The BPDA is seeking state approval to allow more non-marine companies to move into the Raymond Flynn Marine Park, saying there's just not that much demand for decaying waterside facilities with no rail access, while there's tons of demand for space for R&D space and meat processing.
Rather than invest what it says would be millions of dollars to shore up the docks, bulkheads and jetties, or try to figure out what to do about the lack of rail service to the industrial park off Northern Avenue, the BPDA wants to open the park up even more to the sorts of R&D-focused companies that might otherwise be looking to new space in the Seaport, as well as meat processors looking to leave Widett Circle - in what could be up to 4.7 million square feet of new space.
Under a master plan approved by the state in 2000, at least 67% of the space in the 191-acre industrial park of Northern Avenue has to be set aside for marine-related concerns, such as fish processing and ship repair. The BPDA, which owns the 191-acre industrial park, did not specify a new percentage, but says it would only allow buildings that could be converted to marine use should demand ever pick up again - through buildings with first floors designed for industrial uses with large loading bays, with office, research or light-industrial use on upper floors.
Specific targets for the new buildings, which could rise as high as 200 feet, would be "biotech, life science lab space, e-commerce, as well as local food businesses and advanced manufacturing," the BPDA says.
The BPDA says rents from upper-floor tenants might even help pay for repairs to the aging marine facilities.
Notification of project change (1.3M PDF).