Should these be called developments or projects? Projects sounds, I don’t know, not so good.
Anyway, a visitor asked me for information on new developments going up or planned for the Back Bay, South End, and Fenway neighborhoods.
Here’s what I told her (I’ll make it look all nice, in the morning):
I am familiar with several projects announced for these neighborhoods – some are under construction, now, and some may never be built.
The part of Boylston Street that some developers are interested in is the Boylston Street over near Fenway Park, not the part of Boylston Street where the Mandarin Oriental is being constructed.
There are plans to build a massive mixed-use project at 1330 Boylston Street, where the Dominos Pizza used to be. Most of the land is currently used as a parking lot. This project is in the planning stages, at this point, with no set timeline for construction.
In addition, the Red Sox have bought the land next to the Howard Johnson’s, and the Howard Johnson’s, too, as well as the buildings next door, where the WBCN studios used to be. No concrete plans have been announced for this, although everyone expects the development to include condos and a new hotel.
There is one project that might go up in the Back Bay on Boylston Street – where the Institute of Contemporary Art used to be. It’s across from the Hynes Convention Center. No word on how large the development will be, or how long it will take to build (I would guess 2009, conservatively).
There are new developments planned for the area between Back Bay and the South End. The largest project is Columbus Center, at the corner of Clarendon Street and Columbus Ave. There will be condos, office space, and a new hotel, built over the Mass Turnpike. It will be 2009 – 2010 before construction is completed. Or when hell freezes over, if some people have their way.
There is also a 50-unit building going up 301-319 Columbus Ave, called The Bryant. It is currently under construction.
They are turning 285 Columbus Ave into condos, where the Red Cross currently has its headquarters. It will be awhile before this gets under way.
Oh, and also nearby is The Clarendon, at the corner of Stuart Street and Clarendon Street, across from the Hancock Tower & Liberty Mutual (next to the Hard Rock Cafe). They’ll be turning this empty parking lot into condos, along with a new Back Bay post office.
The Modern, in the South End, near the corner of Mass Ave & Columbus Ave, is a new, built from the ground up, development, with, I think, 27 units. I like the style, a lot. The building is right next door ot a Sunoco station, though. It should be done by summer, 2007.
YooD4 is a chic, modern renovation of an old police station, on Warren Ave. It’ll be another 18 months to completion. Or, never, based on some of the rumors I’ve been hearing.
Lots of construction on Harrison Ave, in the South End, including 700 Harrison, a more moderately-priced project, and The Art Block, where some of the units have been set aside for artists. The Art Block is under construction, now.
The Penmark is nearby, and is a conversion of the old Boston College High School. Very nice renovation. Completion scheduled for sometime this fall.
Oh, also in the Back Bay, is 360 Newbury, at the corner of Newbury & Mass Ave, will be completed by October. It’s above the Virgin Records.