New Developments Bring Residential and Commercial Space to Boston

Ed Greable Blogger February 23, 2018

Several new developments in and around Boston are offering new residential space as well as retail and office space for residents to enjoy. Here is a look at a few of the latest developments in the area.

Back Bay Station Towers

Officially approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency in November, the Back Bay Station towers development will feature 1.26 million square feet of housing, retail and office space over and around Back Bay Station. Despite facing over a year of debate over the development mostly due to the shadows that it will likely cast, the development will feature three towers with one expected to reach 364 feet. To offset concerns regarding the shadows, the developer has agreed to pay $3 million to opponents such as Old South Church and another $3 million to go toward Boston’s affordable housing fund. The project, which will also include improvements to the station itself, is located at 145 Dartmouth Street.

Cambridge Crossing

Situated on 45 acres and covering 4.5 million square feet of space, Cambridge Crossing officially broke ground in October. Being developed by San Francisco-based developer Divco West after purchasing the land in 2015, the completed project will feature a 430,000-square-foot science-and-tech building within its 2.1 million square feet of tech and office space.

Called CX for short, the development is located where Cambridge, Somerville and Boston meet at 20 Child Street in Cambridge. The five-building project will offer 2,400 condos and apartments along with 11 acres of open space. The project will also include the relocated Lechmere stop that is part of the Green Line extension.

Hub on Causeway

Officially breaking ground in January 2016, the Hub on Causeway development will offer more than 1.5 million square feet of shops, offices, restaurants, hotel rooms and residences along with an expansion of the nearby TD Garden and improvements to the North Station.

Phase I of the project, which is being developed by Boston Properties and Delaware North, is expected to be complete this year. That portion of the project will include the city’s largest supermarket, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor space, a 15-screen movie theater, 175,000 square feet of creative office space and a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station. Phase II will involve the completion of a 440-unit, 38-floor residential tower and a 260-key, 10-floor micro-hotel. The third phase will include the construction of an officer tower running to 21 stories. The development is located at 100 Legends Way.

Washington Village

Approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency in August 2016, Washington Village will cover six city blocks near Andrew stop with an address of 235 Old Colony Avenue. Consisting of eight new buildings, the development will boast 656 apartments and condos along with 98,600 square feet of retail space and parking for 560 cars. 110 of the residential units will be designated as affordable. The buildings will range from 18 to 22-stories high, which is very tall for the area, with the development revolving around a 1.5-acre plaza and green. Construction for the project, which is being developed by DJ Properties, began this past fall and is expected to continue for five years.

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