What You Should Know Is Happening in the West End

    Cities are ever-changing and constantly growing. Construction can be seen on nearly any block you walk down, especially in Boston. Here are five major construction and building projects happening in the West End now that you should know about:

    5. Bulfinch Triangle North Washington Hotel

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    Although only in the proposal stage, 88 North Washington Street in Bulfinch Triangle is the target site for a 160-foot boutique hotel made up of 13 stories and 74 rooms. This endeavor has faced some backlash from Bulfinch Triangle neighbors, however, as the area is supposed to have a 100-ft ceiling for buildings. Regardless, the construction has been proposed, and nothing will be for certain about this project until it is accepted or rejected.

    For a detailed look at the construction proposal, click here.

    4. Lovejoy Condominiums at Lovejoy Wharf

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    The city of Boston has permitted the development of a large condominium complex at Lovejoy Wharf. The building is expected to host approximately 175 luxury condominiums and stand 14 stories tall, as well as be the new home to Converse Headquarters. Despite the massiveness of this project, there exist no current plans to build any additional parking in the area. Rather, Lovejoy Wharf will be made more pedestrian-friendly and focused, situated right along the waterfront.

    3. Avalon Apartments

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    Developer AvalonBay Communities and construction firm John Moriarty & Associates are currently building what will be one of the tallest new buildings in Boston. At 415-ft, the Avalon North Station apartment building will host 38 stories made up of 503 studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bed apartments. Studios are expected to start at $2,250, whereas 3-bedroom units start at $5,435.

    2. One Canal

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    One Canal Street, Boston, MA is home to a 12-story, 310-unit apartment complex developed by Trinity Financial. Hosting a range of apartments from studios to three-bedroom units, as well as 44 luxury penthouses on the top two floors of this building, this apartment has a variety of living options. The building also boasts a fitness center and a community rooftop deck that has a panoramic view of Boston. This building has been long-awaited, as construction faced a halt in development due to an issue of whether or not a supermarket should be built on the bottom level of this apartment building. However, due to the expected construction of a supermarket nearby, the issue was resolved and One Canal was built to be the massive and luxurious building it is today.

    1. The Hub at Causeway

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    Perhaps the largest construction/renovation project making a stake in the West End is The Hub at Causeway. Expected to not be complete until late 2018, this project intends to create over 1.5 million square feet of retail, restaurant, office, hotel, and resident spaces, along with an expansion of the TD Garden. North Station transit improvements are intended to be made, as well. With so much construction and renovation, the project has been broken into three phases. Phase #1 is already underway and entails the development of retail and restaurant spaces, parking, the TD Garden expansion, establishment of creative office space, and improvements to North Station, including an underground connection between the commuter rail and subway and a new Causeway Street entrance. Phase #2 included the development of a 38 story, 440 unit apartment tower and a 10-story hotel with 260 rooms, while Phase #3 will center on a 525,000 sq.ft., 21-story office tower.

    Full renderings of the project can be viewed here.

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