Height! Improbably, a handful of Boston towers were O.K.'d in 2013 that together are likely to remake the city's skyline. We say improbably because of Boston's traditionally infamous—or reassuring, depending on your view—opposition to large-scale development. People hereabouts see plans for a tower of 100 or so feet and they flip out. Well, this year saw movement on a quartet of monsters.
Each of the four is slated to be at least 600 feet:
· The mother of all recent Boston towers, the 625-foot, 56-story Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, officially broke ground in September. It's slated to have 450 condos as well as 231,000 square feet of retail.
· In early September, the city signed off on a mega-project at the Christian Science Plaza that includes a 691-foot, 58-story tower with 255 apartments, 170 condos and about 250 hotel rooms. When completed, it will be Boston's tallest residential building.
· The city in late October finally approved the stalled 52-story addition to Copley Place. The 625-footer will include 433 apartments and 109 condos as well as a street-friendly retail base.
· Developer Boston Properties and TD Garden operator Delaware North unveiled plans in the fall for a forest of spires around the arena, including a 600-foot, 45-story residential building with 500 units. It has the tax-breaking imprimatur of the outgoing Menino administration, but continues to face local opposition.
Speaking of height, ex-Cantabrigian Bill de Blasio, at 6-foot-5, is set on Wednesday to become the tallest mayor in modern New York City history, looming around 10 inches taller than his predecessor, Medford native Michael Bloomberg.
· 1350 Boylston and the Battle for Building Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Millennium Tower Groundbreaking: 10 Things to Know [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's Tallest Residential Tower! A Trend Is Bucked [Curbed Boston]
· Giant Copley Place Tower Almost There [Curbed Boston]
· Residents Crash Garden Party, Beg City to Scale Back Tower [Curbed Boston]