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If you have coffee shop and are looking to expand, Mayor Walsh wants to speak with you about City Hall. The amenities that building offers are a tremendous asset to their occupants and the mayor is taking a page out of the private playbook.
Looking forward to seeing who lands the spot, and it’s safe to assume it will be a group with strong local roots and good beans.
According to the Boston Business Journal, “Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Tuesday announced the release of a request for proposals for applicants interested in operating a coffee shop in the lobby of Boston City Hall. The project is part of a renovation of the lobby, which is scheduled to be completed this spring. According to the proposal, the lease would cover a three-year period beginning April 1.”
Additional details are available on the BBJ’s website, here.
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Our mayors wants your ideas for Boston’s City Hall Plaza? What is your vision for the 200,000 square feet of space?
“We’re looking for a partner with an innovative plan to unlock this potential and transform the plaza into a must-see destination for residents and visitors alike. Together, we want to reimagine the plaza as a thriving, healthy and innovative civic space,” [said Mayor Walsh].
The ideal team will propose a detailed and feasible implementation plan…the partner will be able to add new elements and temporary amenities over a three-year contract period. They will also help organize events and activities and contribute to a campus plan.
Government Center is an area in downtown Boston, bounded by Cambridge, Court, Congress, and New Sudbury Streets. Center Plaza sits on the gateway and the new owners are poised to make a splash with their vision.
“The plans are going to be a very noticeable level of improvement on the retail arcade,” [said Kevin Kuzemchak, senior vice president for Shorenstein.] “We want to take what is now a fairly dark monotonous experience and add new lighting and storefronts where we can, signage, and hopefully install High Line-esque landscaping to the entire arcade and break it up into different zones.” Office lobbies will be expanded and moved closer to Cambridge Street.
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Boston’s City Hall has long been a debate about what it should have been or what it could be. Would you prefer to see it moved or rebuilt in its current spot?
From the Boston Business Journal:
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has released, the 200,000-square-foot open-air plaza adjacent to City Hall in the heart of downtown Boston…The RFI seeks to gauge interest and information about the redesign of the plaza, which sees up to 30,000 people each day.
Interested parties can submit ideas on Twitter to @Marty_Walsh or @NotifyBoston using the hashtag #CityHallPlaza.
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So, politics aside should the city sell city hall for redevelopment? Personally I am in favor of this and not simply based on economics. The standards that are available in the construction industry far surpass available options of ‘67, how we use space has evolved, and we have learned to do more with less.
The mayoral race seems to still be very crowded, but this got my attention.
The Boston Business Journal reported, “State Rep. Martin Walsh, a candidate for Boston mayor, wants to sell Boston’s City Hall to a private developer – who would presumably bulldoze the much-maligned structure and its underused, adjacent plaza in favor of hotels, apartments and retail development.”
Walsh spoke with the Boston Herald and noted, “You could put a hotel boutique here. You could put a full hotel here. You could have an office building. You could put so much in this area…we could have shops … that would fit in with Faneuil Hall Marketplace.”
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