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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:35 AM   #1
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BOSTON | Filene's Tower | 150m | 495ft | 38 fl | U/C

The $650 million redevelopment of Boston’s landmark Filene’s complex is ready to roll.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority gave the project final approval at its board meeting.

The 1.2 million-square-foot redevelopment, which will both revamp the 1912 Filene’s building and add a 38-story office and condo tower next door, is the centerpiece of City Hall’s efforts to revive the struggling Downtown Crossing shopping district.

The One Franklin project includes the first major office tower to move forward since the last recession, as well as an upscale hotel, posh condos, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of new and renovated retail space.

Filene’s Basement will get a new home, anchoring a retail complex that will feature an assortment of stores, shops and eateries.

The Basement will reopen first in 2009. The remainder of the project is slated to open in 2011.

“The payoff will be extraordinary with this new building,” said Jessica Shumaker, a spokeswoman for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Construction is expected to start in late September. A fence, adorned with a banner touting the project, will go up around the Filene’s block.

Demolition of two newer buildings - tacked onto the Filene’s building in recent decades - will take place over the fall and winter, the BRA’s Shumaker said.

No streets will be closed, despite the construction activity, she added.

Still, city officials are now faced with the challenge of trying to keep Downtown Crossing’s remaining shops and businesses afloat during the construction period.

The temporary loss of Filene’s Basement, Downtown Crossing’s main draw, comes on top of a number of other store vacancies in the area.

The BRA is now working with a marketing firm to come up with ideas to keep the area lively, including concerts and other activities, Shumaker said.

The project’s impending launch is already being hailed as a coup for its lead local developer, veteran Boston tower builder John Hynes.

The redeveloped Filene’s complex, and its new flagship tower, will feature the first big batch of office space in Boston in several years - at a time when demand for corporate suites is soaring.

The start of construction will give the project a key leasing advantage over projects with less firmly established plans. Prospective office tenants generally respond more enthusiastically to projects under construction, as opposed to those that are still just on paper, said David Begelfer, head of the local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

“Whoever gets in the ground now will be a winner,” Begelfer said.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 08:17 AM   #2
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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can't see the pic
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any renders?
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I have some, but for the life of me cannot figure out how to post an image. Help!
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I have some, but for the life of me cannot figure out how to post an image. Help!
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/misc.p...bbcode#imgcode
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Old October 4th, 2007, 04:54 AM   #8
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^that's the old rendering here's the new one:



Any new construction pics?
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Damn. I liked the old design better.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 06:50 AM   #10
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it looks like a comibantion of several archteciutal desgins put into one
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Old October 4th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #11
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It should be taller. I feel that they're holding back on this one.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 08:54 PM   #12
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it looks like a comibantion of several archteciutal desgins put into one
The brick part on the lower left is the first building built in this complex, so they are refurbishing it and incorporating it into the new tower.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...___Skyline.jpg
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Yeah I liked the old rendering better too. Damn.

Oh well take what u can.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 09:58 PM   #14
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Here are some updated renders and site prep work, courtesy of tobyjug on www.archboston.com




This pic seems to be a little misleading. The tallest of the two towers on the right is 475'. This tower is on the same street and will be 495', so it should stick out on the skyline more than this image shows.




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