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Bostons Holiday Tree Lightings

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The holiday look will officially be upon us starting December 1 with the lighting of the white lights along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The lighting season begins in earnest however, with celebrations in Copley Square on December 2, and on the Common on December 4. All information courtesy of the Boston Discovery Guide (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/):

Copley Square Tree Lighting - Tuesday, December 2, 5:00pm-6:00pm - Wreaths with red bows decorate the square and the Old South Church bell tolls when the lights go on - look for appearances by Santa, the Boston Pops, and Rudolph! The Boston Public Library and Catered Affair host a story time and candy cane tea at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 3:30-5pm (tea is free but you must make reservations - call 617-859-2282). More family fun begins at about 4:30pm with Jugglers, stilt walkers, and holiday music provided by Magic 106.7.

Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4pm-8pm (lights go on at about 7:55pm), with games, prizes, and more at the Frog Pond Skating Rink. This exciting event takes place near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont St and stars the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia and 80+ other lighted trees throughout the Common and Boston Garden. When the Mayor turns on the lights, the Boston holiday season officially begins!

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COPLEY PLACE TOWER

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Construction has started on a major development project in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Known as the Copley Place Tower, this 52-story high rise will alter Bostons skyline.

Development plans for this project have been in the works since before 2012. After years of community meetings and several changes, the Boston Redevelopment Authority finally granted approval. Located right near the Boston Public Library, this new building will tower over Copley Square.

The tower itself is only the most visible portion of a larger development, which will encompass a massive makeover of the Copley Mall. The base of the tower will be attached to the Mall and will create over 115,000 square-feet of additional retail space, as well as a new grand entrance.

The tower will hold a total of 542 new housing units. There will be 109 luxury condos for sale and 433 luxury apartments to rent. Of the 433 new apartments, 76 of them will be designated as affordable housing in concert with Boston regulations requiring a percentage of new housing to be reserved for middle-income people. Amenities will include; concierge service, underground parking, secure bike storage space and a 7th floor sky lobby and deck which will overlook the surrounding area.

Developers have touted this project as a win-win for all Boston residents. At over 500 feet tall, construction of the tower will create over 1,700 construction jobs as well as 250 permanent new jobs. The tower is also speculated to generate around $7.2 million is new tax revenue for Boston after its completion.

For more information please see:

http://www.universalhub.com/2015/bra-approves-52-story-tower-copley-place

http://www.copleyplacetower.com

http://www.boston.com/realestate/gallery/copley_place_dpir/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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40 Trinity Place

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For the last few years, developers have been working with the city to construct a midsized high-rise building in Back Bay near Copley Square. After several delays, construction is finally scheduled to start on 40 Trinity Place in 2017.

40 Trinity Place will be a 31-story building with a four-star hotel on the lower floors and luxury condo units on the upper floors. The building will be replacing the 11-story Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, which is adjacent to the Hancock Tower. The Hotel will have over 150 rooms while the upper floors will consist of 146 luxury condo units. Amenities for those who live in the future units are said to include concierge service, valet parking, a movie theater and a spa.

The look of the building has been designed to minimize visual impact on the Boston skyline. Many architects have praised the buildings sculpture-like design. According to the architectural team that designed the building, it was explicitly designed to distinguish itself from adjacent buildings nearby. They also pointed out that shadow and wind impacts on the surrounding area were carefully considered.

The highlight of the building will be a two-story sky lobby and bar, which will be set on the 15th floor. Developers are planning on having a celebrity chef operate the restaurant and people from all over Boston will be able to come and view the city below from 150 feet in the sky. The restaurant will also feature an outdoor patio, which when completed, will become the highest rooftop bar in the city.

The ground floor of the building will open up retail space allowing for more business in the neighborhood.

For More Information, Please See:

http://boston.curbed.com/2016/3/23/11289824/back-bay-40-trinity-place-development

http://www.tccrealtygroup.com/condo/40-trinity/

http://www.architecturalteam.com/projects/40-trinity-place/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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