New Multifamily Construction Projects in Boston

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If you’re looking for new multifamily construction in Massachusetts, then it’s a good time to take another look at Boston.

With a population density of 13,841 people per square mile, Boston is one of the most congested cities in America.

While New York City may reign supreme in terms of size and quantity of skyscrapers, you can get that same feeling walking through the streets of Little Italy and other neighborhoods.

With not too many places left to build downtown, where are developers going to construct their multifamily building projects?

The answer is simply to look elsewhere. 

The Allston Neighborhood

Coming in as the 11th largest neighborhood in Boston, Allston has a population of about 29,000.

Obviously, there’s still a way to go before it catches up to the largest ‘hoods (Dorchester and Roxbury). This isn’t for a lack of trying, however.

There are multiple projects on the horizon in Allston, and we’ll be looking at two of the largest shortly. 

The Back Bay Neighborhood

Back Bay is the 14th largest neighborhood, with a population of approximately 22,000. 

With many great restaurants, shopping and Fenway Park, this is a place where there’s more transient residency than permanent residency. 

That’s about to change.

The Back Bay Station project we’ll look at soon could start a multifamily construction trend in the neighborhood.  

What’s the multifamily construction backstory in Boston?

As Boston enters 2020, the city is looking for ways to expand upon the architectural reputation it built throughout the 2010s with its modern skyscrapers and life science buildings. 

One way is trying to make it easier for affordable housing developers to find public funding.  

Two new petitions were signed by Mayor Martin Walsh at the end of 2019 that could generate more funds for affordable housing.

The first is a transfer fee on all commercial and residential real estate transactions over $2 million, which is projected to raise approximately $200 million each year.

The second will expand existing legislation which requires that developers contribute to an affordable housing fund. 

With residences being constructed seemingly on top of each other, where are the new multifamily building projects in Boston going to be developed?

Let’s find out.  

 

Back Bay Station 

Neighborhood: Back Bay 

Location 

145 and 165 Dartmouth Street 

Value 

Just over $1 Billion 

Schedule 

Still in planning, with work tentatively expected to begin in spring 2021 

Details 

35 stories, 1.26 million square feet 

Office space 

Retail space 

Four towers with a total of 600 apartments 

 

1234 and 1240 Soldiers Field Road Mixed-Use 

Neighborhood: Lower Allston 

Location 

1234 and 1240 Soldiers Field Road 

Value 

Over $100 Million 

Schedule 

Still in planning, with a letter of intent having been submitted to the Boston Planning and Development Agency 

Details 

Two sites 

220 underground parking spaces 

255 hotel rooms 

120 condominiums 

535 apartments, with the highest point reaching 22 stories 

 

840 Columbus Avenue Mixed-Use 

Neighborhood: Roxbury 

Location 

840 Columbus Avenue 

Value 

$50-100 Million 

Schedule 

Still in planning, and the project is under review with the Boston Planning and Development Agency 

Details 

26 stories and 525,000 square feet 

Five stories of academic and office space 

Restaurant on ground floor 

975 beds of student housing 

 

Dock Square Garage Apartments 

Neighborhood: North Waterfront 

 

Location 

20 Clinton Street 

Value 

$140 Million 

Schedule 

Expected to start in summer 2020 and be completed in summer 2022 

Details 

Seven stories and 249,000 square feet 

8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space 

209 condominiums 

27 affordable units 

Rooftop deck 

 

Allston Square 

Neighborhood: Allston 

Location 

Harvard Avenue and Cambridge Street 

Value 

$121 Million 

Schedule 

Approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency along with the Zoning Board of Appeal. Construction could start by the end of 2020 

Details 

Four new buildings 

100 apartments 

244 condominiums 

45 affordable units 

9,000 square feet of art exhibition space 

Murals, sculptures and paintings 

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Andy Jerrick
Andy has been a part of BuildCentral since 2014 and is currently supervising the MultiFamily research team. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Olivet Nazarene University and can be found disc golfing when not engrossed in construction.
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