Mr. Thomas O' Brien
The Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

Dear Mr. O' Brien:

We of the Seaport Alliance for a Neighborhood Design support recent BRA efforts regarding the planning of a significant residential component within the South Boston waterfront. We look forward to seeing these plans formalized as part of the forthcoming BRA South Boston Seaport District Master Plan.

We have long advocated for the planning of a neighborhood in the Seaport District. We recognize that the investment and attention of thousands of residents - rather than the accomodation of a limited number of interests, will ensure that the area evolves and sustains itself as do all Boston neighborhoods. We also recognize the intense need for housing in the Seaport District to alleviate existing pressures on the South Boston community.

It is especially encouraging for us to hear that your office will plan for a mix of affordabilities and building scales throughout the Seaport District. Upscale residential condo projects and residential towers tend to be insular, protecting and separating the occupants from the outside world while mixed-use and smaller scale dwellings create pedestrian activity as its occupants require closer integration with local area services. All wonderful neighborhoods in Boston have a mix of uses and an inviting diversity of populations.

Of course, as we eagerly anticipate the publication of the Seaport District Master Plan, some concerns remain. Notably:

SAND members appreciate your efforts over the past year towards improving the Master Plan. We look forward to working with you in the months to come.


Steve Hollinger
On behalf of:
The Seaport Alliance for a Neighborhood Design (SAND)

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