The developer constructing a two-building complex along and atop the turnpike at Mass. Ave. says it wants to outfit roughly 118,000 square feet of space as life-sciences labs and offices - about a quarter of the office space originally planned for the project.
In a filing with the BPDA yesterday, Samuels & Associates says the proposal will mean no significant changes in the overall project's impact, and is asking the agency to allow the proposal without requiring any additional hearings. The company notes that life sciences was included in its "planned development area" agreement with the BPDA as a potential use of some of the space.
Because most of the commercial space in the complex would remain traditional offices, the new lab space won't even require the sort of expanded rooftop HVAC work that has become an issue with other life-sciences proposals in or near residential areas, Samuels says. Instead, the developer says it will be able to incorporate the extra ventilation needed for the labs in internal mechanical space already set aside for HVAC.
The change will mean a reduction in the amount of retail space on the first and second floors, from 55,000 to 43,000 square feet, Samuels says.
The company says about half the office space in the new development has already been leased to "a major publicly traded technology tenant" for use as its headquarters - CarGurus, an online car marketplace.
In additional to office and lab space, the project also includes a hotel, retail space on the first and second floors and a publicly accessible park and seating area overhanging and overlooking the turnpike.
Parcel 12 documents.