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National Development breaks ground on Emery Flats in Woburn

National Development, in conjunction with its investment management affiliate Charles River Realty Investors, has broken ground on Emery Flats, a new 200-unit residential community at 200 Presidential Way in Woburn, MA. The multi-family development will consist of studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in two buildings.

Amenities include a fitness center, roof top lounge, game space, co-working area, clubroom with full kitchen, and pool with a deck, outdoor grilling stations and a fire pit. The pet-friendly apartments will come with washer/dryers and individual heating/cooling controls. The site includes covered and surface parking spaces. Robust resident programming will reinforce the strong sense of community engagement prevalent in all National Development Communities.

Conveniently located with easy access to I-93 and MBTA Commuter Rail, and in the heart of a significant employment base, Emery Flats will bring long-awaited new apartment units to the MetroNorth area. Designed by Cube3 Studio and built by general contractor Cranshaw Construction, the project opening is planned for February 2019. The architecture will be clean and contemporary, with many units having balconies and wooded views.

National Development worked in close cooperation with the City of Woburn on the permitting and creative vision for Emery Flats, which completes a mixed-use master plan for the MetroNorth development including office, retail, hotel and residential space.

 

National Development Announces Plans for Boston’s First Co-living Community at Ink Block

National Development announced on November 17th, 2018, the seventh and final building at Ink Block in Boston’s South End. A letter of intent for the project has been filed with the Boston Planning and Development Authority. The proposed building, to be known as 7INK by Ollie, will be a 14 story iconic tower on Ink Block’s final building site at the corner of Herald and Albany Streets.

National Development has enlisted Ollie, the country’s leading co-living and micro-housing specialist, to assist in the development and operation of 7INK by Ollie’s 245 shared suites and micro-studios. Elkus Manfredi is the project architect.

7INK by Ollie is Boston’s first major co-living development. Blending modern day principles of communal living with micro-housing, co-living is an emerging trend that enriches the living experience through community engagement, allowing residents to cultivate meaningful relationships and experiences with neighbors and roommates. Hailed as an innovative market response to the high cost of living and the rise of non-traditional family households, co-living communities are experiencing rapid growth across the country.

“7INK by Ollie and the co-living program is the logical evolution of our innovative Ink Block brand,” stated Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development. “The built-in infrastructure of Whole Foods Market, our restaurant and fitness retailers, the soon to open AC Hotel by Marriott, and our new Underground at Ink Block art park make this a perfect location for co-living.”

Ollie Co-founder and CEO, Chris Bledsoe, commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce co-living to Boston in partnership with National Development, one of Boston’s most innovative and progressive real estate companies. Ink Block has led the transformation of the South End into a premier live, work, play area.” We have been looking for the right location to bring co-living to Boston and Ink Block is it.” Ollie currently operates in New York and Pittsburgh, has several projects under development and is opening what will be the largest co-living community in the US in Long Island City in 2018.

Ink Block has been hailed as a “game changer” in Boston real estate. Once the location of the Boston Herald newspaper, the six-acre Ink Block site is now home to apartments, condominiums, a hotel, one of the country’s highest volume Whole Foods Markets, acclaimed restaurants, retailers and fitness studios. It has been the stimulus for other major developments in the now thriving former industrial area of the city known as the New York Streets.

National Development anticipates starting the project in late 2018. Planners have long envisioned a major building at the prominent corner location. “7INK by Ollie will complete the block design and make Ink Block more livable and walkable,” said Tye. “We envision this site as having very little dependence on cars and encouraging public transit and alternate transit modes.”

A phonetic wordplay on “all inclusive,” Ollie eliminates wasted space through its disruptive design philosophies, densifying units and providing residents with a curated living experience anchored by a core set of values: Inclusion, Discovery, Wellness and Sustainability, including a full range of services, unique community engagements and extraordinary shared amenity spaces. All units are furnished with transforming furniture and receive complimentary weekly cleaning with fresh linens and towels and a replenishment of bath amenities. The all-inclusive experience also provides residents with Wi-Fi, cable TV, a regular calendar of curated social activities, and access to all Ollie locations nationwide.

