Credit: Built in Boston
Reflecting back before looking forward, Built in Boston notes, “in 2016, Boston’s tech sector flourished, with startups maturing alongside the city’s legacy industries while a steady trickle of venture capital poured into industries like edtech, food-tech, fintech, digital media and healthtech…”
Click through to Built in Boston article to view its list of 50 start-ups in Boston to watch in 2017.
This plan to remake the Government Center Garage is genius. The notion that the garage will be repurposed into a smaller garage, apartments and tower infrastructure solves many problems that held this project back. The largest non-economic benefit for the neighborhood is not having to go through demolition and then site work that could exceed 18th months.
Credit: Boston Globe
From the Boston Globe:
“It’s not as if you can just swing a wrecking ball at this thing,” said Tom O’Brien, managing director of the development firm HYM Investment Group, which is turning the huge garage into the base of two new skyscrapers, a third mid-rise apartment building, and a plaza of low-rise buildings along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Instead, HYM will carefully take down parts of the garage, while remaking other sections so it can continue to provide parking during and after construction. In some places whole sections of the garage will be demolished, while elsewhere HYM will slice off portions to make way for several of the buildings; the remainder of the garage will serve as a platform that unifies the complex.
Having grown up West of Boston I had always felt that Fenway Park was the edge of the city. Today I still live West of the city and it is clear that our city boarders have not changed, but how we use the space within our borders has. Once active railyards have moved West along with companies like U.S. Steel. What was once rail lines for freight are now for passengers.
From the BBJ:
When the 15-acre Boston Landing development is fully built out, it will be referred to as its own district, much like the Seaport…”It’s really transformational,” Halliday said on a recent media tour of the New Balance Athletics headquarters, a key piece of the overall project. “We really are the western entrance to the city of Boston.”
The master plan for the 15-acre Boston Landing development spans almost 2 million square feet across a dozen buildings, including the recently completed 250,000-square-foot world headquarters for New Balance Athletics.