Developer proposes nine floors of residential units above Hard Rock Cafe

A Brooklyn developer has signaled its intent to add 195 residential units in nine new floors to the top of the existing Hard Rock Cafe and Dock Square garage, next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Fortis Property Group plans to file a detailed plan for its proposed spiral addition sometime within the next month or so.

In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, the Fortis Property Group says it would keep both the music venue and the garage, although the garage would have its capacity reduced from 698 to 535 cars. With the new floors, the building would reach a total of 17 floors, or roughly 194 feet.

Some 25 units would be marketed as affordable, Fortis writes.

Letter of intent (120k PDF).

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I'd be willing to bet...

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...people will willingly move in and then complain about the noise. As the old saying goes, "they'll do it every time".

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And...

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And don't move in above the Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall and then complain about the noise. Like the people that moved into the luxury housing next to the Boston Garden and then complained about noise and that their precious babies were being kept awake. It was reported right here at UHub. Or the clown who moved into a house on the street next to the Plough & Stars in Cambridge and then complained to every agency in sight that it was noisy and tried to get it shut down. THAT'S the "and".

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...and...

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Wasn't there a ridiculous case somewhere near Downtown Crossing, too? Moved in above the restaurant and tried to stop the restaurant from putting garbage in the dumpster or something like that?

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Goodbye Eyesore!

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Looking across from North Street in the North End this eyesore garage not only masks the beautiful buildings of Quincy Market, but also mars the view of the downtown skyline. With the elevated highway long gone and the Greenway in bloom, it’s about time that this garage makes way for a building that can offer active street frontage for the park (hopefully!) while contributing additional housing choices in a city that sorely needs more.

As the Globe reported last summer, rents dipped in Boston for the first time in seven years. The reason: approving and building new housing–at any income level–increases supply. Although the newest buildings will always have the highest rents (chocked full of amenities, etc.), the rents in older buildings without all those flashy amenities will plateau or even decline. Overtime, even the new buildings become old and the process repeats. Simply, if you want more affordable housing, then advocate for more housing. Period.

Globe article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/05/28/boston-rents-d...

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I read that part

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There will be a new ground-level lobby facing the Greenway and they plan to re-clad the garage space that remains after removing 160 parking spaces. All of these changes will be major improvements, although, of course, I'm looking forward to seeing the renderings.

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The garage space will remain.

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The garage space will remain. That footprint won't change one iota.

Part of the reduction in parking spaces is due to the shafts that need to go through all the parking levels - that will have fire stairs, elevators, and utilities - taking out some parking on each level.

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