119 Braintree Street was originally purchased in 1964 by the Blank Family to support their fast-growing, family-owned credit card manufacturing company, Arthur Blank & Co. Inc. When the company outgrew 119 Braintree Street and relocated to West Roxbury in 1987, Arthur Blank’s son, Michael, oversaw the conversion of the old manufacturing building into flexible office space for Allston’s growing entrepreneurial and artist communities. For over 50 years, the Blank Family have been committed supporters of the Allston community. This commitment holds true in their upcoming redevelopment plans for the site, which share the same values of creativity and innovation that Arthur Blank envisioned in 1964.

The redevelopment of 119 Braintree Street provides a unique opportunity to create engaging new open space, significant new affordable and middle-income housing, new life science and office space, and an improved pedestrian connection to Lower Allston and the MBTA Boston Landing Commuter Rail Station. The Development Team’s vision for 119 Braintree Street is grounded in the following key principles:

Transit-Oriented Development

By converting two aging buildings into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development, the proposed project promotes smart growth with an emphasis on sustainability, innovation, and increased affordable housing. Located directly adjacent to the Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station, the project will provide improved pedestrian access to the Everett Street bridge and the commuter rail platform.

Open Space & Connectivity

The project plans to create new open spaces directly adjacent to the Everett Street bridge and a new stair connection that will provide increased connectivity to the MBTA Commuter Rail platform and Lower Allston.

Middle-Income Housing

The redevelopment plan is committed to creating new housing for a range of households including: a minimum of 20% on-site affordable units and a variety of residential units ranging from studios to townhouses.

Supporting Allston’s Creative Community

119 Braintree Street and the Blank Family have been long-time supporters of Allston’s artist and creative community. This commitment continues with the planned redevelopment as the new buildings are anticipated to include dedicated maker and studio spaces.

Inspired Design

The project’s architecture seeks to integrate Allston’s industrial character with modern and sustainable design elements. The project will attempt to preserve elements of the site’s industrial past, including incorporating components of the building’s original brick and beams into the new building design.

Improving Braintree Street

The project incorporates a redesigned pedestrian and bicycle experience along Braintree Street with active streetscapes, restaurants, and widened sidewalks with planting zones.  

Project Documents

August 11, 2020
Letter of Intent
December 4, 2020
Project Notification Form (PNF)

Updates & News

July 5, 2021
We thank everyone who has participated in Article 80 process to date. We are thoroughly reviewing all comments from the community and from city/state agencies and will provide updates on our progress prior to our DPIR/DEIR filings.
BPDA Project Page
February 8, 2021
Watch the February 8 Public Meeting | Video
February 1, 2021
PNF Comment Period Ends | February 19
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January 4, 2021
Banker + Tradesman - A Rebuilding Year for CRE? Developers Shifted Gears, but Didn’t Slow Down
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December 7, 2020
Boston Globe - Allston project would feature labs, offices, & apartments
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December 7, 2020
Boston Business Journal - Here’s a look at Allston’s newest proposed development
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