One Congress Government Center garage redevelopment in Boston takes shape – Boston Herald

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Boston dignitaries took to a banquet on the open-air 33rd floor of the city’s newest tower as the redevelopment of the Government Center garage continues – and the on-street portion of the old Brutalist building disappears approach.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey and builders including Tom O’Brien of HYM and John Moriarty of John Moriarty & Associates all spoke at a closing ceremony for what will be called One Congress, a winding glass building that gushed out from one side of the partially garage part of the demolished Government Center.

The 528-foot-tall building, which is clearly visible from vantage points north of the city’s skyline, will house the main offices of the State Street Bank. The builders have estimated that this tower will cost $ 327 million.

This is the second building in this complicated, multi-year project, which will eliminate the notorious horror of the central government block garage, which spans the street. The first slightly shorter building, the upscale Sudbury Residential Tower erected for around $ 209 million, has opened and has welcomed residents in the past year.

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: The building at 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Workers photograph the final bar being put in place as the Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Acting Mayor Kim Janey photographs the final bar being put in place as the Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Worker Doug Stuart takes a break from ceremonies as the Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Workers photograph the final bar being put in place as the Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Blacksmith Curtis Jackson chats with Acting Mayor Kim Janey as Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey speaks as Acting Mayor attends a closing ceremony on 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey signs the coronation beam as the Acting Mayor attends a coronation ceremony at 1 Congress Street on July 15, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Port of Boston. General skyline views from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Traffic on the Zakim bridge. General skyline views from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Traffic on the Zakim bridge. General skyline views from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: The Customs Tower. General skyline views from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: The Tobin Bridge. General skyline views from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021, Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)

The next step – as workers continue to create the facade of One Congress – is to bring down the part of the garage that overlooks the street. The timeline isn’t quite set in stone for natural street lighting – which is commonly referred to as Congress Street, and that’s what the developers will be asking to change, even though Congress is currently ending. technically a block earlier, and it’s on the town’s books as Merrimac Street.

At the end of June, the promoters and the MBTA moved a bus stop under the overhang of the garage to make room for its deconstruction.

Construction will cross this block on the other side of the garage for a third building, which will be mixed-use, then come back next to One Congress and Sudbury for a final residential building.


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