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City, developer, look for ideas on attraction for Pier 4

The BRA and UDR, which is turning Pier 4 into a mixed-use development, are soliciting bids for civic or cultural use of 20,000 square feet of space at the pier's first new building - a 21-story apartment building.

Qualified uses could include museum, library, exhibition, gallery, theater, performance, or aquarium space. The exterior and first floor civic and cultural areas are intended to be interconnected with similar space on the building’s mezzanine level, in terms of both design and programming.

The space is divided between two floors and includes some outdoor space at the ground level.

The BRA and UDR have set a meeting on April 14 for prospective operators of the space, which would join the nearby ICA as a waterfront draw.

They hope to have a proposal selected by June 1 - after consultation with the state Department of Environment Protection, which oversees waterfront development.

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A beer garden or a brothel. Both would be well patronized in that area.

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Only if the beer garden actually has a good selection of beer, unlike the nearby Atlantic Beer Garden.

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With a diving board over the harbor.

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More high end partments for the wealthy on that waterfront, don't you there's enough of it already.
Be nice if they develop housing for the homeless on that site.

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Just for perspective; that is about the size of the open floor area of a suburban / small town newer CVS on each floor.

Please no Teen Enpowerment Zones or History Museum here. The site is too valuable to be wasted as a hangout center for "troubled" youth or as an ode to the dock workers of the late 1800's of the area.

There has got to be a visual arts organization that needs this space. A library? I know there is the perception of the future need for libraries, but there is very little public space in what is supposed to be a new neighborhood. A new branch of the BPL might be a good call.

As far as the beer garden / brothel comment above; Have you been in that area recently? The beer flows and there really isn't a need to pay concerning the brothel part, or so I have heard.

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Pier 4 doesn't really need another arts type place. A Library would be the way to go.

As far as the brothel comment goes, there may not be financial transactions going on, but the men in the Seaport are paying for it. Go hang out at del friscos and you will see some of the ladies work the crowd. Especially during convention time. You're not leaving there without dropping $100 bucks on dinner.

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How about a space that showcases local talent - there could be performance space for music, book readings, comedy, talks, and exhibition space for all kinds of visual arts - photography, paintings, sculptures, crafts. All local.

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I would like to know what happened to the American Seafood Exchange Project. That was an incredible idea!!

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wow .AmericanSeafoodExchange.com

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At what point in population growth of the area does will it become a requirement to establish a new fire, ambulance and or police station* for that area?

*with the understanding (and hope) that at some point both the Staties and Massport Police are going to turn the area over to BPD.

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Between Seaport BLVD and Congress that can hit most of the seaport pretty easily.Others located at 272 D St, South Boston and 700 East Fourth St, South Boston. Most of the Seaport is owned by Massport so I am sure they have coverage from the airport as well as the fireboat which is docked over at the Fairmont hotel in the North End.

I don't know what is required for max response time, but thats pretty good coverage if you ask me.

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How about one of the museums that we were promised on the greenway gets space there? The Boston City History Museum or the New Center for the Arts and Culture? Both had lots of plans in place and backers, just not enough money to build on highway ramps.

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Looks like a Chinese Insurance company has plans for it.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/boston-project-draws-chinese-insurance-firms...

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I also vote for library.

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Socialist. You think the government should buy books and let people use them for free? Whats next, stamps that give people free food? That will kill the publishing industry, people pay $50 a month for cell phones, they can pay $10 to buy a book instead of mooching off hard working taxpayers.

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How about a historic fish restaurant?

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