Fresh plans are afoot for the development that would replace the old Circle Cinema and a nearby Applebee's in the Brookline-Boston hinterlands.
Recall that the old plans called for a five-story, 234,500-square-foot development with a 196-room Hilton Garden Inn; 74 apartments; around 18,000 square feet of medical office space; and 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail, including restaurant space. In new plans filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the office component is kaput. Also, the number of hotel rooms has shrank (to 180); the retail square-footage has grown by 200; and the number of apartments has grown (to 92).
Actually, the plans have shifted more than once; and it's likely they'll shift again. Per Matt Rocheleau at Boston.com: "The project, first proposed nearly three years ago, has undergone numerous design changes at the urging of both city officials and area residents. This past spring, some residents said they want to see more changes, namely to address traffic-related concerns."
Part of the perils of doing development in two different municipalities at once or business as usual 'round here? Stay tuned.
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