Retained by EDENS, Fort Point Associates, Inc. was responsible for managing the environmental review and permitting of the mixed-use, transit-oriented South Bay Town Center project, which redeveloped over 10 acres of vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial parcels adjacent to the South Bay Shopping Center in Dorchester, MA.
The project involved the construction of over one million square feet of commercial and residential space including up to 30 retail stores and restaurants, a 12-screen cinema, 475 housing units, a hotel with 130 rooms, and associated structured parking. The design features five main buildings with active ground floor uses such as sidewalk cafes adjacent to open spaces to provide a high quality pedestrian-oriented experience similar to other shopping districts in the Boston area. The project includes approximately 62 on-site affordable apartment units and was designed to high sustainability standards.
Permitting for the project was challenging due the site's location adjacent to a dense residential, commercial, and industrial area where local residents had concerns about traffic and parking impacts. FPA led the approvals from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the Boston Landmarks Commission, and coordinated approval efforts before other agencies including the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.