BPDA Won't Grant Additional Extensions to Development Team of Tremont Crossing
At the end of this month, it will be back to the drawing board for the City-owned land at 1200 Tremont Street in Roxbury. As of 10/31, the designation of Feldco & Elma Lewis Partners as the developers of Parcel 3 will expire and the BPDA will not grant any further extensions. BPDA Director Golden told the Bay State Banner, “The residents of Roxbury deserve a development at Parcel 3 that will create good-paying jobs, economic development, affordable housing, cultural space and more,” Golden said in his statement. “While we are disappointed that the current project cannot move forward due to the development team’s lack of a viable funding source, we believe that opening this parcel up for new opportunities will allow for a community-led vision, guided by PLAN: Dudley, to determine the future of this important parcel.” The current plans for Tremont Crossing which were approved in March 2017 would have featured nearly 1.2M square feet of mixed-use development including over 700 residential units.
Tremont Crossing, 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development, approved in Roxbury
Tremont Crossing, a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development featuring residential, retail, office and cultural space, was approved at last Thursday (March 2nd)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. When complete, Tremont Crossing will feature 727 apartment residences, 405,808 square feet of retail, 108,000 square feet of office space and a 31,000 square foot National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) museum. The development team is now finalizing financing and designs in order to move forward with construction.
Tremont Crossing proposal shrinks by 90 feet, hotel and student housing eliminated
In a Second Supplement to Draft Project Impact Report (SS-DPIR) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week, the Tremont Crossing development team detailed the latest changes to the proposed Tremont Crossing development project in Roxbury Crossing; the following is a link to the SS-DPIR. Since the last Supplemental DPIR filed in February 2016, a proposed hotel and approximately 100,000 square feet of office space have been eliminated, amounting to a reduction of the proposed project’s density by approximately 250,000 square feet. The proposed buildings’ maximum height has been reduced by approximately 90 feet; the buildings would now rise no more than 260 feet tall. The proposed parking garage has been reduced by two levels, amounting to a 216-space reduction in parking capacity. Townhouse-style residential units have been added along Whittier Street to ease the transition between Tremont Crossing and the adjacent residential neighborhood. Two residential towers are still proposed for Tremont Crossing; however, contrary to the previous proposal, neither would be dedicated to student housing. The formerly proposed student housing tower atop the parking garage has been eliminated, and the second residential tower would now be located along West Drive next to the office tower.
Universal Hub reports that the BRA Board granted the Tremont Crossing development team an extension to continue project planning and review at last Thursday (August 11th, 2016)’s board meeting. The development team and BRA staff members were unable to provide a timeframe for when the project would be ready to go before the BRA Board for approval. Banker & Tradesman reports that the development team hopes to receive BRA approval for construction of Tremont Crossing this fall and break ground on the project in early 2017. The latest Tremont Crossing proposal goes before the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) for review this Tuesday (August 16th, 2016).
Three main buildings are now proposed at Tremont Crossing, including two residential towers and one office building, totaling approximately 1,201,701 square feet. A residential tower fronting Tremont Street would be 20 stories tall containing 385 units, and a residential tower fronting West Drive would be 22 stories tall containing 300 units. A total of 685 rental residential units would be constructed at Tremont Crossing ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Nine townhouse-style residential units would be located along Whittier Street. The market rate versus affordable unit breakdown at Tremont Crossing has not yet been determined.
A 7.5-story tall tower would contain approximately 105,000 square feet of office space. Three stories of retail would be located across Tremont Crossing’s base, including 289,798 square feet of destination retail across floors two and three and 108,923 square feet of neighborhood retail across the ground floor. Destination retail would include a 92,000 square foot BJ's Wholesale Club. Tremont Crossing would also include 31,000 square feet of cultural facilities including a National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) museum. A public plaza is proposed at Tremont Crossing’s center. A 6.5-level, 442,000 square foot above-ground parking structure at Tremont Crossing's rear would contain approximately 1,371 spaces, with 1,265 net spaces related to Tremont Crossing and 106 spaces for abutters. The following are the latest renderings of Tremont Crossing:
View East along Tremont Street
View at Whittier and Tremont streets
View of central plaza from Tremont Street
View of central plaza
View from neighboring playing fields
New renderings and details for Tremont CrossingNew renderings and details for the proposed Tremont Crossing development were presented in a Boston Redevelopment Authority project review committee meeting. A new student housing tower is now proposed in addition to the original 300 residential units. The student housing tower would be built atop the proposed parking garage.Previous plans for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to build a new state transportation building at Tremont Crossing have been abandoned. BJ's Wholesale Club remains committed to opening a retail location at Tremont Crossing. Additional retail options would include a pharmacy and an eight-screen cinema.The proposed 175-room hotel at Tremont Crossing would be a Cambria Hotels & Suites by Choice Hotels. The Tremont Crossing team has signed a neutrality agreement and is committed to union labor at the hotel.The following is a link to the full presentation. Additional project details, renderings and site plans are posted below. The following is a summary of the proposed Tremont Crossing project plan:315,000 square feet of residential space300 total residential units360,000 additional square feet of student housing300 total student housing unitsStudent housing would be developed by Landmark PropertiesA 130,000 square foot hotel385,000 square feet of retail300,000 square feet of office space31,000 square feet of museum and art studio spaceA 580,000 square foot parking garage with space for 1,600 carsThe following are renderings of Tremont Crossing:
View along Tremont Street
Retail View along Tremont Street
Retail View at Whittier and Tremont streets