The limits of building on top of an existing parking garage became apparent at last week’s public meeting with Dock Square Garage owner, Fortis Group and their architect team, Stantec. The need to retain internal ramps will result in little external change along Surface Road and the Greenway, other than recladding and new landscaping. In addition to height and shadow concerns, meeting attendees criticized the parking-centric plan which is coming at the expense of activating the ground levels around the large structure in the center of the Market District.
“Tens of thousands” of dollars are generated daily from the 698-space garage located next to popular Faneuil Hall Marketplace, according to the proponents. The garage is expected to remain open while they add 10 floors of luxury condominiums to create a 194 foot high structure. Developer Fortis Property Group of New York acquired the garage, which was built in 1980 and renovated in 2007, for $170 million in September 2017.
Proponents said they would look to see if some space could be made available, perhaps for a small cafe, along Surface Road. Otherwise, the external garage walls will remain as well as the tour buses that park on the roadway across from what is known as the Greenway’s parcel 12.
A new pocket park is planned at the Clinton Street corner where the Hard Rock Cafe is located today. The entrance to the residential portion of the building will also be on that side of the structure. A new condo lobby would reduce the retail space from 15,000 to approximately 8,000 square feet.
Using a graduated floor plan, architects attempted to minimize shadows on Quincy Market and the Greenway parks. However, the parks from the North End Greenway to Christopher Columbus Park are still impacted by significant new shadows during some seasons. Custom House views are also significantly reduced from the North End side of the Greenway.
When complete, a 10-story, 253,000-square-foot spiral-shaped addition would include 195 condominium residences, expanding the garage to 17 stories and 209 feet tall as well as 535,000 square feet in size. The condos would include an outdoor patio/courtyard, a pool and rooftop green terraces. Twenty-five residences would be designated affordable.
Clinton Street is expected to remain open during construction that is anticipated to last approximately two years, commencing in the second quarter of 2019 and concluding in the second quarter of 2021.
The latest presentation slides are shown below and more information is contained in the Project Notification Form (pdf). A Planned Development Area (PDA) filing is also expected in the near future. The current comment period runs through April 13, 2018. Comments can be emailed to the Boston Planning & Redevelopment Agency Senior Project Manager, Michael Rooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.