Point of Interest: Downtown office buildings to be leveled for housing
With a booming demand for housing in the city met by a glut of vacant office space, the owners of this large office building and next door 733 Summer St. garnered approvals this week that make way for housing on a combined 2.5-acre lot when these buildings are demolished.
The plans are for a nearly 400-unit residential building on the site. The board unanimously approved special exceptions the developer said were needed to realize the redevelopment along with proposed site plans that call for a seven-story new building.
The building, with brick with granite accents, will replace the two offices, built in 1966 and 1968, with a “nice-looking building,” Zoning Chairman David Stein said. Plans also call for street-level retail and a parking garage shielded from street view by the building.
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