In the ever changing landscape of the Seaport District of South Boston, looks likes it will be growing even more with a new 23 acre development called Seaport Square. WS Development has proposed a new plan for the mammoth project which includes 9 blocks of development with 10 new buildings of mixed office and residential buildings and hotels and more than 100 new storefronts. Part of the plan also includes a “grand” staircase to bring pedestrians down from Summer Street onto a tree lined wooden walkway – Harbor Way – that travels a third of a mile to the water and will be open to pedestrians and bicycles only. A one-acre Harbor Square, an open space between buildings facing Seaport Boulevard is also included in the plans.
Since 2007, WS has been the development partner for Seaport Square’s 1.12 million square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. It bought Seaport Square’s remaining undeveloped 13 acres back in 2015 for $359 million from Morgan Stanley.
Some residents are less than pleased with the new plan, according to the Boston Globe, Fort Point resident and neighborhood watch dog Steve Hollinger is calling out the new plan for lacking the initially proposed performing arts center. He’s urging the Boston Planning & Development Agency to hold WS to be held to that requirement.
The new changed master plan will require approvals from the city of Boston. WS will file a notice of project change this month. The hopes is the first building to be complete by 2020.
We shall see!