The Boston Redevelopment Authority has published and released the final draft of its master plan for South Boston's waterfront. The 116-page document, entitled the "South Boston Seaport District Public Realm Plan," details the City's future vision of the district as it has evolved since the first draft was released in November of 1997.

SAND has expressed its support for major aspects of the BRA draft, especially the planning for a significant housing component (5000-8000 units) along with requirements for mixed income residential development -- ensuring the growth of a neighborhood. Further analysis will follow on the SAND website as South Boston and greater Boston communities have an opportunity to consider and comment on it.

South Boston political leader and City Council President Jim Kelly yesterday released a statement opposing residential development and is seeking a cap on housing at an upper limit of 4000 units.

SAND's core group members are planning a community-wide public discussion for late-March or early April, to begin a dialog about the plan and about the next phase of Seaport District development -- including the zoning process and South Boston community participation.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is providing one copy of the draft, per person, at no charge upon request. Additional copies are $35.00 each. To receive a single free copy or to order multiple copies at $35.00 each, contact Kelly Quinn at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, phone number 617-722-4300. If Ms. Quinn's voicemail answers, leave a complete shipping address.

Or, send a written a request to:

The Boston Redevelopment Authority
Att: Kelly Quinn
Boston City Hall
One City Hall Plaza 9th Floor
Boston MA 02201

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