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Beyond The Big Dig
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What happens to the ribbon of land being created by the depression of the Central Artery may be the most important development decision to face Boston in a generation.


Parcel 17A map

Parcel 17A

Area: 29,444 square feet (0.68 acres)

Bordered by: Atlantic Avenue, Purchase Street, East India Row, High Street, Broad Street. Adjacent to Harbor Towers.

Master plan calls for: Open space, mostly green lawn.

Other plans: The Artery Business Committee's plan calls for a visual and performing arts center.

Zoning: Urban Plaza Open Space Subdistrict. Open space, cultural, and restaurant uses are allowed.

Notes: The master plan calls for parcels 17A and 17B to be combined, shortening Broad Street by a block by eliminating what is known as Broad Street Extension. The combined parcels are the only ones the master plan designates for a grass lawn of substantial size. The master plan also calls for a café and a small cultural facility and notes that this is one area in which it might be possible to build something -- perhaps a small cultural or educational facility -- below ground. A partnership of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston has said it may put together a plan for a cultural and arts center on the site.

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