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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.

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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

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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.

New England Executive Park Now The District

New England Executive Park to undergo transformation – will be positioned as a highly walkable, mixed-use destination in Burlington
Will be rebranded as The District Burlington to reflect additional amenities supporting new collaborative and connected work space and open space

Burlington, MA (May 19, 2015) – The owners of New England Executive Park (NEEP) in Burlington announced today that it will be rebranded The District Burlington as part of a multi-phase redevelopment project to revamp the 13-building complex into a walkable, urban-style destination reflecting today’s office tenants’ needs. A joint venture of National Development, AEW Capital Management, and Charles River Realty Investors acquired the property in June 2013. AEW owns the property on behalf of the AEW Core Property Trust (U.S.), an open-end core real estate fund. The leasing broker for The District Burlington is JLL.

The District Burlington is located just off of Route 128 in a prime location with many existing walkable amenities such as The Burlington Mall, Tuscan Kitchen and Market, Tavern on the Square and other surrounding retailers. The planned redevelopment will introduce new amenities that include a hotel, restaurants, retail and a 350-car parking garage, and will also include upgrades and renovations for select buildings to create new state-of-the-art workspace.

“The District Burlington will allow tenants to enjoy a dynamic, vibrant workspace encouraging collaboration and networking that extends beyond work hours,” said Andrew Gallinaro, senior vice president, director of asset management at National Development. “By introducing a variety of amenities including restaurants, retail, hotel and high-quality open space, we will meet the demands of today’s workforce and will allow employers to attract and retain the highest-quality talent.”

The phased upgrades, scheduled to begin this summer, will include the construction of a new parking structure, renovation of Building 7 which will consist of a 54,000-square-foot addition to create 80,000 square feet of modern workspace, a green roof deck, and gleaming glass exterior, which will form the new terminus to the main street. Other enhancements at The District Burlington include new walking trails, restaurants, and a 170-room hotel, along with utility, paving, lighting, signage and landscape improvements throughout the property and along the frontage of Burlington Mall Road. There is also a build-to-suit opportunity of up to 180,000 square feet with excellent signage and branding opportunities on Route 128.

The District Burlington renovations will also significantly improve the walkability around the campus and surrounding areas by widening sidewalks, creating walking paths and introducing a nature trail engaging The Vine Brook, an important natural resource that runs along the edge of the property.

“We are enthusiastic about The District Burlington,” said Dan Bradley, director and senior portfolio manager at AEW Capital Management. “We felt it was a great opportunity to acquire a property in one of the preeminent suburban Boston office markets and transform it into a vibrant mixed-use environment with a high level of walkability that would appeal to firms with a lot of younger professionals.”

About The District Burlington
The District Burlington is a vibrant business environment that meets the needs of today’s innovative work force, encouraging collaboration and connectivity. It’s a place that is surrounded by renowned retail and restaurants, blurring the lines between 9 and 5. A place that promotes wellness and its natural surroundings. A place for tenants and visitors to work, play, stay – and grow.

• 80,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art workspace in a prominent location at the terminus of the new District Avenue
• Upgrades to existing buildings include new lobbies, entries, and plazas
• 160,000 square feet of new, synergistic amenities including a hotel, 6 restaurants, and garage parking
• New and improved open space, pedestrian networks, nature trails and pocket parks
• On-site bike share
• Workspace available from 1,000 to 200,000 square feet
• Additional members of the development team include:
• Construction: Cranshaw Construction
• Architecture: Elkus Manfredi Architects (New Construction), Maugel Architects (Building repositioning)
• Landscape Architect: CRJA Landscape Architects

www.districtburlington.com

BBJ: Why Ted Tye Is Bullish On A Hotel At Ink Block

Catherine Carlock
Real Estate Editor-Boston Business Journal
February 27, 2015

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The Ink Block project on the edge of Boston’s South End neighborhood has steadily been gaining momentum, with a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods and apartment buildings One Ink and Two Ink opening in January. In addition, Three Ink is slated for a March open and another 83 condominiums are on track for September.But a hotel hadn’t originally been a part of National Development’s plans for the block. Earlier this month, the Newton-based developer announced plans to add a 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott on a 1-acre parcel at 223 Albany St., a plot acquired by Ink Block Four LLC in September for $21.3 million. The hotel will boost development costs for the entire project to about $250 million. Boston Business Journal Real Estate Editor Catherine Carlock caught up with Ted Tye, managing director of National Development, to learn more about the hotel.

So you see a hotel as a logical next step. A part of transforming this area is creating this very vibrant street along Harrison Avenue and ultimately Travelers Street. A hotel is a nice next step, and when you try to create a new place — or a transformative type of location — the speed and velocity of that development is very important. You need to have a there there in order for this to happen pretty quickly. And so you can’t build all of the same things; you’ve got to vary your uses.

What convinced you to expand development plans? There were a couple of parcels within the block that we did not own, and we were recently able to acquire them. We were able to acquire a little over an acre of land and add it to the plan.

Why choose a hotel for the block? This was a very industrial, not exactly a friendly place to be, until we started this wave of development. A hotel fits really nicely into that. Having 200 keys in the hotel, the hotel guests will be able to take advantage of all of the amenities of Ink Block and what will ultimately be four or five restaurants. We’ve created a really walkable block, and it has a nice scale to it, and it makes it a nice place for someone to come and stay.

Why select an AC Hotel by Marriott? That flag is very new to the U.S. market. AC was just a great fit with the Ink Block aesthetic — it’s chic and edgy and has a real design edge to it. It has its roots in Europe, and they’re very design-oriented, and they have become Marriott’s entry into the boutique hotel market. There are not any in Boston, and it’s a relatively new concept, but a perfect fit to what we’re doing.

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.”