Six development teams are contending to redevelop Boston’s Winthrop Square with proposals including residential, retail and office space plans. The six projects are distinctly different, however they all promise to bring a plethora of good food to the Financial District.
Boston Business Journal provided an in-depth look into all six proposals and how they hope to transform the area. These plans include giant towers, co-working space, retail space, condominiums and dining options to satisfy visitors and future residents of the area.
Each of the Winthrop Square proposals brings with it a unique concept or space for living, working and plenty of new dining options.
The first, by Accordia Partners includes a 57-story tower with condominiums, hotel rooms, and a 57th floor observatory restaurant. This plan also includes 5,300 square feet of street level restaurant space, for the diners less interested in heights.
Another proposal by Millenium Partners includes a high-rise tower that sits atop a podium space called The Great Hall. Plans for the space within The Great Hall include three levels of dining, cafes and markets. With a strong focus on innovation and diversity and a desire to make it a main Boston hub, visitors will be spoilt for choice within this space.
The proposal from Trinity Financial focuses around a 1 million-square-foot tower including living space, a hotel, amenities and a even a public park. The 52nd floor would hold an 11,000-square-foot observation deck as well as a premier restaurant, lounge and bar. A two-story public passageway connecting Winthrop Square and Federal Street would also include a beer garden and two-level restaurant.
The projects each have a unique vision, but all tie into a similar theme of enhancing this space. The aim is to make it a thriving hub for living, working and dining.
The Boston International Film Festival (Boston IFF) has been one of Boston’s most prominent annual attractions for more than a decade. This April will mark the 14th year of the event and the people of Boston could not be more excited. This rich, cultural experience is unique to the downtown area and provides entertainment for movie critics and fans alike.
The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the people behind the scenes. The festival is dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expressions. The Boston IFF unites local, national and international filmmakers and supports the work of worldwide independent filmmakers. The 5-day festival will begin on Thursday, April 14th and end on Monday, April 18th. The screenings provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audience members to engage in dialogue with the filmmakers, and for the filmmakers to receive honest feedback from their audiences.
There are over 100 screenings and live events scheduled throughout the festival, and will be held across three major locations in Downtown Boston, including the AMC Loews Theatre located at 175 Tremont Street, The Paramount Theatre located at 559 Washington Street, and the BPE Studio located at 9A Hamilton Place. Opening night will feature a Red Carpet event starting at 6:00pm followed by a movie screening from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Residents and future residents of the downtown area should strongly consider attending this vibrant event.
The cost of attendance depends on the experience you are looking to have. With that said, none of the experiences will break the bank. For those only looking for a night of fun you can purchase a screening pass for $45.00 and enjoy the screenings of that specific day. The second option is an All Screening pass, which is $75 and lasts throughout the festival, providing admittance to all screenings. Last, but not least, is the All access VIP Pass that cost $250.00 and they allow you to meet the stars and filmmakers, go to each of the parties, and see any of the films. Regardless of the option you choose, you are in for a great atmosphere filled with talented people and thought-provoking films. Attractions like this are just another great perk of living in and around the city of Boston.
Your walk to work could look very different with a new addition to one of Downtown Boston’s most notable buildings. Just beyond Post Office Square sits 100 Federal Street in the center of Downtown Boston. Famous for the protruding appearance from the outside, Downtown office workers have fondly deemed it as the building with the bulge. Boston Properties wants to spruce it up and take advantage of the open street-level space below the building. Boston Civic Design Commission granted Boston Properties approval on the addition of a glass atrium at the base of the building.
The atrium addition to 100 Federal St. could include 8,500 square feet of retail space, 500 square feet of kiosk space, and 8,990 square feet dedicated to a “winter garden.”
Perkins + Will is the designer for the addition while a familiar face sits behind the landscaping design. Mikyoung Kim Design is slated to coordinate the landscape architecture. Mikyoung Kim Design is working on several projects throughout the city, such as the plaza outside of the Prudential at 888 Boylston St. and the Pier 4 Plaza steps outside of the 100 Pier 4 luxury condominiums in the Seaport.
Boston Properties will seek full approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
According to The Boston Globe, The Boston Redevelopment Authority has put out a formal request for proposals for redeveloping the Winthrop Square Garage located in the Financial District. Eight development teams have already submitted proposals, including Millennium Partners, the team responsible for the Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, Boston’s 690-foot luxury condominium. The Fallon Co., the team behind developments in the Seaport such as Twenty Two Liberty, a 118-unit luxury residential tower in Fan Pier, has also submitted a proposal. Their proposal for the Winthrop Square Garage includes two buildings composed of 32 floors of apartments and 18 condominiums. Accordia Partners pitched a 750-foot building containing 140 condominiums, a public gallery, retail and hotel.
These proposals could change as revised plans are submitted and new ones filter in in the next six weeks. For a preview of the eight pitches already submitted visit Curbed.
While proposals range from a public plaza to sky-high developments, what do you think will tower above the rest?
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