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 currently redeveloping 82 Devonshire St. and the abutting properties into a 458,300 sq. ft. mixed-used property including hotel, multi-family residential, and retail components. Including 92,700 sq. ft. of new development, the redevelopment launched in March 2016 and is slated to complete in 2018.
For a complete, chronological fact sheet of major downtown development projects since 2000, please visit here.
Chronology Of Select Downtown Redevelopments:
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.
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 includes a Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar at street level.
Millennium Place (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 a Cafe Nero along with the Legal Crossing ("LX") restaurant.
Modern Theatre (525 Washington St.): Suffolk University's restored Modern Theatre debuted in October 2010. The $35 million restoration project transformed the vacant building into a new 2,400-sq.-ft., 185-seat black box theater complemented by a 800-sq.-ft. art gallery/function space and 190-bed student dormitory.
Paramount Center (559 Washington St.): Emerson College's restored Paramount Center debuted in January 2010. The $80 million mixed-use center includes a 550-seat main theater, 125-seat black box theater, 174-seat screening room, 2,000-sq.-ft. rehearsal space and 262-bed student dormitory. Salvatore's restaurant occupies the street-level space.
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 MAST' restaurant and Haley.Henry Wine Bar at street level, with a Torit Language Center Montessori school and Exhale spa above.
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. A new restaurant, Cultivar, is set to open there in late 2016.
Boston Opera House (539 Washington St.): The $55 million restoration of the Boston Opera House debuted to the public in July 2004. Featuring 2,500 seats, the restored theater includes Boston Ballet and Broadway in Boston as long-term tenants.
Nine Zero Hotel (90 Tremont St.): This 189-room boutique hotel opened in June 2002. The $59 million redevelopment features the Highball Lounge.
Ritz-Carlton mixed-use complex (1-10 Avery St): The $600 million, 1.9 million sq.-ft. development of the former "Combat Zone" block opened in 2000. The development includes the Ritz-Carlton Boston, featuring Artisan Bistro and the Avery Bar, the multi-tower Ritz-Carlton residences, the AMC Loews Boston Common 19-screen cinema, and the 2 Avery St. mixed-use center featuring a Roche Bobois retailer at street level and Equinox gym and Blu restaurant on the upper level.
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.
171 Tremont Street development: The Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly BRA) approved a 13-story, 12-unit luxury condo building on Oct. 20th, 2016. Click here for the BPDA page for the project.
- Bldup.com: BPDA Approves 171 Tremont St. Proposal
- Boston Globe: Developer Scales Back Skinny Tower Proposal
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
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