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Tall Tales! Introducing the Boston Towers Heatmap

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There are at least 15 buildings planned or going up in Boston that are slated to be 20 stories or higher, including conversions and additions to existing properties. This is more than at any one time in years, decades even. These new projects range from what will be Boston's tallest residential spire, the Millennium Tower, to squatter, but no less transformative addresses, like the 20-story 319 A Street, destined to be Fort Point Channel's tallest building.

Herewith, then, the Curbed Boston Boston Towers Heatmap (redundancy intended), detailing just where and for what purposes these amazons are going up. (And why 20 stories as the cutoff? It's roughly one-third the height of the Hancock, Boston's tallest skyscraper. We figured that once you're getting to or past one-third of that, you're getting noticed; plus, it's impressive, given the strictures of building big in Boston.)

· Just How High Can Developers Get in Boston? [Curbed Boston]
· Our complete archive of Curbed Maps [Curbed Boston]

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1. The Kensington

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659-665 Washington Street
Boston, MA

Following a years-long preservation fight over the Gaiety Theater it was to supplant, the $170 million, 27-story apartment tower in Downtown Crossing got under way last fall and topped out right before Christmas.

2. 319 A Street

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319 A Street
Boston, MA

At 20 stories, this 202-unit apartment tower will be the tallest building in Southie's Fort Point Channel area.

3. 120 Kingston Street

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120 Kingston Street
Boston, MA

The 26-story, 240-unit apartment tower is replacing the Dainty Dot building.

4. Waterside Place

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Congress Street and D Street
Boston, MA

The 20-story building will have 236 apartments as well as 8,000 square feet of so-called "innovation space."

5. 45 Stuart Street

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45 Stuart Street
Boston, MA

The 29-story building is meant, according to the city, to tie together downtown, Chinatown and the Theater District. It will have 404 apartments, and its first five floors will be sheathed in glass.

6. Fenway Center

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Brookline Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

The five-building, solar-powered Fenway Center will include a 27-story mixed-use tower scheduled to be completed by 2016.

7. 40 Trinity Place

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40 Trinity Place
Boston, MA

The 33-story tower is set to supplant the Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center next to the Hancock. It is supposed to have at least 142 condos as well as a four-star hotel with 220 rooms.

8. Nashua Street Residences

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121 Nashua Street
Boston, MA

Plans for this 38-story complex by TD Garden have grown from a relatively modest 375 apartments to 503. Interestingly enough, the building will not actually get any bigger: the apartments, instead, will get smaller (and there will be less parking).

9. New Brighton Landing

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77 Guest Street
Boston, MA

The 14-acre, 1.5 million-square-foot development could include a hotel up to 205 feet high (or roughly 20 stories).

10. Millennium Tower

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426 Washington Street
Boston, MA

The mother of all recent Boston towers is expected to reach 56 stories, becoming the tallest residential building in the city.

11. Avalon Exeter

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88 Exeter Street
Boston, MA

This 28-story apartment tower is under construction, and will include 187 units, including three-bedrooms.

12. Seaport Square

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South Bay Harbor Trail and Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210

This mega-development is supposed to include 750 apartments in two 22-story buildings.

13. 133 Federal Street

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The same developer behind this tentative commercial effort, Steve Belkin, proposed a 80-story tower for Boston in 2006. Details are scarce as to what Belkin proposes this time around.

14. TD Garden Towers

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150 Causeway Street
Boston, MA

Two towers, both at least 430 feet high, will supplant the old Boston Garden site. The slightly shorter of the two would have a 300-room hotel, plus hundreds of apartments, as well as a Target and a supermarket.

15. Christian Science Plaza Towers

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Belvidere Street and Dalton Street
Boston, MA

Two towers are planned on the plaza, one 50 stories with a hotel, condos and retail. The other would be about 20 stories, with apartments and more retail. Construction could start this year.

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1. The Kensington

659-665 Washington Street, Boston, MA

Following a years-long preservation fight over the Gaiety Theater it was to supplant, the $170 million, 27-story apartment tower in Downtown Crossing got under way last fall and topped out right before Christmas.

659-665 Washington Street
Boston, MA

2. 319 A Street

319 A Street, Boston, MA

At 20 stories, this 202-unit apartment tower will be the tallest building in Southie's Fort Point Channel area.

319 A Street
Boston, MA

3. 120 Kingston Street

120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA

The 26-story, 240-unit apartment tower is replacing the Dainty Dot building.

120 Kingston Street
Boston, MA

4. Waterside Place

Congress Street and D Street, Boston, MA

The 20-story building will have 236 apartments as well as 8,000 square feet of so-called "innovation space."

Congress Street and D Street
Boston, MA

5. 45 Stuart Street

45 Stuart Street, Boston, MA

The 29-story building is meant, according to the city, to tie together downtown, Chinatown and the Theater District. It will have 404 apartments, and its first five floors will be sheathed in glass.

45 Stuart Street
Boston, MA

6. Fenway Center

Brookline Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

The five-building, solar-powered Fenway Center will include a 27-story mixed-use tower scheduled to be completed by 2016.

Brookline Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

7. 40 Trinity Place

40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

The 33-story tower is set to supplant the Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center next to the Hancock. It is supposed to have at least 142 condos as well as a four-star hotel with 220 rooms.

40 Trinity Place
Boston, MA

8. Nashua Street Residences

121 Nashua Street, Boston, MA

Plans for this 38-story complex by TD Garden have grown from a relatively modest 375 apartments to 503. Interestingly enough, the building will not actually get any bigger: the apartments, instead, will get smaller (and there will be less parking).

121 Nashua Street
Boston, MA

9. New Brighton Landing

77 Guest Street, Boston, MA

The 14-acre, 1.5 million-square-foot development could include a hotel up to 205 feet high (or roughly 20 stories).

77 Guest Street
Boston, MA

10. Millennium Tower

426 Washington Street, Boston, MA

The mother of all recent Boston towers is expected to reach 56 stories, becoming the tallest residential building in the city.

426 Washington Street
Boston, MA

11. Avalon Exeter

88 Exeter Street, Boston, MA

This 28-story apartment tower is under construction, and will include 187 units, including three-bedrooms.

88 Exeter Street
Boston, MA

12. Seaport Square

South Bay Harbor Trail and Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210

This mega-development is supposed to include 750 apartments in two 22-story buildings.

South Bay Harbor Trail and Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210

13. 133 Federal Street

133 Federal Street

The same developer behind this tentative commercial effort, Steve Belkin, proposed a 80-story tower for Boston in 2006. Details are scarce as to what Belkin proposes this time around.

14. TD Garden Towers

150 Causeway Street, Boston, MA

Two towers, both at least 430 feet high, will supplant the old Boston Garden site. The slightly shorter of the two would have a 300-room hotel, plus hundreds of apartments, as well as a Target and a supermarket.

150 Causeway Street
Boston, MA

15. Christian Science Plaza Towers

Belvidere Street and Dalton Street, Boston, MA

Two towers are planned on the plaza, one 50 stories with a hotel, condos and retail. The other would be about 20 stories, with apartments and more retail. Construction could start this year.

Belvidere Street and Dalton Street
Boston, MA