0 Bulfinch Crossing Development Has Commenced

Demolition has commenced for HYM’s Bullfinch Crossing project with completion scheduled for September 1st 2019.

Bulfinch Crossing map

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From Bldup:

Bulfinch Crossing is a 2.9 million square foot multi-phased development project that will replace the existing above-grade concrete Government Center Garage with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, a public plaza and six mixed-use buildings on two appropriately-scaled urban blocks spread across approximately 4.8 acres. The demolition of a major portion of the garage over Congress Street will allow for daylight to shine on Congress Street for the first time in more than 40 years.

When fully built, there will be…1.15 million gross square feet of office space and 82,500 gross square feet of retail space at Bulfinch Crossing.

More information on the project is available on BulfinchCrossing.com.

0 Government Center Garage project officially named Bullfinch Crossing

Where is Bulfinch Crossing?

rendering of Bulfinch Crossing in govt. center

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According to the BBJ, “the long-delayed $1.5 billion plan to convert the hulking Government Center Garage into a six-building, 2.9 million-square-foot mixed-use project…spans almost 5 acres and two city blocks, centered around the 1.2 million square-foot,1960s-era parking and office complex at One Congress St. near Boston’s City Hall.

The Boston Business Journal also notes “at full buildout, the six-building project is slated to include:”

• 1.15 million square feet of office
• 85,000 square feet of retail
• 812 residential units
• 196 hotel rooms
• 1,160 parking spaces
• 1-acre “rooftop amenity” on the project’s west parcel
• 1+ acre urban public plaza on the project’s east parcel

You can read the BBJ article on the Boston Business Journal’s website.


0 Big Dig II?

South station to north station rail servince Boston

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To dig or not to dig? Seth Moulton says ‘dig’ between North Station and South Station.

According to a Boston Globe article, “Moulton is increasingly convinced that connecting the two stations is the way to go. The link would finally bring uninterrupted service to the Northeast Corridor, which means a person who gets on in Washington could ride all the way to Portland, Maine, without switching trains. It also means people on the commuter rail could more easily travel to either North or South stations without needing to hop onto the T.”

You can read the full Globe article, here.

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0 Boston City Hall Plaza Transformation Edges Closer

Boston’s City Hall Plaza is poised to change to become a destination location for locals and tourists.

rendering of Boston city hall plaze redevelopment

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From the Boston Globe:

The owners of TD Garden have won a bid to remake Boston’s City Hall Plaza, proposing to transform the little-loved, windswept brick expanse at the heart of the city into a bustling year-round hub of arts, food, and leisure. Delaware North Cos. was tapped for the project Thursday by the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, beating out two competitors. The company said in its bid it was willing to invest “upwards of $15 million” in improvements and attractions.

While its plans are conceptual and will require public input and further approval from the city, Delaware North made numerous suggestions for the plaza, including:

  • An “iconic” observation wheel, up to 200 feet high and featuring 42 climate-controlled gondolas.
  • A “casual cool” restaurant featuring local ingredients in a temporary two-story building surrounded by outdoor eating and beer garden areas. Nearby, a ground-level “#BOSTON” sign would become “an instant landmark . . . the ultimate new Boston selfie station.”
  • An “urban beach” area would be set up in summer, replete with sand, beach chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas.
  • A winter garden and ice skating venue, featuring “cozy warming huts,” hot cocoa stations, and — why not? — curling.
  • Additional concert series that would build on the success of the popular Boston Calling festivals.
  • A series of interactive art installations, inspired by the glow-in-the-dark “Impulse” seesaws in Montreal that also play music.
  • Semi-permanent food and coffee stalls near the Government Center MBTA station.


0 Government Center Garage Towers get BRA Approval

Government Center garage towers

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Government Center Garage will become a beacon of redevelopment for Boston.

From the Boston Globe:

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board gave its OK to a pair of towers on the site of the Government Center Garage straddling Congress Street. Construction on the first — a 480-foot luxury apartment high-rise — will begin this spring, developers say. The second — a 43-story office tower — will launch once it has secured a major tenant.

The towers are the first two phases of a six-building plan by the Boston development firm HYM Investment and National Real Estate Advisors of Washington to transform the giant 1960s-era garage into a complex of housing, office buildings and retail. When fully completed, the project would include 812 new housing units, 1.1 million square feet of office space, a hotel, and retail storefronts. It would open up the northern end of Congress Street for the first time in a half-century.

