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Siena at the Ink Block

Siena Ink Block South End Boston

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.


Urban Innovation Gallery planned to better connect South End, South Boston and Fort Point

Neighborhood Border Zone, South End, South BostonAn 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 GalleryThe 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.

South End Open Market in SoWa returns Sunday, May 3rd

SoWa Open MarketThe 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.

Whale mural on Planet Storage building in the South End

public art, Tyson Andree, ink blockThe whale mural that has been visible from the Planet Self Storage building along Boston’s Southeast Expressway since the early 1990s has disappeared from view on I-93 ever since the Troy Boston residential building was erected.  According to a recent story in The Boston Globe, a fourth whale is going to be added to Planet Self Storage building.  The additional whale still won’t be visible to those on the highway but rather will face the Ink Block.

The developer behind the Ink Block, National Development, has commissioned Brookline graffiti artist, Tyson Andree, to spray-paint the new mural on a 15-foot-high by 68-foot-long section of Planet Self Storage’s northern wall, facing the Ink Block. The project should be finished by this weekend.

Salon Sunday in SoWa

Salon Sunday SoWaClearly Mother Nature is a harlot who has it bad for Old Man Winter.  Since it is too cold to enjoy the outdoors, head inside on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm – 5 pm and check out “Salon Sunday in SoWa” at 450 Harrison Avenue.  More than 80 artist studios will be open for you to peruse.

More details are available on the SoWa Artist Guild Facebook page.

GTI Properties looks to convert SoWa church into apartments

GTI PropertiesThe Boston Herald is reporting that new plans from GTI Properties have resurfaced for the Jesuit Urban Center which was shuttered in 2007.  GTI’s latest round of plans for the church, which was built back in 1858 and the adjoining property, would  call for 54 one- to three-bedroom apartments in the former Church of the Immaculate Conception and four townhome-style units in what they are calling an attached “Link Building”.   Back in 2013 GTI filed a letter of intent for the property to include 62 rental units but nothing ever came of it.  This new letter to the BRA is the first in more than a year.


Reposting: Vote for SoWa as America’s best art district

SoWa, South End, BostonUSA Today has nominated Boston’s South End district – SoWa – as one of America’s best art districts alongside 19 other communities including places like Chelsea-NYC, Warehouse District-NOLA and Station North-Baltimore.

Voting ends at 12PM on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Vote Boston’s SoWa District as America’s best art district

Help raise the profile of SoWa and click on the link above.  At the bottom of the page select “Vote”.  It would be wonderful to have SoWa recognized.  This one-time derelict neighborhood, better known for burnt out buildings and crime is now one of my favorite parts of Boston.