Last week, Senator Nick Collins and State Rep. David Biele filed legislation that would require the state Legislature and state inspector general’s office to complete a full review before any housing be built on the old Boston Edison site on Summer Street – basically halting the process to take a closer look. This week City Councilor at-Large Michael Flaherty and City Councilor Ed Flynn are joining in. The local politicians are not happy with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the developer for moving ahead with the large scale L Street Station project without the right agreements in place.
According to the Boston Herald, on Wednesday Flaherty and Flynn asked the Boston City Council to hold formal discussions with the developers, Massport, residents and local businesses to talk about halting the BPDA review process – called Article 80.
The councilors believe the Article 80 process doesn’t need to happen due to the fact there’s an existing deed restriction in effect on the parcel.
Back in 2017, Hilco and Redgate filed plans with the BPDA to turn the old power plant into a $700 million mixed use development including 1344 residential units.
Flaherty told the Herald that the fact that there’s a rush to approve this project with the BPDA for a development that Massport might never be allowed to build is what’s wrong with the system. “The BPDA works for the residents of Boston not Hilco or Redgate,” Flaherty told the Herald.
Flaherty went on to describe the process as equivalent to a person looking to building something on their property when they don’t actually have the right to do so but is going to try and go through the Article 80 process in the hopes it will they’ll get the permission to build anyway. Flaherty stated that when it comes to development, “the anxiety level in the neighborhood has reached an all-time high.”
On a site note, the International Longshoremen’s Association believes the housing development plan – which is right next to the Conley terminal could have an negative impact on the port’s shipping business.
So looks like our local politicians are digging their heels in when it comes to the L Street Station development.
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And here’s an editorial in the Globe calling out our local pols for housing hypocrisy.