The developers behind what's being called "the keystone project" for Boston's Innovation District (whatever that is) have said they will start construction in April. A joint venture led by the Berkshire Group announced Wednesday it had not only the city's O.K., which came last week, but the 3 acres now necessary to get One Seaport Square under way.
The development will spread over two 22-story towers with 832 luxury apartments and 260,000 square feet of lower-level retail between them. There will be "extensive amenity spaces," according to the developers, including roof decks and a "resort style pool." This being the Innovation District, naturally there will also be innovation units, the cousins-in-law of micro-apartments, where tenants go strictly for functionality (including sharing common spaces). It's supposed to be finished in 2016.
One Seaport Square is, of course, part of the behemoth Seaport Square, which involves taking 23 acres of largely nothing and turning it into a mini-city on the Harbor. It's Boston's biggest master-planned project and it's adding a big part in the spring.
· Land in Hand, Berkshire Group Sets Course for One Seaport Square [Herald]
· How to Talk About the Innovation District [Curbed Boston]
· First Part of Seaport Square Under Way—And It's Innovative! [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Pushing Micro-Apartments or Something Like Them [Curbed Boston]