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Boston Children's Hospital revising stalled Brookline project

Posted by Brock Parker  September 11, 2013 04:43 PM

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Boston Children’s Hospital is revising its long stalled plans to re-develop a large medical and general office building in Brookline Village.

The hospital notified the town in late August that it intends to commence planning and re-permitting 2-4 Brookline Place this fall and will likely seek zoning changes in the spring of next year.

Kara Brewton, Brookline’s economic development director, said if the zoning change is approved the hospital would still have to go through the town’s permitting process.

“We’re very glad that they are moving forward with the project even if it means another couple of years,” Brewton said.

The hospital was granted permits by the town in 2009 to tear down the building at 2 Brookline Place and erect an 8-story, 252,000-square-foot structure with medical and general office space. But Charles Weinstein, the vice president of real estate and planning development for Children’s Hospital, has said the project stalled as the economy crashed and rents were going down.

The re-designed development will include an 8-story office building at 2-4 Brookline Place with about 182,000 square feet and a new 47,000 square foot wing added to the existing 1 Brookline Place, according to a copy of the presentation that Brewton said the hospital gave Brookline’s Economic Development Advisory Board Monday. The new development would have a greater percentage of non-medical office space.

Instead of underground parking at 2-4 Brookline Place that had been included in the old plan, the hospital is considering a seven-level, above-ground parking garage at the site of an existing four-level garage. The new plan would create 169 fewer parking spaces, according to a copy of the presentation the hospital provided the town.

Brewton said the hospital would need Town Meeting to approve a zoning change for the above-ground parking plan.

Tuesday selectmen voted to establish a committee to work on the development proposal and any zoning changes that would need to go before Town Meeting.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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