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Blue Line development: Lots of construction along the Boston-Revere route

Including Amazon’s HQ?

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Editor’s note: This map is an update of one originally published in mid-June 2017.

Development is hopping along the Blue Line, with major projects either rumored, planned, or under construction along the route.

Who knows, the route may one day host tens of thousand of Amazon employees trundling to and fro their new headquarters?

Here are the most significant developments within reasonable distance to the Blue Line’s stations.

Now, if we could just connect the Blue and the Red lines, those living in these developments would be all set, eh?

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Bulfinch Crossing

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National Real Estate Advisors and HYM Development are overseeing the epic redevelopment of the Government Center Garage.

Work officially commenced this past January on the first phase: a 45-story, 486-unit, 480-foot residential tower.

Bulfinch Crossing will also include a 43-story, 528-foot, 1 million-square-foot office tower called One Congress.

Boston Harbor Garage

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The development of the Boston Harbor Garage is one of the longest-running sagas in Boston real estate.

In a nutshell, garage owner Chiofaro & Co. wants to replace the behemoth with a residential-office-retail hybrid of indeterminate size and breakdown.

Plans once called for two towers with 1.3 million square feet total, but ongoing battles with the Harbor Towers condo complex and the New England Aquarium have held things up; and it’s not clear, really, where things stand.

And then there’s the matter of the 1,000-foot Rose Kennedy Greenway extension known as the Blueway.

Clippership Wharf

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This complex is under construction on a 12-acre parcel, and is due to include 478 residential units when it’s finished.

Clippership Wharf will also include ground-floor commercial space, public facilities, and off-street parking for 295 to 308 vehicles, according to the city.

The complex’s 80-unit condo component at 65 Lewis Street, Slip65 (rendered here), started sales in early June—and promptly sold out in eight weeks.

99 Sumner Street

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The Boston Planning & Development Agency signed off in late July on the long-planned conversion of East Boston’s old Hodge Boiler Works into a complex with 119 condos.

Plans from developer the Davis Companies also include 7,200 square feet of ground-floor work-share space that will be publicly accessible and face the waterfront. There will be, too, a 5,045-square-foot elevated courtyard for residents only.

Seven of the project’s condos will be designated as affordable, and there will be voluminous amounts of bike storage: 119 interior spaces and 28 exterior ones open to the general public. (As for car parking, there will be 83 underground spaces available to residents.)

The public bike parking is part and parcel of the project’s inclusion of a new 240-foot-long section of Boston’s Harborwalk. That run will essentially fill in a missing link between Carlton Wharf and Lo Presti Park.

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Boston East

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Pre-leasing has started at the 200-unit Boston East complex at 126 Border Street along the East Boston waterfront, developer Trinity Financial announced.

The $71 million project, which is supposed to open in December, is set to include 174 market-rate units and 26 units designated as affordable, including six artist live-work apartments.

Available studios start at around $2,000 a month; one-bedrooms at around $2,200; two-bedrooms at around $3,000; three-bedrooms at around $4,800; and numerous lofts of various sizes at around $2,400.

The complex will also include amenities such as a kayak and paddle board launch; a dog spa; a fitness center; a concierge; a Hubway dock and Zipcar spots on-site; and quick access to the Harborwalk.

301-303 Border Street

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This planned six-story, 64-unit condo complex with ground-floor retail and 42 parking spaces received its final green light in December 2016, and construction is imminent.

The complex is also slated to include 74 interior bike spaces and a gallery showcasing East Boston’s shipbuilding history.

The Residences at 245 Sumner Street

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This four-floor, 34-unit apartment complex is expected to open imminently (construction is largely complete).

It will include 2,257 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 34-spot underground garage.

Market-rate rents in the Residences at 245 Sumner Street, which Velkor Realty Trust is developing, start at $2,400 a month.

31 Orleans Street

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Construction is underway on this four-floor, 14-unit apartment complex. Interestingly, half of the units will have three bedrooms each.

The Waypoint Cos. is also constructing 14 underground parking spaces.

Everett Street Residences

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The city in late July signed off on this four-story residential complex with 19 condos and 21 garaged parking spaces.

