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RISE Together Files PNF - April 1

RISE Together has filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) for the first of three neighborhood networks of its complete Sullivan Square Redevelopment project in Charlestown.
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The Project

Together we RISE.  The Sullivan Square Redevelopment Project is the transformation of a heavily industrial corner of the city into a new urban center, a connection between neighborhoods, a center for jobs, green parks, housing that is affordable with proximity to transportation, and vibrant commercial and retail.    

The project will enhance the northern corner of Boston, stitching the Mystic River waterfront to Cambridge Crossing and Assembly Row to Charlestown’s neighborhoods. The proposed plan is the culmination of numerous meetings with community groups, residents and elected officials, as well as businesses and neighborhood leaders to ensure equity, inclusion, and the establishment of desired amenities and improvements.

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1,731,500
SQ. FT. OF Office / Lab across 5 buildings
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988
Units (788 Residential & 200 Hotel Keys)
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75,000
SQ.FT. OF Retail and
restaurants

The development will be carefully integrated into the surrounding areas and strategically responds to the Imagine Boston 2030 planning effort, the first framework for citywide planning to be developed since 1970. Shaped by more than 15,000 Boston residents, Imagine Boston 2030 goals include the creation of more affordable housing to reduce displacement and improve quality of life, a greater investment in open space, more access to transportation, improved infrastructure, and a thoughtful commitment to address the impacts of climate change.

Our team has launched the initial community planning process for Phase I. As we continue to meet with community members to enhance our plans, we are committed to  improving the livability of Sullivan Square and its neighbors.

Imagine Sullivan Square Today.

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Planning Principles

Mixed-Use Livable Area

This proposed redevelopment replaces underutilized industrial areas with new residential, commercial, and public spaces for the residents of Charlestown. The project will feature 5 Office /Lab buildings, over 10 restaurants, community space for 3 existing businesses that will relocate into the new buildings, and community space for the Charlestown Coalition.

Sustainability & Resiliency

The team will utilize renewable energy and zero carbon design principles such as passive house and CLT construction to mitigate the project’s environmental impact. The site grading will also be raised significantly to address coastal flooding and 100-year sea level rise.

Job Creation

Our development will create over 3,000 permanent jobs, 4,000 union trade jobs, and up to $23M in linkage fees. RISE will partner with Building Pathways, a Boston-based non-profit, to ensure that our project provides access to building trades careers for community residents.

Affordable Housing

The project will exceed the City’s IDP requirements with a 20% affordable housing commitment. The team is also committed to creation of programs for homeownership opportunities for Charlestown families, creation of veterans housing, and family sized units.

Traffic Improvement

In coordination with BTD, the MBTA, and the BPDA, we will actively participate and invest in transit improvements and solutions.

Diversity & Inclusion

Spearheaded by RISE Together – a Boston-based Minority Owned Business (MBE), our team is committed to community development that represents all residents of Boston and is equitable and inclusive. Our team consists of multiple Minority and Women Owned Design and Consultant Firms.

Walkability & Accessibility

The project will create 5.28 acres of new, green, publicly accessible open space. Other improvements such as new bicycle infrastructure and an enhanced pedestrian experiences will make Sullivan Square more inviting and accessible for all residents.

PLAN: Charlestown Vision

Our project sits within one of the core areas being discussed during PLAN: Charlestown. This neighborhood planning effort has helped identify large parking lots and industrial buildings for future redevelopment that can provide public benefits. The team has worked diligently to align the project with PLAN: Charlestown’s vision and will continue to participate.

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Mixed-Use Livable Area
This proposed redevelopment replaces underutilized industrial areas with new residential, commercial, and public spaces for the residents of Charlestown.
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Access To The Waterfront
Charlestown is a waterfront community. With nearly half of our town bordered by water, it is our goal enhance access and experience along the Mystic.
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Job Creation
Our project will create approximately XX construction jobs and XX permanent jobs.
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Affordable Housing
This project will bring XX units of affordable housing to Charlestown.
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Traffic Improvement
In coordination with MassDOT and the MBTA, we will ensure we are actively participating in transit improvements and solutions.
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Diversity + Inclusion
Our team is committed to community development that is inclusive and that represents all residents of Boston.
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Walkability + Accessibility
New green public open space, bicycle infrastructure, and XX will make Sullivan Square more inviting and accessible for all residents.
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Plan Charlestown Vision
Our project sits within one of the six Charlestown neighborhoods that PLAN: Charlestown addresses. That planning effort specifically identifies large parking lots and single story industrial buildings for future redevelopment in order to provide public benefits, and our proposed plans are consistent with that mission.
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Mixed-Use Livable Area
·This proposed redevelopment replacesunderutilized industrial areas with new residential, commercial, and publicspaces for the residents of Charlestown.

