It’s official – after an in-depth public process, the developers behind the Boston Edison project have officially filed the plans for the 2.1 million square foot project at Summer and First.
On Monday, project manager Ralph Cox of Redgate Real Estate filed the paperwork with the Boston Planning & Development Agency. The proposed project includes partial demolition and re-use of the existing power plant plus the building of eight new structures over the next 10 to 15 years. The mammoth project will include a combination of a hotel, residential, office, retail, commercial and restaurant uses and of course parking.
The letter of intent outlines six major project goals, many of which are highlighted in the 11-page vision plan the BPDA published late last month. The goals are:
- Decommission and clean up the industrial site so it’s clean, healthy and safe
- Take down the walls and fences surrounding the 15.2-acre site and create connections into and through it, so the property is accessible to the South Boston neighborhood down to the edge of the Reserve Channel
- Rehabilitate and reopen three historic turbine halls, “allowing them to become the heart and soul of the project”
- Create an acre-plus public open space adjacent to the Reserve Channel “that celebrates the working port”
- Add local retail and other neighborhood amenities in ground-floor spaces
Create both indoor and outdoor spaces that support an arts and industry district for artists, artisans and makers