Boston officials OK AvalonBay tower near Garden

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved construction of 38-story residential tower behind the TD Garden that will include more than 500 apartments, restaurants and stores.

AvalonBay Communities Inc. will build the tower on Nashua Street, filling in empty space between the Garden and the Charles River. The $200 million project, approved by the BRA board Thursday night, also includes construction of a two-story retail arcade that will connect the new tower to Causeway Street and North Station.

Executives with AvalonBay have said they hope to start construction this fall.

“We believe the West End neighborhood and, in particular, North Station has tremendous potential to become a true nexus within the city for residents, commuters, and others,’’ said Scott Dale, AvalonBay’s senior vice president of development.


The project is one of several large developments expected to transform the area around the Garden in coming years with more than 1,800 new residences, hotels, office buildings, stores and restaurants.

Converse Inc. recently committed to move its corporate offices into a large new development at nearby Lovejoy Wharf, and Stop & Shop and Target are considering new stores in a pair of towers being planned in front of the Garden by Boston Properties and Delaware North Cos.

The AvalonBay project, called the Nashua Street Residences, will include a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and 32 three-bedroom units. The development also includes 219 parking spaces and a terrace on the 35th floor with views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline.

In other business Thursday night, the BRA also approved plans for a 177-room hotel in East Boston and construction of a 10-story academic building in Government Center by Suffolk University.

The hotel, to be constructed at the corner of William F. McClellan Highway and Boardman Street, will rise to five stories with an adjacent 346-space parking lot. The project also includes construction two restaurant buildings on the 6-acre property.

The Suffolk University academic building at 20 Somerset Street will shift the university’s campus off the residential portion of Beacon Hill, where daily student traffic has created conflicts with neighbors.


The $62 million building will replace the former headquarters of the Metropolitan District Commission and create a new public park on the property. The new building will contain 1,100 classroom seats as well as a new cafeteria and performance space.

“This is a project that not only allows us to provide state-of-the-art classroom for our students, but represents a milestone in our relationship with the Beacon Hill neighborhood,’’ said John Nucci, the university’s vice president of external affairs.

Demolition of the former MDC building will be completed this summer, with construction of the academic building to start soon after. The project is planned to be completed by fall 2015.

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