The Boston Redevelopment Authority last night approved several projects with the aim of fulfilling Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan to greatly expand the city’s housing inventory by 2030. Among the projects approved by the BRA’s Board of Directors was a revised plan for the expansion of Copley Place, which includes a new skyscraper that will deliver 542 new residential units to the heart of the city.
The residential and retail expansion of Copley has been on the table since 2006, but the project has been held back due to various issues, most recently that overhangs from the building were encroaching into “non-approved spaces.” With last night’s approval, however, those issues have been resolved and Simon Property Group, the project’s developer, can move forward with their $500 million construction.
According to the project summary, the forthcoming Copley Place Tower will rise to heights of 569 feet and plans to “successfully meet the needs of Boston and its residents.” Simon Property Group and their development advisers have carefully studied Boston’s evolving housing market.
The developers want to ensure that their project will improve the lives of all Bostonians and not just residents of the tower. Plans call for “carefully executed design strategies” with the goal of improving the location’s overall pedestrian experience and aesthetic. Some of the expected benefits include improved public transit and a reduction in the number of commuters in single-use vehicles, as well as the creation of 1,477 construction jobs and approximately 250 permanent jobs.