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Old June 26th, 2014, 06:17 AM   #41
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BOSTON | Harbor Garage Towers | 183m | 600ft | 168m | 550ft | Pro

Boston developer Don Chiofaro proposes $1B two-tower project for Harbor Garage site







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Boston developer Don Chiofaro, long stymied by former Mayor Thomas M. Menino who thwarted his plans to build a pair of skyscrapers above his eight-story concrete parking garage near the New England Aquarium, is hitting the reset button on his project in hopes a new administration will finally give him the green light.

He locked horns with Menino over the mayor’s publicly stated concerns that the originally proposed 780-foot tall tower complex would cast shadows over the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The current plan shaves 200,000 square feet from the original 1.5 million square foot proposal and reduces the height by nearly 200 feet.

One of his key selling points is going from “zero open space today,” due to the 70-foot tall garage, to creating a 27,000-square-foot public space...
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Old June 26th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #42
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That base is stunning!
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Old June 26th, 2014, 06:54 PM   #43
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Check Out the Giant Ice Rink and Other Harbor Garage Plans



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Developer Don Chiofaro on Wednesday unveiled fresh plans for the redevelopment of the Boston Harbor Garage. Recall his earlier plans stalled amid skittishness about the height (what else?) and a public feud with then-Mayor Tom Menino. Well, Menino's out of office and height's not such a scary thing in downtown Boston anymore. So there was Chiofaro & Co. with plans for two skyscrapers, one 600 feet and the other 500 feet.

The towers together would hold 700,000 square feet of office space; a luxury hotel with between 250 and 300 rooms; 120 condos; three levels of retail and restaurants; and 1,400 parking spaces. All total, we're talking 1,300,000 square feet on the waterfront.

Plus! As a deal sweetener, Chiofaro is offering to build out "Harbor Square," a "four-season programmable open space with roof that can be closed seasonally." At its widest point, it would be 167 feet across, "large enough," the developer says, "to comfortably accommodate the Rockefeller Center ice rink." Neat.

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Here's Why the Harbor Garage Towers Are Likely to Happen



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A major reason we're even talking about the skyscraper plans unveiled Wednesday for the Harbor Garage is that we've been here before. Developer Don Chiofaro, whose firm has owned the property since 2007, once had plans for even giant-er towers in place of the aged, ugly garage. In 2012, however, after an often rancorous back and forth with the developer, the city, then under the Menino administration, put the kibosh on the proposals. It's been a slow slog back ever since for Chiofaro, who on Wednesday spelled out details for two skyscrapers, one reaching to 600 feet, and a raft of public amenities, including a giant arcade with a retractable roof.

Such public-friendly flourishes have surely impressed the new sheriff in town, Mayor Marty Walsh. According to The Globe's Casey Ross, the Walsh administration "is open to tall buildings on the site of the Harbor Garage, as long as developer Donald J. Chiofaro's plan also provides adequate open space and public access to the water." Given that Chiofaro has said he would tweak the plans even further with more public input, it's likely the mayor will get the opportunity to put his own stamp on the project, thus ambling away with a victory he can point to years down the road, during construction and certainly afterward.

Moreover! The plans for Chiofaro, who did not support Walsh in last year's election (but, hey, bygones, right?), also gel with what Walsh has often stated is his meta-goal for the city: growth. "I want Boston to grow," he told The Herald this week. "In order for me to improve the schools and do all the things I want to do, we have to create growth. I don't want to raise taxes. I want to raise taxes through new development." Plus: Hizzoner has said he wants to re-conceptualize the city's skyline, including with taller buildings toward its edges.

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The Harbor Garage as it presently sits:





Chiofaro's last proposal for this site was the ill-fated Aquarium Place:

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Old June 27th, 2014, 01:23 AM   #45
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If they retained KPF for this latest design, I bet it'll look like Hudson Yards, i.e. angular and jutting out.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 03:59 AM   #46
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Given how the base looks, it seems likely that they have. No complaints from me (maybe).
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Old July 24th, 2014, 04:14 AM   #47
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New Render!!! (albeit poor-quality image)



http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/0...iled-pictures/
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and on the left we have the wolf point main tower and on right the Hudson coach tower
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Old July 24th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #49
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I'll wait for a better quality render, but it actually looks alright with me, although I'm guessing that the cladding on each building would actually be the same color....If we should have such nice designs as these (even if they're predictably derivative), it'll be a shame that they're not taller.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 11:51 PM   #50
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NIMBYS Attack!

