Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh Join Community and Business Leaders to Mark Opening of Boston East Residential Community

AED_0156 2Developer Trinity Financial marked the opening of its new residential community, Boston East, with a ribbon cutting celebration on May 21. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Trinity Financial executives, representatives from the East Boston Community Development Corporation, local elected officials and community leaders to welcome the opening of the new residences.

Located directly on Boston Harbor and in close proximity to Downtown Boston and the MBTA, Boston East is a $71 million, boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work-sell units and a community art gallery. DbfU85AW0AEMnGIBoston East also embraces and engages the waterfront with the development and expansion of the East Boston Harborwalk, which was made possible in part by a $3 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to East Boston.

“Today we are celebrating the results of innovative public-private partnerships and the significant role they play in our Administration’s efforts to develop and create housing opportunities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to see the successful work that has been done to transform this site into a residential community, which will deliver new housing units and public spaces, open access to East Boston’s waterfront and maximize infrastructure investments in the area.”

Trinity Financial utilized its experience in creating successful market rate luxury living spaces to develop a unique and desirable residential community at Boston East. Among the luxury communities Trinity Financial has developed or has currently in development DdvCKVNV0AA_c0Tinclude the One Canal and Avenir buildings in Boston, 66 Summer Street and Vela on the Park in Stamford, CT and Foundry Square in Newburyport.

Boston East, which is designed by ICON Architecture, features an acre of open space that includes a number of community outdoor features – including multiple decks and a large rooftop lounge. A harbor walk trail extends around and past the development, and residents also have access to an onsite kayak and stand up paddleboard launch.

“This project showcases what can be accomplished when we work together with our partners to transform vacant, city-owned property into beautiful, thriving and welcoming spaces,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston East has helped to revamp the waterfront by providing affordable as well as market-rate rental units, more open space, as well as increased access to the Harbor meeting the City’s sustainability criteria.”

Boston East is located in one of Boston’s fastest-growing neighborhoods near restaurants and a variety of arts, cultural and outdoor amenities and activities. The development features studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, along with loft units located close to the MBTA DdWT3DgWkAA_0J8Blue Line, downtown Boston, and Logan International Airport.

“This project is the result of more than a decade of planning and hard work by a variety of public and private partners,” said State Senator Joseph Boncore. “The result is a new residential community at Boston East that provides much needed new housing and features outstanding cultural and waterfront amenities that benefit the entire community.”

Spotlight on Framingham, the Commonwealth’s Newest City

April was an exciting month for Framingham, the Commonwealth’s newest city, as an important milestone for its downtown redevelopment was achieved and the city’s newly-elected – and inauguralShovels at Framingham.jpg – mayor, Dr. Yvonne Spicer, had the opportunity to lay out her economic vision to Framingham’s business community.

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Wood Partners, a national leader in real estate development and construction, celebrated the groundbreaking of Alta Union House, which is the first large-scale development to be built in Framingham’s Downtown in decades.  Mayor Spicer was joined by Mike Gatlin, chair of Framingham’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC), City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll and Wood Partners Director Jim Lambert at the event.

Alta Union House will include 196 rental units, 20 of which will be designated as affordable housing and will include 2,600 square feet of ground-level retail space. “I can tell you – you have picked the right place to grow. Framingham is a city on the move, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Mayor Spicer in her remarks at the event. It is this Alta Housegrowth that brought Wood Partners to Framingham.  “Downtown Framingham is full of exciting possibilities,” said Jim Lambert, Wood Partners Director. “This is a welcoming place for us to do business, and we know it will be a wonderful place for our residents to live, work and play. It has a unique and exciting blend of economic opportunity, cultural diversity, urban amenities, but with a small-town feel.”

In 2015, Special Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly to support zoning changes to Framingham’s Central Business District with the goal to make Downtown Framingham an attractive, vibrant, diverse center that will be a hub of economic activity for the MetroWest region. Previous zoning laws had discouraged developers from creating the kind of new units that appeal to young professionals and others who may otherwise be attracted to Framingham.

The rezoning has been critical to encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD) projects like Alta Union House.  In addition to this project, Mill Creek’s Modera Framingham development at 266 Waverly Street, permitted for 270 new units of multifamily housing, is expected to begin demolition in the near future. Framingham’s Planning Board has also permitted 411 new units for downtown.

