Aerial of Harbor Garage

About Harbor Garage

The Boston Harbor Garage is located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street, adjacent to the New England Aquarium.

The Chiofaro Company has owned the Harbor Garage since 2007. A valuable asset on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Boston’s waterfront, this is an important development project for The Chiofaro Company, the community and the city as a whole.

The team is committed to an open and inclusive process, and we are very interested in feedback from all of our neighbors, as well as the other non-profit, business and residential abutters in the District. We will use this website to communicate directly with the community; the site will be updated on a regular and ongoing basis.

Thank You

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and we look forward to continuing our work together during the Public Realm and Municipal Harbor Planning processes. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions or if you are interested in speaking about the project. – Don Chiofaro and Ted Oatis

Please email us at info@chiofaro.com

Project Status

VIEW THE DRAFT DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT PUBLIC REALM AND WATERSHEET ACTIVATION PLAN.

DRAFT Public Realm Plan 4-9-14

The Harbor Garage Project offers “the opportunity to change significantly the neighborhood and enact many of the public benefits identified in the plan.” (p. 28)

VIEW THE SEPTEMBER 25 DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT MUNICIPAL HARBOR PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRESENTATION:

            MHP FINAL Presentation 9-25-13

A video of the presentation and an accompanying article by Matt Conti are available at northendwaterfront.com.

  • We have formally withdrawn the proposal that was initially filed with the city in 2009.  We plan to file a new Project Notification Form for a revised project in a manner consistent with the formal planning and review process.
  • We are currently focusing on the ground floor uses and public amenities of a proposed project as part of the Chapter 91/Municipal Harbor Plan process, which is now underway. On September 25, 2013, we made a presentation before the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee regarding our initial ideas.  That presentation is available above, as well as here. We are actively participating in the Public Realm Improvement and Municipal Harbor Plan conversations with the city, community and other stakeholders, and we are currently soliciting feedback that will inform our planning and programming at the site.  Please send us your thoughts at info@chiofaro.com.
  • Working through the Boston Redevelopment Authority and in conjunction with the Municipal Harbor Plan process, we plan to file a re-envisioned project incorporating feedback from the community.

 

News

Supplemental Security at the Harbor Garage

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dear Neighbors:

As the days get shorter and a cold wind begins blowing off the harbor, we are pleased to write you with news that we hope will make for a more enjoyable and more secure shopping and parking experience at the Harbor Garage, just in time for the holiday season.

In recent days, you may have noticed an increased security presence along the Atlantic Avenue retail arcade, particularly during the daily evening rush and in the late-night hours of the weekend.  In response to feedback we have received from many of you, we have collaborated with garage manager, InterPark, and security contractor, New England Security, to arrange for supplemental security that will be dedicated to improving the pedestrian experience along the retail arcade and the perimeter of the facility.  This additional detail will augment the existing security presence in and around the facility and will focus on dispersing and deterring the panhandlers, loiterers, solicitors and trespassers who have harassed passers-by and frequently caused property damage.   7 Eleven is also making a contribution in support of the increased security, which it is providing in combination with other tangible improvements to the customer experience, such as the removal of the pay telephone in the vestibule and upgrades to its product selection.  Finally, New England Security has been attending and participating in the Boston Police Department’s Area A-1 meetings as part of an ongoing public-private collaboration that we are confident will foster an ever-safer Downtown Waterfront neighborhood.

In the week since the supplemental security was implemented, we have observed a marked reduction in panhandling and loitering along the Atlantic Avenue retail arcade.  However, it is your feedback that will best allow us to track the progress of these new measures for a more comfortable environment around the Harbor Garage.  Please feel free to contact InterPark at (617) 720-5135 or The Chiofaro Company at info@chiofaro.com with any input and observations you may want to share.

Finally, we recognize that panhandling and loitering is very often a byproduct of homelessness and hunger.  Therefore, as we prepare for our holiday celebrations, we invite you to join with us in “stocking the cupboards” with non-perishable food as part of the Boston Can Share Food Drive.  Donation centers will be located in the lobbies of One and Two International Place through November 25, 2013.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of Boston’s neediest this season.

 

All the best,
Don & Ted

Recent News

Friday, April 18 2014

BRA Releases Draft Downtown Waterfront Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan

The draft plan identifies the Harbor Garage as a “Key Development Site” along the Downtown Waterfront, calling it “catalytic.”  According to the plan, the redevelopment of the Harbor Garage “offers the opportunity to achieve a number of the public realm goals identified in this report.”

The draft plan can be viewed here.

 

Thursday, April 17 2014

Design Museum Boston Opens at Harbor Garage

The Chiofaro Company and Harbor Garage are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Design Museum Boston’s new Headquarters and Museum Store at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and East India Row.

Design Museum Boston is the region’s first museum dedicated solely to design, and its arrival at the Harbor Garage is a watershed moment for culture along the Greenway.  The Museum’s mission is to educate the public on the role of design in their lives and to unite the Massachusetts design community in ways that enrich its collective work and solve real-world problems more creatively.

The 70 East India Row location will be a “visitor’s center” of sorts for the Museum’s decentralized network of physical and virtual exhibits.  Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public spaces or on the web, the Museum’s programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design.

Find out more at http://designmuseumboston.org/.

Monday, December 23 2013

Chiofaro donates retail space in Boston Harbor Garage to nonprofit (BBJ slide show)

by Thomas Grillo, Real Estate Editor – Boston Business Journal, BBJRE Daily

In what could be seen as a bridge to the incoming Walsh administration, the Chiofaro Co. is donating 1,500 square feet of temporary retail space on the ground floor of the Boston Harbor Garage to a nonprofit.

