Nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization will move for first time in nearly a century to support its growth and mission objectives
BOSTON, MA – The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) today announced the purchase of its future organizational headquarters located at 10 City Square in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, following the September sale of its long-time Beacon Hill headquarters. Centrally located across the Charles River from North Station, AMC’s newly purchased building is surrounded by historic landmarks and a variety of revitalized urban open spaces, including adjacent City Square Park and John Harvard Mall, Paul Revere Park, and the Boston National Historical Park.
AMC has outgrown its current Joy Street headquarters of almost a century, and the new Charlestown property provides for growth while reflecting organizational values such as staff collaboration, improved energy efficiency, accessibility, proximity to public transportation, and access to a broader urban constituency.
“We’re excited about the tremendous potential for AMC’s future headquarters to become an outdoor hub that is a next-generation resource for outdoor recreational learning and conservation stewardship,” said John D. Judge, President and CEO, Appalachian Mountain Club. “The historic location overlooking the rejuvenated City Square Park along the Freedom Trail sits at the crossroads of Boston’s past and future, offering an important opportunity for AMC to connect city residents to the outdoors for generations to come. It will have a strong connection to Boston open space that is accessible and welcoming to the communities, public, and members we serve.”
AMC reinvested proceeds from the sale of its current headquarters to purchase 10 City Square for $13.1 million from Carey Realty LLC and City Square Holdings LLC, and it will upgrade the building to support AMC staff and programs. AMC also expects to raise funds to offset a portion of the cost of the purchase and renovation, support needed technology upgrades, and expand its outdoor recreation, conservation, and education mission impact in serving city residents and underserved communities.
The mixed-use, brick-and-beam 1892 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places includes five floors of office space above ground floor retail. AMC plans to occupy approximately half of the 38,442 square-foot building, with the remainder leased by existing tenants.
The sale officially closed on December 5 and was authorized by AMC’s Board of Directors, which includes AMC President and CEO, John D. Judge. AMC plans to renovate the space prior to moving by fall 2017.
AMC’s headquarters supports its outdoor recreation, conservation, and education efforts across its service area of Maine to Washington, D.C., as well as programs that benefit Boston area residents. Major AMC initiatives in Greater Boston include the organization’s Youth Opportunities Program, which was founded in 1968 and offers outdoor leadership training and trip support to urban youth agency workers and teachers; Outdoors Rx©, a partnership with health care providers serving families and children in vulnerable communities by prescribing the outdoors as a path to better health; leadership of trail construction and maintenance on the 230-mile Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway running through 37 communities around Boston; and statewide conservation policy work. AMC’s Boston Chapter also offers a variety of free, close-to-home outdoor activities led by experienced volunteers.
“Our new location allows us to better serve people in Boston neighborhoods, as well as AMC Youth Opportunities Program partners like the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, in a setting with multiple parks, thanks to the work of our longstanding partners at the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the National Park Service,” continued Judge.
To advise its search, AMC worked with commercial real estate broker McCall & Almy, which will contribute a portion of related fees back to AMC. Pro bono legal counsel on the transaction was led by Michael Litchman from Goodwin Procter.
Note to Media: To read AMC’s FAQ on today’s news, visit www.outdoors.org/articles/newsroom/faq-appalachian-mountain-club-announces-purchase-of-new-boston-headquarters.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.