Oxford Properties Group of Toronto has filed detailed plans for replacing the garage - and the Hei La Moon restaurant - at 125 Lincoln St. in the Leather District with a 24-story, 625,000-square-foot office building that would include some ground-floor retail space and construction of an "all-season indoor/outdoor space available for public gathering and community functions and events."
The building would have a 275-space underground garage, according to the filing by Oxford, which says it is the second-largest landlord in Boston and Cambridge, with some 4.5 million square feet of commercial real estate in its portfolio.
In its filing, Oxford says it tried to design a building that fronts on three neighborhoods:
The Project's location at the juncture of the Leather District, Financial District and Chinatown is emblematic of Boston's emerging character as a city of complementary neighborhoods. On the City's skyline, the Project's architecture and massing will reflect its unique location, adjacent to the Greenway and in close proximity to the Radian and will create a new gateway for those arriving and leaving the City at its southern end. At street level, the Project's progressive signature will be evident and pedestrians will recognize it as having strong roots in and compatibility with its neighborhood. A mix of glass and masonry at the lower podium-level of the Project will reflect the character and tactility of the Leather District, which will be further underscored by active public programming. The Building's base will be both transparent and porous, encouraging a unique and dynamic interaction between the City and the Project.
The Project will transform a underutilized building at the end of its functional life into a vibrant and sustainable office space with active ground floor public uses, including retail space, restaurant space, a publicly accessible indoor space, and a community gathering space with supporting retail options and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
Oxford estimates that the project will mean $4.6 million in housing linkage payments and $900,000 in jobs-training funds paid to the city, in addition to annual property taxes.
125 Lincoln St. project-notification form (65M PDF).