0 Direction of Boston City Hall Plaza Transformation Open to Public

City Hall in Boston

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Boston’s City Hall has long been a debate about what it should have been or what it could be. Would you prefer to see it moved or rebuilt in its current spot?

From the Boston Business Journal:

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has released, the 200,000-square-foot open-air plaza adjacent to City Hall in the heart of downtown Boston…The RFI seeks to gauge interest and information about the redesign of the plaza, which sees up to 30,000 people each day.

Interested parties can submit ideas on Twitter to @Marty_Walsh or @NotifyBoston using the hashtag #CityHallPlaza.

0 Office Space near International Place Just got Sweeter

What’s new at International Place?  The donuts have arrived, but get there early!

spread of Kanes Donuts in Boston

Photo Illustration by BRA; original image courtesy of The Boston Globe

The opening of Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts at International Place was marked by “a doughnut throwdown worthy of celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Kane’s, which does its frying and baking out of its Saugus store, brought in a batch of its finest…Kane’s has been around since 1955, but it is opening just its second store Wednesday in a tiny 700-square-foot location at street level of Chiofaro’s building,” a Boston Globe article reports.

You can read the article, here.

0 Boston Tech Companies Present Personality

Does your office look like a maze of cubicles, bench seating or that of today’s tech firms?  See how Carbonite has extended their brand onto their walls and doors at their new location?

A Boston Globe article Welcome to the new world of downtown office spaces. As tech firms have migrated into the staid Financial District and nearby environs during the past five years, they’ve done their best to put their unique stamps on work spaces. Goodbye, wood paneling. Hello, Yoda…Their offices have, essentially, become extensions of their brands — physical manifestations of how they view the world, and how they want the world to view them.

You can read the article on the Globe’s website.


0 Boston Cares Relocating to 90 Canal St.

Canal street office space

90 Canal Street

Bonny Doorakian, Robert LeClair and Wil Catlin of Boston Realty Advisors represented the landlord, 90 Canal Street, LLC in the leasing of 3,019 square feet to Boston Cares.

From Banker&Tradesman:

“Boston Cares, New England’s largest volunteer nonprofit agency, has signed a lease for 5,043 square feet at 90 Canal St. and will relocate its headquarters in April from 190 High St. in Boston’s Financial District…The long-term lease represents a 3,019-square-foot expansion for the organization, which mobilizes more than 25,000 volunteers in support of 165 nonprofit, school and public programs.”


0 Prudential Center Expanding Retail Space in Back Bay

Prudential center in Back Bay

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Retail is growing in Back Bay with the help of Boston Properties.  16,343 square feet of new retail is coming to the already 500,00 square feet plus.

From the BBJ:

“Boston Properties is adding space for up to three new retailers at the Prudential Center, the 502,813-square-foot retail complex in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood…Shawmut Design and Construction has been issued a $9.2 million building permit to build the core and shell of 16,343 square feet of space along the center’s Boylston Arcade off 800 Boylston St.”

0 Fort Point Lease Secured by LogMeIn

Boston skyline fort point boston

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Looking to neighbor up with LogMeIn?  Score the space on Summer Street between A Street and the Convention Center.

B&T repots, “remote computing company LogMeIn has finalized a 117,000-square-foot lease for 327-335 Summer St. in Boston’s Fort Point beginning Nov. 1…The lease runs 12.5 years with two five-year extension options, according to filings with the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.”

You can read the article on the Banker&Tradesman website

0 TechHub Poised to Open Davis Square Location

logo for TechHubFrom Bangalore to Davis Square – TechHub is the latest shared workspace host to enter the Boston Market.  Vying to be different they are putting their stakes in the ground in 7,500 square feet in Davis Square, Somerville.

From BetaBoston:

TechHub, which operates a network of co-working spaces in India, Romania, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, plans to open in Somerville this month. And much like a card that will give you access to frequent flier lounges, a TechHub membership will let you work in any of the locations as you jet around the globe.

“We hope we can be a catalyst for even more activity in the Boston area.” [TechHub co-founder and CEO Elizabeth] Varley says that “we really focus on the community side of things,” putting on events that introduce investors and established companies to entrepreneurs, for instance. Locally, the group has put on five demo nights, most recently last week, to promote TechHub to Bostonians.

0 Who’s Going to Fund the Northern Avenue Bridge Renovations?

South Boston, Seaport Northern ave bridge

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Should the bridge be used by developers or not?  Well, they might not actually cross it, but fund the renovations for it.  Why you ask, zoning relief.

From Banker&Tradesman:

An advisory group of stakeholders – ranging from walking and bicycling advocates to preservationists and Seaport businesses – has discussed a public-private partnership as a funding source, said member Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance…The group has been meeting since December and will submit a recommendation to Walsh as soon as next month.

“There’s benefits to the development community from this bridge,” Galer said. “You see all of the complaints from their employees who work over the bridge, and the neighborhood constituents such as the Barking Crab (restaurant) and Hook Lobster properties.”


0 Boston Ranks Among Top 10 Most-Innovative Cities

Boston is No. 1 among our peers for innovation.  Let us help bring your ideas to life.

The BBJ looked into the details of a NerdWallet study, noting “Boston didn’t score as well around patents per capita, receiving 4.83 patents per 1,000 residents over a four-year span; San Jose scored highest with 27.39 patents per capita. But Boston did score well when it comes to venture capital per capita, raking in $948.58 per capita — right below Boulder, Colorado ($963.75) and San Jose ($3,585.68).”

You can read the full article on the BBJ.

0 75-105 Federal St. in Boston’s Financial District Under Agreement

Financial District office space federal street

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Another trade is scheduled to take place, 75  – 105 Federal Street in Boston’s Financial District.

According to Banker&Tradesman, “the L-shaped office tower overlooks the city-owned Winthrop Square garage, which could be redeveloped into a massive mixed-use project…Developer Steve Belkin has floated plans for a 740-foot tower on the garage site at 115 Federal St. The project would cost approximately $900 million and contain offices, a 300-room hotel, retail space and possibly condos on the upper floors.”

You can read the full article on B&T, here.