Two days later, Mayor Spicer outlined her economic development vision to more than 75 Mayor Spicermembers of Framingham’s business community at an event at the Sheraton Framingham organized by the EDIC as part of an ongoing series of panel discussions and events as part of its Choose Framingham campaign.

“We’ve got great bones, we’ve got to build the meat on these bones,” said Mayor Spicer at the afternoon event, which also featured remarks from Mike Gatlin and Paul Joseph of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.

After mentioning the Alta Union House groundbreaking and the fact that Framingham has permitted 877 units of housing, Mayor Spicer mentioned that she has seen an ebb and flow with regard to the downtown in the more than 30 years she’s lived in Framingham. She proclaimed the development activity as “exciting” and talked about the advantages that the city has, in terms of its location to both Boston and Worcester. She also discussed the city’s importance as an economic engine for the MetroWest region, saying “we are in a sweet spot” and pointing out that more 50,000 workers are employed at Framingham businesses.

Acknowledging that “economic development is a driver of our community,” Mayor Spicer also said that “of everything we do, my underlying question is always ‘how does it benefit Framingham?’”

Framingham has recently launched a comprehensive economic development plan that the city anticipates will help this new city grow even more. For more information, please visit, Like the Choose Framingham initiative on Facebook and Follow Choose Framingham on Twitter.

Welcome Chris Tracy!

img_6120This month O’Neill and Associates welcomes Chris Tracy to our community relations practice. As Senior Director, Chris will provide real estate development clients with valuable counsel on a variety of issues including community outreach, municipal relations, permitting, zoning, regulatory advocacy, and licensing. He has extensive experience working with communities and developers in the City of Boston and surrounding cities and towns. Chris knows how to identify key community stakeholders while also helping clients streamline the at-times arduous approval process by cutting through red tape and bureaucracy

Chris previously served as a senior project manager for the Boston Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), formerly known as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), where he managed internal and external vetting processes for large-scale real estate commercial and residential development project throughout the City of Boston. His experience working across multi-agency issues concerning proposed developments and his collaboration with agencies to alleviate project concerns position him as an expert for our community relations and government affairs practice.

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OneCharlestown will continue to inform the public and engage community residents

CHARLESTOWN – July 20, 2016 – Corcoran-SunCal, in partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, today announced the launch of its website for ‘One Charlestown’ – the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development. includes design and planning information, a review of the public engagement process and partnership with the Resident Working Group, as well as images and schematics of the historic project.

“We have strived for transparency and a deep level of public engagement since this process began,” said Joseph Corcoran, President of Corcoran Jennison Associates. “ was the next natural step for us as we continue to seek out feedback from the community and educate the public about our project. We believe that One Charlestown will re-envision the future of the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development and we are excited for what lies ahead.”

Over the past seven months, Corcoran-SunCal and the BHA have worked with residents of the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development to establish a Resident Working Group that has assisted in the initial design and planning of One Charlestown. Members of the Resident Working Group met regularly in late 2015 and early this year, sharing their priorities, values, and hopes for the redevelopment project. Additionally, feedback and input was solicited from neighbors and residents of the Charlestown community. The design process culminated in an Open House that was open to the community, featuring design plans for the project. The Resident Working Group’s involvement in the planning and design charrette, as well as the feedback from the community, assisted the planning team in their efforts. The project design reflects the comments and input from residents, neighbors, and community members.

“We support the efforts of the Corcoran-SunCal team to engage residents and surrounding community stakeholders in the planning and design process from the beginning,” said Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle. “ will allow for this ongoing dialogue to continue while also informing the broader community about the redevelopment efforts taking place.”

All units at One Charlestown will include finishes, features, and amenities that are typical of quality new housing in Boston: open spaces and courtyards, community gardens, brightly-lit walkways and underground parking, in addition to community services so that residents may enjoy a vibrant, healthy and more sustainable living experience in Charlestown. Affordable housing will be preserved for current residents while also attracting new residents and revitalizing the neighborhood. The current plan calls for approximately 3,200 units altogether, replacing all 1,100 current units of public housing and adding 2,100 additional units. All current residents will have the right to return to the new development.

