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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Millenium Partners Files 'Notice of Project Change' for the Hayward Place Development

Millennium Partners-Boston announced today that it had filed a "Notice of Project Change" for its Hayward Place project with the BRA. Today's announcement is an important milestone that will lead to a spring construction start of a new residential building in Downtown Crossing. The Hayward Place Project is being revised as a 15 story, 265 residential building with rental and for sale units, and 12,000 square feet of retail space. This project will enhance the Downtown Crossing Neighborhood by bringing new residents and street activity.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino welcomed today's filing, "This project represents a dramatic $200 million in private investment that will be a tremendous boost for Downtown Crossing and the Theatre District. Millennium Partners was there for Boston with its Ritz-Carlton Towers and as a leader in the City's first Business Improvement District; and is with us again today helping by bring nearly 300 jobs, $2 milliion in annual tax revenue and 24-hour vitality to our city."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2nd Symposium on the Greening of Government Center

The BRA invites you to the second Symposium on the Greening of Government Center, to take place on Monday, February 7th from 4-6pm at the Modern Theatre located at 523-525 Washington St in Downtown Crossing (see below for invite). The Symposium will be free and open to the public, and will feature an update presentation by the firms leading the redesign process, Utile Inc. and Reed Hilderbrand Associates, as well as commentary form a panel of prominent Boston design experts, Alex Krieger of Chan Krieger NBBJ and Ted Landsmark of the Boston Architectural College.

This event will serve to update the public on the results of a 3-day charrette on the redesign of Government Center held by Boston-based Utile Inc. in mid-December 2010. The charrette brought together leaders from both the public and private sector to provide their insight and commentary on a new vision for a greener and more accessible Government Center and City Hall Plaza. Tim Love of Utile Inc. will be presenting the key recommendations and ideas from the charrette, and Tim Love and Gary Hilderbrand of Reed Hilderbrand will discuss their thoughts on the next steps for the green redesign of Government Center. Alex Krieger of Chan Krieger NBBJ and Ted Landsmark of the Boston Architectural College will be sitting on a panel to provide feedback on the design and recommendations. As in the last symposium, the event will provide a chance for the public to ask questions of the presenters and panel, as well as share their thoughts on the Greening of Government Center.

Mass Challenge Partners with Startup America

Washington D.C.– January 31, 2011 –Today, the White House celebrated the MassChallenge Startup Competition and Accelerator as one of the most promising initiatives in the country for supporting entrepreneurs, and announced MassChallenge as a partner in the new Startup America Partnership, an independent entity co-funded by the Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation.

MassChallenge is the world’s largest global startup competition and accelerator program. The Startup America Partnership is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The launch of the Startup America Partnership comes less than a week after the 2011 State of the Union Address, in which President Obama spoke boldly about America’s history and future as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. “We're the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. We're a nation that says, I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company .... We Do Big Things. "

Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee to Meet Monday, February 7

Monday, February 7, 2011
6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury

Project Description: Continuing discussion on the Parcels 9 & 10 RFP, in Roxbury (located at the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street). Also, updates on the proposed Whittier Street Health Center and Ruggles Place development projects on Parcel P-3 (on Tremont Street, across from the Boston Police Headquarters), community updates, and unfinished RSMPOC business.

Planning Reports, Meeting Notes, Draft RFP, and Meeting Schedules are available for viewing on the BRA website and at the South End, Dudley and the Grove Hall Branch Libraries:

Next oversight committee members working session is scheduled for Monday, February 28, 2011, at 6:00 PM at the Central Boston Elders Services, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury.

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BRA Releases 2010 Boston Economy Report

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Heartland Robotics Expands and Moves to Boston’s Innovation District

Heartland Robotics, Inc. announced that it is relocating its corporate headquarters and product development efforts to the Fort Point Channel in Boston's Innovation District. The company recently announced that it raised $20 million in Series B financing and is now moving into an expansion phase which requires more office space.

Heartland is developing a new generation of robots to improve productivity in manufacturing environments. The robots will be intuitive to use, intelligent and highly flexible. They’ll be easy to buy, train, and deploy and will be unbelievably inexpensive.

Scott Eckert, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are moving forward aggressively in developing our products and expanding our team. In order to attract the world-class talent that we need, we wanted a terrific office space, in a vibrant part of the city, and easily accessible by public transportation.”

“The Innovation District is quickly becoming a model for the country for how to rebuild the economy around new and growing industries,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Heartland Robotics is the type of groundbreaking company that will add to the vitality of the district and demonstrate how innovators and entrepreneurs in Boston are changing the world.”

Heartland’s new headquarters is the building known as Tower Point @ A Street, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, Boston, MA 02210, a renovated late 19th century brick-and-beam building that is historically significant as one of the largest electrified manufacturing facilities in Boston when it was built. Heartland is moving 30 employees to the Innovation District and expects to expand to 50 employees by year end.