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.
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.
The 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.