Plaza Revitalization Project
The Christian Science Church has been a part of the Boston community for over 130 years. Nearly 40 years have passed since the last major redesign of the Plaza, and the Church’s desire to improve the pedestrian experience, enhance sustainability features, and address significant needed repairs led the Church in 2006 to commence a planning process to revitalize the Plaza. The Church will continue its recognized stewardship of the Plaza for the benefit of the community. This is the Church’s permanent home; it cares deeply about what happens on the Plaza and in its neighborhood.
The three objectives of the Plaza Revitalization Project are to:
- Enhance open space
- Improve environmental sustainability
- Identify opportunities for underutilized real estate
Click here for original news release. Check out project updates and videos below.
Media contact for the Christian Science Plaza
Ingrid Peschke 617-450-3322
Released Jan. 23, 2013
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.
“The Christian Science Plaza has always served as a beautiful outdoor destination for our city and its residents,” Mayor Menino said. more
Released Aug. 30, 2012
Today The First Church of Christ, Scientist, signed a ground lease with an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, LLC (http://www.beaconcapital.com/) for the existing 177 Huntington Office building (the former Administration building) on the Christian Science Plaza.
Beacon is a well-respected Boston-based real estate investment firm with a national and international presence. more
Released Feb. 23, 2012
Following last year’s City of Boston approvals of a Planned Development Area (PDA) Master Plan for the Christian Science Plaza, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, has engaged HFF, LP to serve as its agent to market to qualified investors long-term leases of two development sites on Belvidere and Dalton Streets and of the existing 26-story office building located at 177 Huntington Avenue in Boston’s vibrant Back Bay. See graphic below for Plaza plan and site locations.
HFF is one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate firms, with an excellent track record and a unique capital markets approach to assignments of this nature. more
Released Sept. 14, 2011
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. more
Released Aug. 17, 2011
Last evening, an important milestone in the Church’s Plaza Revitalization Project was reached. The BRA Board unanimously approved the rezoning of the Plaza to allow for the construction of three new buildings and a small pavilion – in response to the Church’s filing in May for establishment of a Planned Development Area (PDA) Master Plan for the Plaza.
The journey is not yet over, as there will be a Boston Zoning Commission meeting to review and vote on the Church’s rezoning in September. more
Released June 15, 2011
On May 17, the Church filed a Planned Development Area (PDA) Master Plan for the Christian Science Plaza. A PDA Master Plan is a zoning mechanism that must be approved by the City’s Boston Redevelopment Authority Board and the Zoning Commission at pubic hearings. It includes the basic dimensions (heights and density) and uses of proposed new buildings, as well as development concepts, planning objectives, and other background information — all previously addressed in the Plaza Revitalization Project Plan. Approval of the PDA Master Plan is needed before selection of developers takes place. more
Released March 25, 2011
Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the Christian Science Center, the world headquarters of a religion founded by Bostonian Mary Baker Eddy and featuring one of the city’s most beloved open spaces, has been honored with a designation as a Boston Landmark. The distinguished buildings and landscape of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, represent several distinguished architects whose works on the site span nearly a century. The nucleus of the site, the historic church building ensemble, provides a dynamic backdrop for the tranquility of the almost 700-foot-long Reflecting Pool.
“The Christian Science Church has been a committed steward of this heavily visited Boston site,” Mayor Menino said. “By granting local Landmark status, the City of Boston is recognizing the historic and architectural significance of this collection of buildings and landscape while helping to manage the future changes that will allow the Church to continue its mission.” more
Released on Dec. 21, 2010
After 20 public meetings, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, has stated that it supports the Church’s Plaza Revitalization Plan, including environmental and streetscape improvements, and the addition of 950,000 square feet of new buildings on three locations on selected edges of the Plaza. Their letter of support concludes, “All in all, the development should be a significant improvement for the area, and provide additional generations of Bostonians a wonderful public amenity supported by private funds.” more
Released on July 20, 2010
The Christian Science Board of Directors at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, today released a Draft Project Plan (large pdf) (small pdf) for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston. The Church has been in the Boston community for over 130 years. “The Church is proud to be part of Boston’s progressive vision and noble history,” said Mary Trammell, Chair of the Board of Directors, “and to continue a tradition of contributing to this City’s beauty, inspiration, and progress. We wish to express our deep gratitude to the many citizens, public officials, and professionals who helped develop this plan to revitalize the Plaza.” more