About Corcoran-SunCal

Corcoran-SunCal is a partnership between Corcoran Jennison Associates and SunCal. Together, they are focused on the concept that mixed-income communities offer the richest social context for all their residents, creating a sustainable and safe environment for everyone while also offering the best opportunities for advancement for their low income population. This new partnership is providing a new model for the redevelopment and re-positioning of public housing in the United States.

 About the Boston Housing Authority

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is a public agency that provides subsidized housing to low and moderate income individuals and families. In addition to conventional public housing communities throughout Boston, BHA offers rental assistance programs. BHA receives federal and state funding in order to provide housing programs to individuals and families. BHA’s mission is to provide stable, quality affordable housing for low and moderate income persons; to deliver these services with integrity and mutual accountability; and to create living environments which serve as catalysts for the transformation from dependency to economic self-sufficiency.



Framingham Hosts Tour of Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities

On May 3rd, the Town of Framingham held an exclusive tour of Downtown Framingham for local real estate developers to explore the transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities in Framingham. 20 developers took part in the tour, which provided them with an opportunity to see local properties located in Downtown available for development, while also meeting local business and community leaders.

The tour began at Framingham’s Danforth Art Museum, where attendees heard from Robert Halpin, Town Manager; Arthur Robert, Director of Community and Economic Development; and local community and business leaders about the advantages of living and working in Framingham. Guest speakers highlighted Downtown Framingham’s background, recent zoning changes, downtown amenities and TOD opportunities.

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Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin at Real Estate Developer Tour

“The new, enhanced Central Business District zoning is designed to encourage residential and mixed-use transit-oriented development around Framingham’s commuter rail station, which is among the rail system’s busiest,” said Robert Halpin, Framingham’s Town Manager. “This type of development will contribute to a dynamic, diverse, and walkable setting we know people are seeking in downtown area such as Framingham’s.”

Last October, Town Meeting members approved zoning changes to Framingham’s Central Business District, with a goal of making Downtown Framingham a walkable, vibrant, and diverse center for the MetroWest region. Changes that were made allow for greater density, lessen the need for special permits, reduce parking requirements, and allow for more flexible uses.

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Downtown Framingham after rezoning and transit-oriented development

“For over ten years, the Board of Selectmen has been committed to creating a vibrant and pedestrian friendly 21st Century Downtown for our community,” said Laurie Lee, Clerk of Framingham’s Board of Selectmen. “It’s very exciting to see such enthusiastic interest in our downtown area and gratifying that the development community sees and supports the same wonderful potential for our future that we do.”

“We are focused on making Downtown Framingham a hub for the MetroWest region,” said Arthur Robert, Framingham’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “Recent zoning changes and enhancements to the downtown area have changed the landscape for developers and residents alike. This tour allows us to showcase all that Framingham has to offer.”

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Jack’s Abby expanded its beer hall, kitchen and brewery last year

Attendees visited several TOD development parcels, all within a 10-minute walk to one of the MBTA Commuter Rail system’s busiest stations. The tour began at the Danforth Art Museum and School and ended with a visit to Jack’s Abby in Framingham, a local brewery and restaurant established in 2011 that recently expanded its presence in Framingham last year.


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Redgate Names Gregory P. Bialecki as Partner


Housing expert and former Massachusetts economic development secretary will be real estate development firm’s eighth partner

Gregory P  Bialecki named partner at RedgateRedgate announced today that it has named Gregory P. Bialecki as the real estate advisory and investment firm’s eighth partner.

Bialecki, an Executive Vice President at Redgate for the past year, has helped propel the firm’s Gate Residential platform, which is focused on raising capital and securing new investment to build and develop premium multifamily real estate.

“Greg has exceeded our high expectations and we are thrilled he has become our eighth partner in the firm,” said Redgate Principal Kyle B. Warwick. “The team here looks forward to his continued leadership solidifying our vision and trajectory of our firm.”

Bialecki has also been instrumental in pursuing and executing commercial and mixed-use pursuits, advisory assignments and contributing to general company growth. As a partner with Redgate, Bialecki joins a talented team of 25 professionals – many who have worked successfully together for a number of years. The company will reach its six-year milestone in 2016.

