It's time for the weekly contribution from our sister site Curbed Boston: Curbed Cuts, all the latest neighborhood news...
SOMERVILLE - Construction started on Wednesday on the first two buildings of the mega-project, Assembly Row. The pair will have 448 apartments over 470,000 square feet. One will have 195 rentals in what The Globe described as "a more traditional apartment complex" while the other will have 253 of smaller size geared toward younger people (is Somerville following Boston's lead on small?). Tenants are supposed to be able to move in starting next summer.
HYDE PARK - Once upon a time, Hyde Park was its own town. Then, in 1912, Boston annexed it. And then Mattapan annexed part of it—at least according to the federal government. After much wrangling and petition-gathering and explaining why this had to be (read: property values), the feds are giving that part back to Hyde Park: The area bordered by Wood Avenue on the west and Greenfield Road on the east, north of Milton, will join Hyde Park's 02136 zip code on July 1.
CHARLESTOWN - There really is an apartment-building boom under way in Boston, and the $40 million renovation of the Terminal Storage Building in Charlestown is no better proof. Developer Michael Rauseo will move forward on 17-year-old (yes) plans for 124 loft-style apartments in the century-old building at 267 Medford Street, next to Charlestown High. Rauseo faced years of legal wranglings involving the project's potential impact on tidelands and its location near an active industrial port.
DOWNTOWN - Many of the new buildings set to sweep Boston, particularly the towers slated for downtown neighborhoods like South Boston, Back Bay and the South End are designed for singletons, couples or roommates, with an average of two residents per unit. They are buildings of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, perhaps a handful of three-bedrooms, though the larger units, as you would expect, claim much higher price tags. Families, then, will likely have to look elsewhere.