Mixed Use Comes to Western Ave


The new face of Western Ave is emerging, with apartments, commercial and community uses in a vibrant new mix. In the background of construction, leasing of the retail spaces at the new Charlesview has kicked into high gear. As part of the development, up to eight new businesses will line Western, providing restaurant, cafe, entertainment, convenience or other uses, providing new retail options in Allston-Brighton and enlivening the street level.

Spaces are available ranging from 741 to 4345 square feet for potential retailers. Interested tenents should call the retail broker, the Dartmouth Company, at (617) 262-6620.


Building Exterior Progressing


Metal framing and sheathing show the D1 building's form clearly

Following the topping out ceremony for structural steel, the exterior “skin” of light gauge framing, sheathing, and cladding on the other Western Ave building has progressed rapidly.  The full form and pattern of openings will soon be apparent.  Inside the building, plumbers, electricians, and mechanical engineers are hanging conduit and ducts.

Abutters should note that today, a crane will need to close a lane of Western Ave.  The builder has scheduled all the rooftop equipment to be hoisted up in a single day to minimize disruption to Western.

Topping Off

The beam is lowered into place and connected by ironworkers

Another major milestone has been reached in the construction of the new Charlesview, with tradespeople gathered for the ironworkers’ Topping Off and a bbq lunch.  With beautiful weather, ample progress all over the site, and a construction workforce of over 120, it was a festive afternoon at the jobsite.

The tradition has a folk history dating back centuries, is a symbolic moment in construction, when the highest piece of structure is hoisted into place.  The ironworkers will move quickly to finish the final steel structure.  Congrats to the construction team and especially Ironworkers Local 7 for the amazing progress.

With structural steel in place, space has been cleared on site to mobilize many other trades.   Soon framers, masons, electricians, plumbers, glaziers and other trades will be swarming all corners of the site.

More photos from the ceremony after the jump.

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