Redevelopment News in the Fenway Area

If you have attended a game at Fenway Park this past season before the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series…
If you have taken the MBTA Green D line towards Riverside…
If you have visited a nearby college or hospital in the Longwood Medical area…
If you have enjoyed the mix of food options and shopping (the closest REI to the Boston-folk) at the Landmark Center…

…You may have noticed an enormous amount of recent redevelopment activity!

Read on to learn about all the excitement happening in the Fenway/Kenmore area:

The Landmark Center, also known as the old Sears Tower, was built in 1928. For almost 60 years, this building was the warehouse and distribution center for catalog merchandise for the Sears, Roebuck and Company. When the Sears distribution center closed in 1988, the building’s redevelopment was contemplated, and was even considered to be demolished completely. Finally, The Abbey Group contracted Bruner/Cott architectural firm to design and convert the building into a lucrative piece of real estate. Now, today, the Landmark Center is in the transition stages of being re-purposed once again, this time by Samuels and Associates, along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s support. READ MORE.

If you are interested in more details of the Landmark building, parking garage repurposing, and site plans, READ MORE.

Yawkey Station, a MBTA Commuter Rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line has been under renovation since April 2012. It was expected to be completed by December 2013, however has had schedule adjustments and has not re-opened yet. READ MORE.

While walking down Boylston Street, you can’t help but notice a huge construction site with what is currently a narrow concrete structure, the beginning stages of a 11-story elevator shaft to one of 2 new buildings. The VanNess, which was started in 2010, has big plans- luxury apartments, offices, and retail shops, including a Target store. This is in place of the old Goodyear Tire and and a car wash behind Fenway Park. It isn’t a project to overlook; all $320 million of that development going on at 1325-1341 Boylston Street. READ MORE.

Next in the pipeline for the area is a new building with an attractive name: The Point. The triangular sky-blue painted brick building, where D’Angelo’s and Ace Ticket stands, will be rezoned and demolished. The Point will be built in the footprint, which proposes up to 25 floors of apartments, condos, and a retail marketplace. READ MORE.

3rd Annual Casino Royale: Membership Drive Recap

Casino Night 2013We partied in the beautiful 10 St. James lobby for our third annual Casino Royale Membership Drive. It was a fun evening of craps, roulette, blackjack, poker and more along with a cocktail reception catered by Davios, a cash bar, music and unlimited networking! Friends and colleagues mingled in a comfortable and exciting atmosphere. New relationships were created and old ones were rekindled.

The event is a great way to introduce your co-workers, clients and/or colleagues to all that IFMA Boston offers.

Don’t miss out next year! Here are a few photos. The rest can be viewed on our media sponsors Facebook album.

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Honoring Our Heroes: The Greater Boston Real Estate Industry Gives Back

Each of us has been impacted in one way or another by the Boston Marathon tragedies in April 2013.  On Wednesday, September 11th, a day when we commonly honor our fellow citizens hundreds of people representing every facet of the region’s real estate industry will join together to show support and gratitude to our First Responders — (not only for the work they did following the Boston Marathon bombing, but also for the role they play in keeping all citizens and their property safe every day.)

As an industry united, this is one small way to give back to the brave men and women of so many departments and agencies who are always there for us by putting themselves in harm’s way so our collective community can be safer.

On September 11, IFMA Boston and our fellow CRE organizations invite you to come together as one   to tell these real life heroes ‘Thank You.’” 

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

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IFMA Boston Presents The SPARK Center with Donation

In early March, representatives of IFMA Boston had lunch with Barbara Hughes and Cheryl Lovell of The SPARK Center to present this year’s Holiday Gala proceeds donation.  They were so pleased with the donation, which would not have been possible without the generous support of our members and sponsors.  Thank you!