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Millennium Tower may still rise over the Mass Turnpike, in Back Bay

Millennium tower may still rise over the Mass Turnpike, in Back Bay

Whoa.  Not sure how I missed this story.

Several years ago Millennium Partners (they of the Ritz Carlton Towers and One Charles) floated the absolutely insane idea of putting a huge skyscraper over the Mass Pike, round about where the Tower Records Virgin Records 360 Newbury building is located, on top of near the Berklee School of Music.  Apparently, they are still interested in going forward.

Hey, even I have limits on what should be considered smart, reasonable, and responsible construction and development.  I can’t see how you can build something this massive on that piece of “land”. However, they could just be saying 50 stories because they actually only want less, such as 30-40 stories.

That’s kind of monstrous.  But, if they’re paying a commision, I’m all for it!

By Scott Van Voorhis, Boston Herald

A controversial proposal for a tower over the Massachusetts Turnpike near the Berklee School of Music, tabled years ago after a fierce neighborhood backlash, may be poised to make a comeback.

Massachusetts Turnpike chief Matt Amorello said yesterday that New York-based Millennium Partners had recently expressed interest in reviving the once hotly contested project, dormant for the past five or six years.

Millennium backed off the plan after encountering determined opposition from Back Bay and Fenway residents upset over the Gotham-like proportions of the skyrise residential project, at one point slated to rise roughly 50 stories.

But a hot residential market – and Millennium’s success with other big condo high-rise plans downtown – may have the Big Apple developer looking for new opportunities.

Complete article: Millennium tower may still rise over Pike

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