BRA says high-rise project should include a school
Boston officials have directed the company that proposes to redevelop the hulking Government Center garage as a pair of skyscrapers to study building a K-8 school as part of the $2.2 billion project.
In an initial response to the proposal, the Boston Redevelopment Authority told Raymond Property Co. to consider devoting up to 97,000 square feet to a school.
BRA officials also asked Raymond to consider design changes to differentiate the proposed office towers, which would be 42 and 52 stories tall.
The property straddles Congress Street along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.
The development would also include residences, a hotel, and stores.
The BRA’s response indicated Raymond would have to build a new police station and relocate social service agencies to win approval to build part of the project on city-owned land. Under current plans, Raymond wants to build the larger tower on city property.
Raymond Property Co.’s statement called the project an opportunity ‘‘to take down this eyesore and build a great new addition to the area.’’
Thorough review and community input ‘‘will only serve to strengthen our proposal,’’ the company said.
(By Casey Ross, Globe staff)