About Ollie Ollie is the leading micro-housing and coliving platform. In partnership with institutional real estate investors and developers, Ollie revolutionizes the living experience for urban renters through “all-inclusive coliving” that combines thoughtfully appointed furnished micro-studios and shared suites with extraordinary lifestyle-relevant services, abundant amenities, and unique community engagement activities. For more information, visit www.ollie.co.

About National Development

For over 30 years, National Development has been one of the most active real estate development firms in Massachusetts. Specializing in multi-family, commercial office, mixed-use, retail, industrial, hotel and senior housing projects, National Development and its affiliates have developed over 28 million square feet of space. National Development is also one of the region’s largest property management companies and currently manages over 9 million square feet of commercial space and 2,400 residential units. For more information, visit www.natdev.com or follow @nationaldevelop.

 

 

Contacts:          Kathy McMahon, National Development, kmcmahon@natdev.com, 617-559-5086                        Meghan Davey, Ollie, meghan@ollie.co, 646-518-2433

 

National Development and Charles River Realty Investors honored by United Way of Mass Bay

At the 26th annual Real Estate Leadership Breakfast on November 2nd, The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley honored National Development and Charles River Realty Investors with their annual Norman B. Leventhal / Edwin N. Sidman Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Award. The award is a tribute to a firm’s professional and philanthropic impact on the Greater Boston community. The award was presented to National Development/Charles River by David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects. Watch the ND Community video here https://vimeo.com/240168531

Constitution Center rebrands, repositions and lands major tenant

National Development is pleased to announce that the former Constitution Center will undergo a $20 million renovation to create a best-in-class creative workplace in a unique waterfront environment. The project, which has been renamed Constitution Wharf, is an 8-acre office property located in Charlestown directly on the Boston Harbor and situated across the North Washington Bridge from North Station.

Constitution Wharf will completely reimagine the waterfront office environment to highlight the building’s location on a pier directly next to the birth of the USS Constitution. The property enjoys excellent connectivity to downtown and the surrounding area via a 10 minute walk to North Station and easy vehicle access to I-93, I-90 and Route 1. National Development will begin construction in May 2017 on a new double height lobby, entryway, lounge, café and fitness area dedicated to the building. Landscape improvements will create an outdoor harbor side “living room” complete with a fire pit and media screen, and ample event space available for tenants to share and comingle. The repositioning will also include workspace improvements, covered bike storage, new signage and a public art component. Constitution Wharf will offer a rare opportunity for companies to have a high performance work environment in an urban waterfront setting with spectacular views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor.

In a testament to this new vision, shoes.com (formerly ShoeBuy), a leading e-commerce company recently acquired by Jet.com, has signed a long-term lease for 31,300 square feet with National Development at Constitution Wharf. The company’s headquarters will relocate to this new cutting edge location from Boston’s Financial District. Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) Executive Managing Director David Townsend and Senior Managing Director Tim Bianchi advised National Development in the transaction. John Butterworth and Nick Amarante of CBRE/New England represented shoes.com in the lease negotiations. Perkins & Will is providing the architectural services for the renovation.

“It’s a privilege to work with National Development on Constitution Wharf, and we credit the team for their hard work and vision for this project which attracted an exciting company like shoes.com,” said Townsend. “The property’s fantastic location along with its modern amenities will make Constitution Wharf a great place to build culture and to recruit the best talent.”

Constitution Wharf is a 180,000-square-foot office complex located on the waterfront adjacent to Constitution Marina. The project is within walking distance to several public transportation options, as well as a myriad of restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife. Constitution Wharf has ample on-site parking and also offers a dedicated shuttle service, on-site zip cars and a nearby Hubway station to further enhance commuter’s options.

