Columbus Center is an $800 million project proposed for above the Massachusetts Turnpike between Boston’s South End and Back Bay neighborhoods.
The New York Times covers the controversy, in an article in today’s paper.
Not Without Dispute, Boston Tries to Mend a Tear: Columbus Center
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Turnpike extends two and a half miles into this city, creating ugly, windswept canyons that force pedestrians to cross bridges with chain-link barriers as they travel between well-preserved historic neighborhoods.
For years, state and local officials have wanted to repair what Mark Maloney, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, describes as ”a tear in the urban fabric,” but the economy was not strong enough to allow for costly air-rights development over the highway, a segment of Interstate 90.
In April, however, Winn Development, a local company, plans to begin relocating utility lines in preparation for building Columbus Center, a $500 million complex that represents the city’s first turnpike air-rights development in more than two decades.