Thirteen of the units will be two-bedrooms and six one-bedrooms; two will be designated affordable.

K&K Development has yet to start construction on what’s been dubbed the Everett Street Residences.

114 Orleans Street

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The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved this five-story, 23-unit condo development with 25 interior parking spaces in late July.

Three of the units are designated as affordable.

City Real Estate Development Corp. has not started construction.

Maverick Shipyard

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The city green-lighted this three-story, 23-unit apartment complex in July 2016. It is also slated to include 20 parking spaces; and three of the units will be designated as affordable.

Construction has yet to start.

Necco candy factory

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Developers Atlantic Management and VMD recently bought the 50-acre Necco candy-manufacturing hub for $54.6 million.

Necco’s lease for the 830,000-square-foot building that dominates the acreage is up in August 2018—and it’s not clear the wafer and candy hearts maker is planning to stick around.

So far, the developers have not proposed anything concrete, but it’s unlikely the parcel will lay dormant under its new ownership, especially if Necco moves on.

Suffolk Downs

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The 161-acre Suffolk Downs racetrack could become the site of one of the largest developments in the Boston region’s recent history.

In fact, state and local officials (and journalists and the general public) have speculated aloud that Suffolk Downs could host Amazon’s second headquarters.

The old racetrack has been here before. Recall that it had been a leading contender to host the casino-resort that eventually wound up in Everett.

Since that 2014 loss, Suffolk Downs has been barely operational, hosting a handful of events in 2015 and 2016.

Then, in early 2017, development firm HYM Investment Group contracted to buy the racetrack and closed on that deal in May.

Given Boston-based HYM’s involvement in such larger-scale projects as Cambridge’s NorthPoint and Brighton’s Boston Landing (never mind the six-building Bulfinch Crossing in downtown Boston), it’s likely the group would go long at Suffolk Downs, too, with housing and retail a part of the mix.

Or Amazon.

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Wonderland Greyhound Park

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The 34-acre dog-racing emporium shuttered shortly after a 2008 vote to ban the spectacle in Massachusetts.

It’s been dormant since, though roughly the same group of investors that recently sold the nearby Suffolk Downs racetrack to developer HYM has reportedly found another (unknown) buyer or set of buyers for Wonderland.

No deal has closed yet, and it’s not known what would replace the sprawling enclosure. Stay tuned.

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Bulfinch Crossing

National Real Estate Advisors and HYM Development are overseeing the epic redevelopment of the Government Center Garage.

Work officially commenced this past January on the first phase: a 45-story, 486-unit, 480-foot residential tower.

Bulfinch Crossing will also include a 43-story, 528-foot, 1 million-square-foot office tower called One Congress.

Boston Harbor Garage

The development of the Boston Harbor Garage is one of the longest-running sagas in Boston real estate.

In a nutshell, garage owner Chiofaro & Co. wants to replace the behemoth with a residential-office-retail hybrid of indeterminate size and breakdown.

Plans once called for two towers with 1.3 million square feet total, but ongoing battles with the Harbor Towers condo complex and the New England Aquarium have held things up; and it’s not clear, really, where things stand.

And then there’s the matter of the 1,000-foot Rose Kennedy Greenway extension known as the Blueway.

Clippership Wharf

This complex is under construction on a 12-acre parcel, and is due to include 478 residential units when it’s finished.

Clippership Wharf will also include ground-floor commercial space, public facilities, and off-street parking for 295 to 308 vehicles, according to the city.

The complex’s 80-unit condo component at 65 Lewis Street, Slip65 (rendered here), started sales in early June—and promptly sold out in eight weeks.

99 Sumner Street

The Boston Planning & Development Agency signed off in late July on the long-planned conversion of East Boston’s old Hodge Boiler Works into a complex with 119 condos.

Plans from developer the Davis Companies also include 7,200 square feet of ground-floor work-share space that will be publicly accessible and face the waterfront. There will be, too, a 5,045-square-foot elevated courtyard for residents only.

Seven of the project’s condos will be designated as affordable, and there will be voluminous amounts of bike storage: 119 interior spaces and 28 exterior ones open to the general public. (As for car parking, there will be 83 underground spaces available to residents.)

