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The latest design iteration evinces a beautiful building which does not overpower the general massing/architectural "sense" of the very nearby historic Dock Square buildings immediately adjacent. Still, knowing that Boston harbors a small but highly vocal and vociferous cadre of ULTRA TRADITIONALIST ZEALOTS who will more than likely scream BLOODY MURDER about the HEIGHT (OMG, 205 FT - IN BOSTON????) and modern glass curtain wall architectural presentation of the building. Count me in as one who harbors severe doubts about this project getting approved because of the aforementioned TRADITIONALIST ZEALOTS who believe Boston should be maintained as a SLEEPY, BACKWATER, Urban Museum eschewing ANYTHING MODERN and/or ANY Structure taller than a ridiculous 55 FT in height. As a LIFELONG Resident of the Boston Region and former inner resident City while growing up, I for one would like to see the anti-development, anti-modernist Boston cadre UP AND LEAVE THIS CITY and shuffle off to BOLTON, MA. YOU ARE BANNED IN BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FTR, rebuttals from those whom I oppose (and vilify) would be very welcome. I need a good laugh!
The parcel is within proximity to the Greenway and the site is zoning limited to 125 feet in height maximum; I do not oppose adding the addition to bring it to 194 feet, but in this anti development, anti "high rise" ultra traditionalist City, never mind the proximity to the North End where residents are aroused into a frothing madness at the hint of any proposed structure in excess of 55 feet in height, I say to the developers, BEST OF LUCK and be prepared for crowds with torches in hand hunting down the 194 foot tall "Frankenstein Monster".
oh oh....here we go again!!! STRIKE UP THE NIMBY WHINING COMPLAINT MACHINE; The ultra traditionalist North End residents are going to shout and then shoot down this design revision. If it DOES NOT come to pass that the NIMBY MOB does NOT complain, I will be amazed. Still, it's a good bet that the "too tall, too out of scale, too much shadow, TOO MODERN" bitching and moaning will come to the fore. Stay tuned to this BLDUP Station.....
Never mind the double negative typo as above......but nevertheless, 17 stories is going to rile the hell out of those nearby residents who foam at the mouth whenever a building taller than a cannoli is long is proposed anywhere near the sacred North End. For the record, I love the OLD WORLD atmosphere, old architecture and historic nature of the North End, but come on, this is the 21st Century and Boston must welcome the NEW to stand along side the old - BOSTON IS NOT A MUSEUM CITY, it is and should be a great American City that must change, NOT DECAY with time!
I like the new design as it is a contemporary concept mixed with some traditionalist aspects in that the original overt use of a glassy facade has been replaced with a modernistic take on 19th to early 20th Century buildings whereby rectangular windows are clearly defined in an array separated by "stone" panels (at least on some of the facades). Still, the North Enders will probably call it out as "TOO MODERN", as they have done so with other building proposals in the North End proper. NIMBY ZEALOTS are USELESS impediments to the development process!!!