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Mayor Menino Announces: New Projects Moving Forward

Jan 17, 2013

Approved: Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for Boston University’s Charles River Campus  Boston University’s ten-year vision for the Charles River Campus was unanimously approved by the BRA Board.  The Plan identifies and outlines proposed projects that will require Article 80 review.  They include: 763-767 Commonwealth Avenue [bb on map]
  • Renovate 144,160 SF of BU School of Law and add an additional 93,525 SF.
645-665 Commonwealth Avenue [cc on map]
  • Construct an academic building (up to 350,000 SF) on an existing, surface parking lot.
130 Bay State Road [ff on map]
  • Integrate 2 brownstones and build an addition totaling 60,000 SF of academic and administrative space.
640 Commonwealth Avenue [dd on map]
  • Add 50,000 SF for academic space to the existing 84,000 SF building.
30-38 Cummingham Street/Mall [ee on map]
  • Build a science/engineering research building (up to 165,000 SF).
610 Beacon Street/30 Bay State Road and 632 Beacon Street [gg on map]
  • Modernize Myles Standish Hall and Myles Standish Annex to remain an attractive option for student housing.
As part of Boston University’s IMP, the Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project is crucial to improving pedestrian safety, traffic operations, and vehicle circulation.  Boston University has committed over $13 million to 3 major improvement projects: Commonwealth Avenue Phase I, Commonwealth Avenue Phase 2, and Kenmore Square.  The IMP Project Team includes Boston University, Fort Point Associates, CBT Architects, Greenberg Consultants, and Tetra Tech.


  Housing and Office Space Approved for Fenway
Private investment / Total project cost: $6 million
Total SF: 27,000 SF
The BRA Board approved the transformation of a 1-story brick building into a five-story residential building on Peterborough Street in the Fenway.  The development will feature 20 two-bedroom units, including 3 affordable units, basement office space, and 12 parking spaces.  The development team is Yannis Leminopoulos and Nunes Trabucco Architects.  With the BRA Board’s approval, the project will move forward to the Zoning Board of Appeal.   New Housing Approved Near Broadway T Stop
Private investment / Total project cost: $12.5 million
Total SF: 40,464 SF
Retail: 3,834 SF
Jobs: 120-130 construction jobs

[caption id="attachment_9682" align="alignright" width="281"]22-26 West Broadway_Jan13 22-26 West Broadway Rendering[/caption] The BRA Board unanimously approved new housing that will replace three rundown buildings within walking distance of the Broadway T stop. The 6-story project located at 22-26 West Broadway will contain 31 units of housing, including 4 affordable units, close to 4,000 SF of ground floor commercial space, and 18 parking spaces. The $12.5 million project will include studios, one, and two bedrooms. The development team includes developer Evergreen Property and architect Utile Inc. The developer plans to begin construction in April 2013 with an estimated summer 2014 completion date. The project will create 120-130 construction jobs.   New Housing Approved Next to JFK/UMass T Stop
Private investment / Total project cost: $50 million
Total SF: 220,000 SF
Jobs: 180 construction jobs

[caption id="attachment_9684" align="alignleft" width="311"]25 Morrissey_rendering1 25 Morrissey Boulevard Bird's Eye View[/caption]

The BRA Board unanimously approved new rental housing adjacent to the JFK/UMass T Stop. The 220,000 SF project located at 25 Morrissey Boulevard is the first residential project to be approved since the Columbia Master Plan was adopted in June 2011.

The $50 million project will add approximately 278 new units of housing in two adjacent buildings and includes 36 affordable units. The West Building will house 104 residences with 33 enclosed, at-grade parking spaces and another 30 spaces on the mezzanine level. The East Building will house 174 units with enclosed parking for 80 cars.

The development team includes developer Synergy Investments and architecture firm ICON. The project will create 180 construction jobs and 4 permanent jobs.

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