Monthly Archives: August 2010
Bob O’Brien from the Downtown North Association shares this proposal for a “Green Park & Charge” facility in the Bullfinch Triangle on Friend St., in the former location of the old Mobil Station. The proposal is timely, especially in consideration of electric vehicle introductions as recently described in the Boston Herald.
Dinosaur Capital Partners, a Boston-based development and investment group has a purchase and sale agreement on the now-vacant Mobil Station on Friend Street and they are planning to develop that location as Boston’s first electric vehicle charging and parking facility.
Their proposal is more fully described below and is still in the early stages of planning and permitting. This proposed use will likely require Zoning Board of Appeal approval and a short-term license from the Boston Redevelopment Authority for continued operation of a surface parking lot at this location. As with other such BRA licenses, which would likely be granted for a period of two-years, this would be considered an interim use until higher and better development options become viable; and the new prospective owner has indicated their openness to further redevelopment of this site, either alone or in conjunction with adjacent property owners, at the appropriate time. Such a further redevelopment could well include an electric vehicle charing and parking facility as an ancillary use.
Below is more information from the proponent of Green Park & Charge:
Boston is a city known for its history, but we are also a city focused on growth and on becoming a leader in technology and innovation in the 21st century. As technology evolves and people and business increasingly rely on connecting electronically, it is a priority to provide access to this important technology to as many residents as possible. Boston has an excellent digital infrastructure and Boston Broadband offers wireless access in many areas of the city, from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Grove Hall, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
This week, I was excited to announce that the City of Boston will use $1.9 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to further develop the Boston Broadband program. Thanks to the hard work of our Congressional leaders who recognized the importance of this funding for Boston, the city will now be able to provide over 18,000 people with internet access every week, equaling over a 40-percent increase across the city.