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Filene’s developers look to past for inspiration

On a recent morning, Anthony Pangaro and Blake Middleton pored over faded blueprints of Boston’s original Filene’s building, studying its intricate details amid the constant buzzing of a cellphone.

The two men are busy these days presiding over the $620 million effort to restore the Filene’s property as the commercial focal point of Downtown Crossing. It is by far the most important redevelopment project in Boston, finally moving forward after the recession caused a four-year work stoppage at the site.

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