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Back Bay’s 40 Trinity Place slated to break ground in 2018

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Would replace Boston Common Hotel

Rendering via Trinity Place LLC

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the groundbreaking is likely in 2018, though not necessarily in March.

The developer behind the 31-story, 393-foot 40 Trinity Place in Back Bay’s Copley Square area plans to officially break ground in 2018.

The Trinity Place LLC project is slated to replace the eight-story Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center with a complex of 146 condos above 154 hotel rooms.

The project would also expand the space that the adjacent University Club occupies, and there would be ground-floor restaurant space, too.

The new arrival would feature a two-floor lobby starting on the 15th floor, and would provide parking through area garages.

If the 2018 construction groundbreaking holds, it will cap years of planning and review for the project (and opposition from neighbors who fretted about its effects on wind and natural light). It was once slated to be as tall as 400 feet, with a lot more hotel rooms and a lot fewer condos.

Stay tuned.