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Development Watch: Another life science building for Southie

In the largest life sciences lease in the City of Boston since 2011, WS Development announced on Thursday that Foundation Medicine has leased 580,000 square feet of laboratory and office space at 400 Summer Street, part of the company’s 23-acre Seaport development.

400 Summer Street is a 16-story laboratory building designed by Morris Adjmi Architects of New York City in collaboration with the Boston office of Stantec. The 625,000-square foot building once completed will also host 30,000 square feet of neighborhood retail uses. Foundation Medicine will occupy all of the laboratory and office space in the building to be constructed at 400 Summer Street in South Boston.

The project will also involve the construction of a grand public stair connecting Summer and Congress Streets designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line. This major public space will provide direct pedestrian and bicycle connectivity from the Summer Street bridge directly to Boston Harbor as the southern gateway to Harbor Way, the 1/3 mile linear park being constructed by WS Development as part of the Boston Seaport project.

WS Development expects the project to start construction later this year and be occupied by 2023.
 
The development of 400 Summer Street will also result in funding approximately $5.0 million dedicated to the creation of affordable housing in Boston, as well as $1.0 million in funding for job training in the City of Boston.

Back in March, Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Anchor Line Partners proposed a six-story, 210,000-square-foot life-sciences building on A Street with the BPDA. The building located at 99 A Street will reach 95 feet in height with a 35-foot mechanical penthouse.  

The Boston Globe reported that Related Beal is negotiating a deal with Gillette to buy 6.5 acres along Fort Point Channel, which could include some lab space. It is also believed that old GE headquarters site is being marketed as a potential life science project.

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.