Pier 5 is the only open spot and waterfront, in the Boston Harbor with unobstructed views to the city, Charles and Mystic Rivers, East Boston and the entire harbor all the way to the Harbor Islands.
The City of Boston, through the BPDA, opened the door for a privatization of this unique public waterfront area.
For 40 years, the pier has not been maintained, in spite of the Boston 2030 plan "An activated waterfront is anchored by varied types of open spaces, featuring cultural resources and year-round programming and connecting people with the natural, cultural, and economic history of the region."
This is example of one of the proposals. Aiming to place floating buildings, blocking over 200' of the currently open waterfront and privatize the entire use of Pier 5 AND over 50% of the existing water-sheet.
Including the entire Pier 5 and the water-sheet between Pier 5 and Pier 4, the base of Courageous Sailing Center:
Note: this shows only 30' elevation, while other proposals are going as high at 55'.
Public access is key...
to breaking down physical and social bar.
Commit to opening up more waterfront access for recreation
and education, with a focus on creating equitable open spaces for all
Open space access has been acutely felt by New Yorkers during Covid-19, especially as vulnerable and lower-income communities have access to fewer quality and large open spaces.