May not have been in the works at the time Blackstone first floated it, but certainly was in the works when they went before the BRA. There are no approvals that would carry over to the new owners. I suppose the new owners might be willing to buy the plans for a pence or two.That had to be in works before all this infill talk, correct?
Davem -- No -- that would be Benjamin Thompson and Associates, at 48 Brattle Street in Cambridge -- the original DR glass box that eventually re-emerged as a Crate & BarrelIt's CBT. This is basically what I expected from them. They are the crate and barrell of architecture.
Looks like some activity has begun according to the BBJ.
It is a bit bizarre that the community objected to enclosing the space, since the space was totally inhospitable due to wind whipping around; it was very poorly utilized.I am pretty sure the community freaked out about getting ride of the open space... though this is clearly soo much better.
Put me down for someone who is stoked about taking out those columns and enlivening that courtyard. This will make the streetscape far more dynamic and will be a great turn-in for pedestrians! Seriously, this will be a much more welcoming gift for walkers. Those columns were a deterrant.