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BRA Approves Over $75 million In New Projects At June Meeting
Recent BRA approvals have made way for housing in the South End and Dorchester and a public charter school in Hyde Park. These approvals represent an investment of $75.3 million in Boston’s economy. Brookview House III in Dorchester will result in 12 affordable units for very low-income residents. The South End project will transform a former church into 33 units of housing. The 3 developments are expected to create nearly 250 construction jobs.
Devens Plan Scuttled by Town’s Vote
Any future biotechnology development at Devens has hit a roadblock after the town of Harvard rejected rezoning part of the former Army base, according to a top state economic development official. At simultaneous meetings Monday, two of the towns in which Devens is located — Shirley and Ayer — approved the rezoning of the southern end of the Grant Road district for commercial use, but Harvard Town Meeting members defeated it. The zoning change would have provided a large site with infrastructure in place to accommodate a large biotechnology user in Devens. Harvard Selectwoman Lucy Wallace said she voted against the proposal because it would have “eaten into” 17 of 100 acres of a recently approved residential development that are supposed to be preserved for open space and it would have combined large commercial use with residential use. MassDevelopment still is interested in working with the towns.
Apartments comprise almost 80% of Boston’s housing projects so far this year
13,000 housing units since January 2011, with another 8,000 units approved, puts the city on track to meet Mayor Walsh’s goal of creating 53,000 housing units by 2030, according to the city’s first-quarter housing plan progress report released Wednesday. In the first quarter, Boston permitted 1,187 total units and approved 825 total units. Apartment units made up the significant majority of housing permitted or approved in the first quarter, at 77.5 percent of the 1,187 units permitted and 79 percent of the 825 units approved, the report showed. Brian Golden, director of the BRA, told the Boston Business Journal that many of the housing projects approved by the authority’s board have options to transition into condominiums. Developers shied away from condominium development in the post-recession years, but that tide could turn as buyer demand remains strong in Boston and beyond. One major goal of the Boston 2030 housing plan is identifying transit-oriented sites for work-force housing. Walsh has previously identified two “growth zones” — Dorchester Avenue between the Red Line’s Broadway and Andrew stations in South Boston, and the Orange Line between Jackson Square and Forest Hills on the border of Jamaica Plain and Egleston Square. Golden said the BRA has identified 15 other nodes that are similar to those Red and Orange Line growth zones and are “heavily dependent” on MBTA services.
Developers Propose $4 Billion Makeover of Boston Garage
Architectural firm, Hacin + Associatesis proposing a $4 billion redevelopment of Harbor Garage on Atlantic Ave, Winthrop Square Garage, Government Center Garage, the Garden Garage near North Station and the garage attached to Back Bay Station. They want to replace these hulking concrete structures with skyscrapers featuring ground-floor stores, residences and office spaces. Urban Renewal led to the construction of these garages to bring development during the 1950’s and 60’s when automobile ownership became the norm. These garages allowed people to drive into the city to work. Proposals have been approved for a six building development at Government Center Garage, but other plans for the Garden Garage and Back Bay Station Garage are still being discussed.
Skanska expanding Seaport work with Marine Industrial Park office building
Skanska USA Commercial Development has received tentative approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to lease and develop a 215,000-square-foot office with first-floor retail, the BRA said after its May board meeting. Parcel Q-1 is a triangular parcel located off Drydock Avenue adjacent to the Marine Industrial Park’s entrance off Summer Street. The parcel, which is owned by the BRA, is one of just two parcels in the entire 191-acre park where development is not limited to marine or industrial uses. Skanska itself declined to comment on its plans. Skanska’s approval is “tentative” because the BRA needs a signed letter of intent for the development, and the project needs to go through the Article 80 development process, said Nick Martin, spokesman for the BRA. Martin said Skanska’s office project was an extension of the momentum generated by the Marine Industrial Park’s neighbors, including Fort Point, Fan Pier and the Seaport overall.
Clark University to Break Ground on Alumni and Student Center
On Friday, Clark University will break ground on its new four-story 35,000 square foot Alumni and Student Engagement Center. The Center will be a signature building for the university and will serve as a place to welcome visiting alumni. Clark is aiming for the center to open in summer 2016. According to the school, the building will give Clark's pioneering model for liberal undergraduate education a distinctive presence on campus, where students will collaborate with faculty, alumni and external partners to experience a rich mix of academic, world and workplace experiences.
Tufts Veterinary hospital to undergo $8.6M renovation
The Foster hospital at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton will undergo an $8.6 million renovation that will boost exam and treatment areas, the organization announced Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals treated more than 29,000 patients last year and is expected to treat more than 32,000 this year. The renovation will increase the number of state-of-the-art examination rooms, create larger treatment rooms for specialty services, and increase clients’ comfort. The renovation will also give Cummings students more opportunities for learning, research and collaboration.
Funds for the renovation were raised through a campaign launched in 2013, assisted by a 2 to 1 challenge gift from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund and $2.5 million from Travis and Anne Engen. The renovation is expected to be completed by summer 2016. Work on the lobby, which will impact how clients access the hospital during the renovation, will begin in June.
Martignetti To Build Regional HQ in Taunton
The Taunton Development / Mass Development Corp. has sold 115 acres in Myles Standish Industrial Park to Martignetti Cos., New England’s leading distributor of wines and spirits. Martignetti plans to invest over $100 million to build a 680,000 sqft regional headquarters on the parcel. Massachusetts provided $1.6 million from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to develop roadways, utilities and storm water systems. The US Economic Development Administration also provided $3.1 million in matching grant funds for the same purpose.
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