General Electric plans to retain, but remake, a more than 100-year-old pedestrian bridge within the footprint of its future headquarters in busy, busy Fort Point.
Recall that GE wasn’t bound to save the largely dilapidated and unused bridge, and had planned to demolish it. Locals and preservationists, however, wanted the company to save it.
So, in an act of good corporate faith, GE is now willing to spend up to $1.5 million saving the bridge. But! It will look quite different, according to plans currently under consideration. Per the Globe’s Jon Chesto:
Consistent with its historical design, GE expects to keep a green wall on the east side of the bridge. But the bridge’s west side, facing downtown, would look quite different. The windowless facade, currently shielded by corrugated metal, would be replaced with banks of tall windows. The interior — oddly shaped at 40 feet long by 7 feet wide — is to be used as four separate lounges and quiet working spaces for GE employees.
The Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission is scheduled to discuss the plan June 8. Stay tuned.