Category Archives: SoWa

Jordan Lofts at 477-481 Harrison Avenue

Jordan Lofts Building South EndMy previous blog post about Jordan Lofts on Harrison Avenue in the South End got a lot of attention so I asked a friend to introduce me to the developer, John Holland, from Holland Development, LLC.

John Holland told me that Jordan Lofts would be a mix of condominiums and rentals; condos on fourth and fifth floors and rentals on first, second and third floors.

Don’t be deceived by the use of “lofts” since there are varying floor plans. The commercial space is approximately 4,700 square feet and they are working with a local daycare provider, but the space is zoned general commercial so it could be an office, retail, restaurant or gallery. My preference would be for retail, restaurant or gallery.

The building is scheduled to open at the end of next summer.  Pricing for the rentals and sales are still being determined – the website will be updated when that information is available.

Below are images that John was nice enough to share.Boston South End real estateJordan Lofts in the South EndSouth End Boston residential buildinng

 

Jordan Lofts in South End

Holland ConstructionJordan Lofts on Harrison Avenue was pitched as a new residential development to the BRA a couple years ago.  Last year the project received board approval to create 18 condominium units and 20 parking spaces. Construction has been underway since the spring.

Unlike other projects in the neighborhood there is virtually no news about Jordan Lofts. Their website still promises a 2012 opening; let’s hope the developer, Holland Construction, pays more attention to detail on the condominiums than they’ve shown their website.

Does anyone know what is happening with Jordan Lofts? When the condominiums are expected to come on the market and their price range? A commercial space appears on the ground floor and any information about that would also be of interest to me.

Cathedral Station opens tomorrow

Baseball, hunkCathedral Station opens tomorrow night starting at 7PM on Thursday. I’ll be cheering on the Red Sox at the Boston Pride event Out at Fenway.

If you are not going to be at Fenway Park tomorrow, check out the South End’s newest bar and Boston’s latest Gay Bar to open.

Cathedral Station is at 1222 Washington Street in the South End and has free parking in the back.

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First Friday tonight

First Friday from 5-9 PM

Come to 450 Harrison Ave. to meet local artists and view their work from 5-9PM tonight. The First Friday of each month more than 60 artists open their studios in the 450 Harrison building.

Local galleries also support First Fridays by remaining open like, Boston Sculptor’s Gallery at 486 Harrison Avenue.  So take advantage of the beautiful weather; come out to see and support our local art scene.

SoWa open market returns this Sunday

SoWa Open MarketIn case you missed it, this Sunday the SoWa Art Walk will take place alongside the opening of the 2014 SoWa Open Market.

According to the website this year’s market will be even larger with more stalls at the farmer’s market, more artisans and nearly 30 food trucks every Sunday from May to October.

The Farmer’s and Artisan markets will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM with the Food Truck “Court” as they call it open from 11 AM – 4 PM.  If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with the South End, check out this handy map of the surrounding streets.

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SoWa Boston First Friday

SoWa First FridayThe first Friday of each month the SoWa Artist Guild hosts something called “First Fridays” where participating artists in the SoWa Arts District open their studios at 450 Harrison Avenue from 5PM – 9PM.

If you are looking to do something different this weekend check out First Friday. This is a great date option as well as an opportunity to spend a couple hours with friends.  After perusing a few galleries and studios walk over to one of the many great restaurants in SoWa.  If you need any recommendations, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment or emailing me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Diseño moves and Phillipostyle Hair Studio opens

If it has been a while since you strolled down Harrison Avenue, then be prepared to see some changes if you plan on coming over this way for the First Friday, Art Walk or opening of SoWa Open Market – all happening this weekend.

diseno bostonDiseño bos a SoWa retailer that first opened in the spring of 2007 has moved from their digs at 409 Harrison Avenue and reopened at 460B Harrison Avenue, in the Thayer Street courtyard and pedestrian walkway. For those not familiar, Diseño bos is a purveyor of furniture and home decor accessories from Latin and South America. The shop provides a nice compliment to the Asian influences and design pieces found next door at Mohr & McPherson.

Check out the new digs and while there congratulate the owner, Frank Campanale, on recently celebrating seven years with Diseño bos.

PhillipoStyle SalonPhilippoStyle is looking to open this week in space that was previously used as a pop up store last summer by Mitchell Gold Furniture at 485 Harrison Avenue. Owner Phillipo Caporrella is using the large space for his hair salon and spa that will offer maincure, pedicure, massage and have a small space set aside to sell clothes and accessories. 

Unique destination shops like Frank’s, Diseño bos, and Philippo’s, PhillipoStyle, make our neighborhood distinctive and a destination. We need to champion these small businesses by visiting them and supporting them so stop by this weekend and say hello.