Belkin is one of eight developers chasing the development opportunity at the Winthrop Square parking garage site. His plan is after a 24/7 model that incorporates a live, work play them that embraces the “Café Culture” of today.
At the centerpiece of Belkin’s 740-foot office and residential tower is an innovation center, one designed for entrepreneurs and those who aspire to be one. The description itself may be eye-glazing or eye-rolling at a time when everyone claims to be innovative, but to hear Belkin explain it, you feel like he’s onto something big. It’s an idea that could go a long way to break down the walls that divide our business community, ones that keep Kendall Square and Innovation District types from mingling with those in the Financial District.
The growth of the Seaport area has put a tremendous strain on parking spaces and the City of Boston is trying to accommodate. Gone are dirt lots from Summer Street to Congress Street to the Seaport Boulevard, and now the residents and visitors are battling over metered spots.
According to a Boston Herald report, “new sensors embedded in on-street metered parking spaces in Boston’s Seaport District have yielded the first changes aimed at better addressing traffic demand.” Specifically, “based on data gleaned from the new smart parking system, the city yesterday changed 81 metered spaces from the 350 Summer St. block to the 425 Summer St. block in South Boston from two-hour to four-hour maximum parking limits. Another 63 metered spaces on the 250 Summer St. and 300 Congress St. blocks were changed from maximum four-hour to maximum two-hour spaces.”