A Newton development company this week filed formal plans to replace WBZ-TV's current Soldiers Field studios and offices with a new building right next door - which would leave open a large piece of land for possible future development.
In a filing with the BPDA, National Development says the proposed 63,000-square-foot, three-story building, which would replace a small office building and part of the current WBZ parking lot, would provide a state-of-the-art TV production facility for a station that now must deal with its current antiquated building.
The new studio will let WBZ stay in Boston and more particularly, in Allston, a neighborhood that National Development says is already bursting with pride at having the TV station in its midst:
The celebrated history of this WBZ-TV/CBS facility as a significant part of the culture and community has been a source of pride for the neighborhood for decades.
National Development adds:
The design of the building façade is intended to express the forward-thinking goals and modernization of WBZ’s studio operations, with a mix of translucent and opaque glazing types, metal panels, and metal screening elements.
In the rear of the building, according to one rendering, employees would go to work under the stern visage of CBS news legend Walter Cronkite:
The filing does not say anything about the future of a far larger piece of the current WBZ site, which includes a helipad and a radio tower that dates to the 1940s, in addition to the current WBZ building, but National Development is not known for small projects.
Bluish land would be empty after construction of new building:
WBZ project notification form (12.4M PDF).