Currently there are 8,000 new housing units under construction throughout Boston, which is the highest amount of construction employment over the past 20 years.
This is no surprise to the growing housing construction considering the population is growing faster today than any other time in Boston’s history.
In a statement Mayor Walsh said, “Our population is growing faster today than at any time in our city’s history, and I’m committed to making sure that Boston stays affordable by meeting the demand of our growing city. By working across multiple agencies, this Administration is working everyday to bring new units on line at a variety of income levels, and we are seeing results.”
Since the ‘Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030’ plans were launched in October 2014 there has been a total of 17,183 housing units permitted or completed throughout the city.
Three major real estate developments are set to transform three of the biggest Boston train stations: North Station, Back Bay Station and South Station.
The Boston Globe reported that these complex projects will bring with them residential towers, retail complexes, parking garages, improved train stations and even potentially one of the tallest buildings in the city. To keep up to date on the latest information regarding all of these new developments as they happen click here.
Developer Boston Properties has created a vision for the transformation of Back Bay Station, including three towers of 26, 28 and 34 stories rising above the station. Not far from the One Dalton luxury residences, this trio would include approximately 600 residences, retail and office space. The whole area would total around 1.26 million square feet and would reconnect Back Bay and the South End.
While the ambitious Back Bay project may be a few years away, Boston Properties along with Delaware North have already begun the project planned for North Station. The Hub at Causeway includes a 38-story residential tower, a large retail complex, restaurants, offices, hotels and an improved station.
South Station is also facing exciting change and could finally see one of the city’s biggest towers from the Houston developer Hines. The two tower project could reach 677-feet and is being developed to include more housing while also including office space and hotels.
North Quincy is not the only T stop to experience surrounding construction. JFK/UMass and Quincy Adams also have construction rising around them, starting a small, but growing, trend of constructing mixed-use spaces around transit stations.
The board that oversees the transit authority approved the project. However, still facing a separate set of approvals in Quincy, the mixed-use development is but a proposal. The lot where the mixed-use space would go is owned by the MBTA. If the project is approved, it would bring with it a 99-year lease and $230 million in revenue for the MBTA.
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Perched along the waterfront at the edge of Pier 4, sits the empty building that once housed Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant. This week Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant could finally see demolition, according to The Boston Globe.
Tishman Speyer, a New York development company now owns the property and has plans to redevelop the area, incorporating it into the vastly expanding Seaport District. A 9-story luxury condominium with 100 units is set to go up in its place at Pier 4.
Surrounding that are plans for a one-acre park at the end of the pier where residents and locals can take advantage of strolls and evenings along the water’s edge. President of site developer Tishman Speyer, Rob Speyer, said, “We need to honor the site’s history by creating something that will be as relevant to the future as [Anthony’s] was to the past.”
Opened in 1963 by Anthony Athanas, an Albanian immigrant, Anthony’s Pier 4 was a staple of the Boston Waterfront. Celebrities like that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and even Julia Child dined at its white table-clothed tables. Celtics players, businessmen, politicians and United States presidents walked through its doors.
Plates of popovers, local seafood dishes and an extensive wine list, made Anthony’s Pier 4 a favorite among locals as well. Overlooking Boston’s harbor, Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant hosted fundraisers, family dinners and business meetings with views of Boston’s harbor teeming with boats and vessels.
At one point in its storied past the restaurant was one of the most profitable restaurants in the nation, bringing in $12 million a year. Three years ago, Anthony’s Pier 4 shuttered its doors to patrons as the family focused on other businesses.
As the demolition of Anthony’s Pier 4 paves the way for new cityscapes, the surrounding Seaport District continues to evolve into a live, work and play neighborhood. Amid the new Pier 4 luxury residences will sit a 13-story, 373,0000-square-foot commercial building and two levels of parking to draw residents from all over Boston to the Seaport District, just as its restaurant predecessor had once done.
Twenty Two Liberty and Fifty Liberty are other luxury condominiums and apartments building up the Seaport District, near the site of GE’s new headquarters in Fort Point.
345 Harrison Avenue is one of many new developments appearing along the South End’s streets adding to the huge amount of transformation occurring in the area.
Developed by Nordblom, Inc. the apartments are just a few blocks away from new developments at 600 Harrison Avenue and 775 Harrison Avenue. 345 Harrison will be a two-building complex housing 602 apartments. The luxury buildings will be 13 and 14 stories tall and provide 535,900 square feet of living space.
The complex is located along Traveler Street and Harrison Avenue, amongst many other luxury home options. A pedestrian walkway and ground-floor retail space connect the complex and give a community feel to the luxury homes, allowing residents to shop, meet and relax.
The landscape is specifically designed to tie together the buildings, trees and streetlights, creating an inviting outdoor space. The nearby Rotch Playground and Rolling Bridge Park provide residents easy access to the city’s charming recreational spaces. Situated in the midst of Boston’s South End surrounded by industrial, brick buildings, 345 Harrison will be a chic and urban escape in Boston’s South End neighborhood.