If it were downtown they [the developers] wouldn't even have bothered with anything over 600 ft. But in the Back Bay NIMBYs only cry about transportation.Knowing Boston, it will probably be shortened at least 100ft before it goes through, if it goes through. A great city, but a mediocre skyline because of reactionary nimbys.
May go past 700 ft:I'd like to believe NIMBY's wouldn't complain about the height with the Pru right next door, but there is a sense of entitlement in the Back Bay, so we'll see. If this and Copley get built, combined with Millenium, Government Center Garage redevelopment, Nashua St...we may see a dramatic improvement in the skyline over the next few years. It is nice to see more than one project proposed over 600 ft. As I have said before, I will remain cautiously optimistic. When I see piles being driving into the ground and steel rising, then I will be excited.
http://www.archboston.org/community/showpost.php?p=176334&postcount=456They seem to be set on a triangular shape for the tower.
The height is listed as 691' plus mechanicals putting it over 700'.
What's that about Bostonians being scared of heights? The city on Thursday green-lighted what will be the tallest residential tower in Boston, a 691-foot, 58-story spire at the edge of the Christian Science Plaza.
The tower is part of a 950,000-square-foot plaza development expected to start next year and to include another residential tower, this one a mere 25 stories. The taller tower will include 255 apartments; 170 condos; and about 250 hotel rooms. It will be designed by the same architect who did the John Hancock Tower in the 1970s. It will be 99 feet shorter than that, the city's tallest tower, but it will surpass two other planned buildings that were to be the city's tallest residential ones: the Millennium Tower and the addition to Copley Square, both slated for 625 feet.
The 691-foot height—and the reaction to it—stands athwart a major trend in Boston development: that of the OMFG-not-tall reaction that has truncated many a Roark-ian shoot. As Casey Ross points out in The Globe: "During a Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting Thursday night, a long line of stakeholders spoke in favor of the project. No one spoke against it."
Christian Science Plaza Towers
In early September, the city signed off on a mega-project at the Christian Science Plaza that includes a 691-foot, 58-story tower with 255 apartments, 170 condos and about 250 hotel rooms. When completed, it will be Boston's tallest residential building. Another tower, this one a mere 25 stories, is also part of the 950,000-square-foot scheme. Construction is scheduled to start early this year.
What kind of science will be conducted here anyway?^^You should look up Christian Science. It's kinda wacky, but as far as I know, it's pretty much unique within Christianity.
Anyway, more than happy to see the city's nimbyism/ant-skyscraper attitude changing, and I can hardly think of a more appropriate place to build this kind of tower.