The Year in Commercial Real Estate

From a booming life science industry spreading further out from East Cambridge to new multifamily housing models and an e-commerce-fueled explosion in interest in distribution facilities, here’s what drove demand in 2019.

Scape Files LOI for Second Fenway Project

British student housing developer Scape North America has filed a letter of intent for a second project in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, this time in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital.

New Routes to Affordability in the Fenway

As the Fenway, Chinatown and South End continue to face gentrification and housing displacement pressures, contributions from four private developers could deliver more than 700 new income-restricted housing units in coming years.

Hot Property: 401 Park, Boston

Time Out Market has opened its newest food hall at 401 Park, Samuels & Assoc.’s redevelopment of the former Landmark Center in the Fenway. After debuting its food hall concept in Portugal in 2014, Time Out Market opened Miami and New York locations in May and will expand to Chicago and Montreal later this year. 

Simmons Files Proposal for 21-Story Dorm Tower

Simmons University filed plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency Thursday to consolidate the 1,036 dorm rooms, athletics and dining facilities into a 250-foot, 21-story tower on the site of the school’s current science center.

Student Housing Operator Buys Gateway Parcel in Fenway

Private student housing developer Scape has acquired its second property in Boston, this time paying $39 million for a Fenway property where another developer had proposed a 29-story tower that drew objections from the Boston Red Sox and neighborhood groups.

Groups Target Fenway Park Redesign

Fenway neighborhood activists are targeting the Boston Red Sox’ plans to build a 5,400-seat concert hall behind Fenway Park, eliminating 450 bleacher seats to make way for new seating and function space overlooking the ballpark.