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Old 12-06-2008, 12:50 AM   #33
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Re: Mandarin developers eye Pike parcels for project

Four developers file Mass Pike air-rights plans
By Thomas Grillo
Saturday, December 6, 2008 - Updated 3h ago

Four developers are vying to transform the air above the turnpike at Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street into a new neighborhood.

Trinity Financial, Carpenter & Co., Weiner Ventures and Chiofaro Co. filed competing plans with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority yesterday. The MTA said development of the four air-rights parcels near the Prudential Center offers opportunities to fill in gaps over the east-west artery.

Carpenter & Co. proposed a 200-room hotel and 405,000-square-foot office tower. The company redeveloped the abandoned Charles Street Jail into the Liberty Hotel. The restored 1851 jailhouse was home to Albert DeSalvo, the alleged Boston Strangler.

The Chiofaro Co., whose plans to redevelop the Boston Harbor Garage into an office tower appear to be stalled, offered to build a 25-story office building with ground-floor retail over the Pike.

?We thought it made sense to do office given the limited quantity in the neighborhood,? said partner Theodore Oatis.

Weiner Ventures pitched a 374,000-square-foot office tower and 112 housing units. On a separate parcel it plans a mix of uses along Boylston Street and Mass. Ave.

Trinity Financial wants to build 546 units of housing in 14-story buildings. The Boston firm has won praise for Avenir in the Bulfinch Triangle. The 10-story, transit-oriented development includes retail and 241 residential units overlooking the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

?We want to develop something that responds to what the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods want,? said Sarah Barnat, project manager.
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