Owners of the Government Center Garage have replaced Ted Raymond as the developer of the property and have decided to keep the garage and upper floor offices in place, at least in the short-term. Raymond had proposed a multi-tower office plan for the property up to 600 feet in height which ran into fierce opposition from West End/North End/Beacon Hill neighborhood groups, the BRA’s Impact Advisory Group and the Mayor’s Office.
Both the Globe and the Herald are reporting that Thomas O’Brien, a former BRA director, will replace the Raymond Company, manage the site and eventually present a new plan for redevelopment. For now, the owners will keep the garage and lease the upper floors being vacated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
It was apparent that all sides involved in the redevelopment process were frustrated (see IAG Throws Up Yellow Flag on the Government Center Garage Plan) and Raymond had been complaining of the costs in revising his plans based on feedback from the original proposal. The owners of the property are National Electrical Benefit Fund and Acorn Asst Management who bought it for $243 million in 2007.
The North End’s Nancy Caruso is quoted in the Herald as saying, “We don’t need an office tower. We need a supermarket, a school and affordable housing and parking.”