Category Archives: SoWa

Illuminus in South End Saturday, Oct 25

SoWa, South End, Boston Looking for something different to do this Saturday?  Check out Illuminus, an artistic event happening on October 25th in the SoWa neighborhood, across Harrison Avenue in the Power Station (by the BSC South End) and surrounding parking lots.

This is a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, featuring large-scale light projections and installations that include immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that are created to help you reimagine the Boston at night. The free event will be held from 6:00 PM – midnight and will include light projections, music, performances and food trucks.

More information is available on their FB event page.

Zoning issue plagues 46 Wareham residential project

Factory at Wareham Street, Boston

Source: Boston Redevelopment Authority

This summer I wrote about a new residential project proposed by The Holland Companies that would convert the underutilized and decrepit 46 Wareham Street building into a residential space with The Society of Arts and Crafts (currently on Newbury Street) on the ground floor.

However the plan to redevelop this space has hit a snag according to Zack Huffman’s article in the most recent Boston Courant.  The building is zoned for light industrial work (not residential).  It is unclear if this means the original plans need to be scrapped or if a middle ground will be found, but the developers are now working on a new plan that would not violate the zoning restrictions. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that the building as it currently stands is an eye-sore and is not serving either the business community nor residents and this neighborhood needs more usable space for both small businesses and residents.  I snapped a photo of how 46 Wareham currently looks; we can do better.

Factory at 46 Wareham Street

46 Wareham Street South End

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.

Fritz Boston

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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