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Holy Floating Restaurant! Pitches for Sunken Southie Pier

Nothing will stop the redevelopment of the Southie waterfront—not even the absence of an actual something-something to build upon. A floating restaurant is among the proposals for the submerged Pier 7 and the adjoining Wharf 8 next to Liberty Wharf and the Bank of America Pavilion. Other ideas include a hotel and retail shops. First, though, a developer and the city would have to part the sea. Per Greg Turner in The Herald:

The city freed up its Wharf 8 site in March by evicting a longtime charter boat company after the owner fell behind on rent. The adjacent Pier 7 doesn’t really exist—its old piles are submerged in the harbor—but the city wants a developer to resurrect the structure, which would jut out alongside a dry dock. One thing is clear for any future redevelopment: Because of its location, it would have to have incorporate a maritime use (lobster tank in the floating restaurant?). “Imagination abound,” Mayor Menino told Turner. “It’s not going to be any old development.” Of course: It's the New Southie.

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[via The Herald]