Seaport condo tower wins key OK from state

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
December 22, 2016

State environmental regulators Wednesday gave the green light to a controversial building proposed along the Boston Waterfront on Seaport Boulevard.

Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton approved developer Jon Cronin’s proposal for a 22-story luxury condominium tower on the tiny site of two waterfront bars he owns in the booming business district.

Several approvals remain, and opponents say they’ll keep fighting to stop or change the project, which they say doesn’t comply with state laws regulating the size of buildings on the waterfront and public access to the water.

But the ruling is a major step forward for the $260 million development that would be among the ritziest in the city and could provide an architectural landmark on the Seaport.

In a brief statement late Wednesday, Cronin — a prominent South Boston restaurateur who has long owned the Whiskey Priest and Atlantic Beer Garden bars located on the site — hailed the ruling and said he’s looking forward to getting the condo project underway. He hopes to start construction next year.

“We appreciate Secretary Beaton’s positive decision and look forward to completing the remaining steps in the process so that we can create both an iconic building and significant new waterfront access in the Seaport,” his company said in a statement.

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