The following is an excerpt from Scott Van Voorhis’s article in the Banker & Tradesman:

The last thing downtown Boston needs is another ugly hole in the ground.

So it’s not surprising then that the Harvard Club, one of the city’s top civic institutions, and the Eliot Hotel, a thriving boutique, are teaming up to stop plans for an outsized new retail and office project next door on Massachusetts Avenue.

The development team behind the plans is none other than Kensington Investment Co., which tore down the historic, Vaudeville-era Gaiety Theater on Washington Street earlier in the decade to make way for a new apartment and condo tower.

Sadly, the tower has gone missing, leaving only a giant hole in the ground just a short walk through Downtown Crossing from the site of the much better known Filene’s development fiasco.

Somehow Kensington has now resurfaced with City Hall’s apparent blessing, with plans to replace a low-slung string of buildings along Mass. Ave. with a 50,000-square-foot office and retail complex.

The project’s neighbors, the Harvard Club and the Eliot Hotel, have responded by going to state Land Court in a bid to pull the plug on Kensington’s permits.

A hearing is set for Dec. 4.

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John Ford
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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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