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Old Posted Feb 22, 2006, 7:23 PM
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A civilization made up entirely of people living and working in one-story buildings on one-acre plots would be immune to terrorist attack.

Except with biological weapons. Oh, snap.
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A civilization made up entirely of people living and working in one-story buildings on one-acre plots would be immune to terrorist attack.

Except with biological weapons. Oh, snap.
Or nuclear.

Im really excited about this, and hope it turns into an international competition. I can't wait to see what may be built. What a great way to snub Boston's NIMBYs too. This tallest high-rise binge that American cities are all feasting on is so exciting.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2006, 5:16 AM
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Tower plan draws worldwide calls
By Scott Van Voorhis
Thursday, February 23, 2006


Would-be tower builders from across the world are responding to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s call for a new skyscraper that would be the tallest ever built in Boston, a top city official said yesterday.

Mark Maloney, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, said developers from as far afield as Europe and Asia have called to seek information on Menino’s tower plan.

Menino has called for proposals to build what could be a 1,000 foot skyscraper - one that would soar above even the Hancock Tower - now considered the city’s premier office tower.

Moreover, real estate companies from San Franciso to New York have also signaled interest, Maloney said.

“We have phone calls from around the world,’ he said.

The flood of interest comes as City Hall prepares to put up for bid next month a city-owned parking garage in Winthrop Square in the heart of the Financial District.

City officials envision a slender, soaring tower on the acre-sized site, one that may combine housing with corporate offices, Maloney said.

The overall size could be “well in excess” of 1 million square feet, and possibly approach the 2 million square foot mark.

While overseas and big national developers are likely to look at the deal, more than one local player may be poised to make a strong run.

A potential key player is Hub travel magnate and sports team owner Steve Belkin, who owns a neighboring office building and has long contemplated a skyscraper project of his own on the city-owned site.



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Old Posted Feb 25, 2006, 9:01 AM
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For those who are not familar with Boston, a high-rise over 40 stories has not been built in probably decades. Mainly because of NIMBY's. And the Mayor has never been so public with positive remarks about a high-rise building. Usually he says something like "well the developer has to work with the community".

And to me the South Station Tower is a mystery, its not officially dead however there has been no press on the project in a couple years.

The Boston Commercial Real Estate Market has always been good, and is consistently in the top 5. As an example, One Lincoln Street was sold a few months ago for $705 million.
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This would make up for it.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2006, 12:10 AM
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Im surprised theres so much demand. If everyone wanted to build a new tower in Boston, why didnt they try to, instead of waiting for the mayor to say something?

Mind you, Im not against the building at all, I just think tis a strange process.
     
     
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I'm excited about this one!!!

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i don't know there just seems to be something fishey about this one
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Mayor launches push for iconic tower

By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | May 31, 2006


Mayor Thomas M. Menino is appealing to developers from around the world to design an iconic tower that could be Boston's tallest building, rising as high as 1,000 feet above the Financial District.

Menino initially proposed the tower in February, saying he wanted a structure that would ``symbolize the full scope of this city's greatness."

The city yesterday issued a formal request for proposals for a 47,738 square feet of city-owned land in Winthrop Square that is currently the site of a four-story garage.

The city also paid for ads in major newspapers to entice as many developers as possible to bid on an opportunity to ``transform Boston's skyline." Ads ran in the US, European, and Asian editions of The Wall Street Journal, as well as in the global editions of The New York Times and the Financial Times and in the Globe. ``We're reaching out to the world and telling them they could miss an opportunity if they overlook Boston," said Mark Maloney , director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

He could not put a price tag on the ads, but said it was a ``significant amount."

``We want developers to know we're serious about this project," he said.

Yesterday's request for proposals, for what the city is calling One Fifteen Winthrop Square, is open-ended to encourage creativity, but the winning design is likely to feature a mix of housing, offices, stores, restaurants, and possibly a hotel.

``The canvas is clear, so people can paint an incredible painting," Maloney said.

The city wants the tower to have ``civic" space that would bring more nighttime activity to the Financial District. Possible ideas include space for concerts and lectures or an indoor winter garden.

The winning design also must help connect the site to Downtown Crossing and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, and ``it should be recognized for breaking new ground in green building design and technology," the request for proposals said.

The lobby should be ``one of Boston's grand public spaces," the request said; ``architecture should acknowledge its place at the beginning of the 21st century" and the building ``must be expressive of Boston's long-standing reputation as a center of innovation."

``This will be a megaproject that requires deep pockets and sophistication in mixed-use planning," said David Begelfer , chief executive of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

``The question is, is the market able to accept that amount of space?" said Begelfer, who added that it could be seven to 10 years before a new tower could be ready for occupancy. City officials are confident the market can absorb such a project.

The deadline for initial proposals is mid-November. ``It would be great if we got seven or eight proposals, and then we'd have two to four finalists," Maloney said.
     
     
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``it should be recognized for breaking new ground in green building design and technology," the request for proposals said.
Green is the new black.
If that's the way of making skyscrapers acceptable to the public, then it's OK.
     
     
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Boston seriously needs a supertall in the Financial District. I hope the city gets it.
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Minneapolis rides in the same boat. Our tallest is around the exact same height as Boston's tallest and has not had a new tallest since the 1970's just like here in Minneapolis. We need a supertall here badly as well!
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There will always be a few idiots who are against anything. It really points to the paper or source. First of all, finding someone against something just to have the opposing point of view (no matter how marginalized) is poor reporting. Secondly, they find a suburban real estate broker to give a counterpoint. The man has a blatant conflict of interest. Of course he is going to be against it.
Exactly, most suburban projects are "low budget" compared to a skyscraper and they usually do not have the resources or connections to become a developer at the level that it would take for a project that expensive. So they try trash anything they can't do and some just don't "get" downtown development. They want a field they can strip, but up some Igloo boxes and flip it to make quick money. They don't have the level of commitment to a project that a major building takes. That has been my experience.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 3, 2006, 6:18 PM
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I would actually rather not see a new tallest built in the Financial District, I like the FD's skyline the way it is. The render of a 1,000 footer in the FD on page 2 of this thread did not look flattering at all. I'd rather see Boston's new tallest be built in Back Bay. A revised South Station tower would be great, there'd be a trio of talls there, Hancock, Prudential and South Station.

Also, in response to CHAPINM1's post, I think Minneapolis' skyline is fine the way it is as well. You have three beautiful and very unique towers competing for attention. Unless the design of such a super-tall would be of extremely high quality, I do not think it is necessary. I'd concentrate on spreading residential towers of moderate height outside of the central core.
     
     
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I'd rather see Boston's new tallest be built in Back Bay. A revised South Station tower would be great, there'd be a trio of talls there, Hancock, Prudential and South Station.
But South Station is in the financial district, not the Back Bay. It's roughly along the same east-west axis as the Pru and Hancock, but the distance between SST and Hancock is over twice that of the distance from the Hancock to the Pru, and thus it will only reinforce that separation. Not to mention that right across the street from SST are One Financial Center and the Federal Reserve, two financial district heavyweights. So I don't think there's any way SST could be construed as being in the Back Bay.
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Go Boston! BTW, I wouldn't give the tower a "Winthrop Square" address, in naming after a religious radical (John Winthrop was the Puritan founder of Massachusetts) and then worry about it being destroyed by religious radicals (Al Qaida.)
     
     
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wow...every city should have a mayor like that.
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they should build it on the site of city hall plaza and while theyre at it build a new city hall
     
     
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