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Mapping the eight high-rises under construction or planned in Boston right now

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Everyone knows there is a ton of construction going on in Boston right now. Some of that construction is particularly grand in its height—at least by Boston standards. Here is a map of the eight buildings either under construction or planned in the city right now of at least 400 feet.

That is an extraordinary height in a city where 200 feet seems de rigueur and 600 feet is positively revolutionary.

The map does not include projects such as One Bromfield or 1000 Boylston Street, which are still very much on the drawing board and have not received any sort of city approval (the mapped projects all have the city's blessing, at least in part). Nor does it include M.I.T.'s proposed 500-footer in Kendall Square just across the Charles.

We will therefore update this map of Boston's high-rises as things change.

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1. Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street

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1 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02199
The 61-story, 699-foot tower has been under construction in western Back Bay since early 2015 and will shoot past the newish Millennium Tower sometime by the end of this year to take the tallest-residential-tower crown. In fact, the Pei Cobb Freed-designed One Dalton will become the tallest tower constructed in Boston in nearly 40 years. It is due to include 180 luxury condos, plus a Four Seasons hotel (that will also service the condos). Like with Millennium, things will be on the pricey side.

2. Winthrop Square Garage conversion

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240 Devonshire St
Boston, MA 02110
Developer Millennium Partners plans to build what would be the city's tallest primarily residential tower at the site of the Boston-owned Winthrop Square Garage (it would displace One Dalton). But concerns about the possible shadows the potentially 775-foot spire might cast on the Boston Common and the Public Garden could ultimately scuttle Millennium’s plans (though the city is behind them). The developer has said it has no intention of shrinking the height, while the city is hoping for an exception to state laws governing shadows to allow the tower's construction. Handel Architects is behind the designs.

3. Phase II of the Hub on Causeway

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
Developers Boston Properties and Delaware North broke ground on this humongous project slated for the old Boston Garden site along Causeway Street in January 2016. Ultimately, the development will mean more than 1.87 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of nearby TD Garden and transit improvements to North Station. Phase I should wrap in 2018. It is due to include flourishes such as the city's largest supermarket; a 15-screen movie theater; 10,000 square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station; and 175,000 square feet of what the developers are calling "creative office space." Phase II, the tallest of the trio, will include a 440-unit, 38-floor, 498-foot residential tower and a 260-key, 10-floor citizenM hotel; and Phase III will be a 21-story office tower.

4. South Station tower

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700 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02111
Lead developer Hines plans to start construction in the spring. The 970,000-square-foot building will start nine stories above ground, erupting glassily out of South Station. Higher-end office space will comprise its first 26 floors, with the top 16 stories full of 155 luxury condos with (we imagine) spectacular views of the region. A 200-room hotel is also part of the mix. The tower is due to stretch to 677 feet total and 640 feet at the highest habitable floor; and the project includes an approximately 50 percent expansion in the capacity of South Station's bus wing. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is handling the design.

5. One Congress at Bulfinch Crossing

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1 Congress St
Boston, MA 02109
The 43-story, 528-foot, 1 million-square-foot office tower is part of a six-building development called Bulfinch Crossing that’s due to add 2.9 million square feet of offices, residences, retail, and hotel rooms total. Developers National Real Estate Advisers and the HYM Investment Group officially commenced construction in January on the first phase of the project (a residential tower). Pelli Clark Pelli and CBT Architects are designing Bulfinch Crossing.
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6. Residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing

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Congress St & New Chardon St
Boston, MA 02114
The 45-story, 486-unit, 480-foot luxury apartment tower is part of a six-building development called Bulfinch Crossing that’s due to add 2.9 million square feet of offices, residences, retail, and hotel rooms total. Construction officially commenced in January on this tower. National Real Estate Advisers and the HYM Investment Group expect to wrap its construction by late 2020. Pelli Clark Pelli and CBT Architects are designing Bulfinch Crossing.

7. 35 Lomasney Way

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35 Lomasney Way
Boston, MA 02114
The city has signed off on developer Equity Residential’s plans to replace yet another garage in Boston with a 44-story, 485-foot residential building with 470 apartments and 367,000 square feet of below-grade parking with 830 spaces. Plans originally called for two towers, but those morphed following neighborhood opposition. Elkus Manfredi is handling the new design of the replacement for the four-story Garden Garage.

8. Boston Harbor Garage conversion

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70 E India Row
Boston, MA 02110
Developer Don Chiofaro has been trying to build on the Boston Harbor Garage for what feels like ages; and, had it not been for the February 9 snowstorm that caused the cancellation of a Boston Planning and Development Agency meeting, he would have had the city’s O.K. for his latest plan: a single tower of 600 feet (previous plans, one of which is rendered here, had been much grander—and met with vociferous neighborhood opposition). There’s a caveat, though, to the BPDA’s approval, which is expected post-haste: Chiofaro’s plan needs a zoning change for the waterfront that itself needs city and state approval. Still, we included this one on this map because it appears to be further along than merely proposed.

1. Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street

1 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
The 61-story, 699-foot tower has been under construction in western Back Bay since early 2015 and will shoot past the newish Millennium Tower sometime by the end of this year to take the tallest-residential-tower crown. In fact, the Pei Cobb Freed-designed One Dalton will become the tallest tower constructed in Boston in nearly 40 years. It is due to include 180 luxury condos, plus a Four Seasons hotel (that will also service the condos). Like with Millennium, things will be on the pricey side.
1 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02199

2. Winthrop Square Garage conversion

240 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110
Developer Millennium Partners plans to build what would be the city's tallest primarily residential tower at the site of the Boston-owned Winthrop Square Garage (it would displace One Dalton). But concerns about the possible shadows the potentially 775-foot spire might cast on the Boston Common and the Public Garden could ultimately scuttle Millennium’s plans (though the city is behind them). The developer has said it has no intention of shrinking the height, while the city is hoping for an exception to state laws governing shadows to allow the tower's construction. Handel Architects is behind the designs.
240 Devonshire St
Boston, MA 02110

3. Phase II of the Hub on Causeway

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Developers Boston Properties and Delaware North broke ground on this humongous project slated for the old Boston Garden site along Causeway Street in January 2016. Ultimately, the development will mean more than 1.87 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of nearby TD Garden and transit improvements to North Station. Phase I should wrap in 2018. It is due to include flourishes such as the city's largest supermarket; a 15-screen movie theater; 10,000 square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station; and 175,000 square feet of what the developers are calling "creative office space." Phase II, the tallest of the trio, will include a 440-unit, 38-floor, 498-foot residential tower and a 260-key, 10-floor citizenM hotel; and Phase III will be a 21-story office tower.
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

4. South Station tower

700 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02111
Lead developer Hines plans to start construction in the spring. The 970,000-square-foot building will start nine stories above ground, erupting glassily out of South Station. Higher-end office space will comprise its first 26 floors, with the top 16 stories full of 155 luxury condos with (we imagine) spectacular views of the region. A 200-room hotel is also part of the mix. The tower is due to stretch to 677 feet total and 640 feet at the highest habitable floor; and the project includes an approximately 50 percent expansion in the capacity of South Station's bus wing. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is handling the design.
700 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02111

5. One Congress at Bulfinch Crossing

1 Congress St, Boston, MA 02109
Neoscape/HYM Investment Group
The 43-story, 528-foot, 1 million-square-foot office tower is part of a six-building development called Bulfinch Crossing that’s due to add 2.9 million square feet of offices, residences, retail, and hotel rooms total. Developers National Real Estate Advisers and the HYM Investment Group officially commenced construction in January on the first phase of the project (a residential tower). Pelli Clark Pelli and CBT Architects are designing Bulfinch Crossing.
1 Congress St
Boston, MA 02109

6. Residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing

Congress St & New Chardon St, Boston, MA 02114
The 45-story, 486-unit, 480-foot luxury apartment tower is part of a six-building development called Bulfinch Crossing that’s due to add 2.9 million square feet of offices, residences, retail, and hotel rooms total. Construction officially commenced in January on this tower. National Real Estate Advisers and the HYM Investment Group expect to wrap its construction by late 2020. Pelli Clark Pelli and CBT Architects are designing Bulfinch Crossing.
Congress St & New Chardon St
Boston, MA 02114

7. 35 Lomasney Way

35 Lomasney Way, Boston, MA 02114
The city has signed off on developer Equity Residential’s plans to replace yet another garage in Boston with a 44-story, 485-foot residential building with 470 apartments and 367,000 square feet of below-grade parking with 830 spaces. Plans originally called for two towers, but those morphed following neighborhood opposition. Elkus Manfredi is handling the new design of the replacement for the four-story Garden Garage.
35 Lomasney Way
Boston, MA 02114

8. Boston Harbor Garage conversion

70 E India Row, Boston, MA 02110
Developer Don Chiofaro has been trying to build on the Boston Harbor Garage for what feels like ages; and, had it not been for the February 9 snowstorm that caused the cancellation of a Boston Planning and Development Agency meeting, he would have had the city’s O.K. for his latest plan: a single tower of 600 feet (previous plans, one of which is rendered here, had been much grander—and met with vociferous neighborhood opposition). There’s a caveat, though, to the BPDA’s approval, which is expected post-haste: Chiofaro’s plan needs a zoning change for the waterfront that itself needs city and state approval. Still, we included this one on this map because it appears to be further along than merely proposed.
70 E India Row
Boston, MA 02110