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Old April 19th, 2016, 12:07 AM   #801
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Unless the economy collapses real soon I think there will be several tall proposals I would be surprised if there aren't even if they don't get built for awhile I expect to see at least a couple proposals.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 12:47 AM   #802
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OOOFF. That's no laughing matter.
Not the least of which being that it kills any possibility to lobby the Mayor for a +825~925' Boston Supertall.


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Residents and advocates are raising red flags about a rash of new high-rise towers and skyscrapers planned for Downtown Crossing – an area with outdated building rules that the Boston Redevelopment Authority has no pressing plans to update even as the Hub undergoes its largest building boom in city history.... Five towers are already under construction or proposed for the Downtown Crossing area, including:

 the 60-story Millennium Tower under construction at 426 Washington St.,
 an 18-story Emerson College dorm for up to 400 students being built at Boylston Place,
 a 20-story luxury residential building proposed for 171 Tremont St.,
 a 30-story residential building with retail proposed at the former Felt nightclub at 533 Washington St.,
 a 59-story, 419-unit proposed skyscraper known as One Bromfield Street
–a project that has more than doubled in height since it was proposed in 2008.

"We’re seeing a lot of different developers trying to do these one-offs," said Downtown Crossing resident Doug Fiebelkorn. "It feels like every time you turn around there’s another building being proposed. Right now the streets are pretty clogged. It makes sense to update the master plan for the entire Downtown Crossing area."

BRA officials told the Herald other developers are interested in the area and the agency expects to see even more high-rise proposals there this year.... But BRA Director Brian Golden said his agency doesn’t intend to launch a new master plan for the area – even though building regulations in Downtown Crossing haven’t been updated since the late 1980s. The outdated rules cap building heights in that district at 155 feet – the proposed One Bromfield Street skyscraper is seeking a variance to go more than four times that height – and many of the district’s current zoning rules seem to date back more than 100 years, mentioning outdated businesses such as millinery shops, telegraph offices, typewriter stores and custom furrier shops.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said existing regulations allow both official diligence on large projects and "a lot of community input... We’re in a unique time," Walsh said. "We’re seeing incredible growth, but all of this goes through the community process, through the BRA process, through the zoning process... There’s a lot of checks and balances along the way."

Golden pledged that the BRA will vet each project and get public input... "Ideally we’d be doing advanced planning everywhere that development could be theoretically coming," Golden said. "But what we have to do is fix the airplane engine while it’s in flight and apply sound planning principles to development where it’s being proposed even if we don’t have new planning and new zoning."

The development push in Downtown Crossing comes amid what Golden says is the city’s largest ever building boom – 46 million square feet of development has been approved all across the city since the beginning of 2012 and the boom has created an average of 8,894 construction jobs per year, the BRA said.

Golden said he’s not under pressure to approve projects quickly. But he also acknowledged the city is likely closer to the end than the beginning of the building boom and that half of all new city revenue comes from new development. The BRA approved 71 large-scale developments just last year alone and officials told the Herald it takes about four months on average for large projects to go through the approval process, which includes studies of the building’s impact on traffic, daylight, and its shadow and wind effect on pedestrians.

Golden argues against the calls he’s heard to slow development until neighborhood planning is done.... "I think most people realize you would cut off a really positive development climate that brings about buildings people need for work and for housing and that brings about tax revenue that people need to run a healthy, vibrant city," Golden said. "If we shut this off, that would be a real problem for everybody."

Greg Galer of the Boston Preservation Alliance warned that without a comprehensive master plan for Downtown Crossing, much of the historic character that draws businesses and residents to Boston could disappear... "The one-off doesn’t really work for anyone," Galer said. "It doesn’t work for developers because they spend a lot of time going around in circles and get very frustrated. It’s difficult for the community, particularly at the pace we’re seeing now. It becomes impossible to attend all these meetings and really engage on a useful level."

Golden says the BRA is planning for Boston’s future with ongoing initiatives in South Boston, the Jamaica Plain-Roxbury border and Dudley Station, and through Imagine Boston 2030 – a conceptual vision for more affordable housing and inclusive neighborhoods in Boston over the next 14 years. But so far, the project has produced no concrete, long-range planning.

"The city is doing Boston 2030, but by the time they get done approving these things a lot of these neighborhoods – and it’s just not downtown – will have changed dramatically," Galer said. "We’re hearing from developers that they’re getting signals and encouragement from the BRA and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the fact that’s where that comes from and there hasn’t necessarily been any input in that encouragement from the community is troublesome."

Rishi Shukla, co-founder of the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association, which represents more than 400 residents of the Downtown Crossing area, said most of his members support development. But he said, "The concern is around the overall plans for the neighborhood.

Obviously we don’t want to wait 14 years for a master plan for the neighborhood. Let’s get a plan in place that reflects 2016 and not 1989."
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Old April 19th, 2016, 02:12 AM   #803
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I didn't say it was likely in fact it is pretty unlikely.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 09:31 PM   #804
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Latest Winthrop Square Proposals, Renders



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A proposal from a team led by Accordia Partners would built a 725-foot tower with 280 hotel rooms, 185 condos, 34,000 square feet of civic and community space, and 2,600 square feet of retail as well as 385 parking spaces.


