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Old 02-19-2019, 10:22 AM   #61
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Will they be doing the decking for all three projects at the same time, or at least consecutively?
900 feet from the western mouth of the Pru tunnel brings us almost exactly to the western boundary of Parcel 12, per Google Maps, so I would think so.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:45 AM   #62
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“Adding on this length of the tunnel triggers a change in the compliance of the fire code,” Gulliver said. “The tunnel in its current state is code compliant, but every time you modify a tunnel, you have to take a look at it.”
What I find most puzzling about this is that there doesn't seem to be a MassDOT specification and procedural document that can be handed to the developer(s) as a how-to on developing these parcels. I'm neither an engineer not an attorney, but shouldn't the full requirement from geotechnical analysis to traffic planning to construction staging to a variety of contingencies (in the event of mishaps or bad weather) be disclosed and agreed upon as a condition of the 198-year lease? Maybe it's in a file cabinet in the State Transportation Building...
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:52 AM   #63
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...they had the center lane here closed for months and months just a couple years ago to completely rebuild the median...
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:46 PM   #64
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What I find most puzzling about this is that there doesn't seem to be a MassDOT specification and procedural document that can be handed to the developer(s) as a how-to on developing these parcels. I'm neither an engineer not an attorney, but shouldn't the full requirement from geotechnical analysis to traffic planning to construction staging to a variety of contingencies (in the event of mishaps or bad weather) be disclosed and agreed upon as a condition of the 198-year lease? Maybe it's in a file cabinet in the State Transportation Building...
There seem to be a couple of documents including a MassDOT/MBTA TOD policies and guidelines doc from 2017 and this more recent MBTA TOD guidelines from 2018, both derivative from the TOD policy update initiated in 2016. Most of it was policy shaping TOD, but the 2018 guide is considerably more substantive, but it seems to suggest that a lot of the staging and geotechnical analysis falls on the developer's suite of transportation and engineering contractors, which is pretty typical for most other developments. However, I do get where you're coming from.

Alas, the MassDOT/MBTA real estate department is relatively small and the majority of the property management happens within the Massachusetts Realty Group. It helps the state staff are within MBTA's Capital Delivery group, but as I understand that group alone is sorely understaffed and they can't hire people fast enough to fill the roles, let alone proactively offer this baseline engineering work, but maybe that's a thing they should be doing given the advent of shared services across MassDOT and MBTA and the creation of MassDOT in 2009 having been done explicitly to enable this.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:50 AM   #65
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Spotted another Geo/soil rig at the sit Tuesday. They seem to be testing the same area they did last fall.

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Old 04-04-2019, 08:57 AM   #66
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More soil rig work this AM in a slightly different spot than BeeLine saw. Also two large dumpsters put there to clean up the site.
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:52 AM   #67
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Here's a cell phone grab of the same scene yesterday from inside the Hynes. How different this view will be!

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Old 04-04-2019, 11:58 AM   #68
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That picture perfectly shows how badly 1000 Boylston, The Viola, and parcel 12 are needed. That part of Mass ave and Boylston is going to go from disconnected mess to a well connected, shining example of reconnecting the grid, and adding very high quality new architecture to a spot that was a disaster. As great as Boylston st is, the beginning of it in the back bay is a mess right now, but if these come to fruition it could be one of the nicer parts and a great entrance to Boylston one of Bostons most important streets.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:11 PM   #69
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They turned on the livestream toward the end of the discussion, but the the MassDOT Board approved a change to the February agreement on construction impacts today. Not 100% sure what it was, but they aren't building anything until they've locked that up.
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They turned on the livestream toward the end of the discussion, but the the MassDOT Board approved a change to the February agreement on construction impacts today. Not 100% sure what it was, but they aren't building anything until they've locked that up.
Stupid (but sincere) question: is it safe to say that they HAVE (now) "locked that up" in light of the Board approval, or does this approval set in motion the need for subsequent approvals from other sources?

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Old 04-22-2019, 03:16 PM   #71
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Stupid (but sincere question): is it safe to say that they HAVE (now) "locked that up" in light of the Board approval, or does this approval set in motion the need for subsequent approvals from other sources?
I don't actually know if the Board acted today to ratify the construction management plan - once it does that's the last approval they need AFAIK. They approved an amendment to something, but the livestream cut off any description of what it was.

I'm not sure exactly what it is the Board needs to approve... the project plans, the air rights/lease agreement, just the management plan... but the part that matters is construction management. There may be a lengthy delay at this point, though, since from MassDOT's perspective (and the commuter's) it makes much more sense to have impacts to the Turnpike once for 1000 Boylston, the Viola, and Parcel 12, which means doing them either all at once (unlikely) or in immediate succession with some overlap (much more likely).

In other words, the schedule for 1000 Boylston may be heavily dependent on Peebles, which is building the Viola across the street and which has been hibernating over the past 2 years. That may have been for exactly this reason: they have their approval and drawings but can't build until Weiner and Samuels are ready. Hopefully that's what it is, and not some financing issue or other delay that will slow down the whole package.
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MBTA TOD Director says construction starts this summer:

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