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Massport OK lifts Chiofaro proposal

By Katie Johnston Chase
Globe Staff / June 29, 2010

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The Massachusetts Port Authority has approved the height of two waterfront skyscrapers that developer Donald J. Chiofaro has proposed building near the New England Aquarium.

Chiofaro originally wanted the buildings to be more than 700 feet tall but has agreed to bring them down to 615 feet to be in compliance with Massport guidelines for airspace near Logan International Airport.

Massport spokesman Matthew Brelis said, “615 feet at that location would not degrade Logan’s airspace.’’

Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration is still needed.

Boston city officials have expressed opposition to the height of Chiofaro’s proposed 45- and 50-story skyscrapers and said the buildings should be limited to 200 feet to prevent them from casting shadows over the Greenway and Boston Harbor.