Central Boston Elder Services Community Room, 6:00 p.m.
The meeting objective was to provide a design and construction progress report. The accompanying presentation included a summary project schedule, historic and current images of the development site, and proposed floor layouts.
Maureen Anderson, Senior Project Manager of the City of Boston Public Facilities Department and Nick Brooks of Sasaki Associates, project architect, began by providing an overview of the project’s progress, stating that environmental abatement was substantially complete, with foundations and steel the next major phase of construction. The next phase of historic preservation review would be taking place at a Boston Landmarks Commission presentation on July 24th at 5:00 p.m. at the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Room.
Ms. Anderson explained that the design team was engaged in final selection of materials for the exterior, the coordination of design elements in the recently acquired Curtis Block and J.S. Waterman Buildings.
Nick Brooks noted that the design was progressing with respect to refining the common areas at the first and second floor levels, with a goal of making the retail and lobby areas a destination, or gathering spot that could also provide connectivity to the Dudley Station.
Questions from the Task Force included whether the project would be pursuing any Historic Tax Credits. It was noted that the project finance team is exploring opportunities to take advantage of eligible tax credits.
There was also a question about the timing of selection for a facility manager that would manage the facility, and the retail space. It was explained that there will be a renewed effort to put out a request for proposal for qualified firms interested in managing the completed facility, as well as the retail space.
The next DVATF meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on July 26th at the CBES Community Room, 2315 Washington Street, Dudley Square.