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James Hook & Co. lines up development



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A developer representing James Hook & Co. is expected to present plans this fall to convert the Boston seafood retailer/wholesaler’s site — a key underdeveloped waterfront parcel — into new residences or a hotel, according to sources familiar with the proposed project.

SKW Partners is expected to unveil the plans, including options for Boston Harborwalk connections, to the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee at the end of September or in mid-October.

“The city has strongly encouraged them to stay within the (Rose Kennedy Greeenway) guidelines for height (of 175 feet),” said one source. “They’re a bit over 200 feet.

A third generation of the Hook family manages the business, which got its start in 1925. Its current Atlantic Avenue operations — a retail seafood store with a limited lunch menu that includes lobster rolls — is housed in a small one-story structure after a 2008 fire virtually gutted the approximately 20,000-square-foot site between the old Northern Avenue and Evelyn Moakley bridges. The Hooks, who plan to maintain an expanded presence in the new development, did not return calls.

SKW Partners principal William Zielinski also could not be reached.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority acknowledged preliminary conversations about the site with James Hook representatives. “Any redevelopment proposal would be guided by the municipal harbor planning process, and Hook’s representatives have expressed an interest in presenting to the (Downtown Waterfront) Municipal Harbor Plan(ning) Advisory Committee in the fall,” spokesman Nick Martin said.

The Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan will dictate waterfront zoning. If the city submits the plan to the state by early next year, it would be approved no sooner than next summer, according to Vivien Li, president of the Boston Harbor Association and acting chairwoman of the Municipal Harbor Planning Committee. That would mean any construction at the James Hook site likely would not begin before spring 2016 at the earliest, given the city and state permits needed, Li said.
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This puppy's a bellwether for development along Boston's spine. In response to opposition against an office tower, developer Skanska in the summer unveiled plans for an 18-story building with 240 apartments and ground-floor retail. Residents were still not happy. Why? Current zoning laws only allow a maximum height of 115 feet or about 10 stories at the existing site of 1350 Boylston Street. The revised project would be a 195-foot tower.
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City to Add More Bike Lanes to Neighborhoods

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Boston Bikes announced this week that parts of East Boston, South Boston, West Roxbury, and Mattapan will be retrofitted with new painted bike lanes to help separate cyclists from motor vehicle traffic.

The lanes are the first new lanes in a series of painted lines that are slated to hit the city streets in the next few months.

An exact date for the installations was not specified, and Nicole Freedman, director of City Hall’s Boston Bikes program, was not immediately available to discuss details of the installations. But a spokesperson from the Boston Transportation Department confirmed that the majority of the proposed lanes have already been given the green light by the appropriate officials and are now pending final approval by senior managers.

According to the Boston Transportation Department, once final approval is handed down, lanes will be painted in East Boston along Maverick Street, from Border Street to Jeffries Street, and Marginal Street, from Orleans Street back to Marginal Street.

In Mattapan, the city will lay down bike lanes on Ballou Avenue, from Willowwood Street to Woodrow Avenue; on Willowwood Street, from Ballou Avenue to Norfolk Street; and on Walk Hill Street, from Hyde Park Avenue to Blue Hill Avenue.

West Roxbury will also get a new bike lane, which will extend from the Newton town line to the VFW Parkway along Baker Street.

In South Boston, new lanes will extend from I-93 Frontage Road to Dorchester Avenue to complete a gap along West Fourth Street.


“There are several other streets that are in design and will hopefully be coming soon,” according to a statement from Boston Bikes.

Streets included in the city’s bicycle network are selected to be outfitted with new lanes based on a number of factors, according to city officials, such as if bike accommodations can be added to an existing project where a street is scheduled to be resurfaced or redesigned, if the segments establish connections between neighborhoods, or if adding lanes to segments of streets will close any gaps in the existing network.
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G-o-o-d L-o-r-d A-b-o-v-e!!!!

What this developer did wrong, he should have proposed a 40 story building for this site, and then they might have chopped it down to 20 stories!

I have read, the Nimby's in Boston can put the Nimby's in California to shame!
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This is a virtual ride along the Green Line Extension starting at the new Lechmere Station in Cambridge heading north to Medford.
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B.R.A. approves redevelopment of Mission Hill site razed by government decades ago



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A nearly 2-acre parcel of land in Mission Hill that was cleared in the 1960s for the construction of an I-95 extension that never was built, and has been a blight on the neighborhood since then, is set to be replaced in three phases by residential and commercial buildings under a plan approved Thursday night by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The unanimous vote the overall plan to develop Parcel 25 followed decades of neighborhood activism and nearly an hour tonight of testimony — including one sung portion — by residents and nonprofit representatives in favor of the project.

