Residential and Commercial Developments Underway in Boston


With demand for housing and retail space continuing to rise in Boston, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are several developments in and around the city that are either well underway or that are in the early stages of development. Here is a look at a few of the developments, many of which include adding new retail, commercial and retails space to the city.

Dot Block

Sprawled over several buildings, the massive Dot Block development currently calls for more than 10 buildings totaling nearly 400,000 square feet of space. The development is slated to include 362 apartments as well as retail space to include a grocery store. Atlas Investment Group, which won approval for its plans in mid-May, is the developer for the project. Rode Architects is the architect for the project.

Fenway Center

Expected to feature 550 housing units, the Fenway Center will serve as hub of residential, office, commercial and community space. Plans include 160,000 square feet of office, 50,000 square feet of retail space and 1,290 parking spaces. The development also calls for the inclusion of a daycare center, community space, a bike-share station and bicycle storage.

Arsenal Yards

In preparation for a late 2018 opening, Boylston Properties and Wilder Companies are expected to begin construction on a 1 million square foot expansion and redevelopment project of the Arsenal Mall. Located in Watertown, the project will include 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space including a 30,000-square-foot specialty grocery store. The project, which is being designed by Prellwitz Chilinksi, will also include 428 market-rate apartments as well as 75 affordable ones.

Coolidge Corner

Despite having a reputation for being a difficult place to build, Brookline’s Coolidge Corner may soon see a new development under way. In fact, the Fallon Company has proposed converting the six-story Brookline Holiday Inn at 1200 Beacon Street into a 14-story hotel. Known for developing Twenty Two Liberty and 50 Liberty, the Fallon Company has proposed including 390 rooms in the hotel. Plans also call for adding a 10-story residential building with 155 condos or apartments, ground-floor retail and restaurant space and parking for 250.

Brighton Development

City Realty Group, which is based in Brookline, has proposed the development of a five-story apartment on Market Street in Brighton. The project would replace a one-story office building, a vacant lot and a single-family house currently located in the spot. Located at 212-214 Market, the project would include a total of 29 units with 25 at market rate. Some of the units would boast up to three bedrooms with more than half featuring exterior decks. The complex would also feature ground-floor retail space as well as 32 parking spaces and bike storage. If approved by the city, the project would join others in Brighton, including the Boston Landing project that is currently underway and the proposed redevelopment of the old St. Gabriel’s monastery.

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