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Details on the massive mixed-use development proposed for Back Bay Station

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Rendering of the proposed Back Bay Station redevelopment.
Rendering of the proposed Back Bay Station redevelopment. Courtesy of Boston Properties / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

In a project form submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties reveal many more details about a proposal it is referring to as the “Back Bay/South End Gateway Project” — a 1.26 million square-foot mixed-use development above and adjacent to Back Bay Station.

According to the proposal, the project would include: a new office building with ground floor retail, two new residential buildings, a retail expansion above the current Back Bay Station, and a redevelopment of the 100 Clarendon Street Parking Garage.

This comes after Boston Properties submitted a letter of intent to the BRA back in December 2015, notifying the city that more details would come.

View of the proposed new Back Bay Station buildings from Columbus Avenue.
View of the proposed new Back Bay Station buildings from Columbus Avenue. —Courtesy of Boston Properties / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The two residential buildings could add up to 600 new units. One building would be 28 stories with 240 residential units and the other would be 34 stories with two floors of retail space, a new access to the station, and approximately 360 residential units.

The proposal, submitted by Michael Cantalupa, the senior vice president of Boston Properties, Inc., stated:

The Project is conceived as a holistic and transformative, mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment which will revitalize an underutilized urban site and transform the adjacent public realm, integrate and connect the surrounding Back Bay, South End, and Bay Village historic neighborhoods, and create an attractive and appealing place worthy of this prominent location within the City of Boston.

Back in 2014, The Boston Globe reported Boston Properties’s desire to redevelop the area, therefore privatizing Back Bay Station as North and South stations already have been.

Part of the most recent proposal does include renovations to Back Bay Station along with assumed property management.

The proposal reads, “the Proponent has assumed property management responsibilities for, and has committed to delivering a multimillion dollar renovation and restoration of the Station Concourse, including a contribution that could be used toward the improvement of the track-level ventilation system, demonstrating the Proponent’s commitment to improving the neighborhoods, the Project Site, and Boston’s transportation network.”