BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the Back Bay, a large condominium proposal calls for construction directly above the Massachusetts Turnpike and would require an extension of the Prudential Tunnel.
The condo project, known as 1000 Boylston Street, would require a 900-foot extension of the tunnel, right next to the Hynes Auditorium and Bukowski's Tavern.
Jim McDevitt, a manager at Bukowski's, told WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens he has mixed feelings about the development. He likes the idea of more customers, but does not like the idea of more congestion.
"As the city continues to grow, it's just going to become more and more of a mess trying to get around," McDevitt said. "And part of our city has become over-developed. Traffic is already a maddening element of our city."
The area of the proposed condo development. (Boston Planning and Development Agency)
Included in the project are around 108 condo units, about 45,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and a 175-spot parking garage, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
Traffic in the area would be impacted during construction, which could begin as soon as spring or summer. There would be times when lane capacity on the Pike would be cut by a quarter during construction.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports