From “dark and dumpy” to bright, shiny, and lively for a Boston transit station?

The dark and dumpy Back Bay MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) station and its gray surroundings would be transformed into a bustling retail hub topped by striking glass towers as part of a billion-dollar redevelopment by one of the city’s largest real estate companies.

On March 29, 2016, Boston Properties Inc. unveiled detailed plans for a massive remake of an entire block in the Back Bay, anchored by an unusual twisting office building that resembles a series of glass boxes stacked at odd angles.

The wall of forbidding concrete along the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart streets would give way to bright storefronts at the base of a 26-story office tower.

The concourse in the adjacent station would be cleaned up, and the MBTA building expanded with a new floor or two that could house a supermarket and department stores.

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