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City Responds to Development Planning Task Force For North End Waterfront Parcels

In an effort to avoid another war after the Lewis Wharf Hotel debacle, nine North End / Waterfront condominium boards reached out to city officials in a joint letter (pdf) to address the remaining open development parcels in the neighborhood. Specifically, the letter identified areas of development concern at Commercial Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Sargent’s Wharf, and vacant lots Read More…

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Aquarium’s IMAX Theater Deal Would Increase Footprint of Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Project

Neighbors concerned about the size and scale of the proposed Chiofaro Co. Harbor Garage project thought they had achieved a victory when the draft Municipal Harbor plan increased the open space requirement from 30% to 50%, complying with Chapter 91. They still weren’t thrilled with a 600 foot high tower, but at least there would be Read More…

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Still 600 Feet, but More Open Space at Harbor Garage Tops Waterfront Plan Changes

Last minute revisions were released Tuesday to the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan draft by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the BRA). The BPDA Board is expected to approve the plan on February 9th so it can go to State review. The 11th hour revisions are substantial, an effort to incorporate public comments and guidance from the State, said Read More…

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Residents Association Joins Opposition of the BPDA Municipal Harbor Plan [Video]

An overwhelming number of residents opposed the Municipal Harbor Plan, proposed by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the BRA), at the January 2017 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). The plan is a set of guidelines for zoning and a vision for development and open space for Boston’s waterfront between the Read More…

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Residents Discuss Draft Municipal Harbor Plan for Downtown Waterfront

Discussion of the draft Municipal Harbor Plan proposed by the BRA/BPDA for the Downtown Waterfront The plan covers the area of the waterfront bordered by Christopher Columbus Park on the North (Long Wharf) and the Evelyn Moakley Bridge on the South (Hook Lobster Company site). Written comments on the plan were due the BRA/BPDA by Read More…

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Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan Comments Oppose Harbor Garage Development, Mixed on Long Wharf Additions, Support for 50% Open Space, Harborwalk, Blueway, Hook Lobster

After a three year process, comment letters are in to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on the draft Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) that will set guidelines for zoning and a vision for development and open space for Boston’s waterfront between the North End and Fort Point Channel. All the comment letters can be viewed here. Read More…

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Wharf District Council Releases Its Own Public Realm Vision

The Wharf District Council (WDC) is pushing for a significant increase of 200,000+ square feet in open space on the waterfront as part of its own Public Realm Vision plan released this week. The draft document shown below in its entirety comes in response to the public realm initiative being put forth by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the Read More…

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New England Aquarium “Blueway” Plan Presented At Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Meeting

The September 28th meeting of the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee, hosted by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), formerly known as the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), heard a presentation from the New England Aquarium (NEAQ). The team presented their concept for a corridor, 1000 feet long and about 80 feet wide, dubbed the Read More…

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Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Process Extended; Offset Strategies Discussed

The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) series of public meetings to further discuss their draft guidelines with the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee and get input from the public continued this week on Wednesday, April 13th. The BRA and the Committee heard a presentation from RKG Associates about development projects included in other Harbor Read More…

Event Notices Real Estate

BRA Proposes New Guidelines For Waterfront Development

After a long pause, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) resumed its meetings for the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) Advisory Committee Wednesday at City Hall. The 5th floor Piemonte Room was filled to capacity as the public, mostly Harbor Tower residents, and the press came to hear about the recommendations the BRA is proposing. The three sites discussed Read More…

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“Preserve Boston’s Waterfront” Seeks to Limit Downtown Waterfront Building Heights

A new website, Preserve Boston’s Waterfront, is actively lobbying to limit development heights along the downtown waterfront and Greenway District. The initiative is seeking public participation in the Municipal Harbor Planning (MHP) process currently underway by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Eleven major projects are identified as being under development, although only the Harbor Garage (Chiofaro Company) and Hook Lobster Read More…

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BRA Is Ready To Draft a New Municipal Harbor Plan

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has finished presenting individual projects for the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning initiative and begins the process of drafting the MHP in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The committee heard a presentation from Mathew Littell, Utile Inc., about the “guiding principles and guidelines for urban design and planning.” Mr. Littell pointed Read More…