The first phase, including two dozen units of housing, is set to be developed by Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services.
The site is near the Roxbury Crossing MBTA station and sits on land the transit agency sold to community groups several years ago.
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Bulfinch Triangle draws hotel plan
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A Woburn firm plans a $30 million, 90-room boutique hotel in the Bulfinch Triangle area near North Station, adding to the boom of approved and proposed development there.

Somnath Hospitality wants to replace a vacant one-level former bank branch at 104 Canal St. with a new 15-story, luxury hotel with six two-story penthouse suites.

“We think that’s a great location because it’s near TD (Garden), it’s near Faneuil Hall (Marketplace), it’s near Mass. General Hospital,” said Vincent Cortina, a Somnath representative. “It will not only get business travelers, it will get tourists. There’s plenty of amenities in the neighborhood for guests.”

The hotel would have a lobby and small cafe on the first floor, with a guest fitness center below, and valet service for off-site parking.
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16-story tower on East Boston waterfront wins BRA approval

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A Portland, Oregon, developer that recently bought an empty industrial building on the East Boston waterfront won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority Thursday night to renovate and expand it into a 16-story residential tower.

Gerding Edlin will contribute about $7.8 million toward construction of affordable housing in the city under a linkage agreement tied to the New Street project. The company and BRA analysts agreed putting the affordable housing on the 4-acre tower site could make the project financially unviable.
The tower will have about 16 units per floor, a representative of the developer said.

The entire project could create about 259 housing units, according to a document filed with the BRA.
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East Boston waterfront could get luxury tower aimed at the childless



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The Boston Business Journal reports the BRA last night approved a 16-story replacement for an old 9-story industrial building on New Street, next to LoPresti Park.

A Portland developer who recently bought the nearly 4-acre parcel will give the BRA $7.8 million to build affordable housing somewhere else; the BRA approved that after the developer said the project would be financially unviable if it had to incorporate affordable units into the project.

In its filings with the BRA, Gerding Edlen says it will add seven stories to the existing tower and fill it with 231 studio and one- and two-bedroonm units. A shorter addition to the building will add 19 studios and one-bedroom unit as well as a rooftop pool and fitness center.

A shorter building will be torn down to make way for a parking garage; the project will include 135 to 155 total parking spaces. The exact number of spaces will depend on whether the developer installs mechanical "stackers" to stow cars on top of other cars.

Plans also call for a 12-foot-wide extension to the East Boston harborwalk and a new ferry dock.

The project will cost roughly $124 million.
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Architects eye ‘Allston Esplanade’ with Pike redo



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Boston Society of Architects members are promoting an “Allston Esplanade” along the Charles River as an offshoot of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s planned $260 million Mass Pike Allston interchange realignment.

A pair of Boston Society of Architects (BSA) teams developed two plans for the three-plus acres of parkland to spur MassDOT to consider the larger implications of its project — beyond roadway changes — once it opens up new land for redevelopment, according to architect and BSA vice president Tim Love.

“They’re both proposals that have lots of advantages and lots of interesting ideas that we think MassDOT should consider very seriously,” he said. “Their mission is to redesign the highway interchange. We’re saying, ‘Here are some issues we think you should think about, too.’”

The proposals involve relocating Soldiers Field Road away from the Charles, creating a river crossing for cyclists and pedestrians and a new MBTA station.

“It was a useful exercise for us to come in and show MassDOT what kind of neighborhood could result from what they’re doing,” Love said. “The visions … are realistic and financeable through the value of the real estate.”

The interchange project is set to start in early 2017.
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Courthouse redevelopment approved 6-0 by Planning Board, residents vowing suit



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The Planning Board voted Tuesday to approve the redevelopment of the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse site in East Cambridge. After deliberating extensively during a four-hour meeting, the board voted 6-0 to grant special permits to Leggat McCall Properties to redevelop the courthouse site into a mixed-use commercial and residential building. About 75 people were in attendance at a slow and technical meeting at the Kennedy-Longfellow School.

