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So I went to a Woosox game today. Other than being damn hot, I felt underwhelmed by the stadium, given the cost. On a positive note, I did noticed an architecturally interesting building located toward the downtown area. Perhaps other might know what this building.

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Worcester Ballpark District, near Polar Park, to include 201,000-square-foot biotech facility with lab, offices, retail space

The newest neighbor of Polar Park in Worcester will be a 201,000 square-foot biotechnology lab and office building, a real estate and investment management firm announced on Monday.

JLL released renderings for the mixed-use facility at 10 Green Island Blvd, which it will manage.

The latest edition to the Ballpark District will include more than 170,000 square feet of lab and office space with a lab floor area of 33,525 square feet. The development, referred to as SOMA, will also include 11,000 square feet of retail space, a dedicated loading area and dock storage.

.....Madison Properties leads all work within the Ballpark District. In all, there will be seven buildings totaling more than 1 million square feet, JLL said.
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Not sure if this deserves its own thread or should be in here since it's part of the larger ballpark development.
 

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Biotech lab, office space, and retail. Construction to start when tenants are signed. Could result in a nice mix with some restaurants, residential, and two(?) hotels. Definitely deserves its own thread once that area starts being built up.
 
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Went by the new Worcester ballpark. It is truly ugly as many have opined. Its facade is steel beams, glass, and blue corrugated metal sheeting. It looks more like a shipping container or IKEA store than a baseball park. Very disappointing considering it is the MOST EXPENSIVE minor league park ever built to date. Worcester whiffed on this.
 

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To quote

"The stadium project – led by Providence-based Gilbane Building Co. and Los Angeles-based AECOM Hunt – encountered two major delays: The slope of the property meant the ballpark had to be built into the side of a hill, which forced changes in the design and the construction." ...

Gee ... that's a surprise (D'ah). Effing Lucchino wanted the park on the North Side of Madison because of that fact. They could have built it on the South side (flat parcel which is 3x bigger) and not encounter any of these avoidable cost overruns and additional land acquisition and buildings being demolished which really bumped up the cost. You reap what you sow Larry.
 
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To quote

"The stadium project – led by Providence-based Gilbane Building Co. and Los Angeles-based AECOM Hunt – encountered two major delays: The slope of the property meant the ballpark had to be built into the side of a hill, which forced changes in the design and the construction." ...

Gee ... that's a surprise (D'ah). Effing Lucchino wanted the park on the North Side of Madison because of that fact. They could have built it on the South side (flat parcel which is 3x bigger) and not encounter any of these avoidable cost overruns and additional land acquisition and buildings being demolished which really bumped up the cost. You reap what you sow Larry.

Isn't that side of Madison the former site of Wyman Gordon? I think the potential for soil contamination was far greater there.
 

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