Mayor Menino Announces New Projects Move Forward

Projects will create over 1,000 new jobs and bring more than $460 million in private investment to the City of Boston

 

Harvard University Institutional Master Plan Amendment Approved

The BRA Board unanimously approved an amendment to the existing Harvard University Institutional Master Plan. The amendment includes a project at 28 Travis Street and renovations to the existing Bright Hockey Center and Gordon Indoor Track in Allston.

The approved 28 Travis Street Project includes the renovation of an existing single-story warehouse building and the construction of a new single-story building.  The project will serve as a temporary home for a number of existing institutional uses, including IT, mail and transportation services and the HUPD training facility, which are currently located at 219 Western Avenue.  The project incorporates substantial input from the City, BRA, the Harvard Allston Task Force, elected officials and neighbors. Harvard has also affirmed its commitment to planning and interim improvements to an area north of Ray Mellone Park to be called Rena Park, and will provide Allston residents access to the Harvard Shuttle, contingent on conversations with the MBTA.

The IMP amendment also includes the Bright Arena Project, an interior renovation within the Bright Hockey Center and Gordon Indoor Track facilities within Harvard’s Athletics area.  This interior work will involve no increase in square footage or height.

 

1282 Boylston Street To Get More Units

Private investment / Total project cost: $305 million
Total square footage: 348,235
Housing: 322 units
Construction Jobs: 600
Retail: 15,000 SF, ground floor retail

 

The BRA board unanimously approved a project change that will add approximately 20 new units of housing to the 1282 Boylston Street project in the Fenway. The project change increases the number of residential units at the site from approximately 322 to up to 350, and increases the number of affordable units from approximately 36 to 38. The 1282 Boylston Street project being developed by the Abbey Group was previously approved by the BRA Board in September 2012. The unit increase will not result in any change in size to the previously approved building envelope.

 

New Rental Housing Approved in Allston

 Private investment / Total project cost: $10.7 million
Total SF: 18,103 SF
Housing: 41 units
Retail: 3,810 SF
Jobs: 87 construction jobs

 

The BRA Board unanimously approved 41 units of housing at 37 N Beacon Street in Allston. The $10.7 million mixed use project includes ground floor retail along N Beacon Street and several sustainable design elements.

The new 5-story building will be home to 41 units of housing with porches, including 9 studios, 15 one bedrooms, 15 two bedrooms, and 2 three bedrooms. The fourth floor units will be two stories and the total project includes 5 affordable units. The project also includes 35 parking spaces with 2 bicycle parking spots per unit.

The project’s sustainable elements include a storm water retention system, a centralized garden space, photovoltaic roof panels, and roof top vegetable gardens.

The project developer is Sebastian Mariscal of Sebastian Mariscal Studio.

 

New Housing for the South End

 Private investment / Total project cost: $145 million
Total SF: 330,000
Housing: 400 units
Retail: 2,000 SF
Jobs: 300 construction jobs, 15 permanent jobs

 

The BRA Board unanimously approved the Notice of Project Change for 275 Albany Street which will bring 400 residential units to the Harrison/Albany Corridor in the South End.  The $145 million project will be composed of two buildings: a 19-story building on Traveler Street with 220 residential units and an 11-story building on East Berkeley Street with 180 residential units.

The project team includes Normandy Real Estate Partners, Gerdling Edlen, ADD Inc., and Mel Shuman Law.

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