Developer scales back Boston ‘skinny tower’

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Developer scales back Boston ‘skinny tower’
A rendering of the latest version of the narrow condo tower proposed for 171 Tremont Street, overlooking the Boston Common
Developer scales back Boston ‘skinny tower’
A rendering of the latest version of the narrow condo tower proposed for 171 Tremont Street, overlooking the Boston Common

The Swiss developer behind a proposed skinny tower on Tremont Street overlooking Boston Common has shaved off more floors from the building — again.

Maurice Dabbah originally approached Boston officials with plans for a 355-foot tower, totaling 32 stories, at 171 Tremont St. Neighbors balked, and Dabbah’s team last year knocked the height back to 255 feet, and 20 stories.

The Friends of the Public Garden complained publicly in January about the project, citing a 1990 state law aimed at limiting shadows cast on the Common from new buildings.

So Dabbah lowered the tower again, to 235 feet and 19 stories, according to figures provided by O’Neill and Associates, a Boston public affairs firm representing Dabbah. The width of the tower remains at 50 feet.

Michael Sherry, a director at O’Neill, said Dabbah expects to file a revised proposal with the Boston Redevelopment Authority later in April.

Ross Cameron, a senior associate at Elkus Manfredi, the architectural firm that designed the building, said the top floors on the revised design step back from the street, much like a small staircase, to curb the effects of shadows on the city’s oldest park. […]

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