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Old September 28th, 2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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BOSTON | South Station Tower | 206m | 677ft | 49 fl | On Hold



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South Station Tower
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The South Station development will consist of the completion of the South Station Transportation Center at the lower levels of the project, plus the addition of a 49-story, 920,000-square-foot office tower, a 200-room hotel, a 150-unit residential condominium building, a nine-story, 455,000-square-foot office building, and parking for approximately 900 cars.

Important considerations in the master plan were the preservation of the historic South Station Head House building; the linkage of the existing train station and bus terminal; and the ability to facilitate future pedestrian access to the waterfront.



The venerable c.1899 South Station, a major rail hub for Boston and the region.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:44 PM   #2
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any renders or construction pics?
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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:57 PM   #3
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is this it?



"By Thomas C. Palmer Jr., Globe Staff | June 29, 2006

The South Station area will see monumental changes over the next decade, as a development team led by Hines Interests LP yesterday received the go-ahead to build a 40-story glass office tower, hotel, and other buildings on a block now dominated by trains and buses.

Hines, along with its development partner, TUDC LLC, a subsidiary of Tufts University, intends to begin construction next year on the first phase of a decade-long build-out, 1.76 million square feet of air space over South Station and above and along the adjacent bus terminal.

When complete, the connected complex of buildings will include a sleek tower designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, a 200-room hotel, condominiums, office space, stores, and 943 parking spaces. It will cost an estimated $800 million.

Some $40 million will be spent on transportation improvements that will almost double the size of the bus terminal. Subway, commuter rail, and bus areas will be more directly connected to each other, juxtaposed with separate spaces and entrances for the condos, hotel, offices, and parking.

Construction on the complex, which has been about nine years in the planning, will begin at a time when the idea of building housing in combination with office and commercial space near transportation nodes -- so-called transit-oriented development -- is popular in Massachusetts.
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``This is in my view transit-oriented development on steroids," Dan Wilson, executive director of the transportation group Move Massachusetts, said at a recent meeting about the South Station project.

Yesterday, the Boston Zoning Commission approved changes sought by the developers, the final approval they needed before beginning construction.

David Perry, senior vice president of Houston-based Hines, said he plans to start construction on the first of three phases -- the Pelli tower and transportation improvements -- next year, assuming a tenant can be found for a significant amount of space in the tower.

The Boston office market is steadily improving, and no significant new space is currently being built, though several projects are in various stages of planning. Perry said the renewed demand for office space and completion of a long approval process, which saw many changes to the project, happen to coincide.

``Our planning process has been almost a decade," he said in a recent interview. ``You have to believe in the city and the strength of this location, knowing you have very little control over the timing of the outcome."

A chiseled glass tower, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven will be erected over the back portion of the commuter-rail platform, away from Atlantic Avenue. It was moved from an earlier planned location above the South Station building itself, and is slender so as to reduce effects on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Fort Point Channel area.

``This tower has been sculpted to minimize shadows," Perry said.

The initial development plans for the site called for more than 2 million square feet of additional development over the station, including a 759-foot-high tower, which at the time was criticized as too tall. Yesterday's zoning approval allows a 621-foot tower with 40 floors of office space -- or 41 floors at the same height if the developer chooses to substitute residential condos for some of the office space.

Phases two and three would include residences, a hotel, and a nine-floor office building.

Elkus/Manfredi Architects Ltd. of Boston is designing the hotel and residences. All of the new buildings would have lobbies or public spaces several floors above the transportation levels, accessible by shuttle elevators in lobbies facing Atlantic Avenue.

Although the tower was criticized as too high when it was proposed in 1998, the response to Hines executives' changes through the years has been positive at recent public meetings. ``This is a big improvement," said Ann Hershfang, a member of WalkBoston, a pedestrian advocacy group.

The tower would be the tallest in Boston since 46-floor One International Place went up in 1987."





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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #4
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Yup, that is it, although the number of stories is 49, not 40 as that article says.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #5
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Very elegant! Nice! glad to see Boston having a sort of boom!
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:46 PM   #6
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The office vacancy rate it about 4% and they are about to have a bunch of high-rises going up. I know it's been asked, how can I post pics?
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Old September 29th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #7
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Copy the image adress of whatever image you want to post then click on the little pic that looks like a mountain with a sun on the lower part of the right side of the post reply. Paste the adress in that and that should post the image.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #8
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Unrelated question:

What is going on at this site near south station? its going on at the corner of south and essex street right near south street station. I found htis pic from "goodharbor" on Flickr on the construction . I would really like to know what it will be:

http://flickr.com/photos/goodharbor/1410156200/
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When is this thing going to get underway already ?
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Old September 29th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #10
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When is this thing going to get underway already ?
Construction on this has already started. I'll try to get pics over the next couple of weeks.
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Construction on this has already started. I'll try to get pics over the next couple of weeks.
Oh, sorry. Missed that. Great news!
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Old September 29th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #12
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Unrelated question:

What is going on at this site near south station? its going on at the corner of south and essex street right near south street station. I found htis pic from "goodharbor" on Flickr on the construction . I would really like to know what it will be:

http://flickr.com/photos/goodharbor/1410156200/
A small 12 story building. Nothing special.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #13
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The office vacancy rate it about 4% and they are about to have a bunch of high-rises going up. I know it's been asked, how can I post pics?
4 percent.. jeez thats lower than in manhattan. Boston really needs more office space.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 07:41 AM   #14
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thats a nice glass beauty that will fit in nicely with boston!
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Old October 1st, 2007, 02:58 AM   #15
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nice building, happy to see something is going up in Boston, although it is already a perfect city as it is now...wonderful!
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Old October 1st, 2007, 04:08 PM   #16
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Very nice Boston!
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any condo projects for Boston?
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 04:17 PM   #18
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any condo projects for Boston?
There is a 31 story, aprox 325 feet, tower called 45 Province going up right now. I have to start a new thread for that one. There is a 35 story proposed next to the Prudential Tower, but people are putting up a fight because of the shadows it may cause. The condo market has cooled a bit for Boston but the office market is heating up, so most of the new highrises will be for office use.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:57 AM   #19
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i need to swing by South Station, didnt know there was development there. Is it true that a Marriott is going to be part of the Filene's Tower?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:15 AM   #20
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Holy moly they're starting to build this thing? Damn, I've been waiting for, like, 7 years for them to start this!

Though the version they had back then was taller, with a spire.
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