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Boylston Properties, The Wilder Cos. Secure $324M Construction Financing for Mixed-Use Redevelopment Near Boston

BOSTON — Developers Boylston Properties and The Wilder Cos. have secured $324 million in construction financing and joint venture equity for the development of Arsenal Yards, a six-building, mixed-use redevelopment of the former Arsenal Mall in Watertown. HFF worked on behalf of the developers to source institutional investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management as joint venture equity partners, providing $102 million of equity. HFF also arranged a $222 million construction loan from …

The Boston Office Market Keeps On Marching

Simply put, Boston is — and will continue to be — a top destination for tenants and capital alike. With strong market fundamentals and key drivers (education, finance, healthcare, life sciences and technology), 2018 is likely to be another terrific year for the commercial real estate sector. [caption id="attachment_196361" align="alignright" width="100"] Ben Sayles, HFF[/caption] Market Metrics Boston’s urban core comprises four major submarkets: Downtown, Back Bay, Seaport and …

Evolution of Seaport District as a Retail Hotspot, Other Trends to Watch

From new mixed-use developments popping up in the skyline to the increase of small-format stores, 2017 saw robust growth in downtown Boston’s retail landscape. Specifically, stabilizing rental rates have led to an uptick in retail leasing activity, showing the strength of both traditional retail destinations such as Newbury Street, as well as new mixed-use developments like One Seaport Square. While the downtown retail market is poised to remain stable, 2018 will welcome new trends fueled …

Urbanizing the Suburbs: Retail’s Role in Reshaping Boston’s Landscape

Over the past decade, urbanization has emerged as one of the most impactful trends to hit the real estate industry. This trend, embodied by the live-work-play concept, has been embraced by all demographic cohorts, from millennials to baby boomers and even retirees. While the impact has been most visible in the urban core, Boston’s suburbs are also being transformed, and the inclusion of ­pedestrian-oriented retail into new and existing projects is playing the integral role. Modernized, …

Boston Industrial Market Posts Lowest Vacancy Seen in Decades

The commercial real estate market in the Greater Boston area continued its torrid pace in the first half of 2017. All sections of the commercial real estate market inside Route 128 are white hot, especially after the announcement that General Electric will move its corporate headquarters to the Seaport District. Recent data indicates that Boston has one of the hottest economies in the United States and ranks as one of the top economies in the world. The 2017 Investment Intensity Index ranks …

Demand for Multifamily Units Keeps Pace With Increasing Supply in Boston

Despite the maturing commercial real estate cycle, Boston’s thriving economy continues to generate positive momentum for the metro’s multifamily property marketplace. Over the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017, area employers added 55,700 positions, growing the employment base by 2.1 percent. Job creation was driven by the typically high-wage healthcare and professional fields, and more than 30 percent of the new roles created were in office-using sectors. This healthy growth has …

The Boston Office Market is Still Extremely Active

The Financial District, Back Bay, and Seaport continue to experience strong tenant demand with a vacancy of 10.3 percent and continued rent appreciation. The Seaport, which has experienced tremendous growth for the last four years, received national attention with GE committing to move its corporate headquarters to the market and continues to make headlines with Amazon committing to 150,000 square feet. In addition, 121 Seaport Boulevard just leased to PTC (250,000 square feet) and Alexion …

Ashkenazy Acquisition Acquires South Station Transit Hub in Boston

BOSTON — Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. (AAC) has purchased South Station, a Boston transportation hub known as “the gateway to New England,” for an undisclosed sum. AAC will assume the 98-year leasehold for the transit station’s concourse and upstairs office space. The South Station Train Terminal is part of the Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center, Boston's busiest transit hub. Opened in 1898, the historic train terminal now serves thousands of commuters, travelers, …

Bell Partners Buys 196-Unit Olmsted Place Apartments in Boston for $103M

BOSTON — Bell Partners has purchased the 196-unit Olmsted Place apartment complex in the Boston submarket of Jamaica Plain for $103 million. The community is located at 161 S. Huntington Ave. Olmsted Place debuted in 2015. It is fully leased. The community overlooks Jamaica Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace park system designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The seller was a joint venture between Boston Residential Group and the Carlyle Group. The JV purchased …

City Approves Next Step for $1B Union Square Redevelopment Near Boston

SOMERVILLE, MASS. — The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved rezoning to allow the city to move forward on a proposed $1 billion, 2.3 million-square-foot Union Square redevelopment project. Somervile is situated just northeast of Boston, adjacent to Cambridge. The new mixed-use project would include 1.3 million square feet of new office and civic spaces, along with 2.5 acres of public and open spaces. City officials expect the project will create more than 5,000 new permanent jobs. The …

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