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Boston Commercial Real Estate News Roundup 2019

July 11, 2019
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We’ve put together a synopsis of some of the biggest headlines and most important news articles in Boston commercial real estate. Every quarter we compile a highlight reel of what is going on with businesses, real estate transactions, and leases around the Boston area. Each article illustrates what transpired and what lies ahead in Boston’s CRE market.

Boston Commercial Real Estate News 2019

Boston Commercial Real Estate News

Boston Commercial Real Estate News Q2 2019

The Q2 2019 Boston CRE update includes: Boston’s newest skyscraperUMass expansion to Bayside, Massachusetts’ largest single-phase project ever, Harvard’s new research campus, and Cambridge’s life sciences real estate updates.

Boston’s Newest Skyscraper Finally Begins Construction

One Congress, State Street Corp.’s future home officially begins. It will be the tallest building on the Boston skyline since 1984. One Congress will be 600 feet tall and have 1,000,000 square feet in space. Read More

UMass Inks Lease for $235M Bayside Property

The University of Massachusetts Boston Campus is about to get a lot bigger, nearly 3.4 million square feet bigger, in fact. Accordia Partners and Ares Management Corp have been tapped for the redevelopment of the Bayside site for Boston’s prominent state university. Read More 

Wynn Resorts’ New $2.6B Encore Project in Boston Harbor Set to Open

The new $2.6 billion (with a ‘b’) Encore project is set to open in June of this year. It is considered Massachusetts’ largest project ever built within a single phase. The new Wynn Resorts’ Casino will have 3,000 gaming stations and 671 hotel rooms. Read More 

Bonus: Sneak Peak Inside the $2.6B Encore Casino Project

BizJournals put together a sneak peak with pictures and more details of the massive casino project that is set to be completed already. See the Pictures

Harvard University in Pursuit of Developer for New Research Campus

Harvard is now taking proposals for the initial development phase of its new Enterprise Research Campus in Allston, MA. The land proposed for the new campus is 14 acres, and will be adjacent to the new Science and Engineering Complex set to open in fall 2020. Read More 

Beacon Capital Disposition of Boston Office Complex for $110M

Beacon Capital sells Boston office complex in Dorchester, MA for $110 million. The property is across from the Bayside Expo Center. The complex was acquired by a joint venture between Accordia Partners and Ares Management Corp. Read More 

Retail & Transit Considered Top Barometers for CRE Investors When Scoping New Development Sites

A flurry of new development sites are arising from Seaport to Route 128. Most of these new construction projects are near to transit lines; however, developers and brokers are more keen on looking for lively streets and retail presence when it comes to scoping new places to break ground. Read More 

Cyclerion Therapeutics Inks 114K SF Lease in Cambridge

BioMed continues to grow its presence in the Boston’s highly competitive commercial real estate sector, Cambridge. Cyclerion will join Synlogic and Biogen in the city’s main stage for life sciences. Read More 

Amazon Begins Construction on Seaport Office Building

The 525K square foot building at 111 Harbor Way is 17 stories. 2 of the stories will be for retail and restaurant tenants, while Amazon will lease 430K SF of the building when it is complete in 2021. Read More

Bain Capital Sells Life Science Asset in Boston for $128M

The 77.8K square-foot property in Cambridge was sold for $128 million. The property is near Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read More 

Boston CRE News Q1 2019

The Boston CRE 2019 news update includes: Salesforce securing a major location in Boston, biotech relocations, Massachusetts General Hospital upgrading, and an update on Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Boston & Los Angeles Offer Best Returns for CRE Investors Nationwide

Bloomberg covers the reasons why Boston and LA provide the best opportunities for commercial real estate investments, especially because the economies are booming in the respective locations. They are healthy economic beacons currently, while the rest of the country is noticing a slight slowdown compared to previous years. Read More

CRM Giant, Salesforce, Planning to Anchor South Station Skyscraper

After hiring Lexington native, Keith Block, as president and vice chairman of Salesforce, it became a key player in Boston’s growing technology market. The CRM giant has offices in Burlington, Cambridge, and Back Bay; however, now it is looking to have a more prevalent presence in the area. Read More

Major Cambridge Biotech Firm Plans Largest Relocation in 5 Years to Seaport

Foundation Medicine, an important Cambridge-based biotech firm, is looking to relocate to the Seaport area. If the move occurs, it will be the largest life-sciences company to relocate in the area since Vertex Pharmaceutical’s move five years ago to Fan Pier. Read More 

Google Finalizes 15-Year Lease in Redevelopment Project in Cambridge

The tech giant expands its footprint in the area with the lease of a 362,000 sq ft building at the Kendall Center in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. The redo of this site, located at 325 Main St, will have a new 16-story building with 400,000 sq ft of space. Read More

Massachusetts General Hospital in Talks for $1 Billion Expansion

Massachusetts General Hospital recently notified the Boston Planning & Development Authority about a $1B expansion project. The new building will have over 1 million square feet of space and will include six stories of underground parking and two centers focused on cancer and heart treatments, respectively. Read More

Tom Brady’s Gym Will Replace Back Bay BSC

Fresh off another Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady is not stopping when it comes to further developing his name and brand in the Boston area. The storefront is expected to be on Boylston Street. It will most likely replace the Boston Sports Club, which recently announced it would be closing in March 2019. Read More

Toys “R” Us Down, But Not Out?

