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Mapping the Seven Boston-Area Projects to Watch Right Now

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'Tis no secret there is a ton of development either under way or planned in the Boston region: hotels, apartments, condos, retail, more apartments, you name it. There are seven projects in particular that have the potential to be especially transformative; some because they would be the firsts of their kind in a particular area, others simply because of their scope and ambition. We're talking Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing and Roxbury's inaugural residential tower in Dudley Square (rendered above). Heck, one of our map points appears to be a first for all of Boston.


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1. Millennium Tower

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1 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02108

This one's a no-brainer. The 60-story, 442-unit luxury condo tower is due to finally lift Downtown Crossing over the hump from a 9-to-5 to a 24-7 neighborhood.

2. Canvas

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533 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

The recently proposed project would run to 30 stories (and 305 feet) and be only 38 feet wide ... basically the kind of pencil-tower developments sprouting in Manhattan right now and a first, really for Boston. It would include 94 residential units.

3. Dudley Square Tower

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Washington Street & Roxbury Street
Boston, MA 02119

This proposed project would tbe first true residential tower in Roxbury. The current plan calls for a 25-story glass-and-steel building atop the Institution for Savings in Roxbury and Its Vicinity, across from the Dudley Square MBTA Station. The first nine floors would be commercial space, mostly offices; floors 10 through 19 would be 1- and 2-BR apartments asking about $2,000 a month tops; and the rest of the floors would be given over to condos for as-yet-undisclosed prices.

4. Quincy Center

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1400 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

The long-time-coming project is expected to eventually include more than 400 apartments as well as several thousand square feet of retail and commercial space, all near a Red Line stop (transit-oriented, people, transit-oriented). The first phase calls for a complex called West of Chestnut (that spot had once been dubbed Merchant Row, the site of the short-lived construction). It is slated to have 169 apartments in a six-floor building with 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Construction started earlier this year.

5. Kendall Square Initiative

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Broadway & Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

All total, what M.I.T. calls the Kendall Square Initiative is slated to include six new buildings; 740 apartments over two of those buildings, or 500 net new housing units, including affordable housing and graduate-student residences; 100,000 square feet of new and repositioned ground-floor retail; nearly 1 million square feet of office and research space; three acres of plazas and parkland; and the retention of some 800K square feet of existing capacity for future academic use. The project officially started last month and everything is supposed to be done in the next six to 10 years.

6. Congress Square

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15 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02109

The Boston Redevelopment Authority O.K.'d this project in July. It will involve six different buildings as well as a publicly accessible plaza of nearly 44,000 square feet connecting surrounding streets. The buildings all totaled will encompass 458,300 square feet; and will include retail, restaurants, office space, 35 condos at 15 Congress Street, and a 133-room boutique hotel at 68 Devonshire Street. Related Beal, the lead developer on the project (they're the same folks bringing you the car-less Lovejoy Wharf), wants the whole shebang to have a kind of "European-style arcade" feel about it, according to documents filed with the BRA.

7. Dot Block

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Dorchester Avenue & Hancock Street
Boston, MA 02125

Things are still on the drawing board for what would be one of the biggest single developments in Dorchester history. Right now, Dot Block is slated to include 420 housing units, including condos, as well as 68,000 square feet of retail. The project would unfold over several buildings (more than 10, in fact) and include a 400-space garage. Stay tuned.

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1. Millennium Tower

1 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02108

This one's a no-brainer. The 60-story, 442-unit luxury condo tower is due to finally lift Downtown Crossing over the hump from a 9-to-5 to a 24-7 neighborhood.

1 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02108

2. Canvas

533 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

The recently proposed project would run to 30 stories (and 305 feet) and be only 38 feet wide ... basically the kind of pencil-tower developments sprouting in Manhattan right now and a first, really for Boston. It would include 94 residential units.

533 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

3. Dudley Square Tower

Washington Street & Roxbury Street, Boston, MA 02119

This proposed project would tbe first true residential tower in Roxbury. The current plan calls for a 25-story glass-and-steel building atop the Institution for Savings in Roxbury and Its Vicinity, across from the Dudley Square MBTA Station. The first nine floors would be commercial space, mostly offices; floors 10 through 19 would be 1- and 2-BR apartments asking about $2,000 a month tops; and the rest of the floors would be given over to condos for as-yet-undisclosed prices.

Washington Street & Roxbury Street
Boston, MA 02119

4. Quincy Center

1400 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169

The long-time-coming project is expected to eventually include more than 400 apartments as well as several thousand square feet of retail and commercial space, all near a Red Line stop (transit-oriented, people, transit-oriented). The first phase calls for a complex called West of Chestnut (that spot had once been dubbed Merchant Row, the site of the short-lived construction). It is slated to have 169 apartments in a six-floor building with 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Construction started earlier this year.

1400 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

5. Kendall Square Initiative

Broadway & Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

All total, what M.I.T. calls the Kendall Square Initiative is slated to include six new buildings; 740 apartments over two of those buildings, or 500 net new housing units, including affordable housing and graduate-student residences; 100,000 square feet of new and repositioned ground-floor retail; nearly 1 million square feet of office and research space; three acres of plazas and parkland; and the retention of some 800K square feet of existing capacity for future academic use. The project officially started last month and everything is supposed to be done in the next six to 10 years.

Broadway & Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

6. Congress Square

15 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02109

The Boston Redevelopment Authority O.K.'d this project in July. It will involve six different buildings as well as a publicly accessible plaza of nearly 44,000 square feet connecting surrounding streets. The buildings all totaled will encompass 458,300 square feet; and will include retail, restaurants, office space, 35 condos at 15 Congress Street, and a 133-room boutique hotel at 68 Devonshire Street. Related Beal, the lead developer on the project (they're the same folks bringing you the car-less Lovejoy Wharf), wants the whole shebang to have a kind of "European-style arcade" feel about it, according to documents filed with the BRA.

15 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02109

7. Dot Block

Dorchester Avenue & Hancock Street, Boston, MA 02125

Things are still on the drawing board for what would be one of the biggest single developments in Dorchester history. Right now, Dot Block is slated to include 420 housing units, including condos, as well as 68,000 square feet of retail. The project would unfold over several buildings (more than 10, in fact) and include a 400-space garage. Stay tuned.

Dorchester Avenue & Hancock Street
Boston, MA 02125