The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board approved the hotly contested development plan at Dock Square Garage at its June 13th meeting. The project is located at 20 Clinton Street between the Haymarket Hotel (Parcel 9, under construction) site and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, directly across Surface Road from the Greenway’s Parcel 12.
The proponent (FPG DS Owner One, LLC and FPG DS Owner Two, LLC) recently purchased the garage and intends to build a 6-story vertical addition of residential space along with a horizontal expansion to the existing structure. Most of the existing parking will be retained, with new public realm space added on the North Street ground floor side and a new lobby entrance where the Hard Rock Cafe is today.
The original plans called for a 209-foot-tall building but after BPDA and community review, the approved plan is for a 125 feet tall building. The structure will be 420,000 gross square footage with 209 residential units and 27 of those units being income restricted. There will also be about 450 parking spaces.
According to the BPDA, the reduced total building height is pursuant to the Greenway District Planning Study Use and Development Guidelines adopted in 2010.
The BPDA Board approval comes after a meeting with the Boston Civic Design Committee (BCDC) in late May. In March, the BCDC rejected the plan causing the BPDA to make changes.
The design team was inspired by sea shells for the exterior looks. The outside of the building will have a shiny, bronzy feel to it as well as glass mixed in with the building. The original featured more glass. They also plan on having public art spaces on the Greenway (Parcel 12) side of the building as part of their mitigation project.
To accommodate a new ground-floor residential lobby, the existing commercial space will be reconfigured to approximately 11,500 square feet, including a new commercial space facing Surface Road. The plaza at Clinton & North Street will also be transformed as part of the public realm requirements.