Construction on the 29-story apartment tower at 45 Stuart Street that the Menino administration says "will tie together the Downtown, Chinatown, and Theater District neighborhoods" could start before April. Per Greg Turner in The Herald, developer AvalonBay, which just last week won city approval for the Nashua Street Residences behind TD Garden, has gotten a foundation permit for 45 Stuart and could start construction "within the next 30 days or so."
Designed by CBT Architects, 45 Stuart is due to have 404 studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on floors six through 29. And on the first five floors? Well, that's to be a 198-spot parking garage (89 spots for the public at large). The garage will be cloaked in a five-story glass curtain wall fronting Stuart Street that will align with the facade of the neighboring Jacob Wirth's restaurant. And! Pedestrians will be able to cut through the building from Stuart to LaGrange streets, thereby adding a new dimension to the streetscape and proving that building in Boston's core can never be about four walls and a floor (and a ceiling) ever again.
· Mayor Menino Announces 45 Stuart St. Approved by BRA Board [BRA]
· AvalonBay Building Towering Number of Hub Apartments [Herald]
· Major Developments! O.K. for Garden Tower; Fenway 'Point' [Curbed Boston]
· Our Development Du Jour archive [Curbed Boston]