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Morrissey Boulevard buildings would shrink under new proposal

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The pair of Dorchester spires was supposed to stretch as high as 24 floors—some neighbors were not pleased

An aerial image of what a development site might look like, and the site is next to a highway. Image via Dot Reporter/Stantec

The developer behind a plan to construct two towers of 24 and 21 stories on a 2.23-acre parcel along Dorchester’s Morrissey Boulevard have scaled back those plans.

Center Court Partners would now build towers of 17 and 15 stories. The reason? Some neighborhood residents expressed concern about the scale of the original proposal, which would have created well over 700 apartments near the Red Line’s JFK/UMass stop.

The developer acquired the site—which is next to the Boston Globe’s old headquarters (which itself is poised for redevelopment)—from car dealer Herb Chambers in June 2017 for $14.5 million, and has been gathering feedback from locals for more than a year.

To be clear: There are some residents supportive of the density that the taller buildings would’ve brought, per Dorchester Reporter’s Katie Trojano.

Besides, Center Court isn’t done with proposals for the site. The developer sees several new buildings there with an additional 1,080 housing units and tens of thousands of square feet of retail and approximately 1,000 parking spots. There is certainly demand for such residential development in Boston. Stay tuned.