Category Archives: South End

New office building approved on Harrison Ave in the South End

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A new office building that would be constructed on top of an existing three-story parking garage (shown above) was recently approved. After construction the eleven story building will be approximately 150 feet tall, include 200,000+ square feet of office space and and approximately 240 parking spaces along with 2,500 square feet of retail or gallery space on the street level. Changes / enhancements will also be made to the shared lobby that connects to 1000 Washington Street (once known as the Teradyne building).

Something described as a glass curtainwall facade will have large Roman numerals III II I (3 2 1) incorporated into the side of the building facing the Massachusetts Turnpike, indicating its address 321 Harrison Avenue.

South End developmentFor more information you can visit the Boston Planning & Development Agency page dedicated to 321 Harrison Avenue.

South End’s newest park Underground Ink is open

South End ParkIn case you missed it, a new (and very cool) park officially opened in the South End this past weekend. Located under the I-93 overpass by the Ink Block, it shows how creatively the city is thinking and how space once unused and unsafe can be transformed.

I first wrote about the park called Underground at the Ink Block or Underground Ink for short in August in this post. Since then, finishing work was done and street artists from all over the United States including Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Boston were invited to come and bring life to the concrete ramp walls that define this urban park. The developers behind the neighboring Ink Block, National Development, will manage the new park.

Below are photos that I took while enjoying the opening party on Saturday afternoon. When you get a chance I’d recommend you check it out. You can also like the park’s Facebook Page to learn more about upcoming events.

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Ink Underground Park in South End

The South End’s newest park, Ink Underground, which was initially scheduled to open at the start of summer now eyes an early fall opening.  Sergio and I walked through part of the park last weekend and snapped these photos to show you how cool this space really is.

The eight acre park reclaims previously unused space and creates a really cool public space that includes: 24-hour security, basketball court, dog park, public art walls, bike storage and 175 parking spaces.

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Ink Underground landscaping and parking

The space extends east from Albany Street to Fort Point Channel and runs under twelve elevated lanes for interstate highway, I-93 and access roads to I-90. The park was designed with the intention of hosting art exhibitions and special events so once this opens in the fall look for a full list of events to introduce the new space to the communities it was designed for.

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Ink Underground seating and dog park

A boardwalk and bike path runs through the entire space (and actually includes a fairly spacious bike cage to lock bicycles. The idea behind the creation of the park is to  create a new, active connection between the South End and Southie.

Ink Underground baketball court and bicycle storage

Like Ink Undeground’s Facebook page to stay up to date with programming and events that will take place in this new public space / park.

Sustainable butcher shop, Walden Local Meat, coming to South End

South End, BostonThe Boston Restaurant Talk blog is reporting that Walden Local Meat Co. will be moving into the new retail space on the corner of Union Park and Shawmut Avenue (across from The South End Buttery). Walden Local Meat Co. sells locally-sourced beef, lamb, pork, and poultry via a customized share program that services Greater Boston, parts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.

The website for the business is at waldenlocalmeat.com.

South End’s Wine Riot may be replaced by Wine Gallery

Photo Source: Wine Riot Facebook Page

From Boston Restaurant Talk blog:

According to a Twitter post from @DGoodison, Wine Riot on Tremont Street is looking to transfer its license to Wine Gallery, with a message sent confirming that the shop would be moving into the same address. It appears that the Wine Riot shop may already be closed though this was not confirmed in the post. It is not known if their Second Glass wine events business is also impacted.

Click the link for Boston Restaurant Talk blog to read the full post.

345 Harrison Avenue reaches full height

South End real estate, SoWa real estate, Boston Real EstateThe pace of construction in the SoWa district of Boston’s South End neighborhood seems to have quickened recently along Harrison Avenue. Earlier this month the 14-story multi-building complex currently known by its address, 345 Harrison Avenue, topped off.

When construction is completed the complex will include 585 new residential apartments along with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, 275 parking spaces and 325 bicycle spaces. Amenities in the building will also include a resort-style pool, fully equipped fitness center and sky lounge with beautiful views of the city. Below is a rendering of what 345 Harrison will look like when completed. The view is looking north with the Ink Block to the right and behind that I-93 with a barely recognizable and poorly created skyline of Boston’s Financial District off in the distance.

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“Ink Underground” set to open in SoWa in June

Ink Block8-acre cultural playground, opening in South End this June

Move over Lawn on D in Southie. You are no longer the coolest park in Boston. The developer of the Ink Block announced last week that a new 8-acre urban park under the I-93 expressway will open this June. Dubbed, “Ink Underground”, this previously unused space that extends east from Albany Street to Fort Point Channel under I-93 will include pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along Fort Point Channel, creating a new, active connection between the rapidly-developing South End and South Boston.

Ink Block

Amenities at Ink Underground will include 24-hour security, a dog park, a curated series of pop-up food and beverage experiences, public art walls, sculpture exhibitions and a diverse program of special events (like the one shown below) including a graffiti art festival, an artisan night market and fitness classes. Additionally, a bike storage facility and 175 parking spaces will be located at Ink Underground.

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Like Ink Undeground’s Facebook page to stay up to date with programming and events that will take place in this new public space / park.