The public bike parking is part and parcel of the project’s inclusion of a new 240-foot-long section of Boston’s Harborwalk. That run will essentially fill in a missing link between Carlton Wharf and Lo Presti Park.

Rendering via BldUp

Boston East

Pre-leasing has started at the 200-unit Boston East complex at 126 Border Street along the East Boston waterfront, developer Trinity Financial announced.

The $71 million project, which is supposed to open in December, is set to include 174 market-rate units and 26 units designated as affordable, including six artist live-work apartments.

Available studios start at around $2,000 a month; one-bedrooms at around $2,200; two-bedrooms at around $3,000; three-bedrooms at around $4,800; and numerous lofts of various sizes at around $2,400.

The complex will also include amenities such as a kayak and paddle board launch; a dog spa; a fitness center; a concierge; a Hubway dock and Zipcar spots on-site; and quick access to the Harborwalk.

301-303 Border Street

This planned six-story, 64-unit condo complex with ground-floor retail and 42 parking spaces received its final green light in December 2016, and construction is imminent.

The complex is also slated to include 74 interior bike spaces and a gallery showcasing East Boston’s shipbuilding history.

The Residences at 245 Sumner Street

This four-floor, 34-unit apartment complex is expected to open imminently (construction is largely complete).

It will include 2,257 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 34-spot underground garage.

Market-rate rents in the Residences at 245 Sumner Street, which Velkor Realty Trust is developing, start at $2,400 a month.

31 Orleans Street

Construction is underway on this four-floor, 14-unit apartment complex. Interestingly, half of the units will have three bedrooms each.

The Waypoint Cos. is also constructing 14 underground parking spaces.

Everett Street Residences

The city in late July signed off on this four-story residential complex with 19 condos and 21 garaged parking spaces.

Thirteen of the units will be two-bedrooms and six one-bedrooms; two will be designated affordable.

K&K Development has yet to start construction on what’s been dubbed the Everett Street Residences.

114 Orleans Street

The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved this five-story, 23-unit condo development with 25 interior parking spaces in late July.

Three of the units are designated as affordable.

City Real Estate Development Corp. has not started construction.

Maverick Shipyard

The city green-lighted this three-story, 23-unit apartment complex in July 2016. It is also slated to include 20 parking spaces; and three of the units will be designated as affordable.

Construction has yet to start.

Necco candy factory

Developers Atlantic Management and VMD recently bought the 50-acre Necco candy-manufacturing hub for $54.6 million.

Necco’s lease for the 830,000-square-foot building that dominates the acreage is up in August 2018—and it’s not clear the wafer and candy hearts maker is planning to stick around.

So far, the developers have not proposed anything concrete, but it’s unlikely the parcel will lay dormant under its new ownership, especially if Necco moves on.

Suffolk Downs

The 161-acre Suffolk Downs racetrack could become the site of one of the largest developments in the Boston region’s recent history.

In fact, state and local officials (and journalists and the general public) have speculated aloud that Suffolk Downs could host Amazon’s second headquarters.

The old racetrack has been here before. Recall that it had been a leading contender to host the casino-resort that eventually wound up in Everett.

Since that 2014 loss, Suffolk Downs has been barely operational, hosting a handful of events in 2015 and 2016.

Then, in early 2017, development firm HYM Investment Group contracted to buy the racetrack and closed on that deal in May.

Given Boston-based HYM’s involvement in such larger-scale projects as Cambridge’s NorthPoint and Brighton’s Boston Landing (never mind the six-building Bulfinch Crossing in downtown Boston), it’s likely the group would go long at Suffolk Downs, too, with housing and retail a part of the mix.

Or Amazon.

An aerial view of a large park space. There are buildings on the perimeter of the park space. Ed Kohler/Flickr

Wonderland Greyhound Park

The 34-acre dog-racing emporium shuttered shortly after a 2008 vote to ban the spectacle in Massachusetts.

It’s been dormant since, though roughly the same group of investors that recently sold the nearby Suffolk Downs racetrack to developer HYM has reportedly found another (unknown) buyer or set of buyers for Wonderland.

No deal has closed yet, and it’s not known what would replace the sprawling enclosure. Stay tuned.

jpitha/Flickr