Boston wants new skyscraper

Feb. 18, 2006 at 3:09 PM

BOSTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is calling for a 70- to 80-story skyscraper that would be about 1,000 feet high and the tallest building in the city.

Officials are inviting proposals for the site at the Winthrop Square parking garage in the financial district -- to demonstrate Boston's confidence in its future, the mayor said at a speech Friday to business leaders at the Seaport Hotel.

While the 1,000-foot tall tower would be the tallest building in Boston, it would be far shorter than the 1,250-foot-high Empire State Building in New York City and the 1,450-foot Sears Tower in Chicago, the Boston Globe reported Saturday.

"We'll be looking for proposals that symbolize the full scope of this city's greatness," Menino said. "We will insist on bold vision and world-class architecture."

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