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Nine Transformative Boston Projects Underway Right Now

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'Tis no secret that Boston is experiencing a major building boom. Dorms, hotels, apartments—you name it, the city's got 'em coming. Some will surely prove more transformative than others in terms of their impact on their surrounding areas or even on Boston as a whole. This map runs down these projects. All have either been approved for construction or are under construction already. They include behemoths such as Millennium Tower and Dot Block and tinier fare such as the Allandale Residences in the West Roxbury-Jamaica Plain borderlands.

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1. Millennium Tower

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1 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02108

The 690-foot (give or take) spire will be chock-a-block full of 422 luxury condos. For a time after it opens later this year, Millennium will be the tallest residential tower in Boston (learn about its eventual usurper below). It will also undoubtedly spawn the priciest home deals in the city's history and likely help transform its home neighborhood of Downtown Crossing. Handel Architects is behind the design.

2. Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street

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1 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115

The 61-story, 699-foot tower has been under construction in western Back Bay since early 2015 and will shoot past Millennium Tower sometime by the end of 2017 to take the tallest-residential-tower crown. In fact, the Pei Cobb Freed-designed One Dalton will become the tallest tower constructed in Boston in nearly 40 years. It is due to include 180 luxury condos, plus a Four Seasons hotel (that will also service the condos). Like with Millennium, things will be on the pricey side.

3. 101 Beverley Street

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101 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

One would hope that this Bulfinch Triangle development near TD Garden would prove the most portentous development of all. The apartment portion of the so-called Parcel 1B project is due to include 239 units aimed at those not in the market for a $3,000 studio. Indeed, developer Related Beal calls its effort "the largest new construction of affordable and workforce housing in downtown Boston in more than a quarter-century." Construction started late last year on the project once known as the Merano. Related Beal expects to wrap things in 2018.

4. The Hub on Causeway

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

The humongous project slated for the old Boston Garden site along Causeway Street officially broke ground in late January. Ultimately, the development will mean more than 1.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of nearby TD Garden and transit improvements to North Station. Phase I is under way and should wrap in 2018. It is due to include flourishes such as the city's largest supermarket; a 15-screen movie theater; 10,000 square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station; and 175,000 square feet of what the developers are calling "creative office space."

5. South Bay Town Center

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8 Allstate Rd
Boston, MA 02125

The South Carolina-based owner of the South Bay Shopping Center plans to expand it by 700,000 feet. The city signed off on the project in May and construction is imminent. The project will add 475 apartments in a 10-acre complex also due to include restaurants, a 130-room hotel, and a 12-screen movie theater. It will ultimately involve the construction of five six-story buildings.

6. Dot Block

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Dorchester Ave & Hancock St
Boston, MA 02125

The ginormous development will unfold over several buildings (more than 10, totaling nearly 400,000 square feet) and will include 362 apartments, plus retail. That retail could include a grocery store. Dot Block's developer, the Atlas Investment Group, had been talking about construction starting this summer, but it's not yet clear if that will happen. Whatever the near-term timeline, the Rode Architects-designed project is sure to impact a grittier area of the city.

7. 345 Harrison Avenue

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345 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

The 560-unit apartment complex with 30,000 square feet of retail officially broke ground in late May. It joins a plethora of new projects in the northeastern slice of the South End, including the multi-part Ink Block and the Lucas church conversion. CBT Architects is handling the design. The apartment complex is expected to open in early 2018.

8. Boston Landing

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125 Guest St
Brighton, MA 02135

The 15-acre Boston Landing in Brighton already includes a 250,000-square-foot headquarters for sneaker kingpin and lead developer New Balance (part of it is pictured above); and will soon include flourishes such as a hotel, a practice rink for the Bruins, a practice center for the Celtics, and housing. Boston Landing also spawned a fresh commuter-rail station.

9. Allandale Residences

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64 Allandale St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

signed off on the 20-unit Allandale Residences at 64 Allandale Street in Roslindale archrival West Roxbury. Developer WonderGroup is calling the project "Boston's first entirely net-zero and LEED Platinum neighborhood." In other words, it is slated to be seriously environmentally friendly, not least by creating all of the energy it uses. What places this 20-unit project on this map of mega-developments and skyscrapers, however, is its scope relative to the surrounding area: 20 residences all at once is rather large for this area of Boston, and the project was not without opposition.

