Boylston Properties, the developer of Arsenal Yards, has withdrawn its request to build a tower taller than is currently allowed by Watertown’s zoning rules.
Developers had submitted a request to the Town to increase allowable height in the Regional Mixed Use District (RMUD) — where the mall is located — from 130 feet to 197 feet.
At a community meeting in July, the development team presented conceptual drawings for Building G, which showed an 18-story residential tower. The idea got a mix of reactions, with some residents reacting positively, but more were opposed to having such a tall building in Watertown.
The requested amendment to the Zoning Ordinance would have to be heard by the Planning Board and ultimately approved by the Town Council. Developers originally sought to have the amendment considered by the Planning Board in July, but it was delayed multiple times. It was on the agenda for the Jan. 9, 2019 Planning Board meeting.
On Wednesday, the Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning sent out an announcement that the Jan. 9 had been cancelled, and included a short statement: “The requested zoning amendment in regards to height in the RMUD has been withdrawn.”
Boylston Properties has not publicly announced its plans for Building G.