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Builders hurry to win approval in Boston

Mayoral change could slow projects

As Mayor Thomas M. Menino prepares to leave office, real estate developers are lining up to seek key approvals for billions of dollars’ worth of mega projects before the election of a new mayor, or a blip in the economy, can upend or delay their plans.

Over the last three months, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has received 23 large development proposals, a 35 percent increase over the same period last year, officials said. The pitches include a 60-story office tower and residences in Government Center, a pair of towers next to the Christian Science Plaza, and large-scale apartment and hotel projects in Roxbury, East Boston, the Fenway, and the Back Bay.

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