Shoes.com is relocating its headquarters from 101 Arch Street in Boston’s Financial District to the second floor of One Constitution Wharf due to the company’s rapid growth and desire for unique workspace. National Development will be renovating the space to provide a customized open workspace designed to meet shoes.com needs. Shoes.com will take occupancy of its new headquarters in late summer 2017.

“We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity to grow our business and to foster an energetic company culture for shoes.com at Constitution Wharf,” said John Foristall, EVP & CFO of shoes.com. “The property’s redevelopment was very attractive to us and met our strict criteria to move our growing headquarters to a premiere and unique location. The custom open workspace on the waterfront will allow us to continue to modernize and transform how people shop for shoes and to attract top talent.”

Ribbon Cutting for Building 700 at The District Burlington

The District Burlington is transforming a 9-to-5 1970s office park into a 24/7 walkable mixed-use neighborhood. The District Burlington’s centerpiece, the 11-story, 200,000 square foot Building 700 prominently visible from nearby Route 128, has been thoroughly renovated. An 80,000 square foot, four-story glass-curtained addition has been built with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open floor plan and a private roof deck.

Existing office buildings at The District Burlington are being upgraded with new lobbies, entries and plazas. A new 170-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel and six new retail spaces are being constructed at The District Burlington. Tavern in the Square, TD Bank, Tuscan Kitchen, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Pressed Cafe are all open now, providing The District’s over 3000 tenants as well as visitors from all over Metro Boston many great eating and drinking venues. The District Burlington’s main artery, District Avenue, has been transformed into a pedestrian artery featuring widened sidewalks, bike sharing stations, lush landscapes and outdoor seating. New pocket parks and nature trails now line District Avenue.

Workspaces are currently available at The District Burlington ranging from 1,000 to 200,000 square feet. There is also opportunity to construct an approximately 180,000 square foot build-to-suit office building at The District Burlington. Visit DistrictBurlington.com for more information about office and retail leasing opportunities at The District Burlington.

Sudbury Town Meeting’s zoning change makes way for retail, housing development

By Brittney McNamara
MetroWest Daily News, Framingham

Posted Jun. 13, 2016 at 10:36 PM

SUDBURY – Voters passed a special zoning district for the former Raytheon land, bringing the town’s vision of a more bustling Rte. 20 corridor closer to reality.

Special Town Meeting on Monday night approved a zoning overlay district that will make possible National Development and Avalon Bay’s proposed Meadow Walk project at 526 and 528 Boston Post Road. The move, town officials said at the meeting, is the product of a decades-long discussion to bring more business and vibrancy to Rte. 20.

The zoning overlay district allows commercial development only on the 50 acres of former Raytheon land, meaning National Development’s proposed restaurant, retail and age-restricted housing at Meadow Walk can go forward.

Plans call for 60 age-restricted condominiums, 54 beds for memory-care patients, restaurants, shops like nail salons, a Whole Foods and 250 apartments. Those apartments must still be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and were unaffected by Monday night’s vote.

All together, the town expects the project to bring in around $800,000 in net tax revenue, but the changes come with costs. Planning Board member Dan Carty said the town’s education costs could rise $600,000 to $1.1 million because of the projected 65 students who will live in the development. To help lessen the project’s impact, the developers offered $2.5 million in one-time payments for various town departments as part of a town-signed agreement, a new traffic light to help with traffic near the Shaw’s plaza, money for a new fire station and other incentives.

In addition to the immediate impacts, the agreement allows Town Meeting to extend the overlay district to certain other parcels in town that would allow landowners to bring in more commercial development. The overlay agreement hinges, however, on a Town Meeting vote, giving residents general control over what comes into town, officials said.

“This is a plan that has long been in development,” Selectmen Chairwoman Susan Iuliano said. “The Planning Board has been working on some aspects of this plan going back to the 1990s. We’re here tonight because the Raytheon company is leaving Sudbury. Raytheon asked the town what its preferences were. The development plan before you tonight is a careful…response.”

Residents questioned the impact of the development on traffic, town water and the environment, but the project faced little opposition as a whole. One resident, however, questioned whether the development will benefit existing residents, or only change the town’s character to fulfill a years-long dream.

Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly to approve the overlay district, accept the Meadow Walk master plan and accept land for a new fire station from developers. Town Meeting had not voted on articles 4, 5 and 6 by the Daily News’ print deadline.

Developer sees next step in growth in South End

The Ink Block building at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Herald Street.

By Tim Logan Globe Staff March 06, 2016
Photo by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

First came the Whole Foods. Then some 400 apartments and condos.

Now it’s time to fill out the neighborhood.

National Development is taking the next step to remake a scruffy corner of the South End into one of the city’s prime new residential districts, announcing that it has a number of stores and restaurants that will soon move into its Ink Block development on Harrison Avenue.

“Not so long ago, nobody wanted to walk down Harrison,” said Ted Tye, National Development managing partner. “We’re trying to create energy.”

This same challenge is emerging in several sections of Boston — including the Seaport District and the far end of Allston — that are experiencing a rush of development. Typically housing or office space is the first to be built, with stores, restaurants, and other retailers following. While apartments in many of these places are renting fast, filling the storefronts on the street requires a delicate balance and takes a little longer.

At Ink Block, for example, Tye said his company wanted a mix of retailers that meet the needs of hundreds of new residents, while also giving outsiders a reason to visit.

“A neighborhood isn’t just residential. It’s residential and retail,” Tye said. “Very quickly, we want people to think about Harrison the way they think about Tremont Street.”

The first retail to open at Ink Block, a Whole Foods Market, certainly helped, said Gustavo Quiroga, director of place-making at retail consulting firm Graffito SP, which has done similar retail makeovers in the Boston area but not at Ink Block. Another big boost, Quiroga said, will come this spring when the popular outdoor South End Open Markets relocates across Harrison Avenue from Ink Block.

“It’s almost the definition of place-making,” he said. “That’s a great strategy for them to help bring new people to that part of the neighborhood, to put it on their map of the city.”

Next will come a strip of restaurants on Harrison Avenue. They include salad chain Sweetgreen; an outpost of Asian-fusion group Fuji; Bar Mezzana, a white-tablecloth Italian restaurant being launched by alumni of Barbara Lynch’s restaurant group; and a cocktail bar from Dropkick Murphys guitarist Ken Casey. Rounding out the block are a yoga studio and a Turnstyle Cycle studio, and a bank/coffee shop from Capital One with Peet’s Coffee.

All of them, per their deal with Ink Block, will have outdoor seating on a well-lit, extra-wide sidewalk out front. Most will have extended hours.

The neighborhood around Ink Block is fast transforming. Across Harrison Avenue, development firm UDR has begun work on a 577-unit apartment complex with street-level retail. Down the street, Related Beal is planning to turn the former Quinzani’s Bakery into housing with ground floor retail as well. A new office building is in the works on that stretch of Harrison, too, with significant upgrades planned at street level.

Tying all that together to create an interesting mix of businesses will require careful planning, Quiroga said. It will also require designing spaces, for example, that don’t all feel — and cost — the same. Quiroga added that a little imagination never hurts. His firm is working with Harvard University on a stretch of Western Avenue in Allston, where it has commissioned murals and hosted pop-up restaurants to help both retailers and their potential customers think about what the place could be.

“Some of this is just experimentation,” he said.

When it’s done, though, the neighborhood will have a bustle and identity of its own — one that will be determined much more by its street life than by the new buildings above.

“You brand your project by your retailers,” Tye said. “That’s what we want to do here.”

A common area with the letters “B’’ and “H’’ pays homage to the site’s old tenant, the Boston Herald.

Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @bytimlogan.

Doug Arsham joins ND as Vice President of Development

Doug will be primarily involved with the day-to-day development oversight of residential assets, from sourcing new opportunities through stabilization. He joins ND from Forest City Development where he also focused on residential development. Doug received a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and resides in Cambridge.

