March 20, 2018 Dave Kreider

Back Bay’s high spine continues to develop as the Boston Planning & Development Agency have approved construction of the 1000 Boylston Street condo tower.

Though its proposed height was scaled back to 484 feet and 27 floors, the project’s approval from the BPDA is a significant step for developers, who are looking to begin construction in the Fall.

Meet 1000 Boylston St

Developers Weiner Ventures and Samuels & Associates have crossed a development hurdle with the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s approval of 1000 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The proposed project calls for the construction of a 484-foot condominium tower with 108 residences on Boylston Street above the Massachusetts Turnpike. While its prodigious height will make it a standout in the Boston skyline, the tower’s original height was much higher. Over the last year, the project had to be scaled back in both height and square-footage.

Original plans called for the construction of two buildings at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

The original condominium tower would rise 40 stories at 566 feet with an adjacent 182-unit apartment tower. By the end of 2017, the condominium tower height was reduced and the apartment tower eliminated altogether. Their towering height would have impacted views for both One Dalton and 360 Newbury.

Developer Adam Weiner remains confident that the building is still economically feasible with its smaller size.

“These air rights projects are very complicated, but they’re definitely doable,” he asserts.

The residential tower will contain 27 stories of residential units atop a 5-story Podium building containing two stories of retail/restaurant uses along with the entry to the residential tower, two stories of parking, and an amenities floor for use by residents.

While the proposed project occupies the entirety of its site and holds limited open space opportunities, space will be provided for residents on the rooftop of the Podium.

This massive project will provide improvements to the public realm consisting of an upgraded streetscape, new sidewalks, street lighting, landscaped features and other public amenities along Boylston Street.

The project’s developers still need to seek approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, whereupon construction may commence. Weiner is seeking to begin construction on the Podium by fall 2018, with the tower completed by early- to mid-2022.

Stay up to date as construction plans unfold at BostonRealEstate.com’s Crane Watch via the link below.

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