Boston Construction News
The latest on the Boston region's historic construction boom.
The octet includes what will be New England’s tallest primarily residential tower; a vast complex that will contain practice facilities for the Bruins and the Celtics; and Harvard University’s single, biggest footprint outside of Cambridge.
This map charts those major projects either recently underway or approved, including plans for what will be one of the largest hotels in New England and the Seaport’s largest single amount of for-sale housing.
The 691-foot Winthrop Center—the tallest U.S. building under construction north of New York City, in fact—is still on pace to open in 2022, its developer says.
The latest rendering of the future apartment complex at 771 Beacon Street shows the scope of the larger Boston development in general.
The development with 800 apartments in the city’s Upper Falls area was seen as a bellwether of the public’s appetite for housing construction in the Boston region.
Other big development news this week includes hotels in downtown Boston, Back Bay, and the Seaport as well as the resurrection of a proposal for over the Mass. Pike.
The 1,054-room Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport is counting on attracting not only business travelers via the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center across the street, but locals and tourists too.
Transit-oriented development, regional cooperation, the repurposing of parking lots—it wouldn’t be bad for the housing-starved region if these and other trends rolled on.
The selection includes soaring spires such as One Dalton and Millennium Tower, but also humbler structures such as the Government Center T station and Eastie’s library branch.
The Walsh administration’s change—which also calls for new requirements for larger privately owned buildings—is aimed at steering the entire city toward carbon neutrality by 2050.
Critical Mass. this week includes new life sciences projects, a more affordable condo in Jamaica Plain, and a potential game-changer in Davis Square.
The initial work would shore up the seven-acre expanse’s foundations. But the start of the major stuff is slated for next spring.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has cleared the way for Wynn Resorts to open its 3 million-square-foot Everett casino-resort June 26.
The residential portion of the 2.9 million-square-foot complex is going up as well. Both towers will be among the tallest new ones in Boston.
Cambridge seized the long-vacant property through eminent domain in late 2016, and wants to convert it to affordable units amid an epic housing crisis.
The work—which the city still needs to approve—is also due to add a dozen rooms and new trees on the sidewalk.
The Cambridge project will open right near the Porter Square stop along the busy, busy Red Line.
With an expected 717 apartments and condos total, the three-building complex is the largest residential development underway in Boston right now.
The building at 150 Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District is expected to open in late 2020, and will surely be one of the more distinctive additions to the Seaport and to Boston in general.
The redone hub is meant to be more open and available to the surrounding neighborhood, including through more than 800 indoor and outdoor seats, chess tables (a staple of the pre-renovated Smith Center), and publicly available restrooms.
The Back Bay addition stretches 61 stories and 742 feet, with 215 hotel rooms and 160 condos.
Each box clocks in at 30,000 to 35,000 pounds, and is 60 to 65 feet long. It takes about 20 minutes to lift each into position, and workers can arrange 14 boxes a day.
It’s estimated that in general each skyscraper in the U.S. kills some 24 birds annually.
An estimated 10 to 15 vendors are servicing demand right now, with some upping their number of commodes by the hundreds.