General Electric’s Fort Point Headquarters Gains BPDA Approval

The industrial giant hopes to break ground early next year.
Rendering by Gensler, courtesy GE.

Rendering by Gensler, courtesy GE.

The Boston Planning and Development Agency has approved General Electric’s plans for a Fort Point headquarters, bringing the gleaming, photovoltaic-veiled structure—and chairman Jeff Immelt’s vision of a GE logo “you can see from space”—one step closer to reality.

The BPDA (née BRA) board voted to approve the $200 million, three-building project Tuesday night, after an Open Meeting Law complaint filed by the Make GE Pay activist coalition postponed a previous vote slated for October 20.

“We are pleased that the Boston Planning and Development Agency board approved our headquarters campus project. The staff of the Boston Planning and Development Agency have been outstanding,” said GE vice president Ann R. Klee in a statement. “The BPDA led a thorough and transparent public comment process and facilitated a terrific result for the community.”

Though the project still awaits environmental and zoning approvals, GE hopes to break ground on the crown jewel of the three-building complex in early 2017, with an expected 2018 completion. Around 175 GE employees currently occupy office space on Farnsworth Street in Fort Point.

Kyle Scott Clauss Kyle Clauss, Digital News Writer at Boston Magazine