The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
October 25, 2016
City officials have reached a deal with Millennium Partners to turn the shuttered Winthrop Square Garage into one of Boston’s tallest towers.
Under terms disclosed Tuesday, Millennium will pay $10 million upfront for the site, $92 million more when it obtains a building permit from the city, and another approximately $50.8 million as it closes on condominiums in the 750-foot condo and office tower it plans to build on the site of the closed garage. The nearly $153 million total is slightly more than what the company originally offered during the bidding process.
The deal gives Millennium until the end of 2017 to complete permitting on the project, with additional payments if it drags beyond then. But Millennium executive Joe Larkin said the company expects to break ground by September or October.
“We’re eager to get going,” Larkin said.
The city’s Public Facilities Commission Tuesday began the two-step process of turning the city-owned garage over to Millennium, by voting to transfer ownership to the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Next the BPDA must finalize its deal with Millennium.
The two sides have been negotiating over the last two-plus months, since the BPDA chose Millennium’s plan for the hotly-contested site.