But the process may still be arduous. Local residents, led by the James Green Condominium Association, have vowed to appeal the decision in court. Michael Hawley, who represents that group, did not attend the meeting and could not be reached Tuesday.

City officials have until Oct. 30 to formally write up and file the decision. After that, there are 20 calendar days during which an appeal may be filed.
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G-o-o-d L-o-r-d A-b-o-v-e!!!!

What this developer did wrong, he should have proposed a 40 story building for this site, and then they might have chopped it down to 20 stories!

I have read, the Nimby's in Boston can put the Nimby's in California to shame!
Having lived in Boston and in LA, Boston's nimby's are a special breed. "If it's not brick, it won't stick!"
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Although they must not be doing a good job. The amount of units u/c is very high, and the pipeline is strong in terms of development for the Boston Area or Metro. Lots of new condos going up, and rentals. Office market is picking up too. The skyline may see many new proposals come to life. Although I wish they didn't cut the height of 115 Winthrop Square, but I guess its better than nothing.
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Although they must not be doing a good job. The amount of units u/c is very high, and the pipeline is strong in terms of development for the Boston Area or Metro. Lots of new condos going up, and rentals. Office market is picking up too. The skyline may see many new proposals come to life. Although I wish they didn't cut the height of 115 Winthrop Square, but I guess its better than nothing.
Yeah, there is a fair amount U/C in Boston. Boston's fundamentals are very strong, it has tons of smart people and a skill based innovation economy. But, relative to the size of the MSA it's construction is basically just a drop in the bucket.

NIMBYISM is still a huge problem that is holding the region back. In this current building cycle, Boston has put up tons of 300 footers in its downtown on some of the last remaining developable land. Yeah, this is better than nothing. But, in the grand scheme of things, this is a huge underutilization of scarce land.

Pretty much every building that has broken ground in the past 10 years should have been at least 100 feet taller. Think of all the potential lost density. It has been 10 years, since Boston has completed a 400+ foot building and has 2 more U/C. Seattle, a smaller market, has added 5 400+ and has 8 more under construction.

Yeah, Boston has a handful of 500+ footers in the works. But, these are multi-year proposals and still well short of Seattle, Chicago, SF. I don't want tall buildings for the sake of tall buildings, but in a built out land constrained city like Boston it is the only way to go. The era of the 15/25-story Boston stump has to evolve into the 40-50 story Boston high rise.
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Walsh wants 53,000 more housing units in Boston by 2030

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Boston needs to build 53,000 housing units by 2030 to keep pace with rapid population growth that is already increasing prices and squeezing out low- and middle-income residents, according to a city report.

The report by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration, previewed by city officials on Wednesday, calls for $21 billion in private and public construction that would increase Boston’s overall housing stock by 20 percent over the next two decades.

During that period, the city’s population is expected to jump by 15 percent, to 709,000 people, according to the report. That would be Boston’s highest level since the 1950s, when large numbers of people began to leave the city for surrounding suburbs.

Walsh wants to limit further real estate price inflation by creating 20,000 units for middle-income residents, largely built by private developers. His plan would loosen zoning restrictions and provide financial incentives to encourage construction of taller buildings in outlying neighborhoods. It would offer developers tax incentives and other assistance to help reach that goal.

He also wants to increase annual city funding for low-income housing by 65 percent, to $51 million, and require developers of downtown luxury complexes to pay more and build affordable units at other locations.

“This plan will allow people to buy homes and stay in their neighborhoods,” Walsh said, adding that he would seek to concentrate development around MBTA stations. “The quicker we create housing, the faster we stabilize the market.”

The 131-page report is the mayor’s first comprehensive attempt to address one of Boston’s most vexing problems — a widening income divide undermining economic diversity and pushing families out of neighborhoods where they have lived for generations.

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Rising rents and home prices are affecting neighborhoods across the city. During the past year, for example, a middle-income household earning $80,000 a year could only afford 1.7 percent of homes on the market in Downtown Boston. That family could afford only 4.7 percent of homes in South Boston, a traditionally working class enclave.

The number of people living in the city with earnings at or below median income levels is expected to increase in coming years, with senior citizens making up a large part of the demand. According to the report, an additional 14,600 units will be needed for people over 65 earning less than $50,000 a year, a 52 percent increase from 2010.

