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New public meeting set, comment period extended for Trinity Place tower

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  September 3, 2013 12:05 PM

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The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host second public meeting today to discuss the proposed 33-story hotel and condominium tower at 40 Trinity Place.

The project would demolish the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center to build a 400-foot-tall building housing a hotel, residences, and restaurants at the corner of Trinity Place and Stuart Street.

The 369,370-square-foot tower would house approximately 142 residential units, a 220-room hotel with conference center space, two restaurants, and roughly 100 parking spaces for residents on the fourth and fifth floors.

The project site also includes the air rights over a portion the adjacent University Club of Boston at 426 Stuart St.

At a previous public meeting on July 30, area residents expressed concerns about the size of the project, and its impact on wind and traffic. Residents asked that, given the scope of the project and the number of people on vacation during the month of August, that the comment deadline be extended and another public meeting be held to give neighbors more time to study the project.

In a letter to Boston Redevelopment Authority director Peter Meade, state representatives Jay Livingstone, Aaron Michlewitz, and Byron Rushing said there was not adequate time for neighbors to spread the word about the meeting and “we fear that affected parties may not have time to learn about the details of the project and miss their only opportunity to offer feedback to the BRA on the project.”

The lawmakers said, “developments such as the 40 Trinity Place project have a major impact on the surrounding neighborhoods, and it is urgent that members of the public and neighborhood associations have the opportunity to learn about how the project may affect their lives and offer feedback to ultimately improve the project.”

Now, a second meeting to discuss the 40 Trinity Place project will be held Tuesday, September 3, in the Dome Room of the Lenox Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Residents can submit comments to the BRA until September 16.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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