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A third try for a Downtown Crossing tower. This time it’s a lot shorter

A rendering of a proposed office building at One Bromfield Street.Midwood Investment and Development

A key corner in Downtown Crossing could soon be the base of a 21-story office tower, the latest in a wave of new buildings in the neighborhood.

Midwood Investment on Monday filed initial plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency for an office building at the corner of Washington and Bromfield streets, where the New York firm owns a string of storefronts that have gradually emptied over the last several years.

In a brief letter to the BPDA, Midwood president John Usdan outlined a plan for a 21-story, 424,400-square-foot building with two stories of retail and offices above, no parking, and improvements to the streetscape in the heart of Boston’s downtown shopping district. More details will come before the project begins public review.


“As we move into the next steps of the public approval process, we’re eager to work with our downtown neighbors and community groups on our plans for the project,” Usdan said in a statement. “We continue to see strong demand for office and retail space and see an excellent opportunity to positively transform this underutilized corner of downtown.”

The BPDA is partway through a planning process to guide development in this part of downtown; Midwood says its proposal is consistent with where that plan is heading.

This is its third try to develop the site.

In 2008, Midwood filed plans for a 28-story residential tower but they were shelved during the deep recession that began that fall. Midwood returned in 2016, while Millennium Tower was under construction across the street, with plans for a slender, 59-story condo tower, Those plans were eventually scrapped amid stiff opposition from neighbors who warned that increased traffic would choke the narrow blocks nearby and the huge parking entrance would mar Bromfield Street.

Now the developer is back with a plan for a smaller, less auto-centric development, hoping the third time will be the charm.


Tim Logan can be reached at timothy.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.