Downtown Boston’s Motor Mart Garage slated for major redevelopment

Downtown Boston’s Motor Mart Garage slated for major redevelopment

The owners of a parking garage in downtown Boston have proposed constructing a 20-story tower on top of the existing parking structure.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are a near future reality and the implications of AVs on city development and urban form, while potentially widespread and dramatic, are not well understood. In addition, there are other fundamentally disruptive technological forces undergoing simultaneous rapid development and deployment, including the introduction of new mobility technologies and the associated paradigm shift to thinking of mobility as a service, as well as the continued growth of e-commerce and the related rise in goods delivery. The purpose of this report is to examine how these forces of change are impacting, or will likely impact transportation, land use, urban design, and real estate, and what the implications may be for equity, health, the economy,the environment, and governance. Our aim was to identify key research areas that will assist in evidence-based decision making for planners, urban designers, and developers to address this critical paradigm shift. We identified key research questions in land use, urban design, transportation, and real estate that will rely on the expertise of these disciplines and lay the foundation for a research agenda examining how AVsand new mobility may impact the built environment. This report describes the first order impacts, or the broad ways that the form and function of cities are already being impacted by the forces of change identified above.

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The new building would include 306 apartments and condos while maintaining 672 parking spaces in the garage below. The plans also include 46,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and restaurant space.

The project as proposed would cast shadows over portions of the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common located a few blocks away, which may be opposed by the public.

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