A Chicago real-estate investment firm goes before the Back Bay Architectural Commission next week seeking approval of its plans to replace the parking lot at Newbury and Dartmouth streets - the one that used to have that mural overlooking it - with a five-story retail and office building.
L3 Capital spent $40 million last year to buy the parking lot.
The proposed building, designed by local firm CBT, would have two floors of retail space - five potential stores on the first floor and room for a single, larger tenant on the second, topped by three floors of offices, under plans filed with the commission, which must approve the exteriors of all buildings in the Back Bay historic district.
The commission review of plans begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 900 in City Hall.
L3 plans to call the building the Aubry, in homage to the Hotel Aubrey, which sat on the site between 1883 and 1958, when it was torn down and replaced by the parking lot.
Aubrey renderings and floor plans (24M PDF).