The developers of the former site of Filene’s in Downtown Crossing are crying “uncle” and putting the parcel up for sale — just as the city of Boston is pulling its permits.

Whether they were pushed or jumped is beside the point now. The developers, NY-based Vornado Realty Trust and John B. Hynes III, hope to unload the property and, according to the Boston Globe, are pitching it as a perfect location for “hundreds” of apartments and retail. The original $750 million development envisioned luxury condos and office space.

One possible buyer is AvalonBay Communities Inc. (a large apartment player) and even the current owners of Filene’s Basement say they’d like to put Filene’s back on the original property.

New pitch for former Filene’s site

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John Ford
John Ford

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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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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