BOSTON — Simmons University has opened an 80,000-square-foot science center and renovated library as part of the second phase of the One Simmons project at its Boston campus. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the science center houses over 22,000 square feet of lab space, including a new 30-bed nursing and health science simulation center. The reimagined library features 14,000 square feet of new study and collaborative learning space. Developed in partnership with Skanska International, One Simmons is a three-phase project that includes a residential redevelopment component.
Newmark Arranges 47,578 SF Office, Life Sciences Lease in Burlington, Massachusetts
BURLINGTON, MASS. — Newmark has arranged a 47,578-square-foot office and life sciences lease in Burlington, a northwestern suburb of Boston. The tenant, metals processor Nth Cycle Inc., has committed to leasing space at Blue Sky Center, a 158-acre campus. Matt Malatesta, Tyler McGrail, Michael Frisoli and Margaret Fee of Newmark represented the owner, Nordblom Co., in the lease negotiations. Nick Amarante and Mekae Hyde of Hughes Marino represented the tenant. Amenities at Blue Sky Center include a fitness center, café, basketball court, gaming area and a golf simulator.
HINGHAM, MASS. — Newmark has brokered the $45.2 million sale of Lincoln Plaza, a 127,505-square-foot shopping center located about 20 miles south of Boston in Hingham. A 68,087-square-foot Stop & Shop grocery store and a 31,882-square-foot Marshalls anchor the center, which was 99 percent leased at the time of sale. Robert Griffin, Jon Martin, Paul Penman and Matthew Adler of Newmark represented the seller, AEW, in the transaction and procured the buyer, a subsidiary of Jumbo Capital Inc. Casey O’Brien and Connor Scott of Newmark provided financial analysis support for the deal.
TCB, BHA Break Ground on 223-Unit Multifamily Redevelopment Project in Boston
BOSTON — The Community Builders (TCB) and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) have broken ground on the redevelopment of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in the state capital’s Jackson Square neighborhood. The project will replace 253 existing units with two six-story buildings that will house 223 units that will be subject to a range of income restrictions. Another 516 units will remain in the public housing program under BHA ownership. The project also includes the construction of a 6,800-square-foot community center and 1,520 square feet of commercial space. A timeline for completion was not disclosed.
US2 Begins Leasing 450-Unit Prospect Union Square Apartments in Somerville, Massachusetts
SOMERVILLE, MASS. — US2, a joint venture between Magellan Development, RAS Development LLC, Cypress Equity Investments and Affinius Capital, has begun leasing Prospect Union Square, a 450-unit apartment community located outside of Boston in Somerville. Designed by Howeler + Yoon, Prospect Union Square consists of a midrise building and a 25-story tower, both of which are situated within the USQ mixed-use development. Units come in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans and are furnished with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and individual washers and dryers. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, coworking lounge, game room, outdoor grilling and dining areas and a package locker system. Rents start at $2,460 per month for a studio apartment. Move-ins will begin in July.
KIRCO Buys 91-Unit Seniors Housing Complex in Stoughton, Massachusetts
STOUGHTON, MASS. — Michigan-based development and management firm KIRCO has purchased Brookmeadow at Blue Hills, a 91-unit assisted living and memory care complex in the southern Boston suburb of Stoughton. The property was built in 2009. Cushman & Wakefield arranged both the sale of the property and subsequent acquisition financing. KIRCO plans to invest about $4 million in capital improvements to the property.
RISE, City Realty Receive Approval for 72-Room Boutique Hotel in South Boston
BOSTON — A partnership between two local developers, RISE and City Realty Group, has received approval from the Boston Planning & Development Agency to construct a 72-room boutique hotel at 330 C St. in South Boston. Designed by Group One Partners, the 46,600-square-foot hotel will offer a fitness center, onsite restaurant and bar and a rooftop terrace. Construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of next year. The project is expected to create about 50 permanent jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs.
MassDevelopment Provides $129M in Bond Financing for Opus Newton Seniors Housing Project Near Boston
NEWTON, MASS. — MassDevelopment has provided $129 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the construction of Opus Newton, a 174-unit seniors housing project that will be located on the western outskirts of Boston. The borrower and developer is locally based nonprofit organization 2Life Communities. Construction began in March and is scheduled for completion in mid-2025. Opus Newton, an age-restricted complex with units reserved for renters age 62 and above, is being constructed on four acres at 777 Winchester St. The property will house 62 two-bedroom units and 112 one-bedroom apartments. Amenities will include a library, café, business center, game room, volunteer hub, convenience store, art room, fitness studio and classrooms. In addition, onsite staff will be available to coordinate home and health services based on resident needs. According to the development team, Opus Newton will meet the needs of seniors who earn too much to qualify for affordable housing units but cannot comfortably afford other high-end housing options in the area. Of the property’s 174 units, nine will be reserved for households earning 80 percent or less of the area median income. The market-rate units will partially maintain low rents by using volunteers from the community in place of some …
RISE to Develop $200M Life Sciences Project in Medford, Massachusetts
MEDFORD, MASS. — Boston-based developer RISE, in partnership with local owner the Matarazzo Family, will develop a $200 million life sciences project in Medford, a northern suburb of Boston. The eight-story building at 4054 Mystic Valley Parkway will house 311,535 square feet of lab, research and development and office space, as well as ground-floor retail space. In addition, the facility will have a below-ground parking garage, dedicated indoor bike storage and a landscaped public plaza. Dave Douvadjian Sr. and Harrison Zucco of Newmark arranged an undisclosed amount of acquisition financing for the project. CUBE3 is the project architect, and Jacobs is the civil engineer. A construction timeline was not released.
SVN | Parsons Commercial Arranges $2M Sale of Industrial Property in Hudson, Massachusetts
HUDSON, MASS. — SVN | Parsons Commercial Group | Boston has arranged the $2 million sale of a 10,750-square-foot industrial property in Hudson, about 40 miles west of Boston. The property comprises two buildings totaling 8,750 and 2,000 square feet on a 1.7-acre site at 561 Main St. Alex Wood of SVN | Parsons Commercial represented the seller and procured the buyer, both of which were limited liability companies that requested anonymity, in the transaction.