It's raining spires (or proposed spires) in downtown Boston. The latest? The folks behind the TD Garden towers want to plunk soaring buildings above Back Bay Station, one of the busiest stops on the T. In exchange, developer Boston Properties would revamp the station, making it less dudgeon-like and more mall-like.
Casey "Scoops" Ross at The Globe has the details: "The gray, recessed facade along Dartmouth would be pulled out to the sidewalk and encased in glass to create better retail storefronts. The interior station would receive a complete overhaul, restoring soot-covered architectural details and removing its old cages and turnstiles."
That's for the station (conceptualized in the image above). As for the two towers that Boston Properties would build atop it, at least one would be a skyscraper, height indeterminate, and together they would be a mix of residences and commercial space. While the station renovations might start next year, the towers could be several calendar clicks off due to the construction costs and to building above so many rail lines. Stay tuned.
· Skyscraper Envisioned at Back Bay Station [Globe]
· Transforming Greater Boston: 10 Projects to Watch in 2014 [Curbed Boston]
· Tallest of the Tall: Boston's Mightiest New Residential Towers [Curbed Boston]