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Holy Cross breaks ground on $22M retreat site
The College of the Holy Cross will build a new $22 million facility on a 52-acre site in West Boylston that will boost its retreat programs. The site, which overlooks the Wachusett Reservoir, was purchased by the school last year. It is adjacent to a conservation area. Officials from Holy Cross conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site this week. It will be called the Joyce Contemplative Center, named after the late Thomas P. Joyce, a 1959 alumnus and member of the Holy Cross board of trustees. He was also the father of six Holy Cross graduates. His family is a lead donor for the project. The new facility will consist of a 33,800-square foot complex designed specifically for the college’s retreat programs. The main building will include a chapel, meeting rooms and dining room. Adjoining that building will be a living quarters with bedrooms and baths for 60 individuals.
Plans call for the Joyce Center to open at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. The facility has been designed by Lamoureux Pagano & Associates of Worcester.
Five acres in South Boston industrial area slated for mixed-use development
A Boston-based developer has proposed creating six streets of housing, retail and park area on five acres of former light industrial space in South Boston’s Andrew Square neighborhood. The plan, unveiled Tuesday night at a community meeting at the Iron Workers Union building in South Boston, calls for eight buildings – the tallest rising 17 stories high – that would envelope an area at the intersection of Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue. The area previously had housed Winthrop Printing, a transmission shop and other industrial uses. There would be 700 units of housing, a mixture of apartments and condos, with an emphasis on affordability for the middle class, according to the developer, David Pogorelc of Core Investments. The plan also calls for 76,000 square feet of retail and parking for 580 cars, both on surface lots and in garages. Included in the plan for retail uses are cafes and a smaller-scale supermarket. The new area would include 1.4 acres of public open space, where Pogorelc envisions vibrant community uses, such as movies and block parties in warm weather months and a skating rink in the winter.
Labor group says agreement reached on gas pipelineThe MA Building Trades Council has reached an agreement with Kinder Morgan, the company that plans a $5 billion underground natural gas pipeline through southern New England. The Building Trades announced Wednesday that a Memorandum of Understanding requires the firm to use union labor at all construction sites in Massachusetts. The council said the project will create thousands of construction jobs. The proposed pipeline would follow a route from New York into western Massachusetts for 63 miles, then turn north and continue for 70 miles in southern New Hampshire before re-entering Massachusetts and ending in Dracut. Supporters of the pipeline say it will expand natural gas supplies in the region. Critics say the project could cause environmental harm and slow investment in renewable energy sources.
BU School of Management receives $50M gift and begins plans for expansion
Boston University School of Management has received a $50 million gift from Allen Questrom and his wife Kelli, marking the largest gift in the university's history and allowing the school to plan for expansion. With the gift, BU will rename its management school to the Questrom School of Business. The donation puts BU at $823 million and close to its goal of raising $1 billion in a fundraising campaign that is slated for completion in 2017. Plans for the Questrom's gift include beginning the plans for an expansion of the business school. The expansion of BU's business school would add about 60,000 square feet of mainly classroom space to BU's existing school of management building at 595 Commonwealth Avenue. The project would connect that existing Commonwealth Avenue building to property that BU owns on Allstate Road. Currently, brownstone buildings and some open space occupy the site. There are no details yet about the timing of the expansion project or the size of the new structure would be. Expansion is necessary to house the growing number of business students enrolled at BU. In the past few years, the number of undergraduate management students has grown from 2,000 to its current enrollment of 2,500. The new structure would have an entrance on Bay State Road.
Mass. gives Amazon $3m in tax breaks
The MA Economic Assistance Coordinating Council voted Tuesday to give Amazon.com Inc. $3.25 million in state tax breaks, cementing the company’s plans to build a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Fall River and Freetown. “This is a big deal,” said Jay Ash, the state’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, who negotiated the deal with Amazon. “To have an internationally recognized company making a substantial commitment to a gateway city like Fall River, that’s a good way to kick-start economic development.” In return for the tax breaks, Amazon promises 500 permanent jobs in addition to as many as 2,000 seasonal and part-time jobs. Of the $3.25 million, $1 million is a job creation credit, which the company is allowed to sell for cash. The remaining $2.25 million is a so-called “enhanced expansion project” credit. The economic council also approved $11.6 million worth of local tax breaks Amazon previously negotiated with Fall River and Freetown. The fulfillment center is expected to open in summer or fall 2016.
UMass pursuing Shrewsbury surgery center
UMass Memorial Health Care and the Shields Health Care Group are planning to build a 40,000-square-foot surgery center on Main Street in Shrewsbury. The facility at 151 Main St. would be owned and operated by the two groups under the name Healthcare Enterprises LLC. The cost to build the center would not exceed $30 million, according to UMass officials. The center would provide mainly orthopedic services. Shrewsbury selectmen voted "wholeheartedly" on Tuesday to send a letter of support for the center to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). A public hearing was held by DPH on March 16 with a final decision expected on May 13. Once that certificate is received from the state, the local approval process would move forward. Because of local officials' familiarity with the site and UMass' experience with similar projects, all parties expect the project to move quickly towards a 2016 opening of the building.
Mixed-Use with Movie Theater and Apartments Proposed for South BayA developer has filed a letter of intent with BRA for a mixed-use project on 10 acres adjacent to South Bay Center in Dorchester. The letter, from All State Roads LLC outlines a plan to construct a transit-oriented, mixed-use commercial / residential development to include a 65,000 sqft cinema, 150-200 room hotel, 115,000 sqft of retail space, 500 residential units and two parking garages. New internal roadways, sidewalks and open space will be created as well. The tract of land is bounded by South Bay, Enterprise St to the southwest, Boston St to the southeast and West Howell St to the northeast. The land is currently occupied by a concrete plant, vacant commercial and industrial space, office and retail buildings and parking lots.
HFF secures $680M in financing for Four Seasons tower
HFF has secured $680 million in construction financing and joint venture equity for the 61-story Four Seasons hotel and private residences planned in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. HFF worked with developer Carpenter & Co. to secure a $500 million construction loan through The Children's Investment Fund Management LLP, a London-based hedge fund management firm. Citi Private Bank raised $180 million in joint venture equity. The 61-story project, which officially broke ground last month, is slated to be the largest tower built in four decades when complete in 2018. It will be anchored by a 211-room Four Seasons on the lower 23 floors, with 180 private residences on floors 25-61. Suffolk Construction Co. is the project's general contractor, and the tower was designed by architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in collaboration with Cambridge Seven Associates.
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