About The BEAT
Repositioning of the 16.6-acre former Boston Globe headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. The existing three-story office and industrial building will be retained and retrofitted into a 695,000-square-foot modern hub for creative office, laboratory and retail uses dubbed The BEAT. The project would create spaces to stimulate growth in fields such as robotics, life sciences, and high-tech manufacturing.
The BEAT will include 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space, along with retail including a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden. A portion of The BEAT will be dedicated to robotics-related work. 868 parking spaces and over 200 bicycle storage spaces will be provided on site. Smaller outbuildings will be removed from the existing 815,000-square-foot existing building in order to construct The BEAT, creating 695,000 square feet of space.
A new multi-story atrium will be constructed at The BEAT’s entrance, creating a central gathering area with a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces. The atrium will allow natural light to circulate throughout the building; new curtain wall and upgraded windows will be installed for further natural lighting enhancement. The atrium will be open to the public during working hours.
A new multi-use path will also be created around the site, restoring the adjacent Patten’s Cove public park and integrating the site into the surrounding Dorchester community. In total, The BEAT could add over 3,000 jobs to the Dorchester economy. The BEAT is located minutes from Interstate 93 and a five-minute walk from JFK/UMass Station on the MBTA Red Line and Commuter Rail.
Renderings of The BEAT: