Current plans call for the construction of a 1.5-million-sfstructure that will contain both office and retail space along witha one-acre park on the irregularly-shaped parcel at 115 WinthropSquare. The firm also owns an adjacent building at 133 FederalSt.

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"The Trans National team has made a significant financialcommitment to the city, and they have brought a project proposal tous that would serve as a model for sustainable growth and design--aconcept that the City of Boston is deeply committed to," saysMenino in a statement.

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Designed by architect Renzo Piano, plans for the environmentallyfriendly building call for a mix of retail and office uses,including a year-round public market that will sell locally grownorganic items.

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The tentative designation requires Trans National to submit afinancing plan that includes an acquisition fee based on anappraisal of the site to the BRA within the next 90 days. Theproject will then be reviewed to determine whether it isfinancially feasible before the BRA officially designates TransNational as the developer.

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