The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in the US has approved Millennium Partners’ $615m plan to build the 625ft Millennium Tower and restore the Burnham Building, the former home of Filene’s department store in Downtown Crossing.
The 625ft mixed use tower will feature 600 condominiums and apartments, 218,000ft² of office space, 231,000ft² of retail space and 550 parking spaces.
The Millennium Tower will be shaped as a tapered wedge emphasising the character of the restored Burnham Building and will maximise daylight to the Washington Street side and offices located in lower floors of the Burnham Building.
As part of the project, a neighbouring park will also be renovated, which will include the addition of a new MBTA station entrance and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Restoration of the Burnham Building will include opening up the building at street level for office space and retail, repairing the facade and updating all systems.
After renovation, the eight-storey building will feature shops and office space and will link to the new tower at the lower floors.
The project’s development team includes Millennium Partners, Handel Architects, Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, DLA Piper, Epsilon Associates, Nitsch Engineering, WSP Flack + Kurtz, Haley & Aldrich, RWDI, MacRostie Historic Advisors and Suffolk Construction.
The developer will break ground on the tower after finalising the design and securing approval from the Zoning Commission, which is scheduled in October 2012.
Millennium Partners is planning to start construction of the tower in mid-2013.
Upon completion, the tower will be taller than Don Chiofaro’s 600ft, 46-storey One International Place in the Financial District.
Image: When completed, the 625ft Millennium Tower will be taller than Don Chiofaro’s 600ft, 46-storey One International Place in the Financial District. Photo: The Boston Redevelopment Authority/Millennium Partners.