Keeping Eye Out For New Boston Developments


A number of new developments offering residential, retail or a combination of the two are underway throughout the city. Here’s a look at a few of the things you can expect to see.

Broadway Theatre May Offer New Housing

South Boston’s Broadway Theatre may soon offer new housing options to the area. Developer Brian Crowley of Quincy has filed plans to convert the theatre, which is located at 420 West Broadway, into 42 condos or apartments. Under the proposed plan, Crowley would retain the two-story brick portion of the 97-year old building that is currently fronting West Broadway. The theater lobby would be converted into a lobby for the residential complex while also offering 1,350 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The plan also calls for demolishing the main back portion along Athens Street, where a six-story 44,000-square-foot addition will be constructed. The building would also feature a shared roof deck for residents and 42 underground parking spaces, all of which would be accessible via Athens.

Residences at Forest Hills

Criterion Development Partners, which is a developer based in Waltham, has submitted plans to construct a three-building complex with 252 apartments. The plans, which have been signed off on by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, call for 59 studios, 125 one-bedroom apartments, 58 two-bedroom apartments and 11 three-bedroom apartments. 50 of the units have been designated as affordable. Plans also call for the development, which will be located across from Washington Street from the Forest Hills T stop, to have 5,500 square feet of retail space.

Despite being located near to the Orange Line, the development plans also call for 140 parking spaces. Among these will be 130 underground parking spaces for tenants. Covered bike parking for 252 will also be included.

Andrew Square Condos

With Southie’s Andrew Square being one of the busiest areas in Greater Boston in terms of development, it should come as no surprise to learn that a new proposed condo development is underway. Located at 33-39 Ward Street, the condo will feature two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 1,067 to 2,104 square feet. Six of the units will also include balconies.

While the city has yet to sign off on this proposed project, the Washington Village development is well underway. This development will spread out over nearly 5 acres and will include 656 apartments.

Bulfinch Crossing

Construction has officially started on Bulfinch Crossing, which is a 2.9 million-square-foot, six building redevelopment of a large portion of downtown Boston’s Government Center Garage. Once complete, the development will include 812 residential units and 196 hotel rooms as well as 1.15 million square feet of office space and 85,000 square feet of retail space. It will also boast a one-acre “rooftop amenity” along with 1,000 parking spaces, which will be available to residents as well as to the public.

Construction on the project is supposed to be completed by September 2019. The first building to be completed will be a 45-story, 486-unit apartment on New Sudbury Street. The next will be a 43-story, 1 million-square-foot office building called One Congress, which will go up on New Chardon Street along with a 28-story building on Congress Street. The complex is being designed by CBT Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelle. Once complete, the development will be 558 feet tall at its highest point.

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