It's about high time that they put a plan in place to get rid of the "Mini Ground Zero"!!
The Boston Landmarks Commission unanimously approved the proposed Millennium Tower for downtown Boston. Plans for the 184-meter tower, which previously incorporated an existing Burnham building into the façade, now call for a completely separate building from the existing 1912 structure.
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The Boston Landmarks Commission voted in favor of the Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, handing a key regulatory approval to the $620 million project.Tonight’s unanimous vote gives a green light to developer Millennium Partners to demolish the remnants of a 1905 facade at the rear corner of the infamous hole in the ground at Washington and Franklin streets.
Millennium said it needed to clear the way after deciding to separate its proposed 54-story skyscraper from the historic Burnham Building where Filene’s operated, a change from the previous developer’s plan to combine the two adjacent structures and incorporate the facade.
With the tower moved away toward Franklin Street under Millennium’s plan, the structure’s deep support columns would interfere with the facade’s foundation at the corner of Hawley Street.
"Getting those columns to coexist is virtually impossible," said Blake Middleton, the project designer from Handel Architects of New York. "There’s a substantial degree of complication and impediment."
The previous developer, a joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Gale International, razed about half the block in 2008 before the project stalled in the Great Recession, leaving behind most of the 1912 Burnham Building, the nine-story 1905 facade remnant and the scar in the heart of downtown.
Millennium Partners, which took over in February, plans 600 residences in the wedge-shaped tower, offices in the Burnham building and retail spaces on several floors stretching across the based of the site. The firm won’t take down the facade until it’s time to start the tower project.
The 1905 building was originally home to the Jones, McDuffee and Stratton Co., sellers of china, glass, pottery, lamps and other such gifts, according to Millennium’s project filing. Filene’s expanded into the space in 1929.
All of the buildings on the site, including additions built in 1951 and 1973, were granted landmark status in 2006, making them subject to oversight by the Boston Landmarks Commission.
Despite the stamp of approval from the panel, the tower project’s design is still evolving and subject to further review by Landmarks Commission staff along with the Boston Civic Design Commission and, ultimately, the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
The BRA board may vote on the project at its next meeting scheduled for Sept. 13.
Pending approvals, Millennium says it’s on track to start construction next spring and open the renovated Burnham Building in about 18 months. Tower construction is expected to take about three years.
It's about high time that they put a plan in place to get rid of the "Mini Ground Zero"!!
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 / Updated: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 02:47 PM
Millennium Partners Celebrates Construction Commencement of $630 Million Millennium Tower Boston Development, Marking New Era for Downtown Crossing
Kick-Off Celebration at Historic Burnham Building, Located at Site of Former Filene’s Department Store
Millennium Partners, developer of the nearly completed Millennium Place luxury condominium, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Towers, and other acclaimed projects in Boston and around the country, celebrated the commencement of construction today at the site of its Millennium Tower/Burnham Building in Boston. Located in the City’s Downtown Crossing at the site of the former Filene’s Department Store, the $630 million project consists of the landmark 1912 Burnham Building and a dramatic, new, mixed-use tower that will rise 625 feet into the Boston skyline. Showcasing a harmonious balance of old and new, the proposed 1.4 million square foot development is expected to reinvigorate Downtown Boston with its innovative office space, dynamic street-level retail and a new level of luxury residential condominium offerings.
“The Filene's site is synonymous with Downtown Boston. The start of construction celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in the history of this historic building and highlights the promising future that is in store for this neighborhood," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. "Today also marks the start of another important project by Millennium Partners, which will place a marker in the Boston skyline, like a flag drawing people to Downtown Crossing."
Christopher M. Jeffries, founding partner at Millennium Partners, described the firm’s experience in Boston by saying, “Millennium Partners is very pleased to revive and restore a building that is so close to Bostonians’ hearts. Thanks to the forward-looking perspective of the Mayor and his staff, it took only 10 months to bring our initial design ideas to life with the start of construction in April of this year. We strongly believe that this new project will support the further economic resurgence of one of the country’s most vibrant urban centers, and will extend residential and retail growth in a continuous stretch from the Theatre District to City Hall.”
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Rendering of Millennium Tower Boston and Historic Burnham Building
Christopher M. Jeffries, Founding Partner of Millennium Partners; Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston; Pam Hamlin, President of Arnold Worldwide, Boston; Edward Roche, Owner and COO of Roche Bros. Photo Credit: Russ Campbell
Business Wire - Rendering of Millennium Tower Boston and Historic Burnham Building
The Burnham Building renovation is only part of Millennium Partners’ redevelopment of the vacant site formerly occupied by Filene’s Department Store. The proposal will execute a significant component of the City of Boston’s plan for Downtown Crossing, a location with the highest pedestrian traffic and transit accessibility in New England. Ideally situated in the city’s epicenter, the Millennium Tower/Burnham Building project is within easy walking distance of all five MBTA “T” lines and the South Station commuter rail terminal. Pedestrian count exceeds 51,000 persons per day, surpassing that of New York City's well-known Fifth Avenue and SoHo shopping destinations.
Construction of Millennium Tower, now also proceeding, adds a striking 625-foot tower adjacent to the Burnham Building that will consist of 450 luxury residences and 95,000 square feet of additional retail space on its lower floors.
Simultaneous with the onset of construction, Millennium Partners signed its first office lease in April, making the Burnham Building the new Boston headquarters of Arnold Worldwide, a subsidiary of Havas Advertising, the world’s sixth-largest communications group. Arnold’s occupancy at the Burnham Building is slated for September 2014.
In addition, Millennium Partners announced today that it has reached agreement with Roche Brothers Supermarkets to bring its exceptionally high quality retail grocery store chain to downtown Boston. This new store is the first large-scale grocery store to be built in Downtown Crossing, and will serve the growing residential neighborhood first initiated by Millennium Partners.
“Roche Brothers is a Boston business with deep roots in our City. It is fitting that the Roche family would be the ones to bring fresh food and the first large grocery store into Downtown Boston," said Mayor Menino. "I am proud to have Roche Brothers as a participant in the rebirth of this iconic site." Anthony Pangaro, principal at Millennium Partners/Boston added, “No neighborhood can be called complete without a food purveyor of the highest quality and good value. Now, with Roche Brothers, we can truly say that what we have here is a total, urban, neighborhood place to live.”
The Burnham Building/Millennium Tower mixed-use project will encompass a harmonious pairing of old and new, and leverage its tenant mix to ensure a vibrant 24/7 city center. Plans include more than 135,000 square feet of entirely restored active and varied retail space on the lower floors, and nearly 200,000 square feet of innovative office space on the upper floors.
The Burnham Building restoration will have the novel features envisioned by legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham (1846-1912) when he was the most prominent retail merchandising architect in the nation. These include a noble street façade with large plate glass display windows featuring mirrored vitrines designed to provide unprecedented visual access to the retail wares sold at Filene’s. The only structure in Boston that Daniel Burnham designed, the Burnham Building will be reawakened and restored to its original grandeur by Handel Architects. The restoration has been certified by the United States Department of the Interior as meeting the high standards for rehabilitation for a structure on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also is being designed to achieve LEED Certification and will include new systems for office and retail spaces, all constructed within the historic shell and its inner steel structure.
The Millennium Tower/Burnham Building development is seen as essential for the economic regeneration of this part of Downtown Boston. It will reverse years of decline caused by the abandonment of the former Filene’s store and consequent retail and upper story vacancy in the central core of New England’s principal city.
Millennium Tower Boston follows the company’s successful Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residential Towers and Millennium Place, its current residential offering. Millennium Place, a 15-story, $220 million luxury residential building located at the apex of Avery Street in downtown Boston, is already more than 80 percent sold and will be available for initial occupancy this October.
For more information on Millennium Tower Boston, please visit Millennium Partners.
About Millennium Partners
Founded in 1991, Millennium Partners is an internationally recognized residential developer of luxury mixed-use properties, responsible for dramatic showcase properties in some of the nation’s most dynamic urban locations. Millennium Partners has created an unparalleled portfolio of 27 properties that bring together luxury condominiums, state-of-the-art entertainment complexes, world-class spa and fitness facilities including The Sports Club/LA, Class-A office space, and five-star hotel brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
For more information, please visit Millennium Partners.
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