Everyone knows by now (or should) that the Seaport District is hopping, that changes under way there are changing the South Boston waterfront forever. Twenty-three acres rezoned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in September 2010 and once largely owned by bankrupt L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt are set to become a whole new neighborhood, complete with hip work-live spaces, trendy restaurants, and micro-apartments just large enough for a 26-year-old programmer and his cappuccino machine.
Now The Herald's Greg Turner brings news of new developments. City planners are vetting designs for buildings and a couple of parking lots have been traded for potential towers. The buildings include:
· a pair of 20-story apartment towers on Seaport Boulevard to be developed by John Hynes, who until recently was part of the venture behind the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing, and partners that include Morgan Stanley;
· a mixed-use, 300-apartment tower to be called Watermark Seaport to be developed by Skanska USA, the construction giant behind projects that include the Harvard's new Fogg Art Museum and New York's World Trade Center, and Twining Properties, which built the Watermark Cambridge in Kendall Square;
· and a hotel-and-retail building on Sleeper Street, overlooking Fort Point Channel, to be developed by Norwich Partners, which bought the site for it from Morgan Stanley.
All of these are still in the planning stages, and designs and scopes will likely change. But it's on.
· Seaport Square Gains Steam [Herald]
· The Departed: South Boston to Change Forever This Year [Curbed Boston]
· South Boston to Get Hundreds of Manhattan Apartments [Curbed Boston]