Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Equilibria

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Do they have the same FAA height restrictions here as the seaport? I am sure there are some zoning stuff to go along with that, but wondered if there is an imaginary chalk line snapped in the sky across this site. Amazing to have another large open space to build housing.
Yes, and this project is within them. Varies from 150' at the SW corner to 300' roughly along the tanks.
 

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City Councillor Lydia Edwards has been taking an involved role in this redevelopment. In the tweet posted below, she says that the city will be requiring more 2 and 3 family housing. This seems to suggest that the overall height and density will be limited, at least on the outer edges of the development bordering existing neighborhoods. This goes a step further (I believe) than previous renderings, which also had a step down towards the edges. I don't understand how this will result in more affordable-per-unit-land housing, unless the lot sizes are tiny.

Overall I'm confused as to how the stated goals of housing affordability will match up with top-down requirements of small buildings. It's like people compare the prices of century-old triple-deckers with new 5-over-1s, and conclude that the triple-decker's form is what makes it more affordable ?? That's Boston's development politics for you.

 

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Overall I'm confused as to how the stated goals of housing affordability will match up with top-down requirements of small buildings. It's like people compare the prices of century-old triple-deckers with new 5-over-1s, and conclude that the triple-decker's form is what makes it more affordable ?? That's Boston's development politics for you.
I think that a push to make the neighborhood attainable (which is the Seaport's great failure - living there is simply unattainable for 99% of Boston residents) is going to naturally butt up against the architectural reality of affordable housing. We've been discussing it today on other threads - architectural distinction and high-end exteriors aren't compatible with affordability. Suffolk Downs could (and maybe should) end up as a weird mix of striking office/lab buildings and boring, pedestrian wooden apartments.
 

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The seaports story isnt written yet either. So far its the waterfront thats been filling in... thats the most expensive real estate in any city anywhere on Earth. Theres no failure here that isnt the same as anywhere else. Once the neighborhood fills up the expensive parcels and starts to push inland down D st, E st..etc thats when more market rate and affordable units (should) start to come into place. If E st fills up end to end with luxury condos then its a failure, but the story of this neighborhood just started, its nowhere near written yet.
 

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