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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:12 AM   #441
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Viridian Breaks Ground In Fenway



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Groundbreaking time again in Boston! This go-round it's for the Viridian, the 18-story tower slated for 1282 Boylston Street in busy, busy Fenway.

The 348,235-square-foot project will rise to 18 floors and include 342 apartments, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. There will be 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail as well as 295 parking spaces.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:16 AM   #442
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:29 AM   #443
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Old November 6th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #444
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Lovejoy Wharf Details Leave Out One Thing



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Here are new renderings of Lovejoy Wharf, the waterfront project due to connect the North End, the West End and the Charles River Esplanade (oh my!). It comes courtesy of the Architectural Team, which is serving as urban planner and architect. The firm enthuses about Lovejoy Wharf's 187,000-square-foot Converse HQ; its offices, ground-floor shops and 300-seat restaurant; and its new open spaces, including floating docks and a visitor's center. It leaves something out, though, of the grand scheme of Lovejoy Wharf.

Render3lores.jpeg Not mentioned by the project's architect is that boon and bane of downtown Boston: parking. Indeed, developers Beal and Related have pitched the idea of a New York-style development with no on-site parking for those who will buy the 175 condos also slated for Lovejoy Wharf. The pitch set off a kerfuffle in September, with the developers positing that no one needs a car when they live smack-dab in the middle of a public-transit-, bike- and pedestrian-friendly city and others questioning whether luxury condo owners would, indeed, eschew their Porsches for the T. The city is still considering the idea.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 09:45 PM   #445
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Meanwhile, work at Lovejoy Wharf is moving apace:

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Old November 6th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #446
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Old November 7th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #448
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Old November 9th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #449
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Menino to Boston Properties: Compromise on TD tower height



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Mayor Thomas M. Menino urged Boston Properties to lower the height of its proposed 45-story residential tower in North Station on Thursday, insisting the developer consider neighborhood concerns about setting a precedent with a skyscraper at the TD Garden.

“There has to be a compromise someplace in this development,” Menino said. “I have faith in Boston Properties to work with the community. They have been excellent in other developments in the city and they will work on this one. I believe there will be a compromise.”

Menino’s comments came following Wednesday night’s contentious meeting hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and attended by representatives from Boston Properties and the Boston Garden Impact Advisory Group, a 13-member panel of residents and organizations appointed by City Hall to advise the administration on the 1.8-million-square-foot project development.

While the IAG representatives praised the project’s benefits, they pushed back on the height of the tower, urging that the tallest building be no higher than 400 feet, or about 30 stories. The current plan calls for a tower that would peak at 600 feet.

“We are thrilled with this project, but please understand that Boston is not Toronto,” said Kathleen Ryan. “The 600-foot tower will set a precedent for our neighborhood because all the other developments coming after this will say Boston Properties got that height.”


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What a bunch of retarded NIMBYs. Since when does a single tall tower in a densely developing location "set a precedent for the entire city"? As if La Defense sets a precedent for the rest of Paris! C*nts.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:10 PM   #450
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I-93 Improvements a Boost For 275 Albany


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Suffolk University Groundbreaking



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"Suffolk University will break ground for a new academic building at 20 Somerset Street this week. The building, designed by NBBJ architects, will provide a new academic home for Suffolk students and provide technology-enhanced instructional space for science and general study. Eight floors of the 10-story building will hold flexible classrooms designed to support active learning."
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Just curious, why doesn't the developer push back against this request? Isn't the current administration on their way out?
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Old November 15th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #454
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Just curious, why doesn't the developer push back against this request? Isn't the current administration on their way out?
Yep, no doubt they will ignore Menino's request and work with Marty Walsh. Given the local permaNIMBYs, a change could happen either way.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 05:01 AM   #455
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Does anybody know if Marty Walsh is pro-development or not?
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Old November 15th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #456
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Does anybody know if Marty Walsh is pro-development or not?
I could be wrong, but I think when he was part of the Back Bay Association, he was quite a vocal opponent of anything built that would cause a shadow in his neighborhood.
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Massive Government Center Garage Project a Go



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It's on: The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday O.K.'d the six-building redevelopment of the Government Center Garage into a behemoth of residences, offices and retail sure to reconnect the West End and downtown.

Just how many residences and how much office and retail? As Casey Ross of The Globe notes, the Government Center Garage development is "among the largest pending in Boston" (and there's a lot of development pending in Boston, y'all). This particular development will open up nearly five acres of space by removing the portion of the garage straddling Congress Street. As it stands now, the development is to include 812 residences; 1.1 million square feet of office space; 196 hotel rooms; and new restaurants and shops, many along the Greenway.

While developer HYM Investment Group hopes to start construction on the first residential building, a 480-foot, 464-unit tower, by the end of 2014, things could still change. That is, the BRA green-lighted the project in totem; each building needs its own O.K. and individual aspects might be tweaked. And they have been tweaked already, including chopping the height of the condo-hotel tower along the Greenway from 275 to 157 feet (heights in Boston, you know).

Still, it's unlikely now that the Government Center Garage project will be derailed.
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Does anybody know if Marty Walsh is pro-development or not?
From what I can tell he's a union guy, so I could see him in favor of keeping the construction workers employed throughout the city. Hopefully when some of the taller (fully approved) towers get built, people will see that the city didn't go to hell in a handbasket (wow, did you realize those evil shadows double as sought-after "shade"?!?!?!) and we can get more tall buildings out of the ground in the future.
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Kendall Tower Inches Forward



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KENDALL SQUARE—Baby steps, folks: "The residential tower promised for Kendall Square three times by developer Boston Properties – most recently in exchange for taking away 42 percent of a rooftop garden – comes before the City Council on Monday for a step that is small but crucial: the sale of a 20-foot-wide slab of sidewalk that makes possible a 200,000-square-foot apartment building."
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What a Redone Government Center Garage Will Look Like



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News dropped on Friday that the city had signed off on the gargantuan redevelopment of the Government Center Garage to create a six-building complex of 812 condos and apartments, 1.1 million square feet of office space, 196 hotel rooms, and oodles of retail. More importantly, perhaps, the project, set to begin by the end of 2014, will take a big, wet aesthetically pleasing paint brush to one of downtown Boston's biggest eyesores. Above is what the garage looks like on Merrimac Street now and what it will look like post-project.

And here's the before and after planned for the garage on Sudbury Street.




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