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Old 06-05-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

PNF filed: http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthor...9-9613aa50f1b0



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1.1 Introduction
Five Hundred Boylston West Venture, an affiliate of Equity Office Properties (the Proponent), proposes to develop the courtyard space of the existing building located at 500 Boylston Street (the Project site) in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. The courtyard space of the site will be developed into a six-story, approximately 79,300 square foot (sf) building with up to three floors of retail and office space above, and up to 50,000 sf of office space in the existing building at 500 Boylston Street is anticipated to be converted to retail space (the Project). In connection with the Project, the entrance at 222 Berkeley Street, which is owned by another Proponent affiliate (Two Twenty Two Berkeley Venture), will also be improved with two new vestibules totaling approximately 700 sf of gross floor area. One vestibule will provide access to approximately 8,350 sf of second floor office
space that will be converted to a restaurant, and the other will expand the existing first and second floor Bank of America space.

The Project will improve the pedestrian experience along Boylston Street by filling in an underused courtyard with ground floor retail space that will activate the sidewalks and street edge on Boylston Street, and will improve the retail experience by creating an improved pedestrian connection between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets, through 500 Boylston Street and 222 Berkeley Street. The Project will re-orient the 500 Boylston Street main lobby entrance currently on Boylston Street to Clarendon Street. This new Clarendon Street entrance will create a welcoming lobby with generous seating. In addition, there will be a new retail entrance on Boylston Street as part of the new activated streetwall.

The Project will also provide construction and permanent jobs, and improved tax revenues for the City as well as numerous benefits to the public realm.
The proposed Project exceeds 50,000 square feet of gross floor area, and the Project is therefore subject to the requirements of Large Project Review pursuant to Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code (the Code). This Expanded Project Notification Form (PNF) is being submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to initiate review of the Project under Article 80B, Large Project Review, of the Boston Zoning Code.















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Detailed Floor Plans for those interested (links)
Level 1: http://i.imgur.com/puLn8pd.png
Level 2: http://i.imgur.com/iO4uXb4.png
Level 3: http://i.imgur.com/4LkINco.png
Level 4: http://i.imgur.com/aFSd8Zz.png
Level 5: http://i.imgur.com/c6oMfzT.png
Level 6: http://i.imgur.com/JBo59Ct.png
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: 500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

Thanks data!
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:00 PM   #3
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Very good.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:06 PM   #4
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iam THinkiN nEOfASciST space beink LOST likE DUCE!!!!
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Re: 500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

This looks cheap and awkward. Not to mention, why would you plunk a zigzagging glass facade in the middle of this orgy of PoMo?
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:02 PM   #6
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This looks cheap and awkward. Not to mention, why would you plunk a zigzagging glass facade in the middle of this orgy of PoMo?
Not sure about the cheap, but it definitely looks awkward--a whole "and now for something completely different" interlude within an already somewhat over-busy façade. There's an argument to be made that this enclosure should be as neutral and unprepossessing as possible.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:40 PM   #7
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Re: 500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

Weak and half-hearted was my first reaction. But first reactions don't often translate once the final product gets built. Hopefully this design is improved during the review.
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:46 AM   #8
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It's CBT. This is basically what I expected from them. They are the crate and barrell of architecture.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:54 AM   #9
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Re: 500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

So a strange BCDC meeting happened yesterday for this project. No official decision was made but all present spoke out against this project. See tweets below.

The iQubed Design guy has been perhaps the loudest vocal opposition to this project and defender of 500 Boylston's horrendous & pointless courtyard.

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They should put a retractable roof with some sort of stage/entertainment/merchant/activity area
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #11
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I love that Berkie is breaking news via development!
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:28 PM   #12
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500 Boylston / 222 Berkeley sold, as is, for $1.3 billion.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/...WkJ/story.html
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Re: 500 Boylston Infill | 500 Boylston St | Back Bay

That had to be in works before all this infill talk, correct?
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That had to be in works before all this infill talk, correct?
May not have been in the works at the time Blackstone first floated it, but certainly was in the works when they went before the BRA. There are no approvals that would carry over to the new owners. I suppose the new owners might be willing to buy the plans for a pence or two.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:22 PM   #15
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I am secretly releaved the plaza might be staying as is, except it's not a secret because I just wrote I am releaved.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:51 AM   #16
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This plan was done by Boston Property to act as a "sweetener" to their potential (now realized) sale. The new owner now gets to decide if they want to execute the plans ... sit on the plans or redesign.

This ain't a thing yet.

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Old 09-08-2015, 05:53 PM   #17
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It's CBT. This is basically what I expected from them. They are the crate and barrell of architecture.
Davem -- No -- that would be Benjamin Thompson and Associates, at 48 Brattle Street in Cambridge -- the original DR glass box that eventually re-emerged as a Crate & Barrel
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:11 AM   #18
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All I want is for them to put the urns back on top. I never liked the barren plaza and at street level I don't think anyone will really notice the infill facade, as long as something busy and retail goes into the ground floor....and not just another naked marble lobby.
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