The Druker Co., which won city approval more than ten years ago to replace the old Shreve, Crump & Low building at Boylston and Arlington streets with a multi-faceted glass cube, then never did, has asked the BPDA to let it go ahead with the project.
In a filing today, the downtown-based developer asked the BPDA to let it carry out the plans the then BRA approved in 2009. Druker needs BPDA re-permission because it waited so long to do something its approval ran out. It will also need to get an extension from the Zoning Board of Appeal, because that board's approval ends in December.
Druker promises that it's already locked into actually starting 30 months of construction in the fall of 2020.
Druker says its plans remain basically the same - it wants to build a 9-story office with retail and office space and a 150-space parking garage, although it says it may extend what was originally planned to be just ground-floor retail and restaurant space to the second floor.
In a nod to the changing times, though, the company says it would add storage space for 66 bicycles - and showers for workers to use after pedaling into work. It also plans to beef up the building's energy-conservation systems over what was originally proposed.
In it's filing, the company said that it was unable to start construction the first time around due to "the difficulties with the financial markets in 2008 and subsequent years," which made finding both financing and tenants difficult. Now, of course, Boston is one of the hottest real-estate markets in the country, so that's no longer an issue, and the company says it's been able to "secure tenants and financial partners" for the new building.
350 Boylston St. notice of project change (23M PDF).
The view from Arlington Street in front of the Public Garden:
The current building (not taken at pigeon-eye view):