The Boston Planning & Development Agency held a public meeting Monday night to discuss the planned development area of the dock square building project. Most notably, a change in the plans has reduced the overall addition from ten new stories to seven new stories.
The plan is to build a seven-story, 220,000 square-foot addition on top of the current garage, and add 30,000 square feet of residential space to the lower floors. After several meetings with neighborhood groups, the developers are dropping the height of the building from their original plans. The building would now be 14 stories total (seven new stories built on top of the current seven stories). This would make the building 160 feet tall, down from the original plan of 209 feet tall.
In addition, the proponents are adding more green space around the perimeter of the building and retail space on the side facing the Greenway. Project Manager Michael Sinatra imagines small restaurants and boutiques will reside in the newly designed building.
The parking garage is still expected to remain open during construction.
Despite the changes made, residents are still concerned about the plans.
“We are losing Boston’s historical assets in favor of economic assets,” said Victor Brogna.
Others argued that a 14-story building is not meant for that area of Boston and that it will overshadow the historical treasures in the neighborhood. Some said they don’t like the design of the building, saying development in the city is too focused on heavily glass-only structures.
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.
Some residents are worried about the future of the street performers at Faneuil Hall. Sinatra said residents in the new building would sign a lease that includes explanation of the street performers, and that they should expect noise during the day and evening hours.
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