Blog :: 12-2020

Dorchester Dot Block: Neighborhood-Oriented Development Coming to Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester Dot Block

Several years in the making, a plan is expected to bring four new buildings with approximately 488 residential rental units along 1205 Dorchester Avenue in Boston. This plan has become commonly referred to as the Dorchester Dot Block, which was initially approved in 2016 but was amended in 2019, increasing the rental units and changing the dynamic of the parking structure.

Dorchester Dot Block

The development amendment for the Dorchester Dot Block Project will situate four buildings along the block – a five-story Hancock Street building, a four-story Pleasant Street building, a six-story Dorchester North building, and a six-story Dorchester South building. The units will be a mixture of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom rental spaces.

The project’s parking was changed from an above-ground parking garage to an underground parking unit that will contain approximately 345 parking spaces, including a ground floor with approximately 14 enclosed spaces. On-street parking is anticipated to add approximately 19 spaces along the new interior drives to support temporary use. A covered area for bicycle riders is will also be added within the development to support alternative forms of transportation.

Community and public benefits of the Dorchester Dot Block include, but are not limited to, providing high-quality residential units, the establishment of a community fund for $250,000 to be managed by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the creation of construction jobs, and new businesses to help accommodate the block’s commercial and neighborhood amenities.

Retail spaces are expected to take up 23,000 square feet of space and be situated as smaller neighborhood-oriented stores and restaurants. This change was made from the original 37,000 square feet allotted in the original project proposal, which included larger formatted retail spaces.

The project is expected to take 24 months to complete from the commencement of construction.

About the Development

The developers of the project are Samuels & Associates and Wintergold, LLC. Samuels & Associates is known in the Boston area for developing Boston’s most renowned commercial real estate properties. Wintergold, LLC is a lesser-known investment group that paid $19.1 million for the site for redevelopment. The construction company for the project is Stantec, a top-tier global design firm.

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    Boston Landing Reimagines Work-Life Balance

    Boston Landing

    The idea of work-life balance is something that many people (and their employers) have been chasing for years. Some believe it's achievable with careful planning and hard work; others think it's a fantasy that's not conducive to modern life. But to the team at NB Development Group, work-life balance isn't just a possibility — it's the focus of their latest project.

    Boston Landing, located along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton, is a 15-acre development dedicated to promoting work-life balance. The area features 575,000 square feet of commercial space, 295 condos, and apartments, and countless shops and restaurants all in one bustling corner of the city. Employees and residents in Boston Landing can easily walk from their homes or offices to a bar, restaurant, or shop — giving them ample opportunity to unwind and embrace real work-life balance.

    A Haven For Health Nuts

    In addition to the office space, shops, and residences at Boston Landing, this new development strives to be a haven for health and wellness enthusiasts. Boston Landing is home to several state-of-the-art fitness centers such as:

    The Track at New Balance - a 200-meter, hydraulically banked track

    Warrior Ice Arena - an indoor skating rink that open to the public and available for private events

    NB Fitness Club - a 25,000 square foot fitness center with everything from high-end equipment and group fitness classes to luxurious saunas and locker rooms

    The health and wellness facilities at Boston Landing are designed for athletes to reach their highest potential — which is why they have also become the new training facilities for both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Residents and workers at Boston Landing can expect the very best from their exercise experiences, (and they might even run into a professional athlete or two).

    About The Developers

    NB Development Group brings a decade of experience to their work on Boston Landing. The team, led by President Jim Halliday, is driven by a desire to create value for both their clients and their community.

    It is this desire to improve the community that has helped make Boston Landing the top of the line neighborhood that attracts both professional sports teams and creative businesses alike. This development will not only improve the area; it will make the lives of everyone who works and lives there better.

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      What's New in South Boston? Washington Village

      Washington Village, South Boston, MA

      The neighborhood of South Boston is a rapidly expanding area filled with young professionals, families, and urbanites looking for quick access to downtown. And soon, the area will have another draw for Bostonians — a brand new development adjacent to Andrew's Square.

      This new area is Washington Village, a multi-use development featuring seven buildings across 4.9 acres where people can live, work, and shop.

      Features of Washington Village

      Located at 235 Old Colony Avenue, Washington Village will feature retail space and both condos and apartments for urban professionals. The relatively large parcel of land has been allocated for a great deal of residential space: 214 apartments and 532 condos.

      Additionally, the developers plan to build about 82,400 square feet of retail space and 663 parking spaces, turning this once industrial and commercial parcel of land into a public space that's sure to be bustling.

      But Washington Village isn't just about building apartments and chic cafes. The developers also plan to plant around 120 new trees on the land, helping beautify the area and reduce Boston's carbon footprint. Washington Village will also have a space for the South Boston Historical Society, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to learn more about the community's history.

      Connecting with Surrounding Neighborhoods

      While Washington Village sits on the bones of an industrial park, the new development is not meant to be isolated from its surroundings. Its prime location near the Red Line station makes it a great area for people looking to live away from the city proper yet still want to easily get downtown.

      The developers are leaning into this connectivity, building public plazas and opening up new space on Tuckerman Street. This will allow Washington Village to seamlessly integrate with nearby Dorchester.

      The Developers

      The minds behind Washington Village are Samuels and Associates, a community-focused company that aims to create innovative and memorable developments that lead to thriving new neighborhoods.

      While Washington Village has yet to begin construction (largely due to COVID-19), it is clear that this team is dedicated to building a space where people can live, play, dine, and shop while connecting with South Boston in a new and unique way.