Fans of the old industrial look could do worse than just drive down Northern Avenue (or take the Silver Line) on a quiet Sunday morning and then walk around the Boston Marine Industrial Park (this morning, I parked across from Liberty Wharf and then just covered the waterfront).
One of the more interesting buildings from the area's history as the South Boston Naval Annex, is what the BRA now calls Parcel N at Fid Kennedy Avenue and Capstan Way- a large hulk of a no-nonsense building, except for the almost decorative touches around its main and rear doors:
Last month, the Economic and Industrial Development Corp., the BRA unit that oversees the marine industrial park, sent out a solicitation for bids for the building. Unlike a vacant nearby parking lot, destined to become an "innovation" office building, EDIC said it wants to retain the building's industrial history:
EDIC encourages proposals that further its commitment to promote maritime economic development and the retention and creation of job opportunities all within the existing zoning and regulatory framework. Explicitly forbidden uses include residential, hotels/motels, healthcare, recreational boating, sports and entertainment and general office. Said forbidden uses are not under any circumstances to be included as part of Parcel N redevelopment plans.
Preference will be given to a developer that would rent the building's large first floor, which still has a train track running through one side (although it no longer connects to anything) to a single tenant.