The T actually uses all of that space (that's an old picture) - a lot of it is construction support for the OL track improvements and the Wellington Yard expansion (which will end some day), and they train bus drivers there.Great pics. Is there anything else proposed for the area? Id love to see a lot more density, theres plenty of room and its directly on an OL stop.
Without even worrying about air rights or the other lot across the tracks, theres plenty of room here for 4-5 more buildings. It would benefit the residents as well by blocking the train yard from the streets removing noise/"ugly" views, plus the dirt parking lots with all kinds of crap in them. Hopefully once the world starts up again we see some action here.
Look on Google to see how much has already changed since that aerial picture was snapped. Wellington Yard + Carhouse rebuild is now at 71% completion; new tracks are online and occupied by the new cars, reducing the remaining non-storage space to only about 100,000 sq. ft. They're now redoing the loop 'infield' space to pack all the work equipment storage ever tighter, because there's a bunch of procurement items upcoming for expanded systemwide track machine and road-railer fleet acquisitions about to drop.Doesnt mean they cant move it around the site or even what they can to somewhere else. It would be a few years before anything would happen.
That isn't BFD headquarters though, that's over on a block surrounded by Southampton St., & Mass Ave. Purchase Street is just a fire station, albeit a large one.Seems to me you could at least add a building, similar to the Boston Fire HQ along the Surface Artery, where you combined:
1) Garage functions / road vehicle space
3) Other "back office" and "shop" functions
View attachment 4311
Also, if you're looking for underdeveloped parcel / uses in the Wellington Circle, consider
Mass State Police Medford Barracks
View attachment 4312Station A-4, SP Medford, sits adjacent to Wellington Circle at Route 16 and 28. The station area covers over 70 square miles in 9 densely populated cities and towns.www.mass.gov
While not Station Landing-specific, future transpo uses at Wellington can free up other Medford parcels of note. The T's last Integrated Fleet & Facilities Plan scoping study called for a 200-unit 60-footer bus garage to be built on the Wellington Station commuter lot, with the parking spaces traded vertical into a new garage on the parking infield of the kiss-and-ride loop. The added bus capacity in a Wellington/Charlestown/Everett "super-campus", in addition to equipping any needed Charlestown-sourced routes with 60-footers, would also allow for immediate closure of Fellsway Garage and sale-for-redev of that whole 170,000 sq. ft. parcel bordering MA 60 / Emerald St. / Surrey St. Lumped together with redev of the ugly-ass strip mall next door it's 472,000 sq. feet on the prime-most traffic corner of Fellsway & 60 that can be reimagined for something juicily dense.If the side by the tracks cant work, theres still 2 more parking lots like the one this is going up on that could add some density.