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Boston’s evolving cityscape: the latest real estate developments

Boston’s building boom is making headlines across the country and the world. Here are several ongoing and noteworthy developments in Boston:

Dot Block

RODE Architects is developing this multi-building, mixed-use project in the historic Dorchester neighborhood. Close by Dorchester Avenue, it’s right where the Savin Hill, Meetinghouse Hill, and Jones Hill areas meet, and it’s just a short walk from the Savin Hill T Station.

As of the end of July this year, the Boston Redevelopment Authority reports that the project will occupy 172,023 sq. ft. (almost four acres) and will have around 362 units and a total retail space of approximately 37,000 sq. ft.

Plans include the construction of several four to six-story residential and mixed-use buildings and up to 450 parking spaces. It will be “the biggest single development in Dorchester history,” according to the team at RODE, and one that “will act as a catalyst for a new destination neighborhood.”

Millennium Tower

One of the tallest residential towers in Boston, this 685-foot spire designed by Handel Architects is the evolution of luxury residential living, and no doubt transforms the Downtown Crossing area.

Millennium Tower contains 442 units –18 of which are penthouses, and almost fully occupied–with unrivaled views never before seen from a private residence.

One Dalton Street

When completed, this 61-story tower located in western Back Bay is poised to redefine the skyline and, at 699 ft., will be the city’s tallest residential tower.

Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, One Dalton will feature 188 luxury condos and a 211-room Four Seasons hotel. The hotel will occupy the tower’s lower eighteen floors. The project has been under construction for about a year and a half now, and is expected to be done by the end of 2017.

Parcel 1B

Formerly known as the Merano project, the astounding Parcel 1B development is located at 101 Beverly Street in the Bullfinch Triangle near TD Garden. Its developer, Related Beal, has dubbed it “the largest new construction of affordable and workforce housing in downtown Boston in more than a quarter-century.”

Related Beal expects to wrap things up by 2018, with 239 apartments being specifically aimed at tenants who earn 30 to 165 percent of the median income in the area. 10 percent of the units are also going to be 3-bedroom ones.

The Hub at Causeway

This project officially commenced early this year on the site of the original Boston Garden on Causeway Street.

Phase I is currently being constructed, and will include 175,000 square feet of creative office space; expansive outdoor space; a 15-screen Arclight Cinema movie theater; and the largest Star Market supermarket in the city. All told, the Hub will total over 1.5 million square feet.

The Viola

This development centers on a distinctive S-shaped mixed-use building rising 11 stories with a rooftop garden. Located in the western Back Bay area, it will be at the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

The Pebbles Corporation will be the developer and construction is probably going to begin in 2019. The Viola’s name is a tribute to the Berklee College of Music, which is just close by, and will contain 173 apartments and condos. There will also be two public plazas, space for retail, and a four-star hotel.

Washington Village

Located in the Andrew Square neighborhood, this 894,600-square-foot, $400-million development was proposed in 2015 and got approved just last August.

The almost five-acre project is set to include 656 residential units aimed at non-luxury buyers. Also included will be 98,600 sq. ft. of retail; 440 below-ground garage parking spaces and 120 surface parking spots. There will be 42,500 sq. ft. of open space as well as new streets, walkways, and plazas. Completion is targeted for 2021.