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Old Garden Site to Sprout Supermarket, Target, Apartments



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Arena owner Delaware North and partner Boston Properties want to build two towers, each at least 430 feet high and totaling 1.3 million square feet of new space, on the site of the old Boston Garden demolished in 1998.

The towers, per Casey Ross at The Globe, would act as a gateway to the North Station area. "The buildings would be designed with generous amounts of glass and include a large archway leading visitors into the Garden. The complex would be situated over an entrance to North Station, providing easy transit access for residents, workers, and hotel guests."

But never mind all that, neat as it is (and complements as it does other development in the area, including the planned 38-story, 503-unit Nashua Street Residences nearby). The towers are slated to contain a 45,000-square-foot supermarket, a much-pined-for amenity in the area by residents (Stop & Shop is the brand being bandied about). There would also be—get this!—a multilevel Target. There would also be hundreds of apartments or condos and a hotel with up to 300 rooms.

That's in the 430-foot tower. The 440-foot one next to it would have 600,000 square feet of office space, plus retail at the base, including restaurants (in all, we're talking 300,000 square feet of retail space). No word yet from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, as everything is very much in the nascent stages

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http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/towers-pitched-for-old-boston-garden-site.php
Even by Boston terms, the development has taken a long time to come together, languishing through years of drawn-out Big Dig construction, the removal of the elevated Green Line tracks, and an economic downturn that stifled major real estate projects across the country. The project was initially approved by the state in 1989.

The Garden’s owner, Delaware North Cos., recently teamed up with Boston Properties Inc. to craft a new plan that includes more than 1.3 million square feet of new space. The towers would rise on the old site of the Boston Garden, which has been used for parking since its successor arena opened in 1995.

The project still needs approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, but the developers hope to begin construction later this year. Executives with Stop & Shop and Target declined to comment, as did Boston Properties and Delaware North.

A brochure being circulated about the project shows Target occupying multiple levels at the base of the complex, along with a supermarket that would have a prominent entrance on Causeway Street. The supermarket is not named in the brochure, but Stop & Shop has been looking at different locations in the neighborhood for several years.

http://www.boston.com/business/news...-apartments/dejhrk0DBgcNspqjVev2KM/story.html



 

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TD Garden Project Supermarket Could Free Trinity's One Canal To Get Underway

The worst kept secret that Boston Properties plans to build a supermarket as part of its proposed development at the TD Garden could free Trinity Financial to break ground on its stalled $175 million residential tower nearby on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

A Boston Globe story said Garden owner Delaware North Cos. and Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) are collaborating on a 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development in front of the arena that would include a 430-foot tower with apartments, hotel and a 45,000-square-foot supermarket. Construction on the project, which still needs city approval, could get underway this year, the Globe reported.

One Canal, Trinity’s project, has been on hold because Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the state’s Department of Transportation and the neighborhood have insisted on a signed lease with a supermarket before construction can commence. If Trinity can secure a market, they can proceed with a 435,000-square-foot development with 320 apartments, 21,000 square feet of retail and 159 indoor parking spaces for residents.
Talk about busy!



So Mayor Menino gets his supermarket and TD Garden will likely get a tall new neighbor! Plans for the 440 ft 'twin' haven't fully gelled tennant-wise so we'll await that [office/retail] proposal being fleshed out. :cheers:

The brochure by Boston Properties and Delaware North shows a 45,000-square-foot supermarket that would be situated on an underground level. Above the supermarket would be a 430-foot tower with hundreds of residences, a hotel with up to 300 rooms, and a multilevel Target.

A second tower would rise up to 440 feet and contain 600,000 square feet of offices above a retail base with a mix of shops and restaurants.

The buildings would be designed with generous amounts of glass and include a large archway leading visitors into the Garden. The complex would be situated over an entrance to North Station, providing easy transit access for residents, workers, and hotel guests.

In all, the project will have 300,000 square feet of retail space.

http://www.boston.com/business/news...-apartments/dejhrk0DBgcNspqjVev2KM/story.html
 

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There is a lot of development in Boston right now. Sadly, most of them top out around 20-25 stories, but every little bit helps.
 

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BOOM!

Garden Party! Tower Trio Joining West End's Spire Forest



At the dawn of this busy year, TD Garden owner Delaware North and developer Boston Properties pitched a plan to build two towers where the old Boston Garden once loomed. They were even going to have a Target and a supermarket as part of the grand plan, which included heights of (gasp!) 430 feet. Well, the Target soon disappeared. Now other changes have popped up.

