Strategically located on the East Boston waterfront between bustling Central Square and the newly redeveloped Maverick Landing, Trinity’s Boston East development calls for a unique combination of public and private uses unprecedented in East Boston. Trinity and its development partner, the East Boston Community Development Corporation, was designated developer of the parcels in December 2006 by the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development.
The revitalization of the Boston East parcels will be a significant undertaking. Trinity proposes a zoning reconfiguration to consolidate the Designated Port Area (DPA) area into the southerly portion of the site. Such a reconfiguration would create two contiguous parcels of developable land to the north for a residential building, and would locate the DPA parcel in a location in which it would take better advantage of the water’s edge.
The northern portion of the site will be designated for housing. Boston East residents will enjoy breathtaking views from a building designed to evoke the sense of the historic wharfs of East Boston. With arched entryways and open spaces, the building is aesthetically appealing from both Border Street and the new Harborwalk that will run along the water edge of the site. Our proposal calls for the creation of 200 units of for-sale housing, 13% of which will be much needed affordable housing, made available to those earning incomes that meet the BRA’s established income limits. The development will also include a level of underground parking for 140 vehicles.
In the ground floor of the residential building will be the McKay Gallery. Named in honor of the premier shipbuilder, Donald McKay, this space will be an inviting venue for art exhibitions and community events. The Gallery will be programmed in collaboration with the East Boston Community Development Corporation and the Atlantic Works Artist Group.
The maritime interpretive park will be adjacent to the residential building. The park will allow East Boston residences safe and convenient access to the harbor side. The park's interpretive exhibits, to be created by East Boston artists and historians, will communicate the property's shipbuilding and marine railway history. The Harborwalk will be extended along the entire length of the parcels, providing an inviting pathway along the water's edge.
The southern portion of the site will be dedicated to meeting the DPA requirement. Trinity has commenced a planning study and outreach effort to determine a potential marine-related business or activity that would benefit from a site on the East Boston Waterfront. Having vetted initial tenants, the team continues to seek potential tenants that fit within the eligible uses of the DPA and will work to create a development that is both economically viable and programmatically appropriate for the site.