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We've all seen it coming. The redevelopment of the old Filene's building. The takeover of buildings by Suffolk and Emerson. The closing down of retail stores on Washington Street to make room for what I'm assuming will be more upscale ones.

Mayor Menino has been taking retailers on a tour of the Downtown Crossing area in hopes of attracting them to open up outposts there. In addition, some new big developments are in play.

Menino announced that New York-based developer Midwood Investment and Development will soon file plans with the BRA to develop the building at Bromfield and Washington streets, where the current Payless Shoes is located. The plans include demolishing the current site and raising a 436,000-square-foot, 28-story building with 260 residential units. The building will consist of 23 floors of rental residential units, three floors of parking, and three floors of retail space. Total project cost is $200 million, according to the BRA.

Which retailers were on the tour? 1-800-Flowers, Aveda, Chipotle, Wagamama, Planet Fitness, Yum! Brands, Boloco, Chunky’s Cinema Pub and Foodie’s Urban Market, Ulta Salon, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries were all there.

Personally, I have my fingers crossed for the Chipotle or Five Guys Burgers.

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3 Response to "The Gentrification of Downtown Crossing Continues"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    They better not be bumping out my favorite pizzeria: Rico's on bromfield…!

    Posted on 7/10/08, 8:15 AM

  2. Kayleigh Said,

    I think there must be a better word than gentrification to describe what's going on now in downtown crossing. It's not really a case of traditional gentrification where local businesses and residents are pushed out for chain stores to come in, because it's mostly older, out-of-fashion chains that are closing to make room for new chains, and housing is being created where there wasn't any before. Most of the locally owned businesses are on carts so they won't be impacted. Filene's is really a different situation because it was so unique. But who cares that Wendy's is closing (when there's another one 3 blocks away anyhow) and the Verizon store moved around the corner? Hopefully when the area becomes more exciting to people after 5pm more local business owners will want to open up shop there too (reverse gentrification?) DTX has been a wasteland of convenience stores and fastfood for too long.

    Posted on 7/10/08, 9:34 AM

  3. Anonymous Said,

    If the Small Business Pushcart owners are relocated to permanent kiosks in front of the new Filene's building as promised and the urban people aren't pushed out due to the inability to afford the new product mix then I will stop using the word "gentrification". The BRA needs to make a firm plan on what comes next.The business improvement district or BID they are working on should add more money to the area in a few years but they need to concentrate on bringing people Downtown NOW. Besides where are the articles on the BID? What is it and how will it work?

    Posted on 7/11/08, 8:59 AM


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