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Bulfinch Triangle hotel, apartment building OK'd by city

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 17, 2012 10:29 AM

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A building project that would add a hotel and hundreds of apartments to Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood has been approved by city officials.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority, at a public hearing Thursday, gave the go-ahead to the developers of the proposed building that is planned for the intersection of Beverly and Causeway Streets.

The 149-foot tall, block long building, known as the Merano building, would house 230 residential apartments and a 210-room hotel with restaurant and retail space on the ground floor.

“We hope that our project will further the revitalization of that neighborhood and make it a true neighborhood where not only people can work and play but live in large numbers,” Michael Barowsky, of the Boston Development Group, told the authority.

The building was originally designed as a pair of hotels and offices, but the project stalled with the economy in 2008, and the developers retooled the project.

The project’s architect Chris Coios of CBT Architects said the building’s height is in line with other’s in the area, which range from 115 to 151 feet. Sections of the building will also be offset to look more like the smaller buildings in the area.

Barowsky said that while the two-story garage in the building holds just 184 parking spaces, he expects most residents will be walkers, bicyclists, and subway riders given the building’s location.

The developers have also set aside $937,000 in community mitigation fund to offset the project’s impact on traffic and intersections. They also plan to construct a small triangle of parkland south of the building.

When asked by the board if neighbors support the project, Barowsky said, “They’re working with us, yes.”
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