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Beyond The Big Dig
About this project

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 17B map

Parcel 17B

Area: 31,886 square feet (0.73 acres)

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

Master plan calls for: Open space, small cultural facility.

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. The combined parcels are the only ones the master plan designates for a grass lawn of substantial size. It also calls for a caf and a small cultural facility and notes that this is one area in which it might be possible to build something 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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