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Millennium Partners would build yet another 725-foot tower (and, bear in mind, this one, like the others, would include dozens of additional feet of mechanical apparatus and antennas). Thirty-eight floors would be given over to condos and perhaps apartments, the makeup isn't clear. At least 14 floors would be offices, and then retail.


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Trans National does not go into specifics on height nor unit totals, but its proposed complex would run to 1,715,000 square feet over two towers, with another 250,000 below ground. Residences, including condos, would comprise 915,000 square feet of that above-ground sum, with offices the next biggest chunk at 530,000 square. There would also be a hotel.


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Trinity Financial would build a tower of up to 725 feet with 231 hotel rooms on the lower floors; 349 apartments above that; and then 296 condos spread throughout. There would also be a full floor of amenities and one parking space for each condo.


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Old April 22nd, 2016, 09:38 PM   #805
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Big Developments Scheduled for Boston Transit Hubs



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'Tis an open secret that Boston is undergoing a historic building boom, whether it be apartments, hotels, condos, even dorms. One of the little-noted facets of this development (until the Globe's Tim Logan noticed it) is that some of the biggest projects are happening atop and around some of the city's biggest transportation hubs. To wit:



Developer Boston Properties is looking to build three towers of 26, 28, and 34 stories above Back Bay Station, with the shortest one for offices and the others for approximately 600 residences. The square-footage would total some 1,260,000 square feet; and would include new floors above the station's current concourse for retail such as a grocery store.

Over by North Station, TD Garden owner and Boston Properties (again) are building the Hub on Causeway, a ginormous project at the old Boston Garden site along Causeway Street in the West End/North End borderlands. It's due to have more than 1,500,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of the arena and transit improvements to North Station.

Finally, a proposal for one of the city's biggest new towers (in a Boston full of big new towers) appears to finally be moving forward at South Station. There, developer Hines is planning a two-tower project, including one reaching to 677 feet. The buildings would be a mix of offices, residences (probably condos), and hotel rooms.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 12:38 AM   #806
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Such a nice day out I went and took some pictures for all of you.

Album with full sized pictures can be found here -> Imgur. All pictures taken by me today 4-22-2016

The Pierce: First floor concrete progressing nicely


1350 Boylston: Lower basement decking being installed


Milenium Tower: Ground level work is progressing (Pictures of the top a few down)


Spotted more red crane at Copley


888 Boylston: Ground level glass looks good! Next is the plaza.


1 Dalton: Red tower crane pieces ready to be installed.






MT: Looking good! Just a little bit more glass to go. With the Hancock artwork coming down as well.


Conservatory Dorm: Cladding on display




Northeastern Science Center: Still have to wait and see what the streetscape is like to see if I like this
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 12:00 PM   #807
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Your photos are greatly appreciated.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 11:38 PM   #808
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17 story hotel proposed for Chinatown: https://t.co/6Kt86ePMzH

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Old May 1st, 2016, 04:08 AM   #809
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Parcel K mixed-use project expected to break ground in Q4 2016: https://t.co/CfjXJusxMf


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10 Farnsworth condominium project moving forward: https://t.co/L38Ujsv48G


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A new 300-unit residential tower could be built in Fenway: https://t.co/UutIadyb97


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Pier 4 project by SHoP architects:


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Old May 5th, 2016, 02:08 AM   #814
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i can find no words to sufficiently explain my dislike for this low-rise deed of horror.

at least it will be hidden from view from nearly all of Downtown, Harborwalk, West End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay etc....

but people taking off and landing might see it.
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What do you dislike so much about that design?

I'm just curious because I had a very positive reaction to the design. The use of balconies to add texture and the proportions appear nice to me. The architect is SHoP and they are known for high quality work. I'm not saying it is super innovative or special but it is well designed based on the renderings and is much better than any of the previous versions.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 01:27 AM   #817
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What do you dislike so much about that design?

I'm just curious because I had a very positive reaction to the design. The use of balconies to add texture and the proportions appear nice to me. The architect is SHoP and they are known for high quality work. I'm not saying it is super innovative or special but it is well designed based on the renderings and is much better than any of the previous versions.
I'm with the other guy. It's just fugly. Not Boston at all.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 04:50 AM   #818
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I whole heartedly disagree with you guys saying this stuff about that pier SHoP building being bad. Boston is being destroyed now by a flood of blue glass lifeless buildings in back bay and this is what grosses you out? It's a joke, this building brings life and inspiration to an otherwise lifeless neighborhood. Reminds me of Aker Brygge in Oslo, which is a dramatic improvement over what's built there now.
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Boston is known for its classical red- and brownstones. It should make much more use of these materials, even in highrise construction. At least go for some sand- and limestone now and then!
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Old May 10th, 2016, 03:05 PM   #820
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There are more than enough tan, brown, and brick colored high rises downtown the newer glass buildings add some welcome lightness to the skyline. The new Liberty Mutual HQ building did use real limestone set into precast concrete panels and some other buildings will also have real stone. One Dalton aka the Four Seasons Tower will have a tan colored stone podium.
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