Nordblom Development this week submitted detailed plans for turning the old Globe plant at 135 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester into what it's calling the Beat - a facility for "creative office, technology, light manufacturing, warehouse, and life science tenants."
Rather than tearing the building down, Nordblom would repurpose the existing spaces inside for the new office, R&D and warehouse space - as well as, the company hopes, a food hall and a fitness center, and maybe even a rooftop farm. Antiquated communications and HVAC equipment left behind by the Globe would be ditched and replaced with state-of-the-art equipment.
The building would have 868 parking spaces - with 5% set aside for electric vehicles and the ability to ramp that percentage up to 15%.
Nordblom is also proposing landscaping changes to make the 16.6-acre site a place people from the surrounding areas might actually want to visit - including sprucing up the DCR park along the marshy pond next to the site:
Pedestrian paths, lighting, benches, and trash receptacles will be installed throughout the site, and maintenance of the adjacent Patten’s Cove park will be funded by the repositioned facility. An existing security fence along the southern site boundary will be removed to allow pedestrian access to the site from Patten’s Cove park and the Savin Hill neighborhood, including a multi-use path adjacent to the site and integrated into the Morrissey Boulevard sidewalk system, thereby considerably improving neighborhood access to the combined MBTA JFK/UMass Red Line/South Shore Commuter Rail Station north of the site.
The Project is expected to generate approximately 3,120
permanent jobs in the creative office, tech/flex, life science, restaurant, and retail spaces.
Nordbloom hopes to start work on the project this fall, with the renovations expected to take 12 to 14 months.
135 Morrissey Blvd. project-notification form (25M PDF).