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Massport objects to buildings

A developer’s plan to build a pair of 11-story buildings on state land across from the Bank of America Pavilion is drawing objections from the public agency that owns the property.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which optioned development rights to the property to Conroy Development Corp., said the company’s new proposal for 304 apartments is not allowed under the agency’s building rules for the site.

“Massport is concerned the proposal includes residential units which are not allowed in that area under Massport policy,” authority spokesman Matthew Brelis said in a statement. The statement did not elaborate on why the residential units are not allowed.


The turn of events followed the public release Thursday of Conroy’s development plan by Boston regulators. In addition to the apartments, the Stoughton firm wants to build a hotel, stores, and offices on the 2.4-acre site along Northern Avenue.

If approved by the city, the development would complete the revitalization of a stretch of Northern Avenue that has become one of Boston’s most popular destinations for food and live music. However, Massport’s objections are threatening to derail the development even before the public review gets started.

A Conroy executive leading the project, Louis Cabral, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Ironically, Cabral is a former Massport official who helped devise plans for the redevelopment of the Northern Avenue area where his company is now proposing to build its project.

In a filing with Boston Redevelopment Authority, Conroy’s executives did not indicate when they are hoping to start construction, but said their proposal “would transform this underutilized waterfront land into a vibrant, mixed-use, and transit-oriented development that will be a key component” of the fast-emerging waterfront.

The project calls for construction of two, 11-story buildings on land now used for parking across from the Bank of America Pavilion, a popular concert venue.


Massport owns a considerable amount of land in the area and has worked to redevelop much of it, leading to projects such as the popular Liberty Wharf dining and office complex, where Legal Sea Foods has a flagship restaurant.

In its filing with the BRA, Conroy Development said its two buildings would contain about 490,000 square feet of space.

One of the buildings would be a 250-room boutique hotel, while the other would include 304 apartments. Retail shops and office space would be spread between the two structures, and a 640-space parking garage would be built underground.

The project would also feature a publicly accessible courtyard linking the site to the Northern Avenue waterfront and an adjacent stop on the MBTA’s Silver Line rapid transit bus service.

The company said in its filing that the project would create 900 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs.

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.com.