Monday, October 24, 2016

GE Headquarters Project Public Meetings

updated 10.24.16: GE Headquarters project will be presented at a special BDPA (BRA) Board meeting 11/1 at 5:30pm. The Board postponed 10/20 presentation and vote to ensure strict compliance with open meeting law. 

State and City public meetings are being held for the General Electric Headquarters development project.

General Electric Company (GE) and the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment)  filed an  Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF) on August 1, 2016 with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to construct a new campus headquarters for GE.  The project site is a 2.4-acre parcel adjacent to Fort Point Channel, bordered by Necco Street and Necco Court. The campus will include three buildings with a gross floor area of  approximately 388,700-sf, including 95,400 sf in two rehabilitated 6-story buildings and 293,300 sf in one new 12-story building.  The new campus will be situated on the former site of The Channel. The buildings will be connected by two pedestrian bridges. The project will include 30 below-grade parking spaces under the new building. The rehabilitated buildings will contain public space on the ground floor and the new building will contain public space on the first two floors, including a museum.  The project also includes exterior public waterfront access, pedestrian and bicycle amenities and landscaping.

Under the  the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Article 80 large project review process, the BRA is holding Impact Advisory Group (IAG)/Public meetings on the GE Headquarters project. An introductory meeting was held on August 17th. View meeting presentation

On August 10th General Electric submitted a Planned Development Area (PDA) Plan and an amendment to the 100 Acres Master Plan. These filings, along with all other documents submitted by GE, are available on the BRA website. The Third Amendment to the Master Plan, along with the details of the GE Headquarters project submitted in the EPNF, will be discussed at the public meetings listed below:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
BPDA (BRA) Board Meeting
Boston City Hall, Room 900

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Fort Point Channel Landmarks Commission
Boston City Hall, 5th floor, Piemonte Room
6:45 pm per revised agenda

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
BCDC Approved GE Headquarters Design
View Meeting Presentation

Wednesday. September 27, 2016
BCDC (Boston Civic Design Commission)
View Meeting Presentation

Wednesday. September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
BCDC (Boston Civic Design Commission)
View Meeting Presentation

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
View IAG/Public Meeting Presentations

Public comment period for EPNF, PDA, and Third Amendment of PDA 69 (100 Acres): September 30, 2016. All comments should be submitted via the website form or to Sonal Gandhi, BRA Senior Policy Advisor.

GE has requested a Phase 1 Waiver to allow the rehabilitation of the two existing buildings, the lease of these buildings to GE, and the use of public funds, to proceed prior to the completion of MEPA review of the entire project.  The Proponents have also filed an Expanded ENF with a request for a Single Environmental Impact Report (Single EIR) in place of the standard Draft and Final EIRs.

The project is subject to a mandatory EIR for a new non-water dependent use occupying one or more acres of tidelands.  The project also exceeds 2,000 or more new average daily trips on roadways providing access to a single location; demolition of all or any exterior part of any historic structure listed in the Inventory of Historic and Archaeological Assets of the Commonwealth.

The project will receive State Financial Assistance from MassDevelopment through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and will enter into a lease agreement with MassDevelopment.  The project will require a Chapter 91 License from MassDEP and review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The project requires a Public Benefit Determination because the site is located on filled tidelands.

A public consultation session occurred September 6th to solicit advice and comments from agencies, officials, and citizens regarding which environmental issues, if any, are significant for this project. Comments also accepted regarding the Proponents’ Phase 1 Waver request and Single EIR request.

MEPA comments deadline extended to September 30, 2016
Certificate due October 7, 2016: View Certificate
Contact for project information: Elizabeth Grob, (617) 728-7777
MEPA contact: Alex Strysky, (617) 626-1025 
originally posted 9.1.16

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