Category Archives: SoWa

South End’s latest development: Troy Boston

Troy Boston South EndThe construction at 275 Albany Street between Traveler and Berkeley Street now has a name and will be called Troy Boston.

The two residential towers will have nearly 400 units (it is still unclear if they will be apartments or condos), a garage with 180 spaces and 6,000 square feet of retail space.  It will be interesting to see how this little corner of SoWa in the South End is transformed as the much larger complex “Ink Block” opens across the street from Troy Boston.

Street art on Harrison Avenue

Tyson Andree South End MuralTyson Andree is a local graffiti street artist who has turned his talents to producing fine art.  Some of his new creations have been on view at the South End Adelson Gallery in Boston since early March.  Although his show, The Process works on glass, closes this Sunday, April 20th, his work will continue to be on display across the street from the gallery.

Before:  471 Harrison Avenue

Before: 471 Harrison Avenue

Over the past couple of weeks SoWa residents may have seen Tyson painting graffiti art on the backside of EG Leon & Company’s one story commercial building at 471 Harrison Avenue. No matter what you make of Tyson Andree’s street art I’m sure everyone agrees it is a welcome addition, masking an otherwise ugly concrete one-story facade.

New renderings of Boston’s Ink Block

Herald Building SoWaI stumbled upon a couple of really nice renderings of the Ink Block – a large, mixed use development just blocks from my home in Boston’s South End.  I believe this photograph is a rendering of what the corner of Harrison Avenue and Traveler Street will look like when the development is done. Below I snagged an image of the former Boston Herald building (courtesy of Google Maps) that the Ink Block is being built upon.  Under the former Herald building is an aerial view of the entire project. Seeing these images makes me very excited. When done, retail and commercial space as well as a couple hundred apartments and condos will replace what had previously been under used and mostly vacant space.

South End SoWA

SoWa Winter Market starts Saturday, Feb-1

SoWa Winter Market

SoWa Winter Market 11AM – 4PM
Every Saturday February 1 thru April 19
1500 Washington Street – South End

600 Harrison Avenue moves forward

600 Harrison AvenueThe Cathedral of the Holy Cross which owns the parking lot at 600 Harrison Avenue has leased development rights to allow for 160 apartments (with 21 affordable units and 3,600 square feet of retail or restaurant space) as well as enough underground parking to accommodate the Cathedral’s existing 79 spaces and more for residents.

More Details about 600 Harrison Avenue Project

While board approval awaits, there has been little push back from the community. Hopefully this will greenlight the project and move it forward.

Phillipostyle opening at 520 Harrison Avenue

phillipostyleVacant space at 520 Harrison Avenue in the South End (most recently used by Mitchell Gold as a pop up store) is being converted into a trendy new home for Phillipostyle.  According to the signage outside, the new home will operate as a hair salon and day spa providing manicures, pedicures and massages.

I’m happy to see a new business coming into this space but based on the amount of work that still needs to be done, it appears that Phillipostyle is still several weeks away from opening.  I tried calling the number they provide outside for details (857) 362-7410 but never heard back from them.

South End interactive real estate construction map

Ink Block courtesy of BRA

Ink Block courtesy of BRA

Last week I wrote about another South End residential construction project that has been proposed and is currently being reviewed at 345 Harrison Avenue in my post, South End Residential Construction Boom.

This week I noticed a rather cool map Boston.com has created that pins current and proposed residential construction projects in the South End. If you are curious to see what has been proposed and learn more about these projects you should definitely bookmark, Boston Redevelopment Authority: Development Projects.  However, the Boston.com site offers a cool view of projects (large and small) with before and after pictures that is worth checking out, Boston.com Interactive South End Residential Construction Map.