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Boston Public Library; Southie Apartment Project; More!

COPLEY SQUARE—The main branch of the Boston Public Library starts its gaga makeover: "This month a $16?million renovation is beginning on the building at the corner of Boylston and Exeter streets to make it more user-friendly. It is the first phase of a design that will ultimately include work throughout the Johnson Building." [Globe]
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SOUTH BOSTON—Time to update our rental-development heatmap! "The approximately $7-million project, proposed by Aidan Gregory Feeney and Brenden Feeney of the Feeney Brothers Excavation Corporation, calls for the construction of two buildings at 815 East 5th Street for 23 units and 40 parking space..." [Boston.com]
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KENDALL SQUARE—Here's how much office buildings there go for: "One year after Skanska USA Commercial Development built a 123,000-square-foot building in Cambridge's Kendall Square, the developer has sold the property to Alexandria Real Estate Equities for $94.5 million." [Biz Journal]