A proposal to build retail stores, 262 apartments, and underground parking on the site of The Boston Herald was filed with the city yesterday, signaling an to end the newspaper’s operations at its longtime headquarters in the South End.
National Development of Newton told the Boston Redevelopment Authority that it wants to transform the industrial property into a mixed-use complex that would incorporate public gardens, outdoor seating, and other amenities.
An executive with National, which entered an agreement to redevelop the property with Herald publisher Patrick Purcell, said the tabloid is planning to move from the property by the end of the year. The executive, Ted Tye, said the Herald is eyeing two locations within the city, but he declined to say where.
A spokeswoman for the Herald could not be reached. Last month, the newspaper announced it was negotiating a deal to have the tabloid largely printed and distributed by The Boston Globe.
The proposed redevelopment of the Herald’s headquarters promises to enliven a drab corner of the city at the intersection of South Boston, Chinatown and the South End. The newspaper built its two-story headquarters on the property in the 1950s.
In a filing with the city, a lawyer for the project said it involves a partial demolition of the building to construct the rental apartments, 63,700-square feet of restaurants and stores, and 263 underground parking spaces. The property would also contain 192 surface parking spaces.
Tye said the retail could include a supermarket, restaurant, café and other shops. “We want to keep the site very active and vibrant,” he said. “We think that’s what’s called for in this part of the city, where there are some really great projects happening.”
Another developer is planning a hotel on adjacent property and several other retail and residential projects have begun to transform surrounding parcels on Harrison Avenue and Washington Street.
Tye said the firm is hoping to begin construction early next year. It first needs approvals from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and other agencies.