The developers have filed new plans with the city for three towers rather than two, one of them a 600-foot godzilla with 497 residential units. The other two would be a 320-foot hotel with 306 rooms and an office tower stretching to 420 feet. All total, there would 668,000 square feet of office space; 142,000 square feet of flex space; 235,000 square feet for restaurant and retail, including maybe that supermarket as well as a cinema; and 800 underground parking spaces.

Architect? Elkus Manfredi of course!


 

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Menino to Boston Properties: Compromise on TD tower height



Mayor Thomas M. Menino urged Boston Properties to lower the height of its proposed 45-story residential tower in North Station on Thursday, insisting the developer consider neighborhood concerns about setting a precedent with a skyscraper at the TD Garden.

“There has to be a compromise someplace in this development,” Menino said. “I have faith in Boston Properties to work with the community. They have been excellent in other developments in the city and they will work on this one. I believe there will be a compromise.”

Menino’s comments came following Wednesday night’s contentious meeting hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and attended by representatives from Boston Properties and the Boston Garden Impact Advisory Group, a 13-member panel of residents and organizations appointed by City Hall to advise the administration on the 1.8-million-square-foot project development.

While the IAG representatives praised the project’s benefits, they pushed back on the height of the tower, urging that the tallest building be no higher than 400 feet, or about 30 stories. The current plan calls for a tower that would peak at 600 feet.

“We are thrilled with this project, but please understand that Boston is not Toronto,” said Kathleen Ryan. “The 600-foot tower will set a precedent for our neighborhood because all the other developments coming after this will say Boston Properties got that height.”


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Stupid nimbys. The only city I can think of with a nimby infestation rivalling that of Boston is San Francisco. A real shame that two of the cities in America that can support some of the most significant skyscraper growth amongst US cities are plagued by such idiocy.
 

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NIMBYs Attack!

Residents Crash Garden Party, Beg City to Scale Back Tower



Never mind the Earth's rotation, you can set your watch by the opposition to building bigger and denser in Boston. The latest kerfuffle? Over the scope of the $1 billion expansion of TD Garden, especially its 45-story residential tower.

Recall that the news recently broke that the project was likely to move forward behind lucrative tax breaks from the city, with a formal vote by everyone's favorite rubber stamp, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, coming next week. Developer Boston Properties and TD Garden operator Delaware North would build three towers and a retail podium: 1.7 million square feet in total with a 20-story hotel, a 25-story office building, and that 45-story, 500-unit residential building, which, at 600 feet, would be one of the tallest towers in Boston.

But! Some residents have said the residential tower is too tall by 200 feet or so. And! Now about half of the 13-member Boston Garden Impact Advisory Group have petitioned Mayor Tom Menino to please listen to them, saying their concerns over the height, the added traffic and the tax breaks have been ignored. It's not clear the mayor cares, but BRA Director Peter Meade is going to meet with them today, according to Thomas Grillo at the Boston Business Journal.
 

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Of course, the traffic concerns are valid, but that just points out that money should be spent on Boston's transit systems, too. Besides, the investment from construction and new tenants would quickly and easily offset the cost of the tax breaks in a city like Boston.

Really is a shame that so many are opposed to more dramatically increasing the housing supply in one of the more expensive parts of the city, particularly considering that this particular spot seems ideal for residential properties (right next to downtown, a t stop, events at the Garden, etc.). Here's to hoping Menino doesn't listen.
 

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Of course, the traffic concerns are valid, but that just points out that money should be spent on Boston's transit systems, too. Besides, the investment from construction and new tenants would quickly and easily offset the cost of the tax breaks in a city like Boston.

Really is a shame that so many are opposed to more dramatically increasing the housing supply in one of the more expensive parts of the city, particularly considering that this particular spot seems ideal for residential properties (right next to downtown, a t stop, events at the Garden, etc.). Here's to hoping Menino doesn't listen.
I think Menino will go ahead with it. He's leaving office soon and doesn't have to humor these schmucks any more...
 

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Come on! It is right next to a major train station! There shouldn't be much traffic at all unless they (likely the same Nimby's) are going to require a huge amount of parking.
 

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Come on! It is right next to a major train station! There shouldn't be much traffic at all unless they (likely the same Nimby's) are going to require a huge amount of parking.
The Green Line is bursting at the seems and the Orange Line needs an overhaul , theres some valid concerns.
 
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