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Demolition underway at site of New Balance's planned $500m development in Brighton

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 22, 2013 12:32 PM

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Demolition for New Balance’s planned $500-million development in Brighton has begun.

The former Barry Controls and Briggs New York warehouse buildings and the adjacent parking lots are being torn down as part of the first phase of demolition.

Crews began razing the property at 38-40 Guest St., which is visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike next door, in November. Demolition there is expected to finish within the next two weeks, followed by site work, company spokesman Matthew LeBretton said in an e-mail.

A building on adjacent property, at 180 Guest St., is scheduled to be razed in March, and also followed by site work, he said.

That building was has most recently housed one of two headquarters run by the Massachusetts Electric Construction Company, a national electric contractor.

New Balance hopes to break ground on new construction later this year, LeBretton said.

The development next door to the company’s existing headquarters calls for building a 1.45 million square-foot “health and wellness district” across about 14 acres of property.

The project plans include constructing a new headquarters, sports complex, hotel, and up to three office buildings along with retail, restaurant and recreation space on Guest Street and a new commuter rail station.

New Balance has said it hopes to complete the six-phase project within about a four-year span. The commuter rail station is expected to open in 2014. The headquarters, sports complex and the hotel are expected to be completed by 2015. The office buildings are expected to be built by 2017.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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