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Massachusetts Turnpike towers would add residences and hotel rooms above busy thoroughfare

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Project would be only the second air rights project above Mass. Pike since Copley Place in the early 1980s

Rendering via Elkus Manfredi

A new development would add 575,000 square feet in two new towers above the Massachusetts Turnpike where the Interstate intersects with Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Back Bay.

That is according to detailed plans that developer Samuels & Associates has filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency. One tower would stretch to 237 feet and would contain offices. The other would run to 154 feet along Newbury Street and including both residences and hotel rooms.

The filing precipitates months of public and official review, so things could definitely change. But if the plans advance, Samuels & Associates’ project would be only the second project built with air rights over the Turnpike since Copley Place in the early 1980s.

The project is already one of several either proposed or underway along or around the Turnpike. These include the five-building Fenway Center project (which is underway and also using air rights above the Pike) and a condo tower near the Hynes Convention Center.