“It has been a tremendous first year and I look forward to being a big part of Redgate’s future,” Bialecki said. “Over the past six years, this company has developed a unique portfolio of mixed-use and multifamily projects that are redefining urban life in Greater Boston. I’m honored to be a part of this growing firm.”

An expert on housing, Bialecki joined Redgate after six years serving as the Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development under Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. In that role he was the Governor’s chief advisor on critical issues such as jobs, housing and the economy.

During that time, Bialecki also led numerous initiatives to promote the state’s innovation economy and to support transit-oriented, mixed-used real estate development. As secretary, he was also responsible for the management and oversight of 12 state agencies with more than 800 employees and an annual budget of over $400 million.

Bialecki previously served as the undersecretary of business development and spent 20 years as a real estate, business and environmental attorney with Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper, specializing in urban development. Bialecki is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.

About Redgate

Redgate is a strategic real estate investment, development, project management, and advisory firm headquartered in Boston and with offices in Baltimore. We believe that every real estate endeavor is unique and deserves a highly-tailored approach managed with interpersonal precision. Intensely focused on delivering returns as defined by our clients and investors, Redgate ensures that they receive the right return on real estate for them – purpose-built approaches that adhere to a common vision, are managed thoughtfully in real-time and delight in both experience and outcomes.

About Gate Residential

Founded in 2010, Gate Residential Properties, LLC, a Redgate company, is a multifamily real estate investment firm focused on new development and strategic acquisitions in metro Boston and select East Coast markets. Working in collaboration with local property owners, city governments and the community, and with a deep understanding of demographic and market trends, we identify high-potential new urban neighborhoods. Through innovative building and unit design and forward-leaning construction management skills, we craft properties that create genuine neighborhood living with city style and access. Our properties are catalysts of growth and vibrancy in emerging neighborhoods.

Urban Edge Launches Effort to Build Jackson Square Recreation Center

Olympic Gold Medalists Mike Eruzione and Kristine Lilly and Professional Athletes Chris Tierney and Emily Field Join Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Official Campaign Kick Off

On Monday, March 21st, Mayor Marty Walsh and Olympic gold medalists Mike Eruzione, Kristine Lilly, and professional athletes Chris Tierney and Emily Field gathered with elected officials and civic and business leaders from the Jamaica Plain community to launch a campaign to build the Jackson Square Recreation Center in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Urban Edge, based in Roxbury, is a community development organization committed to creating and sustaining stable, healthy, and diverse communities in both Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

Urban Edge has spearheaded the process of building a facility that will provide recreational space and after school activities for children living in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods. This two-story center will consist of a regulation-size ice rink on the first floor, a turf field on the second floor, and a space dedicated to academics and socializing.

The initial idea for the center came from the community, which recognized that young children living in this neighborhood did not have the same access to recreational facilities as their peers did living in suburban neighborhoods.

At the launch event at the Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain, Mayor Marty Walsh stated, “I am proud that we are taking an idea from the residents of this neighborhood and partnering with Urban Edge to make it a reality.”

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Rendering of Urban Edge’s Jackson Square Recreation Center

There are 26,000 young people who live within a 1.5 mile radius of Jackson Square, out of which only 10 percent participate in after school activities, mostly due to the absence of a safe, affordable, and accessible recreational space. That is why Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey team, has joined the campaign committee for the Jackson Square Recreation Center. “Their grades get better, they are more likely to stay in school, and, as importantly, they build teamwork skills, which I believe is critical to success. With this said, I am proud to be a part of the Campaign Committee that is working to build the Jackson Square Recreation Center,” said Eruzione.

The overall project cost totals $21.5 million, of which Urban Edge has already raised a little more than half. Still, the organization is seeking to raise the additional $10 million in funding. In addition to the support of the Jamaica Plain community, the project has gained backing from public officials, making this idea one step closer to reality.

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Lease-Up PR: Reach and Results for Residential Real Estate

Selling an exciting and appealing lifestyle has become the sweet spot of modern marketing: associate your product, experience, service or space with a desirable lifestyle and chances are you’ve got a winner.

Digital platforms and multi-media content marketing strategies have made this strategy even more effective.

When people think “dynamic lifestyle” – they often think about living spaces above all else. That means there is tremendous opportunity to enhance the marketing programs for new living spaces by focusing on the overall lifestyle a new project represents, as opposed to just the features within four walls of a unit.

