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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:31 PM   #21
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um, he's a user on archboston (along with me), and I can assure you that he is, in fact, correct. The PDF where I pulled the renders from stated that there will be a design competition, but I'm not too optimistic about the possible final designs, NIMBYs have a bit too much power in Boston and will probably be able to lower the height, making it a bit stumpy.
I never once implied that he was incorrect, so Im not sure why you have to say "he is, in fact, correct" I was simply interested in where to find out such information.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #22
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Official renders:

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I love Cook and Fox along with Rem Koolhaas, absolutely stunning architecture for Boston!
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Old December 18th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #23
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The Last design is by far my favorite. My least is SOM, im very dissapointed in them as a ususally love what they generate
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Old December 19th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #24
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Gensler, for me, maybe Cook & Fox. I usually like SOM's designs, but their design here seems a little bland. Might be nice though, I’ll wait for better renderings.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 07:41 PM   #25
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Wow, I love evrything I've just seen....................
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 05:49 AM   #26
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Overview of all designs:



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Old August 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #27
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~ Update:

After the original proposal stalled out in 2010 because of the economy, a new one surfaced recently led by a new developer: http://hyminvestments.com/news/2011/...Garagesite.php

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The Government Center Garage proposal replaces a prior $2.2 billion plan by developer Ted Raymond to build a pair of Prudential-Building-sized skyscrapers that would have required using adjacent city-owned property. In early 2010, Raymond was removed by the garage’s owners, Lewis Trust Group of Great Britain and the National Electrical Workers Benefit fund, after he failed to move forward with the project. O’Brien was tapped to replace him.

The Government Center Garage redevelopment is one of the few remaining opportunities for large-scale development near the Greenway. In his filing with the city, O’Brien steered clear of the project’s most controversial aspects, including the height of the buildings he would construct. Raymond’s towers would have topped out at 42 and 52 stories, a size that raised concerns from its neighbors and the city.

O’Brien said only that the project would be multiple stories and would be built in phases. The development would be built over a new parking facility that would replace the spaces lost from demolition of the existing garage. The work to dismantle the garage would occur in phases, keeping open some sections to preserve parking during construction.

O’Brien confirmed his plans do not include using any of the city-owned parcels in the area, including the one that hosts a recently renovated Boston Police station. Although the project’s details are still being developed, it would include multiple buildings and create new walking paths between Government Center and surrounding neighborhoods. HYM’s filing also said the work would create several thousand construction jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the city.

One neighborhood leader said he was pleased to see the new initiative. “It suggests the potential for this site has returned,’’ said Robert O’Brien, executive director of the Downtown North Association, which represents businesses and residents in the area. “There are a lot of problems that need to be worked out, but I think the community has confidence that it can happen this time.’
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The development team seeking to replace the Government Center Garage in downtown Boston last night fleshed out details of the massive complex it wants to build that include plans for a tower about 45 stories high.

The developer, HYM Investment Group LLC, wants to build a seven-building complex that includes office, retail, residential uses and a hotel that would total almost 3 million square feet.

The garage is in something of a no-man’s land between Government Center, North Station, and Quincy Market, but the sprawling development could turn the Congress Street area into an “active retail and pedestrian corridor,” its lead local developer said at a public presentation in Boston City Hall. “It’s a place that people travel through but not a place that people travel to, especially after 5 o’clock,” said the developer, Thomas N. O’Brien, a former director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The garage is on New Sudbury Street and is bounded by Congress, New Chardon, and Hawkins streets. On the Congress Street side, it fronts on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. O’Brien’s company hopes to expand the site’s connections with the North End, downtown, West End, and Beacon Hill with a project that would create an estimated 2,600 construction jobs over the life of the development.

He said the initial building, a residential tower of about 420 feet at the corner of New Sudbury and Bowker streets, would take at least four years and $140 million to complete. O’Brien did not offer a timeline for the overall project. The plans would remove part of the existing garage, but keep approximately 1,000 spaces. The tallest skyscraper, planned for the corner of Bowker Street and New Chardon Street, would be primarily used for office space.

O’Brien’s presentation was delivered to an advisory group appointed by local officials to examine the proposal and advise the BRA on how the project would affect the community.

Members of the group asked questions after O’Brien concluded his speech, and several were concerned that a new school building not in the plans. “One of the lessons we learned is that it’s not possible for this project to be all things to all people,” O’Brien said. The next step in the process would be a letter of intent with the BRA for the next few months.

Community members also voiced concerns about the potential length of construction, pedestrian and roadway pathways during construction, the impact from shadows on the Greenway, and housing in the area.

The proposed project is big in every way: 1.2 million square feet of office space, 900,000 square feet of residential living space, 450,000 square feet of hotel space, 400,000 square feet of parking, and 50,000 square feet of retail space. The garage occupies a 4-acre premium plot between City Hall, the TD Garden, and the Greenway. For more than 40 years, it has been seen by some as a barrier between the Faneuil Hall area and the reemerging West End neighborhood.

