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LEED, But For Broadband

LEED, But For Broadband

LEED certification put energy efficiency on the radar of office tenants making lease decisions, and WELL building standards are starting to measure how workspaces can affect the health and fitness of employees.

Serving The ‘Pet Parent’ Population In Multifamily Properties

Serving The ‘Pet Parent’ Population In Multifamily Properties

There’s been a sea change in how multifamily landlords view tenants with pets over the past decade. Large apartment complexes in Greater Boston that accept pets used to be the exception. Now developers are trying to top each other with pet-friendly amenities, from pet-washing stations to dog daycare centers. The trend has presented an opportunity...
A Skinny Hotel Plan Surfaces

A Skinny Hotel Plan Surfaces

If a seven-space parking lot on the fringes of the North End doesn’t sound like a hotel development site, then you haven’t been paying close attention to Boston’s seemingly inexhaustible

There’s More To Our Energy Future Than Meets The Eye, Or the Lungs

There’s More To Our Energy Future Than Meets The Eye, Or the Lungs

It’s good to live in Massachusetts. If you like good food, good music, good sports, we’ve usually got you covered. If you’re into breathing, we’ve definitely got you covered. In general, historically it has been good to live in Massachusetts if you care about the environment, and about innovations in clean energy. I always...
Calling All Millennials: ULI Studies Next Gen Housing Needs

Calling All Millennials: ULI Studies Next Gen Housing Needs

The Boston chapter of the Urban Land Institute wants to know what the future of housing looks like to the generation that’s going to live in it. ULI Boston/New England’s Young Leaders Group has teamed up with the MassINC Polling Group to find out just what’s on the minds of Millennials as it relates...
Boston’s Latest Battle In The Transportation Revolution

Boston’s Latest Battle In The Transportation Revolution

This is part two of a three-part series; click here for part three. Click here for part one. The legitimate justification for the level playing field is for the sake of rider safety – undeniably the most important element of any transportation service. This is the source of the most staunch anti-rideshare arguments: Who on...
Boston’s Latest Battle In The Transportation Revolution

Boston’s Latest Battle In The Transportation Revolution

As I hurried up the east end of the Common along Park Street toward the Statehouse last Tuesday morning, I saw coming over the stairs leading up to Beacon Street a line of blue shirts, upon which I could read, in thin white lettering, “Uber.” “Soldiers,” I thought, “in the transportation revolution.” The blue...

Using Home Prices To Predict The Pats’ Chances

If you’re like most New England sports fans, you’re looking forward to a deep playoff run by the New England Patriots culminating in Tom Brady and Bob Kraft hoisting the Lombardi trophy. While most Las Vegas oddmakers have the Seattle Seahawks as slight favorites to win Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1 in Phoenix, along...
Why Oct. 23 Is An Important Date In Boston

Why Oct. 23 Is An Important Date In Boston

Oct. 23 is a holiday in Thailand marking the 1910 passing of King Chulalongkorn, but in Boston its significance is mainly limited to land-use circles, as a factor in how high skyscrapers can be built. It’s the date that developers are required to use when calculating the length and duration of the shadows that...

CRE’s Reinvention: From ‘Lone Ranger’ To Data-Driven

You might not make an immediate mental connection between hunter-gatherer societies and the ascent of shared office space, but those were the sort of comparisons being tossed around District Hall in Boston’s Seaport District as tech leaders gathered Thursday. Elie Finegold, a senior VP at CBRE, expanded on the “Disrupt CRE” theme of the...

Watertown Apartment Complex’s Dog Policy:Trust, But Verify

As dozens of new luxury apartment complexes open around Greater Boston, the rental market appears to be getting more pet-friendly. A new Watertown complex is using DNA testing to make sure the grounds remain uncontaminated. Watertown Mews, a 206-unit complex that opened in May at 1 Repton Place, now is 78-percent leased and 46...

Where Innovation Goes, Food Trucks Follow

Food trucks have arrived at the Innovation and Design Building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park as owner Jamestown upgrades amenities for the 1.4 million-square-foot complex’s tenants. A rotating collection of nine mobile food vendors began making the rounds this week, and are stationed on the north side of the building at lunchtime on...

A Golf Community Developer Bets That Bigger Is Better

A golf course community in Ipswich that got mired in the rough during the housing downturn is moving forward with more expansive designs under its second development team. The 311-acre Golf Club of Turner Hill was originally proposed in 2004 by Raymond Property Corp. of Boston. It gained approval for 182 homes, but only...

Searching For Directions To Midtown Boston

It doesn’t easily roll off the tongue of a native, but the “midtown Boston” designation is still in the mix as a marketing tool for the real estate industry. A Google search reveals dozens of condos and luxury apartment listing pages using the midtown address. The MLS Property Information Network even has an official...