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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John Ford
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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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