A Florida-based developer yesterday filed plans with the BPDA for adding five floors to the three-story buildings that now house Abe & Louie’s, Crate and Barrel and the Atlantic Fish Co. on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.
Tavistock Development Co. of Orlando says it would keep the front facades of the four buildings at 761-793 Boylston St., all of which are more than 100 years old. It will also keep the two restaurants but completely gut the Crate and Barrel space and then add five floors for nine residential units and office space. The former Crate and Barrel space would include the lobby for the upper floors and a smaller retail space.
The restaurants would be allowed to stay open during construction, the company says, adding the residential units would occupy the top three floors, with office space on the three floors below that.
Because the project only calls for nine residential units, the developer will not set aside any as affordable or contribute to a city affordable-housing fund, because that only starts with projects with ten or more units.\
Tavistock says its design lets it make money while respecting "the scale and character of the urban street wall and the Back Bay Architectural District, by stepping the building back at level four, to not take away from the historic nature of the existing facade."
Tavistock hopes to begin 18 to 22 months of construction at the start of 2022.
BPDA filings and project calendar.
Photos of the buildings dating to the early 1900s.