0 Government Center Station Set to Reopen in March

MBTA Govt. Center being remodeled

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The MBTA’s Government Center stop is set to open!  Mark your calendar for March 26th to see what $82M looks like.  Thank you to the MBTA.

From Bizjournals.com

Frank Depaola, general manager of the MBTA, said in a recent interview on Comcast Newsmakers that the station is scheduled to open on March 26 after being closed for the past two years.

The two-year project, designed by Boston-based HDR Inc. and built byBarletta Cos. of Canton, aimed to transform the station’s brick exterior on Government Center Plaza with a glass and steel entrance that will lead to new lobbies and elevators to the Green and Blue Lines.

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0 Two Glass Skyscrapers Approved for Government Center Garage Site

Glass office towers in Boston

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Government Center is schedule to make way to two glass towers would extend to 500 +/- feet tall.  One tower would be dedicated for residential while the second would be for office space.

“The construction will unfold in phases over the next five years or so. And when done, the whole complex — six buildings and 2.3 million square feet — would be one of the biggest developments to come out of Boston’s current building boom. Opening up that section of Congress Street and adding a large public space within the retail plaza will help reconnect some of the most historic pockets of the city,” a Boston Globe article notes.

“We’re going to see just how significant that parcel is. It’s at the intersection of the Bulfinch Triangle, the North End, Beacon Hill, and Government Center,” said George Thrush, an architecture professor at Northeastern University. “That garage has been a real barrier and now it won’t be.”

You can read the full Boston Globe article on its website: Government Center Garage Gets Final Approval.

0 HYM Releases New Plans for Government Center Project

The plans for Government Center have been updated by HYM.  The proposed plan consists of the following:

Government Center Project rendering

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  • Two Apartment Tower:
    • 486 units at 480 feet in height
    • 291 Units at 299 feet in height
  • Two Office Towers
    • 1 million square feet at 528 feet in height
    • 163,800 square feet at 157 feet in height
  • Parking of 1,159 spaces
  • Condo/Hotel Tower at 152 feet in height
  • Retail build to suit that will anchor the Canal side of the site

From the BBJ:

The first phase, for which HYM submitted documentation on Monday, is a 45-story, 486-unit residential tower located along New Sudbury Street and a 43-story, 1 million-square-foot office tower located at the corner of New Chardon and Congress streets…HYM’s original plans had the office tower at 600 feet, and a hotel parcel at 275 feet, but those plans were revised in August 2013 to a 528-foot office tower and a 157-foot hotel. The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the project in November 2013.

HYM’s project aims to connect Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle, Government Center, the West End, the North End and Beacon Hill with a near five-acre development area. It’s slated to be among the largest construction projects in the city — which itself has seen a fair number of cranes in the past few years — and at full buildout will include six new buildings with 812 residential units, 1.1 million square feet of office space, 85,000 square feet of retail space and a 196-room hotel.


0 North Station Transportation Plan gets $400k

development near Boston north station

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The integration of transportation, services and infrastructure is paramount to a city’s success. Boston’s North Station is now benefiting by receiving $400K towards a transportation plan that will look at short and long term solutions.

Banker&Tradesman reports, “the nine-month project will encompass the West End, Bulfinch Triangle and Government Center, where nearly 8 million square feet of commercial and residential projects are expected to be completed in the next few years…The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the city’s transportation department are overseeing the project designed to analyze the existing network and future needs…The $400,000 is expected to cover the entire cost of the project, BRA spokesman Nicholas Martin said.”

More information is available on B&T, here.

0 Boston Garden Gets Design Approval

BP is on the march in North Station area of Boston with approvals Boston Civic Design Commission.

Boston Garden project rendering

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From Bizjournals’s Boston vertical:

When fully built out, Boston Garden will be a 1.87 million-square-foot mixed-use development with a residential tower and an office tower sitting atop a multi-level podium connecting North Station and TD Garden to Causeway Street…The project’s first phase is a $285 million steel-and-glass podium named “Champions Row.” Beyond creating a transportation hub for North Station commuters as well as crowds at TD Garden, the “Champions Row” podium is slated to include a Star Market grocery store; a 20,000-square-foot sports bar that can hold up to 500 patrons; a 50,000-square-foot entertainment venue that could seat up to 1,000 people; a movie theater; a bowling alley; and additional retail space.