Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh this morning announced plans to redevelop land now occupied by a MassDOT office building - originally built for Wang Labs - and a steam plant near South Station into up to 2 million square feet of space for housing and other uses.
At a press conference this morning, Baker said the 5 1/2-acre project at 185 Kneeland St. would also include land owned by Veolia, which runs a steam-generating plant at the site; the company would replace the current large plant with a smaller one.
Baker said the proposal would make a great city even greater by doing something constructive with an underused parcel.
"I never really understood why any of our assets are open space, tall grass, beer cans and burned out automobiles," Baker said.
Mayor Walsh said the project would further help re-knit a city split apart by the construction of I-93.
State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the state and city will seek community input on just what to do with the land before advertising RFPs from developers. The first public meeting on the parcel is 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the first-floor conference room at 185 Kneeland St.
She added that part of the proceeds from any bid would be used to relocate the MassDOT offices now in the building.
Some more details from the governor's office.