Downtown Boston Development Projects
Capital investment of more than $3.9 billion in the past decade-plus -- for residential units, restaurants, theater restorations, college facilities, and lecture halls -- has created a 24/7 neighborhood here in downtown. New mixed-used projects valued at nearly $800 million are planned or currently underway for Downtown Boston.
Related Beal's Congress Square project is slated to redevelop 82 Devonshire St. and the abutting properties into a 458,300 sq. ft. mixed-used property including hotel, multi-family residential, and retail components. Set to include 92,700 sq. ft. of new development, the redevelopment launched in March 2016.
For a complete, chronological fact sheet of major downtown development projects from the past decade, please visit here.
Selection Of Recent Completed Projects
45 PROVINCE (45 Province St.): The $120 million 45 PROVINCE opened for residents in June 2009. The 31-story, 337,000-sq.-ft., 150-unit condominium tower includes the Cakeology kitchen, with a Torit Language Center Montessori school and Exhale spa above and the MAST' restaurant opening soon.
Ames Boston Hotel (1 Court St.): The $58 million Ames Boston Hotel opened for guests in December 2009. The 125-room boutique hotel is immediately adjacent to City Hall Plaza.
AVA Theater District (45 Stuart St.): A $125 million development project for a 29-story, 384,000-square-foot, 404-unit residential tower (including 40 on-site affordable housing units). Opened for residents in spring 2015.
Burnham Building (10 Summer St.): This historic $120 million restoration project--coupled with the Millennium Tower development--includes eight stories and 285,000-square-feet of mixed-use office/retail. Opened for office tenants in September 2014. A 25,000-sq.-ft. flagship Roche Bros. supermarket opened in spring 2015. Primark, a 112,000-sq.-ft. department store, opened in September 2015.
Godfrey Hotel (505 Washington St.): A $83 million redevelopment project includes the conversion of 59 Temple Place into a new 242-room boutique hotel with ground floor retail, including a George Howell Coffee store. The hotel opened in January 2016.
Government Center Station: A $113 million renovation project which includes ADA-compliant elevator access, new LED signage, new station lighting, a backup power supply, and more. The station opened on March 21, 2016.
Hamilton Crossing (8 Winter St.): The $8.5 million Hamilton Crossing opened for residents in July 2013. A former office building, the 12-story, 50,000-sq.-ft., 48-unit apartment tower is located in the center of Downtown Crossing.
The Kensington (665 Washington St.): The $170 million Kensington opened for residents in October 2013. The 27-story, 457,000-sq.-ft., 385-unit apartment tower project made improvements to Boylston Square/Liberty Tree Park and partially widened LaGrange Street.
Lafayette City Center (2 Ave. de Lafayette): The $5 million lobby renovation project includes a new security desk, elevator area, lounge seating, and more. The new lobby debuted in April 2014.
Millennium Place III (580 Washington St.): The $220 million Millennium Place opened for residents in November 2013. The 15-story, 391,000-sq.-ft., 265-unit condominium tower includes the Legal Crossing ("LX") restaurant and Caffe Nero.
Millennium Tower (1 Franklin St.): This landmark $495 million redevelopment project at the site of the former Filene's is for a 625-foot, 60-story, 1.2 million-sq.-ft., 450-unit condominium tower with 95,000-square-feet of street-level retail. The tower opened for residents in July 2016.
Modern Theatre (525 Washington St.): The $35 million restoration of the Modern Theatre debuted in October 2010. Suffolk University's restoration project transformed the vacant building into a new 2,400-square-foot, 185-seat black box theater complemented by a 800-square-foot art gallery/function space and 190-bed student dormitory.
Paramount Center (559 Washington St.): The $80 million restoration of the Paramount Center debuted in January 2010. The mixed-use center includes a 550-seat main theater, 125-seat black box theater, 174-seat screening room, 2,000-square-foot rehearsal space, 262-bed student dormitory, and a ground-floor restaurant, Salvatore's.
Park Street Station Elevator Project: The $10 million Park Street Station elevator upgrade, part of a system-wide $122 million project, was completed in December 2012.
Radian (120 Kingston St.): This $130 million redevelopment project is for a 26-story, 228,865-sq.-ft., 240-unit apartment tower with 5,300-sq.-ft. of ground-floor retail space along with 70 below- grade parking spaces. Leasing for tenants began spring 2014.
State Street Station Modernization Project: This $68 million station renovation debuted in May 2011. The renovation included new ADA-compliant elevator access, new entrances at 53 State Street & 60 State Street, a redesign of the Boston Massacre Plaza, and a new panel series of historical displays.
Congress Square (54-82 Devonshire St.): A 458,300 sq.-ft. redevelopment project that includes 92,700 sq.-ft. of proposed new development. The preexisting buildings to be renovated include 15 Congress St. (9,800-sq.-ft., 7 floors, multi-family residential/retail mix), 19 Congress St. (35,400-sq.-ft., 13 floors, multi-family residential/retail mix), 68 Devonshire St. (48,800 sq.-ft., 14 floors, multi-family residential/retail mix), and 40 Water St. (250,000-sq.-ft., 13 floors, office/retail mix). Estimated completion: 2017.
Winthrop Square Garage (115 Winthrop Sq.): Millennium Partners was selected by the City of Boston in August 2016 to construct a proposed 55-story tower with condominiums, office space, and a three-story “great hall” at street level. Financial and construction details are still being discussed, and Millennium Partners hopes to begin construction as soon as the summer of 2017.
Initially six developers submitted proposals to redevelop this closed city-owned garage.
- Boston Globe: City Picks Millennium Partners to Develop Winthrop Square Tower
- Boston Business Journal: A Look Inside All Six Proposals for Boston's Winthrop Square
- Boston Globe: Developers Pitch for Chance to Build Winthrop Square Tower
One Bromfield Street Development (1 Bromfield St.): A major redevelopment of 349-367 Washington St. and 1-21 Bromfield St., this proposal by Midwood Investment & Development calls for a 683-foot, 59-story mixed-use tower including 30,000 sq.-ft. of retail at the base. The proposed 419 residential units include 300 apartments (54 of them affordable) and 119 condo units. Estimated opening subject to BRA and community review.
- Boston Globe: New Downtown Crossing Skyscraper Would Rival Millennium Tower
- Boston.com: How a Newly Proposed Downtown Crossing Tower Would Change Boston's Skyline
171 Tremont Street development: Current proposal calls for the redevelopment of a former office building into a 19-unit, 235-foot condominium tower with each condominium unit occupying an entire floor. Estimated opening subject to BRA and community review.
Canvas (533 Washington St.): Current proposal calls for a 30-story, 305-foot, 94-unit residential tower with the bottom 4 floors given over to a tech start-up/business incubator space as well as a restaurant. Estimated opening subject to BRA and community review.
- Boston Herald: Downtown Tower Would Rise Tall and Thin On Washington Street
- Boston.com: 30-Story Residential Building Planned for Site of Old Nightclub in Downtown Crossing