Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Post Office Land Deal Falls Through

The Globe is reporting that the land deal to move the Post Office Annex from their current site at South Station is on hold because the deal for the parcel they would've moved to has fallen through. Unclear if it's just posturing, but if it did fall through, this would put on hold a number of projects including expanding South Station, a mixed-used project on the current site of the Post Office, as well as the new Postal Office site.

Commuter rail expansion threatened by collapse of South Station land deal
January 6, 2010 02:41 PM
By Noah Bierman and Casey Ross, Globe Staff

A complex deal to redevelop the US Postal Service's massive facility in Boston and expand commuter rail service at neighboring South Station has fallen apart.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan announced today that the deal "will not move forward," which could significantly delay the MBTA's efforts to expand rail service to southeastern and central Massachusetts.

The Postal Service had planned to relocate to South Boston and hand over the mail-sorting facility to a private developer that was planning to build a large mixed-used complex on the 16-acre site. That redevelopment would have also cleared the way for the MBTA to acquire more land in the area to add tracks for expanded commuter rail service....

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