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Mapping Busy, Busy Watertown's Newest Development

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Just over three months ago we dropped a development heatmap for Watertown. Why? Because the slow rumble of construction—planned, underway or recently completed—appeared to be reaching a fever pitch in Cambridge's usually sleepy neighbor. Projects such as the bocce-infused Watertown Mews, the townhouse-style condos of 192 Pleasant Street and a Marriott Residence Inn were poised to change the town seemingly forever.

Now comes word of what, exactly, might go in at 480 Arsenal Street. We always knew it was 185,000 square feet of office space. But what space! Per Dan Adams at The Globe: "The design, by John Sullivan of Spagnolo Gisness & Associates of Boston, calls for splitting the boxy building in two, replacing concrete walls with glass, adding depth to the facade with a mix of materials, and creating a light-filled atrium lobby with a cafe and lounge." (Said lobby is rendered above.) The leasing agent for what's been dubbed the Linx complex says the office space will be targeted toward those firms which might normally prefer Kendall Square or Boston's Seaport... if they could afford it.


· Watertown Could Soon See Development Spike [Globe]
· Bocce Ball Court Proving Irresistible in Watertown [Curbed Boston]
· Watertown's Real Estate Future in One New Development [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]

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1. 192 Pleasant Street

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192 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Each of the seven townhouse-style units in this development are 2,400 square feet. They are expected to debut this year, and retail for around $900K and up.

2. Watertown Mews

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1 Repton Place
Watertown, MA 02472

The first 206 units in this rental complex opened in April 2014, with units ranging from $1,935 for a studio to $3,550 for a 3-BR. The majority of these were quickly leased up. An additional 64 units soon joined them. All have access to the bocce-ball court.

3. Marriott Residence Inn

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Arsenal Mall, Arsenal Street & Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The groundbreaking for this six-story, 148-room hotel will be this spring, though the developers don't quite know when it will open.

4. 321 Arsenal Street

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321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The old bank branch here will be turned into a 2,800-square-foot restaurant with a 4,500-square-foot patio. There's no specific vendor signed to operate the restaurant, according to the Globe, but whichever does will be able to serve alcohol every day but Sunday.

5. 80 Elm Street

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80 Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Tentative plans call for a five-story hotel here (brand yet to be determined) with about 100 rooms; though little work has been done and some locals oppose it because of traffic concerns, according to the Globe.

6. Bell Watertown

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200 Waltham Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The 11.6-acre, 155-unit rental complex started leasing in the spring of 2014 (and started life as Alta at the Estate). Rents for 1-BRs started at a little more than $2,000; 2-BRs at more than $2,400; and the sole 3-BR at $3,400.

7. 202-204 Arsenal Street

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204 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Also known as 58 Irving Street, this complex will include around 300 residential units as well as 37,000 square-feet of retail space, including for a grocery store. Construction is supposed to start this spring.

8. Elan Watertown

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Arsenal Street & Irving Street
Watertown, MA 02472

This complex is supposed to include around 300 residential units as well as 14,000 square feet of retail space. The town has not approved it, and the specifics are few and far between (for instance, no word on what will go in the retail space).

9. 65 Grove Street

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65 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The former GE Ionics building could be turned into higher-end office space, plus parking garage. It has yet to be approved by the town and plans may change.

10. Riverbend on the Charles

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270 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The 170-unit complex had been offering one month free on some of its 1-BRs shortly after it began leasing last summer. Studios start at $1,900; 1-BRs at $2,050; and 2-BRs at $2,800.

11. Linx

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480 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Newly unveiled plans call for the current building here, used by Verizon, to be split in two to ultimately create 185,000 square feet of office space. There would also be "significant landscaping improvements," according to The Globe.

1. 192 Pleasant Street

192 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Each of the seven townhouse-style units in this development are 2,400 square feet. They are expected to debut this year, and retail for around $900K and up.

192 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

2. Watertown Mews

1 Repton Place, Watertown, MA 02472

The first 206 units in this rental complex opened in April 2014, with units ranging from $1,935 for a studio to $3,550 for a 3-BR. The majority of these were quickly leased up. An additional 64 units soon joined them. All have access to the bocce-ball court.

1 Repton Place
Watertown, MA 02472

3. Marriott Residence Inn

Arsenal Mall, Arsenal Street & Elm Street, Watertown, MA 02472

The groundbreaking for this six-story, 148-room hotel will be this spring, though the developers don't quite know when it will open.

Arsenal Mall, Arsenal Street & Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472

4. 321 Arsenal Street

321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

The old bank branch here will be turned into a 2,800-square-foot restaurant with a 4,500-square-foot patio. There's no specific vendor signed to operate the restaurant, according to the Globe, but whichever does will be able to serve alcohol every day but Sunday.

321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

5. 80 Elm Street

80 Elm Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Tentative plans call for a five-story hotel here (brand yet to be determined) with about 100 rooms; though little work has been done and some locals oppose it because of traffic concerns, according to the Globe.

80 Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472

6. Bell Watertown

200 Waltham Street, Watertown, MA 02472

The 11.6-acre, 155-unit rental complex started leasing in the spring of 2014 (and started life as Alta at the Estate). Rents for 1-BRs started at a little more than $2,000; 2-BRs at more than $2,400; and the sole 3-BR at $3,400.

200 Waltham Street
Watertown, MA 02472

7. 202-204 Arsenal Street

204 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Also known as 58 Irving Street, this complex will include around 300 residential units as well as 37,000 square-feet of retail space, including for a grocery store. Construction is supposed to start this spring.

204 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

8. Elan Watertown

Arsenal Street & Irving Street, Watertown, MA 02472

This complex is supposed to include around 300 residential units as well as 14,000 square feet of retail space. The town has not approved it, and the specifics are few and far between (for instance, no word on what will go in the retail space).

Arsenal Street & Irving Street
Watertown, MA 02472

9. 65 Grove Street

65 Grove Street, Watertown, MA 02472

The former GE Ionics building could be turned into higher-end office space, plus parking garage. It has yet to be approved by the town and plans may change.

65 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472

10. Riverbend on the Charles

270 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

The 170-unit complex had been offering one month free on some of its 1-BRs shortly after it began leasing last summer. Studios start at $1,900; 1-BRs at $2,050; and 2-BRs at $2,800.

270 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

11. Linx

480 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Newly unveiled plans call for the current building here, used by Verizon, to be split in two to ultimately create 185,000 square feet of office space. There would also be "significant landscaping improvements," according to The Globe.

480 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472