Rendering via Elkus Manfredi Architects
Newton-based National Development is the real estate developer that built the Ink Block. Earlier this week they proposed building a 14-story residential building on a sliver of land along Albany Street that would either be a part of or abut the Ink Block. The developer describes the potential new building as a 245 “co-living, multifamily” residential building that would be marketed towards Millennials.
The development is being marketed as micro-apartments with many units smaller than 400 square feet that also offers organized social activities (e.g. regular wine tastings, sightseeing tours, etc…) designed to help bring residents together. According to the article on Curbed Boston, the apartments are marketed more as places to sleep, shower and cook the odd meal. Such a set up has zero appeal to me, but I can see how someone who is new to town or is rarely home may like this sort of set up. The project still needs Boston Planning and Development Agency approval. Stay tuned.
Eater Boston first broke the news that a new restaurant called Lobstah on a Roll will open in the South End in the space formerly occupied by Emma’s Pizza on Columbus Avenue. The restaurant has been planning to open in Arlington so the expansion to two locations comes as a bit of a surprise and it is unclear which location may open their doors first.
According to a previous article on Hidden Boston, the Arlington location will serve breakfast sandwiches on weekdays, “crazy breakfasts” on weekend mornings, and lunch/dinner options such as soups, chowders, burgers, steak dishes, lobster rolls, and baked stuffed lobsters. It is unclear if the South End location will have a similar menu. The address for the upcoming location of Lobstah on a Roll in the South End is 537 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.
Stay tuned for more to come on this.
Rendering of 112 Shawmut Avenue in the South End
A significant amount of new development in recent years has taken place in the northeast corner of the South End along Harrison Avenue and Albany Street, but a new development under review just a few blocks away along Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue show developers are now eyeing properties overlooking the sunken interstate, I-90 / Mass Pike, with interest.
Last month I wrote about new office space being proposed that would redesign and build on top of a 3-story parking garage at 321 Harrison Avenue. Last Wednesday a building one block further west at 112 Shawmut Avenue held a public meeting to discuss plans to dramatically change an existing six-story building and demolish a neighboring 3-story building to create a 13-story building that would include more than 150 residential units. Below is a photo of what the building currently looks like.
More details about the project as well as an opportunity to submit comments is available online here, 112 Shawmut Avenue Project Description.
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.
For more information you can visit the Boston Planning & Development Agency page dedicated to 321 Harrison Avenue.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.