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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:06 AM   #1
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BOSTON : South Station Skyscraper

Skyline's 'South' pole
Train station condos to be Hub's highest

5 April 2006
Boston Herald

A new condo skyscraper that would be the tallest residential perch ever seen in Boston would soar into the city's skyline above historic South Station under a plan close to winning regulatory approval.

A dramatically revamped proposal for a tower above the train station would provide upper-floor condo buyers breathtaking views second only to the Back Bay's Prudential and Hancock towers.

The mid and lower floors would be rented out as offices.

The tower, proposed by Houston-based Hines, would rise 40 stories above the roughly eight-story South Station, its sleek Caesar Pelli glass and steel design topping all other skyscrapers in the Financial District.

The proposal by the Texas developer comes after years of struggling to advance a late 1990s plan once slated to have been Boston's tallest new corproate office tower.

"The prices that people are paying for residential have obviously risen dramatically," said David Perry, a senior vice president at Hines. "It would be the highest occupied space in the Financial District."

While an all-office version is still possible, the new plan calls for 150 to 200 high-priced condos on the tower's upper floors.

Hines now hopes to have final state and other regulatory approvals in hand this summer.

The revamped lineup of the tower is just one part of a sweeping $800 million proposal that would transform South Station and its environs.

While the tower over the rail hub would be the centerpiece, there are also plans for a 200-room boutique hotel, another residential building and an office mid-rise.

The glass-filled, modernistic buildings would take shape along the Atlantic Avenue side of South Station, their design revamped for a more cutting edge feel.

Hines' first tower plan ran straight into an office market that collapsed, while also crashing into FAA objections that the new high- rise could create problems for jets flying out of Logan International Airport.

So the developer cut height and made other changes, including incorporating a mix of residential into its plans.

New condo high-rises have typically run in the 20- to 35-story range, with developers reserving the most impressive heights for new office towers.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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Forgive me hkskyline, but this is in the incorrect sub-forum as it hasn't started construction yet. It's status is proposed ATM.

BTW Here is a link showing renders and other relevant information: South Station Transportation Center

hkskyline, please move to the above sub-forum "Highrise News and Developments"

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Old April 6th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #3
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Yes, I have already asked a mod to move this to the Highrise section.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 10:22 PM   #4
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I really hope to see this tower built someday.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #5
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Very nice tower, indeed!
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Old April 6th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #6
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Wow, looks great! I like how it contrasts the train station...
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I prefer the old design. But this new is nice too.

old design:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Woko
I prefer the old design. But this new is nice too.

old design:
I also prefer the old design,because it was more original.This one is also classy,but it looks like many of Pelli's recent projects.
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