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About MassDOT Air Rights Parcels 12 & 15

1000 Boylston Street, Back Bay, Boston, MA

Proposed mixed-use development at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue that would construct two buildings above the Massachusetts Turnpike. On Parcel 12, developed by Samuels & Associates, a new mid-rise residential and retail building would be constructed. On Parcel 15, developed by Weiner Ventures and Prudential Financial, a 439,500-square-foot development known as 1000 Boylston Street would be constructed.

1000 Boylston Street would feature a 32-story, 484-foot-tall condominium tower containing approximately 108 for-sale residences across 27 stories with a five-story podium containing approximately 45,500 square feet of first and second-story retail and restaurant space, a two-story above-grade parking garage containing approximately 175 spaces and a fifth amenities floor. Atop the podium would be a rooftop green space and amenity area for residents. Parking levels would be designed to be capable of conversion to alternative use in the future. Construction of 1000 Boylston Street is expected to commence in mid-2018; the five-story podium would be complete by the third quarter of 2019, and the residential tower would be complete by early- to mid-2022.

The overall Parcels 12 & 15 project would provide an improved connection between the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods and be the first successful air rights development above the Massachusetts Turnpike since Copley Place’s completion in the mid-1980s. The following is a locus map of Parcels 12 & 15:

Locus Map

The following are renderings of the proposed Parcel 12 building:

Parcel 12 Renderings

The following are renderings of Parcel 15 (1000 Boylston Street):

1000 Boylston Renderings




Stories 32
Height (feet) 484
Start Date Jun 30, 2018

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Oct 04, 2017

Proposed 1000 Boylston condominium tower height shrinks, apartment tower eliminated


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Mar 13, 2017

New renderings revealed of proposed 1000 Boylston Street towers in Back Bay


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Oct 26, 2016

Three buildings proposed above Mass Pike in Back Bay


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Philip Harris
Possible scenario NO. 1: due to height-hating Back Bay residents, this project like other high rise developments pitched years before this one, gets the boot altogether and never gets to see the light of day. Scenario NO. 2: The Back Bay residents reluctantly drop their demand to honor their Association's "ZONING" height limit of 120 Ft (NOT at all feasible for developer's ROI), and the developer (Weiner Ventures) will end up agreeing to restricting their two towers to around +/- 280 FT in height. Just my thoughts on it - I think that going forward here in Boston, any proposed building over 200-250 FT in height is going to get ever more and more scrutiny with all of this anti-shadow hysteria and talk of damage to historic structures. Rebuttals anyone? Concurrence with my theory?

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Philip Harris
Gee. Though the changes are not exactly in line with my original suppositions, I must say that my precognition with regards to at least the project NOT GOING forth as first first proposed was correct. Now let's see if the solitary shorter tower scheme still does not draw ire from the anti-heightite neighbors.
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