The Chiofaro Company has now moved forward with applying for it’s city AND state permits for its proposed 600-foot skyscraper on the site of the Boston Harbor Garage at Central Wharf. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office are now accepting public comments on the proposal. , You can view the recent state MEPA filing project summary here. The entire Environmental Notification Form (ENF) can be accessed here. You can also learn more about the project on BPDA’s Harbor Garage website here.
Save Boston’s Waterfront believes this development will negatively affect our waterfront, our Greenway, and our civic spaces. Please edit and personalize this message to reflect your thoughts and concerns.
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Will change the waterfront forever. The waterfront should be for everyone and accessible to all. This private development featuring offices and luxury residences will permanently reduce public access for the rest of Bostonians.
Does not adequately prepare us for climate change. As sea levels continue to rise, more thoughtful integrated planning needs to be done to prepare the neighborhood for the realities of climate change and future flooding. Redevelopment of Central Wharf must take a modern, district-wide approach to planning and climate resiliency that protects the entire area – not just one building. Instead the project elevates and isolates the project site, potentially creating unconsidered vulnerabilities for nearby buildings.
Is a gross misuse of the site. The Pinnacle at Central Wharf is nearly 600 feet tall and 864,600 square feet. The project is four times the maximum allowable height under the original waterfront regulations. The project includes a pittance of a public realm improvement – a public plaza that constitutes less than 3.3% of the overall project size and, as such, is not adequate to compensate for the potential impacts of the project.
Lacks appropriate analysis. More comprehensive analysis is needed to determine the appropriate scale of development for this important site. There are serious outstanding questions about traffic generation and flow from the 9,866 daily vehicle trips, wind analysis, impacts on pedestrians, and the negative impacts on the civic and cultural identity for this important public space that need answers.
Conflicts with the New England Aquarium’s Blueway vision for a welcoming, equitable, and interactive waterfront. This site calls for a more accessible, open, inclusive, and climate resilient area would provide enhanced public access to and activation of the waterfront. This site should complement, rather than conflict with the Blueway, which would connect people to the harbor from the Greenway and downtown while also acting as a platform for innovative opportunities and programming to promote marine education, conservation, and coastal resiliency.
Pressing the Submit Now button will submit your comments to Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Councilors and your State Representatives and Senators. MEPA’s Public Comment Portal can be directly accessed directly here and BPDA’s project website can be accessed here.