1. Millennium Tower

1 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02108

The 690-foot (give or take) spire will be chock-a-block full of 422 luxury condos. For a time after it opens later this year, Millennium will be the tallest residential tower in Boston (learn about its eventual usurper below). It will also undoubtedly spawn the priciest home deals in the city's history and likely help transform its home neighborhood of Downtown Crossing. Handel Architects is behind the design.

1 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02108

2. Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street

1 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

The 61-story, 699-foot tower has been under construction in western Back Bay since early 2015 and will shoot past Millennium Tower sometime by the end of 2017 to take the tallest-residential-tower crown. In fact, the Pei Cobb Freed-designed One Dalton will become the tallest tower constructed in Boston in nearly 40 years. It is due to include 180 luxury condos, plus a Four Seasons hotel (that will also service the condos). Like with Millennium, things will be on the pricey side.

1 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115

3. 101 Beverley Street

101 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114

One would hope that this Bulfinch Triangle development near TD Garden would prove the most portentous development of all. The apartment portion of the so-called Parcel 1B project is due to include 239 units aimed at those not in the market for a $3,000 studio. Indeed, developer Related Beal calls its effort "the largest new construction of affordable and workforce housing in downtown Boston in more than a quarter-century." Construction started late last year on the project once known as the Merano. Related Beal expects to wrap things in 2018.

101 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

4. The Hub on Causeway

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

The humongous project slated for the old Boston Garden site along Causeway Street officially broke ground in late January. Ultimately, the development will mean more than 1.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of nearby TD Garden and transit improvements to North Station. Phase I is under way and should wrap in 2018. It is due to include flourishes such as the city's largest supermarket; a 15-screen movie theater; 10,000 square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station; and 175,000 square feet of what the developers are calling "creative office space."

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

5. South Bay Town Center

8 Allstate Rd, Boston, MA 02125

The South Carolina-based owner of the South Bay Shopping Center plans to expand it by 700,000 feet. The city signed off on the project in May and construction is imminent. The project will add 475 apartments in a 10-acre complex also due to include restaurants, a 130-room hotel, and a 12-screen movie theater. It will ultimately involve the construction of five six-story buildings.

8 Allstate Rd
Boston, MA 02125

6. Dot Block

Dorchester Ave & Hancock St, Boston, MA 02125

The ginormous development will unfold over several buildings (more than 10, totaling nearly 400,000 square feet) and will include 362 apartments, plus retail. That retail could include a grocery store. Dot Block's developer, the Atlas Investment Group, had been talking about construction starting this summer, but it's not yet clear if that will happen. Whatever the near-term timeline, the Rode Architects-designed project is sure to impact a grittier area of the city.

Dorchester Ave & Hancock St
Boston, MA 02125

7. 345 Harrison Avenue

345 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

The 560-unit apartment complex with 30,000 square feet of retail officially broke ground in late May. It joins a plethora of new projects in the northeastern slice of the South End, including the multi-part Ink Block and the Lucas church conversion. CBT Architects is handling the design. The apartment complex is expected to open in early 2018.

345 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. Boston Landing

125 Guest St, Brighton, MA 02135

The 15-acre Boston Landing in Brighton already includes a 250,000-square-foot headquarters for sneaker kingpin and lead developer New Balance (part of it is pictured above); and will soon include flourishes such as a hotel, a practice rink for the Bruins, a practice center for the Celtics, and housing. Boston Landing also spawned a fresh commuter-rail station.

125 Guest St
Brighton, MA 02135

9. Allandale Residences

64 Allandale St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

signed off on the 20-unit Allandale Residences at 64 Allandale Street in Roslindale archrival West Roxbury. Developer WonderGroup is calling the project "Boston's first entirely net-zero and LEED Platinum neighborhood." In other words, it is slated to be seriously environmentally friendly, not least by creating all of the energy it uses. What places this 20-unit project on this map of mega-developments and skyscrapers, however, is its scope relative to the surrounding area: 20 residences all at once is rather large for this area of Boston, and the project was not without opposition.

64 Allandale St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130