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Developer proposes shorter Tommy Tower

The Globe reports developer Steve Belkin is back with plans to replace an old municipal garage in Winthrop Square with a skyscraper that would rise 650 to 740 feet, depending on whether he wants to top the thing off with luxury condos.

Belkin originally proposed a 1,000-foot tower, but then the economy tanked - and those pesky FAA regulators said they didn't want something so tall so close to Logan.

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Right next to this garage. Its an eye sore. Anything would be better than what is there now (and its falling apart to say the least)

Not sure how a large high-rise between three other high rises around it would be attractive at all. There's virtual no view out of three sides because its blocked by other buildings. (And I doubt the new building would exceed much taller than the buildings are surrounding it). Its just a very tight fit between them.

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They will stick a highrise on a postage stamp lot

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But Boston isn't NYC :) Keep that in mind.

I know if I buy a 1.2 Million dollar condo, I want to look out my window and see directly into someone's office across the way! /sarcasm

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The other towers in the area are mostly 400 footers, this will be almost twice as tall, so it will noticeably impact the skyline. As for your complaint about blocking lower level views, welcome to the urban environment. What matters down at that level is how a building engages the street. Does it turn it's back on the neighborhood, or does it bring new life? The restaurant and expanded atrium, along with the 24 hour nature of an hotel or other residential floors will make for a more lively (ie better) street life. This project looks great from what we currently know.

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As long as they don't push out the world's tiniest Dunkin Donuts, s'all good.

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Thats across the street. And yes it is tiny. 2nd runner up is the one on Southern Artery in Quincy

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You're talking about the one on Southern Artery in Quincy, which I also believe is the original location.

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Its in a shopping mall. I only went there once.

Actually there's two. One is on Southern Artery and one is near Star Market. I can't remember which one is smaller./

PS - Fixed my comment to reflect proper street name.

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It's not in a mall, it's a freestanding building.

The one near Star Market is just a drive-thru kiosk.

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In a mall's parking lot!

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It's a Stop and Shop, not a mall.

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Marty's Monolith?

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Rabble rabble rabble! Parking! Rabble rabble rabble! Shadows! Rabble rabble rabble! Yuppies! Rabble rabble rabble! Unrelated problems! Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble!

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Marty's Monolith?

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I'm very glad this proposal preserves the existing office building. The original proposal didn't, which would have been a shame. It's a very cool example of architecture you don't see anymore.

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For good reason. The material technology of the day didn't work well in this environment. Paul Rudolph's work also had a strong tendency to be anti-urban and anti-human despite being masterfully sculpted with an intensity worthy of opera.

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