Simon Properties has announced plans for a major expansion of their Copley Place mixed-use development.

According to the Boston Business Journal:

The expansion, first discussed with city officials in 2006, calls for 660,000 square feet of luxury residential space, 60,000 square feet for new shops and restaurants and an additional 54,000 square feet at Neiman-Marcus, as outlined in the initial papers filed this week with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

A 4-season “winter garden” will be added to the main entrance of the complex at the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets in the city’s Back Bay. No additional parking is called for by Simon in the plan, which noted the proximity of nearby public transit stations …

[The plan] calls for 300 condominiums and high-end amenities including a 24-hour concierge and spa services.

While it’s not clear whether they mean 47-stories of commercial space or 47-stories of residential space (there’s a difference in height), most likely you’ll see a shrinking, right?

The over/under right now is 40-stories.

Elkus/Manfredi is the architect. Boston.com has a rendering … of the first floors (?!).

In Boston, Elkus/Manfredi has been busy – they designed the Colonnade apartment building, the Westin Hotel at Copley Place, the InterContinental Hotel and Residences, and 33 Arch Street and 28 State Street, in the Financial District.

The new residential tower, if built, would join The Clarendon, The Bryant, and Columbus Center as new condo projects in the immediate neighborhood catering to the luxury home buyer.

Source: Copley Place to undergo expansion – Boston Business Journal

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