Boston Children's HospitalÂ faced withering criticism on Wednesday night from neighbors who questioned plans for a $150 million office building on Beacon Street.
At a Boston Redevelopment AuthorityÂ hearing at Ruggles Church, Charles Weinstein, the hospitalâ€™s vice president of real estate planning and development, outlined a proposal to transform a 70,000-square-foot parking lot near Kenmore Square into a 10-story administrative building. If approved, the project at Beacon and Maitland streets would feature 211,000 square feet of space with ground floor retail and a 525-car parking garage. The hospitalâ€™s lease at the Landmark Center expires in 2019.
â€œWe need to be planning for our future,â€ said Weinstein before a crowd of more than two dozen.
But residents argued that the building's height and density does not fit into the neighborhood and the number of parking spaces will exacerbate traffic concerns around the Fenway.
William Richardson, president of the Fenway Civic Association, objected to doubling of the parking on the site from 249 spaces. He noted that John Rosenthal'sÂ Fenway Center project, that is planned for an adjacent site, will have a garage for more than 1,000 cars. â€œDo we want to be able to walk the streets of our neighborhood or do we want constant traffic?â€ he asked. â€œThatâ€™s the problem with this building. Iâ€™m just shocked.â€
Weinstein argued that the hospital is providing less than one parking space per 1,000 square feet, as written in the zoning guidelines. Most employees will be encouraged to take the MBTA and the hospital provides a 50 percent subsidy for a T pass, he said. More than 4,000 employees take advantage of that benefit, he added. â€œBut not everyone takes the T,â€ he said.
Source: Boston Business JournalÂ
Mario Pavli Vice PresidentÂ Boston Luxury ResidentialÂ