An exciting new urban park is coming to the South End thanks to the developers of the popular Ink Block community.
National Development, along with MassDOT, are planning to revitalize a long-neglected area of the city, according to the Boston Herald.
Beneath a raised portion of Interstate 93, there are plans to create a new park complete with: a boardwalk, waterside performance space, basketball court, bike paths, a dog park and a community event space.
The I-93 underpass between Albany Street and Frontage Road is known for high levels of crime, however through this redevelopment they hope to bridge the South End and South Boston and transform the space.
This urban park will compliment the new development in the area and offer a new and exciting community space.
The park opening schedule and list of activities is expected to be announced next spring and will hold a minimum of 24 events a year.
The popular South End Open Market that is currently held at Ink Block could also potentially relocate to the park once it is complete.
The park will encourage pedestrian and bike traffic, while the boardwalk will specifically provide a connection between the South End and South Boston by connecting to an exciting walkway to South Station.
Plans also include a 24-hour parking lot for 176 cars.
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Whether it’s biking, running, kayaking, playing or just walking, neighborhoods around Boston have a great selection and range of outdoor spring spaces. Now that the weather is warming up it’s the perfect excuse to get out there ahead of the summer crowds.
Just outside of the hustle of Boston, Cambridge has a selection of parks and paths to help you get some fresh air. You can get onto the 18-mile Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path and follow it down the Charles River. You’ll pass through plenty of parks along the way and some great skyline views.
For those more interested in staying in one place, Magazine Beach offers 15-acres of public park on the banks of the Charles River.
Located between the Hatch Shell and the Longfellow Bridge, Community Boating Inc is the nation’s oldest public sailing center. Open to all ages and abilities it is the perfect place to learn to sail or hone your skills. Spring open houses are the perfect time to get involved.
What was once an open landfill is now six miles of beautiful paths, canoeing spots, athletic fields, playgrounds and picnic areas. Millennium Park is a lively spot for residents of the South End and beyond thanks to its close proximity to Downtown Boston.
Recreational docks line the Charles River through Fenway and Back Bay thanks to the Esplanade Association. Open for fishing, picnicking, lounging or exercise, these are mini-retreats from a tourist-filled area of the city, especially when the sun is out.
The beginning of May marks the opening of the South End Open Market at InkBlock.
Operated by New England Open Markets, this eclectic collection of food and art has relocated to the newly developed Ink Block neighborhood.
Residents and visitors to the South End can enjoy the market every Sunday from May to October. There will be 15 to 20 of Boston’s best food trucks serving up something from every kind of cuisine. The South End Farmers Market is the perfect place to get locally grown produce, flowers, plants and gourmet speciality items. When you’ve had enough food the South End Arts Market features everything handmade from the top makers and designers in the region.
With the opening of the 13th season for the South End Open Market, the new location highlights the incredible residential space and adds an exciting event for residents and visitors every Sunday.
Boston residents are willing to pay a hefty price for prime parking, but just how much do these prices vary throughout the city?
A report by the real estate research site NeighborhoodX breaks down the purchase price of various Boston parking spaces throughout some of the most popular residential areas. The prices range from $50,000 in South End to the most expensive on the list, $390,000 in Beacon Hill.
With Beacon Hill being one of the city’s most sought after residential neighborhoods, it’s no surprise you’ll have to pay top dollar to park there too. The Brimmer Street Garage parking spaces generally range from $250,000 to $390,000.
Back Bay parking follows close behind, with the most expensive spaces on Marlborough St. priced at $305,000, approximately $1,743/sq.ft. There are a few cheaper options in this area as well, with a spot purchased on Newbury Street for $108,500.
Downtown is right in the middle, with a parking space purchase price of $105,000. The cheapest parking spot sales happened in the South End, ranging from $50,000 to $87,500.
[This is a 3-part series on each of the Ink Pads located at 300 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Read about 1 Ink and 3 Ink.]
Ink Block is the newest and arguably swankiest new luxury apartment complex in the South End. Home to a Whole Foods in the building, the SoWa Market just beyond its doors and boutique cycle studio Turnstyle Cycle, Ink Block caters to the vibrant, young, artistic vibe of the South End. The most interesting part about the Ink Block is its division into three main complexes that compose it. 1 INK, 2 INK, and 3 INK were each designed with a unique style in mind, encouraging residents to Think Ink and find the style that most suits their personality.
