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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #221
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Old September 14th, 2012, 05:19 AM   #222
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BRA Set To Approve Millennium Tower at Fine's Site Tonight; New Renders Forthcoming

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The massive Millennium Tower, a $620 million skyscraper development deemed the best bet by many to reverse the fortunes of Downtown Crossing, stands poised to win city approval today.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board will vote on the project at this evening’s meeting, seven months after developer Millennium Partners took the reins of the stalled real estate venture that left a crater at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets, an infamous eyesore in the center of the city’s well-traveled shopping district.

All signs point to a green light from the BRA, given the mayor’s support and the developer’s plan to replace a hole in the ground and renovate the historic Burnham Building, former home of defunct retailer Filene’s. Much of the regulatory review and public input was condensed in the past month, but the developer and city officials insist it was no rush job.
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The stalled Filene’s project in Boston’s Downtown Crossing moved a step closer to construction on Thursday night as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Millennium Partners' proposal for a $615 million tower.

Plans for the Millennium Tower and Burnham Building include 600 condominiums and apartments, up to 218,000 square feet of office space and as much as 231,000 square feet of retail.

The project will preserve and renovate the historic Burnham Building – home of the former Filene’s department store and Filene's Basement – and add a new, 625-foot residential tower to the Hub skyline. When completed it will be taller than Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot, 46-story One International Place in the Financial District.

“I am proud of the decisive progress being made by Millennium Partners just eight months after announcing their lead on the Millennium Tower and Burnham Building,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a statement. “This iconic development will invigorate the heart of our city with new residents, business owners and private investment, solidifying the promise of Downtown Crossing.”
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Old September 14th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #223
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How High Is Too High on the Waterfront? City to Decide



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How high a developer can build in Boston comes down to an alphabet soup of federal, state and local agencies, and regulations governing everything from shadows to approaches to Logan Airport, as well as often arbitrary aesthetic concerns in a city drenched in superannuated architecture. In short, it ain't easy building tall. The city hopes to streamline the process and create some agreed-upon guidelines for at least a part of prime downtown: 39 acres of land and water along the Greenway between Christopher Columbus Park and the Northern Avenue Bridge. Per Greg Turner at The Herald, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has hired a consultant for $300,000.

What the consultant comes up with will have a direct bearing on such would-be neck-craners as Aquarium Place, the twin-tiered, hotel-apartment-retail development that Don Chiofaro wanted to plant in place of the Harbor Garage. After famously sparring with Mayor Tom Menino over heights that stretched as high as (gasp!) 625 feet, Chiofaro withdrew his current plans in the late spring and pledged to work in the future within whatever guidelines the city gins up. Thing is, though, as Paul McMorrow pointed out in a Globe op-ed at the time, building tall is sometimes the only way for developers like Chiofaro to recoup the costs of redeveloping sites like the Harbor Garage. Something's gotta give, in other words. And it looks like it's starting to.
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 04:30 AM   #224
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The Project That Ate the Dainty Dot Gets Under Way



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A residential exclamation point at the nexus of Chinatown, the Harborfront and the Leather District is set to get under way today. Construction will start on the 26-story, 240-unit 120 Kingston Street, where the 121-year-old Dainty Dot loomed until a few months ago. Needless to type, it's one of many new apartment buildings going up in Greater Boston; and would have been under way a while ago had the Great Recession not cocked up financing.

The building will feature not only the 240 apartments (and several dozen affordable units tied to the project, though off-site), it will add about 2,000 square feet of green space to the edge of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will have a 5,000-square-foot restaurant/open cafe at its base that's expected to enliven the streetscape along that edge. It's not clear on what sorts of rentals will be built upstairs, though the building had at one time been O.K.'d with just 147 units, only to see that number (and the building's square footage) expand significantly.
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 04:53 AM   #225
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More South Station Shenanigans

While the South Station Tower languishes in purgatory, now comes this:

All Aboard and Ante Up! Casino Plan Floated for South Station



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Well, here's an interesting start to your Friday: Rumors are afoot that a casino could be built atop South Station by an unnamed developer. Imagine the possibilities! Before catching the 5:55 to Framingham you could hit the slots or toss a sawbuck down on red to sweep. Seriously, though, per Dave Wedge and Greg Turner in The Herald, a planned tower above the transit hub has emerged as a possible alternate Boston casino site should the plans at Suffolk Downs in Eastie fall through.

No formal proposals have been made, and the developer of the current project said there are no plans for a casino at the site. But a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino didn't rule out the possibility of the mayor considering another casino site—including the South Station location.

For its part, the developer of the would-be South Station tower, Houston-based Hines, says it has no plans for a casino. Instead, theoretically, it's still trying to move forward with the residential and commercial complex atop and around the station that it got approval for in 2006.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #227
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Kraft eyes Somerville's Assembly Square for a Revolution soccer stadium


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The Kraft Group, owner of the New England Revolution, is exploring the possibility of building a $100 million pro soccer stadium at Assembly Square in Somerville.

