Is there a demand for a Private Club in the Back Bay?
We believe there is a significant demand for a multi-generational private social club that brings together thought-leaders in arts, science, business and technology who seek thoughtful conversation, a space to foster creative ideas and celebrate the arts and cultural awareness.
What is currently occupying 29 Commonwealth Ave?
Currently, the building is medical/professional office space – the building is only partially occupied at this time. Under the Boston zoning code the current use is a forbidden use. Based on extensive analysis by Howard Stein Hudson traffic engineers and trip generation guidelines and data from the Boston Transportation Department and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the current building use, when fully occupied, would generate more daily vehicular traffic than a Private Club use.
Wouldn’t Residential be a better use?
There were initial discussions with abutters about residential units at this location. It was determined to not be the best use for this site due to the lack of available parking and the construction and use of the Alley 423 if parking was constructed under the building.
How are you going to prevent traffic congestion at this location?
This property has never had a professional traffic study and management plan. We have enlisted the services of Howard Stein Hudson who conduct a full analysis of this area and will work collaboratively with the community and city on solutions that will improve the flow of traffic for everyone. The team will meet with the Boston Transportation Department to discuss Berkeley Street operations and how the Proponent will manage the building’s traffic activity. We expect many of our members to walk to our building, bike or take alternative transportation. We also intend to have a full service doorman and valet service to manage the flow of vehicles to and from the property.
Where will members and guests park?
We are proposing curbside valet space and service along Berkeley Street in front of the main entrance to 29 Commonwealth Ave. There are currently 6 metered spots along this western curb of Berkeley Street between Commonwealth Ave. and Alley 423. The property will have full-time doorman service and valet to ensure all vehicles are moved efficiently to private parking garages in the area.
Where will deliveries be made and how many deliveries per day?
Deliveries will be made in the valet space out in front of the building and managed by dedicated personnel who will ensure no overlapping of service delivery. We expect an average of 2.29 deliveries / day and all deliveries will be done in small box-type vehicles and no large trucks.
There is also an indoor garaged loading dock area inside the building off of Alley 423 for small vehicles to unload inside the building.