I don’t know how I feel about this. On one side, I have often felt that local neighborhood groups have had too much say in what goes up around them. However, the Seaport District hasn’t even developed into a real neighborhood, yet, and the BRA is already making side deals. The plans for the area were first developed way back in 1999. Nothing has happened since then, and now, the BRA seems intent upon ignoring those plans.
By Thomas C. Palmer Jr., Boston Globe
City of Boston officials have angered neighborhood groups in the emerging Fort Point Channel area near Gillette Co. by negotiating behind closed doors with four major developers on the size, height, and density of the big projects they want to build, and the makeup of the neighborhood surrounding them.
The negotiations — with Gillette, Boston Wharf Co., the US Postal Service, and Beacon Capital Partners LLC — run contrary to promises the city made five years ago to establish and abide by consistent zoning rules that allow public participation, community activists say.
”The community didn’t have the opportunity to weigh in or comment," said Shirley Kressel, an urban planner and consistent critic of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which is striking an agreement with the companies on the broad shape of the 90-acre area.
Complete article: Neighbors angry over Fort Point