I agree, which is why i'm so confused there wasn't a clear attempt to save that plan.The parking was not for the building, it was for Tufts Medical Center. Tufts is a major stakeholder at this location. You don't give Tufts the expanded parking for the medical canter, they will find a way to torpedo the development.
The parking component was for a direct abutter. The hotel room component was for a direct abutter. The housing was for the neighborhood. The original proposal was a very carefully crafted balancing act by the BPDA of the competing interests.