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Old Posted Jun 5, 2006, 3:38 PM
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^ Hear, hear! I'm all for that one. Just as long as the new city hall looks a little something like this...maybe we could get Arquitectonica to do ours!






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Old Posted Sep 29, 2006, 12:12 AM
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City pushing megatowers: BRA chief briefs execs on change
By Brett Arends
Boston Herald Business Columnist
Thursday, September 28, 2006


Goodbye Beantown ... hello Bean-hattan?

Downtown Boston could be on the brink of a new era of New York-style skyscraper construction following a policy shift by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Seven months after he grabbed headlines with proposals for a 1,000-foot tower in the Financial District, the mayor tells me he is looking at proposals for similar major skyscrapers in the neighborhood.

And that could mark the biggest change in policy toward the Hub’s skyline in more than two decades.

“Height is appropriate at certain places in the city, and we will take these case by case,” the mayor said. “Some will move forward, and some won’t. We’re just looking at this, and entertaining ideas.”

We spoke after I learned that Mark Maloney, chairman of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, had disclosed the new policy at a private downtown luncheon with Boston executives earlier this week.

According to some present, Maloney essentially told attendees that if companies wanted their own 1,000-foot tower, “Just ask us. Maybe we’ll say no, but maybe we won’t.”

The city is trying to be friendlier to the big employers that have chosen to stay here, he explained.

It was in February that the mayor unveiled plans to build the tallest building in New England, a skyscraper that could rise 80 stories in the Financial District’s historic Winthrop Square.

Menino says that, soon afterwards, other property developers then approached him to see if they could build higher on their plots as well.

What is astonishing is that this new development comes just five years after 9/11. People at the time thought the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers would mark the end of the new super-skyscraper.

Perhaps even more astonishing: that the development could happen in Boston.

“It is fascinating that height is back on the table in Boston,” says David Luberoff, executive director of Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. “It was really off the table for more than 20 years. There was really a conscious decision in the city in the ‘80s that there was a limit to height.”

What happened?

Boston is fighting to keep businesses from moving to cheaper locations in North Carolina and elsewhere.

And office rents have been recovering steadily for two years.

Some experts say as little as 5 percent of the best space is still vacant.

“What it shows is that office space in the city is a hot item right now,” Menino says.

New buildings would help “create some more vitality” in the city, he added.

But are more skyscrapers a good thing for Boston?

Hub conservationist Henry Lee, of the Friends of the Boston Public Gardens, said the city’s new enthusiasm for high rises “is a cause of some concern.”

While he agreed that the city needed to grow, he urged the mayor to keep new skyscrapers to appropriate places. The tallest buildings cast long shadows and create wind tunnels, he observed.

Lee also urged the mayor to preserve Boston’s distinctive character. “We certainly could build ourselves into becoming another ordinary city, and lose the historic distinction that we have,” he said.

Amen to that. Cities don’t have to choose between 1960s construction eyesores and turning themselves into museums. The Hancock Tower is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.

If the mayor is looking for a prime site that should be knocked down, and redeveloped into something tall and elegant, he could start with the ugly building he has his office in.


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Old Posted Sep 29, 2006, 12:21 AM
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According to some present, Maloney essentially told attendees that if companies wanted their own 1,000-foot tower, “Just ask us. Maybe we’ll say no, but maybe we won’t.”
LOL, doesn't hurt to ask.
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Old Posted Sep 29, 2006, 12:53 AM
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This is great news, Boston needs some more scrapers really bad.

The NIMBYs are so lame, they are afraid of skyscrapers creating long shadows and wind tunnels. Like the mayor says, there are right places to put skyscrapers and wrong places. Its not like they are gonna tear down an area of Beacon Hill and throw up some high rises. The NIMBYs are right that we have to protect Boston's character but placing skyscrapers in the right places, like downtown, wont hurt that and if done correctly will add new life to the city.
     
     
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Is Boston a fast growing chinese metropolis ?
I hope that this project won't be given a name that will demonstrate Bonston's "confidence".
Boston is not in China. Boston is a city in the United States.
     
     
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and chicago, and cincy, and st. louis, and denver, and vegas, and jacksonville, and tampa, and miami, and..........

there's certainly more that i'm forgetting. american cities seem to be on a "new tallest building" kick of late, which is pretty damn excellent for us skyscraper fans!
yeah! o wait...not in san diego damn airport...
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From Chicago to Boston:Welcome!!!!!!!

nice going bean-town on your first 1,000 footer,I'm from chicago so we know the feeling of something new rising up so I just wanna say,Watch out for the NIMBY's lol,but with the mayor anchoring this,it should'nt be too much of a problem.
     
     
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Hub developer eyes super-skyscraper idea
By Scott Van Voorhis
Boston Herald Business Reporter
Thursday, September 28, 2006


In a move that could dramatically reshape Boston’s skyline, a top Hub developer is eyeing a bold concept for what could be the city’s tallest skyscraper in the heart of the Financial District.

Young Park, head of Boston-based Berkeley Investments, is exploring a deal to buy an older office building near the corner of Congress and High streets, real estate executives told the Herald.

And one idea Berkeley is exploring would be to build a tower that could reach 1,000 feet, or 80 stories, sources said. It would equal or possibly even top plans now being pushed by City Hall for a similar-sized megatower at the site of a nearby city-owned parking garage.

The move may be just the start of a wave of New York-sized skyscrapers in Boston.

