Earlier today, Mayor Menino tweeted that he was at the latest “Millennium Place” groundbreaking at the nexus of Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. He (or whoever) meant to tweet “Millennium Partners,” we’re sure—they’re the developer of Hayward Place, where Hizzoner actually was. Whatever.
Designed by Handel Architects, the same concern behind the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, Hayward Place is slated to be a 15-story tower with 256 one-, two- and three-bedroom condos and rental apartments, and 9,700 square feet of retail space at the base. It replaces what Casey Ross at The Globe describes as “scrubby parking lot ? [off] a section of Washington Street known as the Combat Zone for the collection of seedy strip clubs and bars that once dominated the area.”
It’s far from that now, of course. How far?
Mayor Menino put it this way, per Ross:
“In the last quarter, we had 1,000 new housing units break ground. The last time was saw that was in 2006” at the height of the real estate market. Indeed, much of those 1,000 new housing units has come along the same strip once known as the Combat Zone. In 2001 and 2002, Millennium built the Ritz Carlton Hotel & Towers. And, earlier this year, the developer broke ground on the Kensington just down the street from the Hayward, on the site of the old Gaiety Theatre. That 27-story tower will have 381 luxury rentals and one hell of a rooftop pool. Said the mayor then: “This is a very exciting moment.”
And it apparently just gets better. The Hayward’s supposed to be finished in 2013.