Developers of former Globe headquarters launch new biotech building on site

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The team behind the redevelopment of the former Boston Globe headquarters plans to add a building to its Morrissey Boulevard property.

Officials from Beacon Capital Partners and Nordblom Company met with Savin Hill neighbors last week inside the Globe’s former headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard, which developers have revamped and renamed The BEAT, short for Boston Exchange for Accelerated Technology and a nod to “beat” journalists. who once worked in the newsroom of The Globe.

At the preliminary meeting, also attended by District 3 Councilman Frank Baker, developers presented plans for a six-story building covering 295,000 square feet that would focus on biotech space. The biotechnology sector generates a strong demand for space in Massachusetts, with industry projections calling for the construction of 20 million square feet of laboratory and biomanufacturing space by 2024. Over the past decade , 21.6 million square feet of laboratory space was built.

The proposed building would be positioned behind The BEAT, according to meeting attendees, on a space between I-93 and Patten’s Cove, a wetland. Several dead-end streets, such as Savin Hill Court and Wave Avenue, lie to the south.

Nordblom bought Globe’s former headquarters in 2017 for $81 million and sought to redevelop the building into a creative office, lab and retail space spanning 695,000 square feet. The overall plot on which The BEAT sits is 16.6 acres and is within walking distance of the red line and MBTA JFK/UMass station, and a short drive from Cambridge’s Kendall Square, which is a hotspot in the biotech industry that lacks space.

Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm focused on the biotech sector, and fitness apparel company Nobull, were in talks to lease space inside The BEAT. Participants at the preliminary meeting on the new building were informed that a third of The BEAT space has been rented. The development team has previously said it expects companies to move into the space this spring.

David Manfredi, CEO and founding director of architectural firm Elkus Manfredi, also witnessed some renderings of the building, as did Todd Fremont Smith, Nordlbom’s senior vice president of development and director of mixed-use projects.

If the developers go ahead with the project, it means more cranes dotting the skies of Dorchester. DotBlock, a project that includes 480 residential units in the neighborhood’s Glover’s Corner section near Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Street, is growing steadily. Dorchester Bay City, which involves a huge commercial, residential and laboratory project on Columbia Point, is under intense scrutiny from city planning and development officials.

Two residential complexes, totaling 459 units, are expected to rise between Morrissey Boulevard and I-93, descending through Boston Bowl. The “Neponset Wharf” project, recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board in January, will add 120 residential and office units, as well as retail and a renovated marina.

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