As one of the city’s largest private developments since the 1960’s, the master plan links separate clusters of diverse activity and architectural character between the city’s historical waterfront and its contemporary landmarks.
Stitching these different components into a coherent city fabric, the plan establishes a major boulevard that enlivens the adjacent Seaport Hill neighborhood, a residential anchor akin to those that have traditionally inspired Boston’s development. The proposed neighborhood combines three different housing types of different heights, accommodating more residents and relating to the varied urban fabrics surrounding the site.
The development follows a larger urban initiative to create a sustainable, responsible community for the city of Boston, furthering the city’s vision for an “innovation district” where new business ideas can flourish. This concept translates to the master plan’s emphasis on sustainable strategies and integrative technologies, including power self-generation and incubator spaces, among other attributes. In turn, forty percent of the plan will remain public, open space, with six million square feet of building area designed to maintain dialogue with the public realm. The central, two-acre Seaport Square becomes a multi-functional urban park, encouraging relaxation and recreation activities that attract businesses and foster community.
Ten years in the making, the innovation district has already attracted Boston’s highest density of venture capital and technology firms, while ranking only second to Kendall Square in biotech industry. Notable current and future tenants include Amazon, Autodesk, General Electrics, WeWork, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, among others.