The Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee recently held an informal meeting to discuss preliminary plans to demolish a two story building located at 156 Cambridge St. The building is currently home to the Beacon Hill Athletic Club and Seoul restaurant. Preliminary plans calls for a development of an 8 story building which would accommodate an extended stay hotel and other mixed use spaces. The preliminary plans call for 70 extended stay hotel suites, 2 levels of underground parking, a restaurant and more.
Some members indicated some objection to the height of the proposed building in the neighborhood, but many agreed that the improvements are needed. The applicants took comments from the meeting and agreed to return to the community with a revised proposal before moving forward with the project.
Normandy Real Estate Partners has announced plans to expand its existing 13 acre office park in Needham to a 41 acre “superpark,” with commercial office space, residential and retail that’s designed to be “a catalyst for creativity.”
Development costs could top $300 million at full buildout, for an additional 450,000 square feet of development, said Mark Roopenian, principal with Normandy Real Estate Partners, who handles development and leasing in Massachusetts.
Normandy Real Estate Partners, based in New Jersey, has a Boston office and is developing what Roopenian calls the Center 128 East office park at 400 First Ave. in Needham. That park is home to a 128 room Marriott Residence Inn and will be the future home of the 290,000 square foot TripAdvisor headquarters, and Normandy Real Estate Partners wanted to leverage the success it has seen at the park.
Normandy Real Estate Partners acquired the 28 acre Needham Industrial Park in late December for $54.5 million. The property spans 507,900 square feet of single and two story office space and for years had been home to one of General Dynamics information systems and technology business units. General Dynamics plans to vacate the property by the forth quarter for new space in Dedham.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s “Add a Lane” project will create a new off ramp from Route 128 that will lead directly into the new superpark.
Roopenian said Normandy Real Estate Partners has the additional capacity to develop an additional 450,000 square feet of space, including an additional headquarters size building or “creative” office space. “Our concept is to make these buildings into something that the market has not seen before in terms of its architecture, the interiors, the level of amenities,” Roopenian said.
About one third of the existing 507,900 square feet will be demolished to make way for residential development, and amenities in the superpark will include fitness centers and up to 20,000 square feet of walkable retail usage.
The Baker Chocolate complex
English: Lower Mills Village, Massachusetts, spanning both sides of the Neponset River between Milton (on the right) and City of Boston (Dorchester) (on the left). These buildings were once part of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Boston Condo prices are competitively pressured upwards. However, a cheaper alternative in a nice neighborhood feel is The Baker Chocolate complex.
The 14-acre village along the Neponset River in Dorchester has some newer luxury condos that start at just $450,000. Whereby it is near impossible to find anything near $500,000 along the Charles. The owners in the old brick factory buildings get access to an to an indoor lap pool with a hot tub, a fitness facility, a conference room and a dog park.
Three of the buildings are being transitioned into 77 condos, with 58 of them in a six-story Romanesque Revival building built in 1891 and known as the Baker Mill. The developer is adding hardwood floors, some updated appliances, and even opening up some unused loft spaces on the top floor.
Soon it will be Millennium Tower. First Boston Realty International, LLC is pleased to announce a new development in Boston’s Downtown Crossing Midtown District. The new Boston luxury condo development; Millennium Tower is located on the historic Washington Street in Boston.
Residents will get five-star luxury services and amenities, including 24-hour concierge and valet service, fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness facility, indoor lap pool and spa, cinema, private dining room, billiards room, fully landscaped and furnished outdoor terrace, and a fully serviced residents lounge with bar and food service.
442 exclusive luxury condos including one, two, and three bedroom condos, plus penthouse residences. Buyers will have the opportunity to choose from three different categories of residences at Millennium Tower including Millennium Tower City Residences, Millennium Tower Grand Residences, and The Millennium Tower Penthouse Residences.
Batch Yard apartment complex which is a renovation of the old Charlestown Chew Candy Factory, hosted its grand opening on Oct. 1, drawing more than 300 people. Leasing started in August and 43 of the Batch Yard’s 328 apartments are spoken for.
Of the 285 apartments left, the rents start at the following:
· 1-BR with open floorplan: $1,905
· 1-BR with closed floorplan: $2,125
· 1-BR with den: $2,295
· 2-BR: $2,680
· 2-BR with den: $3,985
· 3-BR: $3,180
A pool for swimming, deck for lounging and summer-time grilling | Roof deck views of Boston’s finest | Outdoor media center for midnight movies | Library, dining room, and lounge | The fitness center you’re currently overpaying for | Plenty of room for Fido to roam | Garage parking Commuter access to the city and beyond
Boston was named as one of the more confusing towns in the world. Above even Venice by the Huffington Post recently. Navigating the Boston streets is a confused adventure for the uninitiated. Winding, crooked streets, some old timers would say are formerly cow paths,make no sense.
English: Map of neighborhoods in Boston. 日本語: ボストン市の地区 (neighborhood) の位置図 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Located near South Street, between the Financial District and Chinatown and is bordered by Kneeland Street to the south, Essex Street to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the east and Lincoln Street to the west is This Leather District. This neighborhood is an officially named national historical neighborhood. It is so named because the leather industry dominated the area when it was first developed in 1883.
The Leather District – Wikipedia photo
Today the buildings have been renovated and what was once manufacturing buildings are now beautiful condominiums and lofts. Such is the newly constructed 210 South Street lofts. This complex now houses fifty four Boston luxury loft homes. Amenities include concierge service, secured entrance, elevators, on-site gym, and extra storage lockers, to name a few. There are rental available started at $2800 per month and up depending on location, size and views.
Have you ever wondered if the band Boston is actually from Boston?
According to WikiPedia :
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston’s best-known works include the songs “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back”, and “Amanda”. It has sold over 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million were for its self-titled debut album and seven million were for its second album, Don’t Look Back. Altogether, the band has released six studio albums.
The band was born from Tom Scholz who attended MIT and through various band met what would be assembled as Boston. It was in his basement in Watertown that Scholz constructed a studio (spending everything he made over the course of 6 years), and was recording a demo tape that would go down in the history books. Scholz and his wife Kim still live in Boston.
Don’t Look Back (Boston album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)