Be informed. Get involved.
The Boston Planning and Development Agency will host a community meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm. This is a meeting of the Morrissey Boulevard Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to review the proposed Dorchester Bay City Planned Development Area (PDA). Members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin with a presentation of the project by the development team, followed by Q&A from the members of the CAC, followed by public Q&A if time allows. Please register for the meeting using the following zoom link: bit.ly/3X8bzGv
Meeting ID: 161 155 0451
Toll-free call-in number: (833) 568 – 8864
Latest Update on the Project
The developers of Dorchester Bay City – a large-scale 36-acre project coming to the old Bay Side Expo – have filed updated plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency in response to feedback from a series of community meetings over the last two years. The changes include open space, public amenities, and more affordable units.
According to the Dorchester Reporter, the project’s latest version calls for almost 20 acres of open and green space, including a “Dorchester Green and Dorchester Bay Esplanade” complete with a 6300-square-foot Pavilion that will house public amenities and facilities. In order to achieve this, a large building initially proposed would be eliminated.
Other changes include 20 percent of its 2000 resident units will be “affordable” – the city requires only 13 percent in similar-sized projects, the creation of an 8,000-square-foot learning and innovation center offering training for higher paying jobs, plus $36.8 million in offsite transportation infrastructure improvements. You can read the full article via the Dorchester Reporter here.
This project is still under the approval process via the BPDA. You can learn more here.
The Dorchester Bay City project includes 1,957 residential units, over 4 million square feet of office and research space, plus over 180,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space spanning 21 development blocks. Holy Moly!
History of the land
This land has not been without controversy. To refresh your memory, this lot of land was considered a potential spot for the Olympic Village as part of Boston 2024, and just recently Bob Kraft was hoping for a New England Revolution soccer stadium. The proposal was shutdown after a lack of transparency and input from the public and local elected officials.
This property is right across the way from the new development taking over the Boston Globe site on Morrissey Blvd. in addition to the renovation of the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development in Southie.
Finger’s crossed, they fix the rotary from hell!