the private library, kitchen and dining room for private parties and room service.

The popular condominiums have an ideal location in the heart of Back Bay, close to all of the most popular attractions in Back Bay. The units have balconies, top of the line kitchen appliances, air conditioning, carpeted and hardwood floors, cable/satellite TV and more.

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FILENE’S

English: The sun setting on the former Filene'...

English: The sun setting on the former Filene’s flagship store in Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The sun setting on the former Filene'...
Filene's Boston

Filene’s Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Filene’s was an American department store, headquartered in Boston. Owned by Federated Department Stores from 1929 until 1988 then purchased bv The May Department Stores Company.  Then in 2005, Federated Department Stores bought May Department Stores and soon most Filene’s locations were converted to Macy’s.

The old site in Boston called Filene’s redevelopment has been stalled. But it seems work will begin soon the  developer has leased a big piece of the square footage to advertising firm Arnold Worldwide .

The $620 million complex will comprise of offices, stores, and luxury homes. This will bring to life a too long dormant property and is believed to ramp up   the broader revitalization of Downtown Crossing.

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Tornado Rips Thru Revere North of Boston

English: Revere Beach, Boston (MA)

English: Revere Beach, Boston (MA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tornado rip thru a north of Boston in Revere on Monday causing much damage including ripping the roofs off the top of buildings.

Luckily there were no reports of injuries in the little coastal area of 53,000 residents.

“Given the magnitude of the storm, it’s really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries,” said Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo.

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88 Apartments to Go into MBTA Building

 

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority GP40MC 1136 (ex-Canadian National 9599) entering the Porter Square Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, a Boston nonprofit developer, has notified the Boston Redevelopment Authority of it’s intentions to build 88 apartments, 196,500 square foot office building, 10,000 square feet of retail outlets, 1250 square feet of community space and approximately 200 parking spaces on a vacant site formerly owned by MBTA. “This development will re-establish  as a lively, transit orientated site where people once again live, work, shop and recreate,” the filing stated.

 

According to the developer, the project grew out of the multi year planning process for the area. The process involved residents, businesses, stakeholders, institutional neighbors and elected officials.

 

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CHINATOWN RESIDENTIAL PROJECT GETS $4M GRANT FROM STATE

The developers of the One Greenway condominium and apartment project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood reports that they have secured $3.9 million from the state in support the 51 unit South Building. The grant will be used to fund the construction of the $20 million South Building.

The $170 million One Greenway project will include 363 residential units in two different buildings that occupy roughly a half acre of open space. The 312 unit North Building will include 217 market rate apartments and 95 affordable rentals. The project will include a total of 146 affordable units. Groundbreaking took place earlier this year with political leaders and the development team gathering to celebrate the return of the Parcel 24 site back to housing, retail and community usage. The project will restore a section of Boston’s Chinatown which was demolished in the 1960s. The space has sat vacant since.

The South Building will have 51 affordable condominiums and provide income eligible families an opportunity to purchase a unit in a location near downtown Boston. Construction on the South Building will commence next summer. When completed, it will include 20 one bedroom units, 22 two bedroom units and nine, three bedroom units.
The project also includes 135 garage parking spaces, 8,500 square feet of retail and community space and new pedestrian connection between Hudson and Albany streets.

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BOSTON DEVELOPER TO BUILD 42 RESIDENTIAL UNITS IN THE CITY’S SOUTH END NEIGHBORHOOD

The Holland Company has filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to convert a four story warehouse at 46 Wareham Street into a six story, mixed use development that would include 9,400 square feet of ground floor retail. Holland would demolish part of the old building and add three levels of new construction. The mix of units would include 23 one bedrooms with approximately 780 square feet of space, 17 two bedrooms with about 1,162 square feet and two three bedrooms with about 1,500 square feet. The plans call for a parking garage to be built for 52 vehicles. Holland did not indicate whether the units to be built would be condominiums or apartments. Speculation is that condos would do well at this location.

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