One Congress Government Center garage redevelopment in Boston takes shape

One Congress Government Center garage redevelopment in Boston takes shape

Boston dignitaries ascended to a banquet on the open-air 33rd floor of the city’s newest tower as the redevelopment of the Government Center garage continues — and the demise of the over-street portion of the old brutalist building nears.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey and builders including Tom O’Brien of HYM and John Moriarty of John Moriarty & Associates all spoke at a topping-off ceremony for what will be called One Congress, a curvy glass building that’s sprouting out of one side of the partially demolished Government Center garage.

The 528-foot-tall building, which is clearly visible from northern vantages of the city’s skyline, will be home to State Street Bank’s main offices. The builders have estimated this tower will cost $327 million.

This is the second building in this complicated years-long project, which will get rid of the notorious eyesore that is the blocky Government Center garage, which spans the street. The first and slightly shorter building, the swanky Sudbury residential tower erected for about $209 million, opened and has moved in residents over the the past year.

  • One Congress Government Center garage redevelopment in Boston takes shape

    Boston, MA. – July 15: The building at 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Workers photograph the final bar being lifted into place as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Acting Mayor Kim Janey photographs the final bar being lifted into place as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Laborer Doug Stuart takes a break from the ceremonies as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Workers photograph the final bar being lifted into place as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Iron worker Curtis Jackson speaks with Acting Mayor Kim Janey as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey speaks as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey signs the topping off beam as the acting Mayor attends a topping off ceremony for 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Boston Harbor. General views of the skyline from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Traffic on the Zakim Bridge. General views of the skyline from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: Traffic on the Zakim Bridge. General views of the skyline from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: The Customs House tower. General views of the skyline from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • Boston, MA. – July 15: The Tobin Bridge. General views of the skyline from 1 Congress St. on July 15, 2021 in , Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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The next stage — as workers continue to create the facade of One Congress — is for the part of the garage that overhangs the street to come down. The timeline isn’t quite set in stone for  the daylighting of the street — which is commonly referred to as Congress Street, and that’s what the developers will petition to change it to, even though Congress right now technically ends a block earlier, and this is on the city books as Merrimac Street.

At the end of June, the developers and the MBTA moved a bus stop out from under the garage overhang to make way for its deconstruction.

Construction will hop across that block to the other side of the garage for a third building, which will be mixed use, and then back next to One Congress and the Sudbury for a final residential building.

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