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Harbor Garage Proposal

Harbor Garage

Recently another proposal was made for the redevelopment of the Harbor Garage. Located on waterfront property between the Greenway and the harbor, this property has been the source of much debate in recent years.

The garage sits right next to the New England Aquarium, making it prime real estate. It was purchased by a well-known developer, named Don Chiofaro, who first came up with a proposal in 2009. His original plan called for the garage to be replaced with two high-rise towers that would be connected with a giant modern arch. The massive size of the development combined with the strange look of the buildings drew massive public outcries. Residents of the neighboring Harbor Towers residential complex are opposed to any high-rise building that would threaten some of their views. Many of them spoke out against the development while other Bostonians described the buildings as unsightly and too big.

The controversy stirred up by the plans eventually led to a public feud between Mayor Menino and Don Chiofaro. It was no secret that the late Boston Mayor along with his administration were closely connected with the BRA. Due to the massive public opposition, the project was shelved.

Now Boston has a new mayor and Chiofaro is looking for a clean slate. He has come forward with a completely new development proposal designed to attract broader public support. The plan consists of two high-rise buildings that still retain the modern edge envisioned by Chiofaro but are much more aesthetically pleasing than the buildings in the previous plan.

The lower floors will be graced with a giant public space that will be used to connect the Greenway with the harbor. Made up entirely of glass, this space will have a retractable roof, which will make it useful for any season. While there is still some push back concerning the height of the towers, this proposal has received much more support than the first.

http://www.harborgarageproject.com

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/01/new-plans-for-harbor-garage-redevelopment-focus-ground-level-amenities/nZrGRwdBGAoBEIioGUFpVN/story.html

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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