The Harborwalk, which runs along the seaward perimeter of the property.Stellar, what maritime related use was provided at 150 Seaport?
The seminal case, and the decision in 1979 that upset the apple cart with respect to properties adjacent to Boston Harbor, involved a proposed further development of Lewis Wharf. The case is:
BOSTON WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION vs. COMMONWEALTH.
378 Mass. 629 [citation to where a record of the decision in the case may be found]
December 7, 1978 - August 3, 1979 [dates of argument by the parties, and date of decision]
From the Lewis Wharf case, and to illustrate that little has changed in 175 years,
......The understanding of these cases concerning shore property is enhanced by following the historical development of Boston Harbor through the mind-Nineteenth Century. Legislative documents describe increasing concern with encroachment upon the harbor, as wharf property became very valuable, and great portions of the harbor were reclaimed as filled land. 1837 Sen. Doc. No. 47. 1847 Sen. Doc. No. 25. 1850 Sen. Doc. No. 3. 1851 House Doc. No. 106. Investors who speculated in harbor property pressured the Legislature to grant away the Commonwealth's flats to private owners. An 1850 report by the harbor commissioners considered whether or not to adopt such a policy and recommended against it, saying "The demand for land is, in a great degree, an individual demand, the demand of companies engaged in speculations; while the demand for water is a demand of the public, -- a demand of commerce, in which the State and nation have a deep and vital interest." 1850 Sen. Doc. No. 3, at 28. The continuing pressure for development caused the Legislature in 1866 to create a permanent Board of Harbor Commissioners whose approval would be required for any proposed building or filling on the tidelands. (St. 1866, c. 149.)