Boston Construction News
The latest on the Boston region's historic construction boom.
New glass lobby for 50 Post Office Square latest aesthetic tweak for Boston’s Financial District
The owner of the Art Deco office building is planning to erect a new lobby on High Street with a 35-foot glass curtain and an indoor-outdoor LED board.
Residents have started moving into Somerville’s tallest building
The 236-foot, 20-story Montaje in Assembly Row includes 26 penthouses among its 447 apartments. We’ve also got a first-look at the recently completed public spaces.
Boston’s 12-story Boulevard condo beside the Greenway officially topping off
The milestone comes a little more than a year after condo sales started at the 36-unit development. That development replaces a four-story building and a 19th-century warehouse that architect Charles Bulfinch designed.
Financial District’s 41-story One Post Office Square to be sheathed in glass
The transformation includes a three-story glass pavilion at the tower’s base with nearly 8,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space as well as a public passageway between the office building and the Langham Hotel.
Wanted: Single firm to revamp Boston’s City Hall and City Hall Plaza
A five-year plan, which could cost more than $80 million, calls for more trees throughout what’s now largely a civic tundra and a potentially 5,000-square-foot restaurant on City Hall’s third floor.
Fenway Center could start construction before 2018
The work would cap ages of planning and changes. Lead developer John Rosenthal has been trying to build at the 4.5-acre site for nearly 20 years.
See a timelapse of construction on the six-building Bulfinch Crossing in downtown Boston
It shows work around a portion of the Government Center Garage along Sudbury Street that was demolished to make way for the project’s first residential tower.
Latest Pier 4 renderings reveal largest penthouse roof decks for sale in Boston
Each unit at the nine-story building in the Seaport District will have outdoor space, but only the penthouses will have private roof decks.
South End’s Lucas wraps construction: From Gothic church to 33 luxury condos
A development team has finished construction on one of the more dramatic residential developments in Boston in recent memory: The conversion of the former Holy Trinity German Catholic Church and rectory on Shawmut Avenue.
Developer delays construction of West End rental tower
In what might be another sign of Boston’s cooling apartment market, the developer of the 44-story, 470-unit replacement of the Garden Garage has pushed back the start of construction to 2018.
One Dalton will be visible on the Boston skyline this fall
Construction of the 61-story tower—destined to be New England’s tallest primarily residential building—is proceeding at the pace of about one and a half floors a week.
Rents in new Egleston Square apartments will start at $2,000/month
The complex is going up on the site of the old Economy Plumbing & Heating Supply Co., and is about a 10-minute jaunt from the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line.
Is Harvard Square as we know it doomed?
Two large buildings in the Cambridge area could go up for sale before Labor Day, presaging further changes in the already rapidly changing square that include major redevelopments and turnover.
Here comes the five-building Fenway Center
Thanks to a recent deal between the state and two developers, the 4.5-acre project’s first phase—two residential buildings of seven and 13 stories, with 313 apartments and 67,000 square feet of commercial space—could start before the end of the summer.
Seaport District’s 399 Congress Street finally under construction
Plans for the so-called ‘sausage parcel’ stretch back to the middle of the last last decade, when a previous developer wanted to plunk a hotel on the site. Current plans call for hundreds of housing units.
First look at Reebok’s Seaport District headquarters
Gensler, the architect on the buildout, is aiming for innovation and healthiness in the design, according to a release. Note the natural light and open space. The sneaker giant plans a fall move-in.
Harvard’s epic Allston expansion in 9 building permits
That project will pivot around an almost 500,000-square-foot headquarters for the university’s engineering and applied sciences school. Work is expected to wrap by the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Five-building Fenway Center could start construction this summer
Initial work could start as soon as September on the 1.3 million-square-foot project in Boston’s Kenmore Square area. It would mark the commencement of one of the city’s most significant new developments in years.
South Boston’s controversial Collins Mansion conversion complete
The project included the construction of two three-story additions on either side of the historic building dating from the late 1860s. Condo closings have already commenced, with one as high as $1.3 million.
5 Boston neighborhoods everyone should be watching
And one in Cambridge! Major developments and streetscape changes are driving massive transformations in these locales. How will they look in five or 10 years? We have a pretty good idea.
Boston's 10 tallest buildings by 2020
A handful of projects either planned, underway, or recently completed will help transform Boston's skyline within the next few years.
GE sets a date for its big Fort Point groundbreaking
General Electric will officially break ground on its 2.4-acre Boston headquarters next month. Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh are expected to be the guests of honor.
Big East Cambridge condo project tops off
The seven-story, 84,000-square-foot complex at 262 Monsignor O’Brien Highway will add 55 units to the housing-starved Cambridge market.
Peabody Square’s Treadmark condo nearly sold out
Developer Trinity Financial plans to complete construction of the six-floor, 32-unit project in Dorchester this summer. The remaining market-rate condos start at $359,000.
Lawsuit halts work on major Cambridge project
A lawsuit has halted development of Mass + Main, one of Cambridge’s biggest new developments. The Massasoit Elks Lodge at 55 Bishop Allen Drive has sued the city over the project’s potential impact on neighbors.
Spring preview: What’s ahead for Boston real estate?
With the advent of spring, it’s time to look forward a few months. What’s on the horizon for the Boston area in terms of prices, rents, construction, and transit?
Seaport Square’s three-tower M1M2 project gets underway
A Los Angeles-based developer has started pre-construction work at a 3.5-acre site in Boston’s bustling Seaport Square that is due to host more than 730 apartments and condos.
Another giant Harrison Avenue project starting construction
Developer Related Beal hopes to start work this spring on a 14-story residential complex at the former sites of Quinzani's Bakery and the Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. at 370-380 Harrison Avenue in the South End.
Construction could start this spring on four-building South End complex
Dubbed Harrison Albany Block, it is due to include around 650 apartments as well as 19,700 square feet of retail and 76,800 feet of office space. Plus, the complex's two new buildings could stretch to 11 stories each.
Boston's high-rises under construction, mapped
Everyone knows there is a ton of construction going on in Boston right now. Some of that construction is particularly grand in its height. Here is a map of the eight buildings either under construction or planned in the city right now of at least 400 feet.
Bulfinch Triangle’s Forecaster 121 condo almost finished
Developer Pizzuti Development is wrapping its years-long conversion and four-floor extension of the old six-story Forecaster of Boston raincoat warehouse at 121 Portland Street.
Here’s what brand-new condos cost in Jamaica Plain
A trio of units about a 10-minute walk from the Green Street stop on the Orange Line just dropped, the latest transit-oriented project in the neighborhood.
Updated map of new development on Harrison Avenue
Fewer areas of the Boston region are seeing more development than the South End corridor. Here's a map of what's proposed, planned, underway, or recently opened, including plans for the conversion of the 5.6-acre Boston Flower Market.
Construction on six-building Bulfinch Crossing officially starts
Work is underway on the 2.9 million-square-foot redevelopment of much of downtown Boston’s Government Center Garage. The transformative project is supposed to wrap by September 2019.
Construction imminent on Watertown’s massive Arsenal Yards
The Watertown Planning Board voted unanimously to approve the more than 1 million-square-foot redevelopment and expansion of the Arsenal Mall site. The O.K. clears the way for one of the Boston region’s biggest developments to start construction this year.
Avalon North Station, one of Boston’s biggest new apartment buildings, opens
The 415-foot, 503-unit tower officially opened on Dec. 12. The milestone marks the completion of one of the tallest new apartment buildings in Boston and one with significant new public space in the North Station area.
Pod-like hotel rooms to check in at West End’s Hub on Causeway
Dutch micro-hotel chain citizenM will open a boutique-y hotel in the under-construction mega-development on the site of the old Boston Garden.
It would be very bad news if Boston’s construction boom has peaked
The number of new housing permits that municipalities in eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, will issue in 2016 will be down 18 percent from 2015, according to a new study. That is not good news. Not at all.
Fenway’s 1350 Boylston Street officially tops out
The 17-story, 212-unit apartment building reached the milestone just over a year after construction commenced. It’s scheduled to open next fall.