By Tim Logan GLOBE STAFF FEBRUARY 16, 2018 After a year of closed-door negotiations with developer Don Chiofaro and the New England Aquarium, city officials say it’s finally time to move forward with a skyscraper Chiofaro wants to build on the Boston Harbor Garage site. The Boston Planning & Development Agency on Friday filed a […]
The Seaport District is one of Boston’s busiest in terms of new development.
This map charts those major projects either recently underway or approved, including plans for what will be one of the largest hotels in New England and the Seaport’s largest single amount of for-sale housing.
We Are Boston’s Waterfront hosted a community meeting with the Conservation Law Foundation on January 17, prompted by the recent storm flooding, to discuss the changes we are seeing to the waterfront and how we can plan for the future. Over 60 residents from the North End, Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods attended, packing the Golden Goose Cafe to capacity.
Barbara Mayer, a nurse from the South Shore, has been making the same drive to and from the Longwood Medical Area for five years. Today, the trip takes her a good 15 or 20 minutes longer than it used to, an hour and a half compared with 70 minutes, and that’s if there’s no Cape traffic.
“I used to have time to water the flowers when I got home,” she said.
It’s the same story on the North Shore, where the drive into Boston to meet clients sometimes takes etiquette consultant Jodi Smith two hours, twice as long as it did a decade ago. West of the city, in Waltham, the MBTA’s Route 505 morning rush bus to the Financial District is now allotted 63 minutes to arrive. It was allotted 47 minutes in 2007.
Nick DeLuca – BostInno Staff Writer
On Wednesday evening, June 24, the Boston Redevelopment Authority will welcome the general public to a community hearing on the Municipal Harbor Planning process. The goal of this congregation, as has been with similar ones held prior and surely more to come, is to hammer out details for waterfront development proposals – the most notable being Don Chiofaro’s attempt to re-imagine the Harbor Garage.
The New England Aquarium on Monday came out in opposition to developer Don Chiofaro’s plan to build a 600-foot tower on its doorstep, declaring that the aquarium would face “substantial financial risks” if the massive project goes forward.
The BRA crowdsources ideas for a better Boston.
by Mark Pasnik
May 13, 2015
Every 50 years seems like a rare enough occurrence to warrant a 24-hour celebration. And sure enough, to honor the launch of Boston’s first comprehensive planning in two generations, the BRA held the Innovative Design Alternatives Summit (IDeAS for short) on May 6 and 7.
The last time Boston invested in citywide planning, Bill Russell was playing for the Celtics, John Collins was mayor, Quincy Market was crumbling, and City Hall was only partway through construction. For the better part of a half century since then, Boston has been spot-planning rather than working with a single coordinated vision.
By Matt Conti
June 17 2015
Waterfront residents packed into the Pilot House for a standing-room only meeting with State Representative Aaron Michlewitz to express their concerns about the proposed Lewis Wharf Hotel plan filed earlier this month by JW Capital Partners. Several North End / Waterfront buildings were represented at the meeting by condominium residents from Lewis Wharf, Prince Building, Commercial Wharf, the Mariner, Union Wharf, Lincoln Wharf, Battery Wharf and Harbor Towers.
By Steve Adams
Banker & Tradesman Staff
June 11, 2015
Plans to redevelop Boston’s Hook Lobster pound property into a luxury residential tower got a boost as officials released a new set of guidelines for waterfront development. The family that owns the half-acre property at Atlantic and Northern avenues wants to build a 285-foot-tall residential tower with a 9,000-square-foot ground-floor restaurant.
After eight years of trying, developer Don Chiofaro is about to receive preliminary approval from Boston officials to build one of the city’s tallest towers, a megaproject that would redefine one of the most prominent stretches of the waterfront.
Preserve Boston’s Waterfront
- This Boston Globe article explains the MHP proposals that Governor Baker is considering. Is “pretty good” good enough? PreserveBostonsWaterfront.org doesn’t think so! March 27, 2018 - 7:38 pm
- Seaport District development: Mapping the biggest projects in the busy Boston enclave — including a giant hotelMarch 28, 2018 - 3:01 pm
- We Are Boston’s Waterfront Discusses Future Planning, What We Can Do NowMarch 28, 2018 - 2:55 pm