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2018 WTS-Boston Summer Tour

Written By: Linde Thatcher, Tetra Tech

On July 24, 2018, WTS-Boston members received a private tour of the New Balance Campus at Boston Landing. The exclusive tour of the campus was guided by Ellen DeNooyer from MBTA, as well as Erin Harvey and Keith Craig from the New Balance Development team.

Boston Landing Station is one of the first Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This project succeeded in restoring commuter rail service to the neighborhood on the Framingham-Worcester Line for the first time in nearly fifty years. The development and construction of the station was accomplished through private funding sources as well as MBTA and MassDOT support.

The Boston Landing Campus combines retail, athletics, office and living space within the community, and provides a unique experience and location to those working in, living in, and utilizing the space each day. Within the campus is a large apartment complex, providing 395 for-lease apartments, a variety of athletic facilities, including the Celtics practice facility, a planned future track and field building, the Warrior Ice Arena, which is the Bruins practice facility, and many different retailors and businesses. The location of the campus is ideal for attracting users, one of the greatest attractions being the new commuter rail station.

Keith Craig, of the New Balance Development team, described how a focus of the project was to bring a sense of connection to the community through the Boston Landing Station. This project offered the surrounding community a variety of different retail options, employment opportunities, and a connection to the surrounding areas through the commuter rail service. The project was also able to provide a transportation update to the area within and surrounding the campus, including the addition of sidewalks and pedestrian friendly accommodations and the new commuter rail station. According to Erin Harvey, of the New Balance Development Team, the previous site on Guest Street was “in need of some love," and that is just what this project was able to provide, transforming the area from a development site into a community.

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Ellen DeNooyer led the group on a walking tour through the campus to Boston Landing Station.  Following the tour, attendees enjoyed food and refreshments at Brighton Bowl/Flatbread Company, a local bar, restaurant, and bowling alley located within the campus. Those who attended enjoyed an interesting and informative experience and had a great night!

 

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