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NOVEMBER 2021

Ok Somerville, with Somergiving behind us and holiday mania approaching, we thought we'd say just how thankful we are for YOU. If you haven't heard, Boynton Yards is a 1.3M+ square foot evolving science and innovation campus (AKA micro-community).  A place where science, art, and community are cultivated.  There isn't a city we'd rather be in! Somerville, we are thankful for your welcoming spirit and your ethos of inclusivity. We are grateful for the value you place on the arts and how creativity is the thread that connects every part of this community. Boynton Yard's first building, 101 South, is the FIRST lab building to be completed and delivered in Somerville, and we are so thankful to be part of a community that values progress, science, art, and education.  Thank you, Somerville, Boynton Yards is proud to call this city home.
 
BOYNTON YARDS PROJECT UPDATE. 

MOBILITY PLAYBOOK.

The Boynton Yards Team is enthusiastic to share the Boynton Yards Mobility Playbook - a comprehensive white paper produced by global mobility management expert Gehl, which can be accessed here.  Boynton Yards is on a mission to help solve Somerville’s historic citywide traffic issue with progressive mobility solutions to complement transformative development that spurs enhanced connectivity to jobs, housing, and green space for all! #mobilitymanagementsolutions

WELCOME TO THE BOYNTON HIVE.

In May 2021, Boynton Yards developers DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Leggat McCall Properties acquired adjacent property at 561 Windsor Street, known in Somerville as the Taza Building. The idea? To reincarnate the building back to its artists and maker roots by providing more Artists and Creative Enterprise (ACE) work and office space while retaining long-time tenant Taza Chocolate. Somerville has a vibrant artist community with a wealth of talent, but there isn't always enough affordable studio space for makers to rent. The Boynton Hive will help change that by offering affordable rents to artists and those businesses rebounding from COVID displacement. The Hive will be a hub for creativity and dedication to the artists and makers of Somerville.

"The artists and makers of Somerville's cultural core are without rival and have always been the market differentiator that attracted us to invest in Somerville many years ago," said John Fenton, development manager of DLJ RECP, on behalf of the DLJ/LMP project team.  "As we welcome scientists of Flagship Pioneering life science companies to occupy 101 South -  our first Boynton Yards building delivered and the first lab building in Somerville - we hope the Boynton Hive attracts more eclectic and diverse talent to complement our evolving Boynton Yards micro-community to further support the City's creative economy."
  

Boynton Hive tenants will benefit from being culturally connected to the 1.3M+ SF Boynton Yards community with opportunities to contribute to public art installations, retail pop-ups, demonstrations, classes, and celebrations to merge and promote cultural diversity and innovation. The 0 Windsor parking lot also acquired in May has held nearly 30 concerts and Boynton-themed events,  more free community events planned through the end of the year.  Boynton's new civic green space is also slated for its first community event activation with Boynton Yards WinterFest on December 11th as part of Union Square Main Street's Holiday Stroll.
Plans are underway to improve the Hive's building façade, streetscape, and common interior space.  Vacant spaces are being utilized for community purposes, including Boynton's first construction job fair last month co-hosted by Somerville Community CorporationFirst Source, and the City of Somerville.  Additional job fairs will be held for residents and further industry connections for Boynton Hive tenants seeking new employees. For more information contact Olivia Paolano at olivia.paolano@dljrecp.com

Shout out to one of our favorite tenants, QRST, a symbol of true Somerville makers. We're so happy to have them in the Hive. The husband and wife duo Peter Rinnig and Ruth Silverstein have owned the successful digital and screen printing shop since 2002. They first moved into 561 Windsor Street in 2015, and it's been home ever since. Many of their customers are tenants in the building, making it easy to fulfill and deliver their custom apparel and promotional items. When asked about Boynton Yard, Rinnig said, "We are great supporters of Boynton Yards; this development will only help the local businesses in the Union Square area." QRST is our go-to for Boynton swag!
 

 IT'S HAPPENING! DEVELOPMENT | CONSTRUCTION UPDATE.

