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Old 07-13-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Proposed Canvas - Mixed Use Tower (old Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

30-story residential tower proposed in Downtown Crossing

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/re...-downtown.html
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:47 PM   #3
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

Some detail from article:

Developer: Rafi Properties

Proposed height: 305 Feet / 30 Stories

Lot size: 3,648-square-foot parcel

Project architect: ADD Inc./Stantec’s

Uses: 94 residential units on the top 26 floors. The bottom four floors would include restauraunt and “collaborative workspace uses,” including co-working and business incubator space.

Notes: design includes retaining the existing four-story facade and building a modern glass and zinc tower on the 26 stories above the base.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:52 PM   #4
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

It's like the lovechild of 45 Stuart and 22 Liberty. But bent.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:54 PM   #5
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

That is slim & sexy. Love it.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:58 PM   #6
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

If I remember correctly, the façade is worth keeping too.
So, win/win? Sounds like it.
ADD Inc. seems to have some juice left after the acquisition. Hopefully, they do this right.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:00 PM   #7
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

I was curious and modeled this in Google Earth - not nearly as prominent as it looks in the render. Its going to get dominated by the Millennium buildings next to it.

Not complaining. New people = more vitality. That's just a very misleading render, is all.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:03 PM   #8
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

Façade from photo in article. Anyone know the history of the building? Given the area, was it a theater at some point?

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Old 07-13-2015, 02:04 PM   #9
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That stretch of Washington Street gets better and better.

They need to build on top (or replace) the Lafayette building though. Another 1 or 2 500 footers to go with the Millenium Place towers.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:08 PM   #10
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

Preservation and a sleek little brother for both Milleniums.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #11
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It's like the lovechild of 45 Stuart and 22 Liberty. But bent.
Hah, I was just trying to figure out what building it reminded me of.

A lot of the buildings going up with full balconies have been condos, not rentals. Probably too early for anything specific since this is just an LOI filing.

It looks nice - I want to stay optimistic as long as possible about the height, shadows on the Common be damned...
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:10 PM   #12
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That is fantastic.

Wish we could get a few of these sprinkled around the outer neighborhoods...
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

My major concern would be that this development cycle is getting a little long in the tooth and they may be just a little late to the game?
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:13 PM   #14
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

GO home Rafi, you're drunk.
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Not a fan, John?
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:27 PM   #16
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Hah, I was just trying to figure out what building it reminded me of.

A lot of the buildings going up with full balconies have been condos, not rentals. Probably too early for anything specific since this is just an LOI filing.

It looks nice - I want to stay optimistic as long as possible about the height, shadows on the Common be damned...
I wouldn't be terribly concerned. It barely clears the enormous wall behind it (not sure what the official name of that building is).
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Re: Mixed Use Tower (former Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Crossing

Just when I thought things couldn't get any better this glass surprise pops in from left field!
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I wouldn't be terribly concerned. It barely clears the enormous wall behind it (not sure what the official name of that building is).
Oh! I hadn't noticed they had digitally removed it as well as a portion of the Bijou! It's 151 Tremont or Tremont on the Common as I guess they call themselves - I have a friend who lives on this side of the building and I totally forgot about it. You're right - 151 Tremont is 28 floors if I'm remembering correctly.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:54 PM   #19
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Re: Canvas - Mixed Use Tower (old Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Cross

New article from the Globe:

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In a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority Monday, Rafi Properties LLC described its vision for “Canvas,” a 305-foot-tall building on Washington Street that would contain 94 residences, as well as offices, restaurants, and several co-working and business incubator spaces.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/...44N/story.html
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:00 PM   #20
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Re: Canvas - Mixed Use Tower (old Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Cross

More glass and less cheap looking stuff like most of the other towers built recently in that area.
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