West End apartment complex proposal met with pocket of resistance
Feb 2011 10

Equity Residential is proposing to construct two new apartment towers (and parking garage) on the site of an existing parking garage, in the West End neighborhood of Boston. The 650-car parking garage will be replaced with 240-foot and 310-foot towers, 500 rental units, open areas, retail space, and an underground parking lot.

Although most everyone is glad to see the garage go, there is resistance to Equity’s plans, mainly from residents of Charles River Park, which is part-of (abuts) the new project.

Quotes from neighbors, from the Boston Globe:

  • One resident at Whittier Place (a condo building) said she stands to “lose sunlight and any view of the city” and has concerns about how this would affect her property value;
  • She says, “I’m hoping that we can get it so we can build one small, shorter building;
  • With the loss of sunlight, “All my plants will die,” she added.
  • City officials are “totally ignoring our feelings and our concerns,” said another resident;
  • The current plan “is worse than anything”;
  • And, she has concerns about her view, as well as changes to light, wind, and density, including more traffic;
  • The West End “is an incredible place to live …We don’t want it to be ruined.”
  • Long-time residents of Boston will find humor in the last quote. It’s what people used to say about the “original” West End, before it was torn down in the 1950′s to make way for today’s Charles River Park, of whose buildings are considered to be hulking structures of concrete.

    Rendering above from the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s website. Elkus-Manfredi is the architect.

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