The Connector, the lobby and centerpiece public amenity on the ground floor of developer MP Boston's Winthrop Center skyscraper. Photo courtesy of MP Boston and Steelblue

MP Boston, developer of the Winthrop Center tower, is in hot water with Boston planning officials after being on the receiving end of criticism for months about public access to the tower’s signature public amenity.

In its original proposal to redevelop the 115 Federal St. municipal garage property as an office-residential tower, MP Boston pitched a ground-level “Great Hall” as an alternative to a Prudential Center-type observatory sought in the BPDA’s request for proposals.

But even after gaining several food vendors in January The Connector, as the space is known, has remained closed on weekends, which violates a management and operations agreement that requires it to be open at least 16 hours a day, the head of the BPDA wrote in a letter to MP Boston this week.

“We expect you to take appropriate action to ensure the Connector can remain open to the public 7 days a week,” BPDA Director Arthur Jemison wrote.

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  • Wall Street debt funds have assembled big war chests as they look for distressed assets in downtown Boston.
  • The sales slump among Boston’s high-end condos continued this past quarter.
  • The narratives around the MBTA Communities law are misleading, two observers argue – it’s much more successful than many acknowledge, and it still needs more work to secure those wins.

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The B&T Daily: April 19, 2024

by James Sanna time to read: 2 min