Still, more laboratory space is planned for the far edge of the seaport.
Pilot Development and Marcus Partners have jointly proposed to relocate the New Boston Seafood Center, a seafood processing plant to so-called “Parcel X” of Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Industrial Park (RLFMP), and put two laboratory buildings in its place.
The New Boston Seafood Center today houses three seafood companies—Puritan Seafood, FJ O’Hara & Sons, and Pangea Shellfish—in two one-story buildings at Northern Avenue and Fid Kennedy Street. Developers would raze those buildings and move “two of the existing NBSF unit owners” to a new 36,000 square foot seafood processing plant nearby, freeing up land to build 742,000 square feet of lab space .
“The redevelopment of Parcel X represents an opportunity to transform an underutilized site, located in the heart of the RLFMP, into an emerging innovation hub while honoring the preservation of maritime industrial enterprises,” the developers wrote in a filing. February 28 at the Boston. Planning and Development Agency.
The Boston Seaport has quickly become the region’s second largest cluster of labs behind Kendall Square in Cambridge, with numerous lab projects underway in and around the Marine Industrial Park. Beyond Parcel X Laboratories, Marcus Partners is also developing the future headquarters of Ginkgo Bioworks at the former Au Bon Pain headquarters just above Fid Kennedy. Meanwhile, real estate firm Jamestown and Atlanta-based Related Fund Management proposed dedicated life science space in the Innovation and Design Building, while Boston-based The Davis Companies won approval. of the BPDA to construct an additional laboratory at 88 Black Falcon Ave.
The BPDA has approved the construction of the new seafood processing plant separate from the land to build the laboratory at Parcel X, the developers said.
Marcus proposes to raise the site three feet to account for future sea level rise, and would construct two buildings: a 276,000 square foot laboratory with 4,000 square feet of retail space rising 126 feet at 5 Fid Kennedy St., and a 440,000 – square foot laboratory with 18,000 square feet of retail space rising 140 feet at 310 Northern Ave.