Millennium has right plan for Filene’s pit
New tower would make Downtown Crossing into dynamic residential neighborhood
When the new builders behind the Filene’s complex released the contours of their redevelopment plans for the stalled development project in Downtown Crossing, most eyes settled on one figure: the building’s height of 606 feet. In a city that anguishes over height, simply talking about building over 600 feet is enough to cause a stir. But 500 — the number of new housing units Millennium wants to build — is the number that really matters. The 600-foot tower is just a tool for moving downtown housing policy where it needs to be.