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: