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Old 09-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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New 24-Story Tower Proposed for Northampton Square Complex (Albany St)

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Earlier this week, Trinity Northampton Limited Partnerships, an affiliate of Trinity Financial, filed a Letter of Intent with the BRA to redevelop the existing Northampton Square housing complex in the South End, including the construction of a new building.

Fort Point Associates, Inc. is proposing an 800,000 square foot project that would rehabilitate the existing two towers and create a new one with underground parking. In the Letter of Intent filed with the BRA, the developer proposes to convert the 29-story tower at 35 Northampton Street into a residential tower with 246 rental units and convert the existing 12-story tower at 860 Harrison Avenue into 122 rental units. The proposal also calls for the construction of a 24-story residential tower with 200 rental units and a fitness center on Albany Street.

The project site consists of an approximately 4-acre parcel owned by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), which is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Albany Street, Northampton Street, and Harrison Avenue. The existing complex was constructed in the mid-1970s and has two residential towers, a large parking garage, a BPHC office building, a retail component on Massachusetts Avenue, and a fitness center.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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??? Is this on its website?
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthor...the-south-end/
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:04 AM   #4
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What are those buildings used for now?
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:58 AM   #5
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Re: New 24-Story Tower Proposed for Northampton Square Complex (Albany St)

Northampton Sq. today:

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Old 10-01-2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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What are those buildings used for now?
The ground level offices were used for homeless and addiction patient intake. Now most of that space is empty. Never really paid attention to it other than driving through.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:55 PM   #7
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I worked with a post-doc at BU that lived in the towers - this was just 3 or 4 years ago. She got an unbelievable deal as did her fiance. I assumed the towers were used primarily for that purpose as post-docs live on a pittance.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #8
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This area should be built out like Longwood. That type of density, and possibly a bit more height.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:46 AM   #9
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The ground level offices were used for homeless and addiction patient intake. Now most of that space is empty. Never really paid attention to it other than driving through.
Part of it houses the South End Fitness Center, a Boston Public Health Commission operated fitness facility, which has a weight room, cardio equipment, a gymanasium and a 25 meter six lane swimming pool. The gym's fine, if not a little lacking, but the pool there is a real gem and an asset to the neighborhood. I work out there six times per week (three days up in the gym and three days down at the pool). I'm all for this if it improves the gym and preserves the pool. The Albany/Harrison/Northampton St area is not a particularly attractive area.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:26 AM   #10
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This area should be built out like Longwood. That type of density, and possibly a bit more height.
I've been thinking along those lines for a while, and you can have it flow in the direction of Longwood by placing more mid density structures along Melnea Cass. We'd end up with another high spine type concept (maybe high collar bone) that would cross three transit lines and form a natural locus for an eventual crosstown transit solution.
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I've been thinking along those lines for a while, and you can have it flow in the direction of Longwood by placing more mid density structures along Melnea Cass. We'd end up with another high spine type concept (maybe high collar bone) that would cross three transit lines and form a natural locus for an eventual crosstown transit solution.
Makes too much sense, plus the self-righteous people living in the low income/section 8 projects all along there would complain about the shadows.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:05 PM   #12
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Makes too much sense, plus the self-righteous people living in the low income/section 8 projects all along there would complain about the shadows.
The city's pet poor in the projects can be displace at the drop of a hat with the appropriate level of bribery or potential influx of tax revenue. If the city was looking at the development of Longwood 2.0, the official line would be "What 'downtrodden' people?". The whole socioeconomic/racial politicking angle that usually gets played in these areas would go out the window with sufficient cash involved.

Don't believe me? Look at Chinatown.
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The PNF for this project was filed on 10/18/2013

http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthor...1-18022fe197b9
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Great find. How the hell did we miss this one?

The shape is excellent, and I am very happy that they are renovating those existing buildings. That will greatly add more life to that area.

I had friends in the BU Medical School who worked down there back in the day.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:10 PM   #15
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Oh dang, look what we have here...









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Old 01-08-2014, 03:11 PM   #16
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i really like it. the crown is cool. tired of flat buildings
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:16 PM   #17
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The slanted roof looks amazing. Is the architect the same as the one who designed Millennium Place?
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:19 PM   #18
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Overall it's not bad, but I'm kind of getting bored of the facade designs. they're all just kind of blending together at this point, nothing really interesting. This is a decent design for the area, but everything I've seen proposed either looks like this, or is glass. I'm dying for something tall, and something with an intersting facade.

I came across this rendering for a building in NY, and in my opinion is interesting without being outrageous....
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:21 PM   #19
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Yeah....you can't really do a design like that on a 24 story building.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:46 PM   #20
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BU has really come out of it's architectural dark age.

Is that terra cotta on the facade? Seems to mirror the facade treatment on the recently completed Ambulatory building.
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