The heat is on! And we're not just talking about temperatures, as Boston's skyscraper boom is getting even hotter than ever before. Just take a look at these projects that are slated to either be approved, completed, or delivered within the next three to five years. Consider, too, that this is just the tip of the iceberg as farther-known "secret" projects in East Boston, South Boston, and Somerville are set to be announced before this year ends.
Let's take a dive of what we know to be in the property pipeline:
We've known for a while now that the Christian Science Plaza Tower would likely become the tallest skyscraper project in town, but its only recently that we've gotten more details of the project. For instance, the total height of the building has been under wraps until The Boston Globe revealed that it'll be less than a foot short of 700 feet - coming in first place as the tallest residential tower in town. Overall though, the tower will only be the third-tallest in the city, coming in behind commercial towers Prudential and the Hancock building.
Just to rehash, the Christian Science Plaza tower is a $700 million development by Carpenter & Co and is designed by renowned architect Henry Cobb. It's set to have its first 20 floors of first-class hotel accommodations, with 211 lavish rooms for guests to lazy around in. The rest of its 60 stories will be dedicated condos, all-in-all totaling to 180 units, all of which will be managed by Four Seasons. Talk about a high-end high-rise!
Next up is the hotly-anticipated 625-foot Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing. With that planned height, the tower is most likely come in at 4th place overall compared to other Boston skyscrapers, and second tallest for purely residential buildings. Its 56 stories will have a combined retail, commercial, and residential space, with 450 luxury condo units in total. It comes in the heels of the successful sale of Millennium Place, also in the same district.
Not to be outdone, the northern most tip of the city also has a jewel being built. The TD Garden's upcoming renovation and rise-up construction will prove to be another high-point (literally) in the city's chest of towers. With an elevated forest full of spires, the 600-foot, 45-story residential building will have 500 units on top of the building's arena.
Last but not the least, the long-delayed Copley Place Tower looks to be finally on its way. The project got its final nod last fall, adding 52 stories to the current 4 floor Copley Place complex. It's slated to rise, in total, 625 feet above street level, and will include 433 apartments, and 109 cndos for sale. As it stands now, it will also have a retail ground floor component to complement the mall within it.
On the subject of all things Copley, it looks like the Back Bay Station is finally getting a complete makeover - and from the same people that'll bring the TD Garden up to date, too! Yes, that means that just like TD Garden's vertical expansion, it looks like Back Bay Station is getting one, too! Details of the development aren't exactly out yet, but sources say that it'll be composed of two towers, one of which is rumored to be a high-rise matching nearby Copley Place and complementing the Hancock tower. We'll definitely keep our eye and ears out for more info on that!