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 Back Bay Towers over Mass Turnpike at ‘1000 Boylston’

The air rights over the Turnpike might soon see the way forward for two new Back Bay Towers. The current plan for both buildings is residential with street-level retail.

rendering of office towers at 1000 Boylston

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According Curbed’s Boston vertical, “the whole affair hinges on building a 23,000-square-foot platform over the Turnpike…On that podium would go a six- to seven-story base for both towers. That base would contain 33,000 square feet of retail, amenities, and lobbies as well as 303 parking spaces.”

Additional info on 1000 Boylston is available on Curbed.

0 Back Bay’s Most Modern Office Building at 888 Boylston Continues to Attract Tenants

Back Bay office building on Boylston st

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Back Bay’s newest office building continues to attract tenants as Accenture announces its move into 52,340 square feet of space. 888 Boylston Street is Boston Properties’ new 17-story 425,000 building. The complex also includes 800 Boylston Street, 101 Huntington Avenue and 111 Huntington Avenue.

According to the BBJ, “Boston Properties developed 888 Boylston, a 17-story, $275 million office and retail building in Boston’s Back Bay. The property was designed to be ‘the most sustainable building in Boston,’ said Bryan Koop, Boston Properties’ executive vice president.”

More details on Accenture’s move to 888 Boylston Street are available on the Boston Business Journal, here.

 

0 French Restaurant Planned for Masonic Temple in Boston

Boston restauranteur Ed Kane

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Some street corners looking to be changing in Boston and with the city wide reduced speed limit we can now appreciate some of the new destinations. Ed Kane is looking to create a new destination at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Street to offer French cuisine.

From the BBJ:

According to an agenda for a meeting next week of the Downtown Boston Residents’ Association, entrepreneur Ed Kane wants to open a full-service French restaurant and cafe in the space, which is just off the Boston Common. Kane’s company, Big Night Entertainment Group, owns a group of restaurants and nightclubs in Boston including Red Lantern, Empire and Gem.

0 Tesla to Open at 888 Boylston Street

Tesla retail store in Back Bay

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Tesla will be moving in Boston to Boston Properties newest building, 888 Boylston Street. Tesla will among strong peers in the retail tech space with the following neighbors: Apple, Microsoft, Verizon & AT&T just in a 2 block corridor.

From the BBJ:

Although Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson wouldn’t disclose many details, she told me that the company (Nasdaq: TSLA) is relocating its store from within the Shops at Prudential Center to the more visible Boylston Street space by the end of the year.

0 Clover Restaurant’s Flagship location Showcases CEO’s Office

Clover restaurant Boston

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Ayr Muir, the founder and CEO of Clover wants to be in the middle if it all, choosing to put his office in the center of the flagship location at 160 Federal Street in the Financial District of Boston.

According to Bizjournals’ Boston publication, “it’s a move that likely has its roots in the transparency that Muir has been espousing since he opened the business in 2008 as a single food truck. The company’s employee handbook is posted online and mentions that ‘we’re going to ask you to learn (and help us learn) from EVERY SINGLE mistake you make. We love NEW MISTAKES, but we hate seeing the same mistakes again and again.’ Clover, which specializes in using data to track customer behavior and modify menu items, currently has nine locations in the Boston area.”

You can read more on Clover’s flagship location, here.

0 Millennium Partners Adds Downtown Crossing Cafè

Boston Burnham Building

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Another caffeine fill up station is coming to Downtown Crossing to serve the ever-growing day and night population.

According to the Boston Business Journal, “Millennium Partners has leased a space in Downtown Crossing’s historic Burnham Building to Caffè Nero, a European coffee house, which will bring the 335,000-square-foot commercial space at the building and the adjacent Millennium Tower to full occupancy…The coffeeshop will be located on Summer Street less than half a mile from Downtown Crossing’s first Caffè Nero, which is located at the base of Millenium Place, another high-end condominium complex developed by Millennium Partners. Caffè Nero also has locations in Jamaica Plain, the South End and the Longwood Medical area.”

You can click through to jump to the BBJ article.

0 Boston Seaport District Lands Starbucks Reserve Cafe

The Seaport’s 101 Seaport Boulevard will be home to the latest offering from Starbucks Reserve Cafes, AKA, ultra-Starbucks with a premium price of $4 per coffee.

view from 5th floor of 101 seaport blvd in Boston

Banker&Tradesman notes “the Seattle coffee giant plans to open one of its “ultra-premium” Starbucks Reserve cafes this summer at 101 Seaport, a 17-story office building that is anchored by the regional headquarters of PwC…Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently told analysts the company plans to build more than 500 “coffee-forward” Starbucks Reserve stores in select global cities. Decked out in rustic decor, the new stores offer small-lot coffee batches brewed with a variety of techniques including siphoning, pour-over, espresso and Chemex. The stores also sell Teavana loose-leaf and packaged teas. The new cafes also come with a price premium, with a small coffee selling for $4 at a location that opened this year in Manhattan, according to Business Insider.”

You can read the full article on the Banker and Tradesman website, here.

0 745 Atlantic Avenue Welcomes new Retail Tenant

In the shadows of South Station there is a new spot to caffeinate your day, 745 Atlantic Avenue is now home to La Colombe’s.

La Colombe coffee shop in Boston

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Boston Eater quotes one of La Colombe’s co-founders, JP Iberti:

“When I select a space I like to go in places where I feel like the neighborhood is a little bit underserved so you can really start kind of a bond with the neighborhood,” Iberti said. “It’s important with a cafe; it takes time to build.”

“The way we design cafes is more of a linear way, rather than stamping them out. You’re not going to see this cafe if we open two more cafes in Boston, three more; you’re not going to see the same bar,” he said. “Maybe you’ll see a sense of flow and a sense of space, in terms of how light comes into the space, how we move people, how we want people to feel.”

“For us, every cafe is kind of a continuation of the design. We try to make sure that people don’t focus on how many stores we’re doing,” Iberti said.