Update on construction projects in the South End

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The Girard at 600 Harrison Avenue recently opened in the South End

There has been a lot of construction in Boston’s South End lately with much of the development taking place in a section of the neighborhood referred to as SoWa (South of Washington Street).

Below is a roundup of much of the development activity in the neighborhood.

National DevelopmentAC Hotel South End – 273 Albany Street Construction on this 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott started in February 2016 next to the Ink Block Development. The hotel’s ground floor will host a number of amenities including a bar and lounge area, a fitness center, an indoor pool, conference rooms and more. The six story building is expected (but we will see) to complete construction by the end of this year.

Boston South End Real EstateThe Factory at 46 Wareham – 46 Wareham Street  Construction started on this mixed use building in November 2015. The project will restore the facade of an existing historic industrial building and construct a new addition to create condominiums as well as 30,000+ square feet of office space. Originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 the timeline seems ambitious  but progress has clearly been made.

UDR345 Harrison Avenue Construction on the two 14-story residential buildings that comprise this new development in the South End started in March 2016. The development is expected to include 585 residential units, 275 parking spaces, 325 bicycle spaces as well as 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Located across from the Ink Block Development this is one of several new construction projects that is transforming the neighborhood by converting under-used or vacant space into vibrant residential complexes. 345 Harrison is expected to complete construction by the end of 2018.

New Boston Ventures, South End real estateThe Lucas – 136 Shawmut Avenue Construction on this unique 33-unit residential building repurposes what was a vacant German Catholic church into a modern luxury condominium.  While construction started in October of 2015, no date of completion has been provided, but word on the street is that this will not be finished before the end of this year – possibly early 2018.

South End real estate370-380 Harrison Avenue Construction has yet to begin on this project as plans await approval after some positive initial feedback. It was last January that plans were initially shared which would demolish the Quinzani Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. on the corner of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Streets to create a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project with 180 parking spaces.

Source for construction updates: bldup.com

Have an abstastic Tuesday

abstasticI’m busy juggling two roles as I transition positions at my company so I’ve not been able to spend the amount of time I need to write all the posts I normally do each week. I didn’t think anyone would mind me inserting this photograph as a “filler” post in the interim.

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Diesel’s ad campaign: Make love not walls

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Men in kilts

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What to do this week: February 20 – 26

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Snowbound Leather Weekend in Provincetown Feb 24-26, 2017

What to do this week: February 20th – 26th

Drag Bingo is every Monday starting at 7PM free to play at Club Cafe in Boston

Beantown Soft-Tip Dart league spring season is every Monday at Cathedral Station in Boston

Taco Tuesday is a free for all – first come, first serve – hosted every Tuesday at Tremont 647 in Boston

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

Showtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

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Dragged Into The Woods musical will be performed at Club Cafe from Tuesday thru Thursday, February 21-23 in Boston 

Opus Affair fun, monthly cocktail party starts at 6PM at Pagu in Cambridge

Geek Trivia is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

November Project: Stair workout at Harvard takes place at the Harvard Stadium from 6:30-7:30AM every Wednesday in Boston

DotOUT Midweek Meltdown takes place at The Harp + Bard Restaurant on Wednesday, February 22 starting at 6:30PM in Dorchester

ICA Boston every Thursday from 5PM – 9PM admission is free to the public

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Artifact Opening Night from the Boston Ballet is going to be amazing but it only runs through March 5 so get your tickets now at Opera House in Boston

Karaoke Thursdays is every Thursday at Machine with Rob Botelho and  Emphysema Menthol 100s in Boston

Detention Thursdays! is hosted every Thursday starting at 9PM with shows at 10:30 & 11:45PM – No Cover – at EGO in Providence

Thump! Thursday is hosted every Thursday starting at 10PM at Peggy O’Neil’s in Dorchester

Snowbound Leather weekend runs from Friday thru Sunday, February 24-26 in Provincetown


Snowbound Cock Party at the Crown & Anchor with DJ Chris Racine starts at 9PM in Provincetown

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, February 17 in Somerville

Billiards Tournament is hosted each Friday starting at 7PM at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Controversy is a weekly LGBT Hip-Hop & Reggae party starting at 10PM upstairs at Machine with DJs Begbick & FrenchY in Boston

Twerk Fridays at is an 18+ night at Ego in Providence

The Coolidge After Midnight: Blade shows at The Coolidge Theater starting at 11:59PM on Friday in Brooklinegay boston

LGBTQ Conference at Harvard is all day Saturday, February from 9AM – 8PM come and participate and join the discussions in Cambridge

Snowbound Leather Party is at the A-House on Saturday in Provincetown

UNITE Saturdays is the weekly dance party every Saturday that starts at 10PM at Club Cafe with DJ Susan Esthera in Boston

Dont Ask Dont Tell monthly gay party theme is #Resist – all the fun is on Saturday starting at 10PM at Great Scott in Allston

So Hot Saturdaes has a Toga Party theme this week so grab your bedsheets and make yourself a toga then head over to Peggy O’Neil’s in Dorchester

Saga Saturdays Boston’s biggest gay dance party hosts DJ John Rizzo on Saturday, Febraury 25 is at Paradise in Cambridge


The Coolidge After Midnight: Don’t Knock Twice shows at The Coolidge starting at 11:59PM on Saturday in Brookline

Public Body: Club Circuit with Chad Flahive comes to Club Cafe on Sunday morning starting at 10:15AM in Boston

Back 2 Basics Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 5PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

Massachusetts ranked 1st in well being study

massachusettsGDP alone does not offer a complete picture of a country’s performance. The well-being of citizens is an important measure too. With that in mind, the professional services firm, BCG, ranked each of the 50 states, and the New England region out performed the rest of the country. Three of the top five states come from New England with Massachusetts achieving the best overall rating followed by New Hampshire (second best) and Vermont (fourth best).

Massachusetts, the number one state overall, was ranked 1st in investments, 11th in economics, and 19th in sustainability, but the state does have challenges. The report cited: an aging population, high cost of living and a school achievement gap between white and black students as areas to focus on for improvement.

In addition to the state’s investments, Massachusetts received high marks for:

Health: The state has the best access to primary care; lowest infant mortality rate in the nation; the third lowest obesity rate; and fifth highest life-expectancy.

Education: MA ranked high in education, pre-school enrollment and has the highest proportion of people with college degrees in the country.

Economics: MA ranked 11th overall, with the third-highest GDP per capita; third-lowest poverty rate among the most populous states; and low unemployment, which currently stands at 2.8% (nationally the rate is 4.8%).

You can read more about this from the article in The Boston Globe here.