O’Neill and Associates has created a specialty PR practice that supports the marketing of higher-end as well as middle-market multifamily (multiunit) residential housing developments. We’ve been calling it “lease-up PR” because the objective is very simple: help the developer, project owner, and management company lease all of the apartment units as quickly as possible. Rapid lease-up of a new project is critical to meeting and exceeding financial goals on a multi-family housing development. Falling short of those goals means more carrying costs and less profit on the overall deal. And a project only gets to be “new” once – so you need to make the most of a small window of opportunity.

Lease-up PR creates storylines, media pitches, digital and social media content that robustly supports other marketing efforts to get apartments in these newly developed projects leased up. We build those around the project’s amenities and the lifestyle it offers; the design features and culture of the property; the demographic that is being targeted; and the features of the surrounding community when it comes to nightlife, shopping, dining and culture. Every community has exciting and unique features that make it desirable. Don’t just talk about “location.” Entice your audience with proximity to the experiences and amenities they want. Today’s renters – especially millennials – are looking for a complete experience when they choose a new living space. Give them that and you’ve got a big advantage over competitors using only traditional marketing techniques.

Premium earned-media placements and digital/social content with high levels of engagement are critical. But that’s really just the beginning. Success is ultimately measured by signed leases – and responsibility for that is jointly held by all members of the marketing team. The sales team and leasing agents are the true closers. An excellent PR program and content marketing effort will help deliver a steady stream of prospects to a project’s marketing office.

Measuring success is critical. Good PR programs MUST be a key player in delivering bodies through the door in the form of people coming in to take a tour of the project and look at a model unit. They must deliver marketing web site visits and click-through engagements; and they must deliver phone calls to the marketing center and new appointments for tours of the property.

The practice we have built is based on repeat business from successful engagements. Good lease-up PR delivers clicks, visits, appointments and tours. The correlation is easily identified when a new media piece or social media content push enters the public realm. Those engagements lead to appointments, followed by closed deals on leases.

And that, after all, is the bottom line.

Cosmo Macero Jr. is a Senior Vice President in the O’Neill and Associates’ communications practice. To discuss PR and content strategies that enhance marketing programs for multi-unit residential projects, email or call 617-646-1017.

Onsite Doggy Daycare Remains a Draw for Young Professionals as One North of Boston Expands

The 90 dogs enjoying One North’s dog-friendly features will soon have more company.

One North of BostonAs One North of Boston opens leasing for another 222 units of its luxury apartments in Chelsea, Massachusetts, its developers are expanding on what has been the building’s most popular amenity – onsite doggy daycare.

One North of Boston, which leased its first 230 units in 2014, was the first luxury apartment building in Greater Boston to offer onsite doggy daycare as an amenity, and it drew dog lovers from across Boston and beyond. The service – called FETCH, and operated by The Dogfather – is One North’s most utilized amenity. Along with daycare hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., FETCH offers dog walking, play groups, grooming, indoor-outdoor dog runs, and pickup and drop-off services.

“Being a dog owner is a passion for many people, who must navigate the challenges of being the best owner possible while working long hours and living an urban lifestyle,” said Damian Szary, a principal of Gate Residential – the project’s developer. “One North ensures convenience and luxury not only for our residents, but for their furry friends as well. We’re a dog lovers’ community.”

“Here at FETCH, we put the health and happiness of our visiting pups first,” said Karen Ray, the owner of Dogfather, which operates FETCH. “Over the past 15 years we’ve created a great family environment, not only with our staff, but with our pups and their owners as well. That warm, caring, trusting feeling is our goal every time we welcome new pups and owners into our family.”

One North is currently home to 90 dogs, with about 30 dogs in daycare at a time.

Jacky Janko and her husband moved into the first phase of One North’s development in 2014 with their Boston Terrior, Zea, and have found the onsite doggy daycare to be a savior. “Not only is it incredibly convenient to have doggy daycare onsite, but it’s comforting to know that Zea is in excellent hands,” said Jacky Janko. “The FETCH team treats residents’ dogs with the utmost love and respect, and genuinely cares about their happiness and well-being. They are guardians, caretakers and playmates to these dogs each and every day.”

