Millennium Place chips in toward the $13M in Downtown Crossing improvements

Downtown Crossing has just got a serious shot in the arm. Per Mayor M. Menino Downtown Crossing is Boston’s crossroads. More than 250,000 people pass through the area daily, and more than 3.2 million walk through on the Freedom Trail annually.  As businesses continue to build and invest in the area, this $13.2 million in infrastructure investment is crucial to showcasing the neighborhood as a center of vitality, progress, and excitement.” There is close to $900 million of construction underway and planned in Downtown Crossing in the next 3 years, and developers have committed close to $10 million to infrastructure improvements. Kensington Investment Company is contributing $1 million to enhance Liberty Tree Park, Boylston Street Way, and sidewalks, lighting, and trees around The Kensington, which is currently under construction on Washington Street. Millennium Partners is contributing $8.5 million dollars for its two projects, Millennium Place, under construction now, and the future Millennium Towers. Those monies will include improvements to Shoppers Park, the MBTA head house and elevator, new water and sewer lines, new traffic controls, and new sidewalks, street lights, and street landscaping. In addition the non-profit Downtown Boston Business Improvement District will spend $450,000 on district plantings, tables and chairs, and seasonal decorations by year’s end.