Boston Construction News
The latest on the Boston region's historic construction boom.
The 8 most significant Boston developments under construction, mapped
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.
Mapping the Seaport District’s biggest new developments
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.
Boston construction moratorium now indefinite
The coronavirus-related move comes as Gov. Charlie Baker encourages development to continue statewide. Cambridge and Somerville joined Boston, though, in reiterating bans.
Coronavirus won’t delay Boston’s tallest new building
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.
Cambridge issues construction moratorium
The city joins Boston in banning most construction in response to the virus. Unlike Boston’s, though, Cambridge’s moratorium is indefinite.
Fenway Center’s first phase on pace to open this summer
The latest rendering of the future apartment complex at 771 Beacon Street shows the scope of the larger Boston development in general.
South End’s 100 Shawmut tops off
The 13-story condo building in the busy Boston enclave is expected to have 138 luxury units when it opens this fall.
Newton project with 14 buildings advances following vote
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.
Eastie apartment project on Bremen Street advances
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.
Boston’s largest new hotel since 1984 plots strategy
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.
Seven-building Southie project nears construction
The developers of Washington Village, near the Red Line’s Andrew Square stop, recently tweaked their proposal, which now includes 746 apartments and condos.
Apartment tower to fill Bay Village parking lot
The 19-story 212 Stuart Street’s 126 units are expected to start at $3,500 a month for studios.
Verizon-anchored tower at The Hub On Causeway tops off
The 31-story building at 100 Causeway Street is the last major component of the 1.5 million-square-foot project.
Central Square’s first boutique hotel checking in
The 67-room 907 Main will bring at least one more trendy restaurant to a Cambridge enclave that has also seen pricey new apartments recently.
The Boston area’s 2019 building of the year
A component of the Hub on Causeway project on and around TD Garden, the new 38-story Hub50House beat out other contenders such as One Dalton and the Sudbury.
Boston Flower Exchange site, R.I.P.
Demolition work on the old South End site is scheduled for December 12. It’s to be reborn as nearly 6-acre technology and life sciences hub.
Seaport’s 414-unit NEMA Boston opening
The 21-story, 414-unit building where studios start at $2,430 a month replaced the famed "sausage parcel."
5 Boston-area real estate trends that need to continue in the 2020s
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.
BU’s stack-of-books building officially underway
The 19-story Commonwealth Avenue project will replace a surface parking lot and be especially environmentally sustainable.
10 notable Boston buildings that didn’t exist in 2010
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 BEAT is dropping in Dorchester
The steelwork is done at the 700,000-square-foot transformation of the former Boston Globe headquarters into a self-styled "genius factory." Plus, there’s a big new sign.
Boston wants new city-owned buildings to be carbon-neutral
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.
Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week
Critical Mass. this week includes new life sciences projects, a more affordable condo in Jamaica Plain, and a potential game-changer in Davis Square.
Boston City Hall’s big overhaul could start this fall
The initial work would shore up the seven-acre expanse’s foundations. But the start of the major stuff is slated for next spring.
Encore Boston Harbor construction slated to wrap June 1
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has cleared the way for Wynn Resorts to open its 3 million-square-foot Everett casino-resort June 26.
Bulfinch Crossing construction continues with demolition work for One Congress office tower
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.
Redevelopment of Central Square’s blighted Vail Court could be delayed up to 14 months
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.
Taj Boston renovations will include moving the hotel’s front door
The work—which the city still needs to approve—is also due to add a dozen rooms and new trees on the sidewalk.
Light a candle for the Government Center Garage
Or at least for most of it. A financing deal for the six-building Bulfinch Crossing project due to replace much of the hulking Brutalist mass means it’s not long for this world.
Porter Square’s 46-unit St. James Place underway after years of legal wrangling
The Cambridge project will open right near the Porter Square stop along the busy, busy Red Line.
First EchelonSeaport tower tops off in the Seaport District
With an expected 717 apartments and condos total, the three-building complex is the largest residential development underway in Boston right now.
The 650-unit Smith breaks ground in the South End
The two-building project covers 3.1 acres off Albany Street and is the latest big development transforming that corner of the neighborhood.
Seaport District’s St. Regis Residences luxury tower to officially break ground in October
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.
Harvard’s Smith Campus Center set to reopen in September after two years of renovations
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.
One Dalton, Boston’s third-tallest tower, officially topping off
The Back Bay addition stretches 61 stories and 742 feet, with 215 hotel rooms and 160 condos.
Boston’s largest modular housing development is well on its way in Charlestown
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.
Boston’s growing forest of glassy towers an increasing flight risk for birds: Group
It’s estimated that in general each skyscraper in the U.S. kills some 24 birds annually.
Can do: Port-a-potty vendors cash in on Boston area’s construction boom
An estimated 10 to 15 vendors are servicing demand right now, with some upping their number of commodes by the hundreds.
A 100-foot-long animation screen is coming to Boston’s Financial District
It’s part of major renovations for the lower portion of the Art Deco office tower at 50 Post Office Square.