The Northern Avenue Bridge is set to get a major facelift and plans for the redesign were left up to submissions from the public.
Over 100 designs were submitted and are far from your average bridge, with ideas ranging from outrageous parks, farms, galleries and many more.
The final four designs have now been chosen and announced by the Mayor and the Boston Society of Architects and from these there will be the final designs for the future of the bridge.
The Northern Avenue Bridge was originally constructed in 1908. It connected people, cyclists, cars and trains from one side of the Fort Point Channel to another and was closed in 2014. The closure was due to corrosion and fears for its safety and the possibility of it even collapsing into the water, but now the city is hoping to breathe new life into the structure.
One of the finalist designs was created by Rob Barella, a landscape engineer for Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, who turned the new bridge into a park.
The design is for a rail-car bridge that includes terraces, floating island and green space that goes all the way down to water level.
Two of the other winners also make use of green space in their designs. The design titled the ‘Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge’ by Mazen Sakr and Aaron Bruckerhoff, includes an enclosed pedestrian walkway and a greenhouse botanical garden.
All of the designs are modern and inventive and create drastically different new uses for the iconic bridge.
The excitement surrounding this project is building and the final winner will be creating a truly unique new space in the Fort Point area.
Developers TCR Development and JB Ventures were approved for construction on the project in January 2014 and announced that construction will begin within the next two months and pre-sales of the units will begin shortly, starting at $2.5 million.
This Fort Point condo development will bring 9 luxury apartments to an already vibrant and developing real estate market within the area. The units include luxury amenities such as roof gardens, floor to ceiling windows, chef kitchens and spa-like bathrooms.
There will be retail space at the corner of Farnsworth and Congress on the ground floor, however what exactly will occupy that space is still undecided.
Completion of construction of the building is expected for October 2017.
319A Street, cradled in Fort Point, is a chic and contemporary loft-style building, designed with modernity in mind, yet staying true to the industrial history of the neighborhood. As residents enter through the lobby, they’re met with the industrial spirit and detail of the building’s past. Exposed bricks and beams are seen throughout the space and high ceilings sweep the interior with natural light. Inside the units, polished chrome fixtures, zebrawood finished cabinets and black granite countertops bring in the modern touches.
Originally built in 1914 by the Boston Wharf Company, 319A Street was the site to Kistler Leather Co.’s manufacturing facilities for the leather soles of shoes. 319A Street embraces the sophisticated and refined elements of the building, maintaining the heart of its history while bringing in functional, modern spaces. A freight elevator shaft is repurposed for cozy brick dens in a number of units, sliding tinned pulley doors mark the corridors, and tin shutters welcome residents to the lobby floor.
A roof deck gives residents breathtaking views of the surrounding neighborhood and Boston skyline. An indoor bike storage system and covered drive-through provides residents with updated amenities for all of the comforts of loft-style living.
The neighborhood of Fort Point just outside 319A Street’s walls is home to New England’s most established artists communities. A short distance down the street the Boston’s Children Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art sit along the waterfront. District Hall, Boston’s newest innovation space is a few steps down the street on Seaport Boulevard. Restaurants such as Gather, oyster bar Row 34 and Bastille Kitchen, a contemporary French bistro, dot the sidewalks of the ever-evolving Seaport neighborhood. 319A Street houses its own fine dining with an on-site restaurant developed by the team from the Ceia Kitchen + Bar in Newburyport.
319A Street is a new development coming to market in 2016. 319A Street will have 48 unit loft-style condos from studios to two-bedroom units available. Email us at email@example.com for more information on reserving a home at 319A Street.
The 48 loft-style condos being built at Fort Point Channel are the first for sale options in the area in the last 10 years and Boston Residential Group is now ready to start taking reservations on the new homes in the coming week. In an article last week on Curbed, they announced that prices would be starting at $499,900 for a studio according to their sources. If reports are true that the studios will be around 400 sq. ft. then we are talking a price per square foot of more than $1,200. The building will also offer 1 and 2 Bedroom homes as part of the 48,000 square foot historic warehouse redevelopment. Amenities will include a community roof deck, unit storage and a cutting edge restaurant on the ground floor. The homes themselves will take advantage of the lofted ceilings, expansive windows and historical details of the old industrial building.
319A will dwarf its neighboring 315 on A apartment building which is already completed. They are commanding rents from $2,785 per month for a studio to $5,115 for a 1 bedroom penthouse. The Fort Point Channel area is certainly one that is highly sought after and the prices will certainly reflect that as these 319A units become available.
Rendering from Boston Redevelopment Authority Website