But the Back Bay Architectural Commission withheld final approval while telling Apple representatives the design is getting closer to approval.
"We like the direction it's going in," said commission member John Christiansen, according to the Boston Globe. "It's technologically inspired and historically inspired."
While commission members seemed to agree that the new design will fit in better with the existing neighborhood, a new hurdle, in the form of a planned Mandarin Oriental Hotel across the street, emerged at the meeting. Commission members worried that the bright light of the Apple store might bother hotel residents.
Apple's retail stores have been a roaring success across the country and the firm wants to locate a major store in Boston to cater to the region's sizable college student population.
The design calls for a skylight and a green roof with a white Apple logo to be suspended in the store faade. A spiral staircase is planned for the center of the three-level store.
The firm already operates a network of small stores in suburban Boston communities.