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Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

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Critical Mass. this week includes two big projects in South Boston and a windfall for workforce housing

Welcome to Critical Mass., a weekly roundup of the most notable development news in the Boston area. This week’s roundup includes two big potential projects in Southie and a windfall for workforce housing.


The developers behind the would-be redevelopment of the 15.2-acre former site of the long-shuttered New Boston Generating Station (a.k.a. the South Boston Edison Power Plant) met with the Boston Civic Design Commission.

The meeting included a plethora of maps and renderings of the mixed-use project, which would include hundreds of apartments and condos as well as hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space—and a beer hall.

Rendering via Twitter

Speaking of massive redevelopments in South Boston, an affiliate of Millennium Partners, the same developer behind Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing and the under-construction Winthrop Center in the Financial District, filed plans for what it’s calling an “innovation campus” in the Seaport District.

The proposal calls for demolishing an empty warehouse in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Industrial Park and replacing it with 900,000 square feet of office, research, retail, and restaurant space, along with parking and other supporting uses.

Meanwhile, the Encore Boston Harbor casino-resort that opened in Everett last month continues to stoke speculation about its effects on its host city just north of Boston. Might it now mean a sweep of office development and a commuter-rail stop in Everett?

Also this week, the state jolted so-called workforce housing development in the Boston area, courtesy of the windfall from the sale of General Electric’s once-future Fort Point campus. And some dared to ask aloud why private developers do not pony up more for public transit operations.