Tuesday, April 02, 2019

CommonWealth Pier (Seaport World Trade Center) To Be Revitalized

Updated 4.3.19: Extended comment deadline 4/12, new IAG meeting 4/10 and 4/2 BCDC design meeting presentation  (details below). 

Pembroke, an international real estate business associated with Fidelity Investments, is proposing to revitalize Commonwealth Pier known for over three decades as the Seaport World Trade Center (SWTC). 

Pembroke introduced the Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Project first at FPNA's Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Meeting on February 26, 2019. The proposed revitalization of SWTC will modernize and re-position the existing historic building and Pier for expanded use as a place for work, retail, events and active public waterfront experiences within the city's Seaport District. The project will enhance its current uses by replacing the existing exhibition hall with new public realm spaces and improvements and expanded ground-floor retail space, as well as creating new flexible and innovative office space and first-class event spaces. Fidelity Investments will occupy the office space.

Commonwealth Pier is owned by Massport and situated within a designated port area (DPA). The project will undergo the City's Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Article 80 Large Project Review as well as the MassDEP Waterway Act Chapter 91 licensing process. 

View Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Project Notification & Environmental Notification Form. The document combines the BPDA's Article 80 project notification and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) environmental notification. 

Upcoming public meetings are:

Impact Advisory Meeting*
April 10, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Seaport Hotel
Liberty Room, Mezzanine Level
1 Seaport Lane
*open to the public to listen

Boston Civic Design Commission
April 2, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Room 900, 9th floor, Boston City Hall
View Presentation

Public Community Meeting
Wednesday March 12, 2019
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Meeting Presentation same as March 11

Impact Advisory Meeting*
Monday March 11, 2019
6 pm - 7:30 pm
*open to the public to listen

BPDA Article 80 Comment Deadline: extended to April 12, 2019
Project Manager: Aisling Kerr
Email: Aisling.Kerr@Boston.gov

MEPA Environmental Notification Comment Deadline: March 12, 2019
Analyst Purvi Patel
Email: Purvi.Patel@state.ma.us

In addition to MEPA's environmental review, there is also a Waterfront Development Plan required as part of Massport's Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The preliminary Commonwealth Pier Waterfront Development Plan can be found here.  

Draft Waterfront Development Plan Comment Deadline: March 22, 2019
Lisa Wieland, Port Director, Massport
Ben Lynch, Waterways Program Director, DEP

The Waterfront Development Plan is a precursor to the proponent's Chapter 91 application. What is Chapter 91? Check out the People's Guide to the Public Waterway Act (Chapter 91) created by CLF.

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