Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

So, Boston Properties and Avalon Bay Communities want to build a 19-story office building on Boylston St., between the Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel and the Hynes Convention Center, and a second building, the Avalon Exeter, on Exeter Street, across from the Boston Public Library. That building would rise 30-stories high.

Last week, the developers met with local residents to discuss their proposal.

During the meeting, local residents said time and time again, “You promised us in the mid-80’s that you’d keep any new buildings under 155 feet tall.” (Which is accurate; there was a master plan drawn up after many hours of meetings which laid out a design for the plaza.)

The city’s response, according to the Boston Courant?

Rodney Sinclair, BRA project manager for the Pru expansion said that the proposed height of the buildings would be evaluated based on contemporary realities.

“I don’t know what happened in 1986,” he said. “I was 7 then.”

That’s awesome.

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