Boston’s skyline hasn’t changed very much since the mid-1980s, but that’s all about to change. A number of plans for new skyscrapers have been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority that could give the city a new look in a few years.
Development company HYM reduced the height of the main office building in its design for a new Government Center Garage (pictured) from 600 feet to 528 in response to neighbors’ concerns, so it will likely have a limited effect on the skyline.
Check out some of the proposed skyscrapers, and take a look at which currently standing buildings are about to relinquish their dominance of our city’s skyline.
South Bay Tower
Location: Kneeland and Albany streets
Height: 800 feet
This skyscraper will be built on the 10 acres of land freed up by the Big Dig, near Chinatown. It will hold offices, condos and apartments, a hotel, and shops, according to Emporis.
Christian Science Plaza tower
Location: corner of Belvidere and Dalton Streets
Height: 691 feet
The tallest building in the Christian Science Plaza’s extensive renovation project will also be the tallest residential building in the city. The tower will hold 425 residences. Plans for the project were approved on September 12, and construction is expected to begin early next year.
Trans National Place
Location: 115 Federal St.
Height: up to 1,000 feet
The building project for this 1,000 foot tall skyscraper was put on hold in 2008 due to financial difficulties and objections from the FAA that the building’s height would interfere with airplanes taking off and landing at Logan Airport. Trans National Group owner Steve Belkin has renewed his efforts to construct the skyscraper, but it will likely have to be shorter than originally planned. The building plans also called for public parks on the ground level and on the rooftop. Its main usage will be for offices, according to Emporis.
The design pictured above is Renzo Piano’s initial design for the skyscraper. Piano is no longer part of the project, and no new designs have been released.
South Station Tower
Location: Atlantic Avenue at Summer Street
Height: 621 feet
The skyscraper, perched on top of South Station, will hold offices, condos, and a 200-room hotel and provide parking for 900 cars, according to Emporis.
Location: 426 Washington St.
Height: 606 feet
Redevelopment near the old Filene’s location at Downtown Crossing resumed construction recently after advertising firm Arnold Worldwide signed on as a tenant. The complex includes offices, stores, and apartments. The original Filene’s storefront will also be restored and turned into usable retail and office space.
TD Garden Towers
Location: Causeway Street
Height: 600 feet
Boston Properties and Delaware North have filed plans to construct three towers housing offices, a hotel, and residences on Causeway Street. The project would expand TD Garden by 40,000 square feet and have walking paths to connect the towers to North Station.
Location: 200 Clarendon St.
Height: 790 feet
Year completed: 1976
Hancock Place currently stands as Boston’s tallest building. Its exterior is made of 10,344 reflective panes, and inside it holds commercial office space.
Location: 800 Boylston St.
Height: 750 feet
Year completed: 1964
Boston’s much-loved Pru is home to offices and restaurants in the Back Bay. It shares 3,028 underground parking spaces with the rest of the Prudential Center shopping complex and boasts an observation deck on the 50th floor.
Federal Reserve Bank building
Location: 600 Atlantic Ave.
Height: 614 feet
Year completed: 1977
Often referred to as “the washboard,’’ the Federal Reserve Bank building houses office space for the Italian and Japanese consulates as well as insurance agencies, management companies, and of course, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. It is located near South Station, at the edges of the Fort Point and Financial District neighborhoods.
One Boston Place
Location: 201 Washington St.
Height: 601 feet
Year completed: 1970
In 2002, the BNY Mellon Center, also known as One Boston Place, underwent a $6 million renovation to its lobby featuring green onyx, mahogany, and African cherry wood, according to Emporis. The office building located across the street from the historic Old State House, providing a striking juxtaposition of old and new.
Location: 1 International Place
Height: 600 feet
Year completed: 1987
International Place is one of the Boston skyline’s most recent additions, despite the fact that it’s 26 years old. The office building consists of three connected structures near the Waterfront.