Yet another development project that will change Boston’s skyline has been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).
Last week, HYM Investment Group filed plans to replace the 11-story Government Center Garage with a with a 45-story apartment building and a 48-story office tower, a 24-story apartment building, a 23-story hotel and condominium building, a nine-story office building and a four story retail property.
According to HYM’s plans filed with the BRA the mixed use project will total 2.9 million sq. ft. but is scaled down from previous developers’ plans for the garage. Before HYM took over the project three years ago, Raymond Property Co. met opposition from West End, North End and Beacon Hill residents as well as Mayor Thomas Menino. The former development team pitched building two towers at 42 and 52 stories. Neighbors argued the plan, which also included condos, office space, retail and a hotel, was too tall and too dense.
“Our goal is to take a large, underutilized concrete parking structure that no longer contributes to today’s reinvigorated urban downtown and transform it into a place that residents, companies, their employees, and visitors will embrace as another great Boston destination,” said HYM Managing Director Thomas O’Brien in a press statement. “The surrounding neighborhoods will engage with each other again.”
According to last week’s filing the project would reconnect neighborhoods long divided by the garage like Beacon Hill, the North and West Ends as well as the Bulfinch Triangle.
This is the third large scale project pitched for the area.
Recently Delaware North Cos. and Boston Properties, filed a letter of intent with the BRA to build a 600 ft. mixed-use tower to serve as the gateway to the TD Garden on Causeway Street. The team proposes to build an attractive entrance into the Garden on the 2.8 acre parcel in front of the arena. The project would include first floor level stores and restaurants, 500 luxury residences, offices, and a 200-room hotel.
Then over on Nashua Street the BRA approved Avalon Bay’s plan to build 500 units of housing.
The 32-story Nashua Street Residences was unanimously approved by the BRA Board and will bring 503 residential units and a 2-story public retail arcade to the North Station area.