In 1986 a group of artists at the Boston Center for the Arts invited friends and neighbors into their studios to view their art. As more artists became interested in the event, the United South End Artists was formed, and the South End Open Studios weekend came into being.
Today the South End Open Studios includes a dozen studio buildings and more than 250 artists, encompassing all of Boston’s South End neighborhood. This year will mark their 30th anniversary so come over to the South End.
If you’ve been to either the South End Open Market or Ink Block lately you will notice a lot of activity on the city block across from both at 345 Harrison Avenue. Construction for this fourteen story, nearly 600-unit apartment complex has started in earnest, and the multi-building residential project will add 535,900 square feet of new space that will include approximately 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
According to a website set up to promote 345 Harrison Avenue, resident amenities will include a 14th floor Sky Lounge, a resort-style pool and a fully-equipped fitness center. A one-story underground parking garage containing approximately 275 automobile spaces and 325 bicycle spaces.
According to the BRA construction is expected to conclude in late 2018.
Am I the only one who finds this hilarious? I feel like this event is about 20 years too late to the South End which has become so gentrified that they actually created an event called Sausagefest and nobody batted an eyelash or thought for a moment about the double-entendre. What is this world coming to?
Did you happen to see the Free Friday Flicks showing of Minions yesterday? It looks like one of these guys is now taking up permanent residence on the second floor of this South End apartment / office on Tremont Street.
This year Boston JerkFest™ has expanded and is a 2-day festival that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology at 41 Berkeley Street in the South End.
The outdoor festival features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot as well as a rum and brew tasting on Friday, June 24th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. The event will include live music, unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and several Caribbean inspired drinks. Click here to get discounted tickets for Saturday only on goldstar.com.
To get tickets for Friday and the Rum & Brew Tasting visit the official event website, bostonjerkfest.com.
Photo Credit: Boston Herald
Last year The Abbey Group purchased the 5.6-acre parcel that has been home to the Boston Flower Exchange. Last week news outlets started reporting that the new owners have plans to build a “dynamic” commercial office building complex targeting new technology businesses that otherwise might seek space in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.
The proposed development would include accessory parking, retail and public space, and possibly residential space. At its full zoning potential, the development could bring 5,000 to 10,000 jobs to the site.
You can read the full article on the Boston Herald.
Rendering of 370-380 Harrison Ave Source: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
The amount of development underway in the northeast corner of the South End is getting ridiculous, but it is also a testament to how desirable this section of town has become. Earlier today The Boston Globe reported that the developer who purchased the Quinzani Bakery and neighboring Ho-Kong Bean Sprout buildings has proposed to build a 14-story multi-use building with 280 residential units (175 rentals and 105 condos) along with 180 parking spaces.
The developer indicated the ground floor will have commercial space although what sort is not certain and they plan to rework the sidewalk, adding seating and trees to provide shade. Additional on-street parking will also be created although I’m not 100% certain how or where and The Boston Globe article didn’t elaborate. Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be more details forthcoming.