Earlier today, the Boston Zoning Commission approved the Church’s plan to add three additional buildings on the outskirts of the Christian Science Plaza. This action follows last month’s approval by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and is the final step in the zoning changes necessary for new development.
We have shared the following information previously, but for those who may have missed it, here are brief highlights. The new development is part of the Church’s overall plan to revitalize the Plaza by enhancing its open space, improving its environmental sustainability, and developing a plan for its underutilized real estate.
One goal of this development is to increase the Church’s real estate revenues to more fully match its real estate expenses, so that a greater proportion of the donations to the Church can go toward its healing mission.
At a time yet to be determined, the Church will seek proposals from developers who will fund, construct, and maintain the building projects. The three additional buildings, totaling approximately 950,000 square feet, will likely be comprised of residential, hotel, and some retail space. Specific building designs from developers will go through an extensive public review process before construction begins.
The Real Estate Planning Team is grateful for the many emails and letters of support they have received regarding this project.