Updating Boston’s Residential Development Plans

Ed Greable Blogger January 2, 2018

While several new developments are underway in Boston with plans to bring more residential space and hotel opportunities to the area, other projects are still working to overcome delays after being in the works for two decades. Yet other projects were permanently halted while helping to bring additional cultural experiences and opportunities to the city instead. Here is a look at a few of the city’s developments and updates on their progress and future plans.

Seaport District Development Brings Apartments and Hotel Rooms to the Area

Hospitality giant Hyatt and developer Lincoln Property Co. are working together to bring a massive new development to 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District. Located across from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, on a site owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority, the development will boast 304 apartments as well as 294 hotel rooms.

The project, which will also feature nearly 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, will boast two 12-story buildings built on raised platforms. It will also include 450 parking spaces on the 2.5-acre site.

Fenway Center Construction to Soon be Underway

Construction of the 1.1 millions-square-foot Fenway Center is expected to get underway soon. Located where Brookline and Commonwealth Avenues meet in Boston’s Kenmore Square area, the 1.1 million square foot development will boast five buildings upon completion. The project, which has been plagued by problems for more than 20 years as developer John Rosenthal has tried to bring it to fruition, will include 650 housing units, 50,000 square feet of retail space, 160,000 square feet of office space and 1,290 parking spaces. Other features of the 4.5-acre site will include a daycare center, community space, a bike-share station and bicycle storage.

The first phase of the project is expected to be the completion of two apartment buildings offering a total of 313 units.

Emerson College Public Art Replaces Development Plans

Emerson College recently launched its public art project just off of the Boston Commons at Tremont and Boylston. Located at 171 Tremont Street, the project became a reality after a condo redevelopment plan for the building at that location fell through. Instead of seeing a condo at that location, passersby can now view what has essentially been transformed into a giant canvas for projected images and lights.

The public art display was made possible with the help of eight local artists, whose work is the first to be projected onto a tarp covering what is known as the Little Building. The tarp covering the building, which is a dormitory that is currently undergoing its own redevelopment, will ultimately come down as the work continues to be project. The art will be projected from dusk until midnight every day for approximately 18 months.

The public art display is part of Emerson’s bigger plans to make the downtown Boston campus more inviting and distinct. Other upcoming changes include plans to include new ground floor retailers as well as the possible conversion of a Boylston Street parking lane into a plaza.

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