Lead developer Skanska USA will be hosting an official groundbreaking this afternoon for 1350 Boylston Street, Fenway's latest apartment project to commence construction. There's a catch to today's ceremony: Skanska is holding it at the nearby Boston Arts Academy, the city's sole public high school for visual and performing arts, to which the developer is donating $10,000. Mayor Marty Walsh will be the guest of honor. As for 1350 Boylston, said construction has been under way in earnest since October.
The 183,000-square-foot, 178-foot spire will stretch to 17 floors and contain 212 apartments. There will also be 7,008 square feet of ground-floor retail and Skanska, along with financial backer Prudential Real Estate Investors, are shooting for an uber-green LEED Gold certification. The tower supplants an old Burger King and was at one time quite controversial because of its height (which had been slated to be an apparently gasp-inducing 195 feet). In fact, Skanska and Prudential abandoned plans for an office tower in the face of community opposition, returning with the revised residential plan. Stay tuned for rents.
· Mapping the Construction Around Fenway Park on Opening Day [Curbed Boston]
· Construction to Start This Month on Fenway's 1350 Boylston [Curbed Boston]
· Our Construction Watch archive [Curbed Boston]