Millennium Partners' proposal for a tower on the Winthrop Square Garage site in Downtown Boston has been hit with another height decrease after the release of a 1,801-page environmental impact review. The Handel Architects-designed tower comes back to the City with a new design and a lower zenith designed to assuage concerns related to potential flight and shadow impacts.

The new design, image via Handel Architects

The development originally landed on City Hall desks at 775 feet, which would have been high enough to claim the title of tallest primarily residential building in New England. It also would have made the tower the second-tallest building in Boston. But persistent concerns lodged by the Federal Aviation Administration about flight paths at Logan Airport combined with local outcry directed at the building's shadowing on Boston Common and Public Garden pushed the developer to skim 73 feet off the plan. 

The revised lobby, image via Handel Architects

The mixed-use proposal now stands at 691 feet and 53 floors. The newest iteration adds approximately 115,000 more square feet of office space to the blueprints. The building also includes 640,000 square feet of condominiums across the top 26 floors, a 12,000-square-foot Great Hall public space, and 31,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The City receives $102 million upfront and $100 per square foot of condominiums under the deal for the purchase of the closed and ready-to-be-developed parking garage.

Original plan for the tower, image via Handel Architects

The environmental impact report essentially restarts the public review process, so the new proposal will have to face the community once again. Initial occupancy is targeted for the first quarter of 2022.

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Related Companies:  Handel Architects, Millennium Partners