Boston Redevelopment

Winthrop Square Tower Height Needs to Accommodate Flight Paths

Boston's Winthrop Square Tower development plan has been in the news a lot the past year. The tower's plan calls for condoson the top 36 floors, with offices, retail, and public space on the lower ones. There's been a lot of debate over its proposed height of 775 feet.It now looks like the developer will reduce the height to avoid sending Logan International Airport flights onto different paths, according to a Boston Herald article. Millennium Partners received notice from the Federal Aviation Administration of a presumed hazard with the 775 foot tall plan.Millennium Partner principal Joe Larkin responded accomodatingly:

Weve consulted at great length with Mayor (Martin J.) Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and we will not be proposing a building that has any impact on flight paths in or out of Logan International Airport.

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    Boston Works to Create Better and More Welcoming Public Spaces

    Boston redevelopment Developers in Boston are being pushed to improve their plans for public spaces, according to a Boston Globe article. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is looking more closely at designs being submitted by developers:

    In April, the city told Millennium Partners to improve plans for the Great Hall that would be the street-level centerpiece of a skyscraper the developer envisions for the site of the Winthrop Square Garage in the Financial District. Staffers urged a closer look at design of the place, and more details on how it would be used every day. The Great Hall could be an important civic and perhaps cultural space in downtown Boston, the BPDA wrote, but it cautioned that retail uses alone do not achieve the distinction of a great civic amenity.

    The BPDA is also striving to get already existing indoor and outdoor public spaces noticed and utilized more. Many of those public spaces are courtyards, lobbies, and decks within private buildings. A goal is to get the managers of these properties to add better, and welcoming, signage.

    We have to be really creative and give open space the attention it deserves, said Brian Golden, director of the BPDA. Wherever we can leverage private property and private resources to the public benefit, its incumbent on us to do that.

    Some of the existing public spaces within private spaces are the 14th-floor observation deck at 470 Atlantic Avenue at Independence Wharf; the observation deck at the Custom House Tower; Fosters Rotunda, on the ninth floor of 30 Rowes Wharf; andNorman B. Leventhal Park in Post Office Square.Read the Boston Globe's Boston Pushes Developers to Create Better Public Spaces.If youhavequestions about buying or selling Boston real estate, please call me at617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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      Boston Redevelopment: Transitioning from Authority to Collaborator

      Boston architectureIn itseffort to strategize bettercommunicationand collaboration with Boston neighborhoods,the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) worked with a Bostondesign firm called Continuumthat focuses on institutions with complex problems.There's an interesting article about this ongoing transition inFast Company, highlighting Mayor Marty Walsh's role in initiating a strategic overhaul of what was until recently known as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Changing the BRA's identity and branding was a first step in moving forward to a better exchange with City of Boston residents.Jon Campbell, the senior vice president of experience and service design at Continuum, describes realizing the need to understand and work witheachneighborhood's character:

      For the BDPA, Continuum also created a set of guidelines specific to each of Bostons 26 neighborhoods and labeled each with a fingerprint that mimics the unique street layouts in the different districts. In talking with residents and stakeholders, it became very apparent that it was important that new developments respect the individual character of the neighborhoods, Campbell says. To that end, the agency is making an effort to ensure their community meetings are well attended.

      One of the important points the in-transition BPDA is striving to make is that urban renewal need not lead to displacement, as it didin Boston's past.Read Fast Company's After a Dark Past, Boston's Urban Renewal Agency is Building a Citizen-Led City for the Future.

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        South End Redevelopment: A Park Planned Where You'd Least Expect it

        South End under expressway parkInk Underground is the name of the new park planned for under Boston's Southeast Expressway. Itsdeveloper, National Development, is the same firmwho brought the residential/mixed-use Ink Block to the South End. This seemingly unlikely place for a park sitsbeneath Ink Block and Fort Point Channel.The eight acres are being leased to National Development for the next 35 years, according to the Boston Globe. With a visionto make it aplace forconcerts, fitness classes, bike paths, street art and more, National Developmentsees such activities as vital to its attractiveness:

        Were really trying to make it into an urban playground and achieve a kind of cool factor, said managing partner Ted Tye. We need to make it active, so people populate it.

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          Boston Redevelopment: Landmark Center Expansion Considers Adding a Park

          Landmark Center BostonAn approximately one-acre park may get added to the Landmark Center's expansion project, according to Curbed Boston. The mixed-use project at Park Drive just off Brookline Avenue includes housing, retail, office space, and a parking garage. The addition of a park would mean loss ofthe current parking lot currently in front of the center.The developers, Samuels & Associates, are responsible for such local projects as the Verb Hotel, the Fenway Triangle Trilogy, the Van Ness, and the still-awaited Pierce Boston. They also developed the Hingham Shipyard.Read Curbed Boston's Landmark Center Expansion Will Likely Include New Park.

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            Boston's First Citywide Plan in 50 Years Has a First Draft

            Boston citywide planMore than 12,000 Boston residents have shared feedback and their visions of the future with the City of Boston. As a result, Boston's first citywide plan in 50 years now has a first draft.In anopening letter in the draft, Mayor Marty J. Walsh lays out the goals of the plan:

            This draft plan identifies major initiatives that will expand opportunity, support a vibrant economy, enhance equality, and prepare for inevitable climate change. It identifies key areas where we can: take action to enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, encourage mixed-use job centers, provide spaces for new housing and jobs, create sustainable waterfront for future generations, and connect historically underserved neighborhoods to opportunities.

