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Lab, Life Science Space Will Only Drive Our Recovery If Nurtured

The demand for lab and life science space is driving construction all over the commonwealth, and there’s no slowdown on the horizon. Existing vacancies in Boston are at 1.1 percent and the larger market is hovering at 2.5 percent. This lack of supply has caused pricing to skyrocket where other sectors of commercial real estate have stalled. As one example, rents in Watertown hit levels comparable to Kendall Square’s pre-pandemic rents earlier this year. While new construction and lab conversions are up, prices remain high, as demand continues to exceed supply. The majority of new space coming online in 2022 is already committed.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Baker Announces Repeal of COVID Restrictions and State of Emergency

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

On May 17, Governor Baker announced that, due to positive health metrics and the wide availability of vaccines, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

Later that day, Acting Mayor Janey announced that the City of Boston will align with the state’s reopening timeline.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Baker Announces Timeline for Continued Reopening; Mayor Janey Releases Slightly Altered Timeline for Boston

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

On April 27, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration continues to take steps to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy with public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction.

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Boston First to Embrace Obama-Era Zoning Rules

Boston will become the first major city in the country to incorporate Obama-era, federal anti-discrimination rules into the process of reviewing major new apartment and condo projects. This article was originally published in ENR New England on December 21, 2020.

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COVID-19 Update: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Announces a City-Wide Rollback to Modified Phase II, Greater Boston Communities Expected to Follow Suit

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

Today, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the City of Boston will rollback to a modified Phase II based on the most recent public health metrics for a minimum of 3 weeks.

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