Arx Urban and Boylston Properties Gain BPDA Approval for Common’s First Boston Coliving Project
Arx Urban and Boylston Properties today announced Boston Planning & Development Agency’s (BPDA) approval of Common Allbright, its coliving project with Common, the nation’s leading residential brand enhancing the quality of living for members through convenience and community. With a projected opening in the summer of 2022, the 278-bed coliving project will be located in Allston and marks Common’s first project in the city.
Centrally-located in the Allston neighborhood, Common Allbright will feature great access to downtown Boston and Cambridge via public transportation. The building will offer a mix of coliving suites as well as studio apartments, and provide fully-furnished shared lounges and large, shared kitchens, in-unit laundry, an on-site car share and an outdoor terrace. As a result of ongoing conversations with Allston residents regarding additions to the development that will be of benefit to the neighborhood, Common Allbright will also include a 1,250 sq ft community space where utility and programming will be determined in partnership with residents and neighbors.
“Boston is grappling with many housing issues and affordability is top of mind for residents in communities and neighborhoods like Allston,” said Andrew Copelotti, Principal at Boylston Properties. “We are pleased that the City of Boston is acknowledging co-living as one of a few possible solutions to this challenge, and we are very excited to begin development with our expert partners, Arx Urban and Common.”
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PROCON starts Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton for Boylston Properties
PROCON began construction on Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton located at Arsenal Yards in the East End of the city. Real estate developer Boylston Properties selected PROCON to construct the hotel as part of the $400 million redevelopment of the old Arsenal Mall into the mixed-use neighborhood which will begin opening late 2019. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) spearheaded the masterplan for the complex and is the design architect of record. Group One Partners, Inc. designed the remaining portions of the hotel and its interiors.
The new 6-story hotel is three miles to Harvard Sq. or Boston, and will offer double-king and queen guest rooms, including 25 suites with a wet bar and kitchenette totaling 146 rooms. All of the upscale guest rooms will include a flat-screen HDTV, an ample workspace with multiple USB ports, and complimentary WiFi for guests to stay connected.
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Arsenal Yards Asking Town for Additional Liquor Licenses
The developers of the Arsenal Mall redevelopment have requested additional liquor licenses for tenants of the new Arsenal Yards.
Town Council President Mark Sideris told the Town Council about the request at Tuesday’s meeting. “I am bringing this up because I think that Arsenal Yards is going to transform the community,” Sideris said. “We have an unusual situation with Arsenal Yards. I liken it to the Assembly Row (in Somerville), where they began a rehab of a mall, and grew into something much larger.
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Second Co-Living Project Proposed in Boston
Life with roommates is nothing new in Allston, but now a development team is moving forward with a large scale project designed specifically to accommodate group housing arrangements. Boylston Properties and ARX Urban are eyeing a parking lot on Lincoln Street for a 6-story, 129,175 square foot co-living complex. The team proposes 80 apartment units, including 65 four-bedroom units containing two or three bathrooms.
The .75 acre site across from 500 Lincoln St. is currently used as a 45 space parking lot. Located .7 miles from the MBTA’s Boston Landing Commuter Rail station, the project would include 30 at grade garaged parking spaced and parking for 120 bicycles.
The project will require variances and conditional use permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals, according to a notification letter to the Boston Planning and Development Agency by developers Andrew Copelotti of Boylston Properties and ARX Urban’s Benjamin Moll.
by Steve Adams/ Banker & Tradesman March 28, 2019