“Assembly Square is an infrastructure-ready site with good highway access and construction is underway on an Orange line MBTA stop,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “We’d love to have the Revolution as a partner and we think the Kraft Group is the best philanthropic community partner anyone could have.”

The Revolution play at Gillette Stadium which has the capacity for 68,756 fans, while average attendance at a Rev's home game is about 13,300. The team has been looking for a more intimate home since 2007. They first looked at the Brickbottom area, an under-used industrial section of Somerville near the McGrath highway for construction of a 20,000-seat stadium.

In a statement, Brian Bilello, president of the New England Revolution, said: “I can confirm that we are still in communication with Somerville officials about potential stadium locations in their city, including the possibility of a facility in Assembly Square, which is an attractive site for development with its significant transportation infrastructure and proximity to downtown Boston.”

Kraft is also considering the 34-acre Wonderland Greyhound Park. A source told the Boston Business Journal that Somerville and Revere are the leading contenders for the soccer stadium. Kraft hopes to make a decision within the next few months, the source added.

Still, Curtatone said he will not get into a bidding war with any other community.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #230
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Old October 12th, 2012, 07:45 AM   #235
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Fenway Center Clears Legal Hurdles!



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It looks like the five-building, $450 million Fenway Center project is a go. The Globe's Casey Ross brings breaking word that a legal challenge to the mega-development (we're talking at least 550 apartments, plus commercial and retail space) has exhausted its last state appeal: "The appeals court found that there was no legal basis for HRPT Medical Buildings Realty Trust to block the $450 million project. HRPT had sued, claiming Fenway Center would improperly infringe on property it owns on Brookline Avenue."

This is Boston, where legal battles over development are never dead, they're not even past. But, barring further challenges, construction on Fenway Center, including its solar panels, could get under way this coming spring.
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Cambridge Hits Ctrl+Alt+Dlt on Google: Expansion O.K.'d


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Cambridge City Councilor David Maher said it all last night: "We live in a very competitive economic development world right now ... competitive around the country, but also competitive around the area. All of us saw how very quickly Boston was ready to pounce at the opportunity to court one of our companies."

Yes, indeed. So, partly because of that, the City Council voted 7-2 to approve Google's expansion in Kendall Square. The company will grow to 300,000 square feet, mostly from two connectors amid Three, Four and Five Cambridge Center. Its workforce, which numbered 40 five years ago and now totals about 800, will grow along with the expansion.

In exchange! Google and its landlord, Boston Properties, agreed to bump up the amount of new parkland that will replace that which will be lopped off by the expansion. The pair also pledged $2 million toward its design and construction; and Boston Properties said it would come with plans for about 180 apartments in the area after the expansion's done in mid-2013.
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Pier 4 Starts Up Soon



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The 1 million-square-foot, mixed-use Pier 4 development in Southie has been a long time a-comin'. Plans for it stretch back to before the Great Recession, and construction had been gabbed about for a long while (some speculated it was supposed to start this past summer). But now it's happening: The first phase of Pier 4, a 21-story apartment and retail tower, will get under way in November. It will leave 369 apartments, ranging from studios to family-friendly three-bedrooms, in its wake (and, because this is the Seaport Innovation Fabulous District, the building will include "innovation units"). The entire project, which will include two more buildings and a one-acre park, will pretty much alter the area, making the waterfront there more accessible and the vibe more 24-7.
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How Millennium Tower Will Look Against The Boston Skyline

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47 Story Copley Place Tower Put On Hold



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When it got the final O.K. from the city a year ago this month, the new tower atop Copley Place seemed like a miracle: a tall tower in Boston despite vociferous local opposition. Now, of course, there are a lot more towers going up around town; but, through it all, Copley Place's 47 stories and 318 condos, plus 115,000 square feet of additional retail at the existing base, stood out as one of the bolder spires proposed in Boston in a long time. Now it may not happen: the developer, mega-mall builder Simon Property Group, says it has suspended the development. It didn't give a reason, just that it wanted to reevaluate the project. Per Casey Ross in The Globe:

Simon declined to say whether its inability to proceed is due to design or financial problems, or both. It refused to say whether it intends to significantly change the project. "We're fully committed to a residential option at Copley and looking forward to continuing our work with the City of Boston and all public groups," said Morris, the spokesman.

Even local pols don't know Simon's reasons for the cessation despite the fact that the site sits on state-owned land (Simon says, "Sit tight!"). The tower triumphed last fall despite opponents so concerned about the shadows and congestion it might create (and what they said was a dearth of affordable housing) that they staged an Occupy the Mayor's Office on the evening of the Boston Redevelopment Authority's vote. The BRA voted for Simon and the Copley Place tower took its place amongst the city's building boom. Now what? If it's a financing problem, that could be a sign of bad news for every other big project attempting to move forward.
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