Boston’s skyline hasn’t changed very much since the mid-1980s, but that’s all about to change. A number of plans for new skyscrapers have been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority that could give the city a new look in a few years.
Development company Millennium Partners is spending an estimated $690 million to build a 625-foot tower and an abutting eight-story building at the site of the former Filene’s department store. The skyscraper, scheduled to open in 2016, and the smaller Burnham building, scheduled to open in 2015, will include feature luxury residential units, office space and retail, including a Roche Brothers supermarket and a Primark clothing store.
Some tall building plans have been scaled back a bit. Development company HYM reduced the height of the main office building in its design for a new Government Center Garage (pictured) from 600 feet to 528 in response to neighbors’ concerns.
Check out some of the proposed skyscrapers, and take a look at which currently standing buildings are about to relinquish their dominance of our city’s skyline. Next
Location: 426 Washington St.
Height: 625 feet
The city granted a $7.8 million tax break to help with the $690 million redevelopment of the former Filene’s site in Downtown Crossing. The tax incentives will be spread over a 13-year period and will be passed along to retail and office tenants who agree to open on the property. Advertising firm Arnold Worldwide was first to sign on as a tenant. Roche Brothers Supermarkets also plans to open a store there as does fashion retailer Primark. The complex includes offices, stores, and luxury apartments. The original Filene’s storefront will also be restored and turned into usable retail and office space. Next
Four Seasons at the Christian Science Plaza
Location: corner of Belvidere and Dalton Streets
Height: 699 feet
The tallest building in the Christian Science Plaza’s extensive renovation project will also be the city’s tallest residential building in the city. The city’s second Four Seasons building will contain hotels and luxury condos, and construction is expected to begin soon. Next
Trans National Place
Location: 115 Federal St.
Height: up to 1,000 feet
The building project for this 1,000 foot tall skyscraper was put on hold in 2008 due to financial difficulties and objections from the FAA that the building’s height would interfere with airplanes taking off and landing at Logan Airport. In 2012, Trans National Group owner Steve Belkin renewed his efforts to construct the skyscraper, but it will likely have to be shorter than originally planned. The building plans also called for public parks on the ground level and on the rooftop. Its main usage will be for offices, according to Emporis.
The design pictured above is Renzo Piano’s initial design for the skyscraper. Piano is no longer part of the project, and no new designs have been released, but this week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh again revived the plans telling the Boston Business Journal that the city plans to demolish a parking garage at the site. Next
South Station Tower
Location: Atlantic Avenue at Summer Street
Height: 600-plus feet
Construction of the skyscraper, approved by the city in 2006, has not started and the project remains in limbo. Plans have called for perching offices, condos, and a 200-room hotel atop South Station, along with parking for 900 cars. The Boston Business Journal reported last year that the developer, Hines Interests, is reworking the plan and expects to release new designs this year. Next
TD Garden Towers
Location: Causeway Street
Height: up to 600 feet
Floors: 60 stories
Boston Properties and Delaware North have received approval for their $950-million plan to construct three towers featuring offices, a hotel, residences, retail, a supermarket, restaurants, and parking on Causeway Street. The city gave the project $7.8 million in tax breaks. Next
Location: 200 Clarendon St.
Height: 790 feet
Year completed: 1976
Hancock Place currently stands as Boston’s tallest building. Its exterior is made of 10,344 reflective panes, and inside it holds commercial office space. Next
Location: 800 Boylston St.
Height: 750 feet
Year completed: 1964
Boston’s much-loved Pru is home to offices and restaurants in the Back Bay. It shares 3,028 underground parking spaces with the rest of the Prudential Center shopping complex and boasts an observation deck on the 50th floor. Next
Federal Reserve Bank building
Location: 600 Atlantic Ave.
Height: 614 feet
Year completed: 1977
Often referred to as “the washboard,” the Federal Reserve Bank building houses office space for the Italian and Japanese consulates as well as insurance agencies, management companies, and of course, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. It is located near South Station, at the edges of the Fort Point and Financial District neighborhoods. Next
One Boston Place
Location: 201 Washington St.
Height: 601 feet
Year completed: 1970
In 2002, the BNY Mellon Center, also known as One Boston Place, underwent a $6 million renovation to its lobby featuring green onyx, mahogany, and African cherry wood, according to Emporis. The office building located across the street from the historic Old State House, providing a striking juxtaposition of old and new. Next
Location: 1 International Place
Height: 600 feet
Year completed: 1987
International Place is one of the Boston skyline’s most recent additions, despite the fact that it’s 26 years old. The office building consists of three connected structures near the Waterfront. Back to the beginning
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