WLI Presents: Neighborhood Spotlight- Back Bay
WLI presents this program highlighting recent projects in the Back Bay neighborhood. Undaunted by complex air rights projects and lack of development sites, the real estate community is capitalizing on the neighborhood’s prime access to transit and the retail amenities of Newbury Street and the Prudential Center. Arguably the most livable of all Boston’s neighborhoods, Back Bay’s evolving residential and office sub-markets boast cross-generational appeal. Join us for a panel discussion including perspectives from the development and marketing teams on luxury high-rise 30 Dalton Street as well as planning and development stakeholders involved in the upcoming Back Bay/ South End Gateway Project.
- Adelaide Grady, Pritzker Realty Group
- Melissa Schrock, Boston Properties
- Lauren Shurtleff, Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)
Moderator: Meg Mainzer-Cohen, Back Bay Association
Meg Mainzer-Cohen has been the president and executive director of the Back Bay Association since 2000 and has a long, successful track record of working on programs that improve the community. She was the Chief Executive Officer of the Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville’s only community development corporation (CDC), which was dedicated to promoting positive social and economic change, and developed and managed affordable housing. For seven years, Ms. Mainzer-Cohen worked for the Downtown Crossing Association, a nonprofit association of businesses dedicated to the civic, economic and cultural development of Boston’s central business district.
Ms. Grady is responsible for PRG’s investment activity in the greater Boston market and brings rich multifamily development experience across all product types and a deep knowledge of design and construction. Ms. Grady’s 13 years of development experience in the Boston area includes responsibility for the development of nearly 2,000 residential units with a total capital value of $650 million, including over 600 high-rise units totaling nearly $300 million in Boston and Cambridge. Prior to joining PRG, Ms. Grady was a director of development for the Boston office of Wood Partners, a merchant multifamily developer, where she served for eight years and was responsible for over $500 million of new development activity. From 2004 to 2006 Ms. Grady was a development manager with Leggat McCall Properties, where she was responsible for the repositioning and redevelopment of an industrial portfolio. Ms. Grady graduated with Honors from Brown University and earned her Master of Business Administration degree with High Distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Melissa is a Senior Project Manager in Development at Boston Properties, where she is currently responsible for the management of 2.5 million SF of mixed-use urban redevelopment projects. These projects include the Back Bay/South End Gateway project, a 1.6 million SF air rights development over the Massachusetts turnpike and 7 rail lines, consisting of a 600,000 SF office tower, 2 residential towers containing approximately 600 units, and a retail expansion of the existing Back Bay Station, in addition to a multi-million-dollar renovation of the Station concourse. Melissa is also responsible for the development of a 440-unit 40-story residential tower at the Hub on Causeway at North Station and a 380,000 SF office and laboratory building in Kendall Square.
Prior to joining BP, Melissa was a Project Manager at Samuels & Associates, where she was responsible for the 340,000 SF Continuum project in North Allston and the 330,000 SF The Pierce project in Fenway, together representing approximately $450M of development, 675 rental and condominium units, and 55,000 SF of retail space. Melissa previously had a successful career as an architect in California and a small business owner in Paris, where she ran her own real estate advisory and sales business before relocating to Boston.
Melissa holds a dual Master’s degree from MIT in Real Estate Development and City Planning. She is an active member of her alumni association, ULI and NAIOP.
Lauren Shurtleff is a Senior Planner and Special Assistant to the Director of Planning with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, formerly known as the Boston Redevelopment Authority. She is the neighborhood planner for the Downtown, the North End, Beacon Hill, the West End, the Bulfinch Triangle, the Leather District, Chinatown, and Back Bay. Her most recent projects include planning for the South Bay/Kneeland Street Parcels (in conjunction with MassDOT), the PLAN: Dudley Square Strategic Planning Area initiative, the Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study (in conjunction with MassDOT), and the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan. She is currently managing two Citizens Advisory Committees (CACs): one for the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project and another for the Turnpike Air Rights Parcels in Back Bay (which includes the 1000 Boylston Street project, currently under review). Previous projects include the Copley Place Residential Addition and Retail Expansion Project and the Christian Science Plaza Revitalization Project, as well as the Greenway District Planning Study. Lauren worked to establish the City’s Food Truck program and is also a member of the State’s Public Market Commission, which led to the opening of the Boston Public Market in 2015, after years of planning.
After studying urban history at Boston College, Lauren earned her Master’s degree at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the BPDA, she worked at a public outreach consultancy in New York City.
5:00-5:30 PM Registration
5:30-7:00 PM Program
7:00-8:00 PM Networking and Reception