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Redevelopment of St. Gabriel's Monastery Plans Revealed

Brighton Monastery project rendering

Details have been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to develop the 11.8-acre site of St. Gabriel's Monastery in Brighton, which is no longer in operation. 

A huge new development proposed by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Peak Campus would bring around 679 housing units, most likely apartments, to the space, according to Curbed

The units would be laid out across three buildings and the renovated monastery building would be included, as well as the already existing Pierce House. The development would include the five buildings and 395 parking spots. 

The Brighton complex would be connected by paths and roads with plenty of surrounding green space. 

According to developers, the design and marketing will all be targeted towards specific demographics, including graduate students, young professionals and other university related staff and residents. Although they will not be limiting the space to these specific groups, that is the intended audience. 

This development comes along with many other student-focused projects around Boston, hoping to attract this group away from the regular hosing market that is growing increasingly competitive. 

If everything gets approved the developers hope to begin construction by mid 2017, and complete the large project within two years. 

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The Icon: Bringing Forward Thinking Living to Brighton

An environmentally concious rental community proposed for Brighton is hoping to become an icon in the area and create a new and improved gateway to Western Avenue. 

The project, called The Icon, proposed for 530 Western Avenue in Brighton is hoping to bring luxury, community and environmental design at below average rent prices. 

Proposed by The Mount Vernon Co, the 132 rental units will provide excellent access to downtown Boston as well as being close to Cambridge, Watertown and Chestnut Hill. 

The building amenities will include, an indoor/outdoor rooftop fitness center, a common function room and a roof deck overlooking the Charles River. It will also have a bike repair room to accompany the 132 free bike spots and an onsite collaborative works space. 

Some of the features that really make the building stand out are the sustainable building products that will be used, vitamin C infused shower heads and products to encourage restful sleep. 

Studios will start around $2,000, one bedrooms around $2,600 and three bedrooms around the low $3,000 range. 

The company behind the proposal hopes to utilize the area and set new standards for inspired luxury living while still being affordable. 

The building is designed by architects, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2018. 

Poll: Boston's Wicked Smart (or at least, Well-Educated)

A recent poll has been released, and once again, Boston lands on top!

Steering far from anything hotel related, Boston has officially been placed first, and it is all because of you, people!

“Boston comes in first with 1 institution for every 658 people, followed by Seattle with 1 educational establishment for every 785 people. We took into account all educational institutions of all levels.” [Curbed]

Boston is the official winner for housing the most educated citizens in the U.S., and with a sum of 60 schools in metropolitan Boston, one could say Boston had a leg up from the rest.

It comes with no surprise that once coming upon completion of university, students choose to stay and live their post-graduate years in this beautiful city.

So way to go you scholastic Bostonians; and keep studying kids!

Affordable Housing is Boston's New Demand Craze

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is in the process of approving four apartment complexes, including 319 A Street in Fort Point. Whilst doing so, they have received many requests to increase the affordable units offered. There is recent talk of a plan to set aside an additional 10 percent of affordable units by paying into an Inclusionary Development Program to fund the increase.

According to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, “Boston Residential Group, LLC will transform an existing office building at 319 A Street in Fort Point into 48 residential units with approximately 5,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The building will contain studio, one-, and two-bedroom units, and residents will access to a roof deck that offers views of the neighborhood. The commercial space could include a 550 square foot outdoor terrace on an adjacent alleyway.”

The Tenant voice has officially been heard. Stay informed for definite results.

Cleveland Circle Project Remains Unchanged

Whilst construction proceeds, plans for the Cleveland Circle project remains, well almost, unchanged. The one alteration seems to stem from the marketing team, whom has recently reshaped their demographic market entirely. An announcement by the National Development and Boston Development Group regarding the project’s 92-unit apartment component has officially been made. And when describing their future development, they stated it will consist of “an age-restricted adult community, much like National Development’s award-winning Waterstone at Wellesley independent living community in Wellesley Lower Falls.”

So if you, your parents, or grandparents are looking for a cozy place to retire, look no farther than Cleveland Circle; you will surely be happy with this future establishment!

Lancaster Condos in Brighton Offer Impressive Value

According to Curbed Boston, we have a new “It” neighborhood on the rise. Brighton’s Lancaster just released prices of their 55-unit affordable housing building off Commonwealth Ave. and the rates are shocking us all.

At a much less expensive price than expected, Lancaster’s one bedroom units are starting at $400k with a median of $475k, and the two bedroom units are starting at $500k with a median of $575k, making this development one of the most reasonably priced condominium buildings in Boston.

Barry's Corner Redevelopment Nears Phase I Completion

This upcoming Thursday, the final touches will be made to a new development, which resides at 201 North Harvard between North Allston and Harvard University’s southern campus. What brands Continuum as “prime location real estate” is it’s close proximity to public transportation, the Mass Pike, and it’s surrounding lush green layout, made up from the Smithfield Park and Charles River.

The development at Barry’s Corner will be made up of 300,000 sq. ft. of residential space, making for 325 residential units, and 35,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Living in this community anchor will always ensure interesting buzz, plush amenities, and a convenient commute for tenants.

Curbed Boston, quoting a release from Samuels & Associates, explains the vision for the redevelopment: “‘[It] will advance the community’s vision of a vibrant neighborhood gathering place in the heart of Allston’s rock city, with more walkable streets, services and amenities for everyone to enjoy.’ All part of a grand plan to make Barry’s Corner the new Davis Square.”

Preleasing will be made available upon January, 2015.

Boston Landing to Add 250 Residential Units

It looks like Boston Landing will be housing residential units!  The massive construction project will include retail space as well as the New Balance Headquarters.  This development will bring a lot of new business and residents to the Brighton area.

From Banker and Tradesman:

“The Boston Redevelopment authority approved the addition of 250 residential units to the $500 million Boston Landing mixed-use project in Brighton…The board also approved an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space and modifications to the previously approved sports facility to accommodate basketball and hockey uses. The Boston Bruins have agreed to relocate their practice facility to Boston Landing in 2016.”