“We could use some variety in our building heights,” said David Begelfer, head of the local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Park told the Herald that, while he has had discussions related to the older, Financial District building, he does not have an agreement to buy it. Park also hinted that any development plan would be complicated, requiring other buildings on the block.

While acknowledging the block’s development potential, Park also declined to discuss any plans he may be considering for the site.

“I really don’t want to talk about it,” he said when pressed on the potential height of a possible project on the site. “We have obviously an interest in downtown Boston.”

Park and his Berkeley Investments, once known as a surburban market player, are fast becoming a major force in Boston development. The company recently unveiled plans for a hip new development amid a tract of Victorian-era warehouses it acquired in South Boston’s industrial Fort Point district.

Talk of a new wave of megatowers is also drawing some concerns. With major companies like Fidelity Investments pulling jobs out of Boston, there are real questions about where thousands of workers needed to fill megatowers would come from, executives said.



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It looks like one of the BBB site plans for the WTC in NYC: what exactly is "world class" about it?
Agreed. I thought the man said it was supposed to be bold. Thats a tall box w/ 2 anteni.

Enjoy your new green skyscraper boston.
     
     
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That's just a massing model. It is just to give an idea of how a building that tall would look in that area.
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And one idea Berkeley is exploring would be to build a tower that could reach 1,000 feet, or 80 stories, sources said.
80 stories would be closer to 1200 ft (unless it's residential).
     
     
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with housing as expensive as it is in Boston, there should be some residential highrises.
     
     
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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.)
Was Winthrop a radical because he was religious or was he a religious radical?


Let's name it TomAuch Square after a leftist radical.

Why not leave religion out of this. It seems then that Winthrop founded Massachusetts so they are going after history. Is that OK or should they call you enlightened elitists for your opinion.
     
     
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They somehow ran into trouble with the newly proposed tower.

Something ab out the tower blocking out the sun on the Boston Common and other spots during sunny days. Supposedly, the city is a stickler for not letting newly proposed office towers do this.

And also, they want to make it taller than the JHT.
     
     
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I like that tower!
     
     
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That's not... the tower.
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Hub developer eyes super-skyscraper idea
By Scott Van Voorhis
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Thursday, September 28, 2006


And one idea Berkeley is exploring would be to build a tower that could reach 1,000 feet, or 80 stories, sources said. It would equal or possibly even top plans now being pushed by City Hall for a similar-sized megatower at the site of a nearby city-owned parking garage.

The move may be just the start of a wave of New York-sized skyscrapers in Boston.
There was a time when they could be called "New York-sized" skyscrapers, but they're pretty much all over the world now. Its interesting that there could be a "height race" for tallest in Boston.
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They somehow ran into trouble with the newly proposed tower.

Something ab out the tower blocking out the sun on the Boston Common and other spots during sunny days. Supposedly, the city is a stickler for not letting newly proposed office towers do this.

And also, they want to make it taller than the JHT.
Given the location of the proposed tower, you may not have to worry about it blocking the sun past 10AM. You'd think they would almost have to plan the building to be in line with the sun's North-South point - depending on season as well - to be in the way. The concern, however, is definitely noted because a sunny day in Boston was always the best day in my whole life.....as they don't happen as often as I would like (making it surprising to be such a wonderfully outdoors-y city.
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Hub architects: No chance for mayor's tower
Boston Business Journal - September 29, 2006
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Local architects fear that out-of-town rivals have the inside track to design the proposed tower that would be the city's architectural statement of the 21st century. They now have another reason to worry following a stealth site visit last week from superstar building designer Renzo Piano.

The Italian behind landmarks including the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, Switzerland, met with Steve Belkin, a politically wired businessman who owns an adjacent building that would be razed to make room for New England's tallest skyscraper and is widely considered to be a front-runner in the competition.



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Tommy’s Tower proposals on way: Belkin will be hard to beat for plum project
By Scott Van Voorhis
Boston Herald Business Reporter
Sunday, November 12, 2006


International superstar architect Renzo Piano could wind up designing the tallest tower ever built in Boston.

Developers will unveil proposals tomorrow for a 1,000-foot high, skyline-topping skyscraper.

And Piano is working for Steve Belkin, who is considered to have an inside track on a coveted deal to build a roughly 80-story tower where a crumbling city garage now stands.

Belkin, the Boston travel and credit card magnate who also owns two pro sports teams, has quietly tried for years to build a tower on the Winthrop Square site. Belkin already owns an adjacent Federal Street mid-rise, a key advantage he has over other bidders.

Still, several local development heavyweights have taken out packets on the 1,000-foot skyscraper proposal, dubbed Tommy’s Tower after Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s call for such a project.

Potential bidders include Beacon Capital, the powerful real estate empire run by the Boston-based Leventhal family, Pru Tower owner Boston Properties and Ritz-Carlton towers developer MDA.

Meanwhile, Belkin, by combining his office building site with the city-owned garage, may have a large builing pad to work with. That could enable Piano to create a retail and restaurant packed base not unlike New York’s Time Warner tower complex.

Piano is known for works like the Centre Pompidou, an acclaimed modern art museum in Paris. He is also designing the new London Bridge skyscraper, which, at just over 1,000 feet, will be that city’s tallest tower.

“He has the inside track on that one,” said Boston tower builder John Hynes, who opted not to compete. “If he puts together a good plan, he will be hard to beat.”



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