The large and looming pink landmark that welcomes people to the neighborhood could soon slip into the distant memories of the Old South Boston. The Boston Globe reported that the Exelon Corporation has put the Edison power plant on the market for redevelopment. According the article, at least a half-dozen developers want to develop the 18-acre site. There has been no public plans announced but most likely the land will be used for a mix of housing and commercial space. Back in April, the development partnership of Redgate and Hilco Global closed for the power plant for $24.25 million! What?
The word on the street was that this site and the soil around it was contaminated and could have potentially caused a high percentage of cancer, lupus and scleroderma in South Boston residents. Back in 2002 a nine-alarm fire that began in a hydrogen generator, covered firefighters in a toxic oil and caused medical issues for some of them.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been monitoring a cleanup of this site. Certain areas of the site may be be restricted in for housing. More cleanup would be needed in the future.
So there you have it! Even contaminated land in Southie is still valuable to developers. We shall see.
To read the full Boston Globe article visit: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/02/10/southie-power-plant-sold-…
On Wednesday, August 10th, Redgate invites the South Boston Community to an open house and meeting about the redevelopment. This meeting will take place at the Tynan Community Center at 6:30pm.
Many years, spent on this sight. with a melting pot of talented employees. I tossed my boots into the trash bucket in 2000…….Job title, Watch Engineer. I think back, remembering all the people who worked there……an interesting lot indeed. The view from the stacks was incredible, the smell of Venezuelan crude undeniable, the roar of natural gas through 16 inch gas lines deafening. The potential for disaster constant. We where your neighbor and your land mark. We spewed soot on your cloths line, woke you at night, and blocked your million dollar view. We were steel, steam, and fire. At half load we drank 275 gallons of crude every minute, we lit your way. We fought more than you know, to keep your lights on. We went from 0 to 100 in a second, from a synchronous hum to hundreds of flashing lights alarms, and the roar of, what the hell was that. We responded, with speed, and talent, grappling the beast into submission while you slept. We were 18 acres of raw power. Every employee from the Watch Engineer to the cleaners played an important roll in the safe and efficient operation of that plant. Operators, Steam lab, Water lab, MSD, Maintenance, Electric Lab, Watch electricians, Outage crew, Cleaners, Waste treatment, and the Front office…………some very ball-zee and talented individuals for sure. Our safety record was incredible……..bitter sweet………its time for a fresh face…….. Mrs. H from behind home plate at M street park should get her pick of the new condos…….she deserves it……. We are sorry we woke you so many times mam
Don’t worry, our elected officials will look out for us…Hahahaha….none of them are on the take…….even more, hahahahahaha!
Imagine the size of the youth center they could put there? Roxbury just got a multi million dollar “Croc Center” indoor water park, basketball everything etc! Partnership with the salvation army … With everything surrounding south Boston and the hope that the youth will be able to pave a path of success in their own home town, Once by far the greatest neighborhood in america hands down!! Wouldn’t it be amazing it the became a youth center? Just my thoughts, High hopes enen maybe. ✌ #Southie