September 21, 2010
How cool is this proposal? Yesterday the latest proposal to re-vitalize the Boston Waterfront was released by Developer Donald Chiofaro that included two sharply angled towers with a maximum height that is 400 feet above the city’s new height limit for the property.
One of the two towers actually tops out at 615 feet while the smaller of the two would reach 470 feet. Just last month mind you the city approved new zoning guidelines that placed a cap on height restrictions at that property location at just 200 feet.
The property sits adjacent to the New England Aquarium between the Greenway and the Boston Harbor. Chiofaro’s plan would include office space, residences and a hotel that would sit next to a sweeping waterfront square with stores and restaurants.
But don’t get too excited. The Boston Redevelopment Authority known for their hard guidelines, showed little interest in compromising with Chhiofaro’s bold height statement, telling him to follow the next steps in the city’s process.
Issuing a statement they said that they “will not use scarce resources to respond to the latest PR scheme for this site.” They didn’t mention Chiofaro by name referring to him only as the property’s majority owner.
Both sides agree the site is a very important location in the city that needs to be redeveloped carefully to showcase both the Greenway and the waterfront. The current concrete garage which sits on the site is not only an eye sore but also obscures the Aquarium from view.
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