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Troy Rises Again

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis July 30, 2014 10:12 AM

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OK, it may not be the lost city of Troy, though it sort-of bears its name - more on that later.

But the new Troy, taking shape where the South End meets Chinatown, may be the next best thing when it comes to Boston's booming apartment scene.

Mayor Marty Walsh and other big wigs gathered Tuesday for the topping off ceremony that put the last beam in place at the $185 million Troy Boston, set to open next year. Pre-leasing kicks off in August.

The project features a striking, 19-story high-rise connected to an 11-story mid-rise building at 55 Traveler St,, near the $500 million Ink Block now fast taking shape at the old Boston Herald site.

Rents have yet to be officially announced, but the 378 units are expected to fetch luxury rates, and we all know what that means. Thirty-eight subsidized units are included in the tally.


Troy Boston will also include 6,000 square feet of space for restaurants and other retail on the ground floor, while also featuring an array of other amenities.

Here's direct from the press release:

Chic cabanas that open out onto the outdoor pool and poolside deck provide cozy spaces for relaxation. A rooftop terrace complete with fire pits and barbeques will be great gathering spots for residents. Inside, there is a chef's kitchen and large adjoining dining area for entertaining. There is a room outfitted with a billiards table, a private yoga room, and a fitness studio with cardio and resistance equipment. Additionally, comfortable lounge areas for relaxing, or just hanging out with friends, complete the new modern classic appeal of TROY BOSTON.

After reading that, who wouldn't want to live there? Really, I am only being just a tad facetious.

As for the name, sadly it's not an ode to that city of Greek legend. Rather, Traveler Street - named after a now long defunct newspaper, rather than a long-lost city - was once named Troy.

However, that wasn't to pay homage to Homer's grand tale, but rather part of a rather odd street naming scheme dating to the 1800s which borrowed names from Upstate New York communities, including Albany and others.

Ready to live in Troy? What's your take?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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