Following years of planning and contentious debate over the site and size of the tower, Developers Millennium Partners have announced an October 24th groundbreaking for the Winthrop Square Tower - now dubbed "Winthrop Center". The 691-foot, 53-story skyscraper will be located at the site of the former Winthrop Square Garage in downtown Boston.
The $102 million sale of the Winthrop Square Tower was finalized earlier in October. $23 million in funds will go toward upgrades to the Boston Common and Franklin Park, as well as $11 million toward completion of the Emerald Necklace.
So what took developers so long to reach this point? The project had been delayed due to concerns with both the building's design and situation by Boston Logan Airport. The original 775 foot tall structure would have stood in the path of one of Boston Logan Airport's runways, thereby diverting planes to other runways and sending them over communities north and west of the city that already endure increased air traffic. In talks with the FAA, Millennium Partners found that a building no larger than 702 feet above sea level would be within the boundaries and avoid hindering takeoffs. In order to comply with federal rules governing building heights near airports, the height of the tower was lowered to 691 feet.
Millennium Partners have cited that the $1.35 billion expected to go into the tower's development will be the "largest private investment for a single project in Boston history".
Towering high into the Boston skyline at a height of 691 feet, Winthrop Center will redefine residential luxury in Boston. The project will contain residential and commercial uses and a below-grade garage with 550 parking spaces.
Approximately 500 condos will be constructed on the tower's upper floors. Millennium Partners are seeking Passive House Pilot Project certification for the tower, which would make the project the world's largest Passive House certified (energy efficient) office building.
It is anticipated to contain approximately 750,000 square-feet of commercial space; 31,000 square-feet of retail/restaurant space; and a 12,000 square-feet, publicly-accessible Great Hall component.
Millennium Partners seeks to create an interrelationship between the private residences and public landscape. The development will continue to elevate Winthrop Square and surrounding downtown Boston as a premiere locale for modern, luxury living.
Upon completion in 2022, the 53-story tower will be Boston's (and New England's) fourth-tallest building - following behind 200 Clarendon, the Prudential Center and One Dalton.
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