Boston — When a building in a Boston suburb is a window to the future, it is even easier to forget that this is where it all started.
A new wave of glass houses is emerging, but a handful of the most promising are struggling to hold on to their former glory.
Glass is becoming an even more popular material for new housing construction in the United States, with a handful emerging every year that promise to be worth $2 billion or more.
The first is a $1.5 billion project in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood that will house nearly 50,000 people in a mixed-use development with an additional 4,000 residents, according to the project’s developer.
The project is owned by Aventura Group, a real estate development company that was founded by former Gov.
Deval Patrick, who is running for a third term in the Senate.
The second is a development in suburban Everett that’s set to bring more than 1,000 homes to the suburbs in just two years.
Its developer, H.K. Brown & Jones, has pledged to spend $1 billion on the project.
The company said the apartments will be constructed with “architecturally and functionally sound materials.”
Brown &s; Jones is part of the real estate firm that bought a large swath of land in the Boston suburb of Watertown from the city in 2013, when a massive fire damaged nearly half the city.
The final project is another $1 million-plus in the works in the suburbs of Everett and Somerville, and it’s expected to be finished by 2022.
Brown has said it will create the most diverse housing mix in the region.
The Boston Glass Project, meanwhile, is aiming to bring in $200 million in a decade by building an entire residential and commercial complex that is almost completely glass.
The plan calls for a mix of office space and residences, along with a large pool and rooftop terraces.
The apartments, known as Aventuras, will be located near a public transportation hub, a public library, and the Boston University campus.
Brown also has committed to paying for more than $1,000 in construction costs over the next four years.
The new development in Somerville is the largest glass project in Massachusetts and is slated to be completed by 2022, according the company’s website.
The city has been trying to get a handle on the building’s construction, which has been plagued by delays.
It was first proposed in 2013 but was delayed by the Massachusetts Department of Buildings.
The agency has not yet approved the project and has not given the developer permission to move forward with construction.
The Massachusetts Building Industry Association, a trade group that represents developers, said in a statement that the Boston Glass project “is not the first glass-and-steel-and fiber-glass-and concrete-and stone project in the state.”
The group also noted that the building was designed by the renowned architect, Robert Venturi.
The project was approved by the state Department of Housing and Community Development last month, which will allow it to move ahead with construction and allow the public to bid on the apartments.
In an interview, the department’s director, Jennifer Deutsch, said that while the agency was disappointed with the project, she hoped the public would be patient with the company and give the developer a chance to build.
“We believe this is a smart development,” Deutsch said.
“We know that this has to be done in a sustainable way.”
Jones also has other projects in the pipeline, including a $300 million development in Boston and a $400 million development planned in Somerdale.
The two projects have been delayed and the developer said it may still have to move some time before the first apartments are completed.
The development in Watertown has also been delayed, with officials in the city saying they need more time to make sure the project is safe and to make it a fair deal for the city and developer.
They have not yet said how much more time they will need.