The Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the BRA) has proposed a 750-foot tower for the Winthrop Square Garage site in downtown Boston. This proposed tower is so tall that it threatens to overturn state shadow laws that have protected the Boston Common and the Public Garden for decades.
The data released by Millennium, the designated developer for the BRA-owned site, clarifies that new shadows will darken the Boston Common for up to 1 ¾ hours in the morning much of the year, and for several months of the year the shadows will even extend across the Public Garden and west down the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, violating the current state shadow laws that were enacted 25 years ago to protect our Parks.
NABB's Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to support the existing shadow laws. But we need your help to assure that our precious parks are protected for future generations:
THERE ARE NOW TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ON THE PROJECT:
6:30 PM ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH:
Suffolk Law School, Moot Court Room, 4th Floor, 120 Tremont Street
6:30 PM ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 5TH
101 Federal Street, 29th Floor
It is critical that citizens attend these meetings and voice their concerns about the project and the importance of protecting our open spaces. Even if you can't attend the meeting, please express your concerns in writing (by letter or email) so that they are received by the BPDA (formerly the BRA) by January 16th, the new deadline the BPDA has established for public comments. Your comments should stress the importance of protecting the parks by retaining the existing shadow laws, and should be sent to:
Christopher Tracy, Senior Project Manager
Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Please share your comments with NABB's Development and Transportation Committee, whose email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will also forward them to our elected officials.
You can also sign up for information and download project submissions by clicking on this link to the BPDA's website.