Clippership Wharf | East Boston

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This is exactly in every single way what needs to be built here. Its open to the public and inviting for them to come down to the waterfront and enjoy the amenities this offers.

The East Boston waterfront so far has been vastly underutilized and it has a huge amount of potential. Its a bunch of trash filled empty lots with multi million dollar views. So far most of the development going up has been par for the course of gated communities that the public is not allowed into. It says this will be completed in 2018.

This is what the area looks like today. Project buildings, a chain link fence, trash, a mid 90's toyota corolla, and empty overgrown lots.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3687087,-71.0414276,3a,75y,221.79h,88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSxbXFezZX-7Rs22LOe_6Pg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Compare that to this below:

























Heres some good reads:

http://www.tccrealtygroup.com/news/

http://www.tccrealtygroup.com/condo/clippership-wharf/

http://www.eastietimes.com/2016/05/20/project-updatelendlease-moves-forward-on-clippership-wharf/
 
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There's been a Lendlease banner on the fence for a month or more, and every now and then a handful of folks come by to kick rocks and gaze meaningfully into the middle distance.

But no digging yet.
 

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Walked by yesterday and as you can see the site is not active (no people), but they have moved 2 mini site office units, a generator, potty john and a secure storage unit onto the site.


https://flic.kr/p/JARxHe


They also have several of these units scattered around the site.
https://flic.kr/p/JARRNT
 

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I'm glad this is getting some attention. What is planned here is by far the best public realm space associated with a development we have seen.
 

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^I had not thought about how much hazardous waste remediation is probably needed for the East Boston piers. This must be a big part of what has taken so long for development to happen there. Significant extra site cost.
 

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Either this is going to be the most beautiful thing to come to the harbor in a long time, or it will be VE'd to death. I sincerely hope the former.
In regards to what is actually underneath the "ground" there, we have to remember that when we "infilled" the harbor, we did it with anything we could find. It wasn't some dirt imported from where ever, it was ships, houses, toilets... just anything. No doubt there are environmental issues at this site.
As for asbestos, it was a life saving material for many years. It was used in many different ways. Then we figured out that it got in our lungs and killed us. But many fire fighters and coal miners will say that the material saved their lives. It has been banned for good reason, and is dangerous, but with proper precaution can be removed safely. (at a cost).
 

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Either this is going to be the most beautiful thing to come to the harbor in a long time, or it will be VE'd to death. I sincerely hope the former.
In regards to what is actually underneath the "ground" there, we have to remember that when we "infilled" the harbor, we did it with anything we could find. It wasn't some dirt imported from where ever, it was ships, houses, toilets... just anything. No doubt there are environmental issues at this site.
As for asbestos, it was a life saving material for many years. It was used in many different ways. Then we figured out that it got in our lungs and killed us. But many fire fighters and coal miners will say that the material saved their lives. It has been banned for good reason, and is dangerous, but with proper precaution can be removed safely. (at a cost).
Cortes -- Not quite that simple -- Asbestos is not intrinsically evil -- nor is its toxicity associated with chemical effects -- its quite an inert substance

All known asbestos-related health effects are intimately connected to the mechanical exposure of cells to the sharp, needle shaped fibers and in a fractile sense microfibrils. It appears to be these nano / meso-scale fibrils which penetrate individual cells and can mechanically disrupt cell division [the suggested mechanism is the asbestos tangles up the chromosomes during their unwinding involved in the making a copy in the cell division process].

As a result of this only mechanical toxicity -- Asbestos can be used safely if the proper precautions are taken

However, as usual with government regulations -- One size always fits all

Levels of exposure relevant to some shipyard worker who for decades might daily return home covered with asbestos dust has been extended to a casual contact with a fire resistant glove hanging by your fireplace which you might disturb once a year when hanging the stockings for Santa. Nor is there any particular risk to the general public from asbestos reinforced cement sewer pipe buried in the ground.

And -- Just like Radon where the exposure levels were based on extrapolating backwards from Uranium Miners -- Banning the use of Asbestos will not ban our exposure to it. There are naturally occurring asbestos deposits found everywhere around the world some of which are regularly exposed by winds and rain erosion. Asbestos fibers have been found in 10,000 plus year old ice cores and in rain samples from around the world.
 

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Its sad to see my secret spot go, but Im extremely excited for this. Boston is growing in such a beautiful way lately, everything is outdoing the development prior. This is what we always wanted to see. For a while it was build cheap and sell, now its who can deliver a better product than the last. Theres a lot of ways this boom could have gone, and Id say this is about as good as it could possibly get, better than I ever thought. Columbus center is back for christs sake. Copley is the 1 real setback weve had so far, which was huge, but overall Im extremely pleased.
 

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Its great seeing Easties waterfront developed. Its long been separated mostly from the neighborhood by chain link fences and empty lots. I really hope the finished product lets the public have plenty of access to some of the greatest views in the city. This project looks like near perfection and I hope that since most of the neighborhood is filled in it wont have nearly the demographic shift as some other neighborhoods. This is one of the last blue collar neighborhoods left with waterfront views.
 

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Its great seeing Easties waterfront developed. Its long been separated mostly from the neighborhood by chain link fences and empty lots. I really hope the finished product lets the public have plenty of access to some of the greatest views in the city. This project looks like near perfection and I hope that since most of the neighborhood is filled in it wont have nearly the demographic shift as some other neighborhoods. This is one of the last blue collar neighborhoods left with waterfront views.
AFAIK, Chapter 91 waterfront access applies to East Boston as much as South Boston or Charlestown. Likewise, the Harbor Walk should be extended around this project. Really being able to access the waterfront is a huge benefit of this project.
 

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Well, at least Eastie's waterfront is being given a facelift. Rents may be astronomical there though.
 

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I remember them putting all those piles in the ground years ago, and the project was killed.
 

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