Fortis Property Group of Brooklyn has filed revised plans for the garage next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace that are browner and less curvy than its original proposal and which feature fewer, but larger, residential units in a structure to be place atop the existing seven-level garage.
Fortis's original $120-million proposal was strongly criticized by local preservationists for its visual impact on the neighboring Faneuil Hall Marketplace: A spiral, largely glass-framed structure behind a marketplace that first opened when Massachusetts was still a colony.
Under Fortis's latest plans, however, the swirly design and glass cladding was replaced with a more traditional series of floors and "a warm-toned metal panel base that fits into the context of the neighborhood."
Also, the new building is slightly larger and taller - by four inches - than the original proposal, but the number of residential units has decreased from 209 to 134 units - some of which would be in what are now the top two parking levels, which would be converted to residential use. The number of "affordable" units would remain at 27.
The building would continue to have parking, but 450 spaces, instead of the present 698. Ground-floor restaurant space has shrunk from 11,500 square feet to 9,000 square feet.
Fortis hopes to begin construction by the end of this year, with an expected finish date by the end of 2022.
Dock Square notice of project change (18.3M PDF)