RHA 2015 Conference Keynote by Roseann Sdoia, former ND VP and Marathon Bombing Survivor

The Real Reporter
By Mike Hoban

On April 15, 2013 Roseann Sdoia’s life changed forever. That was the day of the Marathon bombing, when the second of two IED explosions shattered her right leg, which was later amputated. The road to recovery has been long and arduous, but through perseverance and determination, she has slowly learned to transform her thinking and turn her experiences into a source of support and encouragement for others facing similar challenges. Roseann will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Rental Housing Association’s 2015 Expo, which will be held September 29th at the Hynes Convention Center (more details on the conference following her story below.

By now, many of us are familiar with the details of Roseann Sdoia’s harrowing ordeal and the near-miraculous series of events that put her on the road to recovery: The deadly explosion that brutally mangled her leg; the life-saving actions of the college student who literally carried her to the first responders; the loving care of the firefighter who accompanied her to the hospital (and who would later become her partner); the amputation of her right leg above the knee; and the physically and emotionally demanding training that enabled her to run her first 5K last year.

It is the stuff of a Hallmark movie, but unlike movies, real life continues on long after the credits roll or ( in her case) you cross a finish line; so Roseann Sdoia continues to fight every day. The road to recovery has been filled with setbacks as well as triumphs, all of which have served to better prepare her to be of help to other people that have suffered the loss of limbs, because she has been there.
“Often people say to me, ‘I don’t think I would have the strength to do what you’ve done through this’. And I think if it were me looking or talking to someone that had this happen to them, I’d be saying the same thing,” Sdoia acknowledges. “But the truth of the matter is, you don’t know what you have the strength to do until you’re actually faced with it.”

As inspiring as Sdoia’s journey has been, the path has not been without pitfalls. In October of 2013, she had hoped to return to a “normal” life by going back to her position of Vice President of Property Management at National Development. But she soon realized that going back to work and sitting behind a desk was actually having a detrimental effect on her recovery. “During those six months I felt as though my mobility had gone backwards because I was allowing people to do things for me. People want to help – and people were unbelievable – but it became easy to say okay.”

In addition, she did not feel that she was meeting her own expectations in terms of job performance. “Property management is a very demanding job, especially on the residential side, and I had a team of 25 employees that needed answers, support and direction, and I felt I was not effectively providing that,” she says. She ended up taking a leave of absence to “figure things out” – with the full support of her employer. “National Development was just phenomenal,” she adds.

So in 2014, she focused mainly on her physical recovery, which culminated in the running of a 5K in Lowell, just before Thanksgiving. (“It was more of a shuffle,” she jokes). It was not long after that it became clear that the recovery process was going to take a very long time. “I had this epiphany where it was like, ‘Oh my God! It’s taken me two years to get my gait to where it was almost normal. And running two times a week, it’s going to take me a lot longer,” she recalls. “I was really beating myself up and getting depressed about (my progress), but then I had that epiphany and I was okay. So this year has been focused on getting my life organized – the where and how I want to go about my future and what that means, finding out what’s really important to me, and what to focus on going forward.”

Sdoia says she has things about “80 percent figured out”, and this summer is the first time in two-and-a-half years that her life has begun to feel settled. “As crazy and chaotic as it’s been, I wouldn’t change anything over the past two years, and I am so grateful and thankful for those unbelievable opportunities I’ve had, because they’ve given me a chance to realize what I can do and can’t do, and what I want to try to pursue versus what I don’t.” So her focus has changed from trying to run a marathon to finding the best way to help other amputees get through the difficult process.

She is especially grateful for the organizations that supported her through her recovery, from the initial hospitalizations through today. Within two days, the nonprofit America’s Fund (a division of the Semper Fi Fund – which is usually reserved for wounded military personnel) reached out, providing encouragement and support to both Sdoia and her family. “They knew how psychologically debilitating it could be, and how important it was for my family to know that I was going to be okay. And for me to see how people who were missing a leg or both could be so natural and so physically fit was huge. And it was also important for me to see female amputees.”

