One of the more gorgeous-looking of Boston's many, many residential projects planned or under way right now is 45 Stuart Street. There, on a parking lot next to Jacob Wirth, the developer behind the Avalon Exeter and 77 Exeter Street plans a $175M, 500,000-square-foot apartment tower reaching as high as 30 stories; it will have 398 studios, 1-BRs and 2-BRs as well as a five-story, 198-space parking garage. Which is where the gorgeous-looking part comes in: Those five floors will be sheathed in a glass curtain that opens just so for a pedestrian walkway connecting Stuart and LaGrange streets.
Developer AvalonBay sent out a release (as well as a snazzy rendering) re: the tower on Thursday, delineating not only its specs but its core audience. Yup, hip, young folk: "Catering to the Gen Y 24/7 lifestyle, AVA Theater District is AvalonBay's first new construction in Boston for the AVA brand designed to attract the young, urban, social lifestyles of today's workforce." There are young-and-hip-friendly accoutrements like an electric car station and a bike-repair room (along with the de rigueur bike racks). No word yet on what the rents might be, but the AVA Theater District is supposed to be finished in 2015, which seems eons away in this Boston rental market. Stay tuned.
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