Jan 2010 08

Several revisions have been made to the original plans for Boston’s Fort Point Seaport Square located adjacent to Boston’s waterfront neighborhood.  The new revisions reduce the originally planned size of the square and modified usage of several buildings.

The revisions do not alter the overall amount of development – about 6.5 million square feet – but the developers have increased the number of buildings to 23, from 19, and changed their locations and size to fit with surrounding structures. The changes were contained in a public filing released by the city yesterday.

The project calls for the construction of residences, stores, and offices on 23 acres currently occupied by parking lots on an L-shaped chunk of property between the federal courthouse and Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The development team includes commercial builder Gale International, Morgan Stanley, and retail developer W/S Associates.

In a statement, the developers said the alterations were necessary because of projects at Fan Pier and in the Fort Point neighborhood. “Relatively minor changes were made because Seaport Square will now work even better in the context of the emerging waterfront and with our abutters,’’ the statement said.

Among the revisions:

-  Several buildings were shortened to match existing industrial warehouses near the intersection of Seaport Boulevard and Boston Wharf Road, where the development abuts the Fort Point Channel area.

-  Two buildings near Fan Pier along Northern Avenue were switched from office use to residential/retail, a move meant to better match them with adjacent development.

-  An entertainment complex was moved to Northern Avenue from parcels along Seaport Boulevard to lure more foot traffic to that side of the development; the previous location of the entertainment complex will be used for offices and retail stores.

-  A public park has been incorporated into property across from the courthouse.


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