What's Being Built In Downtown
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.
Recent Downtown Developments:
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.
Radian (120 Kingston St.): The $130 million Radian opened for residents in May 2014. The 26-story, 229,000-sq.-ft., 240-unit apartment tower includes Townsman restaurant at the base.
Fox Residences (407 Washington St.): This renovation converted the upper floors of a formerly all-retail building into 14 different apartments, ranging from 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom units. Opened in spring 2014.
Winter Place Residences (1-3 Winter Pl.): This $6 million renovation of the upper stories of the former Locke-Ober restaurant (now Yvonne's) converted the floors into six condos ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,300-sq.-ft. Opened in spring 2014.
To check out a complete list of major downtown redevelopments from prior to 2014, starting in 2000, please visit here.
Boston Properties' 100 Federal Street Atrium project is underway on the plaza at the corner of Congress & Franklin streets. The atrium will include 8,500-sq.-ft. of retail space, 500-sq.-ft. of kiosk space, and a nearly 9,000-sq.-ft. winter garden. It is slated to open in early 2018.
Congress Square: see the project description at the very top of the page.
1 Milk St.: a complete renovation of the historic 6-story, 42,000-sq.-ft. Transcript building, which was built in 1873. The renovation will include a new lobby, curtainwall, elevator system, metal-and-glass storefront, entry canopy, and doors. Construction is slated to begin in August 2017 and complete in June 2018.
240 Tremont St.: a 24-story, 275-ft., 143,000-sq.-ft. new hotel (rendering below), featuring 346 "micro" rooms (average size approx. 175-sq.-ft.). The hotel, a Marriott Moxy, is being built on the vacant parcel abutting the Wilbur Theatre. Construction began in December 2016 and is slated to complete in late 2018.
80 Boylston St.: Emerson College's renovation of the Little Building began in June 2017 and is set to complete in summer 2019 in time for the fall 2019 semester. The project includes 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.
115 Winthrop Sq.: Millennium Partners was selected by the City of Boston in August 2016 (among six competing development submissions) to develop this site, currently a former City-owned parking garage. Current plans (rendering shown above) call for a 55-story, 775-ft. mixed-use tower ranging between 1.1-1.5 million-sq.-ft. It would include between 290-460 residential units, between 450,000-650,000-sq.-ft. of office space, between 35,000-60,000-sq.-ft. of retail space, and a Great Hall of between 10,000-15,000-sq.-ft. The project review is set to commence with the standard BPDA Article 80 Large Project Review.
399 Washington St.: L3 Capital acquired this property in June 2017. It plans to do a complete renovation (renderings below) of the historic 6-story, 77,000-sq.-ft. building, which was built in 1881. Permitting for the project is currently underway.
47 LaGrange St.: The Matteson Cos. are set to develop this vacant 8,800-sq.-ft. parking lot into a new 21-floor, 240-ft., 157,000-sq.-ft. residential tower including 176 units. The BPDA approved this project (rendering below) for construction in June 2017.
South Station Tower: The Hines Co. is set to erect a new 51-story, 862,000-sq.-ft. tower directly atop historic South Station. The mixed-use development would include 641,000-sq.-ft. of office space, 166 residential condo units comprising 215,000-sq.-ft., and 6,000-sq.-ft. of retail space. The BPDA approved construction for the project (rendering below) in December 2016.