Ed. note: The first look at proposed Olympics venues.
The Boston Teachers Union last week filed detailed plans to tear down its current headquarters on Mt. Vernon Street and replace it with a new building and parking garage.
Yesterday, Boston 2024 detailed plans for Columbia Point and neighboring parts of Dorchester and South Boston that would call for demolishing that building as part of a three-year construction project to create an athlete village stretching from Carson Beach and Moakley Park to the Star Market and the old Channel 56 building on Morrissey Boulevard, which would also be torn down, to the grounds of BC High School.
Although the media has taken to referring to this part of the proposal as being at UMass Boston, in fact, large parts of it would require taking private land, some of which is owned by entities that have their own futures mapped out for their land.
In addition to the BTU buidling, the Boston 2024 proposal - which, of course, rests on the assumption that Boston gets the 2024 games - also calls for tearing down the existing Bayside DoubleTree Hotel, whose owners last fall submitted plans to the BRA to add 87 guest rooms, a new ballroom, new meeting rooms and a restaurant.
Herb Chambers, who owns the Channel 56 property, has said he wants to put a car dealership there.
All these buildings, along with the office building next to the hotel and the Santander building across the street would be acquired and torn down. The McCormack and Dever schools are shown as part of the overall athlete village, but would be allowed to stay.
At the heart of the village would be 13 residential buildings of between 10 and 12 stories, clustered where the hotel and adjoining office building are now. Moakley Park and Carson Beach would be turned into practice fields and recreational areas for exclusive use by Olympic athletes.
After the games, some 6,000 of the housing units would be turned over to UMass Boston for use as dormitories. Between 2,600 and 2,900 units would be converted into market-rate units marketed to Millennials, whom organizers say would prefer more spartan, somewhat less expensive apartments conveniently located next to the new JFK/UMass "superstation" that somebody would have to pay to create out of the current station.
The waterfront part of the village would get a mall that Boston 2024 says would become a new shopping destination for people across the region.
And some housing units might even be moved elsewhere:
[W]e are studying the opportunity to build high quality sustainable and transportable housing which can be relocated to other neighborhoods in the city where it will fill a current void in moderate-rate housing.
The plan says it's all win-win:
The Athletes' Village will revitalize Columbia Point and create a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use waterfront district. The master planned redevelopment of the site will unlock transportation barriers created by Kosciuszko Circle by reorganizing the infrastructure and linking the surrounding neighborhoods including Dorchester, Harbor Point, the University of Massachusetts Boston campus and the proposed Village to each other and to Carson Beach and Joe Moakley Park. The proposed Athletes' Plaza will become a waterfront retail destination for the entire City of Boston. Joe Moakley Park, one of Boston's largest public spaces, will be vastly improved as adjacent neighborhoods will enjoy access to the sports complex and improved athletic fields. Increased capacity at JFK/UMass MBTA station will improve access to the district.
Entire Boston 2024 venue proposal (22.4M PDF).