Exploring Boston’s New Residential Developments

Ed Greable Blogger August 29, 2017

There are a number of new residential developments coming to Boston. Here is a look at few that you should see appearing in the near future.

399 Congress Street Development Under Construction

Construction has began on a 414-unit development located at 399 Congress Street within the Seaport District. With a construction permit filed by developer Crescent Heights on July 7th, the 22-story building is located on a parcel of land that has long been referred to as the “sausage parcel” due to its narrow shape.

A previous developer had planned a hotel on the parcel of land, but the unusual shape of the parcel paired with the Great Recession put an end to that proposal. In 2013, however, the city signed off on a plan for 414 apartments, including 60 innovation units. Sixty-three of these units were designated as affordable, including 13 of the innovation units. Crescent Heights purchased this proposal along with the parcel of land in 2016 for $36 million.

The project is expected to cost about $200 million. When complete, it will feature 144 parking spaces, including a three-level garage below the complex. It will also feature 12,000 square feet of retail and lobby space.

Shetland Street in Roxbury May Get Dozens of Apartments

Boston-based Holland Cos. is moving forward with plans to construct a four-story apartment complex on Shetland Street in Roxbury. The plan would include use of three parcels that the company acquired for $1.75 million years ago. Once complete, the building would house 50 market-rate apartments, seven of which would be designated as affordable. 18 of the apartments would be one-bedroom studios, while 12 would be two-bedroom studios. The building would also include parking for 52 cars, bike storage, a shared deck, a fitness center and a 5,000-square-foot interior courtyard. Holland is awaiting approval from the city before it can begin construction, which it hopes to start in the fall.

Conversion of South Boston’s James Collins Mansion Reaches Completion

Located at 928 East Broadway in South Boston’s City Point, the conversion of the James Collins Mansion has finally been completed. Dating back to the late 1860s, the property was originally constructed by Irish immigrant and liquor magnate James Collins as his private residence. It was later converted to apartments before KEMS Corp purchased the site for $2.2 million in 2012.

KEMS originally moved to demolish the mansion along with other houses on the property in order to construct new condos. Locals and preservationists, however, petitioned the city to landmark the site. In response, KEMS moved forward with a conversion in 2014 that included preserving the mansion’s exterior. The completed nine-unit conversion includes two three-story additions on either side of the historic mansion along with on-site parking. All of the units also enjoy direct-elevator access.

New Development Brings 65 Apartments to South Boston

Dorchester-based developer Oranmore Enterprises is looking at replacing the Gulf gas station at 87-93 West Broadway in South Boston with 65 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The six-story complex would include 88 vertical parking spaces in an automated garage and 9,000-squre feet of retail, restaurant and lobby space along with a shared deck, nine private rooftop decks and parking for 65 bikes. Construction could begin as early as the spring of 2018, with the project expected to take 18 months to complete.

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