The old Chinatown development at the corner of Hudson and Kneeland — right at the gate of Chinatown — got the greenlight from the city and will start construction in 2012. The new $130 million, 20-story development will feature 295 apartments and 50 condos, a 13,000 s/f park, and a community center. A whopping 40 percent of the units, say the developers, will be priced as “affordable” housing units, with two bedroom apartments going for as low as $540 a month (and up to $1,170).

This is one of the many older stalled projects in Chinatown, and original plans originally called for a mostly condo development of 325 units. I still can’t get my head around anyone make a profit with $540 two-bedroom units. Then again, many Chinatown residents feel the city owes Chinatown after the city took a lot of property for eminent domain to build the express way connections between Chinatown and South Station.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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Ford Realty Inc
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