MCCA Scraps Plans for Mixed-Use Development Near Boston Convention Center
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has canceled plans to redevelop over six acres of land near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, reported by Boston Business Journal.
Two bids were submitted by Cronin Development and Boston Global Investors for mixed-use developments featuring commercial and lab space, but the MCCA will now issue a modified request for proposals in June due to opposition from various groups, including local politicians State Sen. Nick Collins and At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who have condemned the process as rushed and lacking input from community members. Neighborhood groups have also opposed the process.
The Cronin group proposed four towers with nearly 2 million square feet of lab space, while the BGI group proposed two smaller buildings with a total of 550,000 square feet. The MCCA plans to have a period of community outreach and consultation with the Boston Planning and Development Agency.