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chrisbrat

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anyone know folks on this job? any insight into why they started framing out the crown and then took the thing down?
 

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OK this will be an unpopular opinion but the Fairmount Copley needs to be redeveloped into something more appropriate for one of the densest parts of town. 6 stories doesn't cut it. Adaptive reuse of façade or whatever will be palatable, but its a huge site and woefully under utilized.
 

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OK this will be an unpopular opinion but the Fairmount Copley needs to be redeveloped
at least you realize how that take would land. now all you gotta do is figure out *why* it'd be an unpopular opinion and get to that place, yourself, too. i mean, shit -- trinity is just kitty-corner and, from the standpoint you lean on to argue for fairmount copley needing a re-think, then that's even a bigger "woefully under utilized" site. hell, most of nearby comm ave is only 4-6 stories -- the whole stretch from the public garden to mass ave should be highrise residences and supertalls!
 

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Hey, plop 30 stories of a Robert AM Stern lookalike on top... 5 years down the road no one would ever know...
 

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OK this will be an unpopular opinion but the Fairmount Copley needs to be redeveloped into something more appropriate for one of the densest parts of town. 6 stories doesn't cut it. Adaptive reuse of façade or whatever will be palatable, but its a huge site and woefully under utilized.
Not the historic building facing Copley but the building in rear could have a new tower developed above forming a gateway with eventual redevelopment at Back Bay Station and hopefully one day a revived Copley Tower proposal...
 

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Not the historic building facing Copley but the building in rear could have a new tower developed above forming a gateway with eventual redevelopment at Back Bay Station and hopefully one day a revived Copley Tower proposal...
Kind of like the St. Francis in San Francisco.
 

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OK this will be an unpopular opinion but the Fairmount Copley needs to be redeveloped into something more appropriate for one of the densest parts of town. 6 stories doesn't cut it. Adaptive reuse of façade or whatever will be palatable, but its a huge site and woefully under utilized.
Maybe when the city hits 3m and the metro hits ~20m and we have absolutely nothing left to build on but until then it’s just fine. The interior is nearly as worthy of preservation as the exterior, even with the bastardization of the Oak Bar/Room.
 

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OK this will be an unpopular opinion but the Fairmount Copley needs to be redeveloped into something more appropriate for one of the densest parts of town. 6 stories doesn't cut it. Adaptive reuse of façade or whatever will be palatable, but its a huge site and woefully under utilized.
Maybe when the city hits 3m and the metro hits ~20m and we have absolutely nothing left to build on but until then it’s just fine. The interior is nearly as worthy of preservation as the exterior, even with the bastardization of the Oak Bar/Room.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I agree with kmp on something, as it's such a rare occurrence that it might just be a unicorn event. When dzh and kmp both align against you, that's how you know you've got a losing hand.
 

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