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Living along the Red Line: 6 new condo and apartment developments, mapped

Projects off Alewife, Central Square, Andrew, and other stops adding thousands of fresh options for buyers and tenants

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Looking to live off the Red Line? Major projects along the T’s busiest route are due to offer thousands of opportunities in the form of fresh condos and apartments.

Here are seven choice options expected to open within the next few years (hey, it takes a while to save for the downpayment or the step-up in rent).

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1. Park 77

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77 New St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Construction started in early 2018 on the four-story, 93-unit apartment complex near the Red Line’s Alewife terminus in North Cambridge.

The project, called Park 77, will replace the site of the former J&C Adams door and window factory and warehouse at 77 New Street. It’s right across from Danehy Park and right next to a 54-unit apartment development called Park 87 that the same pair of developers put up.

The new complex will include amenities such as as a terrace with a built-in gas grill, a cafe with a full kitchen, a multimedia room, a meeting room with audio-visual equipment, and a top-floor lounge with a roof deck and a gym.

Rendering via Piatt Associates

2. Volpe Center redevelopment

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55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

The Cambridge City Council in October 2017 approved a rezoning that will allow M.I.T. to massively redevelop the Volpe transportation center near the Kendall Square stop.

Current plans call for approximately 1.7 million square feet of commercial space, including retail; around 1,400 housing units, representing 40 percent of the development and including 280 permanently subsidized affordable units and 20 middle-income units; a minimum of 5 percent innovation space for entrepreneurship and incubator activity; and approximately 2.5 acres of open space on the M.I.T.-owned land, which is a minimum of 25 percent of the site.

At least one of the new Volpe properties could run as high as 500 feet, which would mean the site would host Cambridge’s tallest building.

Overlay via M.I.T.

3. Mass + Main

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415 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

Construction started in the fall of 2017 on Mass + Main, a project that will add three buildings and 308 apartments to Cambridge’s Central Square.

One of those buildings will run to 19 stories and 195 feet, placing it among the tallest in Cambridge (though a proposal down the road in Kendall Square might render that height quaint in a bit).

The construction caps years of planning by developer Twining Properties. The project also overcame objections from some locals, including members of a neighboring Elks Lodge, concerned about the project’s scope.

An aerial view of a group of buildings and trees. Rendering via Mass + Main

4. Washington Village

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235 Old Colony Ave
Boston, MA 02127

Work commenced in October 2017 on this five-acre project near the Andrew stop that is due to include eight new buildings on six city blocks.

All totaled, what’s been dubbed Washington Village will have 656 apartments and condos; 98,600 square feet of retail space; and parking for 560 cars. Some 110 residential units will be designated affordable.

The new buildings closest to Dorchester Avenue will range from 18 to 22 stories—very tall for the area—and the entire affair will revolve around a 1.5-acre plaza and green.

The project is expected to open over the next four years.

5. South Bay Center development

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101 Allstate Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125

EDENS, the South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground in August 2016 on the 11-acre development of a site adjacent to its South Bay plaza near the Andrew stop.

The project is immense in scope.

It’s due to include five new six-story buildings; 475 apartments; a 130-room hotel; 113,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants; a 12-screen AMC Theatre with Imax and AMC Prime Technology; 1,094 new parking spots; and community space for events such as farmers markets, craft shows, charity drives, and festivals.

The project is supposed to open in three phases. Much of the retail portion is open; the rest is expected to open before the end of 2019.

Rendering via Stantec

6. North Quincy Station development

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A joint venture between Bozzuto Group and Atlantic Development has the necessary approvals to redevelop 7.2 acres on and around the North Quincy stop.

The project is due to include 610 apartments, 50,000 square feet of retail, and 1,600 on-site parking spaces. The project is also supposed to have direct covered access to the Red Line station; two outdoor courtyards and a pool deck; and nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor amenities.

