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Back Bay Project Proposes Residential, Retail and Office Space Above Stretch of Historic Buildings

Back Bay Project Proposes Residential, Retail and Office Space Above Stretch of Historic Buildings

A row of buildings along Back Bay's Boylston Street may soon get a new look, as plans are filed for five stories of office, retail and residential space along 761-793 Boylston Street.

Plans filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency include an outline for three buildings above the current shops at Crate & Barrel, Atlantic Fish Co., and Abe & Louie's.


The project, proposed by Travistock Development Co., calls for overhauling the interior of the Crate & Barrel location (the middle of the three) and reconfiguring it to form the base of the upward addition, plans indicate.

Upon completion, the building will boast nine residential units. Project representatives said the building will not require zoning exemptions.


The other two buildings will essentially be preserved exactly as they are now, David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects told the project’s Impact Advisory Group, or IAG, last week.

“These are beautiful buildings at the base, and we want to be very respectful, we want to be very deferential,” Manfredi said at a separate BPDA meeting Monday. “And we clearly want to be the next generation of building, meaning … we don’t want to imitate, we can’t imitate, the detail of those existing buildings.”

The development would include 15,830 square feet of retail space, 25,720 square feet of office space, and nine residential units consisting of a total of 18,600 square feet, with three units per floor, according to plans.


The project is expected to have “only a minimal impact to the area’s peak period traffic operations, transportation network, and infrastructure,” the project notification form says.

While no parking will be provided onsite, Christopher Souza, senior director of northeast developments at Tavistock, said the company is working to figure out a valet service for residential parking. Developers intend to keep both restaurants open during and after construction.

The space between the two, where Crate & Barrel currently exists, could eventually accommodate a restaurant, with room for outdoor seating, Manfredi said.

The project is anticipated to take 16 to 20 months to complete, according to Souza.

“This is one of the most ambitious projects I’ve seen because it’s not a demolition and it’s not a façade-ectomy,” she said. “It’s really maintaining the uses, and it is creating, I think, a really vibrant upper few stories.”


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