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Nothing Stopping East Boston's Big New Street Project Now

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Everyone knows that East Boston is having a moment. Further evidence comes in the form of an official groundbreaking scheduled for Wednesday morning: that of 6 New Street, the waterfront development that almost didn't happen.

Recall that as 2014 dawned, the 4-acre eyesore at 6-26 New Street sat dormant. The site, which included an old industrial building, had been all set to be redeveloped into a complex with 163 apartments, dozens of hotel rooms and a water-taxi landing—a big, bold exclamation point at the end of the city's plans for Eastie's waterfront in general. Well, those plans just kind of came and went with the outgoing Menino administration, and the New Street site itself kind of languished in financial limbo.

Enter Portland, Ore.-based developer Gerding Edlen. The folks behind Fort Point's Factory 63 and its innovation units as well as 315 on A and its 20-Minute Living stepped in in January with similarly ambitious plans at what's now being called, simply, 6 New Street: up to 259 studio, 1-BR and 2-BR apartments in two buildings, one 16 stories, the other seven four; a new water-taxi dock; up to 155 parking spaces; and a 12-foot-wide extension of the Harbor Walk in that area. The development, some of which is designed by the Copley Wolff Design Group, will also come with a rooftop terrace with its own pool; and undoubtedly be targeted toward tenants who work in downtown Boston's go-go tech sector, yada yada.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority signed off on Gerding Edlen's plans in September; and none other than Mayor Marty "53,000 Units and Yesterday" Walsh will be the guest of honor at Wednesday's groundbreaking.
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· Boston Mayor Tom Menino's Greatest Real Estate Hits [Curbed Boston]
· A Chip Off the New M Block Debuts [Curbed Boston]
· What It Looks Like to Live Inside Boston's '20-Minute Living' [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Housing Plan: Incentivize Developers, Cross Fingers [Curbed Boston]