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South End, Back Bay Eyed for Residential Theme Park

Developer BOOM is looking at sites in Jamaica Plain, the South End and Back Bay for what its website calls a residential community "designed with one notion in mind, Live the life you want." Yeah. The BOOM community going up in Palm Springs, Calif., includes room for 800 residents who might have need of a healing fun house and a rooftop mist disco and market (plus 10 swimming pools and three walking trails). BOOM is also planning developments in Spain and NYC (the one there would be designed for 1,500 residents); and in as many as nine other U.S. locations, including Boston. According to a spokesman:

Boston is a key market for us, and we are actively looking for properties within key neighborhoods that we have identified through targeted market research on a national scale. We've further identified the neighborhoods of South End, Back Bay and Jamaica Plain as the most suited for BOOM. The communities are designed for, its website says, "People who want to be part of something new and extraordinary, members of the LGBT community, young professionals, families, members of the 40-plus crowd."

Things are still in the planning stages, though an announcement on a Boston BOOM could come next month, with the company looking to then partner with a local developer on either ground-up development or the redevelopment of an existing property.