Bulldozing in Forest Hills, Building in South Huntington

Demolition by RSG Company from Lowell of the old NACA office.

The Commons at Forest Hills Station is in the tear-down phase. Demolition by RSG Company from Lowell of the old NACA office. Credit: Richard Heath

After the community meetings are over and zoning approvals given, the real work begins.

Demolition of Forest Hills Commons began earlier this month and the site was cleared in two-three weeks. RSG Demolition from Lowell is doing the work. Steve Guerette is the owner and supervisor. A broad cluster of buildings with 280 apartments will begin rising in 2015. Utile is the architect. Corcoran/Brennen are the developers.

Across town on the Jamaica Plain-Brookline line is rising another enormous housing development. Olmsted Place at 161 South Huntington Ave. is developed by the Boston Residential Group. This is a $75 million development with 196 apartments. The subject of lawsuits, demonstrations and much outcry, it nevertheless received unanimous zoning approval in November 2013. Demolition was completed by the end of March 2014 and framing is well underway in November. ADD is the architect.

Here are photos of progress on both sites, plus renderings of the finished products.

Demolition of the old Neighborhood Assistance Corporation offices on Nov 18. NACA moved to 225 Centre Street over the summer.

Richard Heath

FOREST HILLS COMMONS Demolition of the old Neighborhood Assistance Corporation offices on Nov 18.Washington St. NACA moved to 225 Centre Street over the summer.

The Commons at Forest Hills Station as it will be.

Utile Architects/ Project Notification Form, July 13, 2013

The Commons at Forest Hills Station as it will be.

OLMSTED GREEN November 19. Site of the Home for Little Wanderers built in 1914 and razed in 2014/

Richard Heath

OLMSTED PLACE November 19. Site of the Home for Little Wanderers built in 1914 and razed in 2014/

Detail from the construction site at 161 S. Huntington St. on Nov. 19, 2014.

Richard Heath

Detail from the construction site at 161 S. Huntington St. on Nov. 19, 2014.

161 South Huntington. Framing work on freezing Wednesday morning

Richard Heath

161 South Huntington. Framing work on freezing Wednesday morning

OLMSTED GREEN sign One of the first  with the new mayor's name.

Richard Heath

OLMSTED PLACE sign: One of the first with the new mayor’s name.