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Downtown Boston’s Motor Mart Garage redevelopment wins key approval

The project will plunk a 20-story residential tower on the garage and reduce its parking-space count

Rendering of a glassy tower shooting out of a concrete garage. Rendering via CIM Group/Boston Investors

A 20-story, 310-foot tower will sprout from the Motor Mart Garage at 201 Stuart Street in downtown Boston’s Park Square under a plan that the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved on October 17.

The 264,000-square-foot tower is due to include 231 condo units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. The project will also have 46,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space as well as 672 parking spaces, according to the BPDA. The garage currently has 1,037. The tower’s amenities will include a fitness center, a pool, and what’s described as “a vegetated roof” on the ninth floor.

What’s more, the project also means 28 new affordable units at the proposed 288 Harrison Avenue in Chinatown—though the BPDA is still reviewing that project.

Finally the Motor Mart Garage tower is now the latest major conversion and/or replacement of a Boston parking facility in recent years, joining the ranks of the Government Center Garage and the old Winthrop Square Garage among others.

Boston Global Investors and an affiliate of CIM Group are the developers. They first proposed the redevelopment in late 2018.