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East Boston waterfront set to take off

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Maybe it won’t be as busy as the apartment building boom now under way in Seaport, Fenway and the Back Bay.

But yesterday’s groundbreaking for the first phase of the Portside at Pier One (176 units at a cost of $67 million) could usher in a mini-building boom along East Boston’s waterfront. Three other waterfront apartment projects are waiting in the wings for Eastie, potentially adding hundreds of more units to the neighborhood.

There’s been plenty of disappointments over the years concerning waterfront development plans in East Boston.

But it looks like the real deal this time around.

File under: Build it, and they will come