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sorry for the shitty pix did'nt have time to scan
 
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^^ What publication is that from?
 

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240!?! I hope they ran that past the FAA
 

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looks like the site of the former A Street Deli.
 

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Boston Herald - November 6, 2009
High-rise planned for Fort Point area
By Thomas Grillo | Friday, November 6, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Real Estate

Photo by Rendering courtesy Boston Redevelopment Authority

A Boston development team has proposed a 25-story residential tower in the city?s Fort Point Channel neighborhood.

The project at 319 A Street Rear by Archon Group and Goldman Properties would be the neighborhood?s tallest building, at 240 feet, and include 232 apartments.

Under the plan submitted yesterday to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for the 315,000-square-foot residential high-rise, a five-story former warehouse at the site would be demolished to make way for the new building.

Steven Hollinger, a member of the Seaport Alliance for Neighborhood Design, said new housing in Fort Point is welcome. But he noted that the developers should be obligated to fulfill the city?s requirements for green space.

?The devil will be in the details,? he said.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Proposed development in the neighborhood has been contentious. Fort Point residents were angry last year when the BRA approved Lincoln Property Co.?s plan to turn a pair of vacant warehouses at 316-322 Summer St. into 140,000 square feet of office space, when the site was slated for 86 residential units.

The developers said the A Street project will help create an ?after-5 p.m.? community that will drive development of retail, restaurants and other neighborhood amenities. It could also ?jump-start development of infrastructure and open space,? according to the application to the BRA.

The new apartment building would create much-needed housing in the area, as well as affordable housing to meet Mayor Thomas M. Menino?s executive order, the developers added.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/real_estate/view.bg?articleid=1209985
 

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Why do they need green space? Does every development require green space? Pretty soon, the whole city will be litter with green space for every block! A part of me actually hope that there's no development so no new green space can be built. The more they do that, the more suburban the city looks.
 

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That's what they have in the suburbs. People like the suburbs, ergo...

Sure it's fifty year old thinking and hasn't been successful in the least, but it beats trying to do something different.
 

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They shouldnt tear down a 5 story building that matches the neighborhood when there is that one story deli that should get the wrecking ball. That rendering is bad anyway.
 

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If the long-term goal is the development of a dense, urban neighborhood, with upwards of 5,000 residents over the next 50 years, a recreational park somewhere within 1/2 mile of a residential tower makes sense. This is the first building to go up under the Fort Point 100 Acre Plan, and the property owner is given the right to demolish the existing building and more than triple the existing zoning with an agreement to build out a mix of uses required to see that the area evolve as something other than an office district. That's why the building is required to be residential -- the developer's remaining portfolio was already provided variances for new office space. BTW, there are no parks existing or under construction within a 1/2 to 3/4 mile from this site, with the exception of a 60 x 100 postage stamp at Wormwood Street. Context and history are important in this discussion.
 

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yeah I am gonna have to walk by here today I don't get it.
from the artist rendering thats where the A street deli is and I cant picture a 5 story abandoned building that sits near there.
Will have to walk there today to check it out.
 

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The site is not at the A Street Deli. It's the rear building at 319 A Street. The front building used to house the Chimera lighting store, across from the A Street deli. That building remains (and is visible in the rendering). The rear building, to the east, is a long brick warehouse along the USPS parking lot, accessed through an alley on either side.
 

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They shouldnt tear down a 5 story building that matches the neighborhood when there is that one story deli that should get the wrecking ball. That rendering is bad anyway.
Nevermind the ocean of parking lot between this building and Channel Center. I know the parking lots are over the tunnels, but even some low rise here would do wonders to connect Channel Center with the rest of Fort Point.
 

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AH ! ! ! Ok now that makes sense. ok cool thanks for clearing that up.
 

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The parking lots are sitting over the CAT/Tunnel to the airport, limiting new construction height to 100 feet or so. Sites capable of hosting taller buildings were designated during the planning process. They include a few remaining empty tracts on Gillette/USPS property and this particular site. The demolition of the rear building at 319 A Street was the only one acknowledged in the area's Landmark Designation, so it is on track for approval.
 

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^ Sicilian, I don't think anyone here would have a problem with a park or two, especially in an emerging residential area like this. The problem comes from the expectation that each and every development needs to set aside a corner, a setback, or some such thing for "green space." In many instances, these green spaces end up being purely ornamental, with few actual recreational uses, with the result that they contribute even less life and vitality to the area than the parking lots do.

The "postage stamp park" on Wormwood might seem tiny - especially in comparison to the large-footprint parking lots that surround it - but if it ends up being surrounded by dense residential development it could become a focal point of the neighborhood with a real vitality to it. Size does not necessary make "open space" lively (in fact, I'd argue the opposite) - visit the Paul Revere Mall in the North End to see what I mean.
 

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The street in front of the high-rise portion in the rendering is West Service Road.



 

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Terrific development...

I can only hope the rent is affordable...
 

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Thank god! something new to talk about!
 

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My main concern is why can't they build this in the parking lot? Why tear down a perfectly re-usable unique structure?
 

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