Midwood Investment and Development this week filed plans for a 23-story office building, with the first two floors and the basement set aside for retail use, at the corner of Bromfield and Washington streets in Downtown Crossing.
The proposal is a replacement for the long dormant plans for a 59-story residential tower that Midwood formally withdrew in February for the roughly half-acre site now home to four smaller buildings, including the one where the Payless used to be. Those plans in turn were meant to replace a 22-story residential and retail building the company proposed in 2008, only to withdraw those after the economy went to hell.
Midwood says its latest proposal, for a 441,000-square-foot building will prove a boon to Downtown Crossing:
The Project will reinforce Downtown Crossing’s character as a destination point by expanding the pedestrian zones on Washington and Bromfield streets, by stitching together the disparate streetscape designs of the surrounding area, and by providing much needed lush planting that will maintain the feel of the existing streetscape along Washington Street. Additionally, the Proponent aims to improve the accessibility of the Project Site through new paving and by creating a curb-less environment on Bromfield Street. This strategy will continue the revitalization of this downtown intersection that began with the construction of the pedestrian plaza at Shopper’s Park.
The Project will introduce new, high quality architecture to the Project Site with a design and massing that will assimilate the modern and historical influences of the city, manifested in a unique architectural expression.
Midwood is proposing no parking for the building, located near stations on all of the MBTA's subway lines.
11-21 Bromfield St. project-notification form (51.7M PDF).