- Feb 28, 2007
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I don't see the problem. It's inherently a landscraper, and in this area it's not so bad to fill out an entire empty area with development. But what they've done is thrown a nicely varied streetwall against its most visible and prominent frontage to disguise that fact. I think that's aesthetically clever, not deceptive.The first rendering is completely deceptive...this project is like an iceberg. What you see in the first render is the 10% that's above the surface of the water.
This is epic. Some retail will be great for this area. The side/elevation shown looks great, but I worry a bit about the other sides. They could fall victims to the Providence Place Effect.
Northeastern students will totally eat up a mall like this with the right stores and food options. Would love to see H&M as an anchor tenant. Possibly Forever 21 or XXI Forever too. This would also provide great job opportunities for students and even local Roxbury residents.
There is a huge heroin epidemic in this country that has gone under the radar so far. I live near Mass Ave and Washington St and it's full of zombies all day especially around 11 am when they leave the clinics. They frequently exchanging meds in front of my building. Watched one step in front of a car a few weeks ago, ambulance driver said he was high on heroin. I see drug dealing all the time in Blackstone Sq, at Hites on Washington and the Pine St Inn on Washinton St. Recently i've seen an increase in people speeding down Worcester Sq and E Springfield St, I can only assume it for the drug dealing from the pay phones on Shawmut. I've heard that Ramsey park is out of control. I've also see winos being used as couriers.This proposal obliterates what's left of the Robert White Fund Health Unit building and the ruins of nice park which once existed behind it. Still better than an overgrown lot full of discarded heroin paraphernalia though.
Sidew -- the big square-ish 4 story thing is mostly parking -- I'm guessing that the retail is wrapped around the parkingLook at the bloody size of that thing...four levels of shopping with 500,000 square feet? Really?