The kids’ toys big box brand that went out of business and closed many stores nationwide last year has emerged with a new team and vision for the future. It appears that they are not totally out of the game. Will this new plan put the company back on the map? Read More 

Boston’s Logan International Airport Considering Expansion After Record Year

Logan International Airport saw over 40 million passengers travel through its gates in 2018. The record year has generated conversations around a possible expansion in order to capitalize and amplify the potential for more travelers. Read More 

New Tech Theme Park Looks At Boston As Possible Destination

A virtual reality (VR) theme park company from Singapore is beginning to make moves into the United States by opening studies on various markets. Boston is one of the initial locations the innovative company is looking at as a host for its expansion. Read More 

Boston Area Office Report for the Early Months in 2019

As seen above, many major companies are inking deals to lease or own space in Boston and surrounding areas. This Yardi Matrix report breaks down the biggest factors contributing to data points in the Boston office real estate market. Read More 

High Leasing Activity & Low Vacancy Rates Highlight Boston’s Office Market in Q1 2019

Boston Real Esate Times summarizes the latest Boston Office CRE Report for Q1 2019. There are some incredible statistics in the report for a market that seemingly could not get any better. Read More

Boston Commercial Real Estate News 2019

Boston Commercial Real Estate News 2018

Boston CRE 2018 news update includes: AI’s role in CRE, the Boston Red Sox further development of Fenway Park, big tech companies signing major leases, and Apple now occupying important office space in the area.

Apple, Boeing, & Capital One Plan to Share a Kendall Square Tower

Greater Boston scores a big commercial real estate deal with the announcement of 3 heavyweight companies sharing space in Kendall Square. Read More 

Major French Pharmaceutical Company, Sanofi, Leases 900K Sq Ft Space in East Cambridge

Sanofi’s lease of two buildings at Cambridge Crossing establishes the development as a biotech hub, and is the largest single lease deal signed in the history of the city. It is also the biggest single lease deal signed in the Greater Boston Area since 2011. Read More

Millennium Partners’ Mixed-Use Skyscraper, Winthrop Center, Breaks Ground

After more than a decade of back-and-forth with the city and the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the tower’s height and building plans, Winthrop Center’s construction has commenced. Originally proposed as a 1,000 foot project, Millennium Partners inked the deal at 691 feet due to the takeoff and landing patterns of planes to and from Logan International Airport. Read More

AI’s Influence on Commercial Real Estate (National News)

Artificial intelligence and it’s effect on commercial real estate was a main topic at CoreNet’s 2018 Summit in Boston. Benefits as well as downfalls were discussed regarding how AI will be adopted into the CRE market. Read More

High-tech Manufacturer, Harmonic Drive, Consolidates New Headquarters to Beverly, MA

Harmonic Drive currently operates out two buildings in Peabody, but will be returning to its roots in Beverly, Massachusetts. It’s a move to both consolidate operations and prepare for future growth. Read More

Real Estate Finance Association in Boston (REFA) Caps a Successful 2018

After a rebrand and numerous real estate educational forums and events, REFA celebrated the leaders and contributors of Boston’s commercial real estate finance community. Read More

Proposed Duo of Towers Will Connect South End, Fenway, Cambridge and Back bay

$350 million project in Boston proposed by Samuels & Associates at crossroads of Massachusetts Ave, Boylston St, and Newbury St near the Massachusetts Turnpike. Read More 

Available Land in Boston (If There Is Any) Most Likely To Become Lab Developments

The Biotech boom in Boston, especially in East Cambridge’s Kendall Square, is creating a very competitive real estate market for lab space. Read More

American Realty / Norges JV Acquire 121 Seaport Office Tower for $455M

Skanska sells the newly built edifice to joint venture between American Realty Advisors and Norges Bank Real Estate Management for $455 million. Read More

Live Nation & Red Sox In Discussions for Live Music Venue

Fenway Sports Group and Live Nation are planning to build a 5,000-seat music venue next to Fenway Park, on the corner of Ipswich and Lansdowne. Read More

Leggat McCall Properties Acquires 107-Acre Development Site in Woburn

NKF Capital Markets sold the 107-acre site to Leggat McCall Properties. The space on Montvale Hill is located eight miles north of Downtown Boston. The massive opportunity development site is lab, manufacturing, and / or office use. Read More

Verizon Doubles Down on Boston with Investment Totaling $600M

Verizon will expand its local wireless network in the Greater Boston area for 10 years with a $600 million deal. Read More