The project will feature 4 Office and Lab buildings,over 10 restaurants, community space for 3 existing businesses that willrelocate to the new buildings, and community space for the CharlestownCoalition.
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Access to the Waterfront
Charlestown is a waterfront community. With nearly half of our town bordered by water, it is our goal enhance access and experience along the Mystic.
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Job Creation
Our project will create approximately XX construction jobs and XX permanent jobs
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Affordable Housing
This project will bring XX units of affordable housing to Charlestown.
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Traffic Improvement
In coordination with MassDOT and the MBTA, we will ensure we are actively participating in transit improvements and solutions.  
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Diversity + Inclusion
Our team is committed to community development that is inclusive and that represents all residents of Boston.
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Walkability + Accessibility
New green public open space, bicycle infrastructure, and XX will make Sullivan Square more inviting and accessible for all residents.
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Plan Charlestown Vision
Our project sits within one of the six Charlestown neighborhoods that PLAN:Charlestown addresses. That planning effort specifically identifies large parking lots and single story industrial buildings for future redevelopment in order to provide public benefits, and our proposed plans are consistent with that mission.

Project Updates

RISE files PNF for Inner Belt Neighborhood - April 1

RISE Together has filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) for the first of three neighborhood networks of its complete Sullivan Square Redevelopment project in Charlestown. The proposed Inner Belt Neighborhood Project is one of three components of the total project conceived to deliver a holistic vision for the larger Sullivan Square neighborhood.

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Rise Together lays out 2M-square-foot Sullivan Square project

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RISE Together makes significant investment in Charlestown neighborhood

RISE has partnered with 13 Community Organizations on various projects, including:

  • The JFK Family Center, where RISE is renovating the outdoor playground and monitoring the construction activity adjacent to them
  • Charlestown Turn It Around, where we are creating a pathway for recovering individuals to enter the Building Trades and assisting with future renovations at the Peace Park.
  • Charlestown Veteran’s Association, where we are donating an elevator at Memorial Hall to help disabled and elderly veterans navigate their facility as well renovating their satellite location.
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RISE Together envisions a different path of real estate development in Greater Boston

Herby Duverné and his team sat down with Catherine Carlock of the Boston Business Journal to discuss their mission for community-centric development.

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RISE Together files Letter of Intent

Local MBE Developer RISE Together has submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). CEO Herby Duverné said, “RISE Together is thrilled to be part of the Charlestown neighborhood. Many of us have life-long roots here. This is an opportunity to create a plan which meets and exceeds the goals and extensive planning efforts of Imagine Boston 2030. We believe we can transform a heavily industrial corner of the city into a welcoming, pedestrian friendly neighborhood with green gathering spaces, waterfront connections, easy access to transportation, and much-needed mixed-use affordable housing. This will be a platform for vibrant commercial and retail development in the area. We look forward to continuing to work with the community and city officials to advance this project."

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2019-2020 – RISE Team Collaborates with Charlestown Community

For many years, our team has met with community leaders before we put pen to paper on this planning effort. Among those who have already provided valuable insights include representatives from the Sullivan Square Association, MBTA/Mass Dot, Charlestown union groups, Charlestown Gardens, Friends of Memorial Hall, Charlestown YMCA, Charlestown AA, the BPDA, Charlestown Youth Hockey, the Golden Age Center, Charlestown Neighborhood Council, the Charlestown Preservation Society, Charlestown Coalition/Turn it Around, Charlestown Community Center, and the John F. Kennedy Family Center. Most recently, RISE Construction committed to New Playground Project at Kennedy Center. If you have questions or are a community group that has not yet been briefed, please reach out via the contact form on our website.

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Meet The Team

Founder & Partner, RISE Together
Herby has nearly 25 years of experience in the critical infrastructure, real estate development and construction industry working in various roles and sectors across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region. Throughout his career, Herby has been involved with private development projects, as well as public sector developments. His leadership and out of-the-box thinking drives teams to act nimbly, to address challenges with viable solutions.
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Herby Duverné
Founder & Partner, RISE Together

Herby has nearly 25 years of experience in the critical infrastructure, real estate development and construction industry working in various roles and sectors across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region. Throughout his career, Herby has been involved with private development projects, as well as public sector developments. His leadership and out of-the-box thinking drives teams to act nimbly, to address challenges with viable solutions.

