The City of Boston's Board of Appeals approved the development for 87-93 West Broadway. The space currently houses the Gulf Gas Station on the corner of A and West Broadway. This will be replaced by a residential complex with 65 units and 88 parking spaces in a garage. There will also be retail and restaurant space on the ground floor of the building. The development will also feature private roof decks in 9 of the units and communal green space. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2018.
Legislators representing parts of South Boston have proposed a branch of the Boston Public Library to be in Seaport Square. The project, which was approved on November 16, is due to include over 3 million square feet of residential space, 2.8 million square feet of office space, and 1.1 million square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. The space is also due to include two 5,000 sq. foot spaces for "civic, education and cultural uses" which could host a branch of the BPL. State representative Nick Collins proposed setting aside $10 million in funding for the project. The developers are open to the possibility, but the BPL system is neither for nor opposed at this point. Stay tuned as more develops for 2018.
The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved the WS Development's plan for Seaport Square. This will add more than 7.6 million square feet to the development. The plan will boost in development in the neighborhood by more than 20 percent adding more than 700 housing units and three performing arts centers. The plans will continue to unfold but the development team is actively looking for a grocer for the area and other welcoming and inclusive businesses. We can't wait to see how everything for Seaport Square comes together!
George Khoury, operator of Bell's Market, has proposed a construction plan of a five-story residential building at 236-256 Dorchester Street. This would include over 7,000 sq. ft. of ground floor space for his market and possible diner or cafe. 32 residential units would be included in the apartment building as well as 23 parking spaces in an underground garage. The new building would run from East Eighth Street to West Eighth Street. The development needs some zoning relief since it is mostly in a non-residential district. Khoury hopes to begin this project next summer with completion in Fall of 2019.