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7 huge Greater Boston projects set to break ground in 2017

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Whatever the fears of a slowdown, Greater Boston's development boom echoes on in the new year. Further proof can be found in these seven large-scale developments set to either start construction in earnest or break ground in 2017.

These include the more than 1,000,000-square-foot Arsenal Yards project in Watertown (pictured above) and the potentially 10-building Dot Block in Dorchester.

Hold on and stay tuned.

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1. 171 Tremont Street

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171 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
The city in late October signed off on the development of the 13-story, 12-unit condo tower that will replace a four-story office building currently on the site. The spire was once supposed to stretch to 355 feet and 32 stories. Local (and vocal) opposition led to successive height-chops, down to 175 feet. Maurice and Joseph Dabbah, a father-and-son team, are the developers, and Elkus Manfredi is 171 Tremont’s architect. Construction is expected to start this year.

2. South Station tower

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700 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Lead developer Hines plans to start construction in the spring. The building will start nine stories above ground, erupting glassily out of South Station. Higher-end office space will comprise its first 26 floors, with the top 16 stories full of luxury condos with (we imagine) spectacular views of the region. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is handling the design. The tower will be the fourth-tallest in Massachusetts, and the project will include an approximately 50 percent expansion in the capacity of South Station’s bus wing.

3. General Electric headquarters

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A St & Necco Ct
Boston, MA 02210
Work is expected to start in earnest this year on GE’s 2.48-acre, $200,000,000 headquarters in Fort Point, with the three-building complex opening in 2018. It is due to include what GE has dubbed "maker space" for employees, tech startups, students (both university and high school), and locals; a community work lounge; space for conclaves and presentations, never mind ample laboratories; and an employee cafeteria. Gensler is handling the design, which includes a solar "veil."

4. Marine Wharf hotel

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660 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
The city approved the construction of the 15-story Marine Wharf Hotel in late November. It will actually be two inns in one: a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites (411 keys total). The complex will include 19,300 square feet of amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a 500-seat restaurant. There will also be 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to start in the middle of next year and take around two years. Perkins + Will is the architect.

5. 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, won approval for its Rode Architects-designed plans from the city in mid-May and secured key financing in late December for a possible early summer construction.

6. Fenway Center

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Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
All totaled, Fenway Center is expected to have around 550 housing units, 160,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail, 1,290 parking spaces, community space, a daycare center, bicycle storage, and a bike-share station. It already has the Yawkey commuter-rail stop.

7. Arsenal Yards

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485 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
Developers Boylston Properties and the Wilder Companies are expected to start construction this year on a more than 1 million-square-foot expansion and redevelopment of the Arsenal Mall site in Watertown, in preparation for a late 2018 opening. The project will include 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, including a 30,000-square-foot specialty grocery store. Arsenal Yards will also include 428 market-rate apartments and 75 affordable ones. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates is handling the design and the planning for the project.

1. 171 Tremont Street

171 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
The city in late October signed off on the development of the 13-story, 12-unit condo tower that will replace a four-story office building currently on the site. The spire was once supposed to stretch to 355 feet and 32 stories. Local (and vocal) opposition led to successive height-chops, down to 175 feet. Maurice and Joseph Dabbah, a father-and-son team, are the developers, and Elkus Manfredi is 171 Tremont’s architect. Construction is expected to start this year.
171 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108

2. South Station tower

700 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Lead developer Hines plans to start construction in the spring. The building will start nine stories above ground, erupting glassily out of South Station. Higher-end office space will comprise its first 26 floors, with the top 16 stories full of luxury condos with (we imagine) spectacular views of the region. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is handling the design. The tower will be the fourth-tallest in Massachusetts, and the project will include an approximately 50 percent expansion in the capacity of South Station’s bus wing.
700 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110

3. General Electric headquarters

A St & Necco Ct, Boston, MA 02210
Work is expected to start in earnest this year on GE’s 2.48-acre, $200,000,000 headquarters in Fort Point, with the three-building complex opening in 2018. It is due to include what GE has dubbed "maker space" for employees, tech startups, students (both university and high school), and locals; a community work lounge; space for conclaves and presentations, never mind ample laboratories; and an employee cafeteria. Gensler is handling the design, which includes a solar "veil."
A St & Necco Ct
Boston, MA 02210

4. Marine Wharf hotel

660 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
The city approved the construction of the 15-story Marine Wharf Hotel in late November. It will actually be two inns in one: a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites (411 keys total). The complex will include 19,300 square feet of amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a 500-seat restaurant. There will also be 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to start in the middle of next year and take around two years. Perkins + Will is the architect.
660 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

5. 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, won approval for its Rode Architects-designed plans from the city in mid-May and secured key financing in late December for a possible early summer construction.
Dorchester Ave & Hancock St
Boston, MA 02125

6. Fenway Center

Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215
All totaled, Fenway Center is expected to have around 550 housing units, 160,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail, 1,290 parking spaces, community space, a daycare center, bicycle storage, and a bike-share station. It already has the Yawkey commuter-rail stop.
Commonwealth Avenue & Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

7. Arsenal Yards

485 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472
Developers Boylston Properties and the Wilder Companies are expected to start construction this year on a more than 1 million-square-foot expansion and redevelopment of the Arsenal Mall site in Watertown, in preparation for a late 2018 opening. The project will include 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, including a 30,000-square-foot specialty grocery store. Arsenal Yards will also include 428 market-rate apartments and 75 affordable ones. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates is handling the design and the planning for the project.
485 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472