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Looks awful in my opinion. They just took the old sign and welded it on to a new building, but the font and style of that sign in no way works with the style for the building. I hope this is just a quick mock-up and not any kind of real plan. The sign needs to both say, "yes, this is definitely State Street, but no, it's not the old stodgy version, look at the wave of this building, that's our new corporate brand."
Yea, it's a boring as can be. Signage on buildings is unfortunately a bit part of Walsh's Boston but the companies should at least be trying. Ideally, it would be integrated into the building the way it was on the old one.
 

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Not sure if this was posted before but State Street's LinkedIn posted a rendering with their name on the building.


Makes me wish they would rename the bank "Congress Bank" just to sync up with the new iconic location.
 

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He also designed the South Station Tower so assuming that ever happens that would end up being his last tower to break ground.
This was probably the last tower to break ground while he was alive, as it happened 2 weeks ago, but yea SST could end up being the last tower to be built of his legacy, that would be an honor to have that as well. Imagine if thats the case having those 2 on the skyline, awesome.
 

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This was probably the last tower to break ground while he was alive, as it happened 2 weeks ago, but yea SST could end up being the last tower to be built of his legacy, that would be an honor to have that as well. Imagine if thats the case having those 2 on the skyline, awesome.
Now just go ahead and raise One Congress up another hundred feet in his honor. ;)
 

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The signage has the Boston tradition thing going on. That's something. Love it,
hate it, or whatever in between.... The font has always looked good, imo:
Certainly nothing egregious. Happy to see the tower getting built,
and the site eventually become a strong addition to Downtown & Greenway.
 

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Is that brick monstrosity of a structure (what exactly is it?) coming down? I don't seem to see it in any of the renderings.
That is the elevator bank for the two top office floors. Not sure when, but I suspect it will be demolished when the section of the garage over Congress Street comes down. The remaining office floors are still in use. By whom I have not a clue. (Government??)
 

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Not sure if this was posted before but State Street's LinkedIn posted a rendering with their name on the building.

I notice that the crappy Rapids parking is shown here with trees and pavers. Is removing that parking part of this project?
 

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That is the elevator bank for the two top office floors. Not sure when, but I suspect it will be demolished when the section of the garage over Congress Street comes down. The remaining office floors are still in use. By whom I have not a clue. (Government??)
I'm pretty sure it has to come down for One Congress to go up. Looking at the renders, the tower extends to the existing sidewalk on Congress Street. I've been thinking about asking someone in the lobby if there is a timetable for closure, which would give us some perspective on demolition timing, but I haven't been in that area recently.
 

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I notice that the crappy Rapids parking is shown here with trees and pavers. Is removing that parking part of this project?
I'm fairly certain that it's not part of this project. There are actually a handful of trees along that stretch already (not dissimilar to what's displayed in the rendering), so I imagine the pavers/empty parking lot are just "artistic license." Though I'd love to see the hand written "Special! $20 Enter after 1pm" sandwich board sign depicted in the renderings.
 

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Gotta imagine that parking lot will come up for development at some point. Would love to see a tall-ish flat iron there.

It's a shame this new tower is going to have such a corporate sterile ground floor because that could turn into quite the dense little square in time.

Missed opportunity... typical Boston.
 

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I notice that the crappy Rapids parking is shown here with trees and pavers. Is removing that parking part of this project?
What's the deal with that lot anyway? I'm assuming it can be developed. Does the owner just want waaaaay too much money?
 

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Once One Congress is up there will be a lot of economic and political pressure to redevelop that surface parking lot and bring more ground level activity and restaurants to the square.
 

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Gotta imagine that parking lot will come up for development at some point. Would love to see a tall-ish flat iron there.

It's a shame this new tower is going to have such a corporate sterile ground floor because that could turn into quite the dense little square in time.

Missed opportunity... typical Boston.
Is this sarcasm?
 

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As you can see in some of BeeLine's pictures, New Chardon Street, part of Merrimack Street, and Part of Congress Street have been narrowed by one lane to accommodate relocated pedestrian passage around the site. Fencing bumped out all the way to streets.

Also drill rig on site.
 

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As you can see in some of BeeLine's pictures, New Chardon Street, part of Merrimack Street, and Part of Congress Street have been narrowed by one lane to accommodate relocated pedestrian passage around the site. Fencing bumped out all the way to streets.

Also drill rig on site.
And the brick office entrance is fenced off and closed
 

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Is this sarcasm?
It was more snark than anything and yes I think it is pretty typical of Boston (and Massachusetts as a whole) to screw up execution of things just enough so that they end up missed opportunities.
 

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It was more snark than anything and yes I think it is pretty typical of Boston (and Massachusetts as a whole) to screw up execution of things just enough so that they end up missed opportunities.
Understood. I have to disagree it's a missed opportunity though. It's an office tower, so of course it's going to have a corporate ground level. It's not as great as a retail filled base, but how often do we see that with office towers? The good news is that this is just one piece of a larger development, and if I'm not mistaken the other projects are supposed to be very street level oriented.
 

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