• steve2222

    Any history of Boston’s Seaport District should include some perspective on the highly public South Boston waterfront planning processes under way from 1998 through 2006. During a number of these years, the BRA imposed a moratorium on new construction (limiting height to 150′). Hundreds of stakeholders engaged in drafting a raft of plans and objectives for the next 30 years. The City of Boston engaged professional urban planning consultants (Cooper, Robertson and Partners) and drafted a Seaport Public Realm Plan (2000), a subsequent Municipal Harbor Plan, a Watersheet Activation Plan and numerous other frameworks.

    But over the years, these processes and documents were largely cast aside, resulting in spot-zoned development without land use benchmarks. Seaport office development now outpaces housing by 8:1, tracts such as Fan Pier will host at least 66% office space (twice the BRA’s stated maximum) at full build and the Seaport is bereft of the civic planning (school, library, community center) that forms the historic backbone of every other Boston neighborhood.

    Graced with $8 billion in public investment (I-90/93 ramps, Silver Line tunnel, BCEC, Harbor Cleanup, etc.), benchmarks for land use, architecture, 24/7 ground floor planning, cultural engagement and civic planning really matter. To get there, history matters.

  • disqus_xI9cEaLxwb

    Was just reading about available office space in the Seaport District at, http://brownwagner.com/boston-seaport-district-office-space/