2 Ink is our edgiest building with open floor plans and industrial chic designs that feature artsy, streamlined finishes with bold black cabinets and highly contrasting colors.
Similar to that of 1 Ink, its counterpart 2 Ink connects residents with a skyline pool and outdoor entertainment lounge. The distinguishing features of this block are the open floor plans and edgy designs. Industrial chic with streamlined finishes and bold black cabinets accent these units. Painted with contrasting colors and featuring artsy, streamlined finishes, 2 Ink brings edgy, sophistication indoors.
Nestled just below these units, Whole Foods sees residents and local shoppers milling in and out of its doors and the local retail space neighboring it.
Waiting at the light to cross the street towards Peter’s Park, the sign for Gaslight Brasserie du Coin looms up ahead. A busy spot for classic French fare, the Gaslight attracts South End residents for a cool, sophisticated feel with a round bar and large restaurant filling the interior space.
It is just beyond those doors that you find the heartbeat of the South End. SOWA Market to your right hums with people picking up groceries from the small businesses framing the farmer’s market. Residents wend their way through the variety of food trucks parked out front, bringing gourmet grilled cheese, crepes and Korean BBQ to the typically full parking lot. Art-goers grab artisanal coffee in the galleries before browsing the artist studios in the upper levels of nearby buildings. Antique shopping sits on the ground floor of these same spaces and small craft storeowners peddle their wares outside in the open-air market.
To the left sits the new construction of the Jordan Lofts at 477-481 Harrison Avenue, a complex of luxury condominiums. 18 units are located in the space and 20 parking spaces accompany the building. Recently converted boutique condominiums, the Jordan Lofts formerly served as horse stables for retailers Jordan Marsh & Company, bringing a touch of history to the red-bricked buildings of the South End.
Tucked behind Harrison Avenue on the street running parallel at 275 Albany Street, The Troy tower overlooks the South End, housing 380 luxury residences. With a fitness center and roof terrace, The Troy brings height to the South End with extensive views of the Boston city skyline.
Turning on to Traveler Street back towards Harrison Avenue leads you to the 300 block. It is here at 345 Harrison Avenue you find the construction of two residential buildings with 560 rental units and ground-floor shops and retail businesses.
Just across the street sits Ink Block, a luxury condominium complex with three buildings each with their own unique style. Residents travel across the complex, making their way to 1 Ink, 2 Ink and 3 Ink, forming a community all their own. A Whole Foods, a Turnstyle Cycle studio and restaurant space are located on the ground levels of these residences. Ink Block adds a contemporary vibrancy to the South End, hosting movie nights on the lawn, housing a skyline pool and offering fitness classes called ShrINK. Sepia and Siena are the newest luxury condominiums to join the Ink Block complex, combining high-style architecture and access to all of the boutiques, shops, dining and vibrancy that the South End has to offer.
The South End continues to hum and bustle with new luxury residences, dining and retailers from boutiques to high-end shops, making it a beloved destination for Boston residents.
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.
Crossing Massachusetts Avenue to the tree-lined streets of Harrison Avenue, the Boston Medical Center rises to your right, busy with residents and physicians milling in and out.
Walking down Harrison Avenue, you’re met with an array of businesses, hospitals, brunch spots, and architecturally brilliant churches and brownstones. At 775 Harrison Avenue sits the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the proposed site for a redeveloped 62-unit condominium. This is the second church-to-condo development project within the South End. The first being The Lucas located just Northeast of this property.
As you look to your left and duck into the neighboring offshoots of streets you stumble across some of Boston’s best kept brunch secrets. The South End Buttery is tucked off on one of these small side streets, filled with the clattering of brunch and laughter from local residents. Tremont street dazzles with boutiques and a posh nightlife, housing local favorites like that of the speakeasy Beehive and pizza restaurant Picco. As you make your way back to Harrison Avenue and continue East, to your right sits 600 Harrison Avenue. 600 Harrison Avenue is one of the many new luxury apartment developments planned for Boston’s South End with 160 apartments, an expansive roof deck, retail space and parking.
At the intersection of Harrison Avenue and East Dedham Street begins the proposed Harrison-Albany Corridor, a 14,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space with an underground garage. Not yet built, but looking to integrate within the vibrant fabric of the South End neighborhood, the mixed-use space will cover the expanse of several city blocks bringing residential, retail and cultural space to the area. A 19-story South End building could house luxury apartments becoming the tallest new construction in the neighborhood, bringing 710 units to the area.