Following years of extensive planning, the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors has approved the construction of two towers on the site of the Government Center Garage — a 486-unit luxury apartment building designed by CBT Architects, and a one-million square foot, 43-story office tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. These towers are the first phase of a six building, $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to replace the dated brutalist era garage.
The project, upon completion, will include housing, offices, a hotel, retail, and other public amenities including bringing daylight to a block of Congress Street for the first time in fifty years. In addition to the newly approved towers, the HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors are planning the construction of three buildings to surround a new public plaza in order to reestablish a prominent central gathering point in downtown Boston near old Haymarket Square.
The project is transit-oriented and centrally located just two blocks from North Station and Storrow Drive, next to I-93, and integrated with the MBTA’s Haymarket Station. The design features a one-acre green roof and will have the largest area for bicycle storage in Boston.
Once construction begins on the office tower, the existing garage will be demolished. Approximately 1,100 parking spaces of the existing 2,300 will be retained and enveloped by the office tower and two residential buildings once the project is completed.