The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) assigned to the dock square garage project reacted positively to recent changes made to the proposal in a discussion at the IAG’s Wednesday night meeting.
Developers appeared before the IAG to discuss changes they made to the plans for the Dock Square Garage since the last time they met several months ago.
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. The original plans called for a 209-foot tall building, but have now been reduced to 160 feet tall.
Proponents are also adding more green space around the perimeter of the building and retail space on the side facing the Greenway.
The new changes delighted the IAG.
“This is a huge improvement from what we saw before,” said Marc Margulies, Founder of Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “This is more elegant.”
Others said the new plans better frame Faneuil Hall Marketplace and will complement the neighborhood.
Project Manager Michael Sinatra said the team is currently working on a mitigation project for the area. They are considering working with the Greenway to help develop more public art spaces; however, specifics still need to be figured out.
Not everyone was happy about the changes. Resident Victor Brogna was alarmed to hear the new building will block the view of the Custom House Tower from Haymarket.
“I’m against it,” he said. “This shouldn’t happen.”
He was also worried about parking for patrons of Faneuil Hall. There are currently about 650 public parking spaces and the new development will use 150 to 200 of those spaces for residents.
“We need frequent turnover.,” said Brogna. “I am surprised we think we need fewer parking spots for that.”
Margulies suggested the new development have some sort of signage for tourists on where they are and places they could easily get to, especially the Harbor.
“I would like to encourage consideration for signage for people to learn where they are standing in terms of historical aspects, but also how they can get to different points in the city,” he said.
Developers stated they are already considering the idea.
The comment period for the project ends on February 22. Comments can be submitted here: www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/dock-square-garage.