The Boston Planning & Development Agency
The BPDA's Development Review Department facilitates the review of small and large scale development projects, pursuant to Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code. Led by a team of Project Management staff, this department coordinates with BPDA Planning & Urban Design staff, City Agencies, elected officials and the community to foster responsible development in the neighborhoods and the Downtown.
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA plays a far reaching role in shaping the City.
Updates on Projects affecting us
For hours of fun and insight into development in Boston, head to the Boston planning and development agency website. You can check out all projects in Back Bay and their status. For projects affecting us, we will post updates on this page.
Midtown Hotel Redevelopment
Virtual Public Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6 PM - 7.30 PM
This is the first public meeting for the proposed redevelopment of the Midtown Hotel at 220 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay neighborhood. The National Development team will share their vision for the project and hear community feedback.
The meeting will begin with a presentation by the development team followed by an open Q&A session with the development team and BPDA staff.
How to Participate
This meeting will be hosted online, using Zoom. You must register using this link, then you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. You will also receive an email prior to the meeting regarding technical assistance. The meeting will open about 10 minutes before 6:00 PM for you to join and troubleshoot any technical issues. If you're calling in by phone, you'll need to download the Zoom application to see our presentation.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Toll free call in number: 833.568.8864
Meeting ID: 161 015 9471
PUBLIC COMMENTS OPEN _ SUBMIT YOURS NOW!
RIGHT NOW IS THE TIME FOR OFFICIAL PUBLIC COMMENT on the Midtown project, so go to the BDPA to make your voice heard! Many residents of the schoolhouse are concerned about the parking entrance/exit configuration and traffic flow in the alley as currently designed. Concerned? Let BDPA know through the public comment section! If you have any other questions, let us know! And we will continue to update you on the project's progress
Impact Advisory Group
The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) that will work with the city and ND to mitigate the project's impact.
The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) has been chosen and will begin to meet soon. We are thankful that our neighborhood is represented by 5 residents on the IAG. Congratulations to:
Dr. Nicole DuBosh,
Mike Reinders (from SWCP).
Our thanks to all of them for devoting their time to this important task.
One Cumberland St
Virtual Public Meeting
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6PM (general meeting starts at 4pm, this topic at 6pm)
One Cumberland is the old brownstone building adjacent to the Midtown Hotel. The Landmarks Commission will hold a preliminary hearing on the designation of this building as being in the historic St Botolph district. This potential designation will impact the development plans on the Midtown site. Interested members of the community are welcome to attend this online meeting.
Click here for Zoom link and submit any questions ahead of time
This redevelopment is the next big demolition/construction/development project in our neighborhood will likely start in late 2021. The proposed building will be a 10-story 325 apartment unit building with approximately 17,000 sq ft of retail planned for the street level. National Development (ND) presented their plans to the SBNA on 10.13.20 and if you are interested in viewing the plans, click here. We will keep this section updated as to the timing and scope of the project. If you have any specific questions about the project and its impact, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com.
The progress of this project is available to view on the Boston Planning And Development Agency website click here
Newton-based, National Development and the developer behind the Ink Block mixed -use development closed on a long-term ground lease for the Midtown Hotel and One Cumberland Street and is planning a residential and retail property on these sites.
A 99-year ground lease closed in March 2020 between National Development and the First Church of Christ, Scientist,
The firm’s immediate plans are to continue to operate the site as housing for Northeastern University students for the 2020/21 academic year, but on August 12th 2020, National Development (ND) made public their intent to tear down the current hotel and turn the site into a mixed-use residential development, retail space, and underground parking.
The proposed redevelopment of the Midtown Hotel and the Adjacent 1 Cumberland Street building is anticipated to include a 10-story mixed-use residential development of 354,000 square feet and consisting of approximately 325 apartments, 15,000-17,000 square feet of retail space, and one level of underground parking. The Site improvements will include the demolition of the current Midtown Hotel and 1 Cumberland buildings, enhancement of the sidewalk and streetscape along Huntington Avenue, and the addition of a drive aisle between the Site and 236 Huntington Avenue.
70 ST Botolph Apartments Renovations
Virtual Public Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has postponed all in-person BPDA-held public meetings regarding Article 80 development projects and planning initiatives. A virtual public meeting about this renovation will be hosted online, using Zoom.
For more details on how to register for this meeting click here
The Boston Housing Authority will be conducting a total renovation of the existing 7-story building located at 70 St. Botolph Street. The new work includes miscellaneous site revisions, exterior envelope repairs and replacements, renovations to common areas and individual units and upgrades to fire protection, HVAC and MEP systems.
To track the progress of this project click here
Back Bay/South End Gateway Project
The proposed project is comprised of up to approximately 1.26 million square feet of mixed-use redevelopment, consisting of a new office building with ground floor retail, two new residential buildings, a one- to two-story vertical retail expansion of the existing Back Bay Station building, and the partial redevelopment of the existing 165 Dartmouth Street Garage. For more information about the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) that is reviewing this project, click here