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The 10 Hub Real Estate Developments to Watch in 2015

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'Tis common knowledge that Greater Boston is in the throes of a major building boom. Whether it's enough to satiate demand and actually bring down prices and rents is another matter. What is beyond debate is that a lot of stuff is going up. Some of it will likely clear milestones and/or hurdles in 2015, too, including the Fenway Center mega-project and the big-time redevelopment of the Harbor Garage. Newish complexes such as the Residences @ Malden Station and the Roxbury Innovation Center will also show us just how widely the real estate boom is reverberating. And, finally, projects such as Cambridge's interminable Sullivan Courthouse battle are just fun to follow. We've mapped these and more; and explained their significance in the year ahead.


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1. Fenway Center

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Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

The oft-delayed mega-project, with its five buildings and several hundred apartments plus commercial space, may, in fact, finally get under way this year. Developer John Rosenthal is pursuing a partnership that could jumpstart things.

2. Sullivan Courthouse

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40 Thorndike Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

This continues to be one of the most interesting development debates/fights in the region: the attempt to turn the old courthouse and jail into at least 24 apartments (not all of them market rate) and commercial/retail. Fresh lawsuits have been filed in November by residents fearful of its height and density; but things were this close to getting started last year.

3. 6 New Street

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6 New Street
Boston, MA 02128

The 4-acre complex broke ground in early December and is due to bring up to 259 apartments to the Eastie waterfront along with a ton of extras, including a water taxi dock. It's a big get for the waterfront and a harbinger perhaps of development to come.

4. Millennium Tower

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426 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

What more can you say about the 685-foot tower now under construction? Its 442 units are asking in the tens of millions and trading already for seven figures. The first closings should come this year.

5. One Seaport Square

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1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

The 1.1 million-square-foot project broke ground in mid-November and will include two 22-story towers, called the Benjamin and VIA, with 832 apartments total. It is the opening residential salvo of the larger Seaport Square project.

6. West of Chestnut

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1400 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

The oft-stalled redevelopment once known as New Quincy Center and Merchant Row (and once called "the largest and most aggressive urban redevelopment project currently underway in the United States") should restart this year. Gate Residential, the folks who brought you Maxwell's Green in Somerville, plan to soon start building the first phase, called West of Chestnut, with 169 apartments and other features. Might Quincy finally join the rest of the region?

7. Harbor Garage Towers

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70 East India Row
Boston, MA 02110

Current plans for the long-delayed redevelopment call for two towers of up to about 650 and 550 feet, with hundreds of condos and hotel rooms, 700,000 square feet of office space and amenities such as an all-seasons plaza for the public. The plans, however, face stern opposition from area residents concerned about -- you guessed it -- the height and density of the idea.

8. Dudley Square

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Winthrop Street & Greenville Street
Boston, MA 02119

The redevelopment and rejuvenation of Dudley Square has been a ton of time coming; but it's finally happening, complete with a revamp of the old Ferdinand Building into the Bolling Building. That building will hold what the Walsh administration is calling the 3,350-square-foot Roxbury Innovation Center (it will also hold the HQ of Boston's public schools). That center, set to debut early this year, is a bid to expand the city's techie exuberance to points beyond the Seaport. It could have profound effects for surrounding Roxbury.

9. Residences @ Malden Station

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39 Florence Street
Malden, MA 02148

A Malden project on a map like this? You bet. The 84-unit apartment complex, which started leasing in April, promises tenants a tech- and transit-oriented lifestyle complete with proximity to the Orange Line and a "computer nook" in every apartment. If this development does, indeed, succeed in exporting Boston and Cambridge's techie, hipster (and hipster techie) vibe to Malden, we've got the makings of a region-wide trend.

10. Assembly Row

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Artisan Way
Somerville, MA 02145

Somerville's mega-mixed-use project is already slated to include more than 2,000 housing units and dozens of retail spots (it already has some of those, plus a new Orange Line stop). Plans, however, emerged toward the tail end of 2014 to basically double the size of Assembly Row and basically add more of everything. This is Somerville's era.

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1. Fenway Center

Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

The oft-delayed mega-project, with its five buildings and several hundred apartments plus commercial space, may, in fact, finally get under way this year. Developer John Rosenthal is pursuing a partnership that could jumpstart things.

Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

2. Sullivan Courthouse

40 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141

This continues to be one of the most interesting development debates/fights in the region: the attempt to turn the old courthouse and jail into at least 24 apartments (not all of them market rate) and commercial/retail. Fresh lawsuits have been filed in November by residents fearful of its height and density; but things were this close to getting started last year.

40 Thorndike Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

3. 6 New Street

6 New Street, Boston, MA 02128

The 4-acre complex broke ground in early December and is due to bring up to 259 apartments to the Eastie waterfront along with a ton of extras, including a water taxi dock. It's a big get for the waterfront and a harbinger perhaps of development to come.

6 New Street
Boston, MA 02128

4. Millennium Tower

426 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

What more can you say about the 685-foot tower now under construction? Its 442 units are asking in the tens of millions and trading already for seven figures. The first closings should come this year.

426 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

5. One Seaport Square

1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210

The 1.1 million-square-foot project broke ground in mid-November and will include two 22-story towers, called the Benjamin and VIA, with 832 apartments total. It is the opening residential salvo of the larger Seaport Square project.

1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

6. West of Chestnut

1400 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169

The oft-stalled redevelopment once known as New Quincy Center and Merchant Row (and once called "the largest and most aggressive urban redevelopment project currently underway in the United States") should restart this year. Gate Residential, the folks who brought you Maxwell's Green in Somerville, plan to soon start building the first phase, called West of Chestnut, with 169 apartments and other features. Might Quincy finally join the rest of the region?

1400 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

7. Harbor Garage Towers

70 East India Row, Boston, MA 02110

Current plans for the long-delayed redevelopment call for two towers of up to about 650 and 550 feet, with hundreds of condos and hotel rooms, 700,000 square feet of office space and amenities such as an all-seasons plaza for the public. The plans, however, face stern opposition from area residents concerned about -- you guessed it -- the height and density of the idea.

70 East India Row
Boston, MA 02110

8. Dudley Square

Winthrop Street & Greenville Street, Boston, MA 02119

The redevelopment and rejuvenation of Dudley Square has been a ton of time coming; but it's finally happening, complete with a revamp of the old Ferdinand Building into the Bolling Building. That building will hold what the Walsh administration is calling the 3,350-square-foot Roxbury Innovation Center (it will also hold the HQ of Boston's public schools). That center, set to debut early this year, is a bid to expand the city's techie exuberance to points beyond the Seaport. It could have profound effects for surrounding Roxbury.

Winthrop Street & Greenville Street
Boston, MA 02119

9. Residences @ Malden Station

39 Florence Street, Malden, MA 02148

A Malden project on a map like this? You bet. The 84-unit apartment complex, which started leasing in April, promises tenants a tech- and transit-oriented lifestyle complete with proximity to the Orange Line and a "computer nook" in every apartment. If this development does, indeed, succeed in exporting Boston and Cambridge's techie, hipster (and hipster techie) vibe to Malden, we've got the makings of a region-wide trend.

39 Florence Street
Malden, MA 02148

10. Assembly Row

Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145

Somerville's mega-mixed-use project is already slated to include more than 2,000 housing units and dozens of retail spots (it already has some of those, plus a new Orange Line stop). Plans, however, emerged toward the tail end of 2014 to basically double the size of Assembly Row and basically add more of everything. This is Somerville's era.

Artisan Way
Somerville, MA 02145