Boston to get over $325 million in new development, Downtown Crossing improvements

A rendering of Starboard Place. Photo via Boston Redevelopment Authority.
A rendering of Starboard Place at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Photo via Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Boston officials on Friday announced new projects that are expected to create 1,400 jobs and invest more than $325 million in the city.

According to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, East Boston will get a new hotel, restaurant and retail space that will cost $31.5 million to develop. Suffolk University is slated to get a $62 million classroom facility on Somerset Street, and a new residential building called Starboard Place will be developed in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Starboard Place, a $16 million development, will offer 54 residential units at what is now a vacant parcel at 1st Avenue and 9th Street in the Navy Yard, according to the BRA.

In addition to the construction projects, city officials said a construction firm will improve handicapped accessibility and beautify a median in Downtown Crossing.

According to a statement by the BRA, city officials will enter into a $283,980 contract with a Quincy-based firm to upgrade the pedestrian ramp at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bedford and Kingston Streets.

The project also includes a rebuilt and re-graded sidewalk that meets the requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, reconstruction of the median planter and a new ornamental steel fence, a plaque, etchings and new shrubs and flowers.

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