Sergio having fun at SoWa First Friday’s Abigail Ogilvy Gallery
Friday night was freakishly warm and that in part probably contributed to the thousands of people who turned up to see some of their favorite local artists as well as 21 new art galleries. If you cannot guess from the photo I took of Sergio at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, the evening was a lot of fun.
Congratulations to all the new galleries and boutiques at 460 Harrison Ave. I wish everyone of them much success. I can’t think of a more eclectic combination of retail / boutiques in Boston. If you missed this month’s opening, mark your calendar for the next First Friday event, December 4th from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Leggat McCall Properties 700 unit residential complex would rehab 575 Albany Street
The Boston Globe reported this week that Leggat McCall Properties filed plans to build 700 new apartments; mostly one bedroom and studios in the South End. The plan suggests it would rehab the building shown above at 575 Albany, and demolish three smaller buildings on East Dedham and East Canton streets.
The Leggat plan joins a list of large residential developments in recent years that include the Ink Block (300+ residential units), Troy (375+ residential units), the yet to be named 345 Harrison project (550+ residential units) and 600 Harrison (150+ residential units) – and with the recent sale of the Boston Flower Exchange and Quinzani’s Bakery one should expect more announcements to follow.
According to the Globe, construction could begin in early 2017. If you’d like to read more read the full article in The Boston Globe here.
Earlier this week New England Open Markets –who operate the South End Open Market at SoWa each Sunday — announced that they will be moving to the Ink Block next season.
While the South End Open Market will be moving a few blocks down the street to the Ink Block word on the street is that the Arts & Crafts, Farmer’s and Food Truck Markets will remain at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue.
While the details are still fuzzy, it seems to me that the retailers along Harrison Avenue must see this as great news. The weekly markets draw thousands from outside the neighborhood each Sunday while in operation (May through October). Although the never ending flow of foot traffic may be the source of headaches for drivers, this will help the quirky, independent retail shops that have come to define the SoWa retail scene and distinguish us from most other retail centers in the city.
Looking for an excuse to put on a wig and let down your hair? The Ink Block is hosting a “Get Wigged” party on Friday, October 2nd from 8:30 – 11:30 PM at 300 Harrison Avenue in SoWa.
To attend you must RSVP at getwiggedatink.eventbrite.com.
Rendering of “Siena” loft residences at the Ink Block
National Development shared this image for Siena, a new 79-unit condominium building on the corner of Albany Street that will begin construction in 2016 and open in early 2017. The building is the sixth in the complex better known as the Ink Block; where the Boston Herald building previously stood.
National Development pointed the interest in their other condominium building, Sepia, at the Ink Block which opens in November of 2105, when they introduced Siena. According to the release, the building will include studios, one, two, and three bedrooms, as well as the maisonettes, which they describe as a new concept to Boston living – loft-style units with ground floor terraces.
The building will also have something called their rooftop “Sky Lounge“, although I’m really not sure what that is. It sounds like a bar but if it is only open to residents then it may just be a fancy name for a roof deck, which considering its location could probably provide you with the best traffic updates for the Southeast Expressway and the Mass Pike in the city.
An exciting urban intervention program is set to take place under the I-93 highway overpass near Traveler and West 4th Street to help turn this underutilized 2.5 square mile area dividing the South End and Southie into an outdoor Urban Innovation Gallery. The Design Museum Foundation has a 7 minute video describing the intent behind this program, which you can view here.
If you are interested in learning more about this program there are three ways you can get involved.
Volunteer and help transform the Neighborhood Border Zone into an Urban Innovation Gallery by helping with events, design, installation, and more — Volunteer Form
Sponsor this project to help make it a success — Sponsorship Form
Form an Urban Innovation Festival team to take part in a 3-day Urban Innovation Festival next summer, start thinking about your team and stay tuned for a Call for Teams, coming soon.
The 2015 SoWa Open Market returns to the South End on Sunday, May 3rd. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October 25, 2015 and spans three blocks along Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.
Every Sunday 15 to 20 Food Trucks will be located at 540 Harrison Avenue serving a variety of food. Just up the street at 500 Harrison Avenue is the Farmers Market which includes an ever larger assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet specialty foods. Lastly, be sure to check out the Arts Market located at the end of Thayer Street. It is a great place to peruse some of the region’s best artists and designers.