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Rendering a glassy tower coming out of a squat train station. Hines

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South Station tower advances—again

Other big development news of the week includes a milestone for The Hub On Causeway and a potential milestone for that big South Station project

Welcome back to Critical Mass., in which Curbed Boston covers all the major development news in the region every week. This truncated holidays version includes news about two towers—as well as divining the tallest Boston buildings by 2025. Up and away.


One of the biggest parlor games in Boston-area real estate the past several years has been speculating on the fate of plans to plunk a multi-building project on and around South Station, New England’s busiest train and bus hub. It now looks like lead developer Hines and partners might just start construction in early 2020, thanks to a recently closed air rights deal.

If the South Station project does advance, one of its towers will stretch to 678 feet—which would place it among Boston’s tallest buildings. For now, though, we’re predicting these 10 will be the city’s tallest by 2025.

Finally, speaking of towers, the development team behind the 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use project on and around TD Garden have topped off its last structural component: a 31-story office tower that Verizon is set to anchor when the building opens in 2021.

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