New Developments Offer More Residential and Commercial Space

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A few new developments are scheduled to take place in the Boston area. Here’s a look at a couple that you can expect to see.

Cruz Cos. Makes Plans for Mixed-User in Roxbury

Cruz Cos, which was founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest and largest minority-owned companies in the Northeast, has announced plans to build a $47 million development that will serve as both a new headquarters for the company and a mixed-income housing building. The building would be located on a 1.54-acre site at 280-290 Warren Street near Dudley Square.

Currently, the location for the new development is home to a church and several vacant structures. The new project, which will be completed in two phase, will result in 9,685 square feet of office space, 3,115 square feet of retail space, 104 garage parking spaces and 95 apartments. 44 of the proposed apartments would be designated for elderly residents.

The first phase of the project, which would result in a 51-unit mixed-income residential development, will be named the Dr. Michael E. Haynes Arms building in honor of Roxbury’s former state representative. Arms was also a minister and civil rights leader. The proposed office space completed in this first phase will combine the four Cruz Cos. subsidiaries of Cruz Development, Cruz Management, Cruz Construction and Cruz Relocation in one place.

Completion of the second phase of the project is dependent upon whether or not Cruz Cos. can obtain two additional properties on Warren Street. Currently, the company has proposed a 44-unit elderly housing development to be part of the ground-floor commercial space.

Having been a part of the Roxbury community for more than 65 years, Cruz Cos. representative have stated that they hope the project will help to further revitalize the neighborhood by creating a new anchor of housing and commerce in the area between Blue Hill Avenue and Dudley Street. The company further hopes the proposal will help to enhance the urban character of Warren Street while also increasing property values and business development.

SouthField Becomes Union Point

A little more than a year after North Carolina-based LStar Communities acquired the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, the $1 billion redevelopment is getting some real traction. Pitched as the largest commercial development in the Northeast as well as the largest residential project in the commonwealth, Union Point will ultimately house 6 million square feet of commercial space, 3,900 residential units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. The development also recently acquired its first commercial tenant, with Hingham-based software startup DejaView Concepts planning to lease a 30,000 square foot office.

The new name for the area was chosen in an effort to emphasize the unity of Abington, Weymouth and Rockland, all of which comprise the 1,500-acre development site. The name was further inspired by the fact that both Rockland and Weymouth have a street named Union Street that terminates at the site. LStar representatives further state that the name reaffirms the company’s commitment to using union labor to build the community.

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