Millennium Partners yesterday asked the BPDA to let it shave a wing off its unfinished building at Winthrop Square, which would reduce the number of residential units from 387 to 321 - and it wants to rent those units out as apartments, rather than sell them as condos.
In its request to the BPDA, the developer blamed "the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic" for making it harder to gain financing to finish the building, already under way and to then attract the sort of buyers who previously might want to put down seven figures for units with serious views in downtown Boston.
The company said its plans for 772,000 square feet of office space in the tower and four levels of parking under it remain unchanged. Also:
The Great Hall/Connector remains at its original size and magnificence at 40’ wide by 60’ tall.
Millennium paid the city roughly $100 million for the site, formerly occupied by a municipal parking garage, and had agreed to pay out another $50 million as the condos were sold. The Globe reports that Millennium says it still plans to make good on that remaining $50 million in payments despite the reduction in the number of units and their change from condos to apartments.
The purchase price is in addition to roughly $13.7 million the developer has paid into BPDA funds for housing and jobs creation. About half the money will go towards construction of a Chinatown building that would include affordable apartments and condos, a hotel and a permanent Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library.
Winthrop Center Project notice of project change (4.8M PDF).