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South Station tower takes big steps toward early 2017 groundbreaking

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Tower would be state’s fourth-tallest

The future train platform closest to Atlantic Avenue, facing east, with the entrance to the station through the sliding glass doors at left. Fidelity’s headquarters are in the distance.

Plans to plunk a 51-story tower atop New England’s busiest train station have taken big steps forward in recent months.

The Boston Planning & Redevelopment Agency just signed off on tweaks to lead developer Hines’ South Station plans. That approval follows ones from a state environmental agency as well as the Boston Civic Design Commission.

Should the state give its final overall O.K., Hines says it expects to break ground in the spring of 2017.

From I-93

What, exactly, is sprouting above the Amtrak, bus, commuter-rail, and T hub?

The building will start nine stories above ground, erupting glassily out of South Station. Higher-end office space will comprise its first 26 floors, with the top 16 stories full of luxury condos with (we imagine) spectacular views of the region.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is handling the design. The tower will be the fourth-tallest in Massachusetts, and will join a veritable slew of large-scale projects over area transit centers and the Mass. Pike.

The development also includes an approximately 50 percent expansion in the capacity of South Station’s bus wing.

Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the renderings herein are the absolute latest, courtesy of Hines.

From the Harbor
Hines is calling the tower 1 Dewey Square.