Boston – In December, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (“MassDOT”) released a request for proposals to develop a 1.66 acre piece of land in the heart of downtown Boston, known as Parcel 25. According to the Boston Globe, the land is part of a twenty-acre area that was made available after the Big Dig moved interstate 93 underground, in 2003. It is conveniently located between Chinatown, the Leather District, and Fort Point Channel and is adjacent to South Station, I-93, and the Mass Pike. This gives it excellent access to Amtrak, Logan Airport, the commuter rail, and the red line train.
The request for proposals starts the ball rolling on creating a new, exciting southern approach into Boston. City officials want to build up to 1,500 housing units, offices, retail, restaurants, parks, and recreational facilities to strengthen the connection between Chinatown and the Leather District, to increase the social and economic relevance of nearby communities, and to add value to the DOT’s assets. Although it will take many years to develop all twenty acres of the state’s land, the RFP indicates that they’re making progress. It will be exciting to see the proposals come March, when developers must submit their ideas.