Urban Spaces is part of a tri-venture proposing NAVY BLUE, a unique Floating Community that will expand the footprint of urban housing beyond the limits of available land. The work associated with this project will be performed in East Boston under an equally unique Diversity and Inclusion program and barged to Pier 5 as part of our “Construction Without Disruption” approach to implementation.
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Our proposed redevelopment concept for Pier 5 emerges from a careful consideration of alternatives coupled with a confluence of timely factors relating to resiliency, technology, transportation (water taxi) and current real estate market in Boston.
NAVY BLUE development team is uniquely positioned to perform Pier 5 demolition without intruding on or disturbing direct abutters and the larger CNY Community. With 1,700 concrete pilings and two acres of deteriorated slab, demolition is a massive undertaking and will integrate recycling of the huge quantities of salvage material to protect local landfills. The current pier directly abuts Pier 6 and HarborWalk. Our plan is to remove Pier 5 from the waterside utilizing both Pier 5 and Pier 6 watersheets during off season, and transfer material to the East Boston Shipyard for grinding and recycling under controlled conditions.
We have assembled designers, engineers, marketers, and managers that combine extensive maritime and landside experience into a balanced team with the appropriate skillsets to make this concept a reality. In addition, our goal is to make this floating community as sustainable and “off the grid” as possible using the very latest passive and renewable strategies. Unlike seasonal marinas, our marina slips will have the integrated infrastructure required to support year round, full time, sustainable use. The total proposed marina capacity as designed accomodates up to 115,000 sf of live-aboard vessel space. In addition, the development concept includes the adaptive re-use and historic preservation of the 1,300 sf PumpHouse, a total of 116,300. To facilitate marina operations, such as bike storage, mail and package delivery, and other back of house functions we ventured into discussions with Flagship Wharf to secure access of 2,850 sf of commercial space.