Boston’s skyline is expecting a few new developments. We’ve posted about Millennium Place in the past- a new building planned for the downtown area on Washington Street, with 256 luxury units forming fifteen stories of living space. The building will add a modern glass and steel look for eye-catching extravagance in the Boston Common neighborhood.
In addition to Millennium Place, a few other future developments have caught our attention. It’s recently been noted that the Christian Science Plaza, a local landmark known for its reflective pool, will have two new buildings in its midst. Filling up the space previously reserved for public parking and empty city space, the city plans to add “a 50-story tower containing a hotel, condos, stores and restaurants, as well as a 20-story building with additional apartments and retail space” (according to Boston.com.) These two multi-purpose buildings will be planned by Cambridge area developers, “Carpenter and Company.” The Christian Science website states, “Carpenter and its team will be responsible for designing, financing, constructing, and maintaining the new buildings.”
While some may bemoan the loss of parking in the Christian Science Plaza vicinity, many are excited at the prospect of more living space alternatives in the Back Bay area, as well as other benefits planned for these new buildings. With restaurants, hotel space, and retail capabilities, the building has potential to add a lot to Boston’s commercial center. The Christian Science landmark, as it stands, will not be affected by these developments. Mayor Menino confirms in a recent statement, “I am very pleased that the development of these buildings will allow the Plaza itself to be maintained for the enjoyment of Boston residents and visitors for many years to come.”
Lastly, a new development in the waterfront area is sure to gain some attention as time goes on. While the city may have approved the “Portside at Pier One” plans eight years ago, it is just now starting construction. The building is intended to be five stories of luxury living space, containing 176 units, and retail space on the ground level. Developers claim that renting each of these living spaces should cost around $3,000 a month. The development, spearheaded by Roseland Property and Co., is a $67 million project.
As things progress, we can’t wait to see the final products, and we’ll be keeping our eyes out for more construction in and around the Boston area.