The development would be the largest in the current pipeline of construction projects in downtown Boston and, if built, could bring hundreds of new residents into an area of the city now dotted with restaurants and bars that in large part rely on sporting events to survive.

O’Brien took the lead on the project in early 2010 after the former developer, Ted Raymond, was dropped when the original proposal, which included a pair of 42- and 52-story skyscrapers, stalled.

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As always, the nebulous approval process in Boston should keep this one on the ground for a while...
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Old August 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #28
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Old August 16th, 2012, 12:29 PM   #29
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For now, HYM and O'Brien are leaving the details of their proposal to the approval process (hence no renders) but it looks like building heights will be reduced, although heights have not yet been disclosed. These may well be high rises after all the dust settles. Since the office tower will be 45 stories, the height could reach 700 ft. but again, the approval process will determine the final stats.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #30
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Old August 17th, 2012, 07:06 PM   #31
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Foster, Gensler or SOM are what i prefer.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #32
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After the original proposal stalled out in 2010 because of the economy, a new one surfaced recently led by a new developer:
Huh? What's recent about an article over a year old?

Among other things, there is still the issue of deconstructing one of the largest parking garages in the entire city. I'm hoping to see a large new building here by 2020.

In the meantime, the Copley Place Tower and Filenes Tower are both supposed to start within the next 6 months or so, and both will top 600'.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 07:22 AM   #33
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Huh? What's recent about an article over a year old?

Among other things, there is still the issue of deconstructing one of the largest parking garages in the entire city. I'm hoping to see a large new building here by 2020.

In the meantime, the Copley Place Tower and Filenes Tower are both supposed to start within the next 6 months or so, and both will top 600'.
I guess "recent" is a relevant thing. (The thread had not been updated in nearly 4 years!)

I agree that this one will take years to bring to fruition but it is alive, unless you can state otherwise.


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Old August 18th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #34
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Old August 19th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #35
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Gensler's and Cook Plus Fox's are the best.
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Apparently this is moving forward. Desertpunk...please feel free to do your thing with this! I think this thread may need to be moved, as the proposed height is now around 600'.
http://www.boston.com/businessupdate...NgM/story.html
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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #38
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BOSTON | Government Center Garage | 161m | 528ft | 38 fl | 145m | 480ft | 45 fl | Pro

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Developer unveils revised Government Center Garage project



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Three years after HYM Investment Group took over as developer of the stalled Government Center Garage project, the Boston company has filed plans for a 2.9 million-square-foot mixed use, transit oriented development at the downtown site.

In a filing today with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, HYM said they plan to replace the 11-story garage with 771 apartments and condominiums, a 204-bed hotel and 1.3 million square feet of office space.

Much of the garage at New Sudbury and New Chardon streets would be replaced with a 45-story apartment building and a 48-story office tower, a 24-story apartment building, a 23-story hotel and condominium building, a nine-story office building and a four story retail property.

The redevelopment project would reconnect divided neighborhoods including the Bulfinch Triangle, the North End, Government Center, Beacon Hill, and West End, and would open Congress Street to sunlight for the first time in nearly 50 years. Redevelopment of the 2,300-space garage on the 4.8-acre site would also include 85,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. In addition, it would create a new public square and pedestrian promenade that will connect the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Market District along Congress Street through to Canal Street.

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Name will undoubtably change as the proposal moves forward.
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Massive tower part of proposed complex in Boston

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A Boston developer on Wednesday filed plans to replace the hulking Government Center Garage with a new complex of commercial and residential buildings, including a 600-foot office tower that would be one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city.

The project by HYM Investment Group LLC would demolish much of the garage to make way for six new buildings with 771 residences, 1.3 million square feet of office space, 1,100 parking spaces, and 82,500 square feet of stores and restaurants.

In addition to the 600-foot office tower, the plan also calls for a pair of large residential buildings -- one 470 feet and another 275 feet. Those three buildings would be situated on the western side of Congress Street closest to Government Center. On the opposite side of Congress, HYM would build a 275-foot hotel and condominium building, additional offices and stores that would form a new public square along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

If approved by Boston regulators, construction could start late next year, according to HYM, whose managing director is Thomas N. O’Brien, a former head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority in the 1990s. The complex was designed by CBT Architects.

The project would demolish the portion of the 11-story Government Center Garage that straddles Congress Street near City Hall, thus removing a massive barrier that divides the North End and West End neighborhoods from Government Center. The 4.8-acre site is one of the last major redevelopment parcels along the greenway, and would bring a new level of height to an area that mostly consists of mid-rise government buildings.
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Fantastic! This end of Boston was so dead just a few years ago. Now, with the greenways, and this giant complex, it'll be much more lively! Nevermind that the approach into Boston will bring with it a totally different (and much-improved) vista.

Can't wait to see this begin!
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