Waterfront Planning

Fort Point Channel

The Fort Point area was first developed in the 1830s by the Boston Wharf Company and through the 20th century was one of the principal marketplaces for wool in the United States. Manufacturing and warehousing have since declined in Boston’s, but the buildings have been preserved as a Landmarks District. Artists have begun moving into the area, converting many of the structures to studios and lofts. The area is also home to the Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Fire Museum, as well as art galleries and design studios. 

The 2002 Fort Port Channel Watersheet Activation Plan looks at ways to activate the calm water along the channel through public realm improvements and the development of water dependent uses. The 100 Acres Master Plan provides a framework for transforming the existing surface parking lots around the Proctor & Gamble/Gillette (“P&G/Gillette”) plant, the USPS facility, and Fort Point historic structures to a vibrant 24-hour, mixed-use neighborhood anchored by over 11 acres of new public open space and almost 5.9 million square feet of development. 

For more information, please contact Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Waterfront Planning, by email or by telephone at (617) 918-4323.

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