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After years of heated debate it appears that the infamous Boston Harbor Garage project may be pushing forward. The garage, owned by Don Chiofaro, has been actively trying to redevelop the unattractive garage for over a decade. The original proposal was for two towers, comprised of a combined 1.5 million square feet. Chiofaro was met with heavy opposition to the project from his abutters as well as former mayor Menino. Under the new administration it seems that the Boston Panning and Development Agency would allow for a 600 foot tower comprised of 900,000 square feet of mixed-use space. While it may be a compromise to the original proposal it is something the developer is very excited about accepting and moving forward. However, there are still many procedural steps to go through before the development can be green lighted. A major one is gaining state approval through Chapter 91, which governs all development along Boston’s Waterfront. While there are still hoops to jump through it seems that there is little that would completely prevent the redevelopment of the existing garage.
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