The Swiss owners of a runty little office building at 171 Tremont St., across from the movie theater and the Common have filed revised re-do plans with the BRA that call for construction of a 13-story building that would have just 12 condos - one to each floor above the lobby.
In a cover letter, the Dabbah family of Switzerland tells the BRA:
The Project will offer luxury condominiums in a sleek, modern structure made of high-quality metals, glass, and limestone. Although significantly smaller than many of the larger-scale developments that are emerging in Downtown Crossing, the Project will look to the success of these developments as precedent for continuing revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. Additionally, the Project will be thoughtfully integrated into the community by introducing public realm benefits, including a tranquil pocket park. The Project will continue the transformation of Downtown Crossing into a revitalized neighborhood where all Bostonians can live, work, and play.
In 2014, the family submitted a letter of intent that called for a 31-story tower, then submitted plans to the BRA for a 19-story building with 18 condos.
The further reduction to 13 stories means the building meets existing zoning for the lot and will not have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Dabbahs say. The reduction also means the elimination of all parking for the building, save for two spaces meant for short-term valet parking. The new plans call for creation of an "urban pocket park nestled within a grove of trees and shrubbery
provides an enhanced pedestrian pathway from Tremont Street to Mason and Avery Streets."
The revised application speaks to the building design, by Elkus Manfredi:
171 Tremont will use an elegant combination of natural stone, glass, and metal components on the exterior façade, while the interiors will focus on additional high quality finishes and materials. The slender, elegant building design will harmonize with the adjacent condominium buildings to the north on Tremont Street. The building’s Boston Common and Avery Street frontages present asymmetrical façades with spacious wrap-around balconies. The top of the building is designed to provide visual interest while creating a light and airy roof terrace.
Revised submission (6.6M PDF).