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Belclare Wellesley to feature retail space, 30 condos starting at $1.4m

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 4, 2013 10:00 AM

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Rendering courtesy of The Noannet Group

The Belclare Wellesley will feature 30 condominium units starting at $1.4 million, as well as various shops and a restaurant.

Construction crews broke ground today on the $35 million Belclare mixed-use development, which will feature 30 luxury condominiums and 9,500 square feet of commercial space.

The development will be built on the Wellesley Inn site on Washington Street in Wellesley Square, which has been a vacant lot for years.

The market-rate Belclare condominiums are set to sell for between $1.4 million to over $3 million, and will feature two and three bedrooms ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet, according to a statement sent on behalf of developers from The Noannet Group. There will also be five affordable units on-site, developers said.

The commercial space will include shops and a restaurant, though developers did not specify further details. Representatives did not say when they expect the development to be completed.

The construction comes after a embattled history for the site of Wellesley Inn, whose development dates back to the late 1800s. The historic building was sold to a developer in 2005 who demolished the building in preparation for a new project. However, the plans were put on hold, leaving a vacant lot in the center of town.

Developers from Noannet bought the land in 2012 and received the town permits necessary to build the new complex this year.

Wellesley's executive director Hans Larsen said the new development is "an important part of a healing process" to bringing a noteworthy section of the town's center back to life.

“By filling in this long-standing hole, the Belclare will improve the aesthetics and further the healing process by starting something fresh that will grow," Larsen said in the statement. "It’s a new chapter for a historic site.”

The complex will feature a garden courtyard in the back of the building, a fitness center and sauna, additional storage, garage parking, and an elevator. The new building also features oversized windows, balconies, terraces, and canopied retail shops.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity to present a simplified way of living in a building that looks as if it’s always been there," said project principal David Nagahiro. “The Belclare introduces city living with the comforts of a single family house: spacious homes with a den, laundry, upgraded appliances, private outdoor spaces and a big backyard.”

Noannet president Jordan Warshaw said he believes the new development will serve as a new Wellesley landmark.

"This smart growth development... will be a model for other suburban town center projects designed to encourage long-time residents to remain homeowners in the communities they love and enjoy the benefits of amenity-rich, maintenance-free living,” Warshaw said in the statement.

For more information, visit belclarewellesley.com.

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Rendering courtesy of The Noannet Group

The Belclare's rear garden courtyard.

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