Boston is a city rich in architecture and steeped in history. Numerous neighborhoods comprise the area and many have their own distinction of culture, amenities and popularity. As we approach 2017, there are 5 neighborhoods that everyone should be paying close attention to. Why? Because big changes are soon to come in the way of development and growth. Here they are with details about each.
Downtown Crossing – This area has been on the radar in recent years with residential developments emerging. Millennium Tower opened this year which is the tallest residential building in all of New England. Millennium Place also opened recently which adds more 24/7 foot traffic to the historically 9-5 neighborhood. Roche Brothers has now opened as a retail tenant which could possibly assist in completing the transition into an overall more residential neighborhood transformation.
South End – The South End has been a hot spot for many years as it has had an urban renewal from rehabbing of existing inventory to an influx of popular restaurants. Today, there has been an exorbitant of development in the northeastern corner where I-90 meets I-93. Thousands of apartments and condos have been transforming that section of the neighborhood while adding great retail for the area. We shall see how these developments establish a developed zone and link with the rest of the neighborhood.
Charlestown – The redevelopment of Bunker Hill housing complex will be a combination of market-rate and affordable apartments to the tune of 2,100 units. The plan also adds two new parks with 90,000 square feet of civic and retail space. Additional improvements include better connectivity of the streetscape and landscaping. In total, there will be 3,300,000 square feet of construction spread over 24 acres.
West End – The West End is soon to have some large developments that will change its look and feel. First, there is the site of the old Boston Garden which will be a multi-pronged development with 1.5 million square feet of apartments, hotel rooms, offices and retail. Then there is the 239 unit apartment project on Parcel 1B – across from TD Garden. Finally, there is Lovejoy Wharf which includes Converse’s headquarters along with a 175 unit condo complex.
Dorchester – Head over to Dorchester and the landscape is changing. One of the biggest developments is the expansion of the South Bay Shopping Center by 700,000 square feet. This project adds 475 apartments along with restaurants, a 130 room hotel and a 12 screen movie theater. In total it will add five six-story buildings. Over between Savin Hill and Fields Corner will be the site of DotBlock. This development will feature more than 10 dwellings of over 400,000 square feet including 362 apartments and retail.