Officials Break Ground On South Station Redevelopment Project

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — City, state, and transportation officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for an extensive South Station redevelopment project decades in the making Tuesday.

Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the South Station Air Rights development, a multi-phase project that includes the construction of the South Station Transportation Center, which will connect the bus terminal at South Station with its train terminal via a new concourse.

"The new concourse will be connected to the existing bus concourse [...] and there will be an escalator right behind me that will be easily identifiable, and it will enable all patrons of the bus terminal to go directly to the train stations below," said David Perry, Senior Managing Director of Hines, the real estate developer involved in the project.

The project will also see the expansion of the outdoor concourse area by 67% and the construction of a 51-story, mixed-use tower with 700,000 square feet of office space and 166 residential units.

The Transportation Center and mixed-use tower comprise the first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2025.

The second phase has been approved as residential and/or hotel building above the bus terminal expansion, which will include 440,000 square feet of space and an additional 368 parking spaces. The third and final phase has been approved as 510,000 square feet of office and amenity space above the existing bus terminal structure.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports.

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