The Boston Redevelopment Authority held a public meeting last night, to gather comments and input from local residents regarding the proposed construction of the new Apple Store, on Boylston Street, in Back Bay.
Apparently, things went well enough that Apple may yet be able to build on the site, with a proposed opening of Christmas, 2007.
From an intrepid blogger / reporter:
Apple Store – By kz1000ps, archBOSTON.com
I went to the meeting last night. It was a typical public meeting with all the typical emotions that seem to bubble up out of nowhere over nothing, but there were lots of schematics and a model to pour over. Most of the details are finalized, and they hope to start demolition by the end of November. And as for the roof fire escape stairs issue in the above article, the people on hand last night said it has been resolved. They just await all the final permits, then it’s full steam ahead for about a year’s time.
The facade will be double-glazed low iron glass, similar to what was used on 7WTC in NYC, and the columns and beams set back 7-8 ft from the glass will be covered in stainless steel. In the middle will be a circular staircase which will be topped by a roughly 25 x 25 foot skylight. Apple says this is their first 3 floor store in the world, and the entire 3rd floor will be dedicated to “free services.” The first will have product display, and the second floor product display at the front, and space for demonstrations and classes in the back.