Per the Globe:The parcel covers about one-third of an acre at the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth streets, a block from Copley Square...
...The lot has been owned for generations by the same family, said Ben Sayles, a director at the real estate firm HFF, which is handling the sale. He expects the listing to draw wide interest from developers and investors.
I'm actually starting to miss open space. Every possible open space is getting developed. Even the suburbs are starting to feel like everything is closing in on it between condo developments, traffic congestion.Prediction:
Whatever gets built there will be better than a parking lot and worse than everything else around it.
This lot is literally 50 steps from the Commonwealth Avenue parkway, which leads to one of the largest urban park areas in the US on one end, and Emerald Necklace, a park system envied by most US cities, on the other. There's no "closing in" feeling on Newbury St or most of the Back Bay roads because it's all human scaled.I'm actually starting to miss open space. Every possible open space is getting developed. Even the suburbs are starting to feel like everything is closing in on it between condo developments, traffic congestion.
Space has become a very expensive perc now in and around the city.
And Dartmouth Street has the super wide sidewalk on the west side, by the lot; left over from the former carriage way into Back Bay from Back Bay Station.This lot is literally 50 steps from the Commonwealth Avenue parkway, which leads to one of the largest urban park areas in the US on one end, and Emerald Necklace, a park system envied by most US cities, on the other. There's no "closing in" feeling on Newbury St or most of the Back Bay roads because it's all human scaled.
i believe the concept, design and materials are all good. It's the people being allowed to disproportionately affect the process, and not in a good way: not allowing the proper a/r's that is fatal brew. If you proposed a West End area crown at 65 Martha, the Suffolk Jail, the low section of the O'Neill Fed, or on one of the parcels adjacent to the tracks, the reaction and outrage would be as incredible and out of proportion as it would be remarkably effective--and result in the same outcome as those who came before; another splendid idea reduced to a Boston resident tower.Purely my subjective opinion, I've been biting my tongue on this one but some buildings just let you down out of the gate and others do not, this one is not so great... but it's rising from a parking garage so I can deal with it. If anything, I have a new found lukewarm appreciation of the neighboring JFK high rise. Even after 40 plus years, on the whole, its a comparatively more attractive high rise than this building rising today. In lay man's terms, this looks like a plastic modern version of the concrete high rises of the jfk era. That being said, on a positive note, it's a skyline filler and from city hall plaza and other areas it provides a visual sense of enclosure.
Those Breman Street surface parking lots were for sale last year and I strongly suspect we will see a multifamily proposal for them, hopefully with some upgrades and activation along the greenway.Id like to see the park extended through there linking the East Boston greenway with the Bremen street park. It is currently connected by a path/rail trail, but I mean creating one continuous park. I think that would be a wonderful asset to the neighborhood and its so obvious that Im sure its under consideration.
East Boston Greenway
Lots of space for a new connector park
Bremen street park
I've been saying for a while that the area bound by Mass Ave, Melnea Cass, and Washington St will be the "Ink Block-esque" growth-area of the next 20 years or so.Whats up with this area? Between mass ave and melnea cass, west of BMC. Theres a ton of empty lots here. You could fit a SHIT TON of housing in here.
You could pack in like seventeen 10-15 story residential towers in here and a few thousand units. Id love to see them continue the likes of the northeastern dorms, tremont crossing, huntington ave tower...etc further down across mass ave and along each street branching off west. They really could make a huge dent in housing needs over here.
Also then this gives more need to a green branch to dudley once this, ink block, and the other south end devs are in... flower exchange etc.. Its just weird seeing these huuge lots so close to mass ave and the south end.