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Two more Seaport spaces to be filled with buildings

Developer John Hynes told the BPDA yesterday he will soon file detailed plans for a two-story complex on land owned by Massport near the World Trade Center Silver Line stop that will feature ongoing cultural programming.

One of the buildings would be an 18-story office tower next to World Trade Center Avenue - the elevated road that connects the World Trade Center and the South Boston convention center.

The other, adjacent to that parcel, and squeezed in among roads and ramps, would be a much smaller "programmable space" that would feature a landscaped roof and a new pedestrian bridge to the office building and World Trade Center Avenue. Hynes says he's hired a consultant to develop "consistent, on-site programming for the public that is vibrant and inclusive while also retaining the character of our city and its many great neighborhoods and cultures."

Hynes says he is counting on Massport's 1,500-space mega-garage next door to provide parking for people who decide to drive to the buildings rather than taking the Silver Line.

Massport awarded Hynes and his Boston Global Investors development rights to the parcels in 2018

401 Congress St. letter of intent (990k PDF)..

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At some point, does it make sense to reclaim most of the Fort Point channel as buildable land near a major transportation hub? It's not like we'd be filling in Rumney Marsh or something - this is not vital habitat or a crucial water way.

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If so, I'd rather keep the channel instead of having them move the factory out of town. I recall Gillette objecting to an earlier Big Dig plan that might have filled in, or bridged over, their part of the channel.

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I am always amazed (and glad) P+G haven't cashed out that site and moved the jobs to Alabama or somewhere.

Are they legally constrained from doing so? I have no problem with solid working class jobs existing along with the bio-tech and finance companies down there but it would see that the standard practices of global corporations would have come to bear on this site by now.

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After working at the plant for a few years I never heard about of saw any manufacturing process that needed water from the channel.

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Yes, Fort Point Channel water is used at the Gillette World Headquarters to cool manufacturing processes. The outflow is visible from the walking path at the southeast corner of Fort Point Channel. Boston-based Gillette was founded in 1901 and purchased by Proctor & Gamble in 2005, and remains the only major manufacturing facility within the City of Boston.

It may sound like a cliche, but P&G works hard to be a good employer and neighbor in every community in which they have a presence. Boston is fortunate to have them, and the Patriots will be playing in a stadium named Gillette at least through 2031.

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I found this, from 2012.

(my search terms were: gillette cooling water fort point channel )

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Not that I support removing the channel, but as long as we're doing a project that big, couldn't cooling water be provided by a pipe?

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Too much, too fast!

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