Impending A/B North Development & Transportation

There's a lot coming our way in the next several years. What did I miss? What are your thoughts on these projects?

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  1. There's a lot of potential; we need to make sure they don't just turn us into their parking lot though.

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  2. Anonymous10:51 PM

    Harry:

    What about the Beacon Rail Yards, all that land that Harvard purchased from the Mass Turnpike Authority?
    How does that fit in with Master Planning? What about all that under utilized and under developed land between Braintree St and Cambridge St.?

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    1. Beacon Yards isn't in Harvard's Master Plan. Of course they could amend their Master Plan anytime or make a deal with a private developer, but for now we have no idea what/when anything will happen there.

      I don't know of anything specific planned between Braintree and Cambridge St, though it seems to be a prime candidate for development, particularly when the new commuter rail stop makes it more accessible.

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  3. Anonymous10:59 PM

    How about the land on Cambridge St. where Sears useed to be. I think Harvard got the city street going in (Almy) in exchange for the Allston Library site, maybe leased the land for library

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    1. Like Beacon Yards, Harvard has not public plans for the Sears site in the next 10 years.

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  4. Are all of the projects listed, like the Skating Club relocation, considered "done" deals, or are some in early stages/pending approvals?

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  5. The definition of a "done deal" regarding development in Boston is an interesting question. The Skating Club is only at the earliest stage of zoning review, having submitted this Letter of Intent to the BRA last September. Maybe as construction of the Commuter Rail stop 200 yards away will convince someone that there are better uses for 5 acres on Lincoln Street than a few skating rinks and a huge surface parking lot.

    http://bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/DevelopmentProjects/PipeDocs/Skating%20Club%20of%20Boston/Skating%20Club%20of%20Boston_LOI.pdf

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  6. Seeing as I'll soon be a homeowner around the corner from the proposed Skating Club location, I'd love to see some other options there too. Granted, it would be nice to see something done with that space.

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  8. There's also the current construction at Tata Hall on the HBS campus, the re-purposing of the Travis Street former Comcast site, and the gutting and re-working of the former Verizon building beside Dunkin Donuts. And the finishing of the Charlesview housing relocation.

    Who in our city government will be coordinating *across* all these projects to ensure that street blockages/traffic redirections/construction traffic don't pile on all at once and negatively impact neighborhood residents?

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