About Columbia Point Mixed-Use Development
20-acre development opportunity estimated to yield up to 2.5 million building square feet located on Dorchester’s Columbia Point along the Harborwalk overlooking Boston Harbor. The former location of the now-demolished Bayside Expo Center, the site is located three miles from Downtown Boston steps from the MBTA Red Line and minutes to Interstate 93.
UMass Boston, the site’s owner, is seeking to engage a development partner who will help transform the site into a modern-day Harvard Square. The university envisions a mixed-use neighborhood that is complementary to and integrated with the existing UMass Boston campus and includes academic, research, retail, residential, dining, entertainment, and cultural uses.
New buildings and landscapes are to take full advantage of the site’s waterfront location and maximize public access to the waterfront. All new buildings are to feature state-of-the-art energy efficiency and be LEED certified. 16 prospective development teams responded to an initial Request for Information (RFI) issued by UMass Boston, which was due October 6th, 2017. The development's next step will be UMass Boston's issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP).