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Condo project for Dock Square Garage gets final approval

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A rendering of the Dock Square Garage proposal.
A rendering of the Dock Square Garage project. STANTEC

Plans to bring more than 200 luxury condominiums to the Dock Square Garage near Quincy Market received their final approval Wednesday from the Boston Zoning Commission, capping the review process for a project that garnered criticism from other city officials earlier this year.

New York-based Fortis Property Group is slated to construct a six-story vertical addition to the existing parking structure adjacent to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway at 20 Clinton St. — a $140 million makeover developers have said will usher in new life for an eyesore in Boston’s bustling center.

“This project will serve the pent-up residential demand in this prime location, revitalize the streetscapes, and complete the transformation of the properties lining the Greenway,” Jonathan Landau, chief executive officer of Fortis Property Group, said in a statement. “At the same time, it will preserve and enhance the views of the Custom House Tower with architecture that complements the existing neighborhood and adjacent landmarks such as Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.”

The 420,000-square-foot, 11-story complex will boast up to 209 residential units, including 27 affordable ones, along with a rooftop deck and new retail and restaurant space at the ground floor, while retaining most of the existing parking capacity at the garage, developers say.

Plans also entail a new corner plaza at North and Clinton streets, outdoor seating, landscaping, and a “water feature with vibrant light columns … and specialty paving highlights around the retail and plaza zones,” according to a statement from Fortis Property Group.

The Boston Civic Design Commission, an advisory group for the Boston Planning and Development Agency, had rejected the initial plans for the renovations in March. The group remained split on the proposed revisions last month when the project reached the Boston Planning and Development Agency board, which signed off on it in a 3-to-1 vote.

According to Landau, developers are on schedule to break ground next year. Construction is expected to wrap up in 2023.

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