Boston – Berkshire Group, WS Development, and Boston Global Investors announced the groundbreaking of One Seaport Square, a 1.5 million sf mixed-use development located on three acres within the 23-acre Seaport Square Master Plan.
Seaport Square is the largest master planned project in the history of the city of Boston, and One Seaport Square is the largest mixed-use project in the city in 30 years.
Both of One Seaport Square’s towers are designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, also based in Boston, and will qualify for LEED Silver certification. “With their glass structures, they are a new generation of modern architecture in the city of Boston. The retail floor architecture is lively, diverse, modern, and glassy so as to engage pedestrians and mirror the energy of food and retail. The residences are also very open and modern; their architecture connects them to the harbor and to the city,” said David Manfredi, founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects.
Upon completion, expected in 2017, the development is planned to include two residential towers with 832 apartments in total and 250,000sf of retail space across the towers’ first three floors.
Berkshire Group has partnered with Boston Global Investors (BGI) to own and develop the residential component of Seaport Square. WS Development will develop, own, and manage the retail component.
Courthouse Square, a 17,000sf retail lined open space between the two towers, will serve as a pedestrian link between the buildings, the MBTA Courthouse Station, and the Moakley Federal Courthouse.
The residential towers are named The Benjamin and VIA; each will have a distinct personality and provide a wide range of living options to appeal to diverse audiences. Plans include a total of 832 units, with 354 distinctive apartment homes in The Benjamin, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, and 458 modern apartment homes in VIA, ranging from studios to innovation units to three bedrooms. To create a socially expansive and diverse community, One Seaport Square will include 96 units that meet the city of Boston’s standards for affordable rent.
Steve Wood, Berkshire Group Partner and Head of Development, commented, “We are proud to begin construction on Seaport Square with BGI and WS Development. In our view, the Seaport District is an important growth area in Boston with its emphasis on residential, retail and commercial space all in one neighborhood. With companies moving into the area and creating new employment opportunities, we expect One Seaport Square will attract residents who desire urban living in the Seaport District in close proximity to both professional and entertainment options.”
BGI CEO and Managing Partner John Hynes, added “One Seaport Square will be our largest project in Boston. It will set the tone for just how dynamic this new neighborhood will be in all categories: commercial, residential, shopping, dining and entertainment.”
“We could not be more thrilled to break ground and announce that ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Seaport Square, Equinox, and Kings Bowl are the first of the many world-class tenants that will bring our vision to life. We have the privilege of building a city within the city, a neighborhood that represents the future of Boston,” said Dick Marks, Partner at WS Development.
VIA includes 96 innovation units, which will be cost-effective studio and one-bedroom apartments with creative design configurations that have access to collaboration space for socializing and strategizing. Calling one of Boston’s newest neighborhoods home, The Benjamin and VIA will offer views of the city’s skyline and harbor, extensive indoor and outdoor amenities, and modern interiors and technology. All apartments in The Benjamin and VIA are for lease only, with the intention of giving residents the freedom of flexible, mobile lifestyles. Both The Benjamin and VIA are expected to feature several outdoor and indoor shared spaces. The Benjamin will include two spacious courtyards: one offering views of the city skyline and a second south-facing courtyard specifically planned to offer a heated pool with views overlooking the city, sky and sea, as well as lush landscaping. VIA anticipates outdoor lounges, a water features, grilling areas and gardens. Both The Benjamin and VIA aim to be pet friendly buildings with a range of services residents have come to expect in high-end residential offerings. Private outdoor space was made a priority, with over one acre of outdoor terrace space designed for the residents.
To place value on environmentally conscious living, The Benjamin and VIA have plans for urban gardens, car charging stations, spaces for car-sharing, and a host of bike amenities from storage to repair to shares. The buildings will also be smoke-free, use environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and practice waste efficiency with recycling and trash services
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment at One Seaport Square: With its 250,000 square feet of retail space, One Seaport Square represents the highest concentration of retail space in the Seaport District. WS Development, a locally based and privately led real estate firm, will develop, own, and manage all 250,000 square feet of retail space. WS is pleased to announce Equinox will be located on the third floor of The Benjamin; ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Seaport Square and Kings Bowl will be found within VIA. Further details are as follows; more announcements will be made in the future.
- Owned by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Seaport Square will be the newest location in the company’s 100+ year history. Immersing guests in luxury, ShowPlace ICON will have sophisticated décor, 10 auditoriums, and just 860 seats so as to provide an intimate cinema experience. All auditoriums will have cutting-edge technology for both sight and sound, with wall-to-wall screens and plush recliner seating for ultimate comfort. Seating will be reserved so movie-goers will never face the uncertainty of ticket availability or having just the right seat. There will be no ticket lines as guests will be able to download tickets on their smart devices via the Showplace ICON app. The theatre will also contain the Lobby Lounge, a chic restaurant with a full bar, seating for up to 175 guests and dramatic views of downtown Boston.
- Equinox, a high performance fitness and lifestyle leader, operates 73 upscale, full-service clubs in major U.S. markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., as well as international locations in London and Toronto. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to details, market leadership and results. Providing a holistic approach to fitness Equinox offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars.
- Kings Bowl rekindles the fun and escape of bowling with a memorable entertainment experience, emphasizing homemade food, cold beer, creative cocktails and great music. Kings will feature Private Bowling Rooms, Billiards, Shuffleboard, Air Hockey and other fun and interactive games. Upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus are brought to life by Kings’ “best-in-industry” service. With varied entertainment options, theme nights, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions.
One Seaport Square is located in one of Boston’s most exciting and accessible neighborhoods and in the city’s largest master planned project, Seaport Square. Over the next several years, Seaport Square is expected to develop into twenty blocks of world-class retail, business, and residential space, knitting together the Financial District, Waterfront, Fort Point Channel and Fan Pier. Through the anticipated construction of five new streets, over 20 buildings, and four prominent public gathering areas, Seaport Square is expected to redefine the meaning of a unified, walk-able, and dynamic neighborhood. Large areas of open and green space, direct access to public transportation, and energy efficient design will be embedded within each building.
One Seaport Square has direct access to downtown Boston as well as to the I-93 and I-90 interchange. It is also located in close proximity to Logan Airport and Amtrak’s South Station, and has easy access to public transit with the Courthouse Silver Line Station immediately adjacent to Courthouse Square. Less than a quarter of a mile north of Seaport Square are The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway and Financial District, just steps south of Seaport Square is the thriving Fan Pier, a 21-acre development.