A Milestone for Parcel K
I am pleased to announce the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s recent approval of the proposed concept design for Parcel K, a mixed-use residential and hotel development in the Innovation District. A handsome addition to the neighborhood, the development will enhance the streetscape activity along Northern Avenue and perpetuate the spirited night life and energy that’s been started by venues like the adjacent Liberty Wharf and Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
We envision one of the primary hallmarks of the project to be the unique ‘sense of place’ that is created by the vibrant mix of programmed uses in conjunction with the rapidly transforming South Boston waterfront. The development will be anchored by 304 apartments and a 247-room boutique hotel with two-story retail and restaurant spaces fronting on Northern Avenue and Congress Street. A pedestrian-oriented ‘urban court’ is positioned at the center of the project, giving prime access to hotel drop-off, underground parking, and vertical circulation to the second-level outdoor terrace. Along Starboard Lane and Congress Street, the development will house innovative flex-office spaces for incubator start-ups and young entrepreneurs. Other features will include a sleek, contemporary sky bar on the top floor of the hotel, which overlooks the Harbor and the City, as well as a series of terraced outdoor spaces devoted to dining and social interaction.
During the earliest phases of design, the Arrowstreet team made a conscious effort to address key issues such as rising sea levels, building resiliency and climate preparedness, micro units and urban living, sustainability and the reduction of energy consumption, and what it means to be part of the burgeoning Innovation District. Not only have these issues become elements of research, they have framed the critical design decisions for what could result in a project that exemplifies best practices from a number of vantage points.