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425 Medford Street Receives Planning Approval

This month, the Boston Planning and Development Agency signed off on the KPF-designed 1.79-million-square-foot project along the Mystic River.

The largest of six projects to be approved at the meeting, 425 Medford Street comprises six buildings across 20.5 acres and increases community access to the waterfront. The site includes state-of-the-art lab space, a community center, hotel, and residences with affordable housing units, in addition to 13 acres of public open space. To increase resiliency, the development was planned with a half-mile flood protection barrier. John Roche, CEO of The Flatley Company, the project’s developer, shared, “I’m proud that our proposal includes a resiliency component, with parks and recreational amenities, designed to protect well beyond our own properties.”

KPF collaborated closely with PLAN: Charlestown, a neighborhood-wide comprehensive planning initiative, and area residents to prioritize the local community’s needs. The six buildings are positioned to maintain waterfront views from Medford Street, and the lab buildings are stepped in form to continue the natural slope of the riverbank.

Read more from The Boston Globe here.