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Old 10-28-2009, 11:03 AM   #41
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Render four looks like a slight modification of renders two and three. Render one is the only one that is significantly different. All four renders are on CBTs website, but unfortunately, the following text is as well, which obviously refers to renderings 2-4:

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Tying together multiple landmarks of resurging Boston, Parcel 1B is planned as an eight-story complex to be built atop the new underground Central Artery. The 640-foot long project will include ground-level retail, second-floor parking, with office, hotel and residential space located on floors three through eight. The mixed-use development will anchor the northern end of the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, while paying homage to Boston?s historic North End and the reinvented North Station area. An extensive, terraced roof garden is planned as an above-ground transition to the Greenway and as a perfect vantage point to take in the commanding views of the Zakim Bridge to the north and The Custom House Tower to the south. Fronting on Beverly Street, a new street connecting Causeway and North Washington Streets, the building will offer an active streetscape with multiple pedestrian entry points and glassy retail storefronts to complement the busy North Station area. Along the North End?s Medford Street, existing six-story buildings will be renovated with new upper floors rising from a 40? setback, thereby retaining the residential quality of the historic neighborhood. The design was informed by breaking up the mass with a rhythmic play of recessed curtainwalls and varying materials of brick, stone, glass and precast concrete. Newly planted trees will buffer the most active bordering streets. Trellised balconies on the residential levels will offer opportunities for further "greening" of the building.
So unless the text it old, it would seem we are getting the shitty building. Also, the original newspaper rendering in the first post here shows the taller building similar to render one, which means taller was the original plan. Not good.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:13 AM   #42
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^ Does it really make a difference?

Dry Turd vs. Slightly-runny Turd?
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:37 AM   #43
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Render four looks like a slight modification of renders two and three. Render one is the only one that is significantly different. All four renders are on CBTs website, but unfortunately, the following text is as well, which obviously refers to renderings 2-4:



So unless the text it old, it would seem we are getting the shitty building. Also, the original newspaper rendering in the first post here shows the taller building similar to render one, which means taller was the original plan. Not good.
I fear you're right. I believe that the tunnels can only support an 8 story building on top.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:58 PM   #44
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Why does everyone expect higher standards out of the proclaimed barren wasteland that is the Seaport but settles for "it could be way worse" on one of the most prime real estate blocks in Boston, if not all of New England?
This IS better than what's been built at the Seaport. It would at least blend in with the buildings at Fort Point more than what's going in at Fan Pier. And there's a decent street grid here, too. The restored Bulfinch Triangle doesn't consist of eight-lane boulevards. The buildings aren't each separated by parks.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:00 PM   #45
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^^ So you are in the "a least it is a dry turd" camp?
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:29 PM   #46
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Every time I look at Fan Pier my appetite for even moist turd, as opposed to dripping diarrhea, gets stronger.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:25 PM   #47
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And what is with the blank wall at the right of the last render?
Looks like it's a small parking lot. Wish I knew why it wasn't being developed at the same time.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:04 AM   #48
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Anyone know the status of this project?
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:08 PM   #49
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Bulfinch Triangle developer switches to apartments, scales back
By Thomas Grillo
Thursday, October 6, 2011


Another Boston developer has switched plans from office to residential as demand increases for apartments while office space downtown goes vacant.

The Boston Development Group has filed changes to The Merano, a $160 million mixed-use project to be built in the Bulfinch Triangle across from the TD Garden. The original project was approved by the city in 2008.

Under the latest revision, the developer has proposed 230 units of housing instead of a 213,000-square-foot office building. The plan for two hotels has been scaled back to one 210-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel and the amount of restaurant and retail space has been cut in half to 17,770 square feet from 36,000. The original plan called for a 153-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 121-room, extended-stay TownePlace Suites.

The project fronts on Causeway and Beverly streets and Valenti Way. The location became available when the elevated Central Artery was demolished.


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Old 10-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #50
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The Avenir. Then The Victor. And now The Merano.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:24 AM   #51
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Cutting back on hotels....?

Does the mob run the hotel business in Boston? We have some of the highest room rates in the country, how the hell is it not profitable to build more hotels? Whats stopping the developers?
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #52
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I swear this project was originally on the agenda for the BRA's 11/17/11 meeting but wasn't on the final agenda. I hope this means it's moving forward.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:16 PM   #53
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Which of these projects is supposed to have the Stop & Shop that residents of adjoining neighborhoods have been demanding for the past decade?
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #54
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BRA Board Approves The Merano

Private investment / Total project cost: $165 million
Total square footage: 491,700 SF
Jobs: 240 construction jobs, 275 permanent jobs
Housing: 230 residential units with 30 affordable units on-site, 210 key hotel

The BRA Board unanimously approved a project that will bring hundreds of residential units, a hotel, and more restaurants and retail to the Bulfinch Triangle. This former Central Artery parcel is bounded byCauseway Street to the north, Medford Street to the east, North Washington Street to the southeast, Valenti Way to the south, and Beverly Street to the west. The $165 million Merano proposed project will create 248,000 square feet for 230 residential apartments, a 210 key hotel of 149,000 square feet, 13,000 square feet of restaurant space, 4,700 square feet of retail space, 30 affordable on-site units, and 184 parking spaces.

Boston Development Group will contribute $50,000 to a comprehensive traffic study by the Boston Transportation Department of the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, $75,000 to support neighborhood improvements, $300,000 to the Boston Crossroads Initiative, specifically Causeway Street, $12,000 to the Bulfinch Triangle Streetscape Improvements Initiative, and $500,000 to be used for the design and construction of a neighborhood park, totaling $973,000 in public realm improvements. With The Merano’s retail and restaurant space, pedestrian activity along Valenti Way, Beverly Street, and Causeway Street will be enhanced.

The BRA Board first approved The Merano in August 2008 for two hotels, office space, retail and restaurant space, mechanically stacked parking, and the inclusion of 86-88 Washington Street. Today’s proposal approved by the BRA Board no longer includes 85-88 Washington Street and office space.

The Bulfinch Triangle Community Advisory Committee supports the proposed project. The development team is composed of Boston Development Group, CBT Architects, Epsilon Associates, Inc., Howard Stein Hudson, and legal counsel, Goulston & Storrs. The project is expected to break ground in spring 2012 and will create 240 construction jobs and 275 permanent jobs.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:25 PM   #55
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Why did they show a picture of Tremont on the Common with this ar...oh dear lord.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:25 PM   #56
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Does this have the supermarket?
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:17 PM   #57
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No, the supermarket is to be part of the One Canal (parcel 2ABC) project. I believe it was once called Trinity Center, or something like that.
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Ugliest Proposal 2012


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Old 02-17-2012, 01:24 AM   #59
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Not the greatest, but at least this building will have balconies, which IMO is always a plus.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:40 AM   #60
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The supermarket (can't remember if it was Shaws or Stop and Shop that ultimately agreed to do it) backed out of One Canal a few months ago. They're now looking to go into whatever gets built in the parking lot in front of the Garden.
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