Skanska today filed its detailed plans for the 13-story office building it wants to build on what is now a parking lot in the Raymond Flynn Marine Park (the former Boston Marine Industrial Park).
The proposed building, on Parcel Q1 on Drydock Avenue near the Summer Street entrance to the industrial park, would include ground floor-retail space and three levels set aside for 150 parking spaces. The site, which also includes part of a "dormant" rail line, is about 0.85 acre, and is next to the site for a proposed hotel.
The Project will transform a currently vacant site into an architecturally distinct building that will highlight the entrance to the RFMP, an area that has become increasingly active with new buildings and businesses over the past several years.
The developer says the project complies with a 2000 master plan for the industrial park that requires development that "ensures a strong manufacturing and water dependent industrial base in the City of Boston," although it involves neither manufacturing nor water-dependent uses, because it will bring more workers into the industrial park, which will help bolster it as an "identifiable commerce center."
Also, according to the plans, "constructing desired office space in proximity to public transportation and downtown Boston;" and "providing active ground floor uses and green space that will energize the pedestrian experience" are somehow associated with marine industrial uses.
Parcel Q1 project notification form (54M PDF).