BioMed Realty acquires property in Boston

BioMed Realty acquires property in Boston
601 Congress Street, Courtesy BioMed Realty

BioMed Realty has acquired the former John Hancock’s corporate headquarters at 601 Congress Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

BioMed Realty plans to convert the office building into a life science real estate. The converted building is scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2022.

”The 482,000-square-foot LEED Platinum office building provides a compelling life science conversion opportunity due to its robust mechanical and structural infrastructure, collaborative meeting areas and strong visual identity in the Seaport submarket,” said the company in a press release.

“We are very excited to expand BioMed Realty’s portfolio in Boston, further illustrating our conviction in the growth of the life science industry,” said Bill Kane, executive vice president of BioMed Realty. “We look forward to continuing to support the important, lifesaving work being done in the sector.”

“Greater Boston is rated among the top biotechnology clusters in the world driven by the extraordinary levels of talent, science and capital that are present within our regional life science ecosystem. We are seeing a heightened demand for more space among our existing tenants and new companies entering the market, and BioMed Realty’s current Boston portfolio is nearly 100% leased,” said Colleen O’Connor, vice president with BioMed Realty.

“The acquisition of this large-scale, world-class building offers growth opportunities for our current tenant roster of over 230 life science companies and is ideally situated to welcome new tenant relationships into our BioMed portfolio.”

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601 Congress will anchor BioMed Realty’s presence in Boston’s Seaport district, an established life science market with proximity to top-tier research and education institutions in Boston and Cambridge, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Seaport District has been transformed in recent years and is fast becoming one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston. There is a 24/7 live, work, play environment with waterfront dining, retail, hotels, top tech and life science companies and a great mix of residential options – all walkable to downtown Boston. There is also easy access to the highway and mass transit.