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The Project That Ate the Dainty Dot Gets Under Way

A residential exclamation point at the nexus of Chinatown, the Harborfront and the Leather District is set to get under way today. Construction will start on the 26-story, 240-unit 120 Kingston Street, where the 121-year-old Dainty Dot loomed until a few months ago. Needless to type, it's one of many new apartment buildings going up in Greater Boston; and would have been under way a while ago had the Great Recession not cocked up financing.

The building will feature not only the 240 apartments (and several dozen affordable units tied to the project, though off-site), it will add about 2,000 square feet of green space to the edge of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will have a 5,000-square-foot restaurant/open cafe at its base that's expected to enliven the streetscape along that edge. It's not clear on what sorts of rentals will be built upstairs, though the building had at one time been O.K.'d with just 147 units, only to see that number (and the building's square footage) expand significantly.

· Work Begins on $130M Apartment Tower on Greenway [Herald]
· BRA Approves Revised 120 Kingston Street Project in Chinatown [BRA]
· Chinatown Tower Marks Boston Debut of Brooklyn Builder [Curbed Boston]

120 Kingston Street

120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA