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Boston Development News

The latest on the major new developments shaping the Boston region.

Three-building Allston development would spawn 353 apartments and condos, plus retail

Some locals worry the project is too big for the area, however, with one building along Linden Street slated to be 14 floors.

Key approval for 21-story, 230-room Leather District hotel

The inn near South Station will replace a blighted site and mean community sweeteners such as sidewalk cleaning.

M.I.T.’s Kendall Square project—the latest one—gets officially underway

The six-building Kendall Square Initiative is expected to add 1.8 million square feet in housing, offices, and more. Then will come another university project of similar size right nearby.

5 prime development sites up for sale in a housing-strapped Boston

These include mammoth parcels in Dorchester and South Boston as well as smaller ones in Roxbury and Fort Point.

What’s with all the interesting architecture proposed for Boston?

The region is suddenly awash in non-boring design proposals, from Kendall Square to Charlestown to the Seaport District. Here are five to check out.

Boston to factor in diversity of development firms’ workforce, investor pools when selling city-owned parcels

The plans also call for asking developers to spell out how renters would not be displaced by their projects.

Plans for Charlestown Navy Yard warehouse could signal broader redevelopment

That redevelopment could include housing, maybe a hotel, and probably educational facilities and restaurants within the historic expanse.

Multi-building Newton development would add hundreds of apartments off the Green Line and Route 128

The proposal also calls for two office buildings, a 200-room hotel, and plenty of parking. But will such ambitions fly with locals?

Kendall Square tower would replace M.I.T. Coop with possible Google offices

Developer Boston Properties also wants to build a 34-story residential building around the corner in the busy, busy Cambridge neighborhood.

Boston University’s tallest building will resemble a stack of books

And that’s no coincidence: The 19-story tower will serve as the school’s data sciences hub.

Boston-area mayors commit to building 185,000 new housing units by 2030

The goal from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and 12 other municipalities is aimed at reducing housing costs as the region’s population continues to grow.

Boston University tower would replace parking lot in Kenmore Square

The 19-story, 350,000-square-foot building for the university’s data science headquarters would be the neighborhood’s latest new project.

New proposal would plunk 5,000-seat Fenway Theater next to Fenway Park

The Red Sox and concert hegemon Live Nation are behind the plan, which is in its early stages. The venue would be the largest of its kind in Boston.

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.

Here comes the 691-foot Winthrop Square skyscraper

The developer has closed on the sale of the site of the condo and office project. It expects to wrap construction in 2022.

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.

Boston’s new housing-construction goal for 2030: Spot-on or too blue-sky?

The Walsh administration has revised its goal 30 percent upward as the city’s population booms—and the boom in development does little to satiate demand.

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.

Porter Square’s Hotel 1868 plans an early fall opening

The 50-room inn will include a cafe on its ground floor and joins several hotels in opening in Cambridge and Somerville recently.

South Boston’s 656-unit Washington Village could advance with new developer

Plans for the multi-building project between Dorchester and Old Colony avenues stretch back to 2016. Might a new backer mean construction?

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.

Nearly 20-acre Hood Park development in Charlestown adds more housing and parkland

Recently proposed changes call for a 1-acre park, 200 additional housing units, and a 15-year timeline for a full build-out. Plus, we now know how tall the new buildings there would be.

The Boston parking garage, R.I.P.

It’s not just that the city has been green-lighting proposal after proposal to redevelop parking garages. It’s that there are so few new ones going up—and, when they are going up, they are invariably part of larger mixed-use complexes.

Central Square’s newly built Union House starts leasing

The 23-unit building off the Red Line is part of the massive Market Central project born as Mass + Main.

UMass’ Bayside Expo Center site sale and redevelopment imminent

The 20-acre Dorchester parcel is expected to host a major tech/life sciences campus just off the Red Line.

Motor Mart Garage could become Boston’s latest garage conversion under new plans

Its owners want to plunk a 20-story tower full of condos and apartments atop the 1,037-space garage.

7 neighborhoods in the Boston area that everyone should be watching

Trying to gauge the region’s built future? Follow enclaves such as Allston, Eastie, and the South End.

Boston tow lot for sale! 18 acres of prime expanse near downtown and the T

The city plans to sell parcel once key to the region’s Olympic bid, but it’s not clear what would go there. Maybe a soccer stadium?

Seaport District’s Harbor Way plaza opening with augmented-reality feature

The 20,000-square-foot space between 101 Seaport Boulevard and 121 Seaport Boulevard will cover 1896 shipwreck discovered during construction.

A redevelopment effort is reimagining Boston Harbor’s Peddocks Island

The island—one of the largest in the harbor and 45 minutes from Boston by ferry—has a lot of potential, especially via structures left over from old Fort Andrews military base.

Developers’ scaled-back plans for South Boston power station site still pretty ambitious

There would be 1,344 residential units, 344 hotel rooms, and lots of open space—never mind a fresh shuttle-bus program—under newly broached plans.

South End’s 1.6 million-square-foot Exchange South End moving forward

Its developer hopes to start construction in the spring of 2019, and will work to mitigate the mega-project’s impact on traffic.

Design tweaks for big Kenmore Square development draw skepticism

Some members of the Boston Civic Design Commission do not think developer Related Beal’s current plans preserve the traditional look of Kenmore architecture. Some question whether there was ever much of such a look worth preserving.

Massive Exchange South End project nears key approval

The current plans call for a 1.6 million-square-foot tech hub on the site of the old Boston Flower Exchange. There is a bit of an issue surrounding the traffic it could spawn.

New Assembly Row hotel adds 158 rooms to unfolding Somerville mega-project

The inn is part of Marriott’s signature Autograph Collection, and a release on the hotel’s opening says the newest location will provide "a distinctive mix of industrial heritage and forward-thinking drive."

The South End’s future Revolution Hotel aiming for younger travelers and creative types

The likeliest draw for such guests might be the Revolution’s planned rates: Rooms are expected to start at about $150 a night, lower than the typical charge for boutiques near downtown.

Navy pier next to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion could host new development

A developer is imagining a two-story, 122,000-square-foot building on the long-dormant site.

Finally, it looks like there’s a future for the South End’s Hotel Alexandra site

A development team is pitching a 150-room hotel with a 10-story addition for the dilapidated landmark and adjacent lot.