The new bike room has been installed at Boynton's 101 South, complete with parking, storage, maintenance, and cyclist locker rooms, how convenient is that?! #mobilitysolutions
The innovative 101 South's lobby design speaks to the future cutting-edge advancements to be made in the lab space above!
Thank you W.L. French for taking the time to teach the next generation skilled labor best practices. #BoyntonEducation
Column-free lab space built with the future in mind. 
Some of our accomplished leaders of the Boynton team! #womenindevelopmentandconstruction
Planning continues as the site is cleared for building 2, foundation work will begin in the coming months. 
EVENT REPORT. 

MAKING CONNECTIONS! BOYNTON YARDS JOB FAIR

On October 13th, Boynton Yards joined forces with the City of Somerville, Shawmut, and First Source Jobs to host its first construction job fair for anyone seeking a job at Boynton Yards and other Somerville construction projects. Representatives from labor unions and organizations specializing in training in the construction field came out for effort. All morning and afternoon, qualified candidates streamed through 561 Windsor Street during two sessions to get information and possibly a job. It was great to see some familiar faces and get to know many of our new neighbors.
 

OKTOBERFEST.

And that's how you throw a party! It was a full house for Oktoberfest on October 25th. The parking lot was converted into a traditional Oktoberfest fantasyland, complete with a stunning light installation by Rabbit Revolution. The sunny day was kicked off with games from EventThem enjoyed by kids, adults, and even dogs. Portico Brewing hosted a beer garden with complimentary beer tasting. The live music lineup was curated by ONCE, bands played all day, and from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, they cranked the energy up! The whole day was a huge success that left us with that familiar feeling that Somerville is the place to be!

SOMERGIVING.

On 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝘁𝗵 from 𝟭:𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 – 𝟴𝗽𝗺  Boynton Yards had a chance to say thank you to the folks of Somerville who continue to inspire us with creativity, community engagement, and civic commitment. It was a day filled with sun, food, games, and music. ONCE was at it again, with an irresistible lineup of bands and karaoke that blew us all away. At our FEASTival, friends enjoyed a Thanksgiving-inspired snack menu provided by Jules Catering, warm mulled cider, a selection of Portico beers and pretzels from Swiss Bakers. This family-friendly event offered something for everyone; EventThem set up games and guided a centerpiece-making craft tutorial with GroundWorks Somerville celebrating alongside us. We're thankful for our incredible partners who help us make this event a success: Portico Brewing, CAAS, Taza Chocolate, Jules Catering, and ONCE. GRATEFUL!
COMMUNITY PARTNER. 

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF SOMERVILLE.

The Boynton Yards team has been working closely with the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) to meet public needs since the start of the COVID-19 emergency. CAAS is an anti-poverty agency that serves Somerville. Founded in 1981, CAAS has a mission to help people achieve financial security while eliminating the root cause of economic injustices.  Boynton believes in this mission and is proud to support it moving forward.

 "In early 2020, CAAS, in partnership with the City of Somerville and United Way, organized the Somerville Cares Fund to provide direct cash relief to households affected by the pandemic. Boynton Yard funded the administrative costs of this effort, allowing 100% of community donations to be used for direct cash grants to those in need. Since then, the Boynton team has worked closely with our Development department to raise additional funds to support CAAS' programs in Somerville." - J. David Gibbs, Executive Director

On November 18th, Boynton Yards proudly sponsored CAAS' 40th Anniversary, an online fundraising event. The funds raised benefitted the Emergency Relief Program serving the underemployed and those struggling due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope you will join us at Boynton Yards in supporting our neighbors and friends in the Somerville community.
DONATE TO CAAS
KIDS CORNER.

SOMERVILLE YOUTH HOCKEY.

It is getting cold out there, and it's time for our favorite winter sport, HOCKEY. This year Boynton Yards is a proud sponsor of Somerville Youth Hockey Association (SYHA). SYHA provides affordable hockey to all kids in Somerville and ensures any child can play with no one being turned away. SYHA teaches skills and develops teamwork; for first-time skaters through to seasoned high school athletes.  We are proud to support inclusivity that leads to confident, happy kids.
 
