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Forum: Development Projects 11-15-2018, 08:08 AM
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Views: 817,591
Posted By stellarfun
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/11/15/major-concert-club-planned-for-near-north-station/StmWSwIaDV1PWxpLM9DYfP/story.html
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 11-13-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Langham hotel to undergo renovation

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dr5ktmoXQAARIyL?format=jpg&name=small
Forum: Development Projects 11-13-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

Some have speculated that the long-range plan is to break up Amazon into two or three even four companies. That Bezos expects that Trump will seek to break-up Amazon, quicker rather than later.
Forum: Development Projects 11-09-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

Tim Logan of the Globe takes a tour of Crystal City, and is not impressed.
...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-08-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,087
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Big Dig Tunnel--

The truck was from Ontario, the driver was from Ontario, and the load was a piece of filtration equipment (the video shows the container was pushed back on the flatbed by the impact) from Ontario. ...
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Amazon in its solicitation never committed to having 50,000 employees in HQ2. The minimum amount of square feet sought by Amazon for phases I-III was 3.5 million, which really isn't all that much. ...
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1,129
Views: 298,910
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

I think it is also a life safety matter. They appear to be building right out to the property line, and without this, the emergency egress would be a leap onto the railroad track.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

DC would get management of the Cloud. NYC would be my bet for Amazon media (vice LAX) and business partnerships, plus oversight of European / African operations.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

I doubt it. Given that Amazon seems to be fracturing the whole HQ idea.

I think Boston will be a lead R&D center for future stuff: AI, machine learning, voice recognition, robotics, 'big data',...
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

According to the WSJ, the decision is based on an inability to find enough tech talent at any single location.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Amazon in recent years has spent no more than $15 million annually on lobbying Washington.

50,000 employees with an average salary of $100,000 = a payroll of $5 billion.

Talk about a tail...
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,129
Views: 298,910
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

I agree with navigator. The columns appear to be resting on concrete footings.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

The WSJ also said "Some also believe Amazon may announce plans to place smaller operations in runner-up locations."

No mention in the article of Boston, at all.

The three WSJ reporters writing...
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Para 1 is contradicted by Amazon's specs; Amazon was looking for a single property owner.

Part 2, the brilliant part, is contradicted by the great antipathy between POTUS and Bezos. So there will...
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Crystal City / Pentagon City has a commercial inventory of 10.7 million sf. At the end of the 2Q, 2.1 million sf was vacant, for a vacancy rate of over 20 percent. Vacancy rates in Arlington have...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,810
Posted By stellarfun
Re: BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

https://mfas3.s3.amazonaws.com/objects/SC178580.jpg

Washington Allston, self-portrait circa 1805, on view at the MFA. Allston was a graduate of Harvard, and Phi Beta Kappa.

A short biography....
Forum: Development Projects 10-27-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 4,406
Views: 900,345
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

The first Boeing 707 entered commercial service in October 1958. The old close to the city center airports (LGA, BOS, DCA. MDW) were built during the age of piston and turboprop airplanes. Planes...
Forum: Development Projects 10-25-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1,818
Views: 351,004
Posted By stellarfun
Re: BU Development Thread

The Globe goes down memory lane when Babe Ruth pitched in the World series at what is now Nickerson Field...
Forum: Greater New England 10-24-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 412
Views: 83,602
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Worcester Improvements

The architect is Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Forum: Development Projects 10-24-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1,245
Views: 299,951
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Harvard - Allston Campus

Yes.


Source: Harvard
Forum: Development Projects 10-23-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

I think Boston is stuck with 8-10,000 Amazon employees, minimum, given their space commitments / options in the Seaport, and elsewhere. Amazon currently lists 379 job openings in Boston / Cambridge....
Forum: Development Projects 10-23-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,615
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

I'm betting that if Boston doesn't get HQ2, it will get the richest Amazon programmatic plum AI, and perhaps a second (Amazon health).

USN&WR's ranking of AI programs, top 20.

Boston and beyond...
Forum: Development Projects 10-19-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 22,138
Posted By stellarfun
Re: Central Wharf Tower | 270 Atlantic Ave | Downtown

Here is the link to the Globe clickbait for certain AB posters....
Forum: Development Projects 10-18-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 766
Views: 141,396
Posted By stellarfun
Re: The St Regis Residences (former Whiskey Priest site) | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

I have to find my copy of a document with the construction manager's estimate of costs for concierge residences more upscale than the St. Regis, but my recollection is that the construction cost per...
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