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South Boston residents express concern over parking garage and new park at Channel Center
By Patrick D. Rosso, Town Correspondent
The Channel Center project is moving into the final phase of construction on its major development along A Street in South Boston.
Developers from Commonwealth Ventures, the proponents, were before the South Boston community Monday night to
discuss the “final evolution” of their project and the construction of a
new office tower, parking garage, and two parks.
While many in attendance were thrilled to see the project getting
underway, many were concerned about the size of the parking structure
and the lack of community involvement in the design of the two new parks
in the plan.
The One Channel Center phase of the
project will erect an 11-story, LEED certifiable building with
521,000-square-feet of office space, some of which will house the State
Street Bank offices, as well as 4,000-square-feet of ground-level
commercial space to be used for a café.
The building will be divided with a lit glass plane and a pedestrian
walk-way that will cut through the building to the proposed park on the
corner of A Street and West First Street.
Many residents who attended Monday night’s meeting at 10 Channel
Center were curious if pedestrian access through the building would be
24/7 or if the building and walk-way would be opened only during
business hours. Residents said that the park won’t always be frequented
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and that crosswalks and other amenities need
to be implemented to encourage pedestrian use.
“It seems to me that there needs to be some acknowledgement of
pedestrians trying to get to the park,” said Larry Bisoff, a Channel
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