In March of 2016, Boston Properties filed a Project Notification Form proposing an expansion to the 165 Dartmouth Street Garage and Back Bay Station, which was initially built on air rights above the Massachusetts Turnpike in the late 1980s. After an initial comment period, Boston Properties has responded to recent feedback and filed a Draft Project Impact Report.
The proposed project is conceived as a transformative, mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment, which will revitalize an underutilized urban site and transform the adjacent public realm, and integrate and connect the surrounding Back Bay, South End and Bay Village neighborhoods.
Retail, Offices & Residences
The proposed project, officially titled by the Boston Planning & Development Agency as the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project, will be comprised of approximately 1.26 million square-feet of mixed-use redevelopment.
The new project will develop a new office building with ground floor retail, two new residential buildings, a one- to two-story vertical retail expansion of the existing Back Bay Station building, and the partial redevelopment of the existing 165 Dartmouth Street garage.
- Garage East will comprise a 28-story, 224,310 square-foot residential tower along Clarendon Street with 240 residential units. 31 will be designated affordable and 209 market rate.
- Station East will comprise a 35-story, 425,700 square-foot residential building along Clarendon Street with 360 residential units and 5,100 square-feet of ground and second-floor retail space. 47 units will be designated affordable and 313 market rate.
- Garage West will comprise a 26-story, 668,470 square-foot building at the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart Streets and contain 582,800 square-feet of office space, 23,700 square-feet of ground-floor retail and reconstruction of the existing garage and a new Stuart Street entrance to Back Bay Station.
- Station West is a one-story vertical expansion of Back Bay Station’s Dartmouth Street entrance and development of 33,000 square-feet of additional retail space.
The New Back Bay Station
The project will further create improved access to the existing Back Bay Station. A 11,000 square-foot public plaza will be constructed along Clarendon Street, serving as the new gateway to the Station.
Following approval by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston Properties will be able to proceed with construction of the project.
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