During the course of her recovery, she has been greatly aided by a number of organizations designed to help amputees to transition to a fully functioning life, including Challenged Athletes Foundation, Wiggle Your Toes, Disabled Sports USA, Friends of Bethany and many others. And locally, she credits the Greg Hill Foundation with providing support. One of her goals now is to pay it forward by helping others who have lost a limb – whether it be from trauma or cancer or some other illness – to connect with these organizations.
“I think it’s truly important for me to give back to so many of these organizations who, starting on that day, helped me to survive,” says Sdoia. “For me, I have people who come to me and tell me about a person that is (going to have a limb amputated), and my immediate response is ‘When do you want me to talk with them?’ Because they need to know that there are organizations out there that can be so supportive during this awful time.”

Sdoia also does numerous speaking engagements with schools and business organizations, to deliver the message that although life has many obstacles, if you try to stay positive in situations that you can’t control, you can get through anything. “If you can’t change it, why talk about it? You can go to self-pity, or you can do what you need to do to move on. You have a choice. It depends on which road you want to go down.”

About the 2015 RHA Conference:
This will be the fifteenth annual conference and exposition, with 91 exhibitors and 650 attendees already committed. The conference speakers, in addition to Roseann, include Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Michael Roberts, Senior Vice President of Development for AvalonBay, and motivational speaker Tim Gard. In addition there is an awards ceremony recognizing communities of excellent and professional achievement. For more information on the conference, go to: http://www.gbreb.com/rha/web/2015Expo/index.html

The Rental Housing Association (RHA) is the local affiliate of the National Apartment Association (NAA), and consists of over 600 members who own, manage or provides goods and services to 130,000 apartment homes in Massachusetts. NAA is a federation of 170 state and local affiliates, NAAn encompasses over 68,000 members representing more than 7.86 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada

Siena announced as latest condominium development at Ink Block Boston

Boston, July 13, 2015 – National Development, today, unveiled plans for a new 79-unit luxury condominium building on Albany Street. Siena will be the second luxury condominium building, the sixth building in total, emerging from the ground up in Boston’s fastest growing neighborhood, Ink Block, a South End six-acre mixed-use neighborhood.

Ted Tye, National Development’s Managing Partner, stated that Boston’s condo market is booming. “After the recent success of Sepia, we want to respond to the intense demand in the marketplace for condos in Boston. Siena will bring a unique, new concept to Boston: maisonettes – loft-style units with ground floor terraces. This unique product offering, coupled with a rooftop ‘Sky Lounge’, will create even more dynamic amenities for our customers,” said Tye. “Ink Block is rapidly growing into its own neighborhood within a city. Hundreds of new residents are moving to this new community in the South End. The addition of Siena will complement Ink Block’s unique spectrum of living opportunities.”

Ink Block Growth Numbers:
• Sepia – 83 -unit luxury condo building – 100% pre-sold, opening November 2015.
• Ink Block Apartments – 315 units, 88% leased in less than 5 months.
• Retail – 50,000 square foot flagship Whole Foods Market, Capital One 360 Café, & additional 35,000 square feet of restaurants and retail.
• AC Hotel by Marriott adjacent on Albany Street scheduled to open in 2017.

“With such limited inventory available, today’s buyer is forced to make fast decisions,” said Jamie Curtis, a Sepia Homeowner. ”Luxury, convenience and amenities are driving buyers to one property over another. From the Whole Foods to the unique building amenities, the entire package offered at Ink Block is above and beyond other properties on the market. I expect the condos available at Siena to be in high demand.’

Siena will be comprised of varying sized units including studios, one, two, and three bedrooms, as well as the maisonettes. National Development plans to begin construction in 2016 and open in early 2017. The project architect for Siena is Elkus Manfredi Architects.

About National Development
For over 25 years, National Development has been one of the most active development firms in Massachusetts. Specializing in mixed-use, retail, multi-family, commercial and senior housing projects, National Development and its affiliates have developed over 25 million square feet of space. For more information, visit www.natdev.com or follow @nationaldevelop.