Winthrop Center Tower & South Station Tower Construction Advisories:
Please be advised of a number of pedestrian/vehicular traffic detours, as construction on Winthrop Center Tower continues:
- Federal Street: there are pedestrian crosswalks at 133 Federal Street and at 75-101 Federal Street to help pedestrians avoid the construction site. Pedestrians are advised to use caution on Federal Street not only due to the construction site but also because of the high number of MBTA buses that travel it.
- Winthrop Square Park: Access to Winthrop Square Park is prohibited, as its renovation is now underway. Pedestrians are advised to use the main crosswalk that spans Otis & Devonshire Streets where, the streets junction at the park's traffic island. There is also a pedestrian corridor, protected with concrete Jersey barriers, along the Otis Street perimeter of the park. As with Federal Street, pedestrians are advised to use caution around Winthrop Square Park due to the high volume of MBTA buses traveling along Otis Street.
- Devonshire Street: the street remains closed to bicyclists and vehicular traffic north of 100 Summer Street's parking garage. The portion of the street that is open to traffic remains two-way. Access continues to be available to the 100 Summer Street parking garage, 100 Summer Street loading dock, Common Vines wine shop, Viga restaurant, and the residential units above Viga at 289 Devonshire Street.
In addition, please be advised that the construction of the South Station Tower will have impacts on commuter rail passengers who use the station. Please visit the South Station Air Rights info/alert page to review the impacts. The page includes:
- a "What You Need To Know" section;
- a Getting Around page dedicated to showing how to use alternate routes in the station during construction;
- and a Project Documents page containing various construction management diagrams.
What's Being Built In Downtown
Capital investment of more than $4.6 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 over $1 billion are planned or currently underway for Downtown Boston.
For a complete inventory of major developments in the area since 2000, visit here.
Winthrop Center (115 Winthrop Square): MP Boston was selected by the City of Boston in August 2016 (among six competing development submissions) to develop this site, which was formerly a City-owned parking garage.
Current plans call for a 50-story, 1.592 million sq.-ft., mixed-use tower including 500 residential units occupying 715,000 sq.-ft. over 26 floors, 750,000 sq.-ft. of commercial space occupying 20 floors, a 550-space parking garage, a 12,000 sq.-ft. Connector lobby space, and additional restaurant/retail amenities.
The project received its regulatory approvals from the BPDA and ZBA in spring 2018. Demolition of the preexisting parking garage commenced soon after and transitioned to construction of the tower in fall 2018.
Congress Square: The Congress Square project, consisting of 40 Water St. and two abutting properties (54 Devonshire St., 13-19 Congress St.), launched in March 2016 and is nearly complete. The complex includes 458,300 sq.-ft. of mixed-used property, with hotel, office, and retail components.
The first hotel component, at 54 Devonshire St. (shown below), a 85,700 sq.-ft., 165-room Hyatt Centric, opened in February 2019. The pending renovation of 13-19 Congress St. is the last remaining component of Congress Square to be done.
The 13-floor, 250,000 sq.-ft. office component, at 40 Water St., opened in phases, from late 2018 through mid-2019.
High Street Place: Rockpoint Group/Rockhill Management are renovating the lobby space that connects 100 High Street with 160 Federal Street to create High Street Place, a new food hall.
High Street Place will feature 22 separate food kiosks showcasing local vendors, with seating for 400. It is slated to open in March 2020.
399 Washington Street: L3 Capital acquired this property in June 2017. It is undertaking a complete renovation (renderings below) of the historic 6-story, 77,000 sq.-ft. building, which was built in 1881. The renovation launched in late 2017 and is slated to complete in December 2019.
1 Milk Street: a complete renovation of the historic 6-story, 42,000 sq.-ft. Transcript building, which was built in 1873. The renovation includes a new lobby, curtainwall, elevator system, metal-and-glass storefront, entry canopy, and doors. Construction began in October 2017 and completed in December 2018.
80 Boylston Street: Emerson College's renovation of the Little Building began in June 2017 and completed in summer 2019 in time for the fall 2019 semester. Included in the project were interior renovations on floors 2-12, the construction of a new 13th floor, located behind the roofline's parapet, and 294 new student dormitory beds.
Recent Downtown Developments:
The Union at 48 Boylston Street: Completed in January 2019, this 46-unit affordable housing complex includes 38 studio apartments and 8 one-bedroom apartments. Site of the former BYMCU, this 40,500 sq.-ft. renovation contains 11,000 sq.-ft. of office space along with 3,800 sq.-ft. of retail space. Additional info about the project can be found here.
Exchange at 100 Federal Street: Completed in March 2018, this 18,000 sq.-ft. steel-and-glass pavilion, occupying the Congress Street plaza of 100 Federal Street, includes 8,500 sq.-ft. of retail space and 9,000 sq.-ft. of open "winter garden" space.
The Conrad (6 Hamilton Pl.): This renovation of the upper levels of 17-33 Winter St. converted former office space into a 27-unit, 29,000-sq.-ft. apartment complex. The Conrad includes nine 2-bedroom units, six 3-bedroom units, and twelve 4-bedroom units.
Godfrey Hotel (505 Washington St.): This $83 million redevelopment projected converted the 59 Temple Place office tower into a new 242-room boutique hotel that opened in January 2016. Street-level amenities include a George Howell Coffee Shop and RUKA restaurant, which is set to open in late 2016.
Millennium Tower (1 Franklin St.): This landmark $495 million redevelopment project at the site of the former Filene's opened for residents in July 2016. The 625-foot, 60-story, 1.2 million-sq.-ft., 442-unit condominium tower includes 95,000-square-feet of street-level retail, split between a PABU sushi restaurant and an Old Navy.
AVA Theater District (45 Stuart St.): The $125 million AVA Theater District opened for residents in spring 2015. This 29-story, 384,000-square-foot, 404-unit residential tower includes 40 on-site affordable housing units.
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.
Liberty Tree Lofts (630 Washington St.): This 5-story, 52,000-sq.-ft. building, formerly occupied by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, was converted into 37 apartment units via a $14.2 million renovation. Located adjacent to the Liberty Tree Plaza, the Liberty Tree Lofts is named for its proximity to the site of the legendary 1765 Stamp Act riots which started Boston on the road to the American Revolution and independence.
44 Winter Street: This $3 million residential conversion of an office building into a 14-unit apartment building, consisting of eight 4-bedroom, three 3-bedroom, and three 1-bedroom units, opened in July.