Keeping Up with Boston’s Latest Residential Developments

Ed Greable Blogger August 23, 2018

Several new developments are underway in and around Boston. Here is a look at just a few.

St. Regis Residences Coming to Seaport Boulevard

Developer Cronin Development has reached a licensing deal with Marriott International that will result in a new 22-story residential tower at 150 Seaport Boulevard. Serving as a outpost of the St. Regis luxury brand, the 114-condo development has faced numerous troubles along the way. The largest of these troubles came from the Conservation Law Foundation, which opposed the plans on zoning grounds due to concerns about public access to the waterfront. The foundation agreed to drop its lawsuit in exchange for $13.1 million, which will be used to fund a public dock, a waterfront park and children’s programming.

According to current plans, the condos will offer access to a suite of St. Regis-branded services. These include butler services, concierge services and amenities such as a health club, a swimming pool, a spa, a library and a golf-simulation room.

Designed by the late Howard Elkus of Elkus Manfredi, the building’s design is meant to evoke a billowy sail. Groundbreaking on the project is expected to take place this fall with the development opening in late 2020.

Boston Harbor Garage Redevelopment May Soon be Underway

Despite facing a number of legal challenges, the Chiofaro Company may soon be moving forward with plans to redevelop its Boston Harbor Garage. The development firm, which has owned the garage since 2007, has been trying to redevelop the property ever since making the purchase. Plans have been stalled by movements to block a state initiative to rezone 42 acres of Boston waterfront and tidal basin in an effort to spur construction.

In an effort to move forward with its project, the Chiofaro Company has announced plans to seek city approval for a 600-foot tower located on the site. The so-called Blueway, which would allow public access to the waterfront, would be built as part of the redevelopment of the garage. Whether or not the new plan will meet with approval remains to be seen.

Allston Development to Bring Numerous Buildings to the Area

A Brookline-based developer is proposing the development of six buildings at Harvard Avenue and Cambridge Street, thereby bringing 334 apartments and condos to Allston. Dubbed Allston Square, the area would get five new buildings while the Allston Hall at Braintree and Franklin streets would undergo major renovations.

The new buildings would include a 101-unit condo building at 415 Cambridge Street boasting 102 parking spaces along with a 65-unit condo building with 35 parking spaces at 334 Cambridge Street. The project would also include building a 20-unit apartment building at 16 Highgate Street with six parking spaces along with a 77-unit apartment building at 2-8 Harvard Avenue with 48 spaces. The last of the five new buildings would be a 62-unit condo building with 46 parking spaces at Franklin and Braintree streets. Meanwhile, the redone Allton Hall would be home to nine new apartments.

In addition to bringing more residential space to the area, the project would also create thousands of square feet of retail space.

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