Saturday, January 09, 2010

Globe: State Should Buy PO Site

Despite financial stresses, state should buy South Station site
January 9, 2010

FOR THE sake of present and future commuters, and of Boston’s slowly emerging Seaport District, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation should push forward with efforts to buy a 16-acre US Postal Service facility near South Station. Despite more than $10 billion in debt from past transportation projects, the agency needs to plan ahead. And it still has some fiscal options: The benefits of getting control of the mail-sorting Postal Annex are substantial, and the state should be willing to sell other assets - for instance, a parking garage near North Station - to raise the tens of millions of dollars that might be needed for the purchase.


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