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Bulfinch Crossing Breaks Ground
January 2017

On January 24, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials, members from National Real Estate Advisors, The HYM Investment Group and the CBT design team gathered to swing sledgehammers in celebration of the launch of construction at Bulfinch CrossingThe project involves strategically transforming the site of an underutilized above-grade parking garage into a 2.9-million square-foot mixed-use development known now as Bulfinch Crossing.

Bulfinch Crossing is one of the largest mixed-use development projects ever permitted in Boston. Located at the nexus of some of Boston’s most iconic neighborhoods, the project includes six new buildings – three towers surrounding a 1-acre green rooftop terrace and three mid-rise buildings encompassing a new net-zero public plaza. A large portion of the existing garage will remain but will be wrapped by the new buildings, reopening a significant portion of the area to light for the first time since the 1960’s.

CBT has been involved with the development of Bulfinch Crossing since the early planning stages - completing the overall master plan for the development in 2013 which was awarded the AIA National Award for Excellence in Urban Design in 2015.

In addition to completing the overall masterplanning, CBT is the design architect for the first building to rise on the parcel – the 480-foot tall, 45-story apartment tower that will consist of 486 residential units with spectacular cityscape views. Demolition for the footprint of the residential tower kicked off in December 2016 with vertical construction commencing in late Spring 2017 and completion expected in late Spring 2020.

Bulfinch Crossing also encompasses construction of a 1 million square-foot office tower – One Congress. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, One Congress will rise more than 500 feet as not only an iconic anchor of Bulfinch Crossing but also as a compelling addition to the Boston skyline. Additionally, the tower’s street level retail and impressive lobby entry will seamlessly enhance the dynamic ground-level pedestrian experience.

“The transformation of Government Center Garage to Bulfinch Crossing is a giant step forward in making this site better reflect the City of Boston while also meeting the needs of the community,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “This will be an exciting destination for residents, workers and visitors alike.”