National Development has released a completely revamped plan to redevelop the old Boston Herald property in the South End along Harrison Avenue, the Globe is reporting (sub. required).

If you recall, the previous redevelopment proposal was largely panned as boring and uninspiring, basically converting the old structure and putting 262 new apartments and retail inside.

But now National Development, which effectively controls the property, has proposed four new buildings with 475 apartments, more than 80,000 square feet of retail (including a grocery store of some sorts), and other amenities.

The Globe graphic looks pretty sharp — and residents are quoted as saying it’s a much better plan than the initial idea for the site. We tend to agree.

The Herald recently moved out of One Herald Square, as its old site was known, to the Seaport area, opening the way for redevelopment of the six-acre property. The Herald’s publisher apparently still owns a piece of the property, but National Development is the one calling the shots.

File under: Progress

An update — Since we posted this morning, Boston.com has put up the story, no subscription required. Check it out.

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