Boston Development Projects Moving Forward
June 27, 2013
There is a lot of activity in the Boston area as new development projects celebrate groundbreakings and ribbon-cuttings. Epsilon is proud to have played a key role in the environmental permitting of many of these projects, including:
Waterside Place (Topped off Building: April 17)
Waterside Place, the residential tower in Boston’s growing Seaport district, held its topping off ceremony in April. The 22-story tower, designed by TRO JB, will include 235 rental units, retail, parking, and a small live-work innovation center. The project will seek LEED Silver certification, after its scheduled completion in 2014. Epsilon was responsible for the preparation of Article 80 and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) documentation for this mixed-use development.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Groundbreaking: June 20)
The hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for their $450 million new facility located in the Longwood Medical Area. The 11-story, 360,000 square-foot building will encompass state-of-the-art lab and outpatient clinical space, advanced imaging facilities, and underground parking. The building is planned to be LEED Gold Certified, with a roof garden to reduce storm water runoff, a system that cleans and reuses storm water for mechanical equipment, and a co-generation plant to supply the building with electricity, steam, and hot water. Epsilon prepared the Institutional Master Plan (IMP) Notification Form / Project Notification Form, as well as the IMP Amendment and Draft Project Impact Report.
The Charlesview Residences (Ribbon-cutting: June 21)
This 340-unit mixed-income, mixed-use development in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood celebrated its grand opening on June 21st. Developed by The Community Builders and designed by CBT Architects, this $141 million project includes approximately 25,000 square feet of space for commercial and community uses, and new streets and parks that join the residences and the surrounding neighborhood together. Epsilon prepared Article 80 and MEPA documentation for this apartment complex.
Dudley Square (Topped off Building: June 24)
In June, a ceremony took place at Dudley Square for the topping off of the Ferdinand Building in Roxbury. This ceremony represented a major milestone for the $115 million Dudley Municipal Building, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2015. With the final beam in place, workers will begin the next phase of construction for the new community space. Epsilon prepared the Environmental Notification Form.
Liberty Mutual (Ribbon-cutting: June 28)
Liberty Mutual’s new $300 million tower opens to employees on July 11th, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late June. Designed by CBT Architects, the building is situated at the corner of Berkeley Street and Columbus Avenue. Some of the new features include a park on St. James Avenue with a granite waterfall, an elevated pedestrian bridge over Stuart Street, and a publicly accessible cafe on Columbus Avenue with outdoor seating. Epsilon was responsible for the preparation of Article 80 and MEPA documentation for the new office building. Key issues included sustainability, groundwater impacts, traffic/parking, urban design, and impacts to historic resources.
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