Prices have risen so much in some neighborhoods near downtown that Walsh and his aides concluded that building low- and middle-income housing there is no longer possible. Instead, they hope to spur construction in neighborhoods such as East Boston, Allston-Brighton, Dorchester, and Roxbury, where land is cheaper and more plentiful.

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Yeah, there is a fair amount U/C in Boston. Boston's fundamentals are very strong, it has tons of smart people and a skill based innovation economy. But, relative to the size of the MSA it's construction is basically just a drop in the bucket.

NIMBYISM is still a huge problem that is holding the region back. In this current building cycle, Boston has put up tons of 300 footers in its downtown on some of the last remaining developable land. Yeah, this is better than nothing. But, in the grand scheme of things, this is a huge underutilization of scarce land.

Pretty much every building that has broken ground in the past 10 years should have been at least 100 feet taller. Think of all the potential lost density. It has been 10 years, since Boston has completed a 400+ foot building and has 2 more U/C. Seattle, a smaller market, has added 5 400+ and has 8 more under construction.

Yeah, Boston has a handful of 500+ footers in the works. But, these are multi-year proposals and still well short of Seattle, Chicago, SF. I don't want tall buildings for the sake of tall buildings, but in a built out land constrained city like Boston it is the only way to go. The era of the 15/25-story Boston stump has to evolve into the 40-50 story Boston high rise.
This is true, particularly in Boston where housing is in big demand. One of the reasons I moved from Boston was what you get for your money in terms of either renting or buying just wasn't worth it.

There is a ton of development happening, which is great news. I just wish they were maximizing what land is left. By not doing so it's almost permanently creating inflated housing costs, and it doesn't need to be that way.
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Boston currently has 4 600'+ towers APPROVED, with one of those currently U/C and about to take off as they finish the podium.

The city only has 5 total buildings at least 600'. Within the next 7-8 years that total could easily hit 10-11. So stop complaining. I have complained as much as anyone, but the tide is turning, Menino is gone, get over it. Our skyline is about to improve drastically.

Oh and Seattle is doing its best to wreck its skyline by building a million different towers all to the exact same height of 440'. The 3 Amazon towers are also underwhelming. Don't worry about Seattle or any other city. Boston is about to reassert itself, big time.
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Massive One Seaport Square to Break Ground Next Month



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Plans call for two towers of 22 stories each with 832 luxury apartments and 260,000 square feet of retail on connected lower levels (including a 41,375-square-foot movie theater on the third floor). Together One Seaport Square's towers will encompass 1.1 million square feet, roughly 17 percent of the larger Seaport Square's total. This is truly game-change-y stuff in a game-change-y area of Boston that could really, really use the housing.
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BRA Board approves nearly $152 million of new development

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The Board of Directors for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved six new development projects at last night’s meeting that together represent $151.7 million worth of investment and nearly 674,000 square feet of construction. The approvals pave the way for 195 new units of housing to be developed in Brighton, South Boston, and downtown. A boutique hotel near North Station and light manufacturing space in Hyde Park were also approved at the meeting. The projects are expected to create over 450 construction jobs and close to 700 permanent jobs.

The board meeting concluded with a presentation from the BRA’s Urban Design Department about newly developed guidance that makes it easier for homeowners and local businesses to navigate the approval process for small projects.
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The site of a former bank branch at the corner of Canal Street and Valenti Way will be redeveloped by Somnath Hospitality, LLC as a 90-room hotel to serve the rapidly growing North Station area of downtown. The Canal Street hotel will be a short walk from the TD Garden and Haymarket and will include a public art installation and a café with outdoor seating to enhance the pedestrian experience in the neighborhood, as well as a ground floor lobby and fitness center for hotel guests. Guests will have easy access to public transit, as connections to the MBTA’s Green Line, Orange Line, and commuter rail are in close proximity.

Local architecture firm ADD Inc designed the building with a pedestrian friendly approach that is meant to encourage the use of public transit.
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Brighton Marine Health Center has provided social services, with a focus on veterans and their families, in Allston-Brighton since 1940. In an ambitious plan to create 101 units of housing, including 80 units that will be offered at various levels of affordability, the Brighton Marine Health Center residential development marks a new chapter in the history of the campus. To the extent feasible under local, state, and federal regulations, all of the units will be leased with a preference for veterans. The project aligns with a priority of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who in July announced the “Boston Homes for the Brave” initiative to address homelessness among local veterans.
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