            It was in May of 2015 that Mayor Walsh announced Imagine Boston 2030. It was to be a two-year public engagement process to develop a plan.InImagine Boston 2030's video, Mayor Walsh states, "This is the first draft, so we're going to go back toeveryone for more of your feedback."The Imagine Boston 2030 initiative addressed key themes, among them accessible housing, efficient and sustainable transportation, recreation spaces, climate change preparedness, economic opportunity, arts & culture, design, and health.Read the draft.Are you planning to relocate to Boston? Are you thinking about where to livein Boston?If you have questions about buying or selling homes in the Boston real estate market, please call me at617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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              Imagine Boston 2030 Takes Far-Reaching View of Development

              Old State House Boston#BostonRedevelopment #BostonRealEstateBoston's new master plan for development is designed with a year 2050 citywide population of 800,000 residents in mind, according to a Boston Globe article."Imagine Boston 2030," as the plan is called, sees new neighborhoods coming to life in the outer reaches of the city over the next decade. Boston Mayor Marty J. Walsh also envisions a more updated way of life for the city:

              If we want to be competitive on a global scale, on a national scale, wed better start investing in infrastructure, he [Walsh] said. Were talking about decades of neglect.

              Imagine Boston addresses a wide range of concerns, includingaffordable housing, rising sea levels, transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, and expandingthe city's Emerald Necklace.Walsh notedthat the last plan, from the 1950s, while no longer applicable for these times, was successful for its time:

              The result of that plan was a thriving city, Walsh said. This citys going to be very different as we move forward from here. We want to make sure as we grow and change, that we grow for everyone.

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                Millennium Partners Chosen for Winthrop Square Plan

                Boston Winthrop Square Garage#BostonRedevelopment #BostonRealEstateOf the six prominent real estate developers proposingto redevelop Boston's Winthrop Square Garage, a plan by New York-based developer Millennium Partners hasmade the greatest impression on the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA is ready to begin negotiating financial terms with Millennium Partners for a tower with condos and office space, according to the Boston Globe.Millennium Partners are the same folks who brought Bostonthe newly completed Millennium Tower luxury condo building in Downtown Crossing, as well as the nearby Millennium Place luxury condo building.In addition to Millennium offering more than anyone else($151 million) for the property, the BRA reportedly also loves the design:

                The BRA was also impressed with the buildings architecture, its mix of uses, and its hearty public realm, among other factors, said the agencys director, Brian Golden.We are eager to see this site serve as a hub for arts, culture, housing and innovation, Golden said in a statement.

                A charge of a state lawviolation regarding the property must be ruled on before any construction could begin.Read the Boston Globe's Millennium Partners Tapped By City to Build Tower at Winthrop Square.Do you have questions about buying or selling homes in the Boston real estate market? If you have any questions at all, please all meat617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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                  Boston Redevelopment: Changes Added to South Station Proposal

                  Boston redevelopment #BostonRedevelopment #BostonRealEstateAir rights changes have been proposed for theBostonSouth Station redevelopment project planned by global real estate developer Hines and China-based real estate company Gemdale Corporation, according to BLDUP.com.The Notice of Project Changewasfiled on July 29th with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). While the plan is still to construct three buildings with a mix of office, hotel, retail, and residential components, amajor changeproposed isadding another 589,000 square feet of residential space and another 140 parking spaces.The first phase of the constructionthe towercould begin in 2017. That phase is expected to be completed in four years. It isn't clear yet whether the residential component will be condos or rental apartments. According to BLDUP, that decision will be determined bymarket conditions.Read BLDUP's South Station Air Rights.Read the Boston Business Journal's Developers Plan More Residential at Massive South Station Tower Project.Do you have plans to relocate to Boston?Do you have questions about buying or selling homes in the Boston real estate market? If you have any questions at all, please all meat617-584-9790, orsend me an email via the linkbelow. Boston real estate 

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                    Boston Redevelopment: Condo Conversion Approved

                    A rendering of 33-61 Temple Street proposal from the BRA website#BostonRedevelopment #BostonCondosA 71 unit condominium building with a mix of1, 2, 3, and 4bedroom condos will be the next life for a former Beacon Hill Suffolk University building. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved aproposal yesterday for the119,000 square foot conversion project.Bicycle storage will be available, as will underground parking and a professional valet.Afitness room, lounge, andfamily recreation space are some of the amenities being considered to occupyits 5,700 square feet of amenities space.The project at 33-61 Temple Street is expected to cost $162,000,000 and supply 89 construction jobs.See the BRA's project announcement.Doyou have questions about buying or selling Boston real estate?In my 24+ years in the Boston real estate market, Ive made it my priority to develop anextensive knowledge of the city, neighborhoods, buildings, people, and the many issues involved in the local real estate market.Would you like to know what your property is worth?Please call me at617-584-9790, or email me by clicking the blue button below. Boston real estate 

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