The BPDA board yesterday approved a large mixed-use development that will include $69 million in renovations to the fume-filled Back Bay T station.
The Boston Properties project, which will include an office/retail building and two residential buildings with 600 residential units, also comes with $3 million in payments to nearby Old South Church and the owners of other historic buildings to fix any issues that might be caused by shadows from the project.
The buildings will range from 26 to 35 stories. Rather than include the required affordable units in the new complex, which will sit mainly atop what is now the garage next to the station - and the current bus area off Clarendon Street - Boston Properties will build 90 affordable units someplace else and pay $3 million into a BPDA fund to help people buy homes at less than stratospheric prices..
In addition to helping to fix up the train station, Boston Properties will extend its retail offerings, which now consist of some food outlets, a florist and some pushcarts selling Boston-themed gear.