The Boston Herald’s headquarters have long been located in the South End. After moving to the Seaport District the Herald’s former site was expected to be left vacant. Only days after moving a plan has been set in action to transform the site into the “Ink Block” the Boston Globe reports. A plan was presented this week to replace the building that formerly housed the Boston Herald’s headquarters with four new buildings. These buildings will contain 475 apartments, a grocery store as well as smaller commercial shops and restaurants. This project is slated to be one of the largest residential buildings in Boston.
The property owner, National Development, is expected to file a detailed plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which will then lead to a lengthy permitting process. However, National Development is hoping to start construction by the end of 2012. National Development’s other redevelopments in the Boston area include the Marriot Residence Inn in Charlestown and the Station Landing in Medford. This proposal comes after recently published guidelines encouraging the redevelopment of properties in this particular area of the South End. The guidelines hope to see taller buildings along Interstate 93 and the South End to create interesting city blocks for residents of the area. Boston-based architecture firm Elkus Manfredi has designed the “Ink Block” to resemble a city block by creating a complex of buildings that are each unique from each other.
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