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$5.1M Loan From Rockland Trust Makes Way for First Downtown Office Conversion by Boston Pinnacle

March 04, 2024
281 Franklin Street, Boston MA

Boston — Boston Pinnacle Properties secured $5.1 million in financing from Rockland Trust for a 145-year-old building on Franklin Street as part of Boston’s Downtown Residential Conversion Incentive Program. According to a release, the project is the first to secure funding since the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) began accepting applications for the program in October of 2023.

“Rockland Trust is honored to work alongside Adam Burns and the team at Boston Pinnacle Properties for the redevelopment of this historic property in Boston,” said Kenneth Ryvicker, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Center Manager at Rockland Trust. “Burns is a seasoned and innovative developer. By taking part of BPDA’s incentive, he is playing a vital role in addressing the need for housing opportunities in the city, and we look forward to seeing the project completed later this year.”

The six-floor brick building located at 281 Franklin Street will be converted into fifteen apartments, including a mix of studio and one bedrooms – three of which will be part of the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy. This historic building of over 14,000 square feet sweeps across six floors and features thirteen-foot ceilings and breathtaking window lines in each apartment, according to marketing reports.

“Our success is predicated on relationships with seasoned lenders like Kenneth Ryvicker of Rockland Trust who appreciate the unique opportunity for housing creation that underutilized assets like 281 Franklin Street represent in the City of Boston.” Said Adam Burns, President, at Boston Pinnacle Properties. “This transaction would not have been possible without Mayor Wu and the BPDA who recognized, early on, the impending problem with vacant downtown office buildings and endeavored to create a program that turns that vacancy into a win for our City. I offer a well-deserved thank you to the Wu administration and Rockland Trust for making this deal possible.”

Construction is set to start within the next few months, with the completion forecasted to be within 12 months. The property is conveniently located around various shops, fitness centers, and is only a short walk from Boston Harbor and the Downtown area.