New plans for Seaport Square project

Harbor Way team has High Line link

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
February 3, 2017

A major pedestrian promenade — lined with shops and restaurants and punctuated with a large plaza — would stretch from Summer Street to Boston Harbor in the Seaport under a design by the landscape architect behind New York’s uber-popular High Line.

WS Development, the new master developer of the 23-acre Seaport Square neighborhood on the South Boston waterfront, has been working on the proposed landscaped corridor for the past six months with a team that includes James Corner Field Operations, which designed the High Line, the 23-city-blocks-long park on a former elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side.

The Hub promenade, to be called Harbor Way, would start with “grand” stairs to bring pedestrians down from Summer Street onto a wooden boardwalk that would run a third of a mile to the harbor and be open to pedestrians and bicycles only. It would include a one-acre Harbor Square, an open space between buildings fronting Seaport Boulevard, where seasonal activities such as farmers markets or ice skating could be programmed.

“The vision is a richly landscaped and densely and vibrantly retailed pedestrian environment from Summer Street to the water’s edge,” said Yanni Tsipis, WS’ Seaport vice president. “We’re prying open the city fabric in the Seaport District and creating an unbroken, beautifully landscaped public park.”

WS has been the retail development partner for Seaport Square’s 1.12 million square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space since 2007. In 2015, it purchased Seaport Square’s remaining undeveloped 13 acres with nine building sites and open spaces for $359 million from Morgan Stanley, which launched Seaport Square with developer John Hynes’ Boston Global Investors in 2006.

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