The space at the corner of East India Row and Atlantic Avenue that was formerly occupied by Century Bank has been vacant since 2006. For under $1,260, the cost of utilities, the space will be occupied in January by Design Museum Boston, whose mission is to educate the world on the role of design. The museum most recently had an outdoor exhibition of new public bench designs in the Fort Point Channel.

Read more.

Tuesday, December 10 2013

Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker helps Boston get its holiday on

by Kathryn Breen, Boston Herald (via bostonherald.com)

The Boston Ballet brought some holiday cheer during their free annual performance of The Nutcracker at the International Place Courtyard today.

Read more.

See pictures.

Tuesday, November 19 2013

Get rid of this downtown garage — and one more

One behemoth set to go; can Harbor Garage be next?

by Paul McMorrow, Boston Globe Columnist

The Government Center Garage has darkened a key corner of downtown Boston for a generation. The 5-acre concrete behemoth spans Congress Street where Haymarket meets the West End. It severs the Bulfinch Triangle from Government Center, and keeps the North End at arm’s distance from Beacon Hill. The garage is an embarrassing throwback to a period in Boston’s history when city planners elevated architectural objects — government buildings, parking garages, empty plazas, or highways — over people. Soon, the garage will meet a well-deserved end.

Read more. [bostonglobe.com - PAY SITE]

Thursday, November 14 2013

BRA Considers Climate Effects

by Casey Ross, Boston Globe Staff

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is poised to approve a new regulation requiring developers of large buildings to submit plans addressing potential flooding, heat waves, and other anticipated effects of climate change.

Read more. [bostonglobe.com - PAY SITE]

Friday, November 8 2013

PayPal’s Towering Presence in Boston

by Craig Douglas, Managing editor/online vertical products and research, Boston Business Journal

It was roughly a year ago that eBay Inc. and its local subsidiary, PayPal Media Network, finalized negotiations with The Chiofaro Co. to occupy 65,000 square feet of office space in International Place, the towering complex that serves as a gateway of sorts to the city’s Financial District.

The deal was a headturner for a handful of reasons, namely that for the first time in recent memory a major, modern-era technology company was laying down roots in a neighborhood long dominated by Boston’s banking, mutual fund and legal sectors — a staid crowd if ever there was one.

Read more  [www.bizjournals.com/boston - PAY SITE]

Wednesday, October 23 2013

Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Committee Meeting

Boston City Hall, Piemonte Room, 5th Floor

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Wednesday, October 2 2013

New plans for garage development focus on street

by Casey Ross, Boston Globe

Developer Donald Chiofaro’s latest plan to redevelop the Harbor Garage is packed with possibilities. He proposes a beach, a swimming pool, outdoor dining, public art, and even a canal connecting the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to Boston Harbor.

Read more. [bostonglobe.com - PAY SITE]

Wednesday, October 2 2013

Possibilities Endless for Chiofaro and Harbor Garage

by Brenda Phan, Curbed Boston

Can you imagine a Boston waterfront with a beach, a swimming pool, or even an ice skating rink? How about a canal that connects the Greenway to Boston Harbor? That’s what Don Chiofaro is reimagining for the Boston Harbor Garage.

Read more.

Friday, September 27 2013

Chiofaro: We’ll work ‘next decade of our lives’ on Harbor Garage tower

by Thomas Grillo, Real Estate Editor – Boston Business Journal, BBJRE Daily

In his first public comments on the redevelopment of the Boston Harbor Garage in more than two years, Hub developer Don Chiofaro acknowledged the perception that he’s controversial, stubborn and doesn’t listen. But he said he and ADD Inc. are going back to the drawing board with a new plan for the Financial District site.

Read more.

Thursday, September 26 2013

Chiofaro Presents New Ideas for Public Realm Opportunities at Harbor Garage Development [Video]

by Matt Conti, www.northendwaterfront.com

Challenging the perception that he is “stubborn,” developer Don Chiofaro introduced new “ground up” public realm concepts for the Harbor Garage that would form the foundation of a future development at the property. “Our previous approach has obviously not been successful,” said Chiofaro. In response, he and his team have been “toiling the vineyards” to come up with harbor and Greenway enhancement ideas for the site that might be received with more enthusiasm.

Read more.

Wednesday, September 25 2013

Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Boston Harbor Hotel, the Wharf Room, 70 Rowes Wharf

Friday, April 19 2013

Information regarding additional security measures at Harbor Garage

Read More

Friday, March 15 2013

Waterfront Activation and Public Realm Visioning Charrette

8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, 70 Rowes Wharf

Thursday, March 14 2013

Planning Area Walking Tours

10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Starting at Christopher Columbus Park, North End

Wednesday, March 13 2013

The Municipal Harbor Plan Process Kicks Off

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New England Aquarium IMAX Theater, 1 Central Wharf

Tuesday, July 31 2012

Tech goes downtown

Office space soon to be occupied by PayPal at 1 International Place. Read more here.

Friday, May 25 2012

Proposal Withdrawal to BRA

The Chiofaro Company has formally withdrawn its proposal for a project on the site of the Boston Harbor Garage, which was first noticed to the BRA on January 6, 2009. Read the letter here.

Wednesday, April 18 2012

Palm Boston Moves to International Place

Palm Boston relocates to International Place, a site that plants the famed fine-dining establishment in the downtown Waterfront Business District. Read more here.