Harbor Towers: 600 Feet High, Are You Crazy? This Is Boston!



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Waterfront condo complex Harbor Towers is having none of developer Don Chiofaro's plans for the Harbor Garage. And, if you don't know the reason residents are skittish on the proposed high-rises, then you have not been paying attention.

Thomas Grillo at the Business Journal has the goods: "In a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, residents of the two towers of more than 1,000 people at India Wharf said the massive project is too big for the sensitive waterfront site." (Emphasis is ours.)

The letter hints that, instead of building his two towers to (gasp!) 600 and 537 feet, Chiofaro should stick near or below a 200-foot limit set for the Greenway and immediate surroundings. Meanwhile, another advisory group, the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee, roundly praised Chiofaro's plans.

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Old July 25th, 2014, 06:26 AM   #51
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Since this is Boston, it will get shut down as all else future-looking.
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Wonderful design and fits Boston so well!

So naturally we have to cue the manufactured NIMBY outrage. Sigh.
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More Renders!!!
















Delve Deeper At http://www.harborgarageproject.com/
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Also an article.

But is says this...

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aiming to start 36 months of construction by late ‘15
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NIMBYS Attack!

Harbor Garage Opponents Present Smaller, Shorter Options



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The proposals for the big-time redevelopment of the Boston Harbor Garage seem destined to change now because of vociferous community opposition. After an initial burst of optimism last summer that something would finally be built worthy of the prime waterfront location, it looks like the original two-tower plan, including one of more than 600 feet, will be scrapped in favor of something smaller or at least significantly different.

The latest bit adding to the aura of inevitable change comes via a recent presentation hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. That presentation included renderings of alternative scopes and designs for the Harbor Garage site:
The NIMBY-approved alternative could be complete crap!

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The people opposed to this project are going to strangle all the life out of the city.
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Harbor Garage Plans Opposed By Aquarium



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We've known for a while that officials at the New England Aquarium were skittish about major plans to redevelop the nearby Harbor Garage into (maybe) two towers with hundreds of hotel rooms, dozens of luxury condos and an enormous amount of office and public space. Now it appears that skittishness has moved to outright opposition, threatening to derail one of the more ambitious construction projects in recent Boston memory.

Jon Chesto and Dan Adams at The Globe have the details: "Aquarium officials said the vibrations and noise from construction of a tower on the Boston Harbor Garage site next door could threaten the health of its marine animals and that the towers would worsen existing traffic and parking problems in the neighborhood, scaring away the visitors it depends on for revenue."
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"Scaring away visitors?" Or putting up a permanent source of visitors immediately adjacent to the aquarium, instead of a permanent spot for their cars?
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On Hold

Current Harbor Garage Project Appears Dead in the Water



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One of Boston's longest-running development sagas appears to be entering its denouement. Recall that the Chiofaro Company has been trying for more than eight years to redevelop the waterfront's Harbor Garage into a major mixed-use project. Various holdups, including opposition from neighboring residents and City Hall, have stymied the effort. The latest Chiofaro proposal called for a pair of towers stretching to 600 and 550 feet and containing 1,300,000 square feet of condos, offices, retail, and hotel rooms, and encompassing a public space capped by a retractable roof. Mayor Marty Walsh's administration demurred, suggesting a single tower instead, and community opposition was particularly harsh in response to the twin-tower plan. Now it appears that that plan is a definite non-starter, suggesting that the project is once again indefinitely on hold.

What happened to suggest such finality? The city made it clear on Wednesday that it would not allow Chiofaro to build to more than 900,000 square feet total or higher than 600 feet, whatever the number of towers. The developer, for its part, "sounded a conciliatory note," according to the Globe's Tim Logan, and promised to "review our options moving forward." It has said it needs to build bigger to make the project financially feasible.

So once again the NIMBYs own Boston's waterfront having fended off this project. The next idea will probably be a car exhaust-inundated children's Exploratorium atop the garage so precious to aquarium officials.
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