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Ink Block makes mark at former Herald HQ

February 17, 2015, Boston Herald — The Ink Block is the transformation of the 24-acre former Boston Herald building in the South End into a destination residential area, and now the first two apartment buildings in the complex have opened.

They join a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market that had its debut last month, in a four-building complex that will have 315 apartments, 83 condos, cafes and restaurants. A second phase will include an adjacent boutique AC Hotel by Marriott as well as a sixth building with more residential units.

“We’re trying to create a community here that fits in with the rest of the South End, but has a design edge that reflects the area’s history, food, art and music,” said Ted Tye, managing partner of Newton’s Nation­al Development.

Each of the three Ink Block apartment buildings is designed to appeal to different renter demographics. The Euro-styled 1 Ink features a glass exterior with bump-outs and floor-to-ceiling windows, and its apartments have a sleek and sophisticated vibe. The metal and precast stone-clad 2 Ink has hip, more industrial-looking interiors geared toward millennial renters. 3 Ink, which opens next month, goes with a more traditional Boston look, with its brick exterior and warmer interiors with wood cabinets.

Rents in the three buildings range from $2,529 to $2,804 for studios, $3,234 to $4,304 for one bedrooms, $4,104 to $4,704 for two bedrooms and $5,404-$5,804 for three bedrooms. Garage parking costs $325 a month.

The connected 1 Ink and 2 Ink share a lobby with a 24/7 concierge, as well as lounge areas with Wi-Fi, a projection TV and workspace. The funky decor is inspired by the site’s news printing history, with wall coverings fashioned from thin strips of newspaper, pixelated wall displays and Ben-Day dot stenciling. Herald publisher Patrick J. Purcell has a minority interest in the Ink Block project.

We took a look at 1 Ink model Unit 411, a 753-square-foot one bedroom that’s renting for $3,800 a month. The stylish kitchen features white quartz countertops and white Thermofoil finished cabinets, along with stainless-steel GE appliances and a quartz-topped island that seats three.

The open dining/living area has a built-in desk and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views, as does the carpeted bedroom. The bathroom has porcelain tile floors and a white-tiled shower and there’s a closet that holds a stacked Bosch washer and dryer.

Stenciled door numbers, jelly-jar lights and pop art in the hallways give 2 Ink a funky vibe. Unit 432, a 591-square-foot studio at 2 Ink, rents for $2,529 and has a divider between the living room and bedroom. The kitchen has black granite counters and mostly black cabinets with white subway tile backsplash. This unit also has a tile bath and washer/dryer, plus a large bedroom closet and additional storage space.

Property manager Jessica Ryan says lot of young professionals are renting the 315 Ink Block apartments, which are 25 percent leased. The complex is offering one month of free rent and a “look and lease” promotion that gives an additional $1,500 off if a lease is signed within 24 hours of touring an apartment.

“People renting Ink Block are looking for a lifestyle, not just a well-designed apartment,” Ryan said. “It’s literally one-stop shopping here.”

Dana-Farber moves into 155,000 sf at Longwood Center

January 22, 2015 – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is expanding its research footprint, occupying portions of five floors at Longwood Center, 360 Longwood Avenue, beginning later this month.

The new facility will be home to Dana-Farber’s chemical biology, structural biology and proteomics programs, as well as the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science. A significant portion of Dana-Farber’s basic discovery research will be conducted there, as will a large component of the Experimental Therapeutics program with a focus on translational research in lung cancer.

The laboratories in Longwood Center were specifically designed with open spaces and are organized by neighborhoods to foster collaboration, creativity and productivity while optimizing natural light and views and operational efficiency.

“Longwood Center provides Dana-Farber with an unprecedented opportunity to reorganize our campus to accelerate the application of basic discovery and translational science into treatments that can improve the lives of cancer patients and families,” said Barrett Rollins, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer at Dana-Farber. “We will use this space to expand our chemical biology programs, which are the cornerstone of our new cancer therapeutics initiatives.”

Dana-Farber is the major tenant in Longwood Center, occupying 155,000 square feet with a 15-year lease including an option to renew. The building is owned jointly by Clarion, Alexandria and National Development.

ND to develop 200-key hotel next to Ink Block

National Development Announces European-Inspired Hotel in Boston’s South End Neighborhood

National Development announced plans for a 200-room hotel on Albany Street, adjacent to the company’s new and vibrant Ink Block development. An AC Hotel by Marriott will occupy the former sites of FW Webb and Independent Taxi. National Development has previously acquired both sites. The company anticipates the hotel will begin construction later this year and open in early 2017.

Ted Tye, National Development’s Managing Partner, stated that the vision for the 6-acre Ink Block is becoming a reality. “The character of the neighborhood and its surroundings are quickly evolving. A new community is emerging that not only reflects the vibe, context and culture of the South End, but is representative of where Boston is going,” said Tye. “The response to the recent opening of Whole Foods at Ink Block has been off the charts. With the success of Ink Block and other new development, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the market is demanding these types of dynamic mixed-use projects.”

Both the scale and exterior design of the hotel will create a contemporary feel that works well with National’s four adjacent buildings. Residents have begun to move in to two of the buildings and a third is scheduled to open in March. Sepia, the condominiums at Ink Block, will open in September. According to Tye, “This collection of new buildings is creating amenities like Whole Foods that had not previously existed. The hotel will add yet another element to this emerging neighborhood. Ink Block’s vitality brings another level of energy to the already booming part of the South End.”

With Ink Block’s themes of the South End’s art, music and food, the AC Hotel by Marriott is a perfect complement to what is becoming one of Boston’s fastest growing areas. With roots in Europe, select service AC Hotels are described by Marriott as, “stylish hotels for urban spirits.” The distinguishing characteristics are design-led, urban, cosmopolitan and tailor-made for modern travelers looking for a new way of experiencing and feeling the city. The hotel will include a European-inspired style that defines contemporary hospitality.

Construction is planned to begin in 2015. The project architect for the hotel is Elkus Manfredi Architects. Cranshaw Construction is the general contractor. The management firm for the hotel has not been determined.

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