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Filene Tower by snagshead67, on Flickr

New rendering, April 12, 2013


http://wickedlocalbostonhomes.com/2...wer-introduces-new-level-of-luxurious-living/

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This is the infamous giant hole in downtown crossing, which has been there for 3-4 years now. Here is the new proposal. I'll try to fill in more information later but have to run to class now.

http://www.boston.com/businessupdat...filene-site/wEoaIGrhy00rwcUpYPpETM/story.html


http://gregcookland.com/journal/category/uncategorized/


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New street level rendering April 12, 2013:


http://bostonherald.com/business/re...board_backs_millennium_tower_project_downtown




 

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Erbse, it's a facadectomy. The outer walls that you posted are still standing, but the inside has been gutted and a large hole was dug. The original tower then died as a victim of the recession, and the walls have stood guarding the hole ever since. There's also an another old building that is still standing, but is missing the wall that was connected to the part that was torn down (which was just the addition built in the 1970's, not a big loss except for the store beneath it). Most of the historical value should ultimately be retained.
 

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Thanks for the clarification on this one, DZH.

I'll be living in Boston for some time and see if I can provide regular updates then.
 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Millennium Tower

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, by Tom Acitelli



The mother of all recent Boston towers is taking shape. When, in early February, Ritz Carlton developer Millennium Partners announced it was taking the lead on filling the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing, the news was greeted with an admixture of joy and relief. Something at the site! A new apartment tower in a tight housing market! Vornado not leading the building! At the announcement, details were scarce of what exactly would go up. Not anymore. The developer stepped up yesterday and dropped a doozy on us all. Let's see:

· It will be called Millennium Tower and will be 606 feet tall and about 55 floors.

· That's a lot taller than the 39 floors and 495 feet Vornado, the New York-based real estate investor, had planned back in mid-decade but never quite got around to building. It will be the fourth-tallest tower in Boston.

· It will have 500 units, both condos and rentals, again a lot more than Vornado ever planned (163); and, according to the developer, 230,000 square feet of "active and varied retail shopping on the lower floors reaching across the entire site." Target's even a possibility, which means Downtown Crossing's really arrived.

· To put the 500 units in perspective, the planned 47-story Copley Place, Boston's future tallest condo tower, will have 318.

· It will have 525 underground parking spaces.

· The historic Burnham Building will be renovated and incorporated into the sleek, glassy design by Handel Architects.

· The whole shebang will cost $615 million.

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Millennium Tower News



Filene’s tower a rising star

Millennium details plan as crucial reviews loom


Developer Millennium Partners heads into a key community review next week for its planned 625-foot skyscraper at the Filene’s block in Downtown Crossing. A newly formed Impact Advisory Group of neighbors and community leaders starts its review of the revised project on Monday, followed by a community meeting next Wednesday.

The ramp-up in the regulatory process comes as the developer unloaded a treasure trove of details about its $615 million Millennium Tower and Burnham Building project in a 400-page filing with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. “This is a terrific milestone for the project,” said BRA spokeswoman Susan Elsbree. “This continues the momentum in Downtown Crossing, and the BRA looks forward to working with the developer and community to move this forward.”

Millennium took control of the project from Vornado Realty Trust in February. Since then, the Boston Civic Design Commission has been scrutinizing the skyscraper’s design by Handel Architects, while the Boston Landmarks Commission looked at a plan to demolish what’s left of a 1905 building on the site. Millennium noted that — unlike the previously approved project that stalled in the Great Recession — its tower will stand apart from the historic Burnham Building, except for two floors of retail space running through the site along Washington Street.

The wedge-shaped tower — replacing an ugly hole in the ground — would contain 600 residential units, while stores and 185,000 square feet of offices would fill up the Burnham. An underground parking garage would fit 550 cars, including 250 for the public.

Millennium said it will create 2,300 jobs and contribute up to $2.8 million for streetscape upgrades. The developer hopes to start construction next spring, with the Burnham Building renovation lasting 18 months and the Millennium Tower taking three years.

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BRA Set To Approve Millennium Tower at Fine's Site Tonight; New Renders Forthcoming


The massive Millennium Tower, a $620 million skyscraper development deemed the best bet by many to reverse the fortunes of Downtown Crossing, stands poised to win city approval today.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board will vote on the project at this evening’s meeting, seven months after developer Millennium Partners took the reins of the stalled real estate venture that left a crater at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets, an infamous eyesore in the center of the city’s well-traveled shopping district.

All signs point to a green light from the BRA, given the mayor’s support and the developer’s plan to replace a hole in the ground and renovate the historic Burnham Building, former home of defunct retailer Filene’s. Much of the regulatory review and public input was condensed in the past month, but the developer and city officials insist it was no rush job.
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City approves 625-foot tower at former Filene's site



The stalled Filene’s project in Boston’s Downtown Crossing moved a step closer to construction on Thursday night as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Millennium Partners' proposal for a $615 million tower.

Plans for the Millennium Tower and Burnham Building include 600 condominiums and apartments, up to 218,000 square feet of office space and as much as 231,000 square feet of retail.

The project will preserve and renovate the historic Burnham Building – home of the former Filene’s department store and Filene's Basement – and add a new, 625-foot residential tower to the Hub skyline. When completed it will be taller than Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot, 46-story One International Place in the Financial District.

“I am proud of the decisive progress being made by Millennium Partners just eight months after announcing their lead on the Millennium Tower and Burnham Building,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a statement. “This iconic development will invigorate the heart of our city with new residents, business owners and private investment, solidifying the promise of Downtown Crossing.”
 

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Yay! So glad there will be something new in Boston to see! And it says "new renders forthcoming", but frankly I think the massing model they've got there is pretty square on the head; modern, but nothing outlandish. It'll help bring the city into the modern architectual era without looking out of place.
 

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I love Boston... could see the hole real life. I'm glad the city is finally getting a considerable higher building proposal. Too bad it won't beat the John Hankock tower unless there's a height increase but I doubt it.
 

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Oh, well nevermind then. It's about time we started getting some more residential towers, considering the way real estate is in Boston.

@Eric Offereins: This will be by far the tallest residential tower, but there are 2 taller office towers currently (Hancock Place at 790' and the ugly ugly ugly Prudential Center at 750'), and there is a supertall proposed, though I don't know how good the odds are on that one.
 

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I'm baffled by the hatred for the Prudential Center. It is a fantastic example of 60's modernism and was considered iconic when built. It still is.
 
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