Where the future starts
The first of three life-science buildings at Boynton Yards in Somerville, 101 South Street offers best-in-class, high-efficiency infrastructure where companies can imagine and grow. The full 1.3 million SF mixed-use neighborhood plan will include ample work spaces, residences, and a green park.
Grand spaces to create lab/tech success
The 290K rentable square feet of 101 South Street spans nine floors and includes 35K SF floor plates designed for maximum tenant flexibility.
The place to attract the best talent
The warm welcome at 101 South Street begins with its two-story lobby and continues to restaurants, pubs, green space, and walking paths. A full roster of community arts and entertainment programming is planned. Quick mass transportation—to Union Square, Kendall Square, and all of Boston—is made easy with multiple T-lines, buses, and shuttles.
The base building MEP systems have been designed to accommodate 60% lab space alongside 40% office use.
Water, Power & Air
The base building services include supply air, exhaust, CHW, HW, Tenant Process Cooling Water (10T per floor), Tepid Water, and RODI water. The premium HVAC systems employ a high efficiency energy recovery system to reduce operating expenses. Lab ventilation is sized at 1.75cfm/sf. Office HVAC consists of 0.2 cfm/sf ventilation, and HW and CHW for heating and cooling.
A Great Neighbor
The Boynton Yards team continues to work with Somerville’s planners and key neighborhood stakeholders to realize the goals of SomerVision and the Union Square Neighborhood Plan: to create jobs, community benefits, and public open space for all residents of Somerville and the neighboring areas.
Easy Access to the World
Inspiration comes easily: With Logan Airport only a 10-minute drive or 30-minute subway trip, I-93 and the Green/Orange T-lines so conveniently located, and MIT/Kendall Square situated less than a mile away, Boynton Yards is strategically well-balanced.
Frequently Asked Questions
Boynton Yards is 34-acre industrial and minimal residential sub-district located in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. As defined in the City of Somerville’s Union Square Neighborhood Plan, Boynton Yards is “bounded by the train tracks to the North, Medford Street to the east, the Cambridge city line, and Prospect and Webster Streets.”
The Boynton Yards Redevelopment — as proposed by the joint venture of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Leggat McCall Properties and following the framework of the City’s Somervision, Union Square Development Plan and New Zoning Ordinance—will transform its current ownership of 6.5 acres in one of Somerville’s desolate industrial areas into a mixed-use development for emerging life sciences, local businesses and community enjoyment. The vision for the new area will include a total of 1.3 million SF across three Class-A lab buildings and residential buildings with civic space for the community and creative space for local organizations and businesses. The revived Boynton Yards neighborhood will also improve accessibility to the area.New pedestrian walkways, bike lanes and street access will reconnect the area to Somerville’s bustling Union and Inman Square neighborhoods, while easing the five-minute walk to the new Union Square T-station and bike ride to Cambridge’s Kendall Square. While the first building, 101 South Street, is already under construction, the development team is working through the master plan process through engaging the community and the city’s planning and engineering staff to arrive at a final plan.
We’re working with the City to dedicate land on our property to a newly designed, City-owned retention tank that will address community surface water run-off during peak rain periods and major storm events. Additionally, the City’s neighborhood plan and new zoning calls for the primary streets in the surrounding area to be upgraded. This will result in improved access and connectivity to the area.
DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Leggat McCall Properties hold 6.5 acres of land in Boynton yards, the first 3.4 acres was acquired in 2018 and the rest in 2019. The development team is currently working with the city and community on an overall master plan for the combined sites that adheres to the City’s new zoning ordinance. The remaining Boynton yard parcels are owned privately by others and the City of Somerville.
Four buildings are currently being planned. They consist of Class-A commercial and residential with ground floor retail, open activation spaces and underground parking.
The first of its type in Somerville, 101 South Street will be a nine story Class-A lab building totalling 290,000 SF. The majority of the building is being designed as state-of-the-art space for lab and science uses. The project will also include four levels of below grade parking, ground floor retail and community arts spaces. This building will be the catalyst for the full master plan of the area. Construction is currently underway with targeted completion in Summer 2021.
In June 2019, construction of the first building, related infrastructure and open space improvements began. The project will take approximately 2 years to complete; in alignment with the opening of the planned MBTA Green Line station in Union Square. Completion is targeted for Summer 2021.
Each building will undergo the City of Somerville’s planning and public approval process, in accordance with the City’s new zoning ordinance. The second building has a planned construction start in the Spring of 2021. The remaining two buildings commence in the following two years thereafter.
The City of Somerville’s new ordinance requires at least 20% of the area to be used as civic space to be enjoyed by the community. We are happy to be meeting that expectation in our current proposal. If the master plan for the site moves forward, we hope to explore avenues of providing more open space.
The City’s ordinance calls for new bike lanes on South Street and Windsor Street. We will providing bike lanes in both directions on South Street and Windsor Street.