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ICYMI, another HUGE project was approved by the city of Boston last week. Boston Properties received unanimous approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency board last Thursday for their air-rights project above the MBTA’s Back Bay Station.
The project will add 1.3+ million-square-feet of mixed-use development, including a new 34-story building,office building with ground floor retail, two new residential buildings, a one- to two-story vertical retail expansion of the existing Back Bay Station building, and the partial redevelopment of the existing 165 Dartmouth Street Garage. For more information visit bldup.com.
This Sunday, July 23rd (from 10AM – 6PM), Newbury Street will be open only to pedestrians between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue.
The event, officially known as “Open Newbury”, has many retailers hosting promotions to entice pedestrians who are expected to come and enjoy the one mile promenade through Back Bay.
About three weeks ago James Sutherland snapped and shared this beautiful photo of the Boston Public Garden. Since then the Public Garden has transformed as the trees have flowered and the buds have been replaced with leaves, but I loved this photo with Boston’s Back Bay off in the distance, seemingly enveloped in fog.
Back Bay/South End Gateway proposal will include 1,260,000 sq ft
Last month the development team for the Back Bay/South End Gateway project shared their revised plans to transform the MBTA Back Bay station, the neighboring 100 Clarendon St. parking garage, as well as the entire block bound by Dartmouth, Stuart, Clarendon streets and Columbus Avenue, which also includes four air-rights parcels.
Their plans call for a sprawling mixed-use complex that includes three new high-rises that would accommodate residential, retail and office space, including an office tower with ground level retail. In addition, a new 11,000 square-foot public plaza has been proposed for the Clarendon Street side of the station.
Images below were provided from the February 1, 2017 documents shared with the Boston Planning and Development Agency. All images are from the Back Bay / South End Gateway Project Draft Environmental Impact Report. Click on the images below to enlarge.
More modifications will likely be made before it gets board approval. Public comments on the project will be accepted until April 16 and can be directed to Michael Rooney, project manager for the Planning & Development Agency, at Michael.Rooney@boston.gov. For more information on the project link here.
Photo courtesy of Weiner Ventures
Did you hear? A developer has asked the city to review a proposal to build two residential towers over the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mass Ave and Boylston Street meet. According to the article on Curbed Boston, one building would be 39 stories and the second would be 24 floors; combined they would include as many as 330+ condominiums / apartments.
Boston has a checkered past approving developments that span air rights because the cost often requires developers to build towers taller than neighborhood groups like. I’m curious to see how this proposal is received because I would LOVE to see the pike covered all the way down to Fenway.
NOTE: The shorter S-shaped image next to the proposed 1000 Boylston is not part of the developer’s proposal. That is a separate development called The Viola that is expected to start construction in 2019 and will include a 156-room hotel, 88 condos, 138 parking spaces, community areas and 26,000 square feet of retail space. The building’s footprint will stretch from Mass. Ave to Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar on Boylston Street and would feature a distinctive s-shape.
Next Sunday (August 7) the city plans to shut down Newbury Street to traffic for one day only, offering a pedestrian-friendly street free of traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The idea is being borrowed from other pedestrian-friendly cities like Paris where the Champs-Élysées is now closed one day per month to cars.
The city is promoting the event using the hashtag #OpenNewbury on Twitter.
Back in 2013, in honor of the death of DOMA, three small heart shaped locks were shackled to the ugly chain link fence over the Massachusetts Turnpike on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay.
Since the summer of 2013, many more locks have been added and now the chain link fence is covered by several hundred padlocks; each presumably to symbolize and commemorate relationships here in Boston. Some of the locks have names, dates, or quotes written on them, which you can read if you look closely.