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Eeek... "reprogramming 32,800 square feet of retail space and maintaining the existing 17,000 square feet of restaurant space." Translation: Crate & Barrel showroom is going away. Well, there goes my 2nd favorite furniture showroom in the city. (small price to pay for progress, I suppose)
 

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Hopefully Atlantic Fish Company manages to stay! Some of my favorite seafood in the city.
 

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Eeek... "reprogramming 32,800 square feet of retail space and maintaining the existing 17,000 square feet of restaurant space." Translation: Crate & Barrel showroom is going away. Well, there goes my 2nd favorite furniture showroom in the city. (small price to pay for progress, I suppose)
Crate & Barrel replaced my 2nd favorite Charette (behind the one at 44 Brattle) back in my architecture school days.
 

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That Crate and Barrel is frequently busy and they just opened a CB2 in town. Where would they move? You'd think that their undersized showroom would be the beneficiary of a new addition...
 

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Those are going to be big resi units (19.2k sqft and 9 units).
 

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This has been begging for a build-out. I'm going looking for renders.
 

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Crate & Barrel replaced my 2nd favorite Charette (behind the one at 44 Brattle) back in my architecture school days.
Crate’s lease was to be up this month and they planned to leave, but Tavistock convinced them to stick around until they got further into the PNG process.

As fa as Atlantic Fish Company, rumor is they’re want to double the capacity of pre-COVID. I can’t wait to see what happens.
 

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This has been begging for a build-out. I'm going looking for renders.
It'll be difficult to find them now, with only the LOI filed. The PNF will be filed February 18th.

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Really funny that they said this will further the Boston 2030 Housing goals, with only 9 units. Sure, every unit counts, but you'd figure they could've fit more if they were going to say this is helping with the housing situation.

That being said, really looking forward to this. Sounds like it'll be a nice project.
 

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It'll be difficult to find them now, with only the LOI filed. The PNF will be filed February 18th.

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Really funny that they said this will further the Boston 2030 Housing goals, with only 9 units. Sure, every unit counts, but you'd figure they could've fit more if they were going to say this is helping with the housing situation.

That being said, really looking forward to this. Sounds like it'll be a nice project.
Keeping the number of units under 10 means they don't have to do an affordable unit, I get the economics but it would have been a nice gesture to the City to do one or two affordable in exchange for 5 extra stories. Maybe they're holding that for the horse trading that will happen with NABB.
 

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Keeping the number of units under 10 means they don't have to do an affordable unit, I get the economics but it would have been a nice gesture to the City to do one or two affordable in exchange for 5 extra stories. Maybe they're holding that for the horse trading that will happen with NABB.
Going any taller would've raised a fight among wealthy Mandarin Oriental Residences' views of the Charles River. Based on how fights like that have dragged on for other developments around the city, that's actually a savvy development strategy. It's expensive enough to perform a facadectomy; no sense in setting aside millions more for a legal fight with your neighbors.
 

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I wonder if the developers would horse trade the facadectomy for any cuts suggested by the NABB.

“That’s a mighty fine facade there... It would be a shame if something happened to it.”
 

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That Crate and Barrel is frequently busy and they just opened a CB2 in town. Where would they move? You'd think that their undersized showroom would be the beneficiary of a new addition...
I might be wrong but I think the Marshall's that was in 500 Boylston had a for lease sign up.

There's also empty storefronts all over the city from covid- I think they can figure it out
 

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Fair, but Crate and Barrel needs lots of space and tends to favor multistory, glass fronted buildings. The Boston location was notably small if anything compared to other large cities. Agree there's spaces, but it's not a ton that fit those characteristics.
 

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Who can guess: of the two facades on either side of Crate and Barrel, which one was created a few decades ago to match the other, thus creating symmetry where there hadn't been since the 19th C? And does anyone have a picture of the original look?
 

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Who can guess: of the two facades on either side of Crate and Barrel, which one was created a few decades ago to match the other, thus creating symmetry where there hadn't been since the 19th C? And does anyone have a picture of the original look?
I don't wonder if they were all three built at the same time, by the same mason, given when they pop up on the Sanburn maps. Was only viewing on my phone, and the resolution was poor, but they kinda just appear. And, of course these days are all connected in the basements and upper floors, and share mechanical units on the roof. Can't wait for the PNF.
 

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Residences and night life don’t always peacefully coexist. Maybe this should be office instead of residential
 

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