Out of the Shadows…

 

As reported from Bankers and Tradesmen:

171 Tremont Street

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Designs for a proposed luxury condominium tower at 171 Tremont St. (Aka “The Skinny Tower) have been revised for the third time to comply with regulations that protect Boston Common from shadows.
Developer Joseph Dabbah also eliminated all 21 resident parking spaces in favor of two valet drop-offs.
The tower with a stone, metal and glass exterior would top out at 155 feet, down from 212 feet in the last version unveiled in May and 355 feet in the original version submitted in late 2014.
The changes reflect neighborhood concerns about the height of the tower and its shadow creation, developers said in a filing with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The 13-story building would contain 12 condos, down from the previous 18.
At its current height, the tower would be buildable as-of-right and not require any zoning variances, according to the BRA submission. And it would not be subject to the Boston Common and Public Garden protection area, a state law that limits the amount of shadow that new developments can throw onto the public parks.
“The luxury building will contribute to the long-term revitalization of the Downtown Crossing area by building on the momentum generated by the recently developed neighboring larger-scale mixed-use developments,” Dabbah wrote.

If You See Something, Say Something…

The Friends of the Public Garden are organizing a letter writing campaign from residents who have witnessed or experienced safety issues on the Boston Common or Public Garden.
The goal is to improve Public Safety in our neighborhood.

If you have seen or experienced any safety issues on the Boston Common or Public Garden, please email a letter describing the specific circumstances and location to:
Liz Vizza, Friends of the Public Garden
Email: liz@friendsofthepublicgarden.org

Alert from the Friends of the Public Garden

Your parks need your voice!

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The BRA will be making a crucial decision about the proposed residential development at 171-172 Tremont Street.

This project, as it is currently proposed, will exceed existing zoning laws protecting Boston Common from excessive shadow and wind.

Parks greatly improve the quality of city life and build community. The time is now to share your voice on their behalf.
The BRA will be making a crucial decision about the proposed residential development at 171-172 Tremont Street. As it is currently proposed, the project will exceed current protective zoning and set a harmful precedent by opening the door for more development exceeding the height limit in the mid-town area bordering Boston Common and the Public Garden.

From the 1970’s, the Friends of the Public Garden has continuously advocated for protecting the Common from excessive shadow and wind resulting from development projects that would have a damaging impact on this vital and heavily used historic urban park.

We advocate for compliance with both the 1990 Shadow Law and Boston’s zoning code’s provisions protecting the Common as well as the Public Garden.

Will you take 5 minutes this week to send an e-mail to BRA Director Brian Golden?

* Send an e-mail to Brian.Golden@boston.gov and be sure to copy info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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