A last chance to add life to Seaport


The Boston Globe | By Shirley Leung
February 15, 2017

The pressure is on to do something special in the Seaport District, and Dick Marks feels it.

He’s one of the partners of WS Development, which plunked down $359 million in 2015 to develop the rest of Seaport Square in one of the priciest land deals ever in Boston.

“We get the chance to do it once,” said Marks showing off his plan Monday in a conference room at the firm’s Chestnut Hill headquarters overlooking one of its outdoor malls, The Street. “We want to do it right.”

The pressure is real. Seaport Square is a 23-acre parcel that stretches from Northern Avenue to Summer Street and represents the last chance for the district to save itself from becoming a sea of generic office and condo buildings and a playground for those who can only afford it. Half of the massive development is under construction, and details of the next phase are being hammered out with a series of public meetings that begin on Thursday.

So it comes down to this: Our hopes for giving South Boston Waterfront a soul will ride on a firm best known for reimagining suburban retail. Think of its Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham or Legacy Place in Dedham.

Oh, boy.

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