Recently, the Mass. Convention Center Authority put out a request for proposals to develop three lots, making up more than six acres on D and E streets next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. The lease would be for 99 years.
Two local developers have submitted bids for mixed-use developments. They include a potpourri of features to sweeten the pot, like a grocery store, retail, life science buildings, and a landing pad for “flying taxis” that haven’t even been developed yet.
Wait, wut? Flying taxis? Yes, flying taxis. You can read about the proposals here.
The bidding process to develop this part of the neighborhood is not without controversy. The elected officials from South Boston wrote to David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Mass. Convention Center Authority a letter in opposition to leasing the land.
On Thursday, City Councilor President and Southie resident tweeted this statement:
Another letter was written recently, on February 15th, by our elected officials to Secretary Gorzkowicz, Chief Groffenberger, and members of the Board in opposition to the 99-year lease. See below: