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2017 WTS Summer Tour

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Written By: Tricia Pinto, Sanborn Head

On July 20, 2017, WTS-Boston received an exclusive sneak peak of the new Ink Underground Park.  The park includes 8 acres of newly renovated recreation space and parking underneath the Southeast Expressway between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods.  During the tour, Mr. Kirk Jackson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Real Estate & Asset Management of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), spoke about how MassDOT partnered with National Development to bring the park from a concept to reality.  Mr. Jackson described how redevelopment of land owned by MassDOT, such as this park space, is a focus area for his group.  Projects such as these allow MassDOT opportunities to generate revenue beyond increase fares or tolls.  MassDOT will retain ownership of the land, but National Development will take over maintenance and operation of the park once it opens.

Mr. Ted Tye and Ms. Naomi Mayeux of National Development shared their vision for the park and how it will be utilized upon completion.  The team has focused on providing a safe atmosphere for pedestrians and park users, which will be enhanced by around the clock security and extensive lighting.  Vibrant colors and unique art displays will add to the experience of park users.  Attendant parking will also be available within the space, providing much needed parking options for the neighborhood.

A unique element of the park is the improved pedestrian access it will provide for commuters living and working around the area.  The park offers a walking pathway that will allow pedestrians to walk from South Station to the Broadway MBTA stop without having to cross a street.  The park will also allow pedestrian passage from National Development’s Ink Block neighborhood and surrounding buildings to the Broadway MBTA stop and South Station.

Following the tour, WTS-Boston members enjoyed refreshments at the Lion’s Tail, a local bar and restaurant situated near the park.  It was a beautiful evening for a summer tour, and those in attendance enjoyed a fun and interesting experience!

 

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