Saturday, January 09, 2010

Globe: State Should Buy PO Site

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

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2010/01/09/despite_financial_stresses_state_should_buy_south_station_site?mode=PF

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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