Founder & Partner, RISE Together
Throughout his 25 years of experience in the Boston construction market, Jim oversaw $4.5B of development across the country annually, with an average of $1.5B worth of work throughout the City of Boston. Some of the most notable projects include the Encore Casino, the Four Seasons Hotel at One Dalton, The Mandarin Oriental Boston, Mass College of Art Tree House Dorm, and the Brigham Building of the Future. Over the last 10 years Jim has delivered over 12,000 residential units to the local market, 5,000 student housing beds, 10,000 hotel keys, and 3,000,000 sf of office, lab, research, and clinical space.
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Jim Grossmann
Founder & Partner, RISE Together

Throughout his 25 years of experience in the Boston construction market, Jim oversaw $4.5B of development across the country annually, with an average of $1.5B worth of work throughout the City of Boston. Some of the most notable projects include the Encore Casino, the Four Seasons Hotel at One Dalton, The Mandarin Oriental Boston, Mass College of Art Tree House Dorm, and the Brigham Building of the Future. Over the last 10 years Jim has delivered over 12,000 residential units to the local market, 5,000 student housing beds, 10,000 hotel keys, and 3,000,000 sf of office, lab, research, and clinical space.

Managing Partner, TRAX
In addition to being a Managing Partner at TRAX, Dartagnan is the Founder + CEO of Embarc, a 50-plus person Architectural + Design Firm. With this experience, Dartagnan personally ushers all of TRAX’s projects through various approval processes by working closely with neighborhood groups, city councilors, Planning Boards, and Zoning Boards of Appeals.
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Dartagnan Brown
Managing Partner, TRAX

In addition to being a Managing Partner at TRAX, Dartagnan is the Founder + CEO of Embarc, a 50-plus person Architectural + Design Firm. With this experience, Dartagnan personally ushers all of TRAX’s projects through various approval processes by working closely with neighborhood groups, city councilors, Planning Boards, and Zoning Boards of Appeals.

Executive Vice President, RISE Together
As head of Development & Acquisition, Eric is responsible for negotiating and executing real estate deals to ensure continued growth and profitability within the company. Born and raised in the Charlestown, Eric started his construction career as a carpenter in early 2000. He went on to run his own construction and development company from 2007 to 2019. Eric’s 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction, professional expertise and reputation, positioned him to be chosen as the preferred GC for Harvard University. He has been involved in the development and construction of over 500 units throughout Boston.
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Eric Gould
Executive Vice President, RISE Together

As head of Development & Acquisition, Eric is responsible for negotiating and executing real estate deals to ensure continued growth and profitability within the company. Born and raised in the Charlestown, Eric started his construction career as a carpenter in early 2000. He went on to run his own construction and development company from 2007 to 2019. Eric’s 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction, professional expertise and reputation, positioned him to be chosen as the preferred GC for Harvard University. He has been involved in the development and construction of over 500 units throughout Boston.

Project Director, RISE Together
With a career that includes positions as lead foreman in commercial construction management, a residential real estate broker and a background in economic development and finance, Zouk brings a broad set of skills critical to project success. As a resident of Charlestown, Zouk is passionate about RISE Together’s impact in the real estate, development, and construction markets and is committed to the success of the Sullivan Square project.
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Zouk Onifade
Project Director, RISE Together

With a career that includes positions as lead foreman in commercial construction management, a residential real estate broker and a background in economic development and finance, Zouk brings a broad set of skills critical to project success. As a resident of Charlestown, Zouk is passionate about RISE Together’s impact in the real estate, development, and construction markets and is committed to the success of the Sullivan Square project.

President, KRM Consulting
A 100%-women-owned business, KRM Consulting is run by a Charlestown native with deep ties to and many family and close personal friends living in the neighborhood. A trusted advocate, Kim brings her 20 years of experience in local and state government and her deep love of the Charlestown to bear on every project. Kim is selective in the projects that she takes on because she values her reputation for dedicating much of her life to affecting meaningful, positive change for Charlestown and its families. From volunteering and fundraising for many non-profit organizations to continued advocacy for the improvement in the quality of life for Charlestown families and seniors, her love for the Charlestown defines her. Ms. Mahoney brings a valuable prospective to the team. She has deep ties to the neighborhood and is hyper-sensitive to the concerns of this tight-knit neighborhood. 
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Kimberly Mahoney
President, KRM Consulting

A 100%-women-owned business, KRM Consulting is run by a Charlestown native with deep ties to and many family and close personal friends living in the neighborhood. A trusted advocate, Kim brings her 20 years of experience in local and state government and her deep love of the Charlestown to bear on every project. Kim is selective in the projects that she takes on because she values her reputation for dedicating much of her life to affecting meaningful, positive change for Charlestown and its families. From volunteering and fundraising for many non-profit organizations to continued advocacy for the improvement in the quality of life for Charlestown families and seniors, her love for the Charlestown defines her. Ms. Mahoney brings a valuable prospective to the team. She has deep ties to the neighborhood and is hyper-sensitive to the concerns of this tight-knit neighborhood. 

Managing Partner, TRAX
Tani has 40 years of investment, development, and construction experience in residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects, and has been directly responsible for over $500 million dollars of development in Israel and the United States. Tani is engaged in all aspects of real estate development including the acquisition, planning, financing, construction, and marketing of projects in the real estate private sector.
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Tani Halperin
Managing Partner, TRAX

Tani has 40 years of investment, development, and construction experience in residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects, and has been directly responsible for over $500 million dollars of development in Israel and the United States. Tani is engaged in all aspects of real estate development including the acquisition, planning, financing, construction, and marketing of projects in the real estate private sector.

Senior Associate, CBT Architects
Laura is a Senior Project Architect at CBT with 12 years of design experience. Her work spans building types, project scales, and geographic settings, from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to large mixed-use projects to urban design and master planning efforts. Her longstanding focus is on planning and programming for complex cultural and commercial projects with a particular focus on life sciences. Laura received her Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and B.S. Architecture from The Ohio State University. Laura is a licensed Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, LEED AP Certified, and an active member in the Boston Society of Architects, serving as Co-chair of the elected Membership Committee and in the Women in Design group. 
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Laura Rushfeldt
Senior Associate, CBT Architects

Laura is a Senior Project Architect at CBT with 12 years of design experience. Her work spans building types, project scales, and geographic settings, from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to large mixed-use projects to urban design and master planning efforts. Her longstanding focus is on planning and programming for complex cultural and commercial projects with a particular focus on life sciences. Laura received her Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and B.S. Architecture from The Ohio State University. Laura is a licensed Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, LEED AP Certified, and an active member in the Boston Society of Architects, serving as Co-chair of the elected Membership Committee and in the Women in Design group. 

Founder & Partner, RISE Together
Brian has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and financial lending, beginning his career during the days of the Resolution Trust Corporation. Brian owns and operates APEX Capital, a private lending group that finances approximately $50M/year within the Massachusetts and New England markets.
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Brian Anderson
Founder & Partner, RISE Together

Brian has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and financial lending, beginning his career during the days of the Resolution Trust Corporation. Brian owns and operates APEX Capital, a private lending group that finances approximately $50M/year within the Massachusetts and New England markets.

Business Development, RISE Together
Jeremy works closely with new and existing clients, becoming an extension of their team in navigating throughout the project lifecycle from initial inception to final closeout. Jeremy has nearly 10 years of experience in the construction industry working throughout various roles and sectors across the Northeast Region. Projects included both private and public work as a superintendent, project manager, MEP manager & scheduler. His experience in these various roles and project types make him a versatile and key teammate to any project. Jeremy completed his MS in Civil Engineering and takes immense pride in his work while delivering an exceptional experience to his clients.
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Jeremy Henry
Business Development, RISE Together

Jeremy works closely with new and existing clients, becoming an extension of their team in navigating throughout the project lifecycle from initial inception to final closeout. Jeremy has nearly 10 years of experience in the construction industry working throughout various roles and sectors across the Northeast Region. Projects included both private and public work as a superintendent, project manager, MEP manager & scheduler. His experience in these various roles and project types make him a versatile and key teammate to any project. Jeremy completed his MS in Civil Engineering and takes immense pride in his work while delivering an exceptional experience to his clients.

Government Relations, RISE Together
Dave has worked in the real estate and construction industry in the Greater Boston area for over 10 years. Beginning his career as COO of a property management company, Dave managed construction projects, supervised staff, and handled all permit applications.  Dave volunteered to run his community civic association and worked closely with city officials gaining unparalleled experience in development throughout Boston. Establishing himself as an expert in zoning codes and permitting processes, he founded Anderson Consulting, where he worked on development teams with attorneys, architects, and investors, advising on project development.
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Dave Anderson
Government Relations, RISE Together

Dave has worked in the real estate and construction industry in the Greater Boston area for over 10 years. Beginning his career as COO of a property management company, Dave managed construction projects, supervised staff, and handled all permit applications.  Dave volunteered to run his community civic association and worked closely with city officials gaining unparalleled experience in development throughout Boston. Establishing himself as an expert in zoning codes and permitting processes, he founded Anderson Consulting, where he worked on development teams with attorneys, architects, and investors, advising on project development.

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