ICCNE, a subsidiary of Millennium Partners, today filed detailed plans for a 10-story, 381,000-square-foot building aimed at biotech research and development in South Boston's Raymond Flynn Marine Industrial Park - where it had once hoped to build an innovation complex seven times larger with aerial gondolas ferrying workers and visitors to and from South Station.
Even as late as July, ICCNE was still hoping to build a 900,000-square-foot building on the site and to call it the South Boston Innovation Campus. Today's filing says the building will be know more prosaically as 2 Harbor St.
The initial plans foundered after ICCNE was unable to secure development rights to a seven-acre parcel in the Raymond Flynn Marine Industrial Park that is owned by Massport.
In its filing today, ICCNE says it will replace a condemned warehouse and parking lot on the 4.6-acre site with a building housing "a combination of laboratory, office, and R&D uses" on land bounded by Harbor Street, Northern Avenue and the Massport Haul Road. Some 32,000 square feet will be devoted to "water-dependent industrial uses," as befits a building in an industrial park that focuses on marine-based companies.
The developer is proposing 325 parking spaces in a garage and two surface lots - with 220 of those reserved for valet parking, using a mechanized "stacker" system. The company notes that there is a Silver Line stop on Northern Avenue across from the proposed building's site.
ICCNE predicts that some 1,500 people will work in the new building once it's completed - and that it will pay $2.5 million into a city affordable-housing fund and nearly $500,000 into a city job-training fund, in addition to property taxes.
The company adds it will provide a key private boost to efforts by the BPDA - which owns much of the industrial park - to upgrade the area's sagging infrastructure:
No single source of funds, including the EDIC/BPDA, is available and able to pay for the significant infrastructure upgrades that are needed in the RLFMP. Therefore, thoughtfully planned and located commercial development within the RLFMP is intended to be an engine tofund needed transportation and utility infrastructure improvements. 2 Harbor Street is such a project, and it will marshal the benefits of the new innovation economy, tech, life sciences and cutting-edge research and development uses to support the historic and ever important mission of the RLFMP.
ICCNE hopes to begin two years of construction in late 2020 or early 2021.
2 Harbor St. project-notification form (59M PDF).
Drone's eye view: