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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

Lion’s Tail cocktail lounge rumored to open in Ink Block this week

lions-tail-ink-block-south-endLocated next to Fuji on Harrison Ave in the Ink Block, Lion’s Tail is rumored to possibly open this coming weekend.  According to a write up in Boston Magazine the cocktail bar and restaurant will accommodate approximately 120 people, and the space will have a long, curving bar that spans the room, two communal high-tops, and dining tables with tufted black leather banquettes.

The space is marketed as a speakeasy which strikes me as odd, considering it is in the Ink Block which gives off anything but an old-time speakeasy vibe. Having said that, I’m game anytime a new bar or restaurant wants to open in the neighborhood and I look forward to checking out Lion’s Tail once they open.

You can follow Lion’s Tail on Facebook by liking their page, here. For more information you can read the Boston Magazine article, here.

Sunday is the last South End / SOWA market of the season

South End and SOWA Open Market Map 2It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing that the South End and SoWa Open Markets were opening for the season, but the reality is it has been six months and tomorrow, Sunday, October 30th marks the last market of the season. Both markets have continued to thrive and had a stellar year.

South End Open Market and the SOWA Market are separated by 3 blocks and are open from 10 AM – 4PM. Come over to the neighborhood and check them out before they close up for the season.

SoWa First Friday

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Friday, May 6 is SoWa First Friday, a monthly event that celebrates our community of artists and those who love art. The monthly celebration is free and open to the public and includes more than 20 galleries and 60 studios, that stay open from 5-9 PM with most of the participating galleries and artists located at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa district of the South End.

If you’ve not been recently or if you are looking for something to do this Friday, come by after work to admire the local talent and to show your support for the local artists and galleries. There is something for everyone including fashion designers showcasing their latest garments, sculpture, abstract art and more.

For more information about the participating art galleries link here, and link here for more information about SoWa First Friday’s.

"Brain Wash" by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries Boston

“Brain Wash” by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

SoWa First Friday art painting

Jaqueline Cedar exhibit: Be real at Steven Zevitas Gallery at 450 Harrison Ave.

Dueling markets open in the South End next month

In less than a month, the farmer’s, artist’s and food truck markets will reopen on Sunday, May 1, but this year you may think that you are seeing double.

This year the South End Market and GTI are hosting separate markets just blocks from each other. The South End Market is relocating to the Ming’s Supermarket parking lot across the street from the Ink Block and closing Traveler Street between Washington St. and Harrison Ave., lining it with many of the 100+ participating artisans to consolidate and expand their space.

Just two blocks away the newly branded SOWA Open Market will take place in the same space as previous years, stretching from Thayer Street through the parking lots for Cinquecento and Gaslight along Harrison Ave. South End and SOWA Open Market MapFortunately the two markets are literally separated by mere blocks so it will be relatively easy to visit both and hopefully alleviate some of the increased traffic the market has created as it has grown in popularity in recent years.

The organizers of the South End Market have not published a list of participating Farmer’s Market vendors but if they do I’ll do my best to share it.  The SOWA Farmer’s Market list of participating vendors is available here.

SOWA farmer’s market now open on Saturday and Sunday

SoWa Farmers MarketStarting Sunday, May 1, 2016 the South End will host two weekly markets that will be separated by about 3 blocks.  For those familiar with where the Sunday market has traditionally resided nothing much will seem different.  The South End Market as it was previously known is moving closer to the Ink Block and will be located in Ming’s Supermarket parking lot. The artist market by the studios and farmer’s market by Cinquecento will now go by the name SOWA Market.

One notable difference with this year’s SOWA Market is their intention to be open on both Saturday and Sunday following the grand opening. The Saturday Farmer’s Market will be slightly smaller with more vendors initially participating every Sunday alongside the Vintage and Artist Markets as well as the Food Truck court located one block away in the Gaslight and BSC parking lot. Below are the names of the vendors lined up to participate for the SOWA Market 2016 season.

Farmer's Market

For more information about the SOWA Market visit here.

New restaurant Scofflaw looks to open at Ink Block

ScofflawAnother restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block.  You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building.  This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.

The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th.  You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.