As reported earlier in the month, the Boston Redevelopment Authority released its recommended guidelines for three key Downtown Waterfront sites including the Harbor Garage, Hook Lobster and Long Wharf. The BRA proposes a maximum height for the Harbor Garage of 600′ (up from 150′ current zoning) and minimum open space of 30% (down from 50%). For the Hook Lobster site, the BRA proposes a 305′ maximum height (up from 55′ current zoning) and 30% minimum open space (down from 50%). In addition to longstanding concerns from Harbor Tower residents and Preserve Boston’s Waterfront, the abutting New England Aquarium has weighed in this week with its own objections.
At a rare evening meeting on June 24th, the BRA and its consultants will review each site again as part of the ongoing Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee process (Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6-8pm, Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor). The complete 80+ page slide presentation is shown below.