About South Boston Power Plant
Proposed 2.1 million square foot, 15.2-acre mixed-use development featuring 1,588 residential units, 339,639 square feet of office space, a 150-key hotel, and 68,077 square feet of retail and restaurant space, in addition to 987 above-and-below-grade parking spaces. The development would replace and incorporate an existing former Edison power plant. Eight new multi-story buildings would be constructed; four buildings would be 170 feet high and taller. Three architecturally-significant former turbine halls that run end-to-end through the site’s center would be rehabilitated and would be the development’s “heart and soul”. Local retail and other amenities would be located on buildings' ground floors. The proposed development would be LEEDv4 sustainability certifiable.
Multiple new pedestrian connections would be created between the development and the surrounding streets, creating a new link between South Boston and the Reserved Channel waterfront. 1.15 acres of waterfront public space would be created along the Reserved Channel; the space would celebrate the working port’s heritage. A number of indoor and outdoor spaces would be devoted to the arts, creating an “arts and industry” district for artists and other creative individuals.
The project site is located at the corner of First and Summer Streets in South Boston, steps to East Broadway and near Boston's Innovation and Design Building. Downtown Boston and the Seaport District are a short drive or bus ride away. Construction of the proposed development would occur over the next 10 to 15 years. The development’s first phase, which would include demolition of existing buildings, preservation of turbine halls and construction of new housing along East First Street, could commence in 2018. The industrial power plant site would be fully decommissioned and cleaned.
The development program would construct the following eight new buildings, and rehabilitate the three turbine hals as such:
- New Buildings:
- Block A: 249-unit residential building (7 stories/70 feet tall)
- Block B: 145-unit residential building with 2,423 square feet of ground-floor retail (6 stories/60 feet tall)
- Block C: 596-unit residential building with 36,181 square feet of ground-floor retail (21 stories/220 feet tall)
- Block D: 534 residential units, a 150-room hotel and 29,473 square feet of ground-floor retail (16 stories/170 feet tall)
- Block E: 394-unit residential building (20 stories/200 feet tall)
- Block F: 302-unit residential building 20 stories/200 feet tall)
- Block G: 119,135-square-foot office building (6 stories/79 feet tall)
- Block H: 200,737-square-foot office building (10 stories/128 feet tall)
- Turbine Halls:
- Hall 1: 14,555 square feet of retail
- Hall 2: 11,000 square feet of retail
- Hall 3: 20,000 square feet of retail with 60,000 square feet of office space
Building heights would range from 44 to 220 feet in height. The following is a site plan of the proposed development:
The following are renderings of the proposed development:
The following is a project locus graphic: