GentriWatch: Here’s What Will Replace Quinzani’s in the South End
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As featured in the inaugural edition of GentriWatch, Quinzani’s Bakery, bread provider to hundreds of restaurants in the Boston area, closed in August after 50 years in business on Harrison Avenue in the South End. At the time, the family-owned business said it had an undisclosed buyer lined up. Turns out, it was Related Beal, which also purchased the now-defunct Ho Kong Bean Bean Sprout building next door.
The Boston-based developer has filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for an approximately 14-story, mixed-use project at 370-380 Harrison Avenue, with ground-floor commercial space and three levels of below-grade parking. The existing structures will be demolished.
Located just down the street from National Properties’ Ink Block complex, the project will include up to 280 residential units, with some made affordable in accordance with the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy.
“The project will continue the transformation of this neighborhood from an area dominated by commercial and industrial uses and large parking lots, to an active urban neighborhood,” Related Beal wrote.
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The former site of Anthony’s Pier 4, the storied Boston eatery visited by celebrities, political elite, and Celtics legends alike for five decades, will soon be home to a nine-story condominium.
While the restaurant shuttered its doors nearly three years ago, the structure itself will face the wrecking ball as early as next week, the Globe reports. One of the most successful restaurants in country in its heyday, Anthony’s raked in $12 million a year, despite its location in the then-undeveloped Seaport District.
The property is owned by New York’s Tishman Speyer, which plans to redevelop the site to include a 100-unit luxury condominium, 13-story, 373,000-square-foot commercial building, and two levels of below-grade parking. A one-acre public park will be situated where millions of steaming-hot popovers were once consumed.
The condos are expected to be completed by early 2018.