World Trade Center

FPA managed the planning, public review, and permitting processes for the revitalization of the historic Commonwealth Pier in South Boston, part of the Seaport World Trade Center. The transformative project 750,000 sf project, set to be completed in 2024, will modernize the existing waterfront building and create additional space for retail, co-working, offices, and event venues to meet the needs of the developer/tenant Fidelity Investments. Additional highlights of the project include a complete rebuild and expansion of the 3,000-foot long Harborwalk and the creation of a vibrant, open-air public plaza to maximize public access to and enjoyment of the waterfront. FPA worked with the property owner, Massport, in the early stages of the project to prepare a Waterfront Development Plan that set forth planning principles and goals for the project site. FPA then steered the client through the complex regulatory approval processes, which included local, state and federal permits and the issuance of an extended-term Chapter 91 license. Unique challenges for this project were the need to keep the existing passenger vessel fleet fully operational during all construction phases and working around the time-of-year restrictions on marine work to protect winter flounder spawning.

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