DUSC Supports Redevelopment of Pier 40 to allow more Sports Fields
DUSC supports amending the HRP Act to allow for commercial office development on Pier 40 and to extend the lease for such development, PROVIDED THAT at least 66% of the Pier 40 footprint be dedicated to sports fields in any redevelopment, which would represent a doubling of the existing field space.
We appreciate that there are many other factors that the community needs to consider and that there are many points of view regarding how Pier 40 should be redeveloped. We have examined DUSC's priorities and studied the issues in debate, and we believe the best opportunity to increase the amount of field space and improve its quality is to allow commercial office development to fund such improvements. Our 66% condition recognizes the need for such development. We believe that compromises can be reached on other key conditions such as height of any development, allowable square feet of office space and other aspects that satisfy HRPT’s economic needs while at the same time do not prejudice the community. We look forward to working with all stakeholders as the process moves forward to find solutions that address as many needs as possible as well as ours.
Furthermore, given the amount of time between now and when a redevelopment is completed, DUSC has requested, and will continue to request, that the quality and safety of fields at Pier 40 be improved and then preserved and maintained during the period prior to renovation beginning as well as during construction.