Exploring Upcoming Boston Developments

Boston has a number of new developments that are on the horizon. From a downtown Municipal Harbor development to developments at the South End, here is a look at a few of the upcoming developments you can expect to soon see in the city.

Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Moving Forward

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has signed off on rezoning 42 acres of waterfront in downtown Boston, 22 of which are filled tidelands. With the agency signing off on rezoning the area where Boston Harbor Garage currently sits, developer Don Chiofaro now has the freedom to build a 600-foot tower mixed-use community. Under the rezoning guidelines, 50 percent of the Boston Harbor Garage redevelopment must remain open space. Chiofaro is also required to contribute millions of dollars toward public open space toward the New England Aquarium’s proposal for a waterfront version of the Greenway as well as the nearby Long Wharf.

Even after receiving the green light from the Boston Planning & Development Agency, it is not clear if Chiofaro will move forward with his plans or if his company will develop new plans. Furthermore, the state will still have to sign off on any plans and the city could potentially step in with objections or any proposed changes to the Boston Harbor Garage proposal.

Construction of South End’s Harrison Albany Block Could Begin in the Spring

Construction on a four-building complex within the block bounded by East Dedham Street is ready to begin this spring. Once complete, the project will include 650 apartments as well as 19,700 square feet of retail and cultural space. The development will also include 76,800 square feet of office space, while 35 percent of the 3.1-acre development will utilize open space and include features such as publically accessible parkland.

Bounded by East Canton Street, East Dedham Street, Albany Street and Harrison Avenue, the project is dubbed the Harrison Albany Block. The complex’s two new buildings could span up to 11 stories tall with additions to the buildings currently located at 660 Harrison Avenue and 575 Albany Street. The Harrison Avenue building would be five stories tall while the Albany Street building would be ten stories tall.

The developers involved with the project are being led by Leggat McCall while CBT Architects is handling the design. Once completed, this project will be one of many that are taking place along the South End’s Harrison Avenue corridor.

Construction to Begin at 370-380 Harrison Avenue

Developer Related Beal has announced plans to start construction on a 14-story residential complex at 370-380 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Formerly the location of Quinzani’s Bakery and the Ho Long Bean Sprout Company, the new development will feature a 356,500-square-foot building with 324 residential units with 218 being apartments and 96 being condos. 63 of these units will be designated as affordable. The development also calls for constructing 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Unlike Related Beal’s Lovejoy Wharf project on the West End, which has no parking spaces, the 370-380 Harrison development will offer 180 spaces on three levels.

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