0 Stuart Street Motor Mart Garage Redevelopment Considered

Stuart street garage site

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The Motor Mart Garage as we know it might be different in years to come. In 1927, when it was built, it stood as the largest parking garaging in the world; now that title is held by West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, with parking for 20,000 vehicles.

Speculation appears to support that structure as we know it won’t go through a complete demo, but might be changed significantly.

From the Boston Business Journal:

Sources say possibilities for the garage’s redevelopment include building on top of the existing seven-story structure or tearing it down completely. Another possibility would be a partial demolition, threading a new building through the garage while leaving portions of it intact.

Beyond the 1,037 parking spaces, the Motor Mart Garage also houses 50,000 square feet of retail space, including Legal Sea Foods, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Maggiano’s Little Italy. The garage spans a full block and is bounded by Park Place, Stuart Street, Church Street, Columbus Avenue and Eliot Street.

0 Boston City Hall Looking to Host Local Coffee Shop

Boston City Hall with new coffee shop

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If you have coffee shop and are looking to expand, Mayor Walsh wants to speak with you about City Hall. The amenities that building offers are a tremendous asset to their occupants and the mayor is taking a page out of the private playbook.

Looking forward to seeing who lands the spot, and it’s safe to assume it will be a group with strong local roots and good beans.

According to the Boston Business Journal, “Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Tuesday announced the release of a request for proposals for applicants interested in operating a coffee shop in the lobby of Boston City Hall. The project is part of a renovation of the lobby, which is scheduled to be completed this spring. According to the proposal, the lease would cover a three-year period beginning April 1.”

Additional details are available on the BBJ’s website, here.

0 Tremont Crossing Gains Approval

Rendering of TRemont crossing office building

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Tremont Crossing continues with its march towards becoming a reality.

From the BBJ:

Tremont Crossing will feature 1.2 million square feet of rentable space, as well as a 1,370-space parking garage, bringing the project’s gross square footage to 1.7 million square feet. The approved project includes:

  • 300,000 square feet of “destination/entertainment” retail along the second and third levels
  • 100,000 square feet of smaller retail/restaurants along the first level
  • 108,000 square feet of office
  • 718 apartments split among two buildings, totaling 645,000 square feet
  • nine townhouse-style apartments along Whittier Street, totaling 9,400 square feet
  • 31,000-square-foot National Center of Afro-American Artists museum
  • 500,000-square-foot parking garage with 1,371 parking spaces
  • large public plaza with public art, outdoor dining, weekly events and food trucks


0 South Station Tower Gains New Promise

rendering of new mixed-use building near South Station

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The South Station tower moves closer to reality despite some obstacles. The tower would be built on spec.

From the Boston Globe:

The Boston Planning & Development Agency board approved plans for a 51-story office and condominium tower over the busy rail hub…Development firm Hines would build the tower above the rail shed at South Station, with a lobby along Atlantic Avenue. That lobby would fill in the gap between South Station’s main concourse and its bus terminal, and would expand the bus facilities by 50 percent. It would also expand a parking garage, adding 527 spaces.

Above that, Hines would build 1.1 million square feet of office space and condos in what, at 677 feet high, would rank among the city’s tallest buildings. Later phases would add two mid-rise buildings atop the station.

0 Boston Old City Hall goes up for Sale

The Boston Classic, Old City Hall is going up for sale. The building, constructed in 1862, contains 106,508 RSF over 9 stories with a typical floor plate of 11,834 RSF.  Boston’s Old City Hall was home to its city council from 1865 to 1969. It was one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire style to be built in the United States, according to Wikipedia.

Old City Hall Boston

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A recent article on The Real Reporter notes, “by some estimates, value of its ground lease that runs to 2069 could eclipse $30 million, or $358 per sf at that starting point. Held by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, aka Boston Redevelopment Authority, the ground lease is controlled by the non-profit Architectural Heritage Foundation. The nine-story, 83,700-sf property whose address is 45 School St. was repositioned in 1972 as a mixed-use property and today is 98 percent leased to 18 office tenants and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the eatery in where popular French restaurant Maison Robert was a fixture for decades serving Boston’s elite.”

