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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 23D map

Parcel 23D

Area: 28,500 square feet, plus 4,400 square foot vest pocket park square feet (0.75 acres)

Bordered by: This parcel contains small areas of land in a strip bounded in part by Purchase Street, Beach Street, Essex Street, Kneeland Street and Summer Street.

Master plan calls for: Passive green space, areas for small children, and opportunities for social gatherings.

Zoning: Urban Open Space Plaza Subdistrict. Only open space uses are allowed.

Notes: This area is adjacent to the landmark Chinatown gate. Zoning does not allow buildings on this parcel, which would be much-needed open space in the Chinatown/Leather District area. The design of the parcel would have to take into consideration several unsightly adjacent parking lots, though the master plan notes those are "probably not long term uses."

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