Construction was supposed to have commenced in 2018—and may yet still—but a question surrounding the status of a state-owned garage at the site appears to have pushed the timeline back a few months. Once underway, the project is expected to take three years.

Rendering via Bozzuto

1. Park 77

77 New St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Rendering via Piatt Associates

Construction started in early 2018 on the four-story, 93-unit apartment complex near the Red Line’s Alewife terminus in North Cambridge.

The project, called Park 77, will replace the site of the former J&C Adams door and window factory and warehouse at 77 New Street. It’s right across from Danehy Park and right next to a 54-unit apartment development called Park 87 that the same pair of developers put up.

The new complex will include amenities such as as a terrace with a built-in gas grill, a cafe with a full kitchen, a multimedia room, a meeting room with audio-visual equipment, and a top-floor lounge with a roof deck and a gym.

77 New St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Volpe Center redevelopment

55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Overlay via M.I.T.

The Cambridge City Council in October 2017 approved a rezoning that will allow M.I.T. to massively redevelop the Volpe transportation center near the Kendall Square stop.

Current plans call for approximately 1.7 million square feet of commercial space, including retail; around 1,400 housing units, representing 40 percent of the development and including 280 permanently subsidized affordable units and 20 middle-income units; a minimum of 5 percent innovation space for entrepreneurship and incubator activity; and approximately 2.5 acres of open space on the M.I.T.-owned land, which is a minimum of 25 percent of the site.

At least one of the new Volpe properties could run as high as 500 feet, which would mean the site would host Cambridge’s tallest building.

55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

3. Mass + Main

415 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
An aerial view of a group of buildings and trees. Rendering via Mass + Main

Construction started in the fall of 2017 on Mass + Main, a project that will add three buildings and 308 apartments to Cambridge’s Central Square.

One of those buildings will run to 19 stories and 195 feet, placing it among the tallest in Cambridge (though a proposal down the road in Kendall Square might render that height quaint in a bit).

The construction caps years of planning by developer Twining Properties. The project also overcame objections from some locals, including members of a neighboring Elks Lodge, concerned about the project’s scope.

415 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Washington Village

235 Old Colony Ave, Boston, MA 02127

Work commenced in October 2017 on this five-acre project near the Andrew stop that is due to include eight new buildings on six city blocks.

All totaled, what’s been dubbed Washington Village will have 656 apartments and condos; 98,600 square feet of retail space; and parking for 560 cars. Some 110 residential units will be designated affordable.

The new buildings closest to Dorchester Avenue will range from 18 to 22 stories—very tall for the area—and the entire affair will revolve around a 1.5-acre plaza and green.

The project is expected to open over the next four years.

235 Old Colony Ave
Boston, MA 02127

5. South Bay Center development

101 Allstate Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125
Rendering via Stantec

EDENS, the South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground in August 2016 on the 11-acre development of a site adjacent to its South Bay plaza near the Andrew stop.

The project is immense in scope.

It’s due to include five new six-story buildings; 475 apartments; a 130-room hotel; 113,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants; a 12-screen AMC Theatre with Imax and AMC Prime Technology; 1,094 new parking spots; and community space for events such as farmers markets, craft shows, charity drives, and festivals.

The project is supposed to open in three phases. Much of the retail portion is open; the rest is expected to open before the end of 2019.

101 Allstate Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125

6. North Quincy Station development

Quincy, MA 02171
Rendering via Bozzuto

A joint venture between Bozzuto Group and Atlantic Development has the necessary approvals to redevelop 7.2 acres on and around the North Quincy stop.

The project is due to include 610 apartments, 50,000 square feet of retail, and 1,600 on-site parking spaces. The project is also supposed to have direct covered access to the Red Line station; two outdoor courtyards and a pool deck; and nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor amenities.

Construction was supposed to have commenced in 2018—and may yet still—but a question surrounding the status of a state-owned garage at the site appears to have pushed the timeline back a few months. Once underway, the project is expected to take three years.