Back Bay panel OK’s Apple Retail Store plan

Massachusetts’ Back Bay Architectural Commission has approved Apple Computer Inc.’s preliminary design for a store on Boylston Street near the Prudential Center, according to a report from The Boston Globe.

“‘They’ve cleared a big hurdle,’ said the commission’s chairman, Anthony Casendino. While details are still being tweaked, Apple has generally been proposing to construct a three-story building with a green roof and a front made largely of glass after demolishing the building at 815 Boylston St. The store would be Apple’s first in Boston. There are Apple stores at malls in Chestnut Hill and Cambridge and at four other Massachusetts sites,” Chris Reidy reports.

Reidy reports, “The store proposal still awaits approvals from other city agencies and from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.”

Reidy reports, “Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he’s enthusiastic about the planned store. ‘It’s great for the city,’ he said.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tim S.” for the heads up.]
Massachusetts: The People’s Republic of Red Tape (among other things). Regardless, Go, Sox!

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9 Comments

  1. Wow – I not only get the link sent in and credit for it – I get the first post. Martini celebration tonite ! … and yes, the Red Tape of Liberal Mass will make this a dreaded project. Hopefully will go up faster and cheaper thant the Big Pig tunnel at 15B and climbing !

  2. Now they just have to clear the Environmental Impact Study, the Negative Global Warming Council’s reluctant okay, the local Old Lady’s Society of Busibodies’ official nod, and the Feng Shui Civil Harmony Association’s ceremonial blessing and incense gala.

    Then they’re in there…

  3. “the local Old Lady’s Society of Busibodies’ official nod”

    That would be the Back Bay Neighborhood Association — the people who were opposed to handicaped access elevators for the Boylston T stop because they “didn’t fit in with the neighborhood character.” However, I recall that an early Globe article interviewed some of them and they seemed to have no problem with an Apple Store. Apparently a lot of them are fans of their iPods. So, if they were not going cause trouble about this particular project, the Back Bay Architectural Commission just had to step in…

    (MW – “district”)

  4. I grew up just outside of Boston and saw what “urban renewal” did to big chunks of it… Beacon Hill and Back Bay, especially. Horrible. And some of the buildings that replaced 18th and 19th century buildings? VILE.

    Say what you may about the Big Dig, but the old Southeast Expressway and Mystic River Bridge were BLIGHTS on the city. it’s nice that they’ll be disappearing soon. The same thing sort of thing happened in New York when Robert Moses and gang ravaged huge chunks of the city to build highways.

    So, you can’t blame their architectural commission for being a bit cautious, architecturally speaking. Overly cautious, I’d say. But, some people companies will slap in ANY old thing as long as they make a buck, aesthetics be DAMNED.

  5. “Say what you may about the Big Dig…”

    You’re right about the southeast and mystic, no doubt. Boston’s road system is one of the weirdest and most overly complex ones in the US. The Big Dig was actually a kind of graceful architectural solution – until the builders came in and bent the US taxpayer over I-90 and drilled them up the wazoo, all the while replacing concrete with paper mache in the tunnel ceiling.

    Somebody should build a new wing onto Cedar Junction just for Big Dig criminals.

  6. While the Big Dig Project was underway, one of the contractors bought and renovated a residential property down the street from a friend’s residence. I took a close look at a retaining wall they put in and the masonry work was appalling! I told my friend I would never drive through any of the new tunnels and now, I am sad to say, my fears have been vindicated by a tragic and unnecessary accident (if you can call it an accident).

    But if you take a close look at other American cities you’ll find plenty enough corruption to go around.

    MW: doubt. I have no doubt.

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