The First Church of Christ, Scientist, has selected Carpenter & Company (http://carpenterandcompanyinc.com/) as the master developer for the two approved development sites on Belvidere and Dalton streets, located behind 101 Belvidere (the former Colonnade building) and across the street from the Hilton and Sheraton Hotels. (See photo for aerial of sites.)
“The Christian Science Plaza has always served as a beautiful outdoor destination for our city and its residents,” Mayor Menino said. “I am very pleased that the development of these buildings will allow the Plaza itself to be maintained for the enjoyment of Boston residents and visitors for many years to come.”
The selection was based on specific qualitative and quantitative criteria and is the culmination of a competitive process initiated by the Church’s broker, HFF, last summer. This is a pivotal next step in the fulfillment of the Plaza Revitalization Project, where one objective is to put underutilized property to work to generate real estate revenue to help offset real estate expenses.
“Our firm has the good fortune of being able to only compete for projects that we believe to be remarkable, with an opportunity to be innovative,” commented Richard L. Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter. “This site absolutely captivated us. It is a gem without peer—a development site in the illustrious Back Bay that is set within a beautifully master-planned iconic site. We could not be more thrilled to work with the Church on this site and to bring to bear the vision that our team has developed.”
Planned uses for the proposed new buildings are rental apartments, condominiums, a hotel, and ground-floor restaurants and retail.
Carpenter’s residential partner will be the Pritzker Realty Group. The architect team will include Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in collaboration with Cambridge Seven Associates. Henry Cobb was the design partner for I.M. Pei & Partners for Boston’s John Hancock Tower during the 1960s-’70s when the Church Plaza was developed. They will bring design sensitivity to ensure that the new buildings integrate harmoniously with both the Plaza and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Carpenter and its team will be responsible for designing, financing, constructing, and maintaining the new buildings. The Church will cooperate with Carpenter during the planning, design, and public review processes. After necessary approvals and permits are obtained, Carpenter will take over full ownership of the property.
Additional details, including financial information, will be shared when documents have been finalized and executed. But for now, we wanted to let you know about this significant next step of progress. Click here for the Press Notice by Carpenter.