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Half-Way There: Boston’s Millennium Tower is Rising Above

 

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As Boston’s first luxury residential skyscraper, the Millennium Tower has been the most-anticipated project in a city that is experiencing its biggest development boom in four decades. Since breaking ground in the fall of 2013, the building’s developers, New York-based Millennium Partners, have used promotional materials to convey the promise that, with their project, “the city rises from here.”

With construction scheduled to be completed in just over a year, that promise can be seen from all over the city as the Millennium Tower currently stands at 341-feet—just about half-way to its final height—and can be seen “rising above” its downtown neighbors from points all over the city.

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Millennium Tower will feature 442 luxury condominiums, beginning on the tenth floor, with the first seven floors playing host to upscale dining and retail options open to the public. Acting as a buffer between the public and private spheres of the building will be The Club, described as a “one-of-a-kind environment of casual luxury, perfect for socializing, relaxing and meeting.” The Club at Millennium Tower will offer residents a number of unrivaled amenities, including an owner’s lounge, screening room, parlor, library, function room, pool, spa, concierge service and the largest residential-only fitness facility.

Millennium Partners have spent more than twenty years perfecting their formula of building luxury properties in “gateway” cities such as Miami, New York and San Francisco. Their reputation, along with Boston’s pent-up demand for luxury condos, have contributed to a massively-successful pre-sale with more than 75% of the units already under contract – to the tune of $650 million.

When Millennium Tower opens next year, it will stand as the third-tallest building in Boston, with only the Prudential Tower and the Hancock Building soaring above. That is, until 2017 when the 700-foot tall Four Seasons Tower, located near the Christian Science Plaza, is scheduled to open. With several more towers in various stages of development, the  promise of the city rising is well on its way to coming true.

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The Burnham Building at Millennium Tower

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For five long years the Burnham Building in the heart of Downtown Crossing stood gutted to its bones next to the gaping hole that was the old Filene’s Basement Department Store. It was a scar on the face of Boston’s bustling hub. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to visit the new DTX (Downtown Crossing as it is now called), I am here to tell you that Boston is getting a facelift.

Built in 1912, The Burnham Building was named after its creator and visionary, the father of urbanism, Architect Daniel Burnham. In a join effort with Boston’s Mayor John Fitzgerald and William Filene, Daniel Burnham designed a building that forever changed the landscape of Downtown Crossing. The building housed the world’s largest specialty store, Filene’s, among other retailers, creating an entertainment experience the city of Boston had never seen before.

The Burnham Building was meant to make a statement, and after years of neglect it is doing so again. The $120 million renovation project includes eight-stories and 285,000-square-feet of mixed-use office and retail. This summer the first major player to open offices in the building was Arnold Worldwide, one of the most renowned marketing companies on the globe and part of Havas Creative Group. Relocating from Huntington Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay into the Burnham Building is exciting news for Arnold Worldwide and the DTX neighborhood. AOL followed suit, and both a Roche Brothers Supermarket and a Primark Department Stores are scheduled to open in the Burnham Building in 2015.

The open and lofty work space shows the building at its glory. The half-finished ceilings reveal the century-old original tiles. Exposed bricks against the oversize white-trimmed windows create a magnificent contrast.

Rising above the Burnham Building will be the new mega-skyscraper, Millennium Tower. Adjacent to the Burnham Building, and connected to it through the retail floors, Millennium Tower will be the tallest residential building in Boston upon completion. Downtown Crossing is on the path to becoming Boston’s newest luxury neighborhood.