New Towers to Decorate the Boston Skyline


A number of new towers may soon be popping up on the Boston skyline. Here is a look at a few of the towers that are either under development or that are being considered for development.

171 Tremont Street

The city signed off on the development of a 12-unit condo tower located at 171 Tremont Street in late October. Originally planed to span 355 feet and 32 stories, the tower faced a great deal of local opposition. As such, it was ultimately reduced to a 175-foot 13-story tower. Construction of the tower, which was designed by Elkus Manfredi and developed by Maurine and Joseph Dabbah, is expected to begin at the start of this year.

South Station Tower

Construction on the South Station tower, which will start at nine stories above ground, is scheduled to begin this spring. Plans call for the building to erupt glassily out of South Station with higher-end office space comprising the first 26 floors. The top 16 stories of the development will boast luxury condos offering views of the region. Once completed, the tower will be the fourth-tallest in Massachusetts and will include a 50 percent expansion in the capacity of the South Station’s bus wing. The tower was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

100 Boylston Street

Two residential towers are planned for development over the Massachusetts Turnpike where Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street meet. One of the buildings, which would measure 566 feet tall and 39 stories in height, will be among the tallest 15 buildings in Boston. While this building will feature 160 condos, the second building that measures 283 feet tall and boasts 24 floors will offer 182 apartments.

Developed by Weiner Ventures, the goal is to create a fully-integrated hub of residential housing and retail activity within the underdeveloped Back Bay streetscape. With the parcels and air rights for the project purchased by the developer from the state in 2013, the entire project hinges on completion of a 23,000-square-foot platform over the Turnpike. A six- to seven-story base will be at the bottom for both towers, with the base containing 33,000 square feet of retail space, lobbies and amenities. It will also include 303 parking spaces.

Winthrop Square Tower

The Massachusetts Port Authority has come out against plans for the Winthrop Square tower proposal. Planned to achieve a height of 775 feet, the tower would be the tallest residential tower in New England and one of the tallest in the country north of New York City.  The project was already under scrutiny due to concerns regarding the potential shadow it might cast over the Boston Common and the Public Garden, but new concerns have been expressed regarding how the tower might affect flights in and out of Logan Airport. As such, the Massachusetts Port Authority is asking for the project to be sized down to a height of 710 feet. Reducing the size of the tower will result in fewer condos, however, which could result in less income for the city.

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