Tag Archives: South End

GTI Properties proposes new residential building at 490 Harrison Avenue

South End, SoWa, GTI Properties, 490 Harrison Avenue

Outline roughly depicts 490 Harrison Ave. 16-unit expansion proposed by GTI Properties || Photo from Google Maps

Last month GTI Properties shared plans with the Old Dover Neighborhood Association to build a new 70′ residential building, extending the existing apartment building at 490 Harrison Avenue.

The proposed design includes plans for sixteen rental units as well as a ground level 5.000 sq ft retail space along with two smaller storefronts in the back of the building. Apartments will range from 1,200 – 1,300 sq ft. No information was provided on the exact number of parking spaces the new building would shrink the existing parking lot. Assuming the project receives the necessary approvals, GTI Properties would look to break ground starting January 2019.

Apartments at 490 Harrison Avenue currently rent for $2,400-$2,600 for one bedroom and $2,800-$4,250 for two bedrooms, begging the question will the neighborhood and city ask for affordable units to be included before approving the project?

2017 South End real estate stakeholder’s report

South End, Julian LevesqueI recently received Steven Cohen’s South End Stakeholder’s Report (Winter 2017).  The report, compiled by SCT, includes interesting details for those of you interested in real estate.  Here are some of the findings shared about the South End market and Boston that caught my attention.

  • The median sales price for the South End in Q3 2017 has increased over the past year to $939,500 (in Q3 2016 it was $858,250).
  • There are currently 8 construction projects underway in the South End including a 200 room hotel, office space and residential projects that will add approximately 1,000 new apartments and condos.
  • There are an additional 4 projects that have received Board Approval but have not started construction that could add as many as another 1,000 residential units and 900,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

The report also shares some interesting data points about the city of Boston including the following:

  • JLL City Momentum Index (CMI) tracks the speed of change of a city’s economic and commercial real estate market and ranks Boston in the top ten in the world. Only Silicon Valley and Austin, TX ranked higher in the US.
  • Boston joins London, Stockholm, Sydney, Melbourne and Silicon Valley as cities with strong short-term momentum and attributes for sustainable long-term momentum.
  • Boston ranks as the third most preferred US city for foreign investment in real estate behind NYC and LA.

You can read the full report online at stevencohenteam.com/publications.

Who’s serving during Grayson in Boston’s South End

On The Bar at Boston ChopsDespite winter storm Grayson (also being referred to as SNOWpocalypse 2018 on Twitter), there remain plenty of options to grab a drink, bite or both this afternoon and evening. I’ve added to EaterBoston’s listing of South End restaurants that will be open and offering treats to encourage you to venture out.

To read the full list of restaurants that will be open tonight in the Greater Boston area, visit EaterBoston here. Below is a larger selection of places in the South End than appear on EaterBoston’s listing.

Area Four Boston Get a free mystery pizza with purchase of any bottle of wine, large-format cocktail, or 64-ounce growler of beer (consumed at A4). Order two; get two pizzas. Allergies/dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but otherwise, the pizza will be a surprise.

Aquitaine Boston is open and serving both lunch and dinner today.

Barcelona Wine Bar “Rain, snow, or shine, we’re open in Boston.” Open from 4 p.m. until “late” with a special hot chocolate bar.

Bar Mezzana Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (bar until 1 a.m.) with burgers and board games. Their delicious chicken parmezzana sandwich will be available.

Boston Chops Open Thursday and serving $1 wings all day.

Clery’s Open at 11 a.m. Thursday and serving $5 Tito’s drinks, and $8 burger with 16-ounce Coors Light, and $4 12-ounce Founders IPA.

Coppa Enoteca is open all day on Thursday.

Five Horses Tavern Open regular hours Thursday (11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.)

The Gallows Open starting at 12 p.m. and serving a $6 chop suey special.

Kava Neo Taverna is open tonight and serving dinner.

Lions Tail Open regular hours on Thursday and offering half priced wings as well as some slider specials not to miss.

Metropolis Cafe is open for dinner on Thursday.

Myers + Chang Open regular hours (starting at 11:30AM) on Thursday.

PICCO Open regular hours serving lunch and dinner on Thursday.

South End Butery Open regular hours – look for Grayson Blizzard drink and food specials tonight.

SRV Boston Open Thursday and serving bottomless meatballs in red sauce for $4 from 5 p.m. to close.

Stephi’s on Tremont Open regular hours Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m. Try “mom’s chicken soup” and a hot toddy today.

Tremont 647 & Sister Sorel Sister Sorel is opening early at 3PM and Tremont 647 will be open normal hours.

Toro Open regular hours on Thursday.

Trophy Room Open until 2 a.m. Thursday (kitchen until 10 p.m.); keep an eye out for spiked and spicy hot chocolate and bowls of lobster bisque.

Which restaurant will open first in the South End in 2018

south end diningIt is hard to say which restaurant will be the first to open in Boston’s South End in 2018 but it is interesting that two contenders are restaurants that focus on cuisine south of the Mason-Dixon line, Southern Proper and Bootleg Special. 

While Boston has an Italian or French restaurant on what seems like every corner, the city has relatively few restaurants that seek inspiration from the South and even fewer that do it well.South End diningChef Jason Cheek will be opening his restaurant, Southern Proper, at 600 Harrison Avenue in  The Girard relatively soon, considering the space has signs saying “Opening Winter 2018”. The new space will include more than 1,500 square feet of dining, bar space and patio seating.

If Cheek’s name rings a bell it might be because he has a distinguished career working at several excellent restaurants including The Maiden, Sam’s at Louis,  Coppa and Toro to name just a few.

south end restaurant, Stephen ChanA restaurant that looking to open even before Southern Proper is the traditional style Louisiana seafood boil, called Bootleg Special, owned by the former Castle Square resident, Stephen Chan. The restaurant’s menu will include items like crawfish poutine, po’boys and beignets.

Southern Proper hopes to get a live music license, which I hope they can get – this city needs more places that offer live music – not fewer and their location on the corner of Tremont and Herald Street means there are very few residents who could / should be impacted.

It is interesting to note that both of these restaurants constitute new space for the South End, adding to the dizzying number of new restaurants that have opened in this tiny downtown neighborhood.

In the case of Southern Proper, it is going into a new mixed-use residential space that previously was a parking lot in SoWa and in the case of Bootleg Special, to my knowledge the space was never a restaurant; previously it had been a dog daycare center.

14-story co-living residential building proposed at Ink Block

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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.

New restaurant, Lobstah on a Roll, coming to South End

Lobstah on a Roll, South End restaurantEater 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.

112 Shawmut Avenue in the South End

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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. Boston, South End real estate

More details about the project as well as an opportunity to submit comments is available online here, 112 Shawmut Avenue Project Description.