While One North attracts numerous dog lovers, it has also made dog owners of residents who came to the building pet-free and were attracted to the culture and ease of dog ownership that the development offers.

In addition to popular onsite doggy daycare and other services for dog lovers, One North offers additional popular amenities such as state-of-the art fitness centers with spin and yoga studios, an indoor basketball court, two pools with outdoor fire pits and grills, club suite and lounge, and two theatres.

“We’ve made it possible for residents to enjoy luxury living less than a mile from Boston without the Boston prices,” said Szary. “Whether One North residents choose to ride one train stop into Boston or explore the restaurants and shops continuing to emerge in Chelsea, they are experiencing a unique combination of luxury, accessibility, and affordability.”

Leasing of phase two began Friday, January 29, 2016. Appointments can be arranged by calling 617-889-8030 or visiting the leasing center on site at One North of Boston. For more information visit:

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West of Chestnut Signs Deal with Restaurateur Jimmy Liang Quincy native’s Fuji at WOC will be his largest and best

West of Chestnut LogoJapanese fusion concept will anchor downtown Quincy food scene 10th location for Liang marks further expansion of Fuji Group

West of Chestnut QuincyGate Residential announced today it has signed a lease  with renowned Boston area  restaurateur Jimmy Liang to open a 5,000 square foot Japanese fusion concept under the Fuji Group brand at West of Chestnut in downtown Quincy.

The agreement ensures that dynamic nightlife and dining will be yet another component of the premium urban lifestyle being created at West of Chestnut – a 169-unit luxury apartment community located in the heart of downtown Quincy.

“For someone who started a company in Quincy based on creating unique and memorable dining experiences, the opportunity to be part of the most exciting development in Quincy is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Liang – a Quincy native who began building the 9-location Fuji Group when he was 19-years-old. “Fuji at West of Chestnut will be Quincy Center’s new shining gem— an expansive space in the most dynamic new residential community—further enhancing the vibrant downtown area.”

Liang founded Fuji Restaurant in Wollaston with his best friend and partner Peter Tse in 1998, which ultimately evolved into Fuji 1546 on Hancock Street. Over the past 18 years, together with their other partners, Liang and Tse created the Fuji Group – with restaurants in Quincy, Kendall Square, East Cambridge and Assembly Square Somerville. Fuji at West of Chestnut will be their 10th location.

“I don’t think we could have found a better fit for our premium dining space than Jimmy Liang’s Fuji. Our retail and lifestyle pieces need to fit together in just the right way. This announcement demonstrates that the biggest piece is in place, with other exciting news to come.” said Kyle Warwick, a principal in Gate Residential – developer of West of Chestnut. “Jimmy’s dining concepts are always best in class, and that’s what we were looking for here.”

Damian Szary, another Gate principal, said the WOC team is being very prescriptive and purposeful with its strategy for bringing just the right mix of retail, dining and lifestyle amenities to the community they are creating downtown.

“You have one chance to get this just right, and we have absolutely nailed it with Jimmy Liang and Fuji,” Szary said.

Other components of the outward-facing amenities at West of Chestnut will include a second high-concept restaurant, a lifestyle and health and fitness tenant, and a café-bakery.

West of Chestnut features 169 highly-amenitized residential units in two six-story urban mid-rise buildings – including approximately 12,400 square feet of commercial and retail space on the street level. Amenities include a top-of-the-line fitness center, cross-training studio, a club suite with a lounge and media room, a dog-wash room, and an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and courtyard.

Gate Residential began construction on West of Chestnut last year following the 2014 announcement of a new joint venture with landowner Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Quincy Mutual, which has been in continuous operation in Quincy since it was founded in 1851, is a major investor in the downtown redevelopment.

West of Chestnut is one of many new developments set for Quincy Center, which will include the renovated Quincy Center MBTA station, the newly-remodeled City Hall, and the expected Adams Green urban park. A second phase of West of Chestnut, called East of Chestnut – featuring 220 units with additional amenity and retail space, is also planned.

As a leading Boston-based developer, Gate Residential creates vibrant apartment communities in targeted urban areas near highly desirable employment and university markets that are easily accessible by public transportation. Founded in 2010, Gate Residential Properties, LLC is the multifamily development and investment arm of Redgate Holdings, LLC.

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