"Somerville Youth Hockey is grateful for the partnership and financial support of Boynton Yards to support our mission of making hockey accessible and affordable for every child who wants to play. They are truly a partner in the community." – SYHA.
 
We feel lucky to be part of a community like Somerville, with organizations such as Somerville Youth Hockey Association working towards a bright future for our kids.  We love seeing helmets with Boynton Yards stickers going up and down the ice. Go, team!
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT.

JULIANA HATFIELD.

So, it's been a minute since this show from ONCE at Boynton Yards took place, but it was too good to leave out. On September 19th, Juliana Hatfield was at Boynton Yards, and just like that, we were back in college listening to our roommate's CDs and discovering her music all over again. In 1999 when we heard Juliana Hatfield for the first time, we were blown away by her persona. This tiny powerful woman was all at once hilarious, irreverent, and brilliant, belting out the most vulnerable lyrics set to life by a hard-hitting punk soundtrack. Seeing her in 2021, she's just the same, a true rock and roll warrior, forever on the scene, talented and never wavering.
Her style is diverse; she unashamedly says that she is influenced by punk rock and pop. Hatfield has done everything from Olivia Newton-John and the Police covers to pumping out original critically acclaimed albums in the past decade. On the ONCE Stage at Boynton Yards, she was electric, playing tunes from her whole collection but focusing heavily on her newest record, "Blood." Here she sugarcoats nothing and gives the listener the hard truth about lockdown, anxiety, and politics. It didn't hurt that female-led, powerhouse bands Stars like Ours and Charmed and Strange set the tone for a rocking night!
As always, the ONCE crew transformed the Boynton Yards parking lot into a magical outdoor concert venue. With food vendors, a full bar, and vintage clothing for sale. The event captured the heart of Somerville and what we love in this city. 

JULIET.

The Boynton Yards Team is on a tasting tour of Somerville. This month we visited Juliet in Union Square, and we're so glad we did. This intimate little restaurant has simple, tasteful décor, inventive fare, and an essential mission that sets the tone for the entire dining experience. The ethos at Juliet is showing care toward community members and guests and fairness and respect toward their staff. There is no tipping; the employees are paid an hourly wage and quarterly shares of profits, giving everyone a stake in the restaurant's success. You can feel the pride the minute you walk in the door of Juliet. Guests are greeted by everyone, from the chef in the open kitchen to the server that shows them to their table. This elegant neighborhood restaurant is a bakery by day, bistro by night.  
Juliet's ever-changing menu takes advantage of seasonal ingredients and often uses them to explore regional or cultural cuisines. Katrina Jazeyeri and Josh Lewin pay meticulous attention to layering the menu to provide an immersive dining experience. We experienced Texas Barbecue night, a concept derived from owner Katrina Jazayeri's childhood, growing up in Austin, Texas. This menu was a bit of a departure from the lighter culinary dishes Juliet generally prepares, but it did not disappoint. The chef put a delicate spin on the hearty menu of beef barbecue, jalapeno sausage – handmade by Jazeyeri, creamed corn, and potato salad. The BBQ was scrumptious; however, the show's true star was the Beach Rose Buretta which we ordered as an appetizer. This simple salad created from local tomatoes and creamy Buretta was full of complex flavors. The fresh, perfectly ripe tomatoes were finished with truffle oil and tomato vinaigrette, amplifying their sweetness. It is the kind of dish I would be happy to eat every day. As if we needed more, the meal was topped off with pecan pie for dessert.
Juliet, the sister restaurant of Peregrin in Beacon Hill, provides a refreshing combination of excited and genuinely interested staff with simple, exquisite food and a low-key stylish atmosphere. The ingredients of skill, respect, creativity, and kindness serve up a genuinely fabulous night! Visit Juliet
 
From the rooftop of 101 South our favorite view of building #2's future home. #buildingthefuture
Boynton Yards loves this city. We want to turn up the volume on the Somerville soundtrack and highlight all that is unique and wonderful about living and working here. Join us next month for more construction updates and stories about the art, industry, food, and culture that creates the bewitching Somerville vibe. Subscribe to the Boynton-Beat, or to learn more about Boynton Yards, visit our website.  
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