You can read the full Real Reporter article, here.

0 Expanded Downtown Crossing Public Plaza Contemplated

Downtown crossing plaza rendering

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More “me space” and “we space” is what the city is looking to do in DTX. Space to gather with colleagues or sit alone and update your profile is the aim of the pilot public plaza along Franklin Street and Arch Street.

From the Boston Business Journal:

The Boston Transportation Department on Tuesday morning will temporarily widen sidewalks at Franklin and Arch streets, the first step in a pilot program that will study creating permanent public plaza at the intersection.

“With the T station at Franklin and Washington reopening soon, we know foot traffic will pick up on this street,” said Chris Osgood, the city’s chief of streets, in a statement. “We’re taking a tactical approach to improving this area for pedestrians. In the future we can imagine a whole network of parks and plazas from Shopper’s Plaza to Post Office Square and on to the Greenway.”

0 Millennium Partners Lands Winthrop Square Project

Rendering of winthrop square office building

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Millennium Partners wins the prize for the impending Winthrop Square development. The proposed tower would stand 750-feet, adding office, residential and retail space in downtown Boston.

According to the Boston Business Journal, “the New York-based development firm proposed a 750-foot, $1.02 billion ‘hybrid high-rise’ tower, with 14 stories of office space and 36 levels of residential sitting atop a 65-foot high podium space known as The Great Hall. It would also include a 14,620-square-foot startup accelerator to be developed in partnership with the city.”

You can read the full article on the BBJ, here.

0 Downtown Crossing Embodies Boston’s Modernization

view of Boston from a roof deck

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Boston’s Downtown Crossing (DTX) is ground zero for development and change in Boston. The $3.9 billion invested in the past decade is evident by transformations to the streetscape and skyline.

According to the Boston Business Journal, “the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District recently issued a report titled ‘The Transformation of Downtown Crossing’ to provide a progress report about the district’s development.”

“We have seen tremendous growth in a number of areas throughout the BID — from major new construction, such as 45 Province, Millennium Place and Millennium Tower, to a growing number of retail and new businesses that are attracting additional employees and clients to the area, to our status as one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in the city,” said Rosemarie Sansone, president and CEO of the BID, in the report. “The next phase of our development includes a strategic planning exercise, which will be under way soon.”

You can read the full article on the BBJ’s website.

0 Broomfield Street in Downtown Crossing in the Crosshairs of Change

Bromfield street in Boston

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Boston continues to grow and change, the result of which, is larger developments with big footprints. Change is at the forefront for some neighborhoods that are witnessing redevelopment on a grand scale.

Bromfield Street in Downtown Crossing is in the crosshairs of change, and it is possible that the two-block street might follow that of the 8-track player.

From Wbur:

On Wednesday night, the Boston Redevelopment Authority will consider plans for this new curved, irregular tower at 1 Bromfield St. And that could portend huge changes for the little street once described as Boston’s “hobby street,” where there’s still just a little bit of the old Boston left.

The proposed building would be 700 feet tall — as tall as Millennium Tower — which is in the final stretches of its construction across the street at 1 Franklin St. The New York developer, Midwood, would have to get the height restriction in the neighborhood changed to build the project.

0 Downtown Crossing Experiencing Major Redevelopment

Boston office tower construction in downtown crossing

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The skyline of Boston’s downtown crossing have never seen so much change as we are witnessing now.  This location simply makes sense for concentrated development due to direct access to the Red, Green, Orange and Blue lines combined with its walking distance to the core of the Financial District and Back Bay.

According to Curbed Boston, there are fewer areas of Boston seeing more large-scale development than relatively tiny Downtown Crossing. Spires such as the almost-done Millennium Tower and the proposed One Bromfield (and the nearby Winthrop Square Garage redevelopment) could finally pivot the neighborhood away from its 9-to-5 feel and toward a more 24-7, work-live environment.

The Curbed article also maps the five biggest developments impacting the available Downtown Crossing office space:

  1. Millennium Tower
  2. One Bromfield
  3. 171 Tremont St
  4. 533 Washington St
  5. Winthrop Square Tower