Never mind the Earth's rotation, you can set your watch by the opposition to building bigger and denser in Boston. The latest kerfuffle? Over the scope of the $1 billion expansion of TD Garden, especially its 45-story residential tower.
Recall that the news recently broke that the project was likely to move forward behind lucrative tax breaks from the city, with a formal vote by everyone's favorite rubber stamp, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, coming next week. Developer Boston Properties and TD Garden operator Delaware North would build three towers and a retail podium: 1.7 million square feet in total with a 20-story hotel, a 25-story office building, and that 45-story, 500-unit residential building, which, at 600 feet, would be one of the tallest towers in Boston.
But! Some residents have said the residential tower is too tall by 200 feet or so. And! Now about half of the 13-member Boston Garden Impact Advisory Group have petitioned Mayor Tom Menino to please listen to them, saying their concerns over the height, the added traffic and the tax breaks have been ignored. It's not clear the mayor cares, but BRA Director Peter Meade is going to meet with them today, according to Thomas Grillo at the Boston Business Journal.
Might the TD Garden expansion, with its new supermarket and everything, be yet rolled back? Wouldn't surprise anyone who follows Boston development.
· Residents Appeal to Menino to Reel in Boston Properties' TD Garden Project [Biz Journal]
· 1350 Boylston and the Battle for Building Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Garden Party! Tower Trio Joining West End's Spire Forest [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Happens to 40 Trinity Place [Curbed Boston]