The city-approved plan allows for a 600-foot tower at the site of the Boston Harbor Garage, a 1,380-space, 70-foot parking garage owned by Chiofaro, with 50 percent of the project site required to be open space. It also allows for a 305-foot, 22-story tower at the site of James Hook & Co. seafood restaurant on Northern Avenue, which would call for 30 percent of the lot as open space.
The plan covers 42 acres of downtown waterfront — of which about 22 acres is filled tidelands, while the remainder is the harbor — and 26 separate land parcels. The public process to develop a planning vision for the waterfront began in 2013.
Is smaller better or is the new mayor now open Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Proposal? No matter what side of this you are on our waterfront continues to evolve and buildings created decades ago are being razed to make way for new developments that are in line with today’s uses and environmental standards.
It seems that the new vision for the Boston Harbor garage is far more aligned with the community interests. Community interest at times can be hard to quantify, but when they are against you, you know it. The real question is the height of the parking structure.
The Boston Globe reports “after shelving a prior scheme for two skyscrapers on the garage site, Chiofaro is pitching an array of new ideas, with one key difference. This time, he is trying to focus the public’s attention on what could be constructed on the building’s ground floor, instead of along the skyline.”
The insightful piece on the new plans for the Harbor Garage redevelopment can be found on the Boston Globe’s website.