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Charlestown Navy Yard warehouse to become museum and visitors center

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Project could presage redevelopment of hundreds of thousands of square feet within the historic expanse

Rendering via National Parks of Boston/Boston Business Journal

The National Parks of Boston has secured $3 million in federal funding to redevelop the Hoosac Warehouse in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown into a museum and visitors center.

The move for the six-story warehouse—which has been unused for a half-century—could signal a broader redevelopment of dozens of acres within the historic navy yard just across Boston Harbor from the North End and East Boston.

Currently, the National Parks Service controls 30 acres of the 130-acre yard, with the city controlling the remaining 100. The parks service is looking at redevelopment options for four properties spanning 145,000 square feet total at the yard, per the Boston Business Journal’s Catherine Carlock.

That redevelopment could include housing, maybe a hotel, and probably educational facilities and restaurants.

Such work would join other major Charlestown developments a little farther in from the waterfront, including at the 20-acre Hood Park site and the redo of the 13-block Bunker Hill housing complex.