After decades of neglect, and attempts by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to redevelop an historic property in the heart of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino's vision for a re-energized Dudley Square is taking shape. The $120 million [1] Dudley Square Municipal Center broke ground in March 2012, and is on schedule for a 2014 completion. The 215,000 square foot facility preserves and incorporates three historic structures including the iconic former Ferdinand's Furniture Building.

The six-story masonry and glass structure will be the new Boston Public Schools headquarters. It was designed by an internationally-acclaimed team of Sasaki of Watertown, Mass, and Mecanoo of Delft, Netherlands. With 18,000 square feet of retail space, 528 office workers, scores of local trade contractors and workers, overseen by Boston's Shawmut Design & Construction, this project will spur Dudley Square's economic revitalization. The initiative was preceded by $200+ million of public and private developments including the new Area B-2 Police Station, mixed-use redevelopments of Palladio Hall and Hibernian Hall, as well as the Orchard Park housing community. In the coming years, there are Dudley Square area developments in the pipeline expected to bring over 500,000 square feet of commercial space and 680 residential units.


[1] Fulfilling Mayor Menino's commitment to a public-private partnership, the project took advantage of the New Markets Tax Credit Program that involved Bank of America investing in the project with the participation of local Community Development Corporations.

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