The local developers behind a proposed, 600-foot skyscraper envisioned along Boston’s downtown waterfront have released renderings of what the tower could look like standing on the current site of the Harbor Garage.
The Chiofaro Company Wednesday filed a project notification form outlining the details of its 865,000-square-foot, mixed-use development project, dubbed “The Pinnacle at Central Wharf,” with the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
Plans for the $1.2 billion, 70 East India Row complex call for over 28,000 square feet of new open space, with approximately 200 residential units and space for offices, stores, and restaurants. An underground parking garage would house 1,100 spaces, according to filings.
Developers say the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates-designed project would revitalize and unlock to the public a stretch of the city’s waterfront, integrating into the nearby Rose Kennedy Greenway and the New England Aquarium’s proposed “Blueway.”
To help address any future rise in sea level, the site would be elevated by about four feet, representatives said in a press release.
“The Pinnacle at Central Wharf is a project driven by a desire to elevate Boston to the short list of truly extraordinary global waterfronts,” Don Chiofaro, founder and president of The Chiofaro Company, said in a statement. “In order to accomplish this goal, we need to deliver a project that promotes access and activity along our harbor, honors its special location with exceptional design, and recognizes and confronts the challenges of climate change.”
The project comes after the “Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan,” which was developed over several years with input from developers, community groups, officials, and neighboring sites, was codified into the city’s zoning code last year.
Both the Conversation Law Foundation and the nearby Harbor Towers are challenging the harbor plan in court.
The New England Aquarium has also raised issues with the project.
“The kind of density and intense uses that Don Chiofaro and his (financing) partner Prudential Real Estate are proposing might enhance the Financial District or Back Bay, where skyscrapers are appropriate,” a spokesperson for the Harbor Towers owners told Curbed Boston in a statement. “But, as we believe waterfront protection law states and as our ongoing lawsuit makes clear, it does not belong right on Boston’s very special harbor.”
New England Aquarium CEO Vikki Spruill told The Boston Globe that the nonprofit’s opposition “is really fundamentally about something more than any specific design.”
“Is this the right kind of project for Boston at this moment in time, given concerns about inclusivity and climate change? We have a chance to do this right, and in my opinion this is not that project,” she said.
The Chiofaro Company told the newspaper that the zoning plan took years to develop, with opportunities for input, and that the company’s climate plan for the site meets plans set by the city.
“We respect the Aquarium’s input as a leader in the area of resiliency,” the company said in a statement to the Globe. “We look forward to continuing our active conversations with them about the benefits of the project and the opportunities afforded by collaboration.”
Here are renderings of the proposed tower: