Turns out, Charlestown won’t be a concert destination after all.
The developers of Hood Park along Rutherford Avenue have withdrawn plans for a 4,000-seat concert venue in the complex, saying the timing and economics won’t work.
They announced the decision Tuesday night during a community meeting on the project, according to a report in the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge, and said talks with a potential operator for the theater — which would be among Boston’s largest music venues — had recently fallen through. The developers want to start work soon on the garage where the concert venue would have been be located, said Mark Rosenshein, of Trademark Partners, who is running the project for Hood Park LLC, and negotiations with a concert operator were dragging on. The concert venue proposal had also generated some concern in Charlestown from residents worried about noise and traffic impacts, which could have slowed city approvals.
“The biggest issue for us was timing,” Rosenshein said. “We need to finish the garage so we can move on with the bigger project, and if we weren’t able to get all the ducks in a row on the right schedule, it was more important to us to move the garage forward.”
Now Hood Park will push ahead on the five-story garage, with a public hearing scheduled for next month before the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board. The developer aims to use the ground-floor space that would have been the concert hall for some other retail operation, and will put lab space on the second floor. After that, Rosenshein said, the developer wants to build a 350,000-square-foot office building next door. And, eventually, he said, the plan is to propose taller office buildings than what’s currently allowed on the site, potentially as high as 330 feet — about 30 stories.
Rosenshein noted that the city has designated Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue for large-scale new development. It’s time to start discussing what that might look like, he said.
“Rather than doing this one at a time, let’s talk about the entire corridor,” he said. “Clearly, it’s going to look different over the next 20 years. That’s a meaningful area for the city.”