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Proposed Development of Boston’s Christian Science Plaza

The Globe reported yesterday that Carpenter & Co. will be developing the land near Boston’s Christian Science Plaza.  The proposed towers aim to remove the dead space between the Christian Science Center and the Prudential Complex and begin The First Church of Christ, Scientist’s Plaza Revitalization Project.

The larger of the two towers will stand at 50 stories, containing a hotel, condos, retail, and restaurants. The second structure at 20 stories tall will include apartments and added retail space. “The city has already approved the broad outlines of the project, and construction could begin by the end of this year,” states the Boston Globe.

Currently, the Plaza’s open space in proportion to building footprints is very high.  Approximately 2/3 of the total acreage is devoted to open space.  Making in this area the highest privately held, publicly accessible, urban open space in the city.

In 2011 a master revitalization plan for the entire campus was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).  The plan’s proposal’s will make the public space more usable year round and improve environmental impact by adding better groundwater management, while still paying respect to the adjacent historic properties next to the Plaza. The master plan also allocates funds and space for three towers containing more than 950,000 square feet of space, as well as public lawns and stores.

Proposed Pedestrian Pathway

One of the largest proposed renovations will take place at the iconic reflecting pool.  The reflecting pool reconstruction will lower the overall depth to between 6 and 12 inches, compared to the 26 inch depth now.  This will cut water use by 75 percent.  The other big change coming to the reflecting pool will introduce a “new at-grade pedestrian crossing” to offer a direct connection between Huntington Ave and Dalton Street. This will improve circulation within the overall campus greatly.

Check out WBUR’s Flickr pool too see maps of the original Christian Science Center!

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