Traffic in and out of Boston is going to look a little different if Amazon HQ2 comes to town. Boston Harbor could host the seaplane shuttle to New York and other future destinations to help alleviate the added burden.
Boston and Somerville were identified together by Amazon last week, though they bid separately on hosting HQ2, which could cost $5 billion and bring 50,000 new jobs. The bids identify numerous perks and benefits for the company, with Boston promising seaplane service if it is selected.
“Establishing seaplane operations in the Boston Harbor will provide scheduled service between Boston and New York City, providing additional means of transportation between these two major metropolitan areas (in addition to bus, train, and air),” the bid reads. “There has been considerable collaboration to date with government agencies on the feasibility and implementation of this service.”
Ferry service in Boston Harbor is looking to add new destinations.
According to Banker and Tradesman, “at public meetings during the summer, many attendees requested more inner harbor service…[while] outside of Boston, the report recommended expanding commuter ferry service from Hingham, Hull, Lynn, Quincy, Salem and Winthrop and starting a new service from Dorchester’s Columbia Point.”
Live, work, play and yes Swim. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to clean up the waterways that surround Boston and now some want to create floating docks to encourage swimming. “Love that dirty water” is now just a song by the Standdells and no longer reflects the conditions of our waterways.
The Charles River Conservancy, which hosts its fourth annual City Splash event Tuesday, has been making an effort in recent years to get more residents swimming in the Charles. Now, the conservancy wants to create a permanent floating dock on the river, near North Point Park.
“Due to decades and hundreds of millions of dollars of remediation, Boston and Cambridge are poised to set an example for other American cities by leading the country with a safe and innovative swimming facility that is accessible and beautiful,” Renata von Tscharner, conservancy founder and president, said in a statement.
The view of Boston from the water is one of the most photographed in the city. The South Boston industrial area does not get the same airtime as Rowes Wharf or the skyline of the Financial District. Rest assured, changes are coming as our city continues to expand.
The Boston Globe reports on “the biggest proposed changes that could emerge in the coming months: expanding what the city considers “marine” to cram more industrial uses on the remaining undeveloped sites. The updated plan could bring buildings that are taller or have bigger footprints. It could also provide for more lab space and new restaurants to serve the park’s estimated 3,500 workers. A second parking garage could be in the works, and improvements to make it easier for boats to pull up.”
This picture was taken of the former Anthony’s Pier 4
This picture was taken at the end of the North Jetty off of Fid Kennedy Avenue
City officials are reviewing designs for 50 Liberty Drive, a 14-story complex on the South Boston waterfront. The L-shaped condo tower would be built on parcel D, which sits directly east of the 109-unit Twenty Two Liberty condo tower now under construction.The new building would include 15,000 square feet of civic and retail space, including areas used by the New England Aquarium, Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance.
The 21-acre Fan Pier project will contain up to 3 million square feet of mixed-use development. The Boston Fan Pier development, a 252,000-square-foot condo tower, is expected to break ground in late summer.
The owners of 1 Federal Street and 125 High Street in Boston are expanding their Boston Footprint. Pier 4 will be their new project that will consist of 350,000 RSF of Class A office space overlooking Boston Harbor.
According to CPexecutive, “Tishman Speyer, a global developer and owner of assets like Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center in New York, said it expects to seek LEED gold certification for the project.”
You can read more about the Pier 4 Project on the CPexecutive website.
The new proposed look of Chiofaro’s Waterfront project was unveiled last night. What does a $1B 1.3milling square foot project look like? Well, like the envisioned Harbor Towers.
The Boston Globe offers a “rendering showing a view of the new Harbor Towers buildings from the harbor. The new buildings are at the center of the rendering, to the right of the existing Harbor Towers buildings”:
Credit: The Boston Globe
Continue on to the Globe’s website for additional photos of the view from the water, towards the Financial District.
Is smaller better or is the new mayor now open Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Proposal? No matter what side of this you are on our waterfront continues to evolve and buildings created decades ago are being razed to make way for new developments that are in line with today’s uses and environmental standards.