Building on the success of the award winning Piers Park, Massport has selected an experienced developer to help continue the renaissance along East Boston's prized waterfront area. After an 11-month process of reviewing qualifications and proposals from numerous developers, Roseland/SeaChain came out on top in terms of responding to community concerns, having a solid financial proposal, and maintaining essential maritime activities in the harbor.
Community input was essential throughout the process and eventually led to guidelines on uses, building heights, density, and view corridors.
Roseland/SeaChain responded to the East Boston community by proposing:
The lowest buildings -- the tallest being only five stories. Approximately 560 apartments and condominiums that will add to East Boston's strong and vibrant neighborhoods. The widest extension of the Greenway. A 50 ft.- to 100 ft.-wide harborwalk around Pier One that will eventually pass through the Shipyard and connect Jeffries Point and the Massport Harborwalk. A new health club with a swimming pool open to members from the entire community. A neighborhood community room overlooking the harbor. A $4.5 million investment in the marina, adding 200 new slips, connecting a harborwalk to Piers Park, and rehabilitating the derelict Pier Five. A $10.8 million investment to shift shipyard operations from heavy industries and construction to maritime and commercial uses, limiting truck traffic. The investment will make the shipyard a premier facility in Boston Harbor for the maintenance, repair, fueling, and berthing of ferries, working boats, and larger recreational craft.
These key commitments from Roseland/SeaChain demonstrate that they heard East Boston loud and clear. As the process continues, Massport will continue to work with local residents and community leaders to ensure that the waterfront becomes an East Boston treasure for our neighbors, friends, and families.