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Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 03:00 pm PT (06:00 pm ET)

Apple amends designs for Boston flagship shop

After two months of delays, Apple Computer today presented several building designs for its first Boston, Mass. flagship retail store at a hearing before the Back Bay Architectural Commission, reports Boston.com.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker is looking to demolish a small building at 815 Boylston St. and replace it with a new structure that features a glass façade, according to the report.

At an advisory meeting in March, Apple faced some opposition from commissioners who suggested the company replicate or preserve the existing façade.

"In its latest filings to the city, Apple has proposed several designs that would add vertical columns and divide the façade in nine sections," according to Boston.com.

Apple is said to have delayed its previous two hearings because it wasn't completely ready to present its new designs. "They spend a lot of time with these signature stores, and they don't rush into anything," said Stephen V. Miller of McDermott of Quilty & Miller LLP, a Boston firm representing the Mac maker.

Apple's current proposal calls for the existing 16,587-square-foot building to be razed and replaced by a new structure with a full basement that measures about 22,116 square feet.

In all, the company wants to build three retail floors with a glass spiral staircase in the center of the store; the basement will reportedly be reserved for support services and equipment.