Exploring Boston’s Upcoming Residential Developments

Ed Greable Blogger March 29, 2018

A number of developments are taking place in and around Boston. While some are bringing hundreds of new housing opportunities to the city, others are on a much smaller scale and have a specific focus. Nonetheless, these additional residential opportunities are welcome in a city that can’t seem to keep up with housing demand. Here is a look at a few of the developments coming to the area.

Suffolk Downs Redevelopment May be New Home for Amazon

Plans are moving forward quickly for the Suffolk Downs redevelopment, with city officials confident that the redevelopment would be the location for Amazon’s second headquarters if the company decides to call Boston its home. Located on 161 acres in East Boston, the area is among the 20 finalists that Amazon named for its new headquarters. Located near to two Blue Line stops and Logan Airport, the 16.5 million square foot space is being developed by HYM Investment Group. Whether Amazon comes to Boston or not, the developer plans to create new residential, hotel, office, retail and lab space in the area over the next two decades. 11 million square feet of the space would go in Boston while the other 5.5 million would go in Revere.

Allston Developer Includes Artists in its Plans

Located at 40 Rugg Road in Allston, a new development underway by New Jersey developer Michaels Organization will include features geared toward artists in the community. The for industrial buildings being redeveloped at the site have a history of housing artists and musicians in the area. Current plans call for including eight below-market-rate units for artists among the total of 265 apartments. Each of those units will also be allotted 1,350 square feet of gallery and workspace on the ground floor of the development. The units will also feature larger-than-usual entrances and more flexible floor plans than the other units in the building. Work from the artists will also be on display in 40 Rugg’s common spaces.

Boulevard Condos to Top Off

Tthe Boulevard condos located at 110 Broad Street near the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston were officially topped off last month at 12 stories. Construction on the 36-unit development, which includes five artist live-in work lofts, got underway a little more than a year ago. Developed by New Boston Ventures with the help of architect firm Finegold Alexander Architects, the four-story building replaces a 19th-century warehouse designed by Charles Bulfinch. Some of the development’s amenities include a club room, a concierge service, a pet spa, a fitness center and a 48-spot underground parking garage featuring a large automated guided vehicle system.

Dorchester Development to Bring 27 Apartments to the Area

Dorchester-based developer Hiep Chu is looking to replace a single-family house at 185-191 Geneva Avenue in Dot’s Mount Bowdoin with a five-story apartment building boasting 27units. Known as the Bedrock Geneva development, the apartment building would rise approximately 200 feet from the Four Corners/Geneva Avenue commuter-rail stop. Four of the units would be listed as affordable, while 12 would be one-bedroom, nine would be studio, five would be two-bedroom and one would be three-bedroom. Plans also call for eight off-street parking spaces and bike storage.

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