When the Big Dig project moved the central artery running through Boston underground and created the Greenway, several parcels of land were set aside for development. One of the most coveted of these has been parcel 9, a triangular shaped plot near Faneuil Hall, currently making up a significant part of Haymarket Square.
With its ideal central location, Haymarket Square has been home to one of Bostons major farmers markets since the 1830s. Today, residents of the North End, West End, and other parts of central Boston flock to Haymarket for fresh fruits and vegetables every week.
Last year, a competition was held with several different proposals made to determine the future of parcel 9. The victory design chosen was a hotel proposed by Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle. The original plans consisted of an 8-story hotel with 180 rooms and a first-floor market hall, which would have retail space and a restaurant. The modern design would have a unique look and would include a rooftop garden.
After winning the competition, plans were changed to a 10-story hotel with 225 rooms. To compensate, developers added a two-story market hall. While many residents are excited for the development, there has been some pushback. Some feel that the hotel is too tall for the area. Parcel 9 runs parallel with Blackstone Street, a road lined with some of Bostons oldest buildings and a protected historical district.
Currently, the farmers market based there uses an assortment of stands, tents and tarps, creating a maze for pedestrians to navigate through. Local residents also point out the weekly mess left over from the market due to the lack of waste facilities. The new development would solve this by providing permanent storage space for the farmers, appropriate waste facilities, public restrooms and matching covered food stands which wood give the market a more organized look and a cleaner feel.
Once the details of the hotel can be hashed through, the developmentshould transform the farmers market and have a positive effect on the entire area.
https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/portals/0/docs/infoCenter/realEstate_assetDev/parcel9_normandy_presentation.pdf Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties