City approves 40-story South Station tower
A Houston development company received City Hall zoning approval today to build a slender, 40-story office tower designed by the firm of famed architect Cesar Pelli above South Station in Boston.
Nearly a decade in planning, the proposed development by Hines Interests also includes a $40 million expansion of the bus station at South Station and, in later phases, construction of a hotel along Atlantic Avenue, condominiums, and another office building. The complex totals 1.7 million square feet of new construction.
Construction is expected to commence next year, which would it among the first of a new generation of office towers that have been proposed for the Boston skyline. The first phase of the project -- which includes the Pelli tower and bus station expansion -- is projected to cost $500 million.
Hines is building the complex in partnership with a development arm of Tufts University, TUDC LLC.
(By Thomas C. Palmer Jr., Globe staff)
Proposed South Station tower