A Florida-based developer wants to raise the height of four buildings on Boylston Street between Fairfield and Exeter streets, to add new residential, office and retail space.
In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA this week, Tavistock Development Co. of Orlando says it would keep the existing facades of 761-793 Boylston St. - currently home to Abe & Louie’s, Crate and Barrel and the Atlantic Fish Co. - then top those with the new floors, set back three feet from the current facades.
The 68,000 square feet of new space would include nine residential units, office space and new retail space, the company's local attorneys write. The beefier building would retain its current 17,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space, although the letter does not say if the two current restaurants would continue to occupy that.
Tavistock says it expects to file detailed plans for the proposal by Feb. 18.
In addition to Boylston Street, Tavistock is also working on plans to replace the Joe’s American Bar & Grill and a burned out building at Commercial Wharf in the North End.
The buildings still look similar in 1912 photo by the Boston Public Works Department at the Boston City Archives:
Boylston Street, though, looks slightly different from this wider view taken from the Lenox Hotel by the Boston Transit Commission (the buildings are on the right):
761-793 Boylston St. letter of intent (62k PDF).
H/t Navid Walsh for the historic photos.