School Days

Students from HBS gathered across from the construction site

Yesterday, Harvard Business School students visited the new Charlesview construction site as part of their Real Property course taught by Housing expert Arthur Segel.  The students enjoyed a tour of the construction site, learned about the site plan and urban planning principles shaping the development, heard the story of how the deal came about, and walked through the basics of the development’s finances.

The mixed-finance, mixed-income, mixed-use development taking shape at Charlesview is in many ways more complex than a typical real estate development.  It provided a fantastic opportunity for bright young leaders at the global institution to engage with and learn from this exciting development taking place right in their own neighborhood.

We hope to have next year’s class back to see a finished rental development and a new phase of townhomes under construction.


Building Exterior Progress on Western Ave

Coming down Western Ave, the finished appearance of the Western Ave face of the new Charlesview is taking shape. On D1, masonry and many of the windows are in place. On the larger E1 building, sheathing and waterproofing is on, showing the building’s pattern of windows and bays. The team is focusing on the uses and occupants of the retail and community spaces on the ground floor. Click any image to enlarge.


Completed brick portion of the D1 building, with metal panel and glazing to come


Looking south from Western down the future Antwerp St


Close view of D1 elevations


D1 building from down Western Ave

Behind the building facades, the interiors of the two midrise buildings